WORLD BOOK DAY IN IRELAND AND IN THE UK


World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St George's Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.
World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Read the following story about one's mouse journey to find love. Enjoy it and remember all the benefits you can get from reading.

Looking for love: Mouse's tale. on Storybird

ST PATRICK'S PROJECT


Prepare a powerpoint about St Patrick's Day . You may include the following information:
  • ·      Origins
  • ·      Dates
  • ·      Facts
  • ·      Customs/traditions
  • ·      Food

TO DO LIST

Here is another short video from Vimeo, a to do list about the things we aspire to do in our daily lives. Hope it is inspiring for some of you.

To Do List from Yaniv Fridman on Vimeo.

LISTENING PRACTICE

This is a good practice for next week's exam. Watch the video as many times as you want, answer the multiple choice questions and then you can check your answers and see the transcript of the video.

LISTENING PRACTICE

Watch the video as many times as you need and then answer the questions. You can check your answers at the end and you can also see the transcript of the video.

PEANUTS

LISTENING PRACTICE

Is one of your goals to learn English? Watch the following video with the English subtitles and try to understand what it says. Pay attention to the way words are pronounced. 


THE HISYORY OF ENGLISH 10

This is the last episode of the History of English in ten minutes. It deals with the future of English and the many hybrids that have been created. Should we still call it English?




In the 1500 years since the Roman’s left Britain, English has shown an unique ability to absorb, evolve, invade and, if we’re honest, steal. After foreign settlers got it started, it grew into a fully-fledged language all of its own, before leaving home and travelling the world, first via the high seas, then via the high speed broadband connection, pilfering words from over 350 languages and establishing itself as a global institution. All this despite a written alphabet that bears no correlation to how it sounds and a system of spelling that even Dan Brown couldn’t decipher.
Right now around 1.5 billion people now speak English. Of these about a quarter are native speakers, a quarter speak it as their second language, and half are able to ask for directions to a swimming pool.
Modern hybrids of English have really caught on. There’s Hinglish – which is Hindi-English, Chinglish – which is Chinese-English and Singlish – which is Singaporean English – and not that bit when they speak in musicals.
So in conclusion, the language has got so little to do with England these days it may well be time to stop calling it ‘English’. But if someone does think up a new name for it, it should probably be in Chinese. 

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN by Adele

Adele has been one of the great winners in the latest Grammy Awards. Her album "21" was considered the best of the year. Here is another great song. You can read the lyrics as you listen to the song. Have a nice weekend!!




Adele - Set Fire To The Rain Lyrics
I let it fall, my heart,
And as it fell you also claim it.
It was dark and I was all right,
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me.
My hands they’re strong, but my knees were far too weak,
Stand in your arms without fall into your feet,
But there’s a side to you that I never knew, I never knew.
All the things you say that where never, where never true,
And the games you play, you always, always win.
Chorus:
But I set fire to the rain,
Watch it pour as I touched your face,
Let it burn while I cry,
Cause I heard it screaming at your name, your name!
When I’m with you I could stay there,
Close my eyes, feel you’re here forever,
You and me together, nothing is better!
Cause there’s a side to you that I never, never knew,
All the things you say that where never true, never true,
And the games you play, you would always, always win.
Chorus:
But I set fire to the rain,
Watch it pour as I touched your face,
Let it burn while I cry,
Cause I heard it screaming at your name, your name!
I set fire to the rain
And I feel lost into the…
And it felt something nice,
Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time!
Sometimes I wake up by the door,
…gone…waiting further.
Even that…
I can’t help myself from looking further.
Chorus:
I set fire to the rain,
Watch it pour as I touch your face,
Let it burn when I cry,
Cause I heard it screaming your name, your name
I set fire to the rain,
And I feel lost into the…
Cause I knew that was the last time
The last time, oh, oh!

St VALENTINE'S DAY

Here's the PPT made by Jaume, Noemí and Míriam about St Valentine. Enjoy it!

ST VALENTINE'S DAY

Are you ready to celebrate St Valentine's Day? Have you planned something for this day? Do you have a Valentine? Do you like this day? Or do you hate it? In any case,we hope you like the following.



If you like quotes, enjoy this.





When we were young, we used to love the Peanuts show. You can watch this episode and practice some listening.





As regards music, it is difficult to make a choice, there are so many!! Undoubtedly, we will choose this one.


FOOD AND HEALTHY EATING VOCABULARY.

Here's the vocabulary related to food and healthy eating I promised in class. I hope you find it useful for your compositions.
Food and Healthy Eating

FOOD



New unit and new vocabulary. Let's begin with the easiest, click on the links and revise pronunciation and spelling of fruit, vegetables and food in general.
Fruit
Vegetables
Food 1
Food 2

GROUNDHOG DAY


Groundhog Day, celebrated across the United States and Canada, on February 2, is  a North American tradition. It is based on a belief that on this day (February 2) the groundhog,  comes out of hole after winter hibernation to look for its shadow. If the shadow is seen, it's a sunny day. And the groundhog foretells 'six more weeks of bad weather' and thus a lingering winter. But spring is coming if no shadow is seen because of clouds. The groundhog then behaves accordingly. It goes back into the hole if the weather turns bad, but stays above ground if spring is near. 
Learn a bit more with this subtitled story.