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All I want for Christmas is…music!

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December 13, 2018 Posted by | 1st INT, Listening, MUSIC | Leave a comment

What a strange house!

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

_______, how beautiful you are!

  • “The streets and buildings of the old part of ___ have been declared Historical and Artistic Monument by the ___ Government. The city preserves important remains from the past, some of them really magnificent.”
  • “It was the first noble building to be erected out of the city walls, in its southern side. It was the beginning of a great urban development in ___.

… two-floor building. The ground floor -under arcades- and the additional rooms placed on top were hired in the past for commercial activities.

A clocktower was added on top of the building in the 19th century. Nowadays the palace is entirely devoted to politic and administrative labours.” 2

  • “This is the street that preserves most of the traces and vestiges from medieval ___; in fact, it was the most important of all the streets placed inside the walls of the medieval city.” 3
  • “It is a very well preserved monument of small dimensions, delicate and harmonious.

This church was built in order to respond to the religious needs of the only quarter in ___ that was placed outside the medieval city walls. Its neighbours were dedicated exclusively to sea-related works. Its construction started in the beginning of the 13th century and took a long time to finish.” 8

  • “…, this is a splendid mansion built in 1903 in an area that was then beginning to be the city’s modern part.” 11
  • “It is probably the most singular architectonic space in ___. Its perfect symmetry and the fact that this square is completely sorrounded by galleries makes it stunningly original.” 12
  • “This building is the most outstanding palace in ___ since it was finished in the 17th century. Some experts think that its southern façade is the best example of ___ Baroque.” 16
  • “___ is along with ___ one of the most singular and popular streets in the city. The side under the arcades forms a charming, never-ending maze when viewed from ___ Square.” 24

April 14, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, Reading | , , , | 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

An adaptation of Man from the South

Here you can watch a television adaptation of Man from the South, a short story written by Roald Dahl in the late forties. This is the first episode of the British TV series Tales from the Unexpected, which were broadcast between 1979 and 1988. However, Dahl’s story has been adapted on other occasions for film, for example as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents American television anthology series in 1960 and in his second adaptation in 1985, and also as a  segment from 1995’s Four Rooms by Tarantino.

January 16, 2016 Posted by | Listening, VIDEOS | , , | 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