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November 29, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock 1960 BBC TV interview

Hitch discusses his film PSYCHO with Robert Robinson on the BBC. 
I recommend visiting the exhibition on this famous film director at Fundación Telefónica, 3 Fuencarral Street


November 28, 2016

A British Christmas tradition: the pantomime!

There’s an unusual British tradition that takes place every year at Christmas called the pantomime (often referred to as the “panto”). A pantomime is basically a Christmas theatre play that’s popular with both children and adults. If you ever find yourself in Britain around Christmas time, you should try to go to one. Here are 6 key elements of a typical pantomime.

If you're in Madrid on 9th to 11th December, come and watch a pantomime (a traditional Christmas play, with music, jokes and songs). You'll have a great time and really improve your English. Click here for tickets and more information!

November 27, 2016

Adelante Africa


This is the Adelante Africa Project that the family on the coursebook listening set up. Have a look at their web page, isn't it fascinating?

Below you'll find the video Jane's son took of her teaching nursery school children.

November 23, 2016

Pumpkin pie recipe


As Thanksgiving approaches, I thought you might want to cook a traditional seasonal dessert. Measures are in cups and ounces. Here is the equivalence:

1/4 cup
2 fl. oz.
60 ml
1/2 cup
4 fl. oz.
125 ml
1 cup
8 fl. oz. 
250 ml
1 1/2 cups
12 fl. oz.
375 ml
2 cups or 1 pint
16 fl. oz.
500 ml

November 18, 2016

Bleed for This

Lovers of boxing movies, delight: in this new addition to the genre, Miles Teller plays Vinny Pazienza (now Vinny Paz), a junior middleweight world champion forced to sideline his career after breaking his neck in a car accident—but only temporarily. As tales of indefatigable heroes go, Pazienza works with another underdog, a potbellied, hard-drinking trainer played by Aaron Eckhart, and training-montages his way back to victory in the ring.

November 17, 2016

Leonard Cohen's Prince of Asturias Speech

How I Got My Song, Leonard Cohen's speech at the Oct 21, 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards

November 14, 2016

Pronouncing well

Let's go over these exercises on sounds seen in class:

Exercise 1
Tick the words that contain the /dʒ/ sound.
1.  gin         5.  yam       9.  jet        13.  damage   
2.  large      6.  soldier  10.  gear    14.  mayor
3.  goat       7.  guilty    11.  just     15.  collage 
4. injury      8.  gum      12. get      16.  college   
Exercise 2 
Underline the word that the transcription represents.
1.  /bɔːn/  burn  born
2.  /θɪŋ/  thing  thin
3.  /fɪːlɪŋz/  fillings feelings
4.  /vɑɪn/  vine  wine
5.  /meɪdʒə/  major  mayor
6.  /ræm/  rum  ram
7.  /wɜːd/  word  worried
8.  /fəget/  forget  forged
9.  /ɑɪs/   eyes  ice
10. /huːz/  whose  house

November 11, 2016

TV series


I'd like you to check this link up. It contains all tv serires that you may want to watch:

November 10, 2016

Not my president!

Why are the people protesting in this video?
What does "impeach" mean?
What does Jennifer think?
And Ray?

November 08, 2016

The alphabet

Let's remember the alphabet:

Family Life 2

What do you think? Say what you think and give reasons about:

Is it right for parents to charge rent to children over 25 who have a job and are living at home?

Write down your opinion below. Students on Monday and Wednesday group are also welcome to comment on this sentence.

November 04, 2016

Family life


Now that we are talking about families in class, how about giving your opinion on this
matter? Say what you think and give reasons.

Elderly parents should live with their children when they are too old to live alone.

Write down your comment below.

Vocabulary pronunciation

Why don't you practice how to pronounce these words?

Character pronunciation
Vegetables pronunciation