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September 28, 2017

Set in stone


About This Poem  
“I think a lot about ceremony and ritual. Not so long ago, my oldest child left home to drive across the country to live. I realized I was treating this moment as a ceremony (for both of us) and trying to protect him on his journey with my own invented or inherited rituals—the rosary, the right song for the right moment on his drive. So, here I was stuck with the memory of his childhood and firmly planted in the details around me thinking of this ritualized moment.” —Kevin Carey

June 29, 2017

Changing dates in September

Hi,

I'm sorry to tell you that September dates have changed:
  • Sept 1st -> Oral exam
  • Sept 4th -> Written exam at 16h30
  • Sept 6th -> Exam check-up at 19h

I apologize for the inconvenience!

June 19, 2017

Lit2go

Lit2Go is a great free online collection of stories and poems in text and MP3 to listen to, read or download. Check it out! Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along.

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/genres

June 06, 2017

The digital bystander


Live-streaming apps like Facebook Live and Periscope give us a voyeuristic peek into the lives of others. But what is our obligation when we encounter digital violence?

By RETRO REPORT on Publish Date June 4, 2017.

June 03, 2017

Grades Publishing

Hi,

Grades are finally ready.
These are the course codes in case you lost the info given at the exam:
  • Monday and Wednesday group: ICL4
  • Tuesday and Thursday group: ICM4

  • Grades 
  • Exam check-up > 7 June at 19:00h
Congratulations to those who passed and I'll meet those who still haven't succeeded in September.
I wish you a really good summer.

May 22, 2017

Exam Schedule

The written exam tomorrow May 23rd will follow this schedule:

ROOMS 9 AND 10


16h - 17:15    Reading Comprehension (75')
17:20 - 17:50 Listening Comprehension (30')
Break
18 - 19:10      Written Expression (70')

As you already know, the speaking exam schedule is as follows:
  1. Speaking Exam on May 31st
  2. Speaking Exam on June 2nd

May 19, 2017

Keep practicing

Hi,
You may want to work on the following topics from MyGrammarLab:

Reported Speech:
  • Reported Statements, p 204
  • Reported Questions, p 208
Verbs with -ing forms and infinitives:
  • Verbs + -ing form, p 192
  • Verbs + infinitive, p 194
  • Verb + object+ infinitive, make and let, p 196

May 18, 2017

Listening practice

Hi,

As promised, I'm posting some links to listening exercises for NI1. 
Source: Talk English
http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenIntermediate.aspx

From Elllo.org:

Key to exercises

This is the key to the last handout I gave you in class:
Matching Reading Key:

1 - D
2 - F
3 - B
4 - E
5 - H
6 - G
7 - C
8 - A

May 13, 2017

I gave a room in my house to a refugee – now she’s like my sister

When Lucy Pavia and her husband offered Loujean Alsaman, a refugee from Syria, a room in their home, none of them knew what to expect. But over the six months they spent together, the women forged a close, sisterly bond.

The Guardian

What would you do?

What would you do in these situations? think about it.



Your friend wants to get a part-time job in the evening but she is afraid of coming home in the dark. Write an email giving her some advice. Use the second conditional.

May 11, 2017

Assignment for May 16 & 17

Hi,

For the long weekend I'd like you to work on the following activities:
  • Writing: Write a text describing a house or flat. Write a description of your house or flat for a house rental website. Follow models on page 118 from the Coursebook

  • My gramar lab: Unit 54, Present and Future conditions, pages 162-163; Unit 55, Unlikely/Unreal conditions, p 164-165

May 09, 2017

The Cigar Makers. 51, Embajadores Street

The Royal Tobacco Factory in Madrid was originally built to house the Royal Factory of Playing Cards and Liquor, but in 1809, Joseph Bonaparte decided to turn it into a tobacco factory.
Listen to the history that took place just next door to our school!!



Fill in the gaps according to the information you hear:
1.      Women were ……………………. and better at rolling cigars.
2.      They could …………………………… their children.
3.      The women cigar makers were …………………… in the workers’ struggle in Spain.
4.      Galdos thought that women at the Tobacco Factory were the delight of the people and the …………………. of the authorities.
5.      The Tobacco Workers Union was created in ……………………
6.      Clara Campoamor and Victoria Kent …………………… on topics related to women.
7.      After 2000 the memory of the women tobacco factory workers slowly ……………………………. in the city.

May 06, 2017

La-la land

From The English we speak (BBC Learning English), listen to the dialogue and tell us what the expression "la-la land" means.

Takeaways

May 05, 2017

Golden Buzzer moment

This is a winning performance of two young rappers against bullying on Britain's Got Talent tv show.

May 04, 2017

Madrid, city of women

I'd like to tell you about this app made by the Complutense University of Madrid in order to tell the story of women who lived in this city. Thanks to the app you can you can make a guided tour around the city stopping by the most important landmarks for women in Madrid.

Listen to this video as an example:
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May 03, 2017

Being a Tiger Mother

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Professor at Yale Law School, and NAIS Annual Conference 2012 speaker, discusses supporting your child.



Being a Tiger Mother, Part 2
Amy Chua's website

Monday & Wednesday speaking pairs