Sunday, 31 March 2013

Responding to Do Now #70

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Whatever women do ...

 ... they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

By Soraya. B2 ESL
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Lindo Jong

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Do Now on Twitter

This is an activity for you to explore current issues using social media.

Do Now is a weekly activity for you to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools like Twitter

KQED aims to introduce 21st Century skills and add value to learning through the integration of relevant local content and new media tools and technologies. Do Now gives you a chance to practise civic engagement and digital citizenship skills while you explore ways to connect topics in your classes to the present day.

We are participating for the first time ever in a Round up: Do Now #70: Equal Playing Field for Women

How? It's easy peasy:

1. Read the brief into the topic and listen to the podcast.

2. Tweet your response to the Do Now.


In trouble with Twitter? Watch the video below.

All your tweets are being collected by @KQEDEDSPACE under the #KQEDDONOW hashtag together with those by thousands of other students in the world.

I will let you know about your responses right here, too! Happy Tweeting!

If you need further vocabulary about this social network, just look words up on the Twittonary.
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Quick dinner for friends

Recipes (for 4 people)


Apple salad.
Ingredients: 1 Lettuce, 2 pippin apples, 1 egg, 1 tomato, some cheese, some walnuts, 2 onions and a vinagrette sauce made with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, the juice of one lemon and some salt.

Put the lettuce into a bowl, chop the onions, slice the tomato and mix them. Put in the sliced apples. Add the walnuts and a diced boiled egg. You can also add cheese. To make the vinagrette put some oil into a bowl, squeeze the lemon juice and add it to the oil. Add some salt and stir it.  Finally dress the salad with the vinagrette.

Main course:

Lemon chicken:
Ingredients: 4 Chicken breasts, 2 lemons, 2 onions, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, some salt and pepper.

Put the chicken on a tray with the chopped onions and salt it. Add some oil and the juice of a lemon over it. Put it into the oven and roast it for an hour at 180 C degrees. Serve it decorated with some slices of lemon and some chopped onion. 


Apple pie:

Ingredients: 4 pippin apples, 300 grammes of flour, 3 eggs, 100 grammes of sugar, 2 tablespoons of oil.

Add the flour, the eggs, the oil, and the sugar and knead them until the ingredients are well combined to make a dough. Put the dough on a baking tray and cover it with the sliced apples. Decorate it with some dough stripes onto the apples. Put it into the oven. 30 minutes at 200 C degrees.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Colour idioms

How many colours do you know?
And how many idioms can you associate with colours?

Answer the questionnaire below and find out!

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An-Mei Hsu's Life

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A Tiger Character Trapped Inside A Meek Woman

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The trip to immigrants into Spain

Rosa explains the cultural clash between several first and second generation immigrants in Spain.

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Immigrants and Immigration

Aurelio shares his points of view about immigrants and immigration nowadays.

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Immigration in Spain, by Soraya

Soraya is sharing her opinion about immigration in Spain and her own choice in case she had to move from her own country.

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Viewpoints on immigration, by Julia

Julia talks about what immigration conveys in our days.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

A trip from Colombia to Spain

Yolanda talks about a Colombian girl and her trip to Spain as an immigrant and how she has become part of the Spanish melting pot. Besides, she gives her viewpoints on immigration.

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The Joy Luck Club Highlighted

Our work with The Joy Luck Club for the collaborative project called El Barco del Exilio has been chosen to be part of the educational Digg by CITA (Centro del Conocimiento de Tecnologías Aplicadas a la Educación) as a resource that uses ICT in Education.

I just wanted to thank @carmeniglesiasb for her kindness and congratulate you all for your deserved mention, your effort and your awesome work!


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Prepare and Practise

What's in the final exam?

To help you feel really prepared for your B2 final exam, click on the past sample papers below.

 2011 and 2012

 2008, 2009 and 2010

Information source:


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Saturday, 23 March 2013

The trip from China to Luarca, by Paloma

Paloma talks about how a Chinese real lady has fitted in Luarca, and is now part of this village in Asturias.

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In search of a better life, by Isaac

After working about The Joy Luck Club, Isaac shares his viewpoints on immigration.

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Suyuan Woo

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Ready to become a reporter?

Yesterday, 20 March 2013, a new collaborative project for ESL learners was born, The ESL Times, and we are part of it!!!!

This Official News Magazine for Collaborative ESL learners is looking for brave reporters who are ready to read, write, listen and speak in English, and that's where we fit in.

We will soon be reporting news, writing opinion articles, designing pastimes, or telling stories and opening up our school life to other ESL learners and teachers nationwide.

Are you ready?????

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Ying-Ying " Betty" St.Clair's trip to San Francisco

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Ying-Ying "Betty" St. Clair's trip in The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club. Ying-Ying.

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The Lighthouse

To all the fathers in the world.

No need for words!

Leave your comment with your tribute to your own father, if you wish.
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The World in Shapes


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Chatting about exile

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Cell Regeneration

Do you believe in growing miracles?

Watch and listen

Now, let's try and build up the piece of news with this gap filling activity:

If in trouble, use the transcript sheet.

Interested in learning more about this topic? You can read the articles at the Cell Regeneration Journal

Finally, have a nice chat with your mates about Medical Advances and their benefits for our daily lives.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Let's Walk with Green Day


Listen to this song by the famous band Green Day. Can you recognise it?

Now, try the activities below. 

First, use the Expert Mode and fill in the gaps as you listen to the song and watch the video. 
Then, check your score. 
Finally, sing along!

Green Day. Song Lyrics and Karaoke

Let's have a look at the vocabulary below:

Finally, play the game below and make everything disappear!

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013



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The Grami Project


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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Structures 2ESO


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Monday, 4 March 2013

My WIX Presentation about Melinda Gates Speech

This is a presentation about Melinda Gates, Bill Gates wife, and her speech about what non profit organizations have to learn from Coca Cola. "As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda French Gates helps shape and approve foundation strategies, review results, advocate for foundation issues and set the overall direction of the organization" (Source: TED)

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Sonata Form


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The Joy Luck Club


By Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four Chinese mothers and their first generation Chinese-American daughters, living in San Francisco, Califormia; two generations in a continuous fight to come to terms with their cultural identity.

These immigrant families start a club known as 'The Joy Luck Club', and they play a Chinese game called mahjong while they feast on a range of foods.

The book is structured in four parts, divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters. The three mothers and their four daughters (one mother dies before the novel opens) share stories about their lives.

Later on, after being a best seller, it was made into a film directed by Wayne Wang.

Watch an interview with the director:

Now, watch a scene from the film, where Waverly introduces her American boyfriend to her parents:

Now, discuss:

Do you know any second generation immigrants to any country?
In your opinion, what are the main snags immigrants have to face when leaving their own countires of origin?
Is the current world the perfect melting pot? Why/Why not?
Would you move abroad in search of a better life? If so, where?
What cultural differences would you find most shocking?
What cultural differences would immigrants coming to your country find most surprising?

Read further information about The Joy Luck Club.

Finally, let's make a map-based story narrating one of their trips from their country of origin to the USA. Choose one of the mothers, surf for information about her itinerary and create your tale.

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Destination The World

Several B2 ESL learners share their various experiences around different cities around the world.

Scotland, by David F.

Costa Rica, by Julia.

Cancun, by Paloma.

Carnival, by Diana.

Sardinia, by Aurelio.

Mikonos, by Rosa.

Istambul, by Isaac.

Italy, by Soraya.

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Let's go physical

And now, let's warm up and get ready for another tiring long working day!

Don't forget to smile!

How many parts of the body are involved in this warm-up?
How many dynamic verbs can you match with the parts of the body?
Why is it called a cardio warm-up?
Do you know any other types of warm-up activities?

Now, let's have a look at this wordcloud.
Could you provide a definition or an example using the words below?

Next, listen to this song:

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Could you think of a workout table using that song? Shall we try?

If you need the lyrics, you can read them using this sheet.

Not fit enough to dance yet? Then let's go cyberdancing!

Don't be shy, bring an energetic close-up of yourself and get loud, just like me!

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Friday, 1 March 2013

Growing up Gaming

Children are growing up at a time when games outearn movies and TV.

After listening to the podcast above, could you think of an answer for these questions?

What are supporters and critics' main viewpoints on this issue?

What parental attitudes does the episode depict?

How can gaming help children grow up?

Could you explain a bit about the long term effects of video games?

What findings about gaming are fueling parents' concerns?

What claims about violent video games could be regarded as positive findings?

How can gaming when you are a child, help you in your adult real life? Can you illustrate your answer with an example?

Why are kids who play Minecraft, gaining a lot from it?

Why should parents be mindful of which games their children are playing?

Are children being harmed by playing violent video games?

Next, compare your answers with your mates for a while.

Now read My Son, The Dragon Slayer: The Risks And Rewards Of Growing Up Gaming. While reading, take notes about the article: what you agree with, what you disagree with, the most outstanding viewpoints, the conclusions it has made you jump into, and so on.

Then, use all the information you have gathered both from the podcast and from the article and share it when discussing about the topic below:

Our Viewpoints: Gaming's Impacts.

Finally, write a report about this theme. Do not forget to use all the knowledge gained all throughout the various tasks you have been tackling. Remember the layout, the organization and the purpose of your text.

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