A Special Christmas Story: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. /ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/ 1.Read the short story online here (only 6 pages). 2. Listen to it : The VOA
Special English program, AMERICAN STORIES (with transcript). The mp3 file is on the right-hand side. 3. Summary, Theme & Analysis (video and quiz). The Magi: In the
Bible, the three men, thought to be kings or astrologers, who followed a star
to visit Jesus Christ when he was a baby and give him presents. They are also
called the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men.
SPEAKING EXAM, Task 2 (interaction): Read the following articles in order to gather ideas and vocabulary about this topic: - The pros and cons of online shopping: Article 1 - The pros and cons of online shopping: Article 2 - Demonetisation:Fundamental shift in payment habits
Hemsworth's Dangerous Climb in the Himalayas: Being Elsa Pataky's plus one, the actor took part in the Spanish adventure programme "Planeta Calleja". However, something went wrong. This is how he explained it:
SOME HELP FOR YOU: We did a trip recently to the Himalayas. Oh, really?
How high up did you go? We got higher and higher and we ended up in about 4000 metres above sea level. You acclimate every couple of days ... so your body adjusts to that, lack of oxygen.
Have you ever heard of altitude depression?
Just to give you an idea, if you had a bottle of water outside your sleeping bag, it's frozen by the time you wake up. It has to be tucked in with you. Oh, really? It was freezing.
Friday Night Mishaps(multiple choice listening activity) What's Your Worst Travel Mishap? Last
year I planned to travel to Florence for the weekend with a friend in August.
We each booked tickets for the same flight coming home Sunday evening and couldn’t
figure out why mine was so much cheaper. On Sunday morning, while trying to
check in online in order to print my boarding pass, I realized that the flight
I had booked left Florence that very same day but in September! After a
panicked phone call with Iberia, who mockingly informed me there was a 300-euro
fee for my ignorance of the months of the year, I got booked on the correct
flight. Signed: Your Teacher
Extra History: South Sea
Bubble (market crash, 1711). VIDEOS PREPOSITION PLACEMENT IN RELATIVE CLAUSES Everyday
English (writing) Is that the man (who) she arrived with? Is that the man with whom she arrived? Does he know the girl (that) John is
talking to? Does he know the girl to whom John is
talking? It is a club (which) many important
people belong to. It is a club to which many important
Heritage City of Alcalá de Henares, in Madrid, is hosting a new edition of its
short film festival, ALCINE. The
festival has been held since 1983 and has served to launch the careers of some
of Spain’s most important directors, such as Alejandro Amenábar, Isabel Coixet
and Fernando León de Aranoa. At the same time as the official short film
section, there is also a feature film section aimed at new directors. In
addition, in order to increase the international presence at the festival,
since 2007 there has been an official section for European work. Friday, November 10th, 10:00 am TRAILERS:
Here you can find your Halloween required reading"A village after dark", a short story by the Nobel-Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. In
this unsettling short story, a man returns to the village where he spent his
youth. Rich with ambiguity, the text explores the uneasy relationship between
the past and the present. Ben Marcus reads Kazuo Ishiguro's "A Village After Dark," and discusses it with
The New Yorker's fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. "A Village After
Dark" was published in the May 21, 2001, issue of The New Yorker. Who is Kazuo Ishiguro? What are his best books? Ishiguro’s
novels are mostly first-person, and mostly told by an unreliable narrator. They
tend to revolve around a single traumatic idea that the narrator is not
entirely capable of confronting head-on.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES videos. Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated history books and a British children's sketch comedy television series that shows you the sides of histoy they don't teach at school. The names for the different historical periods are Ruthless Romans, Smashing Saxons, Stormin' Normans, Terrible Tudors, Vicious Vikings, and so on. You'll find yourself laughing into stitches!!!
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…
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.
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 Effects – The 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!!