domingo, 13 de diciembre de 2015

END OF ACADEMIC YEAR...

Dearest students,

the academic year is coming to an end. Some students have already sat for the final exams (1st call & 2nd call). Some others have wisely chosen a future date.

The material from this blog will be available till next year. Feel free to download or bookmark any material you may find useful.

Hope to see you soon.

stella


sábado, 28 de noviembre de 2015

LAST VERSION OF OUR BOOK!

After long hours editing BUENOS AIRES, I am pleased with the result. I have uploaded the FINAL VERSION.

stella :-)

martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015

LAST - Last - last -LaSt - lAsT

PLEASE
  • UPLOAD YOUR CHAPTER ASAP (Buenos Aires Book)
  • Answer the SURVEY ASAP
DRAFT (I still have to finish editing it!). Material uploaded AFTER Nov 5, will NOT be included.


DUE DATE: NOVEMBER 5

stella

miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2015

MAKE UP TESTS

2 nd TERM TEST

There are TWO lists:

  • BS
  • needs rewriting (only a couple of items)
2nd TERM TESTS: EVERYBODY STUDIES EVERYTHING FOR NEXT FRIDAY

st

lunes, 26 de octubre de 2015

Book & Survey.

1. BUENOS AIRES book >> please, finish upoading your "chapter" ASAP. I STILL HAVE TO EDIT THE PAGES: put them in the correct place, double check spelling & grammar, highlight your names on the menu, adjust pics, number pages, solve technical problems, etc, etc.


2. Complete the SURVEY. Click HERE

st

sábado, 24 de octubre de 2015

FIRMA DE LIBRETAS & RECUPERATORIOS.

Those students who sat for the term test ORALLY last Friday can come on Wednesday to have your student cards signed.







  • The rest of the group comes on FRIDAY & I'm either signing you student cards or making you sit for a MAKE UP test.






IN  A NUTSHELL: STUDYYYYY A LOT, it's the LAST CHANCE.



stella

sábado, 10 de octubre de 2015

BONUS: FIVE

Beautiful film: FIVE. Five religions, one HUMAN RIGHT.

 

Let's check some vocabulary. Can you complete the table?

ReligionPersonBuilding
ChristianityChristianChurch
Islam........................
Judaism........................
Buddhism........................
Hinduism           

Are you interested in these 5 religions? You can watch a short TED Conference:



Films taken from: Film English by Kieran Donahy



Love has no Boundaries (short) - Tina Turner from Xaver Walser on Vimeo.

Thanx Hernàn! Beautiful!
POETRY in a short. IN SHORT...poetry.




WOW, this conflisct IS complex!!. I hope this new video helps you understand it. Thanx for sharing it Victoria!!

st ;-)

BONUS: I ONLY ASK OF GOD

Leon Gieco: "SOLO LE PIDO A DIOS" by Outlandish.

 

Or do you prefer Bruce Springsteen's version?





Listen to the songs and enjoy them!



st ;-)

miércoles, 30 de septiembre de 2015

LAST, LAST, LAST texts.

**IMPORTANT**IMPORTANT**IMPORTANT**IMPORTANT**IMPORTANT**


  • The LAST 2 NEWSADEMIC issues are ready at the photocoying place.
  • BONUS: to read "Stonehenge 2?" you need to know what STONEHENGE -the  prehistoric monument (circa 3000 BC)- , is CLICK HERE.
  • Bring the material on HUMAN RIGHTS next class (Friday 2nd).



stella

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained.

This is an interesting video related to the refugee crisis in Europe. It's very interesting (though I quite disagree with some of the causes).



WATCH & LEARN MORE!

stella ;-)
(Thanx DANIELA for your contribution!!)

viernes, 4 de septiembre de 2015

GAME TIME!

We´ll be starting a new topic ASAP: HUMAN RIGHTS.


The UN (United Nations) has a department called UNHCR. It stands for the UN Refugee Agency, that gives assistance, assylum and protection to people who seek for refuge all over the world.

They have developed this game in order to raise awareness on the topic. Have a look at the GAME and play it!! Not only will you LEARN MANY THINGS related to the topic, but also you'll realize why these rights are so important.

Click on the picture and access to AGAINST ALL ODDS (= CONTRA A VIENTO Y MAREA)

Reading and writing assignment: COMPULSORY
You're going to play this game, take the role of any refugee and WRITE YOUR IMPRESSIONS, FEELINGS, OPINIONS in the "comments" section. Each entry is going to be evaluated.

DUE DATE: September 30.

Enjoy it!!

N.B: This is CONTENT, so it'll be part of the TERM TEST, too!!

stella :-)

*****EVERYBODY HAS RECEIVED HIS/HER ANSWER FROM THE UN OFFICIALS*****.

lunes, 17 de agosto de 2015

OUR BOOK about Buenos Aires

We’re going to write a BOOK ABOUT BA collaboratively (click HERE).

  • Each student will travel to Buenos Aires city, choose an area of interest and take photographs.
  • Write a description (100 words) of the place/cultural spot/people you liked
  • Hand in your production for corrective feedback.
  • Upload the pic(s) and the text to the book (ONE SLIDE ONLY).
  • We’re going to keep track of your productions.
  • Remember to SIGN your slide.
  • If the book turns TOO BIG, I’ll open a NEW ONE (but this is MY CHOICE).
Important:
  • ORIGINAL PICTURES & TEXT only.
  • You shouldn't erase your mate's contributions.
  • Helpers will correct your written texts BEFORE you upload them.
  • Any technical issues will be explained in class and uploaded to the book.
  • I've included a SAMPLE page of the book for you to use as a guide.
  • This task is COMPULSORY.
  • DEADLINE: .......October.


stella

miércoles, 12 de agosto de 2015

READING TIME.



I've added a list of VERY INTERESTING SOURCES on the right column. I hope you start reading and learning more about our capital city, our country, our region and the whole world!




stella



miércoles, 5 de agosto de 2015

E-book: Tales of London.



We're starting the second semester. To warm up, here goes my suggestion: TALES FROM LONDON. It's a very interesting book related to 20 Century London. Within the framework of an interactive game, it gives us the chance of learning something else about London and  their culture.





stella

jueves, 9 de julio de 2015

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PAY **SPECIAL ATTENTION** TO THE VIDEO: BRITISH EMPIRE AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS
(spread the word!)







stella :-)

miércoles, 8 de julio de 2015

Something else to understand the British government system.

(not included in THIS term test)
(If you need some help with the AUDIO, click on CC and you'll get the close caption)

 stella

viernes, 3 de julio de 2015

jueves, 25 de junio de 2015

Some fun, some practice, some Minions!!



 QUIZ: What are these "special guards' " name (00:39)? Where do they work? Who/What do they protect?

TWO MORE QUESTIONS:
  1. WHY are they called "Beefeaters"?
  2. WHAT is the name of the BUILDING (00:36)? 

stella

martes, 9 de junio de 2015

Dear @ll,

I came across the site CHAEA, Learning styles and it has an INTERESTING QUESTIONNAIRE to discover your learning style.

Feel free to take the test HERE (then go to Learning Styles Online Test) after reading the following Instructions:

Instructions:
  • This questionnaire has been designed to identify your preferred learning style. It is neither a test of intelligence nor personality.
  • There is no time limit for this questionnaire, but it should take 15 minutes or less.
  • There is no right or wrong answer. This questionnaire it is only useful if answered sincerely.
  • If you agree more than disagree with an item select “More (+)” On the contrary, if you disagree more than agree with an item select “Less (-)”.
  • Answer every question.
Finally post your reflections below.


HOPE YOU FIND IT USEFUL!

stella :-)

lunes, 1 de junio de 2015

IMPORTANT ISSUES **NEW**

MOCK TEST #2: POSTPONED **new date: JUNE 10** 

Pick up NEW COPIES (& the LAST ones for this semester) from the photocopying place:

  • poem: We Refugees by B. Zephaniah
  • short story: The Promised Land by Frederick Mulapa
  • piece of news: “The UK’s General Election” in Newsademic, Issue 249 a., May 2015 (pp 1 & 2 ) READ FOR JUNE 17, pls.
  • piece of news: “South Africa’s Past”  in Newsademic, Issue 247, April 2015 (pp 1 & 2 ) READ FOR WED 10th JUNE, pls.
  • piece of news: “The Islamic State Advances” in Newsademic, Issue 250, May 2015 (pp 1 & 2 )
stella ;-)

sábado, 30 de mayo de 2015

The History of English in 10 minutes!!

The English history is long. How has the English language evolved?
Let's see how CENTURIES can be retold in only ten minutes!

 

  • The Open University (U.K.) has divided the British history  into 10 chapters. Povide the complete titles and subtitles: CHAPTER 1: Anglo Saxons or...; CHAPTER 2: The Norman Conquest or ...CHAPTER 3: Shakespeare or   ; CHAPTER 4: King James' Bible or... ; CHAPTER 5: ... or... ; CHAPTER 6: English and the Empire or... ; CHAPTER 7: Age of the Dictionary or...; CHAPTER 8: American English or...; CHAPTER 9: Internet English or...; CHAPTER 10: Global English or..
  • Draw a table (4 columns) and complete it with: ORIGIN/BORROWED WORD/YEAR or CENTURY/CHAPTER. Follow a chronological order if possible, please.
  1. Anglo-Saxon - house  - 5C AD  Chapter 1 
  2. African          - zombie-      -       - Chapter 6
  • Be careful , you may not find ALL the information to complete your chart.
  • N.B.: AD or A.D. means Anno Domini in Latin. It means after Christ was born. Compare with BC or Before Christ.

REMEMBER THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE TASK. Each of you is responsible for a part/section! 


*****

This is really a challenging task. You have TWO WEEKS + to fulfill the present task.


 *****

PARTICIPATION IN THE FORUM (comments section) is COMPULSORY 
and it  WILL BE GRADED.

Due date: June 17.

stella :-)

sábado, 23 de mayo de 2015

Am I right??





  • Am I right??
  • Is there a COMPULSORY TASK below?
  • Are you supposed to write questions?
  • Is this group watching the videos & reading the texts & browsing the sites to make interesting questions?
  • Is my group working hard?

st :-o

miércoles, 20 de mayo de 2015

PORTFOLIO
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Your Portfolio SHOULD include EVERY SINGLE topic seen in class AND in our virtual space (i.e. THIS BLOG). Otherwise, we'll consider it INCOMPLETE.

stella

viernes, 8 de mayo de 2015

History of an EMPIRE.



Watch this funny video that shows the History of the British Empire.

COLLABORATING with your mates is a must!!!

WOW, this IS really collaboration: Hernán has found this video with BETTER QUALITY & it's COMPLETE!! Thanx for sharing!!

 Post to the comments section:
  • What did the British trade with their colonies?
  • Did they promote fair trade? What do you think? 
  • Which products were very valuable?
  • How is the video related to our study material?
  • How did you like this video?
  • WHAT NEW information have you learned?
  • Gisela would like to share THIS MATERIAL from the BBC with all of us. THANX for sharing!!

 COMPLETE YOUR STUDY NOTES & CREATE YOUR OWN MAP OF THE EMPIRE

stella :-)

An Empire is born...

"At the beginning of the 20th century, the British Empire contained more than one quarter of the world’s population, and covered one quarter of the world’s land surface.

The Empire fell into two distinct parts: Britain and the dominions such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa; and those regions that were wholly or partly governed from London – Africa, India, the West Indies and the Far East. [...]" Read more from British Empire and Commonwealth Museum web page.

Watch this video.

  • The video is more or less objective and it justifies the birth of such an empire. (It's a pity it doesn't have any music!)

Pay attention to TERRITORIAL EXPANSION throughout history.





(COMPULSORY TASK) IN THE COMMENTS SECTION post QUESTIONS whose answers are on the blog.

stella :-)

FLAGS

Do you know these flags?
CHOOSE ONE FLAG. Post a comment to the comments section and write:
  • name.
  • country.
  • when it was designed.
  • who uses it.


1

2

3

4

5

Remember to use sentences. If you hurry up, you'll have the chance of practising your English and to revise  some content discussed in class!!

BIG QUESTION: HOW DOES THE BRITISH FLAG REFLECT THE NATURE OF THIS COUNTRY??

stella :-)

miércoles, 6 de mayo de 2015

BONUS

BONUS

For those who are curious and want to know where countries are>>>> you can CLICK ON THIS INTERACTIVE MAP and see: geographical location, population, currency, pictures, Google maps, and much more! Enjoy it.


Although there are several languages, choose English!!

LEARN MORE.

Opinions welcome to the Comments section.


stella :-)


What is what?

Let's see...
  • England?
  • United Kingdom?
  • Great Britain?
  • Commonwealth Realm?
  • Crown Dependencies?
  • British Overseas Territories?
WHAT IS WHAT? WHICH IS WHICH?

Watch the video carefully. Don't worry if you cannot understand everything!

IMPORTANT: 
*CHOOSE ONLY ONE QUESTION AND POST THE ANSWER TO THE COMMENTS SECTION
*ANSWER THE 17 QUESTIONS IN YOUR PORTFOLIO

  • ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS and post them below in the comments section (ONLY ONE, please>>> so that several students have the chance to write):
  1. Is the UK a single country?
  2. Which is the biggest island?
  3. Is Ireland more populated than England?
  4. Which is the second biggest island?
  5. Which is the complete name of the UK?
  6. Is Great Britain a geographical or political term?
  7. Mention the islands that are NOT part of Great Britain.
  8. Is the Republic of Ireland an independent or a dependent country?
  9. What do the UK and the Republic of Ireland have in common?
  10. How many countries are there in Great Britain? And in Ireland?
  11. Mention at least 5 countries that were part of the Empire.
  12. Who did God give power to, according to British tradition?
  13. Which are the independent nations that , though independent, still recognize the Crown as their Head of State. Make a list of these nations mentioned.
  14. Name the Crown Dependencies.
  15. Are the British on good terms with the Spanish government concerning Gibraltar? (Are they friends? Is there any conflict between them?)
  16. Are the Malvinas Argentinian? IT'S AN EASY QUESTION!!!
  17. Draw a list with the British overseas Territories. Are they independent? What does he Crown give them?
  • Take your folder/note book and draw the chart describing THE CROWN. 
  • Include a MAP of the World that includes the colonies mentined in the video. MIND YOU: this Empire may change according to chronology.
  • Once you have exhausted the questions, CREATE NEW ONES AND ANSWER THEM in the same post!!

stella :-)

I must admit that I sightly "disagree" with the video: "THE MALVINAS ISLANDS ARE ARGENTINIAN!!!!

domingo, 19 de abril de 2015

1st ORAL ASSIGNMENT

WHEN?: April 24th AND FOLLOWING CLASSES.
WHAT? : reading, vocabulary, content of "The British"
WHO?: everyone

A group of people and the poet reading "The British".

You can find Zephaniah's poem THE BRITISH (here).





  • Listen to the video and read the poem at the same time.
  • Pay special attention to PRONUNCIATION AND RHYTHM! 
  • LOOK UP new words in your pronunciation dictionary, or our ON-LINE pronunciation dictionary (see right column)
  • Get ready to READ IT ALOUD on April 24th.
  • Go to this LINK and complete the list of COOKING VERBS


stella :-)

Meet the poet.

 This is the writer whose poem was read last class: Benjamin Zephaniah.

          
Meet him and enjoy his productions.

Would you like to read his biography? CLICK HERE




The poem we read belongs to this book Wicked World.

If you click HERE, you can find his own website. Enjoy it!



Tell, me. Have you visited Benjamin Zephaniah's site? How did you like it? Did anything  catch your attention?
Post your COMMENTS below.

stella :-)

miércoles, 8 de abril de 2015


We wish we were on the beach...but, we're back in class. BRIEFLY introduce yourself.


State your expectations: what you would like to learn, why you are at college, your first impressions...SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH THE GROUP 





stella :-)



IMPORTANT:
You are supposed to post your own comments after each post.

HOW DO I POST?
Read instructions below and just give it a try!

 HOW TO POST COMMENTS:

  • Click on "comments" (right below this thread) to type your message.
  • In "seleccionar perfil," choose CUENTA GOOGLE. 
  • Type a set of letters and numbers as you're asked. THEN, ONLY FOR THE FIRST TIME... • Click on CREAR UNA CUENTA GOOGLE.
  • Enter the details you're asked. You'll be asked to type details of your regular account. DON'T INVENT A NEW ONE. It says: "tiene que existir."
  • Now click on CONTINUAR. You should be ready to post your message then.

WELCOME 2015 students!

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This is our class blog. You will be able to get extra practice, find more material, contact your mates or me, among many other !!!

I hope you enjoy it and profit from it.

stella :-)