Friday, March 29, 2013

Advice on Accent Reduction

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ESO Students,

Watch the video below and you'll see some familiar, useful pieces of advice from Paddy Kennedy, principal of Kennedy Communication Studio... yes, you have heard them from us time and again!
  • Your accent is not the problem
  • Language has rhythm
  • Hear the music in the language
  • You're trying to speak my language in the rhythm pattern of your language and I can't understand it.
  • English is a beat-driven language... everything we say can be drummed out.
  • We speak in sound units: We-do-not-speak-word-by-word
  • You don't want to see the language... you need to hear it, to listen to it.
  • Imitate native speakers, everything they say... and exaggerate, make the sound big!!.
  • You need to train the organs of articulation: your tongue, your cheeks, your mouth (that's why no chewing gum is allowed in class!)
  • Tongue twisters: find them and say them as if they mean something... and say them with rhythm.
  • The most important thing is the up and down of the language.
  • Just keep practising... that's how we learnt our mother tongue.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Knew You Were Trouble

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ESO Students,

Our Music teacher, Mª. J. Barbosa, has kindly  prepared another activity for us. This time she has chosen a song by Taylor Swift, I knew you were trouble, to challenge your listening skills with a fill in the blanks activity.

Don't miss the introduction Taylor Swift makes during the first two minutes of the videoclip, as she speaks very, very  clearly. We are sure you'll understand most of what she says, you'll like the song and enjoy this test!

Thanks a lot again, María!


Once upon _______
A few mistakes ______
I ______ in your sights
You got me _________
You _______ me
You _______ me
You bound me

I guess you didn't _______
And I ______ I liked that
And when I fell hard
You took a step back _______ me, _______ me, _______ me

And he's long gone
When he's ______ ____ me
And I realize the blame is on me

Cause I ______ you were _______ when you _______ in
So shame on me _______
Flew me to _____I'd never _______
So you _______ me down oh
I _______you were trouble when you ______ in
So shame on me ______
Flew me to _______ I'd never ______
Now I'm lying on the cold hard _________
Oh, oh, ______, ________, ________
Oh, oh, _______, ________, ________

No ___________
He'll never see you ________
Pretend he doesn't ________
That he's the reason ________
You're drowning, you're drowning, you're drowning

And I _______ you _______ on
From whispers on the __________
A new notch in your _________
Is all I'll ever ____ 

And _____ I _____, _____ I _____, ____ I ____
He was long gone
When he ______ me
And I _______ the joke is on me

Cause I ______ you were _______ when you _______ in 
So shame on me _______
Flew me to _____ I'd never _______
So you _______ me down oh 
I _______you were trouble when you ______ in 
So shame on me ______
Flew me to _______ I'd never ______
Now I'm lying on the cold hard _________
Oh, oh, ______, ________, ________
Oh, oh, _______, ________, ________

When your sadest fear comes creeping in
That you never loved me or her or anyone or anything
Yeah

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Labor Walk of Fame 1.2

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Our best students during this 2nd term are...


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Make "Misteaks"

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

British English vs American English

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

British Isles

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ESO Students,

We are sure that all you have some time or another wondered what the difference between England, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Britain Islands and British Isles is... This mind map will certainly help you understand it once and for all!



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Monday, March 11, 2013

School Answering Machine

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Invictus, by William Ernest Henley

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"Invictus" is a short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). At the age of 13, Henley contracted tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. It was amputated when he was 17. Stoicism inspired him to write this poem. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until his death at the age of 53.

This poem has been an inspiration for many modern films and songs, but you may have heard of it thanks to the film Invictus that you have been watching in Physical Education lessons: While incarcerated on Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela recited the poem to other prisoners and was empowered by its message of self-mastery. In the film, Mandela gives the captain of the national South African rugby team the poem to inspire him to lead his team to a Rugby World Cup win, telling him how it inspired him in prison. In reality, as opposed to the movie, Mandela actually gave the captain, Francois Pineaar, a copy of The Man in the Arena passage from President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt's speech Citizenship in a Republic instead.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Superwoman

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[Info. retrieved at http://www.internationalwomensday.com]

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

ESO 2 2nd Term PBL

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2nd Term joint PBL (Art + English) deadline is approaching and here's the one sent by Andrea Aguado, Irene de Sas, Pedro Gainzaráin and Nerea Guedella. Enjoy it!

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Emotions - Feelings Word Vocabulary

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