Tuesday, January 31, 2012


ESO Students,

I am afraid it is time to say good-bye. This is my last post on Labor English Zone as I am resigning my position at Labor School in order to join Barcelona FC, where I am expected to make my debut this weekend.

I will miss you... I wish you all the very best.

Yours, ever

Labor Teacher

Thursday, January 26, 2012

ESO 4 - 2nd Term PBL Task 2011-2012

ESO 4 Students,

Your grandfather has just been given a fantastic alarm clock for Christmas, but the instructions booklet is in English and he can't understand it. He has asked you for help because you have been studying English since you were 6 years old (at least!) He trusts you and your skills in English!

Your task is to translate the booklet into Spanish during the lessons on Monday 30th Jan, Tuesday 31st Jan, Friday 3rd Feb and Monday 6th Feb. Once your translation is finished you must forward it to our mail in PDF FORMAT. The file identification must be as follows:

GROUP_X.PDF (X = your group number)

The deadline is FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY at precisely 23.59.59.

And these are the groups:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2012 First Quiz

ESO Students,

This is our first quiz for 2012. 10 points, as usual, to give away to the first student to email to us the correct answer to this question:

What do the following words have in common?

Owls, Magpies, Robins and Gulls

No copyright infringement intended. For educational, non-commercial purposes only.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

1984 by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totlitarian regime. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of falsifying records and political literature, thus effectively perpetuating propaganda, who grows disillusioned with his meagre existence and so begins a rebellion against the system.

Monday, January 9, 2012

English Pronunciation

About 2 years ago we published Hints on Pronunciation for Foreigners. Now, thanks to Ginés L. Oliver, we would like to offer you another test for your pronunciation. The following poem by Nolst Trenité was published on The Poke last 23rd December 2011. Enjoy it:

Friday, January 6, 2012

The 3 Wise Men Didn't Have a GPS...

There is no historical evidence, but we can be quite sure that the 3 Magi did not use a GPS to find the stable in Bethlehem...
Life of Brian

Scene 2: Three Wise Men with Bad Senses of Direction

The sketch:

holy music

WISE MAN #1: Ahem.
Who are you?
WISE MAN #1: We are three wise men.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Three Wise Men


In Christian tradition the Magi (pronounced /ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/; from the Greek: μάγοι, magoi, usually translated as "wise men", although it probably meant "astronomer" or "astrologer"... that is why they were following a star), also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts.Traditions identify a variety of different names for the Magi. In the Western Christian church they have been commonly known since the 8th century as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. In the Gospel of Matthew, the only one to describe the visit of the Magi, it states that they came "from the east" to worship the Christ, "born King of the Jews". Although Matthew does not mention their number, because three gifts are recorded as having been given to the Christ Child, traditionally there are thought to have been three Magi. The Magi, as the "Three Kings" or "Three Wise Men" are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and in celebrations of Christmas.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day


"New Year's Day" is a song by rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album War and it was released as the album's lead single in January 1983. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, "New Year's Day" is driven by Adam Clayton's distinctive bassline and The Edge's keyboard playing. It was the band's first UK hit single, peaking at #10 on the singles chart, #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and charting on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in their career. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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