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

Archive for November, 2010

Avanzado 1 22.11.10

Posted by maribel on 30/11/2010

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is historically the busiest retail shopping day of the year. Many consider it the “official” beginning to the Christmas season. One theory about the origin of the name is that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year (January through November) and made their profit during the holiday season. When this would be recorded in the financial records, common accounting practices would use red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to show positive amounts. Black Friday is the beginning of the period where retailers would no longer have losses (the red) and instead take in the year’s profits (the black).

Another theory comes from the fact that shopping experience on this day can be extremely stressful. The term is used as a comparison to the extremely stressful and chaotic experience of Black Tuesday.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2010

A few English idioms related to colours


Reading handout

Use of English handout

Choose the word handout

TB pg Reading pg.

Exercise 1Aa


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CEP B1 23.11.10

Posted by maribel on 28/11/2010

This is what we were dubbing in class:

The Story of Thanksgiving:

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CEP A2 23.11.10

Posted by maribel on 27/11/2010

Here you have some adjectives of  character and personality,

Happy Thanksgiving:

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Avanzado 1 17.11.10

Posted by maribel on 26/11/2010


floor, door:  the  same sound  in ‘or’ and ‘more’
flood, blood: the same vowel sound as ‘cup’ and ‘son’ 

Watch this video in which two ESL Teachers act out a visit to the doctor. Symptoms: fever, runny nose & a sore throat.


Handouts on Use of English, Phrasal verbs, Phrasal verbs to do with Health and Reading Handout.

TB: Reading 2A

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Violence against Women Day

Posted by maribel on 25/11/2010

End the silence

Stop the violence

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Avanzado 1 15.11.10

Posted by maribel on 24/11/2010

Lest We Forget

“In Flanders Fields” is one of the most famous poems written during the First World War. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, the day before. The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders where war casualties hade been buried and thus became a symbol of Remembrance Day.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Making uncountable words countable

Countable nouns are individual objects, people, places, etc. which can be counted. (books, Italians, pictures, stations, men, etc.) A countable noun can be both singular or plural. Uncountable nouns are materials, concepts, information, etc. which are not individual objects and can not be counted (information, water, understanding, wood, cheese, etc.) Uncountable nouns are always singular. Some uncountable nouns in English are countable in other languages. For example toast, furniture, advice or news are countable in Spanish. Obviously, uncountable nouns (especially different types of food) have forms that express plural concepts. These  include measurements, containers and quantity expressions. Here you have some examples:

accommodation – a place to stay
advice – a piece of advice
baggage – a piece of baggage
bread – a slice of bread, a loaf of bread
equipment – a piece of equipment
furniture – a piece of furniture
garbage – a piece of garbage
information – a piece of information
knowledge – a fact
luggage – a piece of luggage, a bag, a suitcase
money – a note, a coin
news – a piece of news
pasta – a plate of pasta, a serving of pasta
research – a piece of research, a research project
travel – a journey, a trip
work – a job, a position
liquids (water, beer, wine, etc.) – a glass, a bottle, a jug of water, etc.
cheese – a slice, a chunk, a piece of cheese
meat – a piece, a slice, a pound of meat
butter – a bar of butter
ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard – a bottle of, a tube of ketchup, etc.

You can get an explanation in Spanish here.

HW: Reading and Use of English handouts for Monday

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CEP B1 16.11.10

Posted by maribel on 23/11/2010

This is the song we listened to in class:

And this is the handout for the song The Summer before the War.

This is a BBC video that explains Remembrance Day.


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CEP A2 16.11.10

Posted by maribel on 22/11/2010

Here you have a video on numbers:


These are last years handouts on numbers and dates.

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Spanish-English intercambio in Granada

Posted by maribel on 18/11/2010

This is a message from Totes Phillips

Subject: Friday and Saturday Nights- Intercambio with a difference

Hi everyone,

As well as our usual intercambio nights on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we are now starting two new intercambio events on every Friday and Saturday night. On Friday and Saturday nights there will be table top games to play, so you can practice your language skills while you play games. Games include, dominos, cards, Connect 4, Uno, plus others. Tapa will inlude your favourite Chicken Curry. Starting as usual from 8.30p.m. onwards.

I hope you will come and join in these new events.


Totes x x

Find out more about Totes and friends

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Dream On! Theatre Workshop University of Bristol

Posted by maribel on 16/11/2010

III Festival Internacional de Teatro Universitario de Granada

Dream On! Performance 4 – University of Bristol (Reino Unido) at Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – Aula Magna

18/11/10 – 19:00 h.

Free Admission

In a rundown dance hall in the old part of town, the night shift is clocking on. This is not another shadowy organisation offering anonymous online comfort, exploiting the desires and PayPal accounts of countless hapless men. These women are different: they have a mission. These volunteers give not only their time and experience, but their humanity and love to this work. If they don’t do it, no one else will. They are the lonely-hearts collective, and their mission is to seek out and heal the world’s unrequited love. Performance 4 brings you an original and exciting piece of physical theatre that draws texts from Shakespeare and inspiration from Butoh, line-dancing and karaoke to explore desire and love in our digital age.

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