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November 27, 2012

From the East Coast with love


These wonderful pics were sent to us by Ana from NI1. She's travelling around New York and Philadelphia. What a wonderful trip, don't you think? 

November 26, 2012

La complu en la calle


This is link to a blog of professors who will protest against cuts in education by teaching on the streets on Wednesday 28th. Have a look at their schedule. You might want to join a class.

Andrea passed it on to me:


The Spanish Crisis, a different viewpoint

Dear NI2 students, 

As we commented on the inferiority complex on being Spanish these days, I'd like you to watch this video. Do you agree? What do you think about this topic? Have you changed your mind after watching it?

A Christmas Carol Pantomime

What a better way to celebrate Christmas than going to the theater?
The Pantomime is upon us again, and this year it is a Panto adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".  Book early to avoid disappointment - the details are on the poster.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Tell your friends! 

November 25, 2012

The Curious incident Webquest

Before start reading the next book "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", students in NI2 should try to find this information that we will comment in class:


  • Find information about the writer Mark Haddon.
  • What is Asperger’s syndrome?  
  • What are the signs of Asperger’s syndrome? 
  • How is Asperger’s syndrome different from other autism spectrum disorders?

November 20, 2012

NB1 role plays


I just wanted to share these videos from NB1 students at our school. They are my colleague Paula's students. Don't you think they are really good actors as well?

Tha Black Moon Bar:

Hilton Hotel:

November 17, 2012

Treasure Island

British Art from Holbein to Hockney

This is a great exhibition of British art that you can visit at Juan March, (Castelló, 77) from Oct 5 to Jan 20.

Britain seen from the North, 1981. Toni Cragg, Tate

A portrait of of the extraordinary scope and vitality of art in Great Britain since the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century through to the twentieth. This is the essence of this exhibition, whose title, Treasure Island, invokes that of an eminently British writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, being founded on a very simple conviction: namely, that the island has not been explored fully and that it conceals a real treasure in its art, its painting and sculpture, which, like almost every treasure, remains half-hidden, yet to be discovered.

The exhibition presents over 180 pieces – paintings, sculptures, works on paper, books, magazines, manifestos and photographs – produced by more than a hundred different artists, giving an account of the arts in Great Britain that makes manifest the power and particular significance of certain creators and works. 

This wealth of art is organised in seven sections, each corresponding to a different era: Destruction and Reformation (1520–1620), Revolution and the Baroque (1620–1720), Society and Satire (1720–1800), Landscapes of the Mind (1760–1850), Realism and Reaction (1850–1900), Modernity and Tradition (1900–1940), and A Brave New World (1945–1980).

November 16, 2012

That clauses

As some students have asked me about that clauses, I'll briefly mention here that a "that-clause" is a sentence that follows after verbs like think or say:
            I think that he'll be fine. 
            She said that her parents knew about her trip.

They also follow nouns to do with thinking or saying: advice, argument, hope, promise
, idea

            He made a promise that he would do all he could to help.
            I had a funny feeling that something was wrong.


We can always use a clause without the word "that":

            They admitted [that] they had made a mistake.
             I am sorry [that] you can’t come.

You can practice building more that clases in this exercise from Learn English at the British Council.

November 15, 2012

Language tip of the week: say

Here is some advice about  the patterns that can follow the verb say:

Unlike the verb tell, the verb say is never used with a personal object. If you want to refer to a personal object after say, use the preposition to:

✗ Perhaps people misunderstand what I want to say them in English.
✓ Perhaps people misunderstand what I want to say to them in English.
✗ He wanted to be examined by a civilian doctor after an army doctor had said him that it was serious.
✓ He wanted to be examined by a civilian doctor after an army doctor had said to him that it was serious.

The object of the verb say is usually direct speech or a that-clause which reports what someone has said:
‘That’s not true!’ she said, but her voice betrayed her.
Climate experts say that by 2100 rainfall levels in some areas may rise to five times what they are today.

Don’t use tell in structures like this:
✗ He told that the Japanese representatives tend to be less confident about speaking English.
✓ He said that the Japanese representatives tend to be less confident about speaking English.

More language tips:Language tip of the week: say | Macmillan

November 14, 2012

Europe's megastrike


Listen to this video from the CNN about the strike going on in Europe, not just our country. Answer this question: 
  • What are the reasons they give to strike? 
  • Concentrate on the words related to striking: demonstration, strike...
If we don't do something, who will?


November 11, 2012

Transcription Exercises


This is a web page that M.ª José from NI1 recommended. You can practice the transcription of words into the phonemic alphabet. Why don't you try? It's fun!



November 10, 2012

Unit 1 revision

Dear NI1 students,
I'd like you to review what we studied in the book in unit 1. 
Have a good day!

November 09, 2012

-ed pronunciation


This is an old post but I thought it would be useful to do these exercises now that we've reviewed how to pronounce regular verbs in the past:

November 07, 2012

Victory Speech: the best is yet to come

This a short extract from Obama's victory speech by the CNN.
What does he say? Who is he thankful for? What are the problems ahead? What are the achievements? Is he hopeful about the future?


November 01, 2012

Pronunciation Quizzes


Now that we've finished going over all the sounds in English, I encourage you all to work on these pronunciation activities from BBC Learning English. They are fun and you can also learn at the same time :-)

Unit 1 revision for NI2

Dear NI2 students,

In these days off, you may review what we learnt in the coursebook:

 Phrasal verbs in context

Idioms and collocation



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