The English Department at Aracena Official School of Languages wish you a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2018. May this new year bring you health, happiness and everything you ever wished for!
Here's a video of Auld Lang Syne, the song that people from English-speaking countries traditionally sing on New Year's Eve, to celebrate the beginning of each new year but also to never forget old times (that's what the song's title means) and especially old friends. We hope you like it!
The C1 RESOURCE PACK is a collection of cards for C1 learners of English.
The pack has 4 sections: Understanding Language Learning, Be a Rebel: Love What You Do! (how to learn by skills), Language Awareness (some resources on language items like Overview of Clauses or how to avoid sexist language), and Some Extras (Taller PUC, extras for EOI exams in Andalucía).
Although it has been specially designed by its author, Micaela Ford, to meet the needs of students at the Official School of Languages.
It can be downloaded from the following link to one of her sites, where you can also take a look at the wide range of great English Language learning materials that she regularly posts:
Micaela is an English Language teacher at the EOI of Fuengirola.
Curiously enough, apart from Spain -and maybe the Spanish speaking countries- a good part of the rest of the world celebrates Fools' Day on 1st April. Why and how are matters that are answered in some of the videos you can watch following this link:
April Fools' Day videos
You will learn about the curious story of this celebration, together with a good deal of expressions and different tricks you can play on your friends.
After watching the videos and processing the information, a great language exercise would be to explain in detail (or to write about) a practical joke someone played on you or you played on someone.
It seems to me that sometimes it is particularly difficult for learners of English to describe processes, no matter how simple or common they may be. Try to imagine yourself explaining how you do different things (from tying up your shoelaces -amazing, how many different ways there can be!; click here to see- to giving detailed information about what you do at work or in which exactly one of your hobbies consists in. I bet it won't be easy, but it is a wonderful exercise -and practical, too, since you get ready to talk about things you are familiar with and you could bring up in almost any conversation.
We all know there are people who really enjoy arguing. Have you ever met one of them? Of course you have. And we also know that they can be a real pain in the neck.
Well, if they have such a great time arguing with other people, why don't they leave you alone and go to Monty Python's Argument Clinic instead? There they'll find highly qualified, experienced professionals who will be happy to argue with them. The only difference is that they'll have to pay.
If you want to practise English short answers ('Yes, it is!' 'No, it isn't!'), visit this surrealistic clinic too. Watch the video below and you'll hear countless examples of them. For further practice, you can also try pausing the video in the middle of an argument: can you guess what's the next short answer they're going to use in order to keep the argument going? Did you get them right?
You want to know the pronunciation of a person's name. You have not the faintest idea of what the pronunciation of that town is. Your trusted dictionary is useless in these cases. And not only names. That's happened to you many times before -same as me: you do not know the pronunciation of a word and the reference material you have at your disposal does not help you. Maybe it's a slang word which your dictionary does not register or the curious name of an artist you like. Do not worry: here you are a couple of tips which will help you sort out the problem. They are both online resources.
Powerful ideas nicely presented. You listen to it and you understand why this man has been one of the most influential business person in the last decades. Here's the youtube link:
Steve Jobs' speech
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever .
Learn a lot about Uk culture, language and other topics in English with Luke. According to Luke and his brother Christmas is all about family. Listen to it below. What is Christmas for you?
You can collaborate with Luke transcribing some of his podcasts. For rules and more information visit http://teacherluke.co.uk/episodes-with-transcripts/
Tell us what Christmas means for you