Thursday, 19 October 2017

Weather Expressions

Check whether you know the 10 weather-related expressions from ELT Learning Journeys (good blog to follow, even though you are not an English teacher!!!)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Ángela invites us to admire Sorolla

The “Museo de Bellas Artes” is opening a new temporary exhibition in Murcia today. Sorolla Tierra Adentro is a selection of the artist’s oeuvre, including some of his full of light and bright colour inland scenery.

Joaquín Sorolla was a Spanish painter whose style was a variant of Impressionism. His best works, painted in the open air, are a vivid description of sunny Valencia coast.

The exhibition will be open until December 17th, 2017.

Posh British Accent Sample

Listen to Maggie Smith's (Lady Grantham in Downtown Abbey) posh accent... and try to imitate her.
 You will sound absolutely great!!!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

CV / Résumé and Cover(ing) letter Writing

First of all, go to the "Links to Visit" section (below on your right) and click on (Create your) Europass CV. There you can see a sample of Europass CV.
Before entering Create your Europass CV on line now, read the information given and see the links inside the document. Then you can start filling your Europass following the instructions given at the beginning. This activity is optional. CV Format Sample; another CV template. Europass in Spanish

Once finished your CV / Resumé, it must be sent together with a Cover(ing) Letter, whose content and format can be seen here. Read samples (American and British English) before you start writing your own one. And before handing in, check this 3-page useful infor for cover letter writing and this CV Cover Letter Format.

Remember your Cover(ing) Letter must be the answer to a job advertisement you've read in the press or somewhere else. Choose your ideal job. As to the Europass CV, it can be real or not; but remember you can do your own CV and update it online every now and then.

Deadline to hand in both tasks: Oct 26th.

What's your Learning Style?

Monday, 16 October 2017

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round Up Week Ending 13th October 2017


Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round Up Week Ending 13th October 2017

Dictionary Day

Celebrate it here.
Read an article on the day from The Independent.

There is power in language, in the command of a broad vocabulary consisting of many words. Poets use words to describe a great and beautiful world, to enchant us and enlighten us. Scientists fiddle out the minutest of miracles in the functioning of the world, and pass them on by using precise and clear language that transmits information from one to another. So it is only fitting that such a thing as Dictionary Day would exist to encourage us to challenge our vocabulary, to broaden it and perhaps take an opportunity to expand our language to the full scope of the tongue’s diversity. [From]

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Audio Books

Angela wishes to share these links with you: LibriVox  and Free Audiobooks
Enjoy your listening!!!

Spanish News in the UK & the US

UPDATED Spain news on The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal
You can also read CNN view below on the right column!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 6th October 2017

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 6th October 2017: Catalunya is the main talking point all over Spain while Murcia rail station is out of action as high-speed rail protests risk backfiring  It's not that there hasn't been any news in Murcia this week, but the talk in the bars and cafés over the last few days has been almost exclusively related to the events during and after the independence referendum which was held (or wasn't held, according to the president of the national government) in Catalunya last Sunday ...

Friday, 6 October 2017

For next Tuesday

We'll be discussing about:

  • Human - Animal communication
  • Which animal would you like to talk to?
  • 2nd (3rd / 4th) Language Learning Experience. Tips, advice, ... ideas which worked well with you and you'd like to share.
Watch the video(s) and be ready to comment them in class.

and another suggestion from a member of the class...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

C1 Syllabus

Read the C1 Syllabus to have an idea about what you are supposed to know at the end of the course.

This year textbook:

This is the Cambridge textbook we are studying along the year. Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.15 to 11.45
I'm sure you'll love it!!!
The Advanced Student's Book gives learners an immediate sense of purpose and clear learning objectives. It provides core grammar and vocabulary input alongside a mix of skills. Speaking lessons offer a unique combination of functional language, pronunciation and conversation skills, alongside video filmed in the real world. Each unit ends with a consolidation of core language from the unit and focuses on writing within the context of a highly communicative mixed-skills lesson. Students also have access to the Cambridge Learning Management System, which includes a complete assessment package with extra personalised practice and online workbook.

ISBN: 978-84-9036-247-1 --> Cambridge English Empower for Spanish Speakers C1 Learning Pack (Student's Book with Online Assessment and Practice and Workbook) 
ISBN: 978-84-9036-280-8 --> Cambridge English Empower for Spanish Speakers C1 Student's Book with Online Assessment and Practice

NOTE: If you intend to use STUDENT'S & WORKBOOK, the first option is better, since it includes both components at an affordable price (compared to getting them separately, 2nd option).
Spanish Speakers version provides you with additional sections: GET IT RIGHT, COMMON MISTAKES, SPEAKING PLUS pages, etc… and better price if you choose the PACK.

Monday, 2 October 2017

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 29th September 2017

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 29th September 2017: The best ever international tourism figures in Spain are pushed out of the headlines by the Catalan independence referendum The week ends with the publication of figures which show that in August Spain enjoyed a record month in terms of international tourism, with 10.4 million people visiting this country from abroad, and once again the UK market was the mainstay supporting the continuing boom in the sector. As has become the custom, the British accounted for between 20 and 25 per cent of all ...

Everything you always wanted to know about pronunciation* (*but were afr...

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Día Europeo de las Lenguas

Vídeos en EDUCARM

European Day of Languages

We suggest a quiz to give you the chance to test your knowledge about the languages of our continent.

Para acercar las lenguas y culturas de los países europeos y celebrar el #EDLangs (Día Europeo de las Lenguas) EUNIC España, en colaboración con la Representación en Madrid de la Comisión Europea y Eunic Global, organiza actividades gratuitas y abiertas a todos los públicos que tendrán lugar durante toda la semana.

Monday, 25 September 2017

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 22nd September 2017

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 22nd September 2017: Cartagena conquered successfully by the Romans but media interest remains firmly focused on the Catalan independence referendum The summer ended on Friday at precisely 22.02, shortly after Cartagena was conquered by the Romans following a fierce pitched battle. Unfortunately, hothead Hannibal had taken most of the Carthaginian army off to attack Rome and was unexpectedly detained by deep snow in the Alps, leaving the city virtually defenceless as the Romans took advantage of his absence to ...

Murcia Today What's-on-Weekly-Bulletin


Read the article here.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca | Oxford University Press

Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Delaying the onset of Alzheimer disease

Delaying the onset of Alzheimer disease Bilingualism as a form of cognitive reserve. Fergus I.M. Craik, PhD, Ellen Bialystok, PhD and Morris Freedman, MD.