Czech sculptor David Cerny admits £350,000 EU art hoax

18 02 2009
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ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

14 02 2009

Lovers Island – Created by God

With love in the air at this time of year I thought I’d spread it a little bit further….

An island just off Croatia in the shape of a heart has been discovered by users on Google Earth. Since the discovery the owner has be inundated with requests to stay on the island which is currently uninhabited.

This is not the only sign of love that has been discovered.  There are others such as the following ones:

    Parisians release white doves in front of a wall with 1,000 ‘I Love You’ in 300 languages 

  In atheist China, flowers may be confiscated – but observance of the day catches on regardless these problems

 English swans are not shy of a public display of affection

 
 
 




AUDIOBOOKS

12 02 2009

Look at what I found the other day surfing on the net!!!!

Apparently, there are lots of websites where you can download legally and for free books in English. These are some of the most interesting ones:

http://www.audiobooksforfree.com

http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/

http://www.oculture.com/2006/10/audio_book_podc.html

http://www.audiolibra.com/free.html





How to determine a life

11 02 2009

    

I suppose everybody has heard the news in the last days, so that all of us are aware of the fact that a private school in Salamanca has decided to separate three-year old boys and girls in two different classrooms in order to improve their learning process . According to the results of studies shown during an explanatory meeting given by the headship, mixed classes are said to be more a drawback than a benefit. It seems to be that male and female brains don’t mature at the same speed and mixing is a measure that is detrimental for them. Even more, poor boys are not able to keep focused on learning if they are surrounded by girls, so they are actually doing them a big favor with this measure.

Well, let’s leave aside all the religious reasons which seem to be beneath the decision. I think that, recently, we are losing the north in education issues. Maybe this could sound strange, even more coming from a teacher, but the academic results themselves can’t be the main measurement used to justify any new measure implemented.

I think our education system, above all, till the students finish high school, should be focused on teaching social skills, oral skills, rules of behavior etc, but, instead of that, we just pay attention to the result. Every time a new poll or study shows which is the place of our students in Maths or History, an earthquake takes place on media and on the system too. (a few years ago the last change took place and some light subjects were withdrawn in order to dedicate  more time to the real important things)

Honestly, how much percentage of the knowledge learnt during the ESO do normally people use in ordinary life? The coming years, bachelor and college, are the stages appointed to improve those levels but not the high school in any way. At the end of this level any student should be ready to integrate into the society, respecting the other ones, being fair, being able to work in group, etc. No more, no less.

And if this is the target, how the hell are you helping children to achieve it, separating them during all these years?

By Roberto





FRIENDS 2

11 02 2009

Dear students,

If you have enjoyed doing the previous “FRIENDS” listening comprehension, let’s see how you find this one.  It is based on the same chapter, but on parts 2 and 3, so that now you will have the complete chapter.

It is addressed to the people who cannot make it on Fridays or for those who simply want to repeat it.

  LISTENING COMPREHENSION FRIENDS 2

 “FRIENDS”: SEASON 1, CHAPTER 1 , PARTS 2 (from minute 1 onwards) and 3 

I hope you will have a good time and that you will learn a lot too!





FRIENDS

11 02 2009

Dear students,

This is especially for those who declare themselves fans of friends, but also  for those who have not come on Fridays and have missed these listening comprehensions based on FRIENDS, as well as for those who, having come, would like to repeat the experience. So here I am including both the listening comprehension and the video extracts on which it is based, so that, in case you are bored at home with nothing interesting to do, you can enjoy yourselves while learning English at the same time. I hope you will like it!!!!!

  LISTENING COMPREHENSION friends

  “FRIENDS” SEASON 1, CHAPTER 1, PART 1 AND 2 (part 2, just until minute 1)