BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

sábado, 19 de octubre de 2019

You don't always have to work for the money ;-)))

... although your English teacher does it every day. Unfortunately, most students don't do things for free, or do they? Do you write a comment or a composition for free even if your English teacher is going to correct it for free?

 

Here's a listening exercise for you to do and some articles to read:

 

 

 

And talking about money, here's something interesting for you  >>>>

                    English in a Minute:  Lend vs Borrow   (BBC Learning English)

 

 

 

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!




The English We Speak: Buyer's remorse (BBC Learning English)




English with Lucy  >>  STOP SAYING 'SUPER' - The 8 overused SLANG words that make you sound UNINTELLIGENT 🤦‍♀️   





Danny MacAskill & Claudio Caluori: Home of Trails

 

 

Stories for Children   >>>   Milly and the Rainbow  (New series in BBC Learning English) 




miércoles, 16 de octubre de 2019

RED CARD to cowards!!!

We are surrounded by cowards at school, in our villages, in our countries, in the world!!!  Everyday we see how people commit crimes as a group. We have students with disruptive behaviour in our classes who hide in the group, we have gang rapes, bullying... even in sport!!!!

 


News Review: Racism stops match Bulgaria vs England  (BBC Learning English)

 

  

Here are some articles for you to read:



Who would you give a red card to?



 

How do we pronounce 'sandwich'? (BBC Learning English)

 

 


Nature is speaking. So listen!!!




 

Quizz for you to do: FOR or SINCE?  


 

English with Lucy    >>>   41 British House Cleaning Vocabulary Words, Phrases, Phrasal Verbs & Slang! 

  


Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out

 

 

 And talking about extreme sports....

LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 191016 / 16 October 2019    >>>  The woman who swims inside icebergs:    Language related to 'extreme sports'.  Need-to-know language: adrenaline junkie, rescue, shifting environment, mind-numbing fear & dangerous endeavour.

 

sábado, 12 de octubre de 2019

Can we live without lies?


We live in a world full of lies and liars and we know little how to find out what it is a lie or a real fact. Actually, we live among lies and liars. We are liars ourselves and we can't stop telling lies.




English in a Minute: Little vs A little (BBC Learning English)



How to spot a liar (TED talk)



 

Some articles for you to read and a listening exercise about the issue:

 


 

News Review: Pompeii treasure discovered  (BBC Learning English)

 


mmmEnglish: Be Professional! Never say this at work! ❌   



What Is An Idiom? 90 Common English Idioms Frequently Used in Daily English Conversations   



Nature is speaking. So listen!!!

 



Football's Greatest Teams ... Benfica 

 


miércoles, 9 de octubre de 2019

Technology is not that bad!!!

 

Technology is becoming more and more important. Have a look at this Lingohack episode:






LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 191002 / 02 October 2019    >>>  Mind-reading machine helps man walk again:    Language related to 'technology'.  Need-to-know language: robotic, exoskeleton, implants, beamed & kit.

animated-fly-image-0030Paralysed man walks using mind-controlled exoskeleton (The Guardian)

 

This reminds me of this previous post in this blog:

Christmas amazing story: One-armed teenager made himself a prosthetic extension arm out of LEGO blocks!!!!

 


Actually, our robotics teachers and students at IES Mediterráneo are doing a fantastic job at school. Here's the latest challenge they have in mind for the coming school year:






We wish them the best of lucks!!!



Nature is speaking. So listen!!!

 





animated-fly-image-0030mmmEnglish: Pronunciation Practice 👄 Difficult Vowel Sounds [DIPHTHONGS]






animated-fly-image-0029Have a look at this and discover which of the four groups Albert is teaching this year is a REAL BUZZKILL!!! I hope this will shortly change or we'll all have a rough time.

 

The English We Speak: Buzzkill  (BBC Learning English)


Football:  Top 10 Legendary Moments In Football   





domingo, 6 de octubre de 2019

CAMBRIDGE 2020: Will we go on with our next mission?



NEXT MISSION: CAMBRIDGE 20


SO FAR WE ARE 11!!!   >>  Sergio García, David Chaves, Marta Chaves, Eva Guirado, Victoria Ramos, Cristian Ramón, Johana Gutiérrez, Susana Pérez, Laura Bustos, Raúl García, Álvaro Molina.

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After our zero meeting last May and our first meeting ten days ago, WE ARE JUST 9!!!  Too far from the magic figure of 30. So I'm afraid things are not going well.

 

 

 This is the form you have to fill in if you are interested:

FORM TO FILL IN IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE


Travelling tip   >>>  Cambridge, England: Historic University Town - Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide

 

 

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!

 





MUSIC: For The Record: Mark Knopfler  



English in a Minute: 3 phrases with FACE   (BBC Learning English)

 

mmmEnglish: The WORST things to say in a job interview 🤦‍♀️

 

 



Tennis  >>>  Rafael Nadal ● 19 Best Points of 19 Grand Slam Titles  

 

 

 

viernes, 4 de octubre de 2019

I feel good!!!


Here's a long weekend ahead enjoying our local festivities in Salobreña!!! 

 

Do you feel good or well? Have a look at the difference below and decide which one is correct, but before doing this, let's listen to James Brown's song: "I feel good" 



English in a Minute:  Good vs Well   (BBC Learning English)

 

My students are always complaining about their English teacher, his exams, the amount of homework they have to do and so on. Here's an article for them to read and a listening exercise where they will learn how to complain properly:

  • We are in a golden age of complaining (The Guardian)

  • Listening exercise for you to do: Are you good at complaining? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)




Nature is speaking. So listen!!!





The English We Speak: Carbon footprint  (BBC Learning English)


English with Lucy   >>>>   How do we REALLY express DISGUST in English!? ADVANCED VOCABULARY LESSON!

 

 

  And this is for my 1º ESO students    >>>>

Kitchen Appliances: Learn Names of Parts of the Kitchen and Devices You Might Find in the Kitchen




Tennis  >>>  The day Rafael Nadal played TOO GOOD for his Age!  

 

 

 


LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 191002 / 02 October 2019    >>>  How can a car power an island?:    Language related to 'energy'.  Need-to-know language: generated, renewable, reversible, electricity grid & powered.

lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2019

Less and less water!!!

So, you'd better stop wasting it!!!!

 

The hydrological year is coming to an end. In terms of rain water collected, experts take their measures from 1st October to 30th September. 

 

As an example, not more than 500 litres have been collected in the weather station near Capileira over this period. Meanwhile, last year nearly 1,000 litres were collected and the average amount of water collected historically is over 700 litres. Therefore, the dams or reservoirs in Rules and Beznar have got less water than last year at this time.

 

You can check it here: S.A.I.H. Hidrosur  



 



At the same time you have just had some terrible floods in the south east of Spain due to a cold front. The climate change is a reality and people don't help. For instance, every time I play tennis at the sports facilities in Salobreña I see how the drinking fountain is kept running water and how loads of water are being wasted!!!



Have a look at these articles related to the issue of drought and floods:




Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century (The Guardian)

 

 

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!

 




The English We Speak: Freecycle (BBC Learning English)



Some exercises for you to do after watching the video:

Rewrite using would rather    &   I'd better... I'd rather...   

 



viernes, 27 de septiembre de 2019

Listen to Nature

Apart from going on pointless strikes you don't really know what they are all about, what can we do to save Nature?

 

 

 

Nature is speaking. So listen!!!



Listen to this song and have a look at the lyrics:

We are the World   


 

Here are some articles for you to read and think about:





Do & Make collocations

Watch the video to see the difference (ANOTHER EXPLANATION)  and here's an exercise for you to do








Listening exercise for you to do: An alphabet disadvantage! (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


English in a Minute:  4 ways to say hello like a Brit (BBC Learning English)




Football's Greatest Teams ... Liverpool 







LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 190925 / 25 September 2019    >>>  Would you crowdfund a cow? Becoming a young farmer in the UK:    Language related to 'work'.  Need-to-know language: tough business, hurdles, running, traded a life & life-changing.


lunes, 23 de septiembre de 2019

AUTUMN (or FALL), the season of the different colours

Autumn, or Fall (as the Americans say), is here. It is the time of chestnuts and walnuts, the days are shorter and shorter and some places in the world are just gorgeous to go sightseeing. That is the case of New England in the United States. 


Here are the states included in this region   >>>  






Indie/Indie-Folk Compilation - Autumn/Fall 2019  

 

How do you like the autumn? (This is a way to ask people for their opinion about something)




Travelling tip   >>>  One of the nicest places I have ever visited, especially during the autum/fall season is NEW ENGLAND in the United States.

 

 

Pilgrims, Mayflower, History for Kids 

 

Listening exercise for you to do: Faking it: Computers that spot a real smile (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 


English in a Minute: UNLESS vs AS LONG AS   (BBC Learning English)





Learn English with Papa - Improve your English speaking skills with INVERSION!   



Football's Greatest International Teams ... Netherlands 1988 





LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 190918 / 18 September 2019    >>>  Rainbow recycling:    Language related to 'categorisation'.  Need-to-know language: sort, colour code, jumbled up, separate & cross-contamination.

domingo, 22 de septiembre de 2019

You gotta be...

School has just started and a new school year is well ahead full of difficulties, exams, bad moments... but also good moments. Anyway, "you gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger..." than ever before (I advise you to listen to the song by Des'ree and have a look at the lyrics). My students in 1º ESO will have to look for adjectives related with PERSONALITY.




  .... And now search for two mistakes. If you watch this other video, you will find the answer!!!


 

 

Nevertheless, as I have just said, there are good moments to
come, actually very good moments and one of these could be our VIII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles. After our zero meeting in May we will be having our first meeting on Thursday during the break in the language department. You are welcome to come just to inform you about the activity and if you are interested in participating, here's the link to the form. 

 

 

 This is the form you have to fill in if you are interested:

FORM TO FILL IN IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE



Remember we decided to go to Cambridge and you'd better have a look at this post where there are some useful information about the destination and the activities we could do.


Our VIII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles?? Our destination: CAMBRIDGE/LONDON??






English in a Minute  >>>>>  Using 'at', 'in' & 'on' for location (BBC Learning English)



Learn English with Papa - Improve your English speaking skills with INVERSION!   



News Review: Climate change report (BBC Learning English)



Football's Greatest Teams .. Red Star Belgrade