HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR AND ANOTHER CHANCE FOR US TO GET IT RIGHT. 
WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!


MORE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

First you have to get familiar with vocabulary. Click on the image and revise some basic vocabulary, you can hear how the words are pronounced and do different activities.
The following interactive book by Mrs Haquet shows us everything we need to know: vocabulary, traditions ..... and there are reading and listening activities too.
Read the story of the Nutcracker.


Ready to sing? 


And by now, you must be looking forward to some games. Try this one two today.

Christmas Activities

Here are some links for you , start with a listening exercise from the British Council, then read and listen to A Christmas Carol Story and finally have some fun with Santa Claus game. Click on each photo. Enjoy them!







Present Continuous

Click on the image below to access a web page with theory and exercises about the present continuous.


Present Simple / Present Continuous

Here you have a funny way to revise the Present Simple and the Present Continuous tenses. Watch the videos below. We hope you enjoy them!

Present Simple

Present Continuous

HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE INFOGRAPHIC

The Christmas tree is one of the most beloved symbols, but do you know what the history of this symbol is? Watch this infographic, this visual guide, and find out. If you click on the image, you will see it better.

History of the Christmas Trees

REPORTED SPEECH

Tomorrow we will be revising reported speech, if you want a different point of view on this grammar structure, watch the powerpoint.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 7)

After a short break, here is chapter 7 of "The History of English", "The Age of dictionary". Watch the video and read the transcript. Try to understand as much as possible and look up any difficult words.



With English expanding in all directions, along came a new breed of men called lexicographers who wanted to put an end to this anarchy. A word they defined as what happens when people spell words slightly differently from each other?
One of the greatest was Dr Johnson, whose Dictionary of the English Language took him nine years to write. It was eighteen inches tall and contained 42,773 entries, meaning that even if you couldn't read it was still pretty useful if you wanted to reach a high shelf.
For the first time when people were calling you a pickleherring, a jobbernow or a fopdoodle you could understand exactly what they meant and you'd have the consolation of knowing they were all using the standard spelling.
Try as he might to stop them, words kept being invented and in 1857 a new book was started that would become the Oxford English Dictionary. It took another seventy years to be finished after the first editor resigned to be an archbishop. The second died of TB and the third was so boring that half his volunteers quit and one of them ended up in an asylum. It eventually appeared in 1928 and has continued to be revised ever since, proving the whole idea that you can stop people making up words is complete ‘snuffbumble’

BELIEVE (Polar Express)

Did you watch the film? If not, enjoy the song and let out the kid inside you. ENJOY THE LONG WEEKEND!!




Children, sleeping.

Snow is softly falling.

Dreams are calling,

Like bells in the distance.

We were dreamers,

Not so long ago.

But one by one, we
 all had to grow up.




When it seems the magic slipped away...

We find it all again on Christmas Day.




Believe in what your heart is saying,

Hear the melody that's playing.

There's no time to waste,

There so much to celebrate.

Believe in what you feel inside,

Give your dreams the wings to fly.

You have everything you need, if you just believe.



ADVENT CALENDAR

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. You probably don't need one and you are already looking forward to the holidays, but click on the image and then on the numbers so as to get information about world holiday traditions.

POLITICAL VOCABULARY AND READING

I keep telling you that to learn any language you need to practice on a daily basis, for example you have to do some reading everyday. So, here you go, a couple of articles, one on Spanish elections and the other on strikes in UK. You can also have a look at political vocabulary in depth, no need to remember you how important vocabulary is and how much you need it. Listening to the article is possible too, then you will practice speaking and listening.



CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!


We know you are all pretty exhausted after so many exams and some of you will still have some more exams next week. Anyway, that time of year is back again and we are all looking forward to it. So, let's start enjoying Christmas with this song. Have a nice weekend too!!