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March 30, 2017

Is there ...


Let us go back to when we were younger and think about these situations. Listen to the answers Evan gave on these as well:

Is there 

  • a kind of food or drink you didn't use to like at all, but which you now like?
  • a TV series you used to be addicted to? Why did you like it? Answer 1
  • a singer or a kind of music you used to listen to a lot (but you don't any more)? Answer 2
  • a sport or game you used to play a lot, but which you've given up?
  • a place you used to go in the summer holidays, and you'd like to go back to? Answer 3
  • a machine or gadget you used to use a lot, but which is now out of date? Answer 4
Why don't you think about three of the above and record yourself on soundcloud

Talk about your close friend


These are the aswers Evan provided on the topic of a close friend. Listen to it again and take note of expressions you would like to use:

1 How long have you met your close friend?
2 How did you meet?
3 Why do you get on well?
                               Answer 1

4 Do you ever argue? What about?
5 How do you kee in touch?
                           Answer 2
6 How often do you meet?   Answer 3
7 Did you ever lose touch? Answer 4;
8 Do you think you'll stay friends for ever? Answer 5

  • down-to-earth
  • pick up where you left off
  • a former classmate

March 28, 2017


After listening to people talking about Facebook, p.51 from the coursebook, think about it and try to answer these questions:
  • Do you use Facebook or other social networking site? Answer
  • Is using Facebook a way to hide behind the screen? Answer
  • How do you feel about it?
  • Can you really have 1,000 friends?
  • Are social networks making us unhappy? 
  • Do you agree with "people who spend a lot of time on Facebook become more dissatisfied with their own lives"? Answer
  • Do you think Donald Trump won the election thanks to social media? Answer

March 27, 2017

Nelson Piquet Junior

Nelson Piquet (born July 25, 1985 in Heidelberg, West Germany), also known as Nelson Piquet Junior or Nelsinho Piquet, is a Brazilian stock car racing driver and former Formula One driver. He currently competes in Global Rallycross for SH Racing.
The son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, he was signed as test driver for Renault Formula One team for the 2007 season, and was promoted to the race team for 2008, before being dropped midway through the 2009 season. After losing his drive, it emerged that he had, under instruction from senior members of the team, crashed deliberately at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help his teammate, Fernando Alonso, win the race; the resulting scandal became one of the most significant in the sport's history. Source: Wikipedia

The Harlequins, FC


I'd like you to read about these sports issues so that we can work with it in class.

The Harlequin Football Club (Harlequins or Quins for short) are an English rugby union team who play in the top level of English rugby, the English Premiership. Their ground in London is The Twickenham Stoop. For sponsorship reasons they were formerly known as NEC Harlequins, but principal sponsorship is currently held by DHL, Adidas and IG.
Between 2006 and 2011, the club shared its stadium with the rugby league team London Broncos, who were known during this period as Harlequins Rugby League and used a similar kit to the rugby union side.
In 2009 the club's reputation was seriously tarnished by its abuse of the blood-substitution, in an incident which became known as Bloodgate. Since then Harlequins have worked hard to re-establish their good name. They were crowned winners of the European Challenge Cup in 2011, the English Premiership for the first time, in 2012 and won the LV= Cup in 2013.
Source: wikepedia

March 21, 2017

Immersion English Course

You may be interested in this immersion English course.

Application: from March 17th to April 20th of 2017

March 15, 2017

Where do superstitions come from?

Are you afraid of black cats? Would you open an umbrella indoors? How do you feel about the number 13? Whether or not you believe in them, you’re probably familiar with a few of these superstitions. But where did they come from?
Stuart Vyse shares the weird and specific origins of some of our favorite superstitions.

·         Are you afraid of black cats?
·         Would you open an umbrella indoors?
·         How do you feel about the number 13?

Everyday dialogues

These are basic dialogues that you may use in your interactions.
Listen to them and take notes:

March 13, 2017



1.  Can you name three important landmarks in New York?
2.    Do you remember any important person from Chicago?
3.    Can you name important writers from San Francisco?
4.    What is the nickname of San Francisco? And Chicago?
5.    Who were the first settlers in the USA?
6.    Where can you go for free to the beach?
7.    Can you explain the meaning of these expressions? (1,5 each)

  • The roaring twenties
  • Melting pot
  • The Haight
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Big Easy
  • Creole
  • The Louisiana Purchase
8.    Can you place the following places in this map? (0’5 each)

New York                          


New Orleans                    

Lake Michigan

San Francisco                   

Mississippi River

Los Angeles

March 12, 2017

How Braille was invented

How was your visit to the Thyphlogical museum? Did you learn a lot of new things?
Here is some information about Braille language, the universally accepted system of writing for the blind. It translated into almost every language in almost every country across the globe. But it didn’t actually start out as a tool for the blind. Jessica Oreck details the surprising wartime origins of Braille.  

March 11, 2017

10 ways to improve your life

This text shows you how to improve your life. Have you tried any of these? Any other suggestion?
You may listen to the text at: HotEnglish Magazine

March 08, 2017


[Se anuncian] dos próximas actividades que se van a hacer en la Escuela Superior de Canto y que son en parte o totalmente en inglés: 
1) viernes, 10 de marzo, 19:30h - "This thing of darkness" (representación teatral en español con canciones de Shakespeare en inglés)

2) lunes, 13 de marzo, 19:30h - Recital de canto y piano de mujeres compositoras anglosajonas, todas las canciones serán en inglés.

La entrada es libre hasta completar el aforo​. C/ San Bernardo, 44

March 07, 2017

Women's day


Today I'd like to remind you of the importance of women in science. Why not visiting
Women Rock Science

I'd also like you to have a look at these documents in honour of the women who were part of the 27th Generation in Spain. Those were women who actively took part in the literary movement of the 1920's in Spain, but were  never given credit. 

Las Sinsombrero

March 06, 2017

10 famous Blind People Quiz


Let's think about famous visually impaired people. Dare to take this quiz?

ONCE's Typhlological Museum visit

Georgia on my mind by Ray Charles

Born Ray Charles Robinson (he changed his name in deference to the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson) in Albany, Georgia in 1930, Ray Charles has become an American icon. He was a singer, pianist, saxophonist, band leader and composer who died on Thursday aged 73. He had a profound impact on the development of popular music; a master of styles as diverse as jazz and country, his pioneering fusion of gospel and blues laid the basis for soul music. All this despite losing his eyesight at seven years of age after suffering from glaucoma.

March 03, 2017

Celebrating Africa


This a cultural program to Celebrate Africa elaborated by Mostoles EOI. Feel free to attend these interesting events.
Celebrating Africa Cultural Program: