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, 15 de diciembre de 2018

Dickens & Christmas




In the level of 4th of ESO we have got the compulsory reader: 'A Christmas Carol' written by Charles Dickens. 

 

Let's begin with a couple of videos about the writer:

 

 

and The Life of Charles Dickens (BBC)   

 

You can now write about the writer and your opinion about the novel.




Films to watch about A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens:

  • "SCROOGE | A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens | Full Length Drama Movie | Classis | English" en YouTube


 

 

Here's a listening exercise to do: Why does 'x' mean 'kiss'? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


 

English in a Minute  >>>>   while vs during (BBC Learning English)



Shakespeare speaks  >>>>   "Wild Goose chase - Love is in the air!"     



 

And in the level of 3th of ESO we have got the compulsory reader: 'England' 

What about watching some videos?

 

 

 

A Walk Through York, England

 


LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181128 / 28 November 2018    >>>  Moving London's dead -  Language related to 'burial'.  Need-to-know language: cemeteries,  final resting place, interred, morgue  & consecrated ground.


viernes, 14 de diciembre de 2018

Teachers and being a teacher

Do you know when the World Teachers' Day is?




 

What do you think teachers should be like? What is 'being a teacher' for you? Before trying to find the answers, watch these videos


and read about the issue:



RELATIVE CLAUSES (i)

Non-Defining Relative Clauses (Extra information)

These relative clauses give extra information about the antecedent, so they are not essential to the understanding of the message and you can omit them. They go in between commas and the relative pronoun can never be omitted. The relative pronoun THAT can never be used.
- We use the relative pronoun WHO when the antecedent is a person and is the subject or object of the relative clause.
 John,


 who


 came to the party
 , studied with me at the elementary school. 


 you saw at the party
 she was dancing with at the party


- We use the relative pronoun WHICH when the antecedent is an animal or a thing and is the subject or object of the relative clause.
 That dog,


 which


 barked in the street
  , belongs to my uncle. 


 you saw in the street
 she was playing with

- WHOSE (connection of possession)  
Mr Smith, whose wife is waiting for the bus, is my boss.
- WHERE (Adverbial of place). It can be substituted by WHICH + preposition.        
We visited Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives

NON-DEFINING RELATIVE CLAUSES. Insert the clauses in brackets into the main sentences as non-defining relative clauses. Remember to add the commas.

1. Mont Blanc .... is the highest mountain in the Alps.  (it is between France and Italy) 
2. Alfred Hitchcock .... worked for many years in Hollywood.   (he was born in Britain)
3. We recently visited Cambridge .....   (Albert studied there many years ago)
4. Susana ..... loves travelling.   (she is in 3º ESO)
5. London .... has over 6 million inhabitants.  (it is the capital of Britain)
6. Mr Baraq Obama .... has never visited Spain.   (he is the former President of the United States)

 

 

Here's a listening exercise to do: Photo-friendly food (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)




English in a Minute  >>>>   lay vs lie (BBC Learning English)



LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181205 / 05 December 2018    >>>  Underwater sound pollution -  Language related to 'sound'.  Need-to-know language: listening in on something, picking up sounds, ruptured, eardrum & swamping.



domingo, 9 de diciembre de 2018

Coffee...it smells so good, especially in the early morning!!!


If coffee smells so good and we like it so much, why is it sold sometimes by many of the large companies in containers that remove  the smell?

 

Why are all these words important in this context: disposable, lid, coffee chain, remove the smell, weird... ?


Here are some articles for you to read related to the issue:

Just the Smell of Coffee can Boost Brain Power (Live Trading News)

 

Here's a listening exercise to do: The smell of coffee (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

Learn some Food Phrasal Verbs in English with Lucy >>>

 

What is the difference between WHAT vs WHICH? Check it here in a new episode of English in a Minute (BBC Learning English).

 

And talking about Relative Clauses... 

 

RELATIVE CLAUSES

For a start, let's analyse the relevant elements we have to bear in mind when dealing with the relative clauses:
The boy who came to the party studied with me at the elementary school.

Main clause: The boy studied with me at the elementary school.        Relative clause: who came to the party
Antecedent: The boy             Relative pronoun: who

Why do we use the relative clauses? We use them either to give essential information about the antecedent (Defining Relative Clauses) or just some extra information (Non-defining Relative Clauses).
Another important thing about relative clauses is the connection you have between the antecedent and the relative clause because that will affect the kind of relative pronoun you are going to need. It could be subject, object, there could be a connection of possession...

Defining Relative Clauses

This kind of relative clauses is essential to the understanding of the message, so you can never omit them. Therefore, the intonation is rising till the end of the relative clause.
- We use the relative pronoun WHO (or THAT) when the antecedent is a person and is the subject or object of the relative clause.
 The boy


 who / that


 came to the party
  studied with me at the elementary school. 


 you saw at the party
 she was dancing with at the party

- We use the relative pronoun WHICH (or THAT) when the antecedent is an animal or a thing and is the subject or object of the relative clause.
 The dog


 which / that


 barked in the street
  belongs to my uncle. 


 you saw in the street
 she was playing with

You can omit the relative pronoun when it is not the subject of the relative clause (The boy you saw at the party... //  The dog you saw in the street...) and pay attention to the interesting use and position of prepositions (El perro con el que ella jugaba...).

- WHOSE (connection of possession)  
That's the man whose wife is waiting for the bus. (His wife is waiting for the bus.)
- WHERE (Adverbial of place). It can be substituted by THAT/WHICH + preposition.        
We visited the church where you got married // the church that you got married at. (you got married there / in that church)

And now some exercises for you to do  >>>>>

Fill in the gaps with the appropriate RELATIVE PRONOUN (who, which, where) and then say which sentences can have the relative pronoun THAT

1. I went to see the doctor ................ had helped my sister.

2. That is the hospital .................... the doctor works.
3. The dog .................. bit me belonged to my neighbour.
4. The woman ...................... phoned wanted to talk to my mother.
5. My mother bought the dress in the shop ....................... we saw the red sweater.
6. He is the architect .......................... designed the new bridge over the River Thames.
7. A library is a place ........................ people can read books.
8. Books are things ........................... give you a lot of information about different topics.
Now define what 'a student'  is.


Insert the second sentences into the first ones by means of a WHOSE-relative clause.

1. The house is beautiful. Its windows are open.
2. He was wearing a cap. Its colour was electric green.
3. The woman is on the phone. Her name is Greek.
4. Look at the man. You met his son at the party.
5. Paris is the city. Its main monument is the Eiffel Tower.

More RELATIVE CLAUSES exercises to do:    WHO/WHICH/WHOSE   (2)


 


Do you know how to play 'snooker'? This is s a typical British sport and one of his stars.



and some years later:   nowadays  




LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181121 / 21 November 2018    >>>  The effects of pollution on London's schoolchildren -  Language related to 'pollution'.  Need-to-know language: asthma, stunted lung capacity, exposure, particles  & low emission.
 

sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2018

And one day the dream came true!!!!

More than 25 years ago, to be more precise in 1992 in the Olympic Games in Barcelona, something amazing happened. Everybody has dreams and in those dreams we have always had an incredible super-team in football, basketball, handball... Well, this is what happened with the DREAM TEAM American basketball team that participated in the Games. 



Here are some videos for those of you who weren't even born to watch:



And dome articles for you to read:


And now I remind you of one of my earliest posts in this blog about two of these fantastic players:

Fly like an eagle or just...the magic?


What would be your team now? in basketball, football, in Spain, in Europe, in USA..?

sábado, 24 de noviembre de 2018

Loneliness, isolation, teenagers, sex!!!


Surprisingly, loneliness and isolation are very common feelings among our teenagers despite the fact that we live in overcrowded cities. Social media, video games, dangers in the streets... make our teenagers spend hours and hours alone in their bedrooms with their computers. Is this really good for their mental health? 

 

In the old days children used to play in the streets altogether, they would interact with other teenagers and they would learn about life through interaction.

 


Interesting articles to read about the issue:


And this can even affect their sexual habits:

 

Here's a listening exercise to do: Loneliness (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 



REVISION EXERCISE for 4º ESO

Complete the sentences using the correct FUTURE TENSE form.

1. I booked our summer holiday last week. We (go) _______________________ to France in July.
2. I think our team (win) ______________________ tonight. I’m feeling lucky.
3. I (have) _____________________ an orange juice, please.
4. I’ve just started a new diet. I (not eat) ______________________ any more chocolate.
5. It’s 8.30, you (be) __________________ late for school.
6. I (be) ____________________ 17 on my next birthday!     
7. We (play) ____________________ tennis tomorrow if it doesn't rain.
8. In our trip around Scandinavia we (visit) __________________ Copenhagen first, then Stockholm, Helsinki and finally Oslo, where we (have) _________________ on a cruise ship along the Bergen fjord.

And here's a video about the Bergen fjord:



and another video about the train that goes from Oslo to Bergen: (What does 'Norway in a nutshell' mean?)



martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018

Congratulations to our teachers and students at IES Mediterraneo (Salobreña)

We have just received a distinction of good teaching practices for our project on Computational thinking and Robotics carried out by our teachers: Mr. José Luis Fernández y Mr. Gustavo Pretel.


 

Here are some articles appeared in the local press and the interview carried out on Radio Salobreña to Mr Fernández:






lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2018

Objectification, a top issue

Objectification of human beings is supposed to be one of the problems our society must tackle as soon as possible. We must all stand up against this problem if we want a fairer society for our children.


In the world of advertising it is not all gold that glitters.


 

 

 

 

 

 

UN Women | My Story: End Violence against Women & Girls


And now you can create your own story by clicking here: My own story

 

TED TALK: The dark secret behind sexist advertisements by Natalia Ortiz Hazarian

  

Here are some interesting articles for you to read and you will discover that objectification affects both women and men:

And finally here's a listening exercise to do: Objectification (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



REVISION EXERCISE for 3º & 4º ESO

Translate the following sentences into English:

1. ¿Con quién sueles ir al cine? Suelo ir con mis amigos.
2. Hay unos cuantos libros interesantes en la biblioteca, pero no son demasiados. 
3. El jersey es demasiado grande para tí y no es lo bastante bonito para tu novia.
4. Estábamos esperando el autobús cuando vimos el accidente.
5. No tenemos que llevar uniforme en el instituto

 

English in a Minute  >>>>   Remember to do something vs Remember doing something (BBC Learning English)

 

LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181114 / 14 November 2018    >>>  First woman Physics Nobel Prize winner in 55 years -  Language related to 'inventions'.  Need-to-know language: ground-breaking, devised, to get recognised  & in the field.

domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018

Chickens on the run

Chickens have always been presented as dull animals, but IS IT REALLY TRUE? What does the expression 'chicken on the run' mean?


Let's begin by reminding you of the famous film CHICKEN RUN. Did you see the film?




This film was based on another great film called THE GREAT ESCAPE, which is starred, among other famous actors, by Steve McQueen. Here's the official trailer of the film....




... and this film was based on a true story that happened during the Second World War (The Making Of The Great Escape. Part 1 of 4). Here is also an interesting documentary to watch:



However, going back to chicken, here's an interesting listening exercise to do: What can chickens teach us about organisation? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

 

Organizations are often run according to "the superchicken model," where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. You can watch this fascinating TED talk by Margaret Heffernan: "Forget the pecking order at work". By the way, what does 'pecking order' mean?

AMERICA GOES CHICKEN CRAZY (The New York Times)

 

Here's another listening exercise to do: High-vis fashion (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


English in a Minute  >>>>   Prevent vs Avoid (BBC Learning English)


LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181107 / 07 November 2018    >>>  Train of the future -  Language related to 'power'.  Need-to-know language: diesel, electrification, hydrogen, coal  & battery-powered.

martes, 6 de noviembre de 2018

Dumbphones and plastic




What do you mean by 'dumbphone? Is it a phone for dummies? What does a 'dummy' mean? What is the opposite of 'dumb'? These are all questions that can be answered by having a look at this:

 

The English We Speak: Dumbphone (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

What kind of mobile phone have you got? In the previous listening exercise there are certain expressions you should look up. can you tell me the meaning of them?

"I was getting addicted to my smartphone"  _____________________________

"I couldn't stop checking" _____________________________

"I got rid of it" _________________________

"There is no temptation to stare at this dumbphone in bed"  ______________________

"I'm sick of being bullied by my smartphone."  _______________________

"I could swap my computer for my typewriter."  _____________________________

 

And now changing topics, .....

Here's a listening exercise to do: Curbing our plastic addiction (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

Related article you can read about the issue:

Plastic-eating enzyme could help fight pollution, scientists say (CBC)


And do you remember the difference between these two words:

English in a Minute: Been vs Gone (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

SOLUTION to an exercise in the previous post.
 
Answer these questions:   How do you call... ?

1 a strange-looking man    2 a young fair-haired girl      3 a badly-dressed lady       4 some well-made furniture

domingo, 4 de noviembre de 2018

Gen Z to take over

What do the terms: 'Gen Z' and 'take over' mean? Do you think you belong to this Generation Z? What are the main differences between Generation Z teenagers and teenagers of previous generations? How different did your parents used to be from you?



Here's a listening exercise to do: Describing Generation Z (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

These are some articles you can read about the issue:



News Review: 60% drop in global wildlife (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

REVISION EXERCISE for 4º ESO

MAKING SUGGESTIONS (Analyse different ways how to suggest first)

YOU: "I don't know what to do at Easter"    

ALBERT:     - "Why don't we go to York?"

                           - "Let's go to York"     "Let's not go to York"

                            - "Shall we go to York?"

                            - "How about going to York?

                            - "What about going to York?"


YOU:     "Great. I'd love to"      "That's a great idea!"    "Fantastic!"

                "I'm afraid I can't."      "I'm sorry, but I have to take care of my little sister."

                "All right, but you'll have to lend me some money."   "OK, but can you help me with my English homework?"    

1. YOU: "There is nothing on TV tonight."

2. YOU: "I am going on holiday to the north of Spain."

3. YOU: "I'm afraid I'm going to fail English."

4. Víctor: "10 kg of baggage is not enough for me."

5. YOU: "We would like to give a surprise birthday party for our History teacher."

6. YOU: "I don't know which kind of present we could give him."

7.  YOU: "We've still got 2 T-shirts and 3 sweaters left to sell. What can we do?"

8. YOU: "It's raining. We can't go out."

9. YOU: "I'm starving."

10. YOU: "The classroom is really untidy and messy. Albert is going to get really furious with us when he comes."      



LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181031 / 31 October 2018    >>>  Dogs could help detect malaria -  Language related to 'dogs'.  Need-to-know language: four-legged friends, on the scent, pooches,  & sniff out something/someone.

What do they mean by saying: "four-legged friends"? What is the word for young dogs?

 

A four-legged friend obviously makes reference to dogs. How would say in English: 'tuerto'?


Answer these questions using the same pattern:   How do you call...

1 ..... a man that looks strange?
2 ..... a young girl that has got fair hair?
3 ..... a lady that dresses badly?
4 ...... some furniture that has been made well?


martes, 30 de octubre de 2018

Clash of Titans

It is a well-known fact that I am a passionate of tennis. This very early rainy morning Youtube gave me the opportunity to travel back in time to my teen days when two of my favourite tennis players were on their summit of their careers. Surprisingly, you can come across some interesting pieces of information in this documentary, bearing in mind that Borg was supposed to be as cold as ice and McEnroe was known all over the world for his bad manners on court. I hope you will enjoy the video and that it is easy for you to understand it.





Here's a listening exercise to do: How creative should we be? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

You can read these newspaper articles about the issue 'CREATIVENESS':


The English We Speak: NO FEAR! (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What is the difference between 'even though' and 'even if'? Check it here in a new episode of English in a Minute.

 

LINGOHACK  >>>



domingo, 28 de octubre de 2018

Winter is coming and there are hundreds of snowflakes around!!!


First, check here the different meanings of the word 'SNOWFLAKE'. As you can see, there is a wide range of meaning from the litteral one to the latest one. So are you really a snowflake and get offended by literally anything? Everybody has to be so careful with all the words he uses when speaking so as not to get into trouble.


Related articles you can read about the issue:

What does the underlined expression in this sentence mean?

Political correctness is forcing more comics to delicately tip-toe around issues of race, class and sexuality.

 

Here's a listening exercise to do: Snowflakes and taking offence (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 


REVISION

QUESTIONS. Subject & Object questions and others.

1. Complete the questions according to the answers in bold.

1. What  ____________________________ at parties? I usually wear a short dress.

2. Who _________________ you to school yesterday? My dad drove me to school yesterday.
3. Who ______________________ us? Bill and Adam are calling us.
4. Who _____________________ at the park? I met Liz and Rose at the park.
5. How often ______________________ your bike? I ride it every day.
6. What ____________________ that strange noise? Our dog made that strange voice.

2. Write subject or object questions with the words below. Use the correct tenses. Then answer the questions.

1. Wh0 / ride / a horse / now ?

2. Who / eat / a lot of rice / in your family ?
3. What / fall / on the ground / yesterday ?
4. Where / Laura / go sailing / last week ?
5. Who / you / usually / do / your homework / with ?


3. Write questions according to the answers in bold.

1. _______________?  Emma flies to Paris every summer.

2. ______________ ?  Steve feeds his pets in the morning.
3. _______________ ? My baby sister cries every night.
4. _______________ ? The stormy weather changed our plans.
5. _______________ ? Al left work early because he didn't feel well.
6. _______________ ? I play the piano twice a day.

Solutions to PART FOUR in the previous post.

31. c    32. a    33. c    34. c    35. a   36. c   37. b   38. a  39. b   40. a

And now time to relax with Mark Knopfler....



LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 181017 / 17 October 2018    >>>  Cookery classes for elderly men -  Language related to 'taking care of somebody'.  Need-to-know language: look after (someone), carer, relied on & take a weight off (somebody's) shoulders.