“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

30 November 2009

ALL-TIME TV SERIES

Well, everyone. I hope that you enjoyed the Coupling episode this morning. Believe me, this British sitcom is absolutely hilarious. It is aimed at adults since the main topic is sex so you would think that it might be gross, but far from it, it's just great!
If you want to know more about this superb sitcom, you can visit the following websites:
Coupling UK


And now, ready to LOL (laugh out loud)? Here you have three videos. The first one shows some of the best moments of this TV series. The second one is called Cushion Rage. Susan asks Steve to choose their new home cushions with her. At the shop, Steve can't stand it any more and gives a speech about their unusefulness. Finally, in the third video, Susan, Sally and Jane provide some handy hints on how to seduce a man. Magnificent, trust me!







20 November 2009

BUY NOTHING DAY

Hey, guys. Did you know that Saturday November 28th is Buy Nothing Day (BND) in the UK? It's a day where you challenge yourself to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple: 24 hours without shopping. But, can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day? It's not so easy. Can you actually go one whole day without transacting any business? Are you totally debt free? Do you have a cell phone? Of course, we should not push ourselves to attempt the impossible but we should think about how integrated these transactions are into our daily routines.

2006 ad


Consumerism: the musical

13 November 2009

HELP!

Another trip down memory lane (or, as the Americans say, a stroll down memory lane). Would you like to go with me?


10 November 2009

BIOGRAPHY /bai 'a:grafi/


As you have to choose someone who made or has made a change to the history of the world in order to write a biography, here you have some direct links with plenty of information.








The model biography in your book deals with the suffragette Susan Anthony. As I was reading her biography, what came into my mind was the film Mary Poppins. Do you remember the children's mother? She was part of the suffragette movement. There was even a song, Sister Suffragette, about it. Fancy listening to it?




And, what about the memorable Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Beware, this is a trip down memory lane.

09 November 2009

PROBLEMS WITH HOMOPHONES?

One more example of the importance of phonetics and pronunciation in English:



video

What about some practice now?

More practice?

Do you prefer to practise homophones using videos?

JUST BECAUSE I LIKE IT

Sing along!

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Jason Mraz official website

08 November 2009

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY: ebook readers


Have you ever wondered about the future of the book? Well, I have, and I have to say that I have mixed feelings about it being both a book and technology lover.

The advantages of the ebook reader are clear. For example, the newest Amazon Kindle 2 offers books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required. It reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight, it holds up to 1,500 books, you can read for days without recharging and you can also download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy. All this in a device as thin as most magazines and lighter than a typical paperback. Obviously, there are drawbacks too, the first one being that IT IS NOT A BOOK for a start.

Well, I'd like you to think about this for a while since we are going to deal with inventions that have changed history in our next lesson. For example, what about the bicycle? Some claim that it led to the women's liberation movement.

Anyway, if you want to know more about ebook readers, here you have some direct links:



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04 November 2009

No more

As I promised, here you have some direct links in order to practise gerunds and infinitives. Besides, you can listen to the songs "Grafton Street" (which we listened to in class) and "Life is for rent" by Dido. Enjoy!


Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Exercise 7

More things about singer and songwriter.

Grafton Street


Life is for rent