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

30 November 2016

HOW TO PRONOUNCE UK PLACE NAMES




Can you name the European Cities by their name in phonetic alphabet form? Quiz

I say tomato, you say tomeito

From the film Shall We Dance (1937)




29 November 2016

CONNECTED SPEECH



Past tense pronunciation post







As you all know, connected speech is a very important feature of the English language. I have happened to come across this wonderful song with clear examples such as:

Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor.
It's a quater after one, I'm all alone and I need you now.
I said I wouldn't call but I lost all control.
It's quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now.

Now, listen carefully and then sing along. I'm sure you can do it!



More songs sharing this feature:



 Does it ring any bells? Ally McBeal











And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love
I'm a believer
I couldn't leave her
If I tried

(lyrics)

21 November 2016

MOOC: Reading tools

MOOC /mu:k/ stands for Massive Open Online Course. They are distance-learning courses run online by many universities worldwide. Usually, they are open to anyone who registers. One single course may admit even thousands of students. It is possible to study almost any subject through this method, and dozens of famous universities worldwide are now offering MOOCs. They can be treated as A standalone study for individuals interested in a particular subject matter, or consolidation study for a course you are already following.

Massive open online courses (BBC news video)


A course you might be interesting in taking:

17 November 2016

ATTITUDES ARE CONTAGIOUS: IS YOURS WORTH CATCHING?

The importance of attitude: How changing your attitude will change your life.

The importance of your attitude on learning


Attitude problem?: Victor Kuppers at TEDxAndorralaVella
"Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play is free will."
Even though in Spanish, I really wanted you to listen to what he has to say: Never ever will we be able to change the hand we are dealt but we can ALWAYS choose our attitude, our ultimate freedom. So true!



Ordinary Day song by Great Big Sea (a group from Newfoundland, "Terranova")
I'm free to be whatever I, whatever I choose song by Oasis
Unwritten song by Natasha Bedingfield

"That's the attitude!", Ellen says to Michael J. Fox who talks about staying positive through Parkinson's, a disease he has been suffering from for 20 years but which hasn't prevented him from appearing on tv shows. One of them is The Good Wife in which he plays the role of Louis Canning, an opposing counsel whom Alicia Florrick faces in court many times. He has tardive dyskinesia, a condition which gives him visual tremors and which he has no shame about using to his advantage to elicit sympathy in court.



The Good Wife: Beware, binge watching alert!

Michael J. Fox, my memory lane:





16 November 2016

DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE



Why does Leonard Cohen owe it all to Spain?
Acceptance speech for the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Arts & Letters. 
From minute 5:34 onwards he tells the story of how he got his song and why he owes it all to Spain. A must-see!



Leonard Cohen on Federico García Lorca: The lyrics of the song "Take This Waltz" derive from Pequeño Vals Vienés  (“Little Viennese Waltz”), a poem written in Spanish by Lorca. Compare:
       Take This Waltz lyrics
       Pequeño vals vienés poem

Your teacher's choice:

12 November 2016

TOMORROW IS ...


A walk down memory lane:
Pay It Forward (2000):
 "Call it generosity between two strangers"

11 November 2016

SPOOKY PREDICTION OF TRUMP PRESIDENCY



The episode's writer said that the fictional Trump presidency was a warning to America: "It was consistent with the vision of America going insane". Read the article here.



A prediction yet to come is Hillary Clinton presidency after Trump:



Ten times The Simpsons predicted the future (from the ebola outbreak to 9/11).

5 Simpsons predictions yet to come true.

Don't move to Canada just yet (Late Show with Stephen Colbert)


09 November 2016

THANKSGIVING OPENING HOURS?



Please, do notice the collocations: 
    growing number
    announce a release
    opening time
    to spark a backlash
   alleviate the stress
    large retailers
    

07 November 2016

COMPARING FOUR ONLINE DICTIONARIES USING THE SAME WORD




What I like about it: 
  - Level is specified
 - Idioms and phrasal verbs related to the word




What I like about it: 
  - More examples available
  - Synonyms




What I like about it: 
  - Top spoken and written words code
  - Examples with pronunciation
  - Grammar patterns
  - Thesaurus




What I like about it: 
  - Activator-like
  - Explore Thesaurus available
  - Synomyms and related words
  - Phrases and phrasal verbs
  - Red words and stars for frequency of use:
  


Lots and lots of games and resources

02 November 2016

GUY FAWKES DAY aka BONFIRE NIGHT

Bonfire Night 2016: Who was Guy Fawkes and why do we celebrate with firework displays?


The Gunpowder Plot on Horrible Histories (2009)


To find out more: Bonfire night webquest

Play the Gunpowder plot game


Guy Fawkes Day: Remembering The Fifth Of November With V For Vendetta.

For older posts about Bonfire Night, click here.