Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Value of Wrinkles

A tribute to grandparents

Have a look at the picture above and comment on what it suggests to you, what memories, if any, come to your mind when you see the three characters in it.

Next, read the article entitled Friendship in old age.

Surprised at what you have just read? Do you think the film will have an important message to send? If so, which one?

Next, watch the trailer below and learn more about it all following the link to the film website.

What do you think the film is about?

Now listen to Peter Bradshaw, a British writer and film critic. He has already enjoyed the film and is telling us what it is about. 

Were you right?

Get some more glimpses of Wrinkles and think of your grandparents, your memories of them, an outstanding episode in your lives, what the value of their wrinkles is, what they have taught you, what you have learnt from them, and any other detail that pays a tribute to grandparents.

And finally, the warmest task, which consists of pinning about your grandparents onto our Pinterest Wall: The Value of Wrinkles

Add your pin with a picture and your tribute; grandparents and their wrinkles deserve it!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Online Reputation and Cyberbullying

Watch the video below about Kate Web's problem:

Now, think and list the short-term and long-term consequences of irresponsible online behaviour. You can leave your list items on the Comments section if you like.

Next, have a look at these questions:

Who do you want to be online?

What is a digital footprint and how can you control yours?

Have there ever been any embarrassing stories about celebrities that developed online?

What are the strategies that you use to stay safe online?

Which categories of people are more vulnerable online, and why?

Are offline and online risks any different? If so, why?

Next, watch this video about cyberbulling:

Source: Google in Education.

Take your previous answers into account to develop a chart entitled 'We are Model Netizens'. Include safe and unsafe online behaviours.
Use Piktochart to design your infographic; use the free templates available there or start your own from scratch. When you are ready with it, save it, download it as a .png image file and insert your chart in a brand new entry.

This is a sample infographic for you to know what kind of final result you are expected to produce.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Thanksgiving Day. History vs. Past

Thanksgiving & the Turkey



Something good to commemorate


The First Thanksgiving by Marina

The Wampanoag mixed with pilgrims to celebrate the harvest, by Paloma

1621, The Celebration. By Yolanda G.

Reading and writing a short story

Does it break down the ideas of plot, character, conflict, theme and setting?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

You are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving

What do you know about the First Thanksgiving? What would you like to know?

Ready? OK, let's become historians and learn about the First Thanksgiving.

After you have done all the activities and you have learned it all about the First Thanksgiving, click on Share what you've discovered and choose one character. View the various pictures, Google your favourite ones and save at least five that you think may help people understand the main ideas you would like to share.

Then, think of exhibit labels. Exhibit labels are sentences that explain the pictures you have chosen. When you have gathered all the pictures and labels together, visit Photopeach, sign up for free and then log in. 

Design a Museum Exhibit. Your exhibit must have three parts: the title, five slides that include your pictures and your explanatory exhibit labels, plus a final slide with your name and the current date.

When you are done and happy with your work, click on the Embed in Blog button, 

copy the code, 

, get back here and paste the code into a new blog entry using the HTML tab. Do not forget to provide your blog entry with a title.

At the end, you will have to present your Museum Exhibit to the rest of your mates.

Have fun!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The House

If you are a B1 That's English ESL student, you may use this lesson and you will learn about the following contents:

Present continuous, present simple, prepositions of place, there is, there are. 

Talking about activities taking place at the moment, describing a picture, a place. 

The house, furniture, family. 

-ing endings.

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Monday, 19 November 2012




·                  2 cups all-purpose flour.
·                  100 ml. of cream.
·                  A couple of eggs.
·                  1/3 cup of sugar
·                  1 teacup of chocolate chips
·                  1 tsp baking powder
·                  1 cup pure maple syrup
·                  1 cup of milk
·                  A chunk of unsalted butter to rub the tray
·                  Bread crumbs as needed


1.                Preheat the oven to 210°C. Rub with butter a 9-inch (22/23-cm) cake pan and dust with bread crumbs.  
2.                Briskly beat the eggs.
3.                In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, the eggs, the sugar, the cream and the milk.. 
4.                Add the maple syrup, and stir again.
5.                Add the chocolate chips
6.                Pour the ingredients into the cake pan and place it into the oven
7.                Cook for 25-30 minutes until the cake is set in the center. You can use a tester inserted in the center and it is ready when the tester comes out clean.
8.                Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before turning it out of the pan and letting it cool on a cooling rack.

Serving suggestions:

Serve with berries and some peppermint leaves and a cup of Oporto wine.

Nutritional information (per 100 g):

Energy: 500 Kcal
Proteins 5.06 g
CarboHydrates: 62 g.
Fibre: 2.5 g
Fat: 28 g. ( and who cares)
Minerals: Calcium 65 mg
                Sodium 120 mg
                Iron: 0.17 mg
                Iodine: 0,08 mg
                Magnesium: 25 mg
                Zinc: 1 mg
                Selenium: 3.3 mg
                Potassium: 180 mg
                Phosphorus: 40 mg.
Vitamins: B1    0.05 mg
                B2    0.3 mg
                B6    0.02 mg
                B12  0.4 mg
                A  0,4 mg        
                E   0,05 mg
                K   0,02 mg
                D   0,03 mg      


Ingredients (2 servings)
·        5 large eggs
·        4 Western Asturian apples
·        Cinnamon
·        2 tablespoons brown sugar
·        2 tablespoons water
·        1 tablespoon flour
·        Butter for greasing
·        100% pure Maple syrup
·        A crush (either male  or female)
·        Rose-scented candles
·        Suit-up!

1.     Go to your orchard and pick up four marvellous Western Asturian apples. Check they are “tenant-free”. Once peeled, chop the apples gently and kindly place them into a non-stick medium pan. Add 2 tablespoons of water and a pinch of cinnamon. Simmer till you get a “tender” purée. Stir lovingly while simming. Don´t forget to smile throughout the whole process! Set aside.

2.     While the simmering stage is in process, pay a quick visit to the coop and choose 5 fresh Western Asturian eggs. A well- placed “thankyou” to your lying hens will drive them to increase their future egg-lying .So, be polite!

3.     Once back in the kitchen, use two small bowls to separate the yolks from the whites.

4.     Beat the latter well until stiff. Then add the yolks, sugar and flour and stir together until well combined (humming “Call me Maybe” will help). Pour the batter in the purée bowl and whisk with a fork.

5.     Set the table properly for your encounter; light some rose-scented candles and turn down the lights (a dim lightning will foster a successful romantic date)

6.     Butter a non-stick pan and low heat it. Spoon the batter into the frying pan and flip when the underside gets brown. Flip the omelette using a plate and cook until done all the way through. Smile, my friend! Keep smiling!

7.     Dish out the omelette and top with maple syrup to taste. Serve warm (As the date goes on, check if an extra amount of cinnamon is needed) And don´t forget to dress up in a sexy way. Such a special recipe deserves it! And so does your crush! Enjoy yourselves!
Nutritional Facts
Calories are not important tonight! Surely enough, as soon as the date is over, all of them will have been burnt! Anyway, here are some facts to bear in mind in case the meal turns into a complete disaster:
        100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. They are rich in dietary fiber, in antioxidant phyto-nutrients such as flavonoids and polyphenolics, minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Good source of vitamin B and C.
               A natural source of many nutrients including high quality protein, vitamins and minerals, a medium egg contains less than 70 calories. They are rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and iodine. They also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus.
This spicy bark is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium .It also contains very good amounts of vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine. And last but not least, Cinnamon is said to increase the need for love in people.
Maple syrup tends to be high in fat and calories. One popular brand contains 210 calories and 53 g of fat per quarter-cup serving. Maple syrup provides minerals. An ounce of maple syrup provides between 11 and 62 mg of calcium, up to 10 mg of manganese, and up to 5.5 mg of phosphorus.

Note: As for the rest of the ingredients, they just play cameo roles in the overall film, so we´ve skipped their nutritional facts info. SORRY! By the way… what´s odd about the picture?

A family photo

Have a look at the photo below.

Imagine that you want to send this family photo to one of your friends. Write a brief description, saying who is who, where they are placed, what family relationship they hold and any other details you may find relevant (100 words).

When you feel ready, post your description into the Comments textbox.

Then, record your description using our Voice mail.

I'm not hooked on social networks, by Diana

Are you hooked on social networking?

This is Julia's question. 
Listen to her podcast and decide if you agree or disagree.

Hooked on social networks?, by Henar

I'm Aurelio and I'm not hooked on social networks

Why do youngsters drink alcohol?, by Carla

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?

Carla is answering all these questions in the podcast below, just listen and find out.

More about The Angels' Share.

Reasons why youngsters drink alcohol

Jose is sharing the reasons why he thinks youngsters drink alcohol nowadays. 

More about The Angels' Share.

Why do youngsters drink alcohol?, by Nacho

After having watched the trailer of The Angels' Share, Nacho is sharing his viewpoints on alcohol and youngsters.

Alcohol and young people, by Ana

Listen to Ana and find out more about what she thinks about this current issue.

More about The Angels' Share.

Why drinking alcohol when you are young?

Juanjo is trying to answer the question above in this podcast you can listen to now.

More about The Angels' Share.

You will understand it better if you have a look at the infographic below as well.

Drinking alcohol at adolescence, by Miguel

These are the questions Miguel is answering after having watched the trailer of The Angels' Share and thought about the issues in the film.

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?

Youngsters and alcohol

After having watched the trailer of The Angels' Share and thought about this current issue, María is sharing her viewpoints on youngsters and alcohol.

More about The Angels' Share.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Why do youngsters drink alcohol?

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?

María Pérez is answering all these questions after having had a look at The Angels' Share.

Am I hooked on social networks?

Isaac is sharing his viewpoints on this issue.

Addiction to social networks, by David F.

Listen to David F. talking about the likelihood of being hooked on social networks.

Hooked on social networks, by Paloma

As part of the speaking assignment posted on this blog entry, Paloma is sharing her viewpoints on the issue entitled Hooked on Social Networks?

Far West

A great interactive resource for A2 ESL students.


Past simple. 


Narrating stories. 
Talking about places. 




Pronunciation of -ed endings.

If you are a That's English student and you need extra practice about the past tense, I think you may enjoy this resource.

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