Drawing the line

The following picture was taken in Carballo. It is one of many examples of mural art you can see in this town. Reknown artists were invited to give new life to many walls and buildings.

This one is by Sokram. It is a huge pencil with people trying to climb to the top -one of them is falling. Interpretations may be as diverse as the people who look at it, but there is another controversy to add: the scissors are not part of the original painting.

This triggers an interesting debate: could it be considered vandalism, or the price urban artists have to pay?

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Greetings from around the world

In class we learnt how to write short texts for social media posts. After all, it’s one of the most likely writing activities an English language learner may do sooner or later.

Why not start practising your writing skills on your own social media profiles? Here are posts we did in class: Greetings from around the world!

The only things missing are emojis and hashtags!

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The Wishgranter

In class we watched this animated short film The Wishgranter to talk about hypothetical situations. After you watch you’ll be ready to do the exercise below!

 

Fill in the gaps and answer the questions.

What would have happened if the waiter                          (not throw) the coin in the well?

What would have happened if the coins                       (not got) stuck?

What would have happened if the wishgranter                           (not have) an emergency kit?

What would have happened if the waiter                       (not come across) the dandelion or the wishbone?

What would have happened if the waiter                           (not give) the coin to the wish granter?

For some help for using the third conditional go here and for mixed conditionals, here.

What other superstitions do you know for making wishes come true? In this article  you have a few ideas!

How to…stop multitasking

Multitasking has become a natural way of approaching almost anything we do nowadays.

We’ve been talking about this in class, and becoming more aware of its effects: we spend more time carrying out our tasks, we do them worse and, on top of all, feel anxiety most of the time. In a former blog post you can find out more about multitasking. But  if you are looking for solutions, we have some for you!

In class the students came up with some wise advice:

Can you think of other tips?

Feel free to reply or share your opinions on Twitter using #occeoic

Words of Autumn

Last year some students in our school took part in the #asísedi campaign, a collaborative activity to learn and raise awareness on the right forms that exist in Galician to refer to everyday aspects of our life.

Students and teachers were invited to write  words in Galician  on an empty piece of a paper, which remained available and public over a period of time so anyone could stop by and share a word they knew.

The first semantic field we proposed was autumn and we asked people to simply write down or share on social networks what they associated this season with. Many words that were written on the board referred to melancholy, or popular festivities like “O magosto”, “Samaín” or “Tódolos Santos”. What ideas would have added?

After checking the correctness and suitability of the words, we posted the result:

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How many of these words do you know in English?

Test your knowledge of English words related to autumn with the quiz below:

https://quizlet.com/156646924/flashcards/embed

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It’s your turn!

Is there any word you would like to add to this glossary? Can you spot any untranslatable phrase or word? Feel free to share your comments and ideas.