jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017

A TED TALK

As seen in unit 10 from the course book EMPOWER C1.

Young inventor Richard Turere invented "lion lights," an elegant way to protect his family's cattle from lion attacks.

jueves, 11 de mayo de 2017

viernes, 5 de mayo de 2017

Language shapes how the brain perceives time

Language shapes how the brain perceives time: Language has such a powerful effect, it can influence the way in which we experience time, according to a new study. Linguists have discovered that people who speak two languages fluently think about time differently depending on the language context in which they are estimating the duration of events.

MY FRIEND AT THE HOSPITAL




That's my friend updating me on her health. Nice example of a health-related non-professional language, besides, it's full of domestic connotations.

  • What personal info could you figure out about her from this?
  • Pick 3 expressions associated with health.



miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

TOPICS season 2

peperojoeoienglish.com/c1/topics-c1
http://lawebdelingles.com/nivel-b2/topics-para-monologos-de-examenes/



  1. TERRORISM ➙↑
  2. IMMIGRATION ➙↑
  3. CHARITY, NGO ➙
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE- ENVIROMENT-➙
  5. SPORT: EXTREME SPORTS AND MONEY AND SPORT ➙
  6. MEDIA ➙
  7. POLITICS ➙
  8. CRIME PUNISHMENT ➙
  9. TECHNOLOGY ➙
  10. SUCCESS ➙




miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants

Read the article to find out about the meaning of the terms and how being either one or the other affects your actual approach to technology.


This is a brief summary which can also support your ideas.


PERSONALITY AND LANGUAGE

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This listening might help you with PERSONAL IDENTITY.



This article would also:

How does personality affect foreign language learning?


martes, 4 de abril de 2017

To practise I WISH

I wish I ..........how
It ........... feel to be free
I wish I ....... break
All the chains holding me
I wish I ........ say
All the things that I should  say
Say 'em loud say 'em clear
For the whole round ....... to hear
I wish I could ........
All the love that's in my ........
Remove every doubt
It keeps .... apart
And I wish you could ........
What it means to be ......
Then you'd see and .......
Every man should be .........

I wish I could ........

Like I'm longin' to .......
I wish I could .......
What I'm longin' to give
And I wish I could do
All the things I'd like to do
You know they'll still .......part of you
Yes sir
And I'm way way over due

I wish I could be like a ........ up in the sky
How sweet it would .....
If I found out I could .....
So long to my song
And look down upon the .....
And I sing because I ......
I would see you
I sing because I .......
I would see you
And I sing because I ........
I would see you
To be ........, yeah

KEY:

I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish I could break
All the chains holding me
I wish I could say
All the things that I should to say
Say 'em loud say 'em clear
For the whole round world to hear
I wish I could share
All the love that's in my heart
Remove every doubt
It keeps us apart
And I wish you could know
What it means to be me
Then you'd see and agree
Every man should be free

I wish I could live

Like I'm longin' to live
I wish I could give
What I'm longin' to give
And I wish I could do
All the things I'd like to do
You know they'll still miss part of you
Yes sir
And I'm way way over due

I wish I could be like a bird up in the sky
How sweet it would be
If I found out I could fly
So long to my song
And look down upon the sea
And I sing because I know
I would see you
I sing because I know
I would see you
And I sing because I know
I would see you
To be free, yeah

Bina 48 Meets Bina Rothblatt - Part One

lunes, 27 de marzo de 2017

TOPICS



3TH/4
EDUCATION / EMPLOYMENT
5TH
FOOD, DIET/ HEALTH / ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES, THERAPIES
19TH
IDENTITY  /  BELIEVES / VALUES
24TH
HOME AND HOUSING /  FACILITIES / WELFARE
26TH
ENTERTAINMENT / SOCIAL LIFE / TRAVELLING


lunes, 13 de marzo de 2017

STORYTELLING - NARRATING

A GOOD STORY:
1. PLOT: interesting, catching. ORGANIZED
2. UNEXPECTED
3. CHARACTERS: appealing, mysterious, believable

  • RELATIONSHIPS

4. SETTING: adjectives, details

  • LOCATION
  • PANORAMIC, PERSPECTIVES: SEE
  • SOUNDS: HEAR
  • SMELL
  • TOUCH
  • TASTE

5. REGISTER AND TONE: personal, close


THE SHORTER, THE BETTER

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

SAMPLE ESSAYS AND HINTS



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Hints

  • [PLANNING]
    - Use the task input to help you plan but try to avoid copying phrases from the input . Use your own words.
  • [INTRODUCTION and CONCLUSION] 
    - Effective introductory and concluding paragraphs. In the introduction, state the topic clearly, give a brief outline of the issue, saying why it is important or why people have different opinions about it. 
    - DO NOT express you opinion at the beginning of your essay (develop you essay in such a way that it guides the reader to the conclusion you draw). 
    - DO give your opinion in the final paragraph.
  • [SECOND and THIRD PARAGRAPHS] 
    - Structure your argument. Each new paragraph has one main idea, stated in a topic sentence.
    - Include relevant details to support the main idea: these might include examples, rhetorical questions (do no overdo it), controversial or surprising statements... If you include a drawback, give a possible solution, too.
  • [GENERAL] 
    - DO use a relatively formal register and an objective tone. Do not be too emotional. 
    - Remember to use linking adverbials to organise your ideas and to make it easy for the reader to follow your argument.
    - In the exam, allow yourself time to check your grammar, spelling and punctuation thoroughly.

SAMPLE REVIEWS ON OTHER TOPICS

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USEFUL LANGUAGE FOR FILM REVIEWS AT C1 LEVEL


Ready for CAE p 76. Reviews. VocabularyUseful language for reviews
The real-life
struggle
(a hard fight in which people try to obtain or achieve sth,especially sth that sb else does not want them to have. Lucha) of brilliant minds with
schizophrenia
/sktsəfriniəand
ˌ ɪ ʊˈ ː
Alzheimer's
/æltshaməz/ disease may not
ˈ ɪ
 sound like the ingredients of 
an entertaining afternoon's viewing.
Russell Crowe's
stunning performance
as mathematical genius John Nash and JudiDench's
moving portrayal
of novelist Iris Murdoch will have you
rushing out
to buy
the books on which these two films are based.It is in their thematic content that the two films
resemble each other most
.
Bothfocus on
the
withdrawal
(the act of moving or taking sth away or back. Retirada) of the protagonists into their own
inner world
and the
effect this has on
their 
long-suffering but devoted marital partners. Also common to both
films is the fact thatwe witness the two academics in their youth and old age.
Hats off here
to Crowe'smake up team- he is
remarkably convincing
as the sixty-six-year-old Nash receivinghis Nobel Prize.
Iris
differs from
 A Beautiful Mind 
in this respect
,
relying instead on
other actors toplay the
vivacious
(having a lively, attractive personality) young Iris - a
very credible
Kate Winslet- and her 
stuttering
(having difficulty speaking because he cannot stophimself from repeating the first sound of some words several times; stammering)companion.
In addition
,
unlike the more linear 
American film, flashbacks
are used togood effect to switch
(change from one thing to another) backwards and forwardsbetween the two contrasting stages of Murdoch's life.The
strength of 
Iris
lies in
its
powerful acting
and
mundane
(ordinary) realism, withthe novelist seen in her 
cluttered
(full of a lot of things and untidy) Oxford house.
However, if, as I do
,
you favour 
something
more visually appealing, but no lessplausible
, then
 A Beautiful Mind 
is
a definite must-see.Other expressionsI would highly recommend it to
anyone who is interested in the human mind.
One particular strength/ weakness
of the film isThe design/production
is second to none
(the best).The characterization is
not its best feature
.I would
strongly advise
you (not) to go out and buy/see it.
Do not be put off 
(to make sb lose interest in or enthusiasm for sth. Desanimar)by thetitle/critics/cover.It will have you
roaring with laughter 
(laugh very loudly).I would definitely
give it a miss
(decide not to do sth.)
Positive AdjectivesAction-packed
: full of exciting events and activity: e.g. an action-packed weekend.
Atmospheric
: creating an exciting or emotional mood: e.g. atmospheric music
Compelling
: that makes you pay attention to it because it is so interesting and exciting:e.g. Her latest book makes compelling reading. A compelling film. She gives a
compelling/memorable
performance as a village doctor.
Convincing
: The acting is very convincing
Enthusiastic and vivid
descriptions of the sceneryIt's an
excellent read. It is both entertaining and educational.Exhilarating
: /zretŋ/ very exciting and enjoyable. Emocionante: e.g. My first
ɪɡˈ ɪ ɪ ɪ
 parachute jump was an exhilarating experience.
Provides a fascinating/valuable/revealing insight into
: e.g.
the novel provides afascinating insight (understanding,visión) into the customs in Mexico.
Gripping
: exciting or interesting in a way that keeps your attention. Emocionante,

fascinante, absorbente.
Impressive
: making you feel admiration, because they are very large, good, skilful,etc.Impresionante, imponente, excelente:an impressive performance. One of the mostimpressive novels of recent years She was very impressive in the interview.
Moving
: causing you to have deep feelings of sadness or sympathy. Conmovedor: e.g.a deeply moving experience.
Outstanding
: extremely good; excellent. E.g. Outstanding performance.
Powerful
: effective. E.g. Powerful acting
Stunning
: impressive: gave a stunning performance
Credible, entertaining, fast-moving, innovative, memorable.Negative adjectivesClichéd
:/klied/ used so often that it no longer has much meaning and is not
ˈ ːʃ ɪ
 interesting: e.g. a clichéd view of upper-class life.
Excruciating
:/kskruietŋ/ extremely painful or bad.E.g. There are two versions of 
ɪ ˈ ːʃ ɪ ɪ
 this excruciating film.
Excruciatingly
(adv): e.g. excruciatingly boring.
Implausible
: Not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince; not believable.Inverosímil. E.g. A rather implausible story.
Overhyped
: promoted or publicized to excess exaggerating its good qualities, in order to get a lot of public attention for it: Promoters grossly overhyped the movie.
Sentimental
: producing emotions such as pity, romantic love or sadness, which maybe too strong or not appropriate; feeling these emotions too much. Sensiblero: aslushy, sentimental love story
Slushy
: stories, films / movies or feelings that are considered to be silly and withoutvalue because they are too emotional and romantic. Sensiblero: e.g. slushy romanticfiction
Tedious
: lasting or taking too long and not interesting. Boring. E.g. A very long andtedious film.
Unconvincing
: not seeming true or real; not making you believe that sth is true: e.g.I find the characters in the book very unconvincing.I found the plot rather 
predictable/disappointing
.
Expressions to compare and contrastBear a close/a striking/a strong/a slight/little/no resemblance to:
e.g. Her latestnovel, a tale of unrequited love,
bears little resemblance to
her earlier, morephilosophical work.
There is little to choose between
(hardly any difference between) the two CDs
interms of 
quality of production.The plot of the novel
develops along very different lines from
that of the film.There are several
obvious/striking similarities between
the two films.There is a
world of difference between
the two records,
despite their shared
flamenco influences.
What sets the film apart from others
of the same genre is its ability to make uslaugh.
considerable/huge/marked/slight differenceA close/remarkable/striking/ similarityBe dissimilar from/to: E.g. Dissimilar from other New York films.Be very much alikeBe unlike another filmDiffer fromOne thing compares (un)favourably/ well/badly with another Develop in a different way fromHave a great deal/little/nothing in common withResemble each other