martes, 25 de diciembre de 2007

The Christmas Song sung by Nat King Cole


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When I was a little girl, I used to listen to Nat King Cole, because my parents liked his music. Now, I still like him very much, so as I found this beautiful video, I thought I could share with you. I hope you like it.

Learn a Christmas song



Enjoy some Christmas songs. In the next page, ompersonal.com, there are mp3 songs, bilingual lyrics with glossaries to some Christmas songs. Learn this one:
http://www.ompersonal.com.ar/omchristmas2/SilverBells.htm

Now sing and listen to the music without lyrics
http://www.rienzihills.com/ChristmasSing/silverbells.htm

Happy Christmas!

domingo, 23 de diciembre de 2007

Common errors. Which word should I use?

http://www.saberingles.com.ar/which/index.html

This is one of the best pages I’ve found to know which words to use when they have similar spelling or meaning. It can be adapted to 1º Bachillerato.
I hope you find it useful

viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2007

Irregular verbs - mp3

With this web page you have the opportunity to learn the irregular verbs at once. Click on the irregular verbs in the table to listen to the pronunciation.
http://www.eslpodcards.com/irregular-verbs.php

Pronunciation lessons

I’ve found a very interesting page where you can practice the vowel sounds /I/ and /i:/. This will be for 4º ESO and the next aspect to deal with in January.
Click here: http://lc.ust.hk/~material/pl/p7_14.htm#p8

sábado, 8 de diciembre de 2007

Alicia Keys - No One


Picture taken from: http://imaginariumsland.blogspot.com

Let's learn some vocabulary with this song:


No one: nadie
Will: es el auxiliar para formar el futuro
Gonna: equivale a going to (la estructura completa es to be going to)
Coz: otras veces verás 'cause y rara vez because en este tipo de música.
Keep: es un verbos que rige gerundio: “keep talking”: seguir hablando
Get in the way: es una expression que significa entorpecer, estorbar.
The rain is pouring down: significa que llueve a mares.
You’ll always be around: siempre estarás ahí. (Muy oído en canciones)
Search: significa buscar.
Till the end of time: hasta el final de los tiempos. Recuerda podemos decir till o until.

Lyrics




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Song

viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2007

Revise the Present Perfect with Linkin Park


Image taken from: es.easyart.com

Linkin Park: What I have done

These days, we are studying the Present Perfect tense in class (1ºBachillerato). I chose a song in which this tense is often used. You suggested me to listen to this group. I hope you like it.

Nouns:
Farewell: despedida
Alibi: coartada
Mercy: compasión
Slate: pizarra, en muchos contextos
clean slate significa borrón y cuenta nueva.

Verbs:
Wash away: limpiar
Erase: borrar
Forgive: perdonar
Cross out: tachar

Present perfect
I’ve drawn regret: he obtenido/provocado
lamento, remordimiento, excusa
I’ve become: me ha convertido
What I’ve done: lo que he hecho

Lyrics




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Song

sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2007

Traductor Google

A petición de algunos alumnos he incluido en este blog una herramienta que os ayudará a traducir lo que escribo en inglés. Os puede servir solo a modo de orientación porque, sinceramente, la traducción no es muy buena.
Insisto en que hagáis el esfuerzo de leer en inglés, poco a poco la lectura se os volverá más fluida.
Ese gadget lo tenéis arriba y a la derecha de este blog, solo tenéis que elegir el idioma y cliquear. Espara un momento y verás los textos en español. Puedes volver de forma automática a la primera versión, pulsando la barra donde dice "versión original".

domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2007

Thanksgiving


Picture taken from: floridatoday.com

Different cultures celebrate a traditional feast called Thanksgiving. We will learn about the one started in the United States.
In 1620 a boat filled with more than one hundred people settled in the New World. After a long time of difficulties, in the autumn of 1621, the colonists were very thankful for the wonderful harvest they got, so they planned a feast. In following years, the colonists celebrated the autumn harvest with that same feast of thanks.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set the fourth Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving.

Have a look at this web and learn about this tradition.
I have prepared a Web task for ESO. Work on it and enjoy learning.

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2007

Unbelievable, by Craig David

Again, a beautiful song. One of my students suggested me listening to Craig David’s songs. They are really worth analysing. I chose "Unbelievable"-"Increíble"
I give some grammar notes, vocabulary and as usual, I show you the lyrics with the song underneath and the video. Learn with it and enjoy yourself.
Thank you guys for keeping me updated with the good music.

Would: Conditional. I would know: sabría, conocería. I’d be ready: estaría preparado
Could: podría o podía
Present perfect: I’ve never been: nunca he estado, you’ve always been: siempre has sido
Have got: You’ve got nothing to fear now, or You haven’t anything to fear now.(No tienes nada que temer)
Frequency adverbs: Always (siempre), never (nunca), sometimes (a veces),
Determiners: Somewhere (algún lugar), somehow (algún modo/alguna manera)
Phrasal verbs: Give up (rendirse, dejar de), can’t help (no poder evitar), break down (echarse a llorar, descomponerse, colapsar))
Adverbs: Enough (demasiado, suficientemente) / Too (demasiado)/ So (tan)
Recuerda: “adjetivo + enough” y “too + adjetivo”
Verbs: Feel (sentir), change (cambiar), mean (significar), flow (fluir), fear (temer), hold (sostener), lose (perder), rescue (rescatar)
Expressions: To be in love (estar enamorado),
Noun: Waterfall (cascada, catarata)
Prefix: Un- (no) Unacceptable, unreal, unhappy, unbelievable
Sufixes: -able, -ible, -ble (indica posbilidad) acceptable, noticable, convertible, ivisible, irresistible, believable.

Dynamic text




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Song




martes, 13 de noviembre de 2007

you'll think of me, by Keith Urban



Dynamic text




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We are working with the lyrics of this song in class these days, revise some grammar and learn new vocabulary with it.
Video

Past Simple/Past Continuous

I’m going to give you the address of an excellent page where you can read about what I’m explaining in class these days. Click here to access:
Have a look at it and bring some examples of this page to our lesson. I will reward it.

sábado, 3 de noviembre de 2007

Notes: Used to / would. Verbal tenses

I give you the links to two webs, with explanations of the same aspects that I’m going to deal with in the next days. Different use of "used to" and "would" to express past actions.
Click here.

Verbal Tenses: You'll find a good graphical explanation.
Click here.

Some grammar revision with Rihanna’s song

Unfaithful

Image taken from Sadek2000






Verbs followed by prepositions:
Search for: buscar
Hang with: pasar el tiempo con…

Learn three phrasal verbs with this son:
Walk out: salir
Take away: llevarse, quitar
Get over with: terminar con algo.

One Verb + gerund.
Keep avoiding: seguir evitando.




www.quedeletras.com


Listen to the song while reading the lyrics.

martes, 30 de octubre de 2007

Halloween




Do you want to know a bit about Halloween origin and celebration, and have a ghost walk? Have a look at these pages and have fun.

http://www.kico4u.de/english/topicotw/halloween.htm

http://www.meddybemps.com/halloween/ghostwalk.html

An if you want to have a colourful Halloween party, you can print the next images, cut and colour them.

http://www.artsncrafts-ideas.com/halloween-colorings.php

sábado, 20 de octubre de 2007

Adverbs.

Here is a video to learn what adverbs are.

viernes, 19 de octubre de 2007

OSASCOM

As you asked me this morning, I’m showing you two good pages where you can learn how to write the adjectives in the right order when you have more than one in a sentence. The word you had to remember was: OSASCOM. There could be one more type of adjective, as you will see: "purpose", but probably, less frequent.
Click here to see one page and here to see the other one.
By the way: "dimension"="size"

miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2007

Dickinson College


Talking to Noah the other day, I found out that we both had studied at the same college in USA. This morning, we were talking about this place in class and I promised to publish pictures of Dickinson College. Here you are:
That University is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania State.

martes, 9 de octubre de 2007

Can’t help + gerund


Learn the expression “Can’t help” with a nice song. I hope you like it.
Here is the lyrics

Image taken from El Mundo








I can't help falling in Love

Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
Would it be a sin
If I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
For I can’t help falling in love with you


lunes, 8 de octubre de 2007

Baltimore

Today we met Noah, he is our assistant teacher, coming from Baltimore, USA. The students may have a better idea of what it is like with this video. I hope you like it

domingo, 7 de octubre de 2007

Umbrella, by Rihanna


Image taken from: www.rihanna-fan.net/linq.php

Some of my new students told me that Umbrella by Rihanna was a good song and that they would like to listen to it in class one day. Isabel Pérez was right when she said it was a hit. Let’s move to her page, one more time, to listen to the song and do some exercises.

sábado, 29 de septiembre de 2007

Hurt, by Cristina Aguilera

First song of the year.
I listened to this song last weekend, and I could see that there are many interesting grammar points in it. For instance, you can revise different verb tenses, conditional sentences, adjectives and verbs followed by prepositions, phrasal verbs,useful vocabulary and more.
Read the lyrics while you are listening to the song. If you want to slow down the speed, leave the cursor on a line.




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Here you have the song. Click on the icon:

martes, 11 de septiembre de 2007

Nueva York amputada



Imagen tomada de: puntonaranja.wordpress.com
Esa era la perspectiva a pie de las torres.

No hay más palabras que las ya empleadas, para describir una tragedia como la de aquel 11 de septiembre , y es difícil explicar el sentimiento ante tanto horror; espanto, rabia, indignación…. Nunca pensé que aquellas torres gemelas, tan gigantes y firmes podrían venirse abajo y arrastrar consigo, tantas vidas, sueños. Los símbolos de poder y moderna arquitectura. Me parecían, al tocarlas, que serían eternas, pero ya no están, y como el autor del vídeo que os propongo ver, no sale de su asombro de que aquel lugar tan grandioso donde estuvo 4 semanas antes del derrumbe, ya no exista. Quedarán siempre en el recuerdo de quienes las conocimos y las pudimos disfrutar.
Algunas veces mis alumnos me preguntan cómo era el World Trade Center, así que para ilustrar la explicación, ya no usaré mis fotos, ni transparencias o diapositivas, prefiero hacer esta pequeña recopilación de imágenes y vídeos para nuevas promociones.

El autor de este vídeo ha realizado un magnífico reportaje, y además le vais a entender muy bien. Escuchadle:




Interior de los edificios. Imagen tomada de: http://blogg.de/









Aquí está el enlace a otro vídeo de la construcción, para los más interesados en la materia. Devastaron en 10 segundos lo que costó 10 años levantar.

Nuevo proyecto:


domingo, 9 de septiembre de 2007

Karaoke

Did you ever want to catch and understand every single word of “Will you still love me tomorrow?” It was performed by the Shirelles and belongs to the sound track of “Dirty Dancing” film. Today, as always, just by chance, I’ve found a video with the lyrics of that nice song. You can read, check the pronunciation and use it as a karaoke activity.

Enjoy it!




If you wish to see others, here there are some more:

Everytime Britney

Chiquitita - ABBA

Even Heaven Cries - Monrose

Making something like the next one could be a challenge to any of my students who can sing. Record something, share it with us and I promise you will be rewarded.

Because of you

viernes, 24 de agosto de 2007

10 Common Mistakes in English

Hello,
I’ve found some good grammar tips published by Kenneth Beare for those students who always confuse some expressions like “since” or “for”, “has gone to” and “has been to”, “they’re” and “their”, ….. This last mistake is also made by some English students sometimes, so I’m sure this is going to be a good help for some of you. Click here and take a look.

domingo, 12 de agosto de 2007

Desayuno insuficiente=déficit de atención.

D. Javier Aranceta, presidente de honor del V Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Básica y Aplicada (SENBA), realizaba las siguientes reflexiones sobre la importancia de la primera comida del día en un artículo llamado La calidad del desayuno afecta de manera directa a la producción laboral e intelectual , en la página Educasalud, de Educared; y comentaba lo siguiente: “Un desayuno que no posea el equilibrio necesario afecta de manera directa a la producción laboral e intelectual, toda vez que la persona trabajadora acude a su puesto con un déficit de atención lo arrastra a lo largo del día y que afecta de manera directa a su rendimiento”. “No cabe duda de que un desayuno inadecuado aumenta el riesgo de accidentes laborales”. “El desayuno ha de incorporar frutas, productos lácteos y cereales”.
El artículo completo se puede leer en la siguiente dirección:

http://www.educared.net/educasalud/info/info_noticias.asp?idn=2532

viernes, 10 de agosto de 2007

Reporting Verbs

Today I found a useful chart on reporting verbs, we often use them for the reported speech. They are classified in categories here and you can aldo read some grammar notes.
Click here and take a look.

miércoles, 25 de julio de 2007

Verb formation chart

Today I found a verb chart that shows the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms of the principle tenses in English with a description of usage. It could be very useful for your grammar lessons. Click here to see the page.

viernes, 15 de junio de 2007

You are beautiful by James Blunt

Have a look at the video and let's work with the webtask of my page, section: Web Tasks. Enjoy it.

domingo, 6 de mayo de 2007

Eternal Flame by The Bangles

Here is one of my favourite songs. If you want to know a bit about the group and improve your pronunciation, have a look at this workhsheet. Click here

The song: Eternal Flame.

sábado, 5 de mayo de 2007

Sweet Traviata

I show you one of the nicest presents I've ever received from a friend.

lunes, 23 de abril de 2007

"Purple Rain" by Prince

Hi again!
I’ve prepared a new webtask for you. This time is about a famous singer. You all may know Prince. Well,…. have a look at my page, go to “my activities” section, and you’ll find the task there.
I’ve uploaded one of his most famous songs for you. It’s just underneath. The lyrics are on the webtask. Enjoy it!

martes, 17 de abril de 2007

"Head, shoulders knees and toes"

I found a funny video so that you can know the song I was referring to in my lesson today. Enjoy it!


sábado, 7 de abril de 2007

A podcast about Shakespeare


The "Bob and Rob show: English Lessons", that is a podcast for advanced learners of English, have a session dedicated to Shakespeare. It's really interesting. I give you the link to listen to them.
This is the audio file.

Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits

Dire Straits, a good music group, wrote a nice song about Romeo y Juliet some time ago. Listen to it, you'll like it.

martes, 3 de abril de 2007

Romeo and Juliet, summary

Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague live in Verona. They love each other, but Juliet’s family heats Romeo’s family.
Juliet’s cousin Tybalt fights and kills Romeo’s friend and cousin Mercutio. Romeo wants revenge and kills Tybalt.
Juliet’s parents want her to marry Count Paris, but she refuses and drinks a potion so that she will appear dead for 48 hours, this way she will wake up and run away with Romeo.
Romeo goes to the tomb and thinks Juliet is dead, so he drinks poison to kill himself. Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo is dead, so she also kills herself with a dagger.

Romeo and Juliet, music video.

Mirad qué bonito vídeo, para conocer un poco el argumento de la obra de Shakespeare. ¡Que lo disfrutéis!

lunes, 2 de abril de 2007

Shakespeare's theatre - The Globe

Have a look at this short video, and you'll have an idea of what it looks like.

domingo, 25 de marzo de 2007

New York

Siempre me ha gustado mostraros Nueva York con diapositivas, transparencias, fotos, etc. porque me gusta mucho esta ciudad, ahora os la muestro con Youtube. Espero que os guste.

miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2007

We are the world

Esta canción se realizó con fines benéficos, se unieron importantes cantantes famosos, de hace algunos años, y fue todo un éxito. Escucharla, es bonita.


Presentación

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