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COMPARING DICTIONARIES

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

Oxford Dictionary: READ

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

Longman Dictionary: READ

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

Macmillan Dictionary: READ

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:


http://www.macmillandictionary.com/ Lots and lots of games and resources

/wɪð ɔː wɪˈðaʊt juː/

I THOUGHT A THOUGHT: TH pronunciation

The Sound Of English (phonetics review)

PATÉTICA FONÉTICA

/ɪtsnɒtðəseɪm/ For the whole EOI Laredo videocast series, click here.

Pronunciation dictionaries:
Howjsay
Forvo
HowToPronounce
Inogolo
Read with a British accent

RIVERS KNOW THIS

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance (TED Talk). Subtitles and transcripts available.

What are the takeaways from this TED talk? 1. Grit and perseverance 2. Growth mindset 3. Attitude to mistakes
"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."
"...the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort...." Having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.
Growing your mind (Khan Academy video) Neuroplasticity (video)
"So growth mindset is a great idea for building grit.... We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we've been successful, and we have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over againwith lessons lea…

EXAM LISTENING

http://www.elllo.org Choose a level, listen to the audio or watch the video and take a quiz. These lessons take just a minute to do and are designed for ESL students. For example, lesson 1027 Countries United.

http://www.esl-lab.com/ Listening Quizzes (easy, medium, difficult). Why don't you have a go at this quiz? Job hunting (multiple choice).
British Council Listening Skills Practice Choose C1 level and practice, practice, practice. Try tackle War's Silver Lining, a gap fill lesson.

WRITING REVIEWS

Steven Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema in style – with a gripping psychological thriller about big pharma and mental health that cruelly leaves you craving one last fix.
(Side EffectsThe Guardian review)
Side Effects is an old school psychological thriller (you never quite know who to trust...) directed by Steven Soderbergh. It stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum. It was released in the US on February 8th, 2013. An edge-of-your-seat thriller!!

BBC Talking Movies: (listening activity: video)
How to write a review 1: Hints and useful language How to write a review 2: Skyfall How to write a review 3: positive and negative adjectives

C1 2016-17 required reading: Notes From a Big Country by Bill Bryson Review 1 Review 2

HOW TO AGE GRACEFULLY

Conditional sentences practice

"Had any of these things happened differently, the end of Daisy’s afternoon would have been another one"

Page by page books

UNIT 8B SUPPOSE YOU COULD LIVE FOREVER

DOCTOR, DOCTOR, I'VE GOT TWO THEIK

Connected Speech radio programme (BBC Learning English)
Link it All Together (exercises)
Linking and more practice
In a dictionary, words are given in isolation. In natural speech, however, words are connected into sound groups: Authentic American Pronunciation

HOW SINGING CAN IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

ALL YOU NEED IS ...

Cleft sentences: emphasis exercise
Cleft sentences: multiple choice exercise
Cleft sentences: rephrasing exercise
Cleft sentences: grammar quizzes
Cleft Sentences: The Karate Kid (movie segments exercise)

BBC English Masterclass: Giving emphasis using 'what'




BBC Masterclass: Giving emphasis
I've been thinking about what to include in this pre-Easter holidays post for a while but I couldn't make up my mind. In the end, I thought that some exam tips would do. Enjoy!


Now, on a more serious note:
Writing Reading (comprehension exercises) More reading Listening More listening And more listening Speaking More speaking

THE BIG ROBOT QUESTIONS

Artificial intelligence: helpful and dangerous (podcast).

Robots (listening + quiz).

Do you fear artificial intelligence? (BBC Learning English video).

The ethical dilemma of robotics (BBC Learning English reading)


Artificial Intelligence and the future | André LeBlanc | TEDxMoncton:



Sci-Fiction?


Humans(2015-) UK/US is a science fiction television series based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans (Äkta människor). The series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called "synths".




And when/if things get out of hand, you'll need a:



"A blade runner's job is to hunt down replicants, manufactured humans you can't tell from the real thing".

BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY: Grammar lessons from Weird Al

WOULD YOU HAVE A CUP OF TEA?

WRITING C1

THE CANDIDATE

C1 Reading Comprehension Practice

Try your hand at this exercisewhich focuses on the headings task of your test (taken from Martin's blog).

ELIMINATING PRE-EXAM JITTERS: NC1A mock exam dates

NC1A

Practice makes perfect: why mock exams are great for students’ brains  (The Guardian, 3 Dic. 2015)

BB2 show: Mock the week
Unlikely Questions From This Year's Exams:


Unlikely questions from this year's exams.
Discuss the met physical meaning of the following poem.

Would you like this exam to be A, multiple choice, or not.

Discuss the following - the Nazis got all their ideas from the history channel.

Who's the chap in The A-Team who would not go on the aeroplane, was it A, B, or B, A? 


If a bank loses 60 billion pounds in a six month period, using numbers that you've plucked out of thin air, work out what the Chief Executive's bonus will be? 

Quantify N in terms of Q when Q is a positive interchur that dissects a parabolic curve. How's your lucky pencil case now, eh, eh, eh?! 

What's the name of that round thing that they throw in the Olympics? Discuss.

Poetry. Is it all a bit gay? 


Draw diagram of the genitalia of the male elephant. Use all 30 sheets of paper pr…

WHEN IS PANCAKE DAY 2017 AND WHY IS IT CALLED SHROVE TUESDAY?

Everything you need to know about Shrove Tuesday: Feb. 28th 2017.
Pancake Day 2013 blog entry.

What is Shrove Tuesday like in New Orleans?




If you go to New Orleans You ought to go see the Mardi Gras If you go to New Orleans You ought to go see the Mardi Gras When you see the Mardi Gras Somebody'll tell you what's Carnival for
Get your ticket in your hand If you wanna go through New Orleans Get your ticket in your hand If you wanna go through New Orleans You know when you get to New Orleans Somebody'll show you the Zulu King
You will see the Zulu King Down on St. Claude and Dumaire You know, you'll see the Zulu King Down on St. Claude and Dumaire An if you stay right there
I'm sure you'll see the Zulu Queen.


EXAMINATION DATES: EEOOII Madrid

May / June 2017
September 2017
NC1 Madrid: Examination guide for candidates

I'M AFRAID I REALLY MUST INSIST

The Sandwich Technique to Deliver Bad News or Complaints
The truth about whining, complaining, bitching & moaning
Yorkshireand London are the UK's moaniest places
Moaning is our defining British characteristic
The hilarious The Parrot Sketch by The Monty Python:
- I wish to complain about this parrot...  What's wrong with it?  - It's dead.  No, no, it's not dead. It's resting.




V.O. THEATRE IN MARCH (MADRID)

THE PRINCIPLE OF KAITIAKITANGA

Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation (The story)

New Zealand Travel Website

Sounds of NZ English
Learn to speak NZ in 45"



The media in NZ:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand (videos)

Top ten NZ books of the decade

Hauntingly beautiful scenery: The Piano (1993)



The story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times where people live rudely in the rain and mud, struggling to maintain the appearance of the European society they've left behind.




Truly remarkable!


Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016): 
Taika Waititi’s follow-up to the (also great) What We Do in the Shadows, is a pure delight and the perfect antidote after a bad day or a steady diet of too many sad movies. “Bad egg” Ricky Baker has been bounced out of more foster care situations than he cares to remember until he’s given his last chance with a couple living on a rural New Zealand farm. After tragedy strikes early in the film Ricky an…

NOTES FROM A BIG COUNTRY - padlet

THE VIEW IS STUNNING

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses”Bill Bryson

3D Key
1. 
A. True: 1, 3, 6; False: 4, 5; Not enough info: 2 
B. 2 by boat. 3 cruise. 4 traffic jams. 5 buildings. 6 negociate 
2. 
A. 2 freshly baked. 3 stunning views. 4 mouth-watering. 5 heart-stopping. 6 value-for-money. 7 breathtaking. 8 highly recommended 


My favourite guides: Rough Guides

The Travel Bug: A television travel programme




I also enjoy: Richard Quest, business traveller (CNN anchor and correspondent).


Fancy listening to a road trip song? I do…