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March 31, 2012

Leap of faith

In this video from the BBC, Words in the news, you can learn more vocabulary. Try to repeat and do the exercise below. By the way what does "leap of faith" mean?


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.
adrenaline junkie / into the void / a nightmare / in one piece / cuts and bruises

"The __________ that I have is the memories of when I lived under the Taliban," she said. "That's what we went through and that's what might come back."

She describes herself as an______________ having already tried skydiving and body boarding down sand dunes.

The victim suffered _______________ in the attack.

"Four months ago I was in a very critical situation," Mr Chavez said. "Thanks be to God, four months have passed and here I am, all ____________ and on my feet." Mr Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, has said his illness will not stop him from standing for re-election next year.

Greece is "on the brink of the abyss", President Karolos Papoulias has warned, after three people died during protests over planned austerity measures. "We are all responsible so that it does not take the step ____________," the president said in a statement. It followed a day of violence during which protesters set fire to a bank, killing three employees.

March 30, 2012

Three little pigs commit a crime

This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion.
Is killing the intruder ever justified?
Why don't you try to listen for legal terms and collocations in the video? There are a few ones!

March 29, 2012

Type 2 conditionals

Dear NI1 students,

Check the answer to the exercises Manuel handed out in class here.
Type the correct answer in this online exercise. 
They were retrieved from the University of Victoria in Canada.

March 28, 2012

Is it cold or allergy?

I found this interesting site on how to differenciate allergy symptoms from a cold. I hope it will provide good vocabulary. How about you? do you really suffer from any allergies? Do you easily get a cold?

Symptoms & Types

Is it cold or allergy? Cold or flu? Learn more about cold symptoms and how these differ from other conditions. Also, learn about common cold complications such as sinusitis and bronchitis or chest cold.


Got a raspy cough? Can’t stop sneezing? Maybe you feel achy and fatigued. Chances are you have a cold. Learn about common cold symptoms so you’ll know if you need to call the doctor.
Can you tell the difference between a cold and an allergy? Discover the difference between colds and allergies so you’ll know how to treat your stuffy head, runny nose, and congestion.
Sore throat, nasal congestion, coughing … is it a cold or the flu? It’s important to know the difference since prompt treatment may help lessen the flu. Check out this handy chart so you’ll be prepared.


When normal cold symptoms turn into sinusitis, bronchitis, sore throat, or ear infections, you may need medical treatment. Learn about cold complications — the symptoms, the treatment, and when to call the doctor.
When your nasal congestion and postnasal drip continue long after your cold should be over, you may have a sinus infection (sinusitis). Learn more about sinus infections and how this common problem is treated.
If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you know how painful it can be. Discover the causes of middle ear infections (otitis media) with colds and steps you can take now to ease the pain.
How bad are your sinus problems? Find out with WebMD's Allergy & Sinus Symptom Evaluator.

March 27, 2012

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Dear NI2 students,

I'd like you to read this article for Spring Break, The Benefits of Bilingualism from the New York Times, March 17th. 
As you can see, there are many benefits to being bilingual, can you think of more?

March 22, 2012


Dear NI1,

There are a few websites that I'd like you to check. They are related to housing vocabulary:

March 21, 2012

Kony 2012

I thought that this moving film should be known. Once more the power of people working together bears fruit. This movie will hopefully stop Kony's actions against children in Uganda!

March 20, 2012

Talking sports

And how about you? Do you keep your feet on the ground? Do you advise people? Do you listen to people's advice? For more Talking sports from the BBC, click here!

March 15, 2012

Cameron, Obama Affirm Afgan pullout Plan

Dear NI2 students,

In this video from you can watch about Cameron and Obama's plans on the Middle East. For a transcript, click here!

March 14, 2012

Yosemite Nature


Isabel sent me this video of gorgeous nature in California, Yosemite Park, where you can find the oldest and biggest sequoyas in the world.
Have you ever been there?

Mond & Wed NI2 pairs for speaking test


Wednesday 21th
Daniel P
Cristina R
Mónica R
Pablo P
Mar H
Lucía R
Antonio E
Leticia S

Monday 26th
Alicia G
Javier M
Laura N
Ana I. C
Beatriz C
Almudena Q
Virginia M
Alicia L
Almudena G

Tuesd & Thur NI2 pairs for speaking test



Tuesday 20th
Vanesa R
Camila P
Juan R
Irene C
Elena R
José Ángel B
Gema L 
Javier L
Daniel P

Thursday 22th
María J. B
Beatriz Pl
Carmen H
Cristina S
Belén C
Beatriz O
Rosana J

Tuesday 27th
Rocío R
Beatriz G
Jorge B
Patricia M

March 13, 2012

Free English materials

Dear all,

There are That's English books and materials at the office area. You can get them for free.

Have a look, you might be interested in something!

Grammar review for NI1

You can practice questions and grammar in these links:

March 07, 2012

Stand by me

Song Around The World
from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

March 06, 2012

No More E-Books Vs. Print Books Arguments, OK?

Dear NI2 students, 

Read the following text from the National Public Radio at home. We'll be commenting it in class. Besides you can read other readers' opinion and drop your own at the end of the text as well!

No More E-Books Vs. Print Books Arguments, OK?

Match the following words with their definitions:
1. Con                  a. someone or a thing that shows that something is going to happen soon, especially something bad
2. Harbinger         b. many and of different types
3. Manifold           c. to make or put together roughly or hastily —often used with  together
4. Cobble              d. unproductive of results or gain
5. Barren              e. an argument or evidence in opposition

1. What are the arguments in favor and against the use of eBooks? 
2. What’s the position of the writer?
3. What type of text is it? 
4. How about you? Do you have an ebook? Are you for or against ebooks? Provide reasons.

March 02, 2012

Mondays & Wednesday NI1 pairs for Speaking Mock Exam

Monday 12th
Mª Isabel P
Francisco L
Olvido R
Rocío I
Isabel C

Lorena A
Virginia N
Laura R

Wednesday 14th
Mª Jesús F
Begoña G
Sarah de V
Clara L
Ana O
Wednesday 21st
Sonsoles A

Key to questions

Student A
Frank was born in 1._________ (where?) in 1977. He went to school in Buenos Aires for 2.__________ (how long?) before moving to Denver. He misses 3.__________ (what?), but he enjoys studying and living in Denver. In fact, he 4.___________ (what?) in Denver for over 4 years. Currently, he 5.____________ (what?) at the University of Colorado where he is going to receive his Bachelor of Science next 6.__________ (when?). After he receives his degree, he is going to return to Buenos Aires to marry 7. ___________ (who?) and begin a career in research. Alice 8.__________ (what?) at the University in Buenos Aires and is also going to receive 9.____________ (what?) next May. They met in 10.___________ (where?) in 1995 while they were hiking together in the 11. ___________ (where?). They have been engaged for 12. ______________ (how long?). 
1. Where was Frank born?
2. How long did he go to school in Buenos Aires?
3. What does he miss?
4. What did he do in Denver?
5. What did he study at the University of Colorado?
6. When is he going to recieve his Bachelor of Science?
7. Who is he going to marry in Buenos Aires?
8. What is Alice going to study at the University of Nuenos Aires?
9. What is Alice going to receive next May?
10. Where did they meet?
11. Where were they hiking when they met?
12. How long have they been engaged?

Tuesday & Thursday NI1 Pairs for Speaking

Tuesday 13th
Ruth V
Charo T
Alba T
Marta V
Idurre U
Estrella U
Marta C
José Antonio V
Thursday 15th
Carlos V
Pablo G
Elena Ardid
Magdalena J
Lucía J
Elena G
M.ª Luz
Francisco de A
Juan Pedro

March 01, 2012

The Lazy Song

Key to text, p 46-47

Dear NI2 students,

You can find here the key to "A rose without a Thorn" text on pages 46 and 47.
Exercise c
1. E
2. G
3. D
4. B
5. F
6. A
7. C
Exercise d
Waist, noun /weist/: the part around the middle of the body between the stocmach and the hips.
Thorn, noun / Ɵɔ:n /: a hard sharp point on the stem of some plants, e.g. roses.
Naive, adj /nai 'i:v/: without experience of the world, ready to believe what other people say.
Get rid of, idiom: to become free of somebody or something.
Show off, phrasal verb: try to impress people by being clever, or showing you are proud of
Infatuated, adj: madly and often foolishly in love.
Guilty, adj: responsible for doing something wrong.
Betray, verb /bi'trei/: be disloyal to a person or thing.