As commented in class, a mini saga is a short story told in 50 words. With some discipline and creativity, you can say a
lot in 50 words. Find an example from Squidoo.com below:
Love at first sight
John was a regular in that train.
Today seemed different, probably because of Sally who was in New York
for work. They started the conversation casually but both became very
close in less than thirty minutes. They exchanged phone numbers, of
course. John promptly called a day later – “Wrong number!”
I'd like you to be inventive, ingenious and write down your minisagas in the comment section. Don't be shy!
As this year we celebrate the bicentenary of the 19th c. British writer, Charles Dickens, I'd like to show this video again created by my colleague, Miguel A Sánchez.
It was created thinking of his students at the NI2 level. But NI1 students may also find it interesting as we are talking about this writer in class. Let's hear about the man's life behind the masterpieces!
Hi! Why don't you have a take a virtual look at the Globe Theater by the River Themes in London?
This is a modern reconstruction of Sharespeare's theater. The original one was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. Both of them have thatched roofs.
This is a new word that has just come into the English language:
babylagalsobaby-lag or baby lag
A feeling of being very tired and sometimes confused because of the lack of sleep caused by looking after a very young bab.
'It's a feeling all new parents are more than
familiar with. Not enough sleep at night leaves you feeling like a
zombie during the day; caring for your baby and yourself while
continuously craving nice, deep sleep. Now it's got a name; Baby Lag …' PR Newswire17th October 2012
'I'm 82% babylagged! Basically I'm
bloody knackered with a teething 9 month daughter, lively toddler,
stroppy teenager, travelling husband and part time job! forum post, www.netmums.com17th September 2012
Hampstead (/ˈhæmpstɪd/ or /-stɛd/), commonly known as Hampstead Village, is an affluent area of London, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Charing Cross.
It is known for its intellectual, liberal, artistic, musical and literary associations and for Hampstead Heath,
a large, hilly expanse of parkland. It has some of the most expensive
housing in the London area. The village of Hampstead has more
millionaires within its boundaries than any other area of the United
As you already know, we can find there The Spaniards Inn, a historic pub built in 1585. The pub also has a great literary heritage. Not only has it been
mentioned in Dickens's The Pickwick Papers and Bram Stoker's Dracula,
but it can count among its previous frequenters the artist Joshua
Reynolds and the poets Byron and Keats.
Dear NI1 students, As we're reading about Victorian time in England, let's have a look at the exhibition that took place in 1851 in London. As you may already know, there is apainting of such exhibition and the opening ceremony by Queen Victoria at the Juan March Exhibition in C/Castelló, 77. In
1851 Great Britain was arguably the leader of the industrial
revolution and feeling very secure in that ideal. The Great
Exhibition of 1851 in London was conceived to symbolize this industrial,
military and economic superiority of Great Britain. Just
representing the feats of Britain itself would have excluded many of the
technological achievements pioneered by the British in its many colonies
and protectorates, so it was decided to make the exhibit truly international
with invitations being extended to almost all of the colonized world. The
British also felt that it was important to show their achievements right
alongside those of "less civilized" countries.
Dear NI1 students, This is the web page where we need to find the information for filling in the blancks of "In and Around London": http://www.visitlondon.com/ and http://www.londontown.com/ Is there any other place that you would like to visit after visiting this web page?
This is link to a blog of professors who will protest against cuts in education by teaching on the streets on Wednesday 28th. Have a look at their schedule. You might want to join a class. Andrea passed it on to me:
As we commented on the inferiority complex on being Spanish these days, I'd like you to watch this video. Do you agree? What do you think about this topic? Have you changed your mind after watching it?
This is a great exhibition of British art that you can visit at Juan March, (Castelló, 77) from Oct 5 to Jan 20.
Britain seen from the North, 1981. Toni Cragg, Tate
A portrait of of the extraordinary scope and vitality of art in Great
Britain since the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century
through to the twentieth. This is the essence of this exhibition, whose
title, Treasure Island, invokes that of an eminently British writer,
Robert Louis Stevenson, being founded on a very simple conviction:
namely, that the island has not been explored fully and that it conceals
a real treasure in its art, its painting and sculpture, which, like
almost every treasure, remains half-hidden, yet to be discovered.
exhibition presents over 180 pieces – paintings, sculptures, works on
paper, books, magazines, manifestos and photographs – produced by more
than a hundred different artists, giving an account of the arts in Great
Britain that makes manifest the power and particular significance of
certain creators and works.
This wealth of art is organised in seven sections, each corresponding to a different era: Destruction
and Reformation (1520–1620), Revolution and the Baroque (1620–1720),
Society and Satire (1720–1800), Landscapes of the Mind (1760–1850),
Realism and Reaction (1850–1900), Modernity and Tradition (1900–1940),
and A Brave New World (1945–1980).
As some students have asked me about that clauses, I'll briefly mention here that a "that-clause" is a sentence that follows after verbs like think or say: I think that he'll be fine. She said that her parents knew about her trip. They also follow nouns to do with thinking or saying: advice, argument, hope, promise, idea
He made a promise that he would do all he could to help. I had a funny feeling that something was wrong.
We can always use a clause without the word "that":
They admitted [that] they had made a mistake. I am sorry [that] you can’t come.
You can practice building more that clases in this exercise fromLearn Englishat the British Council.
Here is some advice about the patterns that can follow the verb say:
Unlike the verb tell, the verb say is never used with a personal object. If you want to refer to a personal object after say, use the preposition to: ✗ Perhaps people misunderstand what I want to say them in English. ✓ Perhaps people misunderstand what I want to say to them in English. ✗ He wanted to be examined by a civilian doctor after an army doctor had said him that it was serious. ✓ He wanted to be examined by a civilian doctor after an army doctor had said to him that it was serious. The object of the verb say is usually direct speech or a that-clause which reports what someone has said: ‘That’s not true!’ she said, but her voice betrayed her. Climate experts say that by 2100 rainfall levels in some areas may rise to five times what they are today. Don’t use tell in structures like this: ✗ He told that the Japanese representatives tend to be less confident about speaking English. ✓ He said that the Japanese representatives tend to be less confident about speaking English. More language tips:Language tip of the week: say | Macmillan
Hi! Now that we've finished going over all the sounds in English, I encourage you all to work on these pronunciation activities from BBC Learning English. They are fun and you can also learn at the same time :-)
is the new expression (or buzz word) in English. It is a noun and refers to people on average incomes who
have less money than previously to buy the things they need because
rising costs have not been matched by an increase in pay:
'Many of these companies have built their brands on the
backs of the country's middle-classes. But this swathe of society,
caught between recession-proof top earners and low-income households,
has come to be described as the squeezed middle in modern-day, austerity Britain.' Wall Street Journal8th October 2012
At MacMillan dictionary we have more info on this new concept which came up in 2011. Can you tell us what it means with your own words? Is that happening in Spain as well?
A love for Live is the book that we will comment in class on November 21st (put off). As it is about adoption and birth parents, why don't you have a look at some quotations from birthmothers, adoptees and adoptive parents?
In and Around London from Vicens Vives is the first reader we will work with in class with NI1 students. The problem is that it is no longer available, so I recommend you check in Amazon.com; and some bookshops in Móstoles. Some students bought it at:
Pheromone parties are in these days. In fact, they are growing across America. They rely on biochemical compatibility to suggest good romantic matches. This is how pheromone parties work.
In this video they talk about scents a lot, which words do they use to describe smells? Write it on the "comments" section below. After watching it, could you explain anybody what a pheromone party is?
18:00 Tres de las más prestigiosas universidades en investigación de Londres (Imperial College, University College & King’s College), darán una conferencia sobre Estudios de Primera Clase en Londres(inscríbete)
Además de poder hablar conUniversidades Británicas en los primeros puestos de los Rankings Internacionales, se incluyen sesiones sobre becas, cómo solicitar tu plaza, requisitos de entrada, etc. Si necesitas más información, visita nuestra página webwww.britishcouncil.es, sección eventos.
Inscríbete! (y gana un iPad3, que se rifará entre todos los participantes)
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