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“Remember, remember, the fifth of November,…”

Last week people all over Britain celebrated ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ attending public fireworks displays and gathering around huge bonfires. In the past many families used to buy their own fireworks and lit them in their back yards but this has become less and less common nowadays and although it is fun to see sky rockets and throw crackers or hold sparklers, tough health and safety regulations have made private fireworks displays more and more scarse.

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‘Guy Fawkes Day’ also known as ‘Bonfire Night’ or ‘Fireworks Night’ celebrates the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators on November 5, 1605. They attempted to kill Protestant King James I and the Members of Parliament. However, the so-called ‘Gunpowder plot’ failed when the authorities were warned, and Fawkes, the man responsible for getting barrels of gunpowder into the basement of the Houses of Parliament, was captured, tortured and executed.

Although originally English, this festival is also celebrated in former British colonies. Here you can watch a video about this celebration.

November 10, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, VIDEOS | , , | Leave a comment

Did you have a terrific or terrifying Halloween night?

Well, I hope last night was as terrific (=great) as my last day at school with you. I very much enjoyed dressing up as a “hybrid” creature. I’m still racking my brains trying to name my own spooky character. Oh, yeah, I know: not really terrifying, was it? 😉  Anyway, I wish you felt a bit of the spirit of Halloween or at least you learnt a little more vocabulary connected with the topic.

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Here you have some links to the activities we did last day and others you might want to use.

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November 1, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, MISCELLANEOUS | , | 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

25 years without the Berlin Wall

Where was this photo taken? What was the woman doing? Yes, you’ve guessed it. The place was in Berlin; that was the wall that divided the city for 28 years (1961-1989) and kept Berliners apart. People could not cross the border between the East and the West parts to meet their families and friends. The woman in the picture, a Berliner, was probably trying to communicate with somebody on the other side of the wall, maybe family, o perhaps a lover. Who knows? It’s a sad image: she looks tiny compared to the the mass of concrete, iron and wire in front of her. Such a short distance between her and her beloved one but so far away from each other!

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Fortunately, 25 years ago the border was opened and families, friends and neighbours could cross it and reunite. Many others climbed up the hated wall and jumped to the other side to meet. That was the beginning of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a momentous time in history.

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There have been lots of important moments in history, and hopefully there will be many more to come, but if you had to choose just one now, which would it be?

November 11, 2014 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, Reading, VIDEOS | , , , | 30 Comments

A very spooky family: The Addams family

 

The Addams Family

Do you recognize them? The Addamses, were first created as cartoon characters by Charles Addams (1912-1988), an American cartoonist, more than 70 years ago. They gained popularity when the eccentric and macabre family became the characters of a TV series on American TV (1966-69) Later there have been other adaptations, including films, video games and even a musical.

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 The main characters of The Addams Family in 1964

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The Munsters cast in 1964

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The Addams Family animated series in 1973

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The Addams Family film in 1991

The Addams Family TV series never topped their fellow competitors, The Munsters (1964-1966), which appeared on television almost simultaneously. However, I’ve always thought The Munsters were never as good and imaginative  because the Addams family were “creepy and they were kooky, mysterious and spooky …”.

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October 31, 2014 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT | , | Leave a comment