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February 25, 2013

Lifelong Bilingualism

Dear NI2 students, 

As Roberto will talk to us about Bilingualism on March 11th, you might be interested in the following documentary with exercises from VOA English.

Lifelong Bilingualism gives Seniors a Mental Edge

Improve Your Listening Skills!

February 23, 2013

Guided Tour of the British Cemetery

Dear NI2 students,

I'd like to take you to the British Cemetery in Madrid in Comandante Fontanes, 7, Urgel metro station. A guide would show us around in British English.

The British Cemetery was founded in 1854. The aim was to create a place where non-Roman Catholics could be buried because they were not admitted to other cemeteries existing at the time. As time went by, non-British nationals were also buried at the Cemetery, including Lutherans, members of the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches, and Jewish people who also needed burial facilities, which were not provided for under the Spanish Law.  

The records and memorials of the British Cemetery include the founder of the Price Circus, the founder of ‘RestauranteLhardy’, the Brooking family, and many other personalities who have made their historic contributions to Madrid. 

If most of you are interested, we could visit it the last day before the Spring Break, on Wed 20th at 17h. What do you think? Would you like to attend?

February 22, 2013


Dear NI2 students,

As commented in class these are some new podcast links for you to visit and use regularly:

  1. VOA Special English
  2. Learn English British Council, Series
  3. BBC podcasts Witness

Cinnamon and honey


This is a nice article that M.ª José from NI1 recommended. Those of you interested in natural remedies will appreciate it.
Thanks a lot!

May 15, 2012

Cinnamon and Honey; it’s as simple as that!
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.

February 20, 2013

Language Immersion


I just saw a publication on the Official Bulletin that there are grants to study English if you are registered in the interemediate and advanced level at the official school of languages and you were born between 1993 and 1996. 

So if you are interested, you may read the rest of the requirements!!

February 18, 2013

Cute kid's weather forecast goes viral

Dear NI2 students, 

As we are talking about the weather these days, why not watch this video about a precocious boy? How old is the boy? When did he decide to be a weather boy? What are his assets?


February 14, 2013

Reviewing unit 3

Dear NI1 students,

Let's review the grammar and vocabulary from unit 3 by doing the exercises on these links from New English File:


Dear NI2 students,

Practice the grammar and vocabulary we've been studying in class recently:

Isaac Asimov predicting the impact of internet

Dear NI2 students, 

These are some of Isaac Asimov's predictions about the future in 1988. Isn't it amazing how he predicted the future of learning? Thanks to my colleague Susana.

How about you? How do you predict the future in 30 years' time? Write your opinion on the "comment". You may find this vocab useful:

In 30 years' time
By the year 2040 people /computers: 
  • May/Might 
  • Will probably / probably won´t / definitely won´t / will be ….ing / 
  • will have + past participle
  • Are going to… 
  • Are/aren´t likely to

February 13, 2013

Never give up!

Dear NI1 students,

Find the key to the reading on page 47 from your coursebook:
p. 47. 

1. A car hit her when she was going to a training session on a motorbike. 
2. Three months after the accident.
3. Thrilled. It felt like her leg was there.
4. She qualified for the final at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester (for able-bodied swimmers).
5. She hopes to swim faster than she did before the accident. 

1. A tiger shark attacked her and tore off her arm. 
2. As soon as she left hospital. 
3. She was so happy she cried.
4. She finished 5th at the National Surfing Championship.
5. She accepts that she will never be world champion. 

February 12, 2013

True Love

Dear NI2 students,

This Wednesday 13th we are going to comment on this story by Isaac Asimov, True Love. Read it and see how science fiction writers are necessary to predict our present. 

Happy Valentine!

February 11, 2013

Kelvin Okafor's pencil drawings

Dear NI2 students, 

What do you think of this talented artist from England? Listen to the news from the BBC and try to answer the questions below:

    • Where did he graduate? 
    • Where does he live? 
    • What were his parents' fears? 
    • What is speacial about him? 
    • What type of art does he make? 
    • Which material does he use? 
    • How much worth are his paintings?

    February 05, 2013

    English Online with UNED

    Dear NI2 students, 

    Cristina Muñoz sent me this message that she would like to share with you:

    Today I have found a course about professional English. I'm pleasantly surprised and I would like that you recommend this to my classemates.

    The page is  You have to register but it is free. Then if you want a diploma, you have to pay, but it isn´t obligatory.
    If you have any doubt you can ask me.

    Inglés Profesional / Professional English

     The course lasts from February untill April!
     Thanks Cristina!

    February 02, 2013

    Spoken book review

    Dear NI2 students, 

    This is an activity to do at home after reading The Curious Incident and thinking about it and commenting about it in class. Record yourself with your webcam or a video camera at home. You can just record yourself with your phone and send it to me for evaluation as well. 

    Before recording yourself, you may want to think about: 
    • Title and Author 
    • Why you decided to read the book 
    • How thick is it? How long did it take you to read? 
    • State what it is about briefly 
    • The characters in the story 
    • What you found interesting about it 
    • What you disliked 
    • A nice quotation that you liked 
    • Evaluation of the book 
    • Recommend it or not