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January 31, 2015

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian. Considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history, he is known for songs like "Star Dust," "La Via En Rose" and "What a Wonderful World".

January 26, 2015

Expressing fear


If you are afraid of anything you'll find nice expressions on this listening and text from Hot English Magazine to express it. Snakes give me the creeps!! What about you? What are you afraid of?

January 21, 2015

Obama’s Full State of the Union Address

The president has just delivered his State of the Union speech, addressing a wide range of issues, including support to average families, the economy, immigration and national security.
BY Associated Press, Jan. 21, 2015 | 60:29

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 20, 2015

The benefits of a good night's sleep


In this video you may see how important it is to sleep, especially if you have a test the following day. There is no use in cramming!

January 18, 2015

Ellis Island

When reading chapter 2 from "American Cities" we learnt about how European immigrants entered the US. They all stopped in Ellis Island, especially between 1892 and 1954. Watch this video about the facilities they had at the time. Do you think they were enough? How would you feel?


January 17, 2015

Nikola Tesla, his is the future


I'd like to thank every single student who turned up at the exhibition yesterday at 16:30. That shows a great interest in learning English beyond the classroom :-)

This video was sent by Fernando Muñoz. It talks about eco-design implemented in temporary exhibitions and it shows the concepts applied to the design and production of a temporary exhibition to reduce 35% of carbon emissions compared to standard practice.

January 16, 2015

Four fad diets for losing weight

As you may be already on a diet after binging on food this Christmas, you may want to find vocabulary and expressions to talk about diets from Hotenglish Magazine.
Listen to it here.

January 15, 2015

El Capitan: Yosemite duo complete world's toughest climb

Free climbers Kevin Jorgesen and Tommy Caldwell reach the top of the Dawn Wall after nearly 18 days of hard work and shredded fingertips
The Guardian,           
Tommy Caldwell free climbing El Capitan's Dawn Wall, Yosemite National Park
Tommy Caldwell free climbing El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, Yosemite National Park Photograph: Corey Rich/Aurora Photos

Two climbers in California’s Yosemite national park made history on Wednesday, reaching the summit of what has been called the world’s hardest rock climb.
After weeks of herculean effort, Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, scaled the half-mile section of exposed granite known as the Dawn Wall on El Capitan peak.
Upon clambering over the final ledge they paused, looked at each other and raised their arms in triumph.

Fallingwater House

This is Aurea's presentation on this wonderful house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Very well done!! Wouldn't it be awesome to visit it?

January 14, 2015

I can't breathe

This is a flashmob protest against racism. Broadway stars send a message about police violence and the killing of Eric Garner.

January 10, 2015

In the Park, a by-path

This is my favourite painting at the Thyssen exhibition. I recorded a description of it in Soundcloud. Why don't you do the same and show it to us/me?

American Impressionism


This is my recommendation for this month, a visit to the American Impressionism exhibition at Thyssen gallery in Madrid. Remember you may get a discount if you present your student's card.

The exhibition will include nearly 80 paintings that allow for an analysis of the way in which North American artists discovered Impressionism in the 1880s and 1890s and its subsequent development around 1900.
John Sergent, Two women asleep in a punt under the willows
In 1886 and organized by art dealer Durand-Ruel, the first major exhibition of French Impressionist art in the U S opened its doors in New York. While artists such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent had spent some years living and exhibiting their work in France and enjoyed close relations with painters such as Degas and Monet, it was not until this show that American painters began to make use of the new brushstroke, brilliant colours and themes of modern life characteristic of the French movement, in some cases even visiting Paris to discover it at first hand.

January 09, 2015

Tesla's biography


This is Juan José's presentation on Tesla. Remember we will have a lecturer on Thursday 15th next week at 20h in room 10 for everybody to attend. Our visit to Tesla exhibition will take place the day after on Friday 16.

January 08, 2015

If we were honest about New Year's Resolutions


These are some young people's resolutions for the new year 2015. Can you understand them? and how about you?
What are your new year's resolutions? Tell us in the comment section below.

January 06, 2015

5 simple lifestyle changes to increase your learning English

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I'd like to start the year by suggesting 5 simple changes in your life that will make you be more fluent.

January 01, 2015

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year to you all with a traditional English song!