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

jueves, 29 de agosto de 2019

The Amazon rainforest, a big issue for the entire planet!!!

We have been watching on the news this environmental catastrophe in Brazil: the Amazon rainforest on fire!!! and we have seen how everybody was talking about. Why? Because this is an issue that not only affects Brazil, but the whole planet.







Here are some articles for you to read and a piece of news to watch about the issue:

and the Lingohack episode is also talking about it...

LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 190828 / 28 August 2019    >>>  The Amazon rainforest and climate change:    Language related to 'climate change'.  Need-to-know language: carbon dioxide, heating up, global warming, deforestation  & fossil fuels.


Listening exercise to do: How can I help the environment? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



HIGHWAY TO B2.....

USE OF ENGLISH. Multiple-choice exercise. Choose the appropriate option:

31. A photographer ...........  was taking photos of the group.    (A  worked for the local paper    B   which worked for the local paper   C  has worked for the local paper   D   who works for the local paper)

32. "Get closer together," the photographer  .............  them.   (A  said    B   told   C  informed   D   explained)
33. "Now,  .............  all smile, please?", he asked.  (A  may you    B   do you   C  shall you   D   can you)
34. The vicar was standing  ............... the bridegroom.     (A  after    B   behind   C  back from   D  behind of)
35. He thought, "............... Harry from the time he was a boy."   (A  I've known    B   I'd know  C  I knew   D  I'd have known)
36. He was happy Harry .............. such a nice girl.     (A  married    B   has married   C  did marry   D   had married)
37. Some guests ............ for the reception.     (A  left already    B   had been left already   C  had already left   D   having already left)
38. They felt the sooner they got there,  .............. they could eat and drink.        (A  the more    B   the most   C  more   D  more than)
39. They were  ............ the others.   (A  greedy than     B  more greedier than   C  more greedy than   D   so greedy as)
40. If they had stayed, they .................. in the photograph.     (A  should be     B   were to have been   C  could have been   D  had been)

SOLUTIONS to the B2 exercise in the previous post:  21. D   22. B   23. C   24. A   25. B  26. C  27. C  28. D  29. D  30. B 




mmmEnglish presents us 5 Common Expressions with CATCH | English Collocations



Football's Greatest Teams ... Bayern München       





 

The English We Speak: Have you ever told a little lie? (BBC Learning English)

 

News Review: Tiny 'cousin' of T. rex found (BBC Learning English)


 

15 comentarios:

  1. The image of the burning Amazon has become the center of world attention after a series of fires exposed the growing deforestation in the largest tropical forest in the world.

    More than 40,000 species of plants, 1,300 types of birds and 426 different mammals live in the Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world with 6.7 million square kilometers.

    That the Amazon rainforest is on fire is not only a problem of Brazil but of the entire planet because this fire is producing very polluting gases and that this jungle provides 30% of the oxygen in the atmosphere and if it stops providing that amount of oxygen would be a big problem for the planet and for humanity.

    ResponderEliminar
  2. The recent news about this great fire worries a large part of the planet, we are talking about the burning of the Amazon, the place where much of the earth's oxygen is obtained.

    This impact will have serious consequences since it will take a long time to repopulate the area.

    In this jungle live about 400 indigenous peoples and millions of species that could be endangered.

    Marta Rodríguez

    ResponderEliminar
  3. jose antonio castillo romero30 de agosto de 2019, 20:22

    It´s sad to see how the plungs are burning at the moment, and the goverment that can do most, Brazil didn´t do anything at first because the fire on rainforest clear the way for them to make crop fields, and farms for animals.
    But, how the fire start? the most probably thing is local farmers start it, for the reasons I have already explained. These reasons aren´t enough to justify all the damage to the ecosistem and, even for the whole planet, because The Amazon Rainforest produce a high percentage of the oxygen in the world, even there are a big biodiversitywith unique species.
    So in a nutshell the burning in The Amazon is a problem that involves everyone and every country.

    ResponderEliminar
  4. The reason why it is suspected that most fires are caused in jungle areas, although logging and burning is a relatively normal agricultural practice, I think they should take care of it more

    ResponderEliminar
  5. The reason why it is suspected that most fires are caused in jungle areas, although logging and burning is a relatively normal agricultural practice, I think they should take care of it more

    ResponderEliminar
  6. The Amazon is on fire !!
    The Amazon is the lung of the planet as it is the largest forest in the world. The image of the Amazon in flames is the center of attention at the moment since it is where most of the oxygen comes out, many people are angry because they say yes, that all people spread the image but nobody does anything, the fire of Notre Dame It was given more importance than the fire that is happening in our lungs and I think that everything is for political and economic reasons. Some companies have given money to help the Amazon.

    Maria González Lozano

    ResponderEliminar
  7. It´s sad to see how the Amazon is burning at the moment, and the goverment that can do most, Brazil didn´t do anything at first because the fire in the rainforest clearing it away for them to make crop fields, and farms for animals.
    But, how did the fire start? the most probable thing is local farmers start it, for the reasons I have already explained. These reasons aren´t enough to justify all the damage to the ecosistem and, even for the whole planet, because The Amazon Rainforest produces a high percentage of the oxygen in the world, even there are a big biodiversity with unique species.
    So in a nutshell the burning in The Amazon is a problem that involves everyone and every country.

    ResponderEliminar
  8. Each year the number of fires increases worldwide due to pollution. Almost all of them are detected in Brazil and the situation is becoming very dangerous. So far this year there have been more than 80,000 fires. Do you think it is really so dangerous that the Amazon disappears?

    During the month of August, fires have expanded more rapidly due to dry weather, wind and heat. But even during the dry season, large fires are not a natural phenomenon in the tropical Amazon ecosystem. According to experts, most of the fire flames are caused by felling and burning trees.

    On the one hand, the situation is very dangerous because everyone on the planet benefits from the health of the Amazon. Its trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, therefore, the Amazon has a very important role in the extraction of greenhouse gases that heat the planet from the atmosphere. Besides, if trees and plants die, they would release billions of tons of carbon that would make it impossible to escape from a climate catastrophe. In addition, people closest to the fires will have the most immediate effects because they already have trouble breathing. Another big problem is that one in ten species of animals on Earth live in the Amazon and are dying.

    On the other hand, there are many political problems among countries because more money is needed to save the Amazon. More than 10,400 firefighters are dispersed in 5.5 million square kilometers but the "critical points" are in places where they cannot cover. In addition, there are 778 municipalities throughout the Amazon, of which only 110 of them have fire departments. Another big problem is that the use of airplanes to put out fires is not a typical method of extinguishing fires in tropical forests, and it will be very expensive.

    To sum up, our future depends on the Amazon and I believe that people are not aware of the big problem.


    Desirée Rodríguez Arias

    ResponderEliminar
  9. Nowadays, the Amazon, called “the Iug of the earth” is one of the most important jungles in the world and as we all know is being burned. Moreover, this isn´t only an environmental catastrophe, it is a tragedy that affects the whole world. So, Why is it so big? Is it really so bad for us? What consequences can it have?

    On the one hand, we all know that the Amazon is a huge forest full of animals and plants and that it is burning can only have horrible consequences for us but then, why do we not stop the fire as soon as possible?Well, this fire, that is really danngerous, is raging across the world’s largest tropical rainforest as farmers, land-grabbers and loggers torch trees and clear land for crops or grazing. However, politicians do nothing because they think they can get money by turning the Amazon into a place to grow food crops and build buildings and this is very sad because they don't think that for humans, burning that forest is a terrible idea. In addition, we need to know that according to statistics 1 in 10 species of animals live in the Amazon and they will burn together with it.

    On the other hand, there is the issue of global warming; everyone on the planet benefits from the health of the Amazon. As its trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, the Amazon plays a huge role in pulling planet-warming greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Without it, climate change speeds up and the earth may have suffered irreversible changes sooner than we expected. Moreover, this fire is taking too long to be controlled and every minute that passes, it will affect us terribly in the future so we must work faster if we really want to sabe the planet. Nearby villages have been the first to notice the consequences, the mortality rate has increased in these areas and the number of people who are dying has increased; “We can't breathe well, the air is polluted by the smoke of the flames” they said.

    All in all, the fire of the Amazon is a terrible catastrophe that must be controlled as son as posible. In my opinión, if we try top ut out the fire as son as posible and replant everything tthat has been burned, perhaps the Amazon can go on as usual, but if we do nothing i am sure that the earth will be an uninhabitable place for humans sooner than we think.

    ResponderEliminar
  10. Este comentario ha sido eliminado por el autor.

    ResponderEliminar
  11. Nowadays there are too many fires on Earth. But, this fire is more important than others because the Amazon is the lung of Earth, for this the news is saying that this problem not only affects Brazil, but also all the world.
    When it happened the news didn´t say anything and I don´t know why, but after a few weeks all the news were talking about this, because some rich people donated money to save the Amazon.
    In my opinion these things shouldn´t happen again because these things are very bad for the world, the animals, the plants and of course the humans.
    This doesn´t only release Co2, but also kill animals, remove the home of different types of animals, and burn too many species of trees, and species of herbs... The Amazon´s fire of course affects the climate change, which melts the poles and, therefore, makes the sea levels up, and the scientists say that in 2050 some big cities will disappear.

    ResponderEliminar
  12. We need to stop this. Please, the trees that are burning are a waste. Stop please.


    Rocío Avellanedas Nocete 1°A

    ResponderEliminar
  13. Este comentario ha sido eliminado por el autor.

    ResponderEliminar
  14. The Amazon is the largest tropical forest in the world. It is found in South America and is very famous for its biodiversity. Nowadays it is being burned but why is the Amazon burning? Why is this a big deal?

    So, as we know the Amazon is a very wet region, so fires are rare for much of the year. Experts say that causes point to deforestation. Moreover, Amazon burning has very bad consequences. Plants use the carbon dioxide from the air to give back oxygen to the enviroment. This oxygen is essential for living beings, since it allows us to breathe and perform vital functions.

    In addition, Amazon is not only very important for our health but also its destruction has also consequences for the living being that live in it. There are 50% of plants and 20% of birds from all over the planet. And finally, air pollution is harmful to people´s health.

    In conclusion, the fire of the Amazon is a terrible catastrophe that must be controlled. If we do not act quickly and stop this, the consequences will be worse.

    Lucia Guirado Ruiz 1ºA bachillerato.
    ResponderEliminar

    ResponderEliminar