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April 29, 2016

Does grammar matter?

It can be hard sometimes, when speaking, to remember all of the grammatical rules that guide us when we’re writing. When is it right to say “the dog and me” and when should it be “the dog and I”? Does it even matter? Andreea S. Calude dives into the age-old argument between linguistic prescriptivists and descriptivists — who have two very different opinions on the matter.
Source: Ted Talks

April 26, 2016

Expressing surprise

Here you can find some common expressions used to express surprise. Use them to react to these comments:
I'm getting married.
I passed all my exams.
That costs 300 pounds.
I lost my phone yesterday.
I saw your girlfriend kissing another guy yesterday.
I'm going to have a baby and it's yours.

1. That's amazing, impressive!
2. You're the best
3. Awesome (informal)
4. Wow!
5. Oh my god! (OMG)

6. Unbelievable!
7. Incredible
8. Are yoy serious?

9. Come on!
10. Are you kidding me?
11. Are you pulling my leg?
12. Is that a joke?
13.I can't believe it!
14. Really?
15. That's ridiculous!

April 25, 2016

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

April 23, 2016


How  about  some poetry for the weekend? Which city is she talking about do you think?

Alicia Ostriker                               
My neighbor’s daughter has created a city
you cannot see
on an island to which you cannot swim
ruled by a noble princess and her athletic consort
all the buildings are glass so that lies are impossible
beneath the city they have buried certain words
which can never be spoken again
chiefly the word divorce which is eaten by maggots
when it rains you hear chimes
rabbits race through its suburbs
the name of the city is one you can almost pronounce

April 22, 2016


Why not think of a memorable meal? Prepare to talk about a meal you'll never forget
  • Was it something you prepared or was it somebody else?
  • When was it?
  • Where?
  • Who were you with? A family gathering? a friends' meeting?
  • How was it cooked? 
  • Describe the taste, smell and color
You may be inspired by this conversation about a Thanksgiving meal in Canada at

For specific vocabulary visit these Language Guide links 

April 21, 2016

June Exams


I'd like to tell you the dates of our last exams:

Written Exam: May 30th at 16h
Oral Exams:
Day 1, June 2 starting at 16h
Day 2, June 3 starting at 16h

The Queen's 90th birthday

The Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme looks back at key moments in her reign.

April 19, 2016

British Food

Source: Oxford Culture Mania. March 30, 2016        

April 18, 2016

A Christmas Carol

As we are reading a ghost story these days, I'm sending Charles Dicken's story adapted to the radio in Spanish. It's worth listening though.

A Christmas Carol

Jamie Oliver's speech

Find a link to this famous British chef, Jamie Oliver's speech. You can even shadowread the speech on an interactive script while listening to the video!

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an assault on our ignorance of food.

It's hair raising, a wakeup call to mind what we choose to eat!
Some time ago, Montse, a classmate recommended this link!

Pumpkin bread recipe

Now that we are dealing with food and restaurants, how about this American recipe?

April 15, 2016

The Angel of Refugees

This is from a BBC program called: 50 women making it happen.

In the last few months, tens of thousands of migrants and refugees have attempted to cross the Mediterranean sea to Italy, one of the main gateways to Europe. It's a dangerous trip and many are stranded at sea. But there is someone they can call - Nawal Soufi, a human rights activist from Sicily - who's become a main point of contact, and whose phone is always on. She helps direct coastguards their way. Our reporter Daniel Adamson has been to meet Nawal in Catania.

Release date:  Duration: 8 minutes

April 12, 2016

'Music helped me to rebuild myself'

Singer Angelique Kidjo just won her third Grammy award. She explains how her music and activism feed into each other.
Producer: Tania Ketenjian

Love's Labour's Lost

Schools in Madrid are invited to discover one of Shakespeare's lesser known works in this new production by Teatro Fundación Siglo de Oro in partnership with the Globe Theatre London and the Fundación Baluarte.  
A special resource pack has been developed and allows students (12 to 19 year olds) to enjoy the theatre experience as never before.  The school's project involves:
  1. students and teachers exploring the work in class
  2. actors running workshops in participating schools
  3. tickets for special performances at Teatros de Canal
There are special performances for schools organised for 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 of May.  You can find out more here  or contact Fundación Siglo de Oro:
Telephone: 91 00 52 251 or 607 894 634

Price: 10€ per participating pupil.

April 11, 2016

Why is this painting so captivating?

On first glance, the painting “Las Meninas” (“The Maids of Honor”) might not seem terribly special, but it’s actually one of the most analyzed pieces in the history of art. Why is this painting by Diego Velazquez so captivating? James Earle and Christina Bozsik share the context and complexity behind this work of art.

Source: Ted Edu

Interested in learning more about Spanish Baroque art? The Khan Academy site is a good place to start.  It has some great information which includes another video about "Las Meninas."

April 07, 2016

The toughest place to be a ...

Following the series on page 69 from our coursebook, you can have a look . The second programme in the series sees Richard Gibson, a dairy farmer from Devon, travelling to northern Kenya, one of the most arid regions in the world, as he joins the Samburu tribe to live the life of a cattle herder.

Back in Devon, Richard treats his 120 Holstein cows like finely tuned athletes and in return they reward him with an incredible 2 million pints of milk a year.

As no crops grow in northern Kenya, for centuries local tribes have herded cattle, but in recent years more severe and longer droughts have started to threaten the lifestyle of these semi-nomadic herders.

Richard will experience the constant battle for food and water. Most days his host village elder Lemerigichen must dig down into the earth to find water for his cows. It’s exhausting work in the baking heat, yet these herders survive only on a little maize and milk, while some days there’s no food at all.

Richard also learns that as drought pushes tribes closer together in search of ever-dwindling water supplies, they stray onto each other’s territory. Traditional enemies, they now fight with guns that have come over the border from Sudan and Somalia.

Talk about your job


Here you can find some questions and expressions that may help you prepare for the speaking exercise in class on Thursday 7th and Monday 11th.

1. Do you have a job?
 If so:
 - What do you do in your current job?
 - What kind of job is it?
 - How did you get this job?
 - Is your job competitive ?
 - What opportunities does your job give?
 - Do you like your job?
 - Do you like your boss?
 - Do you like your colleagues?
 - Do you like the atmosphere in your workplace?
 - Is your job stressful?
 - Would you like to change anything in your job?
 - Do you have to work overtime? How often? Does your boss pay you more for overtime work?
 If not:
 - What was your last job?
 - What kind of job was it?
 - How did you get this job?
 - Was your job competitive?
 - What opportunities did your job give?
 - Did you like your job?
 - Did you like your boss?
 - Did you like your colleagues?
 - Was your job stressful?
 - Why don’t you work there anymore?
 - Are you looking for a new job?
2. At what age would you like to retire? What would you like to do after the retirement?
4. What was your first job? Did you like it?
5. When you were a child, what was your dream job?
6. What is your dream job now?
7. What do you think is the worst job?
8. Do people usually get jobs related to their educational background? How about you?
9. Does a university degree guarantee success in the future career?
10. What is the most important in your job?
11. Would you like to run your own business?
12. Is it better to work for someone else or be self-employed?

April 06, 2016


You may be interested in attending this theater play: 
Betrayal by Harold Pinter

is being performed on

 20, 21, 22, 23 April at 8pm
24 April at 7pm
28, 29 April at 8pm

at the Teatro/Sala Trovador
C/ San José, 3  Metro: Antón Martín

Tickets cost 12€ 

Group bookings
For groups of 10+, contact the theatre on 634 952 679 or at

For other reservations book your tickets at

Betrayal by Harold Pinter (Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005) begins in 1977, with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time, through the states of their affair, and their respective marriages, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, who is Jerry's oldest friend.

The classic dramatic scenario of the love triangle is manifest in a mediation on the themes of marital infidelity, duplicity and self-deception. Pinter writes a world that simultaneously glorifies and debases love set against a backdrop of changing social conditions.

April 05, 2016

Music in Canada speech



WHEN: FRIDAY 15th APRIL at 16:30