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February 21, 2017



I wanted to remind you of the activities to work on these days:

American Cities Reader:
  • p 97, exercise 1
  • Read Chapter 8 on New Orleans
  • p 105, exercise 1
  • p 106-7, exercises 2 and 3
  • p 108-110, exercises 1, 2, 5

My Grammar Lab:
  • p 56: Unit 19, -ed/-ing adjectives
  • p 62-3: Unit 22, Comparative structures
  • p 146-147: Unit 4, Rules

KEY to erxercises on 90-1 from American Cities:

February 16, 2017

Email expressions

Don't miss these useful expressions to write emails!

Living language

The Oxford Dictionary of English is continuously supplemented with over 1,000 new words each year! Some of our favourite recent additions include:

  • Yogalates
A combination of pilates exercises with youga postures and breathing techniques.
  • Moobs
Unusually prominent breasts on a man, typically as a result of excess fat.
As a result
  • Westminster bubble
An insular community of politicians, journalists and civil servants who seem to be out of touch with the experiences of British public.

  • YOLO: "you only live once"
  • FOMO: "fear of missing out", the sinking feeling you get when imagining that other people have more exciting lives than you, often resulting in -and perpetuated by- excessive interest in social media.
Listen to it on Speak Up magazine #377

February 14, 2017

3 & 4 Revise and check


If you wish to take the quiz again, you can click on the link below:

3 & 4 Revise and Check

February 24th: studying abroad


This is some info for those of you interested in studying abroad. We'll hold a meeting at the school on Friday 24th.
Who will come? Write your answer down on the comment, please!



Se dará información sobre el sistema educativo británico, con una conexión por Skype con estudiantes en el Reino Unido para un intercambio de impresiones y ronda de preguntas.

La charla se celebrará en inglés aunque se podrán resolver dudas concretas en español.

Folleto informativo sobre programas de estudio

Love idioms

Happy Valentine!

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February 10, 2017

Expressions with "get" and "take"


These expressions with "get" and "take" will surely be useful for you!

February 09, 2017

Chapters 7 and 8


You can listen to Chapter 7 on Los Angeles and Chapter 8 on New Orleans.
It might be a good idea to shadow read (read and listen at the same time).

Have a good day!

February 07, 2017

Mother-in-law from hell or daughter-in-law from hell?

After Reading Carolyn's email to her daughter-in-law (Coursebook, p 40), what do you think? Do you think that Heidi didn't behave according to good manners? Do you think she should have written a thank-you letter? Should she have asked before having a second helping? Should she have waited for everyone to start eating?

Write down you opinion on the comment below!

You may want to read the original article on the Daily Mirror.

February 01, 2017

The world is a beautiful place

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, he is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over one million copies.

This is the poem Eva chose for her presentation in class yesterday:

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind happiness
not always being
so very much fun
if you don't mind a touch of hell
now and then
just when everything is fine
because even in heaven
they don't sing
all the time

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind some people dying
all the time
or maybe only starving
some of the time
which isn't half bad
if it isn't you

-ed pronunciation

Dear all,

To get extra practice of the pronunciation of regular past verbs listen to this podcast from the latest Speak Up magazine issue (# 331).

Reviewing chapters 1, 2 and 3


If you would like to review some aspects of American Cities book, you can play the kahoot game again:

American Cities Kahoot

January 28, 2017

Fact check: President Trump's first week

President Trump made claims about the election, the C.I.A., and his inauguration crowd size. The New York Times checked the facts.

January 26, 2017

Recommended series


These are the series that your classmates recommended. Why not have a look?

Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure.

January 25, 2017

The loop

Chicago's "Loop" is the city's official downtown area. The second largest downtown business district in the United States. The Loop is known for its famous skyscrapers and historic buildings; it has been the site of architectural creativity and experimentation for years.


January 23, 2017

Chicago's Legacy of Architecture

From its skyscrapers to its bridges, amazing feats of engineering have made the  skyline of Chicago immediately identifiable and completely unforgettable. Watch and listen to CNN's Richard Quest on the legacy of architecture in the Windy City in this CNN segment of "Future Cities". 

- Stunning: extremely beautiful or attractive: 
- Becknoning a future: if something beckons to you, it is very attractive and you feel you have to do something to get it. A bright future beckoned.
- Backbonethe determination and strong personality that you need in order to do what is right or deal with a difficult situation. They wouldn’t have the backbone to disagree with him.
- Groundbreaking: using new methods, or achieving new results. A groundbreaking study of plant diversity.
- Stareto look directly at someone or something for a long time. Don’t stare at people.
- The talk of the town: idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately".
- Blank canvas: the term "blank canvas" can refer to a number of different things, both literal and metaphorical. However, all meanings have in common the idea of an empty starting point
- Accomplish to do or finish something successfully; achieve something. 
- Set the tone: if something someone says or does sets the tone for an event or activity, it establishes the way that event or activity will continue, especially the mood of the people involved (often + for ) He was furious when she arrived late, and that set the tone for the whole evening.
- At full throttle: as fast as possible. When the horse reached the back stretch he was at full throttle. 
 - Set the stage: Fig. to prepare something for some activity. The initial meeting set the stage for further negotiations. 

January 22, 2017

February Mock Exams


The exams in February will take place on the following dates as you already know.

Monday & Wednesday Group
Tuesday & Thursday Group
Reading, listening
Feb 15, 20, 22
Feb 16, 21, 23

I'd also like to remind you that there will be C1 exams going on at our school on the last week of February (from Feb 27 to March 3) so there won't be class on those days either.

    January 16, 2017


    These are the districts mentioned on Chapter 3 of American Cities. Can you locate them on this map?