Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Keeping my brain fit

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Raising your child to be famous

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Don't Panic You Can

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Lullaby, by The Cure

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Watch and Listen.


Music is part of our lives. And so is Halloween!

When you listen to this song, what effect does it produce on you? 
Is it beneficial, healing?
Does it make you feel smarter?
Does it improve your physical performance?
Does it lessen your fatigue?
Does it calm you down?

Here are some words that describe what music can do to you and for you:  soothe, excite, relax, stimulate, meditate, calm, enlighten, frighten, help you re-focus, invigorate, rejuvenate, stir your imagination, make you happy, lift your mood, restore, cure, heal, empower, stir, incite, lift your spirits, make you more alert, exhilarate, and so on.

Can you think of more words and phrases?

Now, if you feel ready, you can watch again and read the lyrics at the same time.  
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Halloween History

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Ready for the spooky night?

OK! Then, let's learn a bit of Halloween History.

Click on the image below and get ready for the terrorific activities!


To work properly with this resource, you need Java and the Malted plugin in your computer.

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Cooking Mamma

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By D. Morán, D. Marques and Diana

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I Spy

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For That's English Students. A2. M3


Working with this digital unit, you will learn about the following aspects:

Grammar: Present Simple. Can. Question words. 

Functions: giving personal information, expressing abilities, likes and dislikes, describing people, telling the time. 

Vocabulary: Jobs. Colours. 

Phonetics: -s endings. Sounds in “she” and “see”. Vowel sounds


Click to enter the lesson and do the activities.

To be able to work with this resource properly, you must have JAVA and the Malted Plugin in your computer.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Seaside Holidays

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For That's English Students. B1. M 6.




Goals: to develop students knowledge in relation with seaside experiences, this includes specific vocabulary, document types and conversational exchanges, it also includes training in the four major skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking, both individual and collective work are practised, and computer based work practices are developed. 

Grammar and vocabulary: vocabulary related to seaside experiences, passive and active vocabulary. 

Language functions: narrating, phonemic transcription of new vocabulary, prosodic aspects of English speech: stress, rhythm and intonation, cultural background related to a popular British habit.

Click to enter the lesson and do the activities.

To be able to work with this resource properly, you must have JAVA and the Malted Plugin in your computers.

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Fun time with compound adjectives!

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Do you enjoy completing crossword puzzles?


Well, I hope so; here you are an easy one for you to consolidate compound adjectives.


Let's see how many you can guess. Good luck!




Once you feel happy with your work, you can check how well you've done using this answer key sheet.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Andres is sharing his ideal holiday

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Diego's ideal holiday

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Diego, from That's English, is sharing his ideal holiday with us today!

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

The boy in the striped pyjamas, by Soraya

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Cristina becomes a film critic

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Would you like to be polite?

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Then, try pronouncing the requests below with nice intonation.



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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Hours, by Diana

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Monday, 22 October 2012

The boy in the striped pyjamas, by Rosa

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Snow White and the Huntsman, by Julia

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The Big Lebowski, by @gfaurelio

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Amercian Beauty, by Henar

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Titanic, by David F.

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Self - help books

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Listen to the interview below.



While you listen, choose the correct answer for the following questions.


  1. Choose the correct synonym for ‘alienate’
    1. isolate
    2. hide
    3. block

  1. Michael Heppell is a …… of self-help books
    1. well known salesman
    2. popular writer
    3. very good retailer

  1. Choose the most appropriate definition for ‘challenges’, as heard in the interview.
    1. difficulties
    2. contests
    3. objections

  1. Circle the option that best fits into the meaning of the expression ‘a low-point’.
    1. A valley
    2. The bottom
    3. A rough patch

  1. ‘Flip it’ is aimed at three …
    1. compulsive readers
    2. social classes
    3. target groups

  1. Explain the sentence ‘Self-help books are like religion without the bad bits’

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  1. Circle the sentence that best fits into the definition of ‘grievance’, as heard in the interview.
    1. She had applied for that job before and was turned down, so now she couldn’t help holding a grudge against the company.
    2. After her husband died, she felt absolutely devastated.
    3. When her life came close to an end, she realized her sons would cry for her.
  2. According to Joan Smith, realizing that a part of one’s life is not under one’s own control … you …
    1. makes/ cross
    2. drives/mad
    3. lets/down

  1. Controlling your reactions is … to feel happier
    1. essential
    2. impossible
    3. unimportant

  1. The work by Toby Young was about
    1. personal and professional facts
    2. British people and friends
    3. A Briton’s emotions
When you feel happy with your work, check your score using this answer key sheet and read the transcript.



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Saturday, 20 October 2012

A Dangerous Method, by D. Morán

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The Damned United, by Isaac

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Just a Bill. Will I ever become a Law?

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Watch this musical video about about a cartoon that explains all the steps a bill must undergo in order to become a law in USA.


Can you now describe the whole process? If you can, leave your comments, I'll be glad to read them.
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Writing an informal email

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That's English. Intermediate level. Year 1. M. 6


Your English speaking friend, Mark, is coming to Spain for his first holidays abroad.

Think of a place you’d recommend him to visit. Make a list with all the advantages and disadvantages of the place you have chosen and then, draft an email to Mark.

Here you are some prompts that might help you:
Location
Weather
Local food
Accommodation
Type of holiday
Sightseeing
Communications and transport
When you feel ready, make a brand new entry on our classroom blog and write your letter, I’ll soon leave my comments.

About 80 – 100 words.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

On holiday

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This is a speaking activity for That's English students. Intermediate level. Year 1.

Have a look at  the pictures below.





Now, think about the following questions:

What is your type of ideal holiday?
Can you talk about the best holiday you've ever had? Give details.
If you could have a break right now, where would you go?

When you are ready, go to our Talkgroup and make a recording talking about this topic. 

Have fun!
Pictures from Google Images.






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The Iron Lady, by David F. Marques

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THE IRON LADY is a 2011 British biographical film based on Margaret Thatcher's life. Margaret, Baroness THATCHER, Prime minister of the United Kingdom and the only woman ever to have held the post,was nicknamed THE IRON LADY because from youth she was a very clear and determined woman
She was one of the greatest politicians in the last century, but the film shows us a much more intimate point of view,trivial conversations with her husband who died years ago. During these passages,the result of her illness, loneliness and hallucinations, she isn't that powerful Prime Minister any more. Perhaps this is the main sign on Thatcher's disease,her senile dementia, her big difficulty to distinguish between the past and the present. To put it in a nutshell, the film works on a viewpoint about M.Thatcher's human life rather than her figure of Margaret the politician.
One of the most provoking scenes is when she was already retiredwent shopping and came unnoticed by the rest of the citizens, it's incredible for a woman that was the great leader not only in THE UK ,but also in all the world,another memorable scene was when she came into the House of Commons surrounded only by men,a woman that took such a hard decision about the Falklands War or the savage strikes by the Trade Unions too was without doubt a determined and brave woman and HOWEVER now was a delicate old woman that always missed her husband.
I have to stick out the actress MERYL STREEP,her performance was widely acclaimed and considered to be of the finest of her career.I liked very much the soundtrack too,composed by Thomas Newman.
I want to finish with a right sentence " The big men (in this case womenare reraly isolated tops.They are summits of mountain chains "SHE was a great leader but her FATHER (A POLITICIAN TOO) and her HUSBAND were necessary.
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THE IRON LADY. Phyllida Lloyd, 2011. By Julia

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The Iron Lady is a historical film based on the biography of Margaret Thatcher, who is the only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Through her distorted perspective the Director shows us the most relevant facts in the life of Margaret. In the first scene appears an elderly, lonely widow with dementia.Then, in flashback, she enters politics and meets her husband, a successful businessman, Denis Thatcher (Jim Broadbent). During the time as Prime Minister, Margaret shows her authority and her inability to accept advice from her colleagues. There are several scenes where we can appreciate this feature. The director, and of course Meryl Streep, have done an excellent job in this regard. So, the movie is worth seeing.


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The Rock, by Yolanda G.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The Iron Lady, 2011. By Cristina

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Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Screenwriter: Abi Morgan
Music by: Thomas Newman
Genre: Biographical drama
Main actors:
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher
Olivia Colman as Carol Thatcher
Alexandra Roach as young Margaret Thatcher
Harry Lloyd as young Denis Thatcher
Synopsis:
After a lifetime making the most difficult decisions for her country 'The Iron Lady of the west world' has to face the most terrible blow of her life.The corageous, strict, self confident and determined Margaret Thatcher fights agaisnt her worst enemy, herself, who has become an insecure and confused woman because of her illness. The film is a continuous flasfback to the most relevant events of her career and personal life during the late forties untill the present day. And it is set in Great Britain, especially in Grantham, where she grows up and starts to be involved in politics, and London, where her great worth is recognized at last.
My film review:
The film is quite accurate according to the chronological order of the events and the real scenes adds realism and drama to the movie like, the annoyed and upsept British society on strike, the Falklands war and so on. In my opinion, this is an entertaining and thought-proking film and probably a bit moving. In conclusion, not only is the film worth a watch,but also Meryl Streep's superb performance is. As a result, she was awarded The Academy Award for the best actress in 2012.
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The Iron Lady, by D. Morán

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The film is set in the United Kingdom in the present days, when Margaret is an old woman, but it jumps backwards and forwards, while she remembers the most important facts of her life. 
The main character of the film is Margaret Thatcher, very well played by Meryl Streep.
The film is about Margaret´s life, a humble woman who was able to become Prime Minister of England at a time when men ruled countries and women were just housewives.
The most memorable scene is, in my opinion, when she is elected as Prime Minister and arrives at her new home in Downing Street, goes out of the car and all the press is there waiting for her to take a photo with the other members of the government.
I think what makes the film good is the great interpretation of Meryl Streep, very well characterized as Margaret Thatcher.
In 2011 the film was awarded with two Oscars, best actress (Meryl Streep) and best makeup. The actress was also awarded with the Golden Globe.
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Monday, 15 October 2012

The King's Speech by Aurelio

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The King's Speech is a British film based on Prince Albert, the Duke of York life's and future George VI. It's a historical film, set in the interwar period in England, a period when England has a big Empire all around the World.
The film starts when Prince Albert, played by Colin Firth, during his first speech in public, is in trouble, he stammers. In fact he can't make a good speech. After this trouble, his wife Elizabeth, played by Helena Bonham Carter, persuades him to meet Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, who, with a big effort, helps Albert to have no troubles when he talks in public. First  Logue searches for the cause of that problem and why Albert stammers. After some events, George V dies, and his first son, David, the future Edward VIII, abdicates because he gets married to Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée. And finally Albert becomes King.
In my opinion the most memorable scene is when Albert, in fact King George VI, makes a splendid speech just before the II World War starts, a speech which is broadcasted by radio in the whole British Empire. And with the help of Logue, Albert manages to deliver the speech without any stammering.
For Albert to admit that he has a  problem and maybe his family could be the cause of that problem and to also admit the help given by Logue, could give us a view on how far it is the monarchy and the rest of the people.
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The King´s Speech by Henar García

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The King`s Speech is a British Film, based on the true story of King George VI. The movie was filmed in late 2009 and early 2010, in London and other locations in Britain. It was directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler.
In January 1936, George V (Michael Gambon) died, and his son Edward (Guy Pearce) ascends the throne as King Edward VIII. Months laterEdward, pressed by the impossibility to get married with the woman he loves, decides to abdicate and Prince Albert (played by Colin Firth) becomes King George VI.
Albert is affected by a painful stammer that difficults his speech. Trying to solve his elocution problems, his wife Isabel (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Longue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian speech therapist who uses unconventional methods.
The magnificence of this film is the story of these two characters and how Lionel Longue,through therapy, fights with the King`s deepest fears, and how Bertie gains confident in himself.
The end of the film is really exciting, a film that deserves each of the five Oscar awards that  has.

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The King's Speech, by Isaac

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The King's Speech is a recent film directed by Tom Hooper in 2010, set in the interwar period in the United Kingdom. We can catalogue it as an historical drama, or even a biographical one, because the plot is about the problems that King George VI —wonderfully played by Colin Firth— had to face due to his stammer. Basically, the movie shows us how Lionel Logue, a speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush, receives the task of helping the king at the time he still was the Duque of York. In the same way, we can also see all the process by which he becomes monarch of Great Britain owing to the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII (played by Guy Pearce).In my opinion, the most memorable scene of this film is the radio speech, when he announces, full of solemnity and helped by Lionel Logue, the British participation in the Second World War against Germany.Lastly, it's necessary to point out the great performance of Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, the king's wife.
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The Iron Lady, by Yolanda G.

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Basically, this is a British biographical film directed by Phillyda Lloyd in 2011 and based on Margaret Thatcher's life, the first and the only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century.

In a series of flashbacks an elder Margaret Thutcher (played by Meryl Streep) is remembering different important moments of her life. She has dementia, so she can´t distinguish present and past. You can see from a young lower-class lady to a strong and powerful woman that becomes a Primer Minister nicknamed as “The Iron Lady”. 

This moving film shows us the raise and fall of Margaret and the things that she has to give up to become a powerful woman and not “one of those women who stay silent in the arms of her husband”

Regarding the most memorable scene, there is one in which she says “I have done battle every single day of my life“. Obviously, this represents how much she has had to fight to be in charge in a world of men.
Finally, I want to add that Meryl Streep played the character wonderfully,and that has led her to win two BAFTA, one Golden Globe and one Oscar.
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Sunday, 14 October 2012

THE KING'S SPEECH,2010

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Directed by Tom Hooper
Screenwriter David Seilder
Music by Alexandre Desplot
Genre: historical drama
Main actors:
- Colin Firth as George VI King of England
- Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue
- Helena Bonham Carter as Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon, Duchess of York
- Michel Gambon as King George V
- Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII
- Eve Best as Wallis Simpson

This moving film is set in England in the 20th-century. It begins with the coronation of Prince Albert and the second son of King George V, Prince George, who is reading a closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition in 1925.
He is desperate because of his stammering; therefore, his wife Elisabeth, Duchess of York, persuades him to meet Lione Logue, an Australian speach therapist who works in London
At the begining of their sessions, Price George thinks that there is little prospect of improving his speech. They start working with muscular relaxation tecniques and breath control. They soon become friends and confidents.
When King George dies, Prince Albert ascends to the throne as King Edward VIII. He wants to get married to an American divorcee called Wallis Simpson. Prince George reminds his brother that he can't marry a divorced woman. They argue and King Edward makes fun of his brother because of his speech impediment. Finally King Edward has to abdicate in favour of his brother. 
In September 1939, war breaks out between Great Britain and Germany. King George VI has to prepare a speech for British people and he asks Logue for help because of the importance of broadcasting to the modern monarchy. The film ends when King George makes his  speech successfully without stammering.
I think one of the most memorable scenes is when King George and his family go out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to see all the people who are there to support him. They applaud the effort that he has made to overcome his speech impediments.

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The Angels' Share

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When you read the title The Angels' Share, what kind of film do you think you are about to watch? Why?

Now watch the trailer of the film. Were you right or wrong?



Let’s watch the trailer again and decide on the answers to the following questions:

Where is the film set?
What kind of youth gang, if any, is it depicting?
Is there a turning point in the main character’s life? If so, what is it?
Could you briefly summarize the synopsis of the film, just by watching its trailer?

After watching the trailer once again, discuss on the following issues in groups:

Have a look at the infographic below and talk about the facts it is providing you with:


Why do youngsters drink alcohol?
How can alcohol affect your life?
Should the legal age to buy and drink alcohol be changed? Why/Why not?
Can you suggest any other measures to prevent youngsters from drinking alcohol?

Finally, write an essay entitled Second Chances, everybody deserves one. (Around 200-220 words)

You can also download this worksheet if you like.



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The Iron Lady Phyllida Lloyd 2011

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The Iron Lady  Phyllida Lloyd  2011

Few subjects have been more discussed in recent decades than women's revolution, and Margaret Thatcher is one of the icons of this revolution. In this film Meryl Streep admirably plays Margaret Thatcher in her adult and old life, making visible how her stormy life took toll on her health. 

The Iron Lady is a biographical film that narrates the life of the only woman who has ever held the post of Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. During the film we can see Margaret Tatcher in her eighties, struggling with dementia and confused about the present and the past, while her defining moments are shown in a series of flashbacks. 

The film is full of memorable sentences but I would like to highlight the moment in which Lady Thatcher interrupts one of the deputies of her party by telling him "with all due repect Sir, I have done battle every single day of my life". Although the film was criticized and praised depending on whom, no one doubts Meryl Streep's performance is brilliant, actually she was awarded with The Golden Globe, The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and the Oscar.
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