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!


Short Film Festival CinEOI

We’re all into film making in our school, and every year we celebrate our very own Short Film Festival (VI Festival de Curtas CinEOI) to encourage students from all schools in A Coruña to create their own pieces, stimulate their creativity and encourage them to use Galician as the language of creative and audiovisual expression.

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In a language learning context, short films are another fabulous way to practise. We use them a lot in class for telling and retelling stories, expressing the emotions they arouse, quessing, matching, etc. They are sometimes so wonderfully crafted and give place to opportunities to discuss important human and social issues.

On this youtube channel you’ll find some of the films we have used in class at one moment or another. But if you enjoy watching films I recommend the following links:

London Short Film Festival 

Short of the Week

Cultura Inquieta

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If you would like to share your own favourite short films you can reply on this post or start the conversation on Twitter. Remember to use the hashtag #occeoic to help find your comment (to guarantee your comment gets retweeted and shared post it to @oneclickcloser)






Living In A Wired-Wide World

These days we have been talking about digital technologies and, inevitably, how connectivity is affecting our relationships and lifestyle. We are constantly engaged in many different ways, from texting, to producing and sharing our own media.

This urge to keep our eyes on a digital display is particularly powerful among young people, as this article from New York Time mentions. Yet, adults are also falling for the digital trap very quickly. And I feel we are all still in the process of adapting to the frenzy of being wired 24/7.

The following short film, directed my Miles Crawford, is amazingly revealing. How do you feel after watching this two-minute film?

Gary Turk is the man behind “Look Up”, another powerful short film that became viral last Spring.

There is obviously a heavy irony in this film becoming viral, as explained on this blog post by Jez Kemp. I recommned reading it. Do you agree with the point he makes?

Irony aside, it is definitely food for thought. And, I am quite sure it is an aspect of our lives that you have all ended up talking about with friends and relatives, decribing the downsides of digital technologies. But what about the advantages?

Digital and social technologies are here to stay. Why? What do we really get from being connected? What are the main advantages for you? In which areas of your life have you experienced greater benefits from having a social media profile?

As an English teacher,  I  see wonderful learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their linguistic and communicative skills.  I am an advocate for using digital technologies to be exposed to learning experiences, which were unavailable only ten years ago.

Effective language learning, in my view, may not possible without face-to-face interaction, but learners empowered to make the most of everything out there, can make a difference in their learning journey. It requires support, learning to filter content, rehearsing and, also, discipline (knowing when to switch off). But I think it is worth it.


Would you like to share your views on this topic? All you have to do is post a comment expressing your ideas and experiences of living in a wired-wide world.

The discussion can go on on Twitter, too.

All you have to do is post a tweet and use the hashtag #occeoic

Past tenses with The Slap

I am clearly in the mood for a good laugh and I can’t help but post this short film The Slap, which is quite funny and a great practice for using past tenses.

Here goes the challenge.

Watch the film and, afterwards, try to tell the story in your own words using the following tenses: past simple, past continuous and past perfect

Need help with past tenses? Check englishtenses