New Year Resolutions

#My4WordNewYearResolutions

In class we stopped to think about what we would like to change in 2017, and found this great opportunity using the hashtag #My4WordNewYearResolutions

And here are some of the ideas we came up with:

We learnt that we can express intentions or resolutions using -be going to

I’m going to do more exercise     or     I’m going to learn how to cook

I’m gonna spend less money on clothes (more informal)

But we also found it very useful to use would like to+inf . Even though it doesn’t express a resolution, we needed it to share with each other the things we wish to change.

I‘d like to stop smoking     or     I‘d like to drive less and walk more

What was really tricky was to express it all in only four words!

Classroom language: instructions

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For extra practice on classroom language you can will find more on: classroom language for pair and group work.

For extra practice on QUIZLET- FLASHCARDS of classroom objects: https://quizlet.com/165315845/flashcards/embed

For extra practice on QUIZLET- FLASHCARDS to practice classroom language:

https://quizlet.com/165319285/flashcards/embed

And try doing the quizzes on www.esolcourse.com -for beginners.

Nobody’s Perfect

We are reaching that time of the year when the lights go on, the seventh art gets all fancy dressed and we all rush to the cinema to see all the fabulous films that are being released.

The Oscars is definitely one of the biggest film events of the year, and there is no doubt that a film that gets Academy Awards will enter history and will have a place in our memories forever. To celebrate, here is a fun list of the 100 best movie quotes of all time. Which one is your favourite?

But some films get a lot of media attention for other reasons. What do all the films of the video below have in common?

The title of this post is Nobody’s Perfect, as I would like to focus on accuracy in films. On this website Reel History you will find some of the most popular movies these days and an explanation of the actual events they are based on.

How do you feel about this? Do you like getting this kind of information? How important do you think it is that historical films tell the facts correctly?

Can you remember other films where  the events portrayed were apparently inaccurate?

Microblogging #occeoic

Yu may reply to this post and share your comments, but you can also go Microblogging on Twitter. If you would like to start or continue the conversation, remember to use the hashtag #occeoic to help find your comment.

HELP WITH ENGLISH 

1. ADJECTIVES.  Practise the adjectives on this quizlet activity to describe how accurate or inaccurate the information is:

Quizlet: Collocations

Quizlet: collocations- part 2 (made by B2 students)

2. Linkers to express contrast on Using English

 

 

 

Describing Your Town

We’ve been very busy in class recently creating the presentation of our town A Coruña. The students wrote their own texts describing what to do and see here if you are a visitor.

You can view our presentation here.

What other things would you recommend? Have a look at these questions, and post a comment sharing your ideas.

What other landmarks do you recommend seeing? Is it a cheap or expensive town? Are there street markets? When is the best to come? Why? Are there any other local dishes you would recommend?

Microblogging #occeoic

If you want to start or continue the conversation on twitter, remember to use the hashtag #occeoic to help find your comment.

 

Who are your heroes?

When Nelson Mandela died, millions of people mourned the loss of a hero, which is what many people worldwide considered him to be.

In 2004 he was among the Time 100 most influential people of the year because he “remains perhaps the only figure on the world stage who is an unambiguous moral giant. That is not to say he is pure. He is a hero precisely because he always admitted his errors and then tried to rise above them. And he has never stopped learning.” Excerpt from Time Magazine The 2004 Time 100. It wasn’t the first time for him to be on the list. He had had two previous appearances.

The Time 100 has been published every year since 1999. It includes personalities that are to be recognized for changing the world, the people who inspire, who entertain and who challenge. On the list you will find entertainers, sportspeople, leaders, entrepeneurs, pioneers, and scientists, among others.

However, it has also been a matter of controversy. How to decide who should be considered a hero, for instance? Does the position of President of US mean that you will be on the list only because you are the leader of a very powerful nation? Can the influence be measured by how much it affects the a whole community, even if it is small?  For more information about its history, selectiona criteria and other interesting facts visit Wikipedia

Also, you might want to watch the video below. It answers these questions:

What is the list about?

How can people be influenced?

What belief justifies the entrants on the list?

Now we are reaching the end of the year and the 2013 The Time 100 has been published.

I would like to suggest creating our own list. All of us have people we look up to -from history icons, football players to our school teachers. Who are your heroes? Why?

#one_click chat

Do you feel like chatting about this on Twitter? All you have to do is tweet your opinion followed by #one_click.

For more information on how to use twitter and the hashtag #one_click go to: http://wp.me/P3tqiu-7J

 Here are some questions to help start the conversation:

Who have been influential people in your life? Why?

Who has had a significant influence in your community this year? What have they done?

Who are your icons of sport and entertainment? Why?

Share your opinions, articles and videos.


 

Music to Honour Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela passed away last December 5 and left an enduring legacy. Not only will he be remembered in South Africa, where he changed people’s lives forever, but also in the rest of the world.

As he once said, he was born to rule. And he did so with amazing commitment and courage. Not even the years in prison could undermine his strength. His quiet and respectful  appearance combined well with his determination and the strength to make the world a better place to live for all the people who were suffereing from Appartheid, for instance. In fact, his first major accomplishment, along with de Klerk, was to dismantle the country’s apartheid system forever.

In 1994, he became South Africa’s first black president and gained admiration worldwide with his constant struggle to guarantee children’s well-being and future,  and campaigning against AIDS. He has inspired artists who have celebrated the man whose ideals were made real.

If you are seeking some inspiration you can visit this website which features a collection of quotes by Mandela. Quotes from Mandela

One of these quotes is “Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake“. I wish his legacy were more visible among  world leaders and politicians  nowadays where, at times, courage, passion and commitment is missing.

To celebrate Nelson Mandela and his legacy I have decided to post a song by Simple Minds Mandela Day

Listen and answer the questions:

What event of Mandela’s life is it recalling?

How many years did he spend in prison?

The Lyrics