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Archive for September, 2010

What does it mean to stop for a day?

Posted by maribel on 29/09/2010

A new round of general strikes is taking place in Europe against attempts to make workers’ pay for the economic crisis.

This is the background to this Wednesday’s strike in Spain in the words of Jesús Castillo, a rep in the Andalusian Workers’ Union at the University of Seville:

“It comes against the brutal neoliberal attacks being implemented by the Spanish Socialist Party government. In May the government, under pressure from the IMF, the European Union and market speculators, took off its worker-friendly mask and turned towards austerity. It froze pensions, cut jobs and public services, carried out privatisations, slashed public sector wages and made it cheaper and easier to sack people. It has also attacked pensioners and the unemployed—whose numbers have doubled during the crisis to one in five of the population. The radical unions have been calling for a national general strike for months and calling regional ones where we are strong, such as in Andalusia in the south and the Basque Country in the north. The grassroots of the large unions pushed more and more for a general stoppage until it was finally called. The strike is a start, but we will need more mobilisations so there is a just solution to the crisis. Years of betrayals and demobilisation of members by the bureaucrats running the major unions have weakened the chances of this general strike being fully successful. The decision to delay holding the strikes until after the summer has reinforced this. Even so, millions of workers will stop working and will take to the streets to demand that the rich pay for their own mess.”

Adapted from http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=22571

You have more videos in English on the Spanish general strike from Reuters and AFP.

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Palindromes

Posted by maribel on 28/09/2010

A palindrome is a word or phrase which reads the same in both directions. The word palindrome is derived from the Greek palíndromos, meaning running back again (palín = again + drom–, drameîn = run). Some simple examples are:

RACECAR               EYE               NUN             RADAR              LEVEL              POP

Longer palindromes are:

Do geese see God?

Madam, in Eden I’m Adam

Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama

To find out more about palindromes click here. This is a list of palindromes in English.

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Avanzado 1 27.09.10

Posted by maribel on 27/09/2010

Four people joined the class today, so we did some more work on introductions. We checked  handout 02, with sentences about yourselves.We read the text on speed dating on pages 6 & 7 of the course book.

Here is handout 06 on introductions. This is handout 07 with the lyrics for REM’s Pop Song ’89.

Arab/Arabic/Arabian

classic/classical

ways of laughing

Homework:

Handout 03: Complete with prepositions

Reading Handout

Use of English Handout

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Avanzado 1 22.09.10

Posted by maribel on 27/09/2010

Today we practised introducing ourselves and others and got to know a little bit about each other. This is the music we listened to while we were doing so.

It could be ten, but then again, I can’t remember half an hour since a quarter to four.
Throw on your clothes, the second side of Surfer Rosa, and you leave me with my jaw on the floor.
Just when you think you’re in control,
just when you think you’ve got a hold,
just when you get on a roll,
here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.
I should have known,
should have known,
should have known again,
but here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.
It starts out easy, something simple, something sleazy, something inching past the edge of the reserve.
Now through lines of the cheap venetian blinds your car is pulling off of the curb.
Just when you think you’re in control,
just when you think you’ve got a hold,
just when you get on a roll,
here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.
I should have known, should have known,
should have known again,
but here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.
I guess there’s got to be a break in the monotony, but Jesus, when it rains how it pours.
Throw on your clothes, the second side of Surfer Rosa, and you leave me, yeah, you leave me.
Oh, here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again.
Oh here it goes again.
I should have known, should have known,
should have known again,
but here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.

For homework you have to have a look at the text in pages 6 and 7 of your course book and complete handout 2.

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Welcome to the Avanzado 1 Class

Posted by maribel on 27/09/2010

You have to fill in these two documents and hand them to the teacher. See you next day.

seguimiento alumnado 1011

1st day

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