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May 30, 2013

Tea and biscuits against racism

A mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there.


About six people turned up to protest at the mosque in Bull Lane, York, on Sunday and were invited inside to play football with worshippers. More than 100 supporters of the mosque had gone there after learning of the planned EDL (English Defence League) protest.

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said the mosque's response was "fantastic".
He said: "Tea, biscuits, and football are a great and typically Yorkshire combination when it comes to disarming hostile and extremist views."

Proud Moment

Father Tim Jones, who went to the Bull Lane mosque, which is situated in his parish, said: "I've always known they were intelligent and compassionate people and I think this has demonstrated the extent to which they are people of courage - certainly physical courage and also a high degree of moral courage.

May 29, 2013

Daredevil Gene

Dear NI2 students,

This is the bank of words that you'll need to do the reading task called Daredevil Gene.
Good reading!

all                it                must                to
also             known       not                   what
fearless       later          on                    which
followed      leaving      one                  who
following     likely          others              why
for               lives          that
half             might         those

May 28, 2013



This is the key for the latest homework assignment I told you to do at home.
I hope you all do well in the exam. Don't get nervous and remember to have sound sleep before the exam. 
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your reviews of my work and the school. It was my pleasure to have you in class :-)

Listening Lessons


As promised, I'm showing you some links to listening exercises for NI1. 
Source: Talk English

May 25, 2013

Mobile Phones - a great invention?

Almost everybody has a mobile phone. But is it a great invention? What are the advantages, what are the arguments against? What's your opinion? Write down your proposals on the comments' section. 

May 24, 2013

Film Reviews


You can read some of your partner's film reviews. Have you any of these? What do you think? Would you recommend it as well?


May 23, 2013

NI1E Schedule

Dear NI1E students,

I'd like you to have a look at your speaking exam schedule for June 5th.
If there is any problem, just write a comment to this post.
Good luck!

Tuesdays and Thursdays 16h - 18:30


Irene P      - Manuel V
Óscar T    - Shirley M
Ana R       - Gonzalo L


Silvia M    - Noelia V
Emiliano  - Paloma M
Sergio V  - Miguel Ángel


Jorge S   - Ricardo
Antonio   - Luis L
Eva G     - Inma


Ana J         - Yolanda A
Alejandro   - Sara Barrios
Evelyn M    - Jorge C
Gonzalo M

NI1C Speaking Schedule


This is the schedule for NI1C group to do the speaking exam on Tuesday June 4th
All the best!

Mondays and Wednesdays  16h - 18:30


Andrea         - Sergio F
M.ª Carmen  - Paula D
Aurora          - Ester S


Ana F              - Manoli
José Vicente   - Marta P
Rubén M         - Sara El  


Paula R           - Vanessa M
Ana P              - José Antonio P
Sergio R         - Miguel Ángel R
Noemí H         - Natalia P
(Rubén P)       - (Iván M)
(Pilar P)

Negative Feelings


This is a worksheet from Hot English Magazine with negative asdjectives. I hope you are not feeling like that at the moment! ;-) 

May 22, 2013

Exam Schedule for NI2 students

Dear NI2 C students,

This is your schedule for the speaking exam in Room 0 on June 13th, Wednesday June 12th
Take it easy!

18:30 to 21h Mondays & Wednesdays
Sara L
Laura S
Cristina M
Isabel R
Cristina R
Ana M.ª
M.ª Trinidad
Roberto C
Laura I
Jorge M
Cristina G
M.ª Jesús

NI1 G group

Dear NI1 G students, 

This is your schedule for the speaking exam on June 6th in Room 4
Good luck!

Tuesdays and Thursdays 18:30 - 21h


Vanesa U    - Gema V     -   Alberto
Luisa           - Ester S


Paqui         - Patricia J
Manuel R   - Isabel M
Mariola      - Jenifer V


Marta G     - Gema F
Beatriz N   - Paula G
Beatriz F   - Diana


Cristina G   - M.ª José P
Lydia M       - M.ª Teresa P

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May 21, 2013

Check what you know

Dear NI1 students,

Sleeping for learning

As we are speaking about sleeping these days in class, why don't you listen to this programme from the BBC?

How much can you learn when you're tired? New research has proved that not getting enough sleep – or sleep deprivation – can have a negative effect on a student's performance at school.

In this week's 6 Minute English, Rob and Finn discuss why this is a particular problem in wealthier countries and explore some sleep related language.

This week's question:
Randy Gardner holds the world record for the longest period of time without sleep in 1965.
Do you know how long he stayed awake for? Was it:
a) 5 days
b) 8 days
c) 11 days

Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Don't forget to check the new vocabulary as well.

May 19, 2013

Reviewing for NI2

Dear NI2 students,

These are nice links where you can get extra practice of grammar and vocab seen in class:
Source: New English File, OUP


May 10, 2013

8 phrasal verbs to talk about cinema

As we are going to talk about cinema in the next days, I'd like you to start by learning new verbs to speak about it. Source: Hot English magazine

What's your soundtrack?

Dear NI2 students,

I'd like you to have a look at the key for text on page 71 from your coursebook:
1 B
2 D
3 B
4 C
5 A
6 A
7 D
8 C

May 09, 2013

Strike today


I'd like to tell you that I'm going to strike today. 

I'm sorry for the inconvenience but I feel I have to show my disaproval against the new education law (LOMCE) and against any law that gives power to hire people outside a public selection process. Besides I work for the public school because I believe in the system. This is where I was educated and that's the thing I feel most proud of.

May 06, 2013

Business Language to go


This is a wonderful series on business collocations and chunks. 

Part 1

In this first episode of Business Language To Go: Job Interviews.

May 05, 2013

Searching for Sugar Man

Dear all,

I saw this appealing documentary film this weekend. It's about a Detroit singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez who was discovered in a dive bar. In 1969 he produced the album "Cold Fact" which was a flop in the USA but a great success in South Africa. Rodriguez led a simple life in Detroit as a construction worker whereas he was more popular than The Beatles in South Africa. In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to seek out and contact him, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career.

Have you seen it? What's your opinion about it?

May 04, 2013

Brain Drain


How about learning this expression that a lot of you came up with in your writings?

Brain drain: a situation in which a country's most intelligent people, especially scientists, go to another country in order to make more money or to improve their living or working conditions. MacMillan Dictionary

Synonyms or related words for this sense of brain drain

May 03, 2013

Revise and check, p 66-67

Dear NI2,

This is the key for exercises on p.66 and 67

1 hadn't found              4 had more time
2 must have                  5 can't have got
3 should have told

b 1 c    2 a    3 c    4 b    5 c

a 1 relieved- the others are negative feelings
2 anxious - the others mean surprised
3 calf- the others are part of the hand/ fingers
4 hip - the others are organs
5 nod -  the others are gestures you do with your hand

May 02, 2013

Living in a tiny place

Could you live in a house or apartment that was only 30 square metres in size?

I find this podcast from 6 Minute English very interesting. It talks about the current housing crisis in the UK, where there aren't enough homes for people to live in and the homes that are being built are getting smaller and smaller. People have to become 'creative' with their space in order to have enough room for their family and belongings.
In this week's programme, Jen and Neil discuss the growing number of people who are living in small houses.

This week's question:
Which European country's homes are almost 80% bigger than those in the UK?
    a) Ireland
    b) The Netherlands
    c) Denmark
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

May 01, 2013

Language tip: like and dislike | Macmillan

Other ways of saying like

Love: to like something very much. Love is also used for saying that you really care about someone: I love Italian food. ♦ When did you realize you loved her?
Adore: to like and admire someone. Adore is also used in an informal way for saying that you like something very much: I just adore their children. ♦ I simply adore smoked salmon.
Enjoy: to like doing a particular activity: I enjoy going to the opera when I get the chance.
Have a liking for: to like something specific such as an activity or a type of food or drink: I’ve developed a liking for red wine.
Be keen on: to be enthusiastic about a particular person, thing, or activity: I was always pretty keen on sport at school.
Be fond of: to like someone or something with a gentle, steady emotion that is not as strong as love: I’ve always been extremely fond of Mike, but I’d never marry him.
Prefer: to like one thing more than another: I’d prefer a house with a bigger garden.
Be crazy / mad about (informal): to like someone or something so much that you spend all your time thinking about them: She’s completely mad about basketball.
Have a weakness for: to particularly like someone or something that you know is not good for you: He’s got a weakness for anything with chocolate in it.
Have a soft spot for someone: to particularly like someone, even if they do not deserve it: I’ve got a real soft spot for James, even if he is annoying sometimes.