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

miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017

Unbearable conditions at our schools



Can teachers really teach and can our students really learn in these weather conditions? Some politicians think we can from their air-conditioned offices!!!!



Teaching in the heatwave: help, my classroom is too hot (The Guardian)


Where does the word 'unbearable' mean? Which verb does it come from?

Some articles to read about the heatwave we have had in Europe and its consequences (for instance, huge fires in Portugal and Spain)   >>>> 


 

Listening exercise to do: Mindfulness (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Where does the noun 'mindfulness' come from?

LINGOHACK  >>>


Anyway, what kind of holidays are you planning to have? Perhaps a busman's holiday (The English We Speak, BBC Learning English)



Our SUMMER SCOREBOARD.


martes, 27 de junio de 2017

We should all be really happy!!!!


The school year has come to an end and I am really happy!!!

Why? Because some of our 1º Bachillerato students obtained excellent results at the Official Language School in Motril:

B1 in French: María Béjar, Mª José García, Joaquín García and Andrea Gutiérrez.

B2 in English: Alex Expaña & Andrea Gutiérrez almost got it. They just failed one part, which I'm sure they will pass in September. 

 

And here's our SUMMER SCOREBOARD (click on it and you will see it), where we will be compiling all the comments, projects or anything our students do during the summer time.


I don't know if happiness is genetic or not, but something is for sure there are some people that are naturally more cheerful than others. As well, babies tend to be happier than adults (probably due to all the problems and concerns that we have in mind). Another interesting fact is that grandparents also tend to be happier than parents. It may be due to the fact that they have fewer responsabilities in life. 



Read these related articles and to the listening exercise later, and then give me your opinion about the issue:








Listening exercise to do: Is happiness genetic? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

 

English with Lucy: 6 ways to STOP translating in your head & THINK in another language!

 

And all this bring me good memories of our III Study trip to Bath, whose video had Pharrell Williams' song Happy as soundtrack. Let's watch the video:




English with Lucy: 10 English LOVE expressions


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lunes, 26 de junio de 2017

Born to succeed!!!

These girls were really born to succeed!!!! SPAIN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NATIONAL TEAM are the European champions once again.

 

Before talking about some of our students in 1º ESO, who are really born to succeed (hopefully!!!), let's some electrical devices which seem to be built to fail (listening exercise, 6 Minute English, BBC Learning English).



Some articles about being born to succeed for you to read:




On the contrary, some electrical devices, especially electrical appliances, seem to be built to fail (some interesting vocabulary to bear in mind: planned obsolescence, faulty goods...)


English with Lucy: Here's a very good way to learn about the difference between SEE, LOOK & WATCH.


And now that you know the difference, let's watch some video sketches made by our students in 1º ESO:



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domingo, 11 de junio de 2017

Ten Is Rafa!!!

Ten Is Rafa 


Some newspaper articles:

Resultado de imagen de playing tennis cartoon animated gifRafael Nadal après son dixième titre à Roland-Garros (L'Équipe)

Why Rafael Nadal winning a tenth French Open would be greatest achievement in history of the sport (The Telegraph)

Nadal Dominant In Winning 10th Roland Garros Title (ATP World Tour)


La Decima 

Rafa Nadal wins incredible tenth French Open title with Roland Garros win over Stan Wawrinka (The Sun)


Rafael Nadal ● The Comeback (HD) 2014-2017 Tribute





And here's my new brand page dedicated to tennis:  TENNIS, MY PASSION  

domingo, 4 de junio de 2017

The two faces of life

Latest news on the London terror attack  >>> 

'Skateboard hero' Ignacio Echeverria confirmed dead by family after London terror attack (Daily Telegraph)

 

Some people were enjoying themselves waching a superb football match while other ordinary people were panicking because of another coward terrorist attack. Here are some articles to read about the issue:

 






Listening exercise to do: Water burial (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What is the verb that comes from the noun 'burial'?




English with Lucy: 20 words you might pronounce incorrectly 

And remember that when you don't pronounce a word well you mispronounce it.

 

LINGOHACK  >>>



martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

Veganism and climate change



Do these two concepts have anything in common? Read this post about the issue and do this Selectivity exam:

Eating less meat could save 45,000 lives a year, experts claim


Articles related to the issue which are interesting for you to read:

 


 

Listening exercise to do: Could you go vegan? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What does 'vegan' stand for? Can you give me a definition?


English with Lucy: Oxford English




Solutions to the REWRITE exercise in the previous post.

 

1. If I didn't have to look after my neighbour's children, I would come.
2. Brian advised Tom not to go swimming on a day like that.
3. It is two years since I (last) went to the dentist.
4. He is said to have been all over the world.
5. I hate having to write letters.
6. Although it was raining heavily, we went out.
7. My father hasn't seen his brother for nearly twenty years.
8. The inspector accused Joe of having stolen the money.
9. In spite of my admiration for Shakespeare's comedies / In spite of the fact that I admire Shakespeare's comedies, I cannot agree....
10. If he hadn't given me a lift to the station, I would have missed the train.
11. Mary asked Peter when America had been first discovered.
12. Unless he starts work right away, he'll never finish it.
13. I haven't played tennis since 1990.
14. He asked me if I had seen his brother recently.
15. She asked me (politely) to wait in the reception / if I could wait.
16. Once Terry gets over his illness, his work will be improved.
17. When you arrive there will be someone to meet you.
18. As soon as she read this letter she burst into tears.
19. I didn’t know when John was leaving.
20. When you phoned me, I was having lunch.
21. I’ve worked for the company for three years.
22. When we arrived, David had (already) gone home.
23. I didn’t use to wear glasses.
24. The last time I was at the cinema was two years ago.
25. When did they get married?
26. I am supposed to take out the garbage every day.
27. I apologized for the misunderstanding.
28. I congratulated her for the tournament / for winning the tournament.


LINGOHACK  >>>

miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

Shorter attention span, a problem for our students?




Lately, teachers are always complaining of how difficult it is to keep students' attention in class to what is being done. Here may be the cause.

 




Listening exercise to do: Goldfish, brain and phones (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

Some articles to read about the issue >>> 



And talking about another problem that affects us these days, here we have some articles concerning attacks that we have suffered:


What does 'foyer' mean? Which language does it come from? Can you give me a synonym?

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

Rewrite the following sentences so that they do not change the meaning of the original sentences.

 

1. I can't come because I have to look after my neighbour's children.
- If I .....................................................................................................................................................
2."I wouldn't go swimming on a day like this, if I were you , Tom" -
Brian advised........................................................................................................................................
3. I haven't been to the dentist for two years.
- It is ..............................................................................................................................................
4. People say that he has been all over the world.
- He is ..............................................................................................................................................
5. I have to write letters , but I hate it.
- I hate..................................................................................................................................................
6.We went out in spite of the heavy rain.
- Although ..........................................................................................................................................
7. It's nearly twenty years since my father saw his brother.
- My father.......................................................................................................................................
8."You stole the money, Joe, didn't you!" said the inspector.
- The inspector accused.....................................................................................................................
9.Although I admire Shakespeare's comedies, I cannot agree that they are any superior to his tragedies.
-In spite of.........................................................................................................................................
10.He gave me a lift to the station and I didn’t miss the train.
- If.................................................................................................................................
11.When was America first discovered, Peter?" Mary asked.
- Mary asked..................................................................................................................................
12.If he doesn't start work right away, he 'll never finish it.
- Unless..................................................................................................................................... .
13.The last time I played tennis was in 1990.
-I haven't................................................................................................................................ .
14. “Have you seen my brother recently?” he asked me..
- He asked me ................................................................................................................... .
15.“Could you wait in the reception, please?” she asked me.
- She asked me ................................................................................................................................ .
16. Terry will get over his illness. Then his work will be improved.
-Once..................................................................................................................................... .
17.There will be someone to meet you on arrival.
- When ........................................................................................................................................... .
18. She read this letter and burst into tears.
-As soon as................................................................................................................................... .
19.I didn’t know about John’s departure.
- I didn’t know when ................................................................................................................................ .
20.When you phoned me, it was my lunch time.
-When you phoned me, I.......................................................................................................................... .
21. I started working for the company three years ago and now I’m still working here.
- I’ve ................................................................................................................................................... .
22.David went home before we arrived.
-When we................................................................................................................................................ .
23.I’ve only recently started wearing glasses.
-I didn’t …………………………………………………………………............................................. .
24.I haven’t been to the cinema for two years.
-The last time ………………………………………………………………......................................... .
25.How long have Helen and Robert been married?
-When ………………………………………………………………….................................... .
26.My responsibility is to take out the garbage every day.
- I am ........................................................................................................................................ .
27.The misunderstanding was my fault., so I apologize.
- I apologized .............................................................................................................................
28.She won the tournament, so I congratulated her.
-I congratulated her .........................................................................................................................

How are the people from Manchester called? What is the local newspaper? What TV studios are there in Manchester?

LINGOHACK  >>>

domingo, 14 de mayo de 2017

It won't wash




Sometimes we find that politicians, or anyone else, are not telling the truth, and nothing but the truth, so you use this expression. Read about what it really means.

The English we speak: It won't wash (BBC Learning English)


Articles related with the issue:

Listening exercise to do: How much food do you waste? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

 

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>  

76. Insert the second sentences into the first ones by means of RELATIVE CLAUSES:

1. That is the boy. I borrowed his motorbike last Saturday.
______________________________________________________________________________
2. Southampton is a busy sea port. It is on the south coast of England.
______________________________________________________________________________
3. Jimmy Connors was once married to Chris Evert.He was a very famous American tennis player.
______________________________________________________________________________
4. Apolo XI was the spaceship. It took Armstrong and Aldrin to the moon.
______________________________________________________________________________
5. Last year I had to read the book. You are looking at it now.
______________________________________________________________________________

77. CONDITIONALS. Put the vers in brackets into their correct tense and fill in the gaps (...) with     these words:  IF  /  WHEN  /  PROVIDED THAT  /  UNLESS /  AS LONG AS         

1. I am going to Rome next week. ................ I (BE) __________ there, I (SEE)______________    the Colisseum.
2. .................... we (GO) ____________ now, we (MISS) ____________ the train.
3. I (HELP) ____________ ....................... I (FINISH) _____________ first.
4. .............. she (HAVE) _____________  a ticket, she (GO) _________________ to the concert.
5. Albert sr.(PLAY) ________________  with you tomorrow morning ..............  Albert jr. (NOT EAT) ______________ every three hours.
 

LINGOHACK  >>>




miércoles, 10 de mayo de 2017

Revolutions



Which verb does the noun 'revolution' come from and what does it mean? What other words have the same changes concerning word formation?




Here are some 'revolutions' going on:


 

And talking about revolutions, here's 'Industrial Revolutions' by Danny Macaskill >>>>


English with Lucy:

The Schwa /ə/ Sound - Endings British Pronunciation & Spelling Tips | -er -ar -or -our -ure -re





72. Put the following sentences into INDIRECT SPEECH:

1. "Bring me the newspaper, please", the father to the son.
______________________________________________________________________________
2. "Who put salt in my coffee?", he asked.
______________________________________________________________________________
3. "I'm going fishing with my mother this afternoon", said the small boy.
______________________________________________________________________________
4. "What was she wearing when you saw her last?", the policeman asked me.
______________________________________________________________________________
5. "I'll sit up till she comes in, but I hope she won't be late", said Mrs Pitt.
______________________________________________________________________________

73. Give a piece of advice to each problem:

1. I find it really difficult to get up in the mornings.
_______________________________________________________________
2. My car is not going very well lately.
_______________________________________________________________         


74. COMPARATIVES. Fill in the gaps with the comparatives of superiority and the     superlatives of the adjectives you are given in brackets:

1. For (far) ______________ information on the passive you should revise the grammar revision.
2. Mick Malone's (old) _______________ brother came from Ireland to visit him.
3. This is (bad) _______________ football match I've ever watched.

75. Translate the following sentences into English:

4. Ella no llegó tan tarde como de costumbre.  ________________________________________
5. Cuanto más estudio, menos problemas tengo con el inglés.
______________________________________________________________________________
6. Los exámenes se van complicando cada vez más.
_____________________________________________________




domingo, 7 de mayo de 2017

Surfing the death


What chance of survival does a human have when surfing these incredible waves in Nazaré (Portugal)? Have you heard of any other incredible stunts?


 

And here's another amazing video to watch >>>>

Biggest Waves Ever Surfed In The History

 

Tourism in Portugal:

Garrett McNamara on Nazaré: the surfer’s favourite town in Portugal (The Guardian)

 

And talking about miracles....

Listening exercise to do: Miraculous survival (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Word formation: 
'miraculous' is an adjective that comes from the noun ...................?
'survival' is a noun that comes from the verb .................?
Do you know any other words that come from 'miraculous' and 'survival'?

Learn 3 ways to sound more British with Lucy

 

LINGOHACK  >>>


REVISION EXERCISE  CLICK HERE for further practice in my site.


69. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions:



       I  want  to  tell you something ..........  Arthur. He  lives ..........  21  Gladstone Avenue,.......... Mrs Harrison  and  Mr Smithers.  He  works .......... the library ..........  Middleford High  Street. The Sunny Snack Bar is quite ......... the  library ..........  the other side .......... the road. Sometimes he  goes there .......... a cup .......... coffee.
 

70. TENSES. Put the verb in brackets into their appropriate form:
     
1. She went to the optician and (her eyes / tested) ____________________________ .
2. These shoes need (clean) ____________, because they are rather dirty.
3. I won't know the answer until I (see) ________ him.
4. She (play) ____________ volleyball for two hours.
5. When I was younger he (play) ________________ football, but now he doesn't play any more.
6. When I (get) ________ home, smoke (come)________ out of one of the upstairs windows.
7. My grandfather can remember (go) _____________ to the cinema with my grandmother.
8. Would you like (come) ___________ to a party on Saturday evening?
9. I'm looking forward (meet) ______________ you again next summer.
10. I (not take) ________________ that bus because I have a meeting in Granada at 14.00 and      I'm  afraid I (not arrive) _______________ in time if I take that one.


71. Put the following sentences into the PASSIVE VOICE:

1. They are cleaning your house at the moment.  
2. We call Lieutenant Columbus only in special occasions.
3. Someone stole all the jewels last night.   
4. Nobody will serve refreshments until the match is over.
5. People think they make these artificial flowers of silk.
                                                                                                                                            

lunes, 1 de mayo de 2017

Our VII Study trip to the British-Irish Isles: Cambridge 2018????



The group that has participated on our VI Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (Edinburgh 2017) has decided that next year they want to go to Cambridge, so we will be having our ZERO meeting on Wednesday, 10th May in the Language Department. 

A rough idea of our proposal will be given, as well as further interesting details to bear in mind so as to be as quick as possible in the organization of the experience.

Anyway, before talking about our possible study trip for next year, here's the video we have made about our VI Study trip to the British-Irish Isles. I hope you like it:

 

 

and here's also  >>> a Summary report on the answers given to the feedback form by our students and their families.


 

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What makes Cambridge a model cycling city? (The Guardian)

And now have a look at what we did in our II Study trip to the British-Irish Isles in 2013:

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  • My blog (Spanish version

  • My site   

  • Although the school we would be going to is different, here's the report that came out of the experience written by the  TEACHERS' 

  • Other interesting material to see: photos, videos (1, 2 )....

Some data about a school trip done this year (2017): flyer & school we would be going to SELECT ENGLISH



Other sites to visit:




And talking about possible announcements, here's Lucy's...

 

 

Learn 'How I learned Spanish! My journey to fluency' with Lucy



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