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What a strange house!

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March 19, 2018 Posted by | Reading | | Leave a comment

Let’s talk; two by two!

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March 20, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, Speaking, STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

Your favourite childhood Christmas memories

I’d like you to participate in our school library activity this Christmas season. You just need to follow the instructions on the library blog. Enjoy writing about your dearest memories and share them with us!

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December 7, 2016 Posted by | STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | , | Leave a comment

Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood

The poem I asked you to read last week was written by Roald Dahl, a really polific author who was born in 1916. This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. You can read about this on the school library blog.

This is his personal version of the traditional fairy tale. You can enjoy it both by listening to him telling the story and by reading it yourselves at the same time. As in many of his writings, there is a twist in the tale at the end.

I’ve thought that you could compare this version to a more traditional one by Perrault on Storynory, a website where you can enjoy reading and listening to 100s of free audio stories. You can also download them for free.

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Listening, Reading | , | Leave a comment

The debate is “blowing in the wind”

Years ago I wrote a short post about Bob Dylan and his popular “Blowing’ in the wind”. I had noticed that quite a number of students had little or no idea who this singer-songwriter was and how much he had influenced music in the sixties and in subsequent years.

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Never had I imagined that he could be presented with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Nobody, I think, would have dreamed that a singer could be awarded such honour.

Whether we believe Dylan deserves the prize or not, we cannot deny his long-lasting and influential career for over five decades. He has become a legend in music by singing in his low and rough voice about “life’s greatest tragedies”: “war, heartbreak, betrayal, death and moral faithlessness”.

 

 

Bob Dylan, who was born 75 years ago in Duluth, Minnesota, has not really been a man for interviews. He has always been a secretive and elusive person, never inclined to make his life public. Actually, he has said very little about the Swedish Academy’s decision, keeping  his opinion to himself, and oblivious to the intense debate that is taking place.

October 17, 2016 Posted by | Listening, MUSIC | , , | Leave a comment

It’s all about experiences

Last Friday we learnt how to write posts on a Padlet – a virtual board- and you started to share some of  your experiences with your mates. I asked you to write about things you’ve done and/or you haven’t done in your lives yet. Some of you have already participated in this activity, but if you haven’t, you can still take part; you just need to click on the image below and follow the instructions there.

 

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February 26, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | Leave a comment

Digital painting: painting on a screen

Can you image Velázquez, Van Gogh, Picasso,  and many other great artists replacing canvas and paint with a screen? That ‘s digital painting: a virtual canvas -the traditional medium-  and virtual brushes and colors. David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers is a good example of this method of creating art.

Now, I recommend you to do the listening activity on page 9 in your Workbook, so you know a little more about the artist and the new technique.

Finally, I suggest these two links to previous entries on the topic of picture description. :

https://elenec.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/describing-a-picture/

https://elenec.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/describing-pictures-in-english/

November 4, 2015 Posted by | Listening, Speaking, Writing | , , | Leave a comment

Judging by appearances

This is a video where you can read and listen to descriptions of different people:

Some links with activities to learn how to describe people:

I took these good presentations from two teachers who I don’t know but I’d like to thank.

More by eoi.soraya

  • Song:

A worksheet on Mars’s song

October 28, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, MUSIC, SKILLS | , , | Leave a comment

World Teachers’ Day 2015

World Teachers’ Day, held on 5th October, and the beginning of our classes at the EOI have happened on the same day this year. What a happy coincidence! We have started our classes on a day when countries all over the world honour and show their support to teachers. What better way is there for showing them appreciation and respect than giving teachers the opportunity to guide and help students to learn, even in the most unsuitable and disadvantageous conditions?

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Describe the picture above.

What do you think about it?

How would you feel if you had to learn in such conditions?

Compare the picture with the one below:

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Picture descriptions

October 13, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, Speaking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac Peter Green

Black Magic Woman, written by Peter Green

Got a black magic woman
I got a black magic woman
Yes, I got a black magic woman 
Got me so blind I can't see
But she's a black magic woman 
And she's tryin' to make a devil out of me

Don't turn your back on me baby
Don't turn your back on me baby
Yes, don't turn your back on me baby
You're messin' around with your tricks
Don't turn your back on me baby
'Cause you might just break up my magic stick
break:

You got your spell on me baby
You got your spell on me baby
Yes, you got your spell on me baby
You're turning my heart into stone
I need you so bad, magic woman, I can't leave you alone

Yes, I need you so bad 
Well, I need you darling
Yeah, I need you darling 
Yes, I want you love me
I want you love me 
Whoa, I want you love me, ah
Whoh, yeah 
Oh, whoa, baby 
Yes, I need your love
Oh, I need your love so bad
I want you love me

Reading (advanced): Music: the story of the Blues

50 greatest traditional blues songs

100 Greatest Blues Songs

Rock Hits You Didn’t Realize Were Blues Songs

Listening:     Good Old Blues

Sad music helps mend broken hearts

Muddy Waters playing ‘Mannish Boy’:

( “hoochie-coochie man” meaning)

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Listening, MUSIC, Reading | , | Leave a comment