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May 24, 2016

Shakespeare in Song! on Friday 27 at 20h

How to make your brain age better

One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research. While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits.

May 23, 2016

Expressions with "go"

Listen and learn these useful expressions with the verb "go" from HotEnglish:

May 20, 2016

Exam schedule

The written exam on May 30th will follow this schedule:
16h - 17:15    Reading Comprehension
17:20 - 17:50 Listening Comprehension
10 minute Break
18 - 19:10      Written Expression

As you already know, the speaking exam Schedule is as follows:
  1. Speaking Exam on June 2nd
  2. Speaking Exam on June 3rd

May 19, 2016

Assignments for Monday 23 & Tuesday 24


These are the assignments for the weekend:
- Page 105+106 from the course book
- Unit 7 review and extension, p 90
- Rephrasing and Reading comprehension

The active and passive voice


May 14, 2016

Pairs for speaking exam on June 2nd

These are the pairs for Thursday June 2nd:

15:30 Cristina G - Agustín S
15:50 Pilar S - Esther V
16:10 Belén M. - Carmen G
16:30 Cristina R- Juan Carlos C
16:50 Gabriel G - Petra P
17:10 Violeta P - Gema M
17:30 Manuel R - Antonia M
17:50 Alejandra G - Aser V L
18:10 Mariano V - Jara Q
18:30 Juan M - Carlos A
18:50 Soraya G -Vicente P

Pairs for speaking exam on June 3rd


These are the pairs for the speaking exam on Friday June 3rd:

15:30 Eva M- Margarita R
15:50 Eloísa D- Sheila R
16:10 Sonsoles A - Oliver S
16:30 David C-Matías I
16:50 Jorge G - Alfonso P
17:10 Inés G - Horacio G
17:30 Pablo E - Carolina D
17:50 Teresa G - Zarko J
18:10 Ana B - Kelly A
18:30 Irene V - Marta M
18:50 Marta M- Marisa R
19:10 Asier M- Asunción E - Laura G
19:30 Leticia J - Celia L
19:50 Antonio M- María S

May 10, 2016

Are small towns better to live than big cities?

Are small towns safer than big cities? Are they better for the environment? Provide reasons when expressing your opinion in the comment section below.
You may want to get some ideas from this listening at

May 09, 2016

Theater play on Friday 13

This coming Friday 13 we are having a couple of activities at the English Department. First,  Social Media Quiz and then at 19h a fundrising theater play. Don't miss it!

Phrasal Verbs for the phone


These are very useful expressions to be used when talking on the phone. Listen to them as well.

Source: HotEnglish

May 08, 2016

'It’s a brave thing, loving another person': readers share stories of motherhood

As today it's mothering day in the UK, you may find these experiences from The Guardian interesting. Which one do you find more interesting? Mine is ‘For me, being a mother means being in love with yourself.’

Ahead of Mother’s Day we asked readers for their experiences of motherhood, as well as memories of their own mothers. Here are some of their moving stories and tributes

May 05, 2016

Shakespeare in Song!

Singing students are going to perform Shakespeare's songs in two concerts that will take place on
  • Friday 20 May at 12-12:30 at Teresa Braganza's Conservatory (Lucero Metro station)
  • Friday 27 May at Arturo Soria Conservatory
This compilation os songs from Shakespeare will help students follow the lyrics although not all of them will be sung.


May 04, 2016

The Case for the 1-Minute Workout Is Getting Stronger

Is the one minute workout for real? Here’s what you need to know about whether it’s right for you

There’s a lot of talk in the exercise world about high intensity interval training (HIIT) lately, which is exactly what it sounds like — alternating episodes of exercise with periods of less intensive activity or recovery. It’s not an new idea, although many gyms, trainers and some experts are touting it as if it’s a new phenomenon. Professional and elite athletes have been using interval training for nearly a century to maintain their peak performance with the least wear and tear on their bodies. And it’s baked in to workouts like SoulCycle, Cross Fit and many group classes at gyms.

But the concept of HIIT is gaining more momentum lately thanks to research that’s starting to show that such regimens can actually have the same health benefits as continuous, longer workouts—even if the intervals of exercise add up to as little a 60 seconds of burn. (See Introducing the 1-Minute Workout, here.) Of course, that doesn’t mean people are working hard for 1 minute in a whole day. It’s about alternating within a workout.

April 30, 2016



I'd like to remind you that you should read Chapter Six (The Flowering Tree) from The Canterville Ghost and work on the following exercises:

  • p 84-85 > exercises 1, 3
  • p 86-87 > exercises 5, 6, 7
  • p 88-89 > exercises 10
  • p 90-91 > exercises 1, 2
  • p 92-93 > exercises 3, 4, 5, 6
When coming back on Tuesday and Wednesday, you'll have to write a restaurant review in class as instructed on pages 76 and 77 from our Coursebook.

You should keep working on speaking activities like: A memorable meal and The best place to experience the beauty of your country.

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1322.7 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said overnight.                                                        "It is a unique collection and there are very few similar cases," Ana Navarro, head of Seville's Archeology Museum which is looking after the find, told a news conference.
Dating back to the late third and early fourth centuries, the bronze coins were found on Wednesday inside 19 Roman amphoras, a type of jar, in the town of Tomares near Seville.
Navarro declined to give a precise estimate for the value of the haul, saying only that the coins were worth "certainly several million euros".
The coins are stamped with the inscriptions of emperors Maximian and Constantine, and they appeared not to have been in circulation as they show little evidence of wear and tear.
It is thought they were intended to pay the army or civil servants.
"The majority were newly minted and some of them probably were bathed in silver, not just bronze," said Navarro.
"I could not give you an economic value, because the value they really have is historical and you can't calculate that."
Local officials have suspended the work on the water pipes and plan to carry out an archaeological excavation on the site.
The Romans conquered the Iberian Peninsula in 218 BC, ruling until the early 5th century when they were ousted by the Visigoths.
Source: sms news