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April 28, 2010

Education vs Creativity

SIR KEN ROBINSON is author of “Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative”, and a leading expert on innovation and human resources. In his talk, he makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating education system that nurtures creativity rather than undermining it.
Let's watch the video again and try to find out how creativity and education are related

This video was retrieved from TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. Find the topic you like best in the site.

Betty Friedan

These days we are talking about gender differences and inequalities. Today, we'll listen to a radio program about Betty Friedan. She connected with women's deep frustration at being confined to the roles of wife and mother, which she described as "the problem that has no name". She died in 2006.
Note: this material was designed by the teachers at Villalba EOI.


0. The things that Betty Friedan said in the 1960’s seem to be UNREMARKABLE now.
1. Betty Friedan campaigned for ____________ __________ and job adverts that didn’t specify the sex of the person sought. (at least 2 things)
2. Betty Friedan’s ideas were seen by many Americans as ____________.
3. America expected its women to be fulfilled by ____________.
4. Betty Friedan became a ____________.
5. In the 1970’s she ____________.

April 20, 2010

Eriksson named Ivory Coast coach

Listen to this piece of news! we did in class. Find the written task here.

31 March 2010

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been named as the new coach of the Ivory Coast national football team. He'll have just over two months to prepare his new team for the World Cup tournament in South Africa.

April 17, 2010

Getting older

I feel that listening to these podcasts on aging and becoming old will give you good vocabulary and ideas about how to talk about becoming older:
Podcast 1 - Retirement

Podcast 2- Getting old

These podcasts are part of BBC podcast, 6-minute English where you can subscribe and download more programs like these on a wide range of topics!

April 15, 2010

The Teen Brain

You can listen again to the activity we did in class yesterday. Thanks, Cristina! You may answer the questions we couldn't finish in class in the "comentario":

PART D: Find words in the transcript that mean…
14. a special way of wearing one’s hair
15. a formula repeated in prayer, meditation or incantation
16. to penetrate to the meaning of something, comprehend, understand
17. disposed or willing to comply, submissive
18. to change
19. used as a humorous exclamation to tell someone about something surprising
20. to move something in with light blows.

April 13, 2010

Supersize me

Following the epidemic on obesity in America, Morgan Spurlock directed and starred the documentary film Super Size Me in 2004.
Spurlock's film follows a 30-day time period (February to beginning of March 2003) during which he eats only McDonald's food. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effects on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. Spurlock dined at McDonald's restaurants three times per day, eating every item on the chain's menu. He also always "super-sized" his meal—but only if it was offered.

April 09, 2010

April 08, 2010

Creature Comforts

In this Wallace and Gromit animated film, animals talk about eating habits in England. Watch the video we saw in class again. Questions are in the "comentario." How about watching the second part of Feeding Time as well? Isn't the fly hilarious?


We read an article on the new findings on Tutankamon's death. Scientists who spent the last two years looking at the dead body of Tutankhamun say the Pharaoh had disabilities. They now believe the young king wasn't murdered but that he may have died from malaria. You can listen to it here.