ACTIVITY PACK. Wearing nothing new

¿Has preparado ya tus propósitos para 2018? ¿Este año quieres aprender inglés? Recuerda: es mejor hacer un poco cada día que esperar a tener 1 o 2 horas a la semana para ponerte a estudiar.

¿Qué puedes hacer hoy? Te proponemos que veas el siguiente vídeo de 6 minutos de Jessi Arrington, quien explica que es posible vestir con estilo por menos de 20 dólares, comprando en mercados de segunda mano. Después de visionar el vídeo descarga este ACTIVITY PACK y contesta las preguntas.


Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TEDActive but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It’s a meditation on conscious consumption — wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

English Daily Vitamin (December 2017)

daily_vitamin_2016

Happy new year to everyone!

Last month (December 2017) we looked at 2 different themes: Business idioms and Christmas Vocabulary. At the beginning of the month, we also had a couple of ‘Spot the error’ Daily Vitamins.

If you missed a lesson, click on the relevant link below:

SPOT THE ERROR
Here are your sentences. Do you know what’s wrong with them?

BUSINESS IDIOMS

 CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY

 DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY PACK

 

English Daily Vitamin (November 2017)

daily_vitamin_2016

Hello!

Last month (November 2017) we looked at 4 different themes: Idioms for annoyance, expressions with having, animal idioms and ending a business email or letter.

If you missed a lesson, click on the relevant link below:

IDIOMS FOR ANNOYANCE

EXPRESSIONS WITH HAVING

ANIMAL IDIOMS

 ENDING A BUSINESS EMAIL OR LETTER

English Daily Vitamin (September – October 2017)

daily_vitamin_2016Hello!

This year, we are trying something new with the Daily Vitamin. Each week, we will have a different theme. All the lessons from the week will focus on that theme. We hope you like this change. If you missed a lesson, click on the relevant link below:

PHRASAL VERBS FOR THE OFFICE (September)
We began with Phrasal Verbs for the Office

BULATS READING PART 1 PRACTICE (September)
The BULATS exam (Business Language Testing Service) is to test your English in a business context, and many of the questions are excellent practice for English in work settings.

ADJECTIVES FOR A CV (September)
Both native English speakers and English learners often have problems writing a CV: it is very hard to describe ourselves without using boring or common language.

 SPOT THE ERROR (October)
Each day we are giving you a sentence in English and you must decide if the sentence is correct or not; if is it not correct, tell us what the mistake in the sentence is.

BEGINNING BUSINESS EMAILS OR LETTERS (October)
We are looking at Beginning Business Emails in English.

SYNONYMS FOR STRANGE (October)
We are looking at Synonyms for the Word Strange.

FCE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH PART I PRACTICE (October)
We are looking at some example questions from the Cambridge First Certificate Exam. All of these are sample questions from Part I of the Reading and Use of English module. If you are not preparing for the Cambridge FCE, this is still great vocabulary practice!

The Alphabet Game Summary

¿Habéis seguido el Alphabet Game de junio? Aquí tenéis todas las preguntas:

Cannes Film Festival

May is the time when the weather warms, the beaches become filled with people, and celebrities from around the world gather in the French Riviera. Why? It’s Cannes!

70th cannes-1

What is Cannes?
“Cannes” is another name for the Cannes Film Festival. Until 2002, it was called the “International Film Festival.” The festival is in Cannes, France, each year in May (this year from May 17-28). The 2017 Cannes is special: this will be the festival’s 70th year.

Cannes is not like events such as the Academy Awards (also called the Oscars), which are only awards shows. Cannes is where new films from all over the world are previewed, and it provides great opportunities for European film makers: because many film producers and celebrities attend, the festival is an excellent place for filmmakers to sell their films. People attend Cannes by invitation only.

Cannes Jury
Cannes awards are chosen by the Cannes jury (the group of people who vote). Each year, these jury members, who are all people in the international film industry, are chosen by the Cannes board of directors. The board also chooses a jury president. For 2017, the president is Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

Cannes Awards
Cannes gives many awards at its competition. The names of the awards are in French; below we are also giving including an English translation of the names.

_89762354_396fd795aa6bf159ed3d43aa5f5

The main awards of the festival are the following:

  • Palme d’Or (Golden Palm). This award is for the best film of the year. The film is selected from 20 films.
  • Grand Prix (Grand Prize). This award is similar to “Second Place” for the festival’s films.
  • Prix du Jury (Jury Prize). This award is considered to be “Third Prize” at the festival.
  • Palme d’Or du court métrage (Best Short Film). This is the award for the best film in the category of short film.
  • Prix d’interprétation féminine (Best Actress)
  • Prix d’interprétation masculine (Best Actor)
  • Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director)
  • Prix du scenario (Best Screenplay)

There are other awards and categories, such as awards for student filmmakers, recognition for films about the environment, and a category for documentaries. One of the funniest is the award for the best performance… by a dog! Yes, a dog. The Palm Dog award is for the dog that “acted” the best in a movie.

Compared to shows such as the Oscars, many consider Cannes to be more “serious” festival that is an opportunity to learn about more artistic films.

What do you think? Have you seen some of the Golden Palm winners from previous years? Check out the list of previous winners and see.

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality
http://sedimentality.com/ 

7 Ways to Learn Languages Online

The Internet is an incredible tool for language learning, but sometimes we have so many options that we don’t know where to begin! Check out these 7 ways to learn languages online for some creative and fun ways to learn a new language.

1.LYRICSTRAINING.COM
With Lyricstraining.com, you listen to songs while reading the lyrics and complete the missing words. The site offers songs in dozens of languages and offers classics and current hits. The site offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced options for all songs, so it’s great for all levels!

2. AUDIOBOOKS
Listen and read at the same time with an audiobook! Short stories, novellas, classic novels, and even speeches are all available in written and audio form on many sites. For English learners, we recommend ESL Bits.

3. TED
Perhaps one of the most popular sites for learning a language is TED: the videos come with transcripts and well-written subtitles in many languages. With so many topics, you are sure to find a TED Talk that fits your interests.

Practise with our TED Activity Packs. Check them out here!

4. SOCIAL MEDIA
Sites such as Instagram are excellent for learning a language through context: by seeing the photo, you will better understand its caption. After reading the caption in your new language, click on “translate” to see if you understood.

5. LANGUAGE IMMERSION EXTENSION (Google chrome)
Google has created an extension called Language Immersion that allows you to learn new words while you are reading online. The extension translates some of the words of any site into the language you choose (currently there are 64 languages offered). If you don’t understand the word, simply click on it and Google changes the word back to your native language.

5. QUIZLET
Teachers have been using Quizlet for years, and it’s a great tool if you’re looking for some vocabulary practice!

6. PODCASTS
The world of podcasts is large: find one you love! Podcasts are great while commuting, cleaning the house, or just relaxing. If you’re not at the level where you can listen without a transcript, check to see if the podcast has one: many do.

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality
http://sedimentality.com/