Sunday, 18 March 2018

Videos, videos...!

(with English subtitles)



Defensive Design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeyLEe1T0yo

UK Residents Put Spikes in Trees
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6c9Ycv90Lc


Homelessness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=746xJlIAHJ4


Fahrenheit use in USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TV6JFxMEcI


Cracking one´s knuckles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3IYmdy6d4Y


Commuting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfPNxNIDHrA


Twitter harassment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK0p27dqZs8


Black jaywalkers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJFqvRwOiis

USA gun violence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX4qUsgHa4Y


An open conflict with North Korea?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYDTjkTi-2o

What humans will look like in 1,000 years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BibBMBibTq0


Our brain on terrorism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZohjYKGZJM


The Middle East's cold war
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veMFCFyOwFI


The collapse of Venezuela
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1gUR8wM5vA


Inside Rio’s favelas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3BRTlHFpBU


Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZORzsubQA_M


Tiny island in New York City
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmVJyICw1C8


Vending machines in Japan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UJzVLXmBG4



10 Most Heavily Guarded Homes On Earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVB2GSlyrSk


Why knights fought snails in medieval art
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISOK-XtvYs


How did pink become a girly color?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaGSYGhUkvM


Would you use time travel to kill baby Hitler? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJn8iUe6rwY

The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAN1kt4SG9E


 The origin of the '80s aesthetic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCI8lPvr6SM


Red means Republican and blue means Democrat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgz3p4cEXZU


How America became a superpower
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BShvYeyMm_Y


Haiti & Dominican Republic: island divided
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WvKeYuwifc


Who owns the Arctic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx_2SVm9Jgo


Spanish weird borders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6tJ-mvhznU


A brief history of America and Cuba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chYBlArm9Ao


Internet´s underwater cables
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve810FHZ1CQ


Cities should plant more trees
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKyvGHycngM


The world is poorly designed but copying nature helps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMtXqTmfta0


Solving Rubik's Cube in 5.25 seconds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwNUmnDu1r8


Public Transportation Sucks in the US
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cjfTG8DbwA


Best Train Driver Announcement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A4Xy3OWozA


India's Geography Problem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mDsa-AqNcQ


Why people keep watching the worst movie ever made
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k27mr6p-yhY


America’s creepy clown craze
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggS6LBhH7Fo


How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkFXPblLpU


NASA's plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZSCtgfmEO0


Phones are designed to be addicting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUMa0QkPzns


Harry Potter and the translator's nightmare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdbOhvjIJxI


How the Mona Lisa became so overrated
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2wy7Fp2fqw 


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

2nd BACHILLERATO 
MODAL VERBS EXERCISES  

   CORRECTION KEY



Click HERE




Sunday, 5 November 2017



MORE ENGLISH FILMS


"BILLY ELLIOT" (2000)




Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film about a boy becoming a professional ballet dancer, set in north-eastern England during the 1984–85 coal miners' strike. It was directed by Stephen Daldry.

The film stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, an aspiring dancer dealing with the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer, Gary Lewis as his coal miner father, Jamie Draven as Billy's bullying older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher. The story was adapted for the West End stage as Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005

In 1984, Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old from the fictional Everington in County Durham, England, loves to dance and has hopes of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Billy lives with his widowed father, Jackie, and older brother, Tony, both coal miners out on strike, and also his maternal grandmother, who has Alzheimer's disease and once aspired to be a professional dancer...





Trailer





"I, DANIEL BLAKE" (2016)




Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.


                TRAILER




More links

"I, Daniel Blake" reviewed by Mark Kermode


Kermode Uncut: My Top five Ken Loach Films


Ken Loach: life in austerity Britain is 'consciously cruel'


Ken Loach´s life and career








Sunday, 15 October 2017





DESCRIPTIVE ESSAYS

The purpose of descriptive writing is to make readers see, feel, taste, touch and hear what we have seen, felt, tasted, touched and heard. Whether we're describing a person, a place, or a thing, our aim is to evoke a scene or to reveal a subject through vivid, carefully 
arranged details. A good descriptive essay is like a window into another world.


Use precise descriptive details to evoke a distinctive mood as well as to convey a memorable picture. Details that are carefully chosen and well organized can help to make a piece of writing more precise, vivid, convincing, and interesting. They serve the narrative in terms of dramatization, characterization, structure, and style. Choose words that convey something to which many readers can relate.


  • In describing a character, we look for details that not only show what an individual looks like, but also provide clues to his or her personality. Focus on the character´s habits and actions, not on the physical appearance.



  • In describing a thing, begin the paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies it, describe the item in four or five sentences, using the details that you listed after probing your topic. Explain briefly its significance to you and conclude the paragraph with a sentence that emphasizes the personal value of the item.

  • With thoughtfully organized details, we can also suggest the personality--or mood--of a place. As you write each paragraph, place signals to help to establish cohesion so that the reader can be guided  clearly from one detail to the next



20 Topic Suggestions


  • a waiting room
  • a treasured belonging
  • a favourite restaurant
  • your dream house
  • your ideal roommate
  • your memory of a place that you visited as a child 
  • an accident scene
  • a place that holds a special meaning
  • a place I could stay forever
  • a child's secret hiding place
  • the inside of a spaceship
  • your old neighborhood
  • a small town cemetery
  • a pet 
  • a painting
  • a character from a book, movie or television programme
  • a photograph
  • a hospital emergency room
  • a particular friend or family member



Friday, 6 October 2017

Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to British author Kazuo Ishiguro


62-year old English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Literature prize for 2017.
Mr. Ishiguro is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in the years leading up to World War II, and “Never Let Me Go,” a melancholy dystopian love story set in a British boarding school.

 “If you mix Jane Austen and Franz Kafka then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell, but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix,” said Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.In a career that spans some 35 years, Mr. Ishiguro has gained wide recognition for his stark, emotionally restrained prose. His novels are often written in the first person, with unreliable narrators who are in denial about truths that are gradually revealed to the reader. He has obsessively returned to the same themes in his work, including the fallibility of memory, self-delusion,  mortality and the porous nature of time.

The writer said that the award was “flabbergastingly flattering”. He said:

It’s a magnificent honour, mainly because it means that I’m in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that’s a terrific commendation.”

Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Nagasaki to Japanese parents. But the family moved to England in 1960 when his father got a job as an oceanographer in Surrey.


Congratulations, Mr Ishiguro!




"The Remains of the Day" official trailer  (1993)




"Never Let Me Go" official trailer  (2010)



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

This week´s film: "Victoria and Abdul"





Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. A sequel to Mrs Brown (1997), the film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian muslim servant Abdul Karim. 





Official trailer 



Abdul, the Munshi                   CLICK HERE

Victoria and Abdul: the story  CLICK HERE

Documentary                           CLICK HERE


Sunday, 24 September 2017

BACHILLERATO: MONOLINGUAL DICTIONARIES USE

                 

Practice    Click HERE