Our English Classes

A blog for Maribel's students at EOI and CEP Granada

13 Reasons Why

Posted by maribel on 05/05/2017

Another recommendation: After a teenage girl’s perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.

The Unsettling Visual Genius of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why


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Car Seat Headrest – Times To Die

Posted by maribel on 27/04/2017

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Seven tips from Roald Dahl

Posted by maribel on 25/04/2017


The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More features a short extract called Lucky Break, in which Roald Dahl explains how he came to be a writer. It also includes seven tips from Roald on the qualities he thought necessary to anyone wanting to make a living out of writing fiction. They were:

  1. “You should have a lively imagination.”
  2. “You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader’s mind. Not everybody has this ability. It is a gift and you either have it or you don’t.”
  3. “You must have stamina. In other words, you must be able to stick to what you are doing and never give up, for hour after hour, day after day, week after week and month after month.”
  4. “You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have rewritten it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can.”
  5. “You must have strong self-discipline. You are working alone. No one is employing you. No one is around to give you the sack if you don’t turn up for work, or to tick you off if you start slacking.”
  6. “It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour. This is not essential when writing for grown-ups, but for children, it’s vital.”
  7. “You must have a degree of humility. The writer who thinks that his work is marvellous is heading for trouble.”

Source: http://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/write/roald-dahl-on-writing

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Parade’s End

Posted by maribel on 13/04/2017

This 5-part BBC miniseries is set in the dying days of the Edwardian Empire. Christopher Tietjens, married to the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia, is an English aristocrat clinging to Edwardian values as the world around him seems to change at dizzying speed. He refuses to compromise these principles whatever the cost  – resigning from his job as a government statistician when he is asked to manipulate the facts, and remaining faithful to Sylvia even when she leaves him for another man. When Christopher falls in love with Valentine, a young suffragette, he faces a battle between what he feels for her and what he feels is right.


Find out more about Ford Madox Ford’s books on which this miniseries is based.

Interview with award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, who adapted the books for the screen.

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How Did English Evolve?

Posted by maribel on 06/04/2017


Now you can take the lesson here. You have to register to get feedback on your answers.

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Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

Posted by maribel on 23/03/2017

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Doctor Who – Blink

Posted by maribel on 04/03/2017

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called “The Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being who explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes, while working to save civilisations and help people in need. Enjoy this episode from series 3 of the 2005 relaunch.




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A Tribe Called Quest – We The People

Posted by maribel on 02/03/2017

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Advice on Writing

Posted by maribel on 26/11/2016

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Advice on writing by Gary Provost via @amarazzi

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What Klee Was Doing In March 1916

Posted by maribel on 14/11/2016


Paul Klee was a prolific Swiss and German artist best known for his large body of work, influenced by cubism, expressionism and surrealism. He was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality. Klee taught art in Germany until 1933, when the National Socialists declared his work indecent. The Klee family ed to Switzerland, where Paul Klee died on June 29, 1940.

Donald Barthelme’s “Engineer-Private Paul Klee Misplaces an Aircraft between Milbertshofen and Cambrai, March 1916”

The Diaries of Paul Klee, March 1916

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