Monday, 31 October 2011

Mini presentation: The legend of Corocotta.

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Vegetable pie

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Ingredients (12 people)

  • ½  kg cabbage
  • ¼  kg potatoes
  • ¼  kg French beans
  • ¼  kg carrots
  • ¼  kg cauliflower
  • ¼  kg green peas
  • 3 scoops of homemade tomato sauce
  • ¼ l milk cream
  • 8 egss
  • garlic
  • salt


Step 1:
In a saucepan with water and salt, boil all the vegetables for about 15 minutes.

Step 2:
In a frying pan with a bit of olive oil, sauté all the vegetables with the garlic (which must be removed)

Step 3:
Once sautéed, the vegetables must be blended in a food and, with a wooden spoon, mix them with the homemade tomatoe sauce, eggs and cream.

Step 4:
Pour the mixture into a baking pan, previously covered with butter and bread crumbs, and bake it in a bain marie.

Step 5:
When introducing a knife into the baking, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Just let it cool and unmold it later.

Orlando Pérez. B2+
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Pineapple Sponge Cake

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This delicious cake is great for special occasions. Its taste reminds me of my grandmother’s recipes. Its texture is fluffy and spongy.
Besides, the pineapple flavour makes it mouth-watering.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
·         12 maraschino cherries
SERVINGS

10 people.


PREPARATION METHOD


1.    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2.    Sift the cake flour and baking powder together.
3.    Separate the eggs, put the egg yolks into a large bowl and the egg whites into a small bowl. With an electric mixer beat the egg yolks until thick and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Add the lemon and the pineapple juice. Add the sifted cake flour mixture gradually while continually beating. Beat until just blended (about 1 1/2 minutes).
4.    With an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the salt until moist peaks form (about 1 minute). Gradually beat in 3/4 cup of the white sugar (about 50 seconds).
5.    Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter and mix until blended. Pour batter into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan. With a knife or spatula gently cut through batter going round in circular motion six times to release any air bubbles.
6.    Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for about 1 hour or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Invert pan on rack to cool. Once the cake is cool loosen sides with a spatula and remove it from pan. Frost the cake with whipped cream and garnish with wedges of pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Aida Fernández. B2+. Source: All Recipes.com
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Friday, 28 October 2011

Mini presentation: Leonardo da Vinci

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The true face of Leonardo:






Some famous pics:
 










By Graciela Suárez Díaz (2nd advanced level)
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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Past trends. Elementary level

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Read the questions below and get ready for a speech about all these issues. Draft it and rehearse it carefully, try to plan everything, give details, link your sentences and keep on talking.

Who used to do what at home? Has that changed over the years?

What about you in your household? Did you use to do housework? And now, do you do housework?

What about shopping trends in the past? Who used to do the shopping? Did men use to manage on their own?

Did you use to buy in shopping centres twenty years ago? What about nowadays?

What did you use to do on Saturday night? Did there use to be lots to do when you were a teenager? How did you spend your free time?

Did people use to pay with the same currency as nowadays?

You can start your speech like this:

When I was twelve years old …


Record your speaking practice using Audacity, save it as an .mp3 file and mail it to your teacher. Your talk will be published on this blog.

If you feel confident enough so as to publish your own post, you are welcome. 

First, you must upload your speaking practice to an online storage site, for example, SoundCloud; then, copy the embed code and paste it to your blog entry; your teacher will mark your talk and send you the result.

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Eating habits. Intermediate level

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Read the questions below and get ready for a speech about all these issues. Draft it and rehearse it carefully, try to plan everything, give details, link your sentences and keep on talking.

Do you like eating out? Why/Why not?

Are you a vegetarian? Do you know anybody who is? What kind of eating habits do they have? Do you agree with those habits? Why/Why not?

Have you ever been on a diet to lose weight? Can slimming diets become dangerous for your health?

Can you cook? Do you ever cook? If you do, do you enjoy cooking? Do you cook regularly or only on special occasions? What’s your favourite dish?


Record your speaking practice using Audacity, save it as an .mp3 file and mail it to your teacher. Your talk will be published on this blog.

If you feel confident enough so as to publish your own post, you are welcome. 

First, you must upload your speaking practice to an online storage site, for example, SoundCloud; then, copy the embed code and paste it to your blog entry; your teacher will mark your talk and send you the result.
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Our blog and Docente 2.0

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Today, Docente 2.0, a neat resource bank for teachers, has posted an entry about our classroom blog.
I'd like to thank them for their nice reference and invite you all to follow their blog too.


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The History of Halloween

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Watch this video clip about the History of Halloween:



Read the following comprehension questions and answer them. Then, check your score.

Enjoy the spooky night!
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Priorities for next week. Elementary level

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Use the following prompts to help you with your priorities for the up-coming week.  First, make a list of tasks that require time from your life. Second, estimate the amount of time you need for each task. Third, schedule these tasks. Finally, draft a talk about all these issues.




Record your speaking practice using Audacity, save it as an .mp3 file and mail it to your teacher. Your talk will be published on this blog.
If you feel confident enough so as to publish your own post, you are welcome. First, you must upload your speaking practice to an online storage site, for example, SoundCloud; then, copy the embed code and paste it to your blog entry; your teacher will mark your talk and send you the result.
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Imaginary holidays. Intermediate level

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Choose one of the imaginary destinations below and talk for about three minutes about an imaginary holiday you took there.



CRUISE AROUND NORWAY

HIKING TRIP TO THE ALPS

TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE ENGLISH COURSE IN OXFORD

HONEYMOON IN JAPAN

SHOPPING TRIP TO MANHATTAN

Record your speaking practice using Audacity, save it as an .mp3 file and mail it to your teacher. Your talk will be published on this blog.

If you feel confident enough so as to publish your own post, you are welcome. 

First, you must upload your speaking practice to an online storage site, for example, SoundCloud; then, copy the embed code and paste it to your blog entry; your teacher will mark your talk and send you the result.
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Midnight in Paris

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Jamie Oliver: chocoholic

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Watch this video where famous British chef Jamie Oliver is cooking a special recipe:


Then, try to answer these comprehension questions, discuss the oral prompts and get ready to try out your own special recipe. Afterwards, when you feel confident, check your score using this answer key sheet.


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Adventurous cooking

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Get ready for a cooking experience: think of an adventurous, special recipe. Carefully organize your layout: ingredients you need and appropriate amounts, the number of people it’s serving, and the clear steps of the whole procedure. Once you’ve made up your mind, write your recipe and post it.

Here you are some tips about how to start the description of your mouth-watering surprise. Your comments are also welcome.




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Monday, 24 October 2011

Gino's Trattoria

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Ready for food, cooking and diet? Visit Gino's Trattoria and have wonderful healthy Mediterranean food.



You'll need Java and the Malted Web 2.0 plugin in order to work with this unit properly.

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Trends

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Ready to see how trends have changed over the years? Would you like to learn what people used to and didn't use to do in the past? Then, enter this unit and find out.


Enter Trends

You'll need to have Java and the Malted Web 2.0 plugin installed in your computer in order to work with this material properly.

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Sally Bercow brings some order to the Big Brother house

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Read this article from The Guardian.


After going through the comprehension questions, check your score with this answer key sheet.


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Challenges of Gifted Adolescents

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Read the text below about the problems faced by gifted pre-teens and then answer the reading comprehension questions about it.


After doing this comprehension task, you can check how well it has gone for you using this answer key sheet.




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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates

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Watch Steve Jobs at Stanford:


Do the comprehension assignment and check your score.

Now, watch Bill Gates at Harvard:


Do the comprehension assignment about his speech and check your score.

Finally, have a look at this presentation and discuss:

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Ideal School

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If you'd like to know more about schools, learning and education, here you are The Ideal School. Click on the link below and practise your skills.



In order to view the activities properly, you will need to have Java and the Malted Web 2.0 plugin installed in your computer.
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Seaside Holidays

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Thinking of going on holidays? Dreaming of your next break?
Click on the link below and discover the most amazing seaside holidays.



In order to use this material correctly, you'll need to have Java and the Malted Web 2.0 plugin installed in your computer.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Four lions, by Miguel

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The Bridges of Madison County

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Mercedes Martín is sharing an audio review about this famous film.




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Monday, 17 October 2011

Why do we need lawyers?

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Listen to the following interview:



Next, read the comprehension questions and choose the correct option for each of them. You can listen again while you are answering the questions.



Finally, check your score and read the audio script.
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What job would you love to do? Which one would you hate?

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Listen to these five speakers talking about jobs they would and wouldn’t do. 


Then, answer the comprehension questions. When you are done, you can check your score using this answer key sheet.


*Audio file from New English File. Advanced. Listening comprehension task by Mª Jesús García San Martín.
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Sunday, 16 October 2011

My life without me

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Life is Beautiful, by Rosa Menéndez

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Girl with a Pearl Earring

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My Blackberry is not working

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Listen, enjoy and try to identify as many words regarding ICT as you can.

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Monty Python's Life of Brian.

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Monty Python's Life of Brian. 

  British comedy film written, directed and largely performed by the Monty Python comedy team.
This is the trailer of the film:


My comments of the film:


Some of my favourite scenes of the film:




Graciela Suárez Díaz
2nd Advanced Level
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