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The Minister for Exams

Posted by maribel on 01/06/2016

The Minister For Exams is a poem by Brian Patten.

When I was a child I sat an exam.
This test was so simple
There was no way i could fail.

Question 1. Describe the taste of the Moon.

It tastes like Creation I wrote,
it has the flavour of starlight.

Question 2. What colour is Love?

Love is the colour of the water a man
lost in the desert finds, I wrote.

Question 3. Why do snowflakes melt?

I wrote, they melt because they fall
on to the warm tongue of God.

There were other questions.
They were as simple.

I described the grief of Adam
when he was expelled from Eden.
I wrote down the exact weight of
an elephant’s dream

Yet today, many years later,
For my living I sweep the streets
or clean out the toilets of the fat
hotels.

Why? Because constantly I failed
my exams.
Why? Well, let me set a test.

Question 1. How large is a child’s
imagination?
Question 2. How shallow is the soul of the
Minister for exams?

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Correcting written work

Posted by maribel on 13/04/2014

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10756918/Teacher-corrects-students-grammar-following-expletive-ridden-letter.html

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Defendámos la enseñanza pública

Posted by maribel on 17/12/2012

Los alumnos y alumnas de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas nos recuerdan los beneficios personales y profesionales de una enseñanza pública de idiomas de calidad. ¡Defendámosla! ¡Que no nos dejen sin palabras!
Iniciativa promovida por los Consejos Escolares de las Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas de Cádiz y San Fernando. Vídeo de Matthieu Davière.

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Consejería de Educación: Documents in English

Posted by maribel on 02/12/2012

Here you are the documents we looked at in class:

A school of many  colours

Una escuela de colores

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La tecnología y la educación: una dosis de realismo

Posted by maribel on 22/11/2011

Artículo de Francesc Pedró, jefe de la Oficina de Tecnologías de Información y la Comunicación de la Unesco en El País del 21 de noviembre.

Una visión más pragmática se impone en la aplicación al aula de medios digitales

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Advanced 1 13.12.10

Posted by maribel on 17/12/2010

The verb lay means “to put”; it takes a direct object. The verb lie means “to rest”; it does not take a direct object. Don’t confuse the past and past participle forms of these verbs:

LAY (present), laid (past), and laid (past participle)
LIE (present), lay (past), and lain (past participle)

The maids lay the table for dinner at 7 o’clock.
I think I’ll lie down for 20 minutes after lunch.

Be used to is used to show previous experience and familiarity with a certain situation.

I am used to living abroad. – I have previous experience living abroad, so it’s not difficult for me.
Jane isn’t used to living abroad. – She doesn’t have much experience living abroad, or if she does it is still difficult for her.
Paul is used to learning languages. – Paul has learnt languages before, so he’s good at it.
Carol has never studied a foreign language, so she‘s not used to it. – Carol doesn’t have previous experience learning a foreign language.

Get used to is used for the process of acquiring experience and ability. In the beginning we are less experienced, then we get used to something – we go through a process of gaining experience.

I wasn’t used to living abroad, but I got used to it. – I didn’t have expeirence living abroad, but I grew in experience until I was happy living abroad.
I didn’t like banans, but I got used to them. – In the beginning I didn’t like bananas, but after a while I learnt to like them.

In the structure be / get used to, to is a preposition, not part of the to-infinitive, so it is followed by an -ing word.

Used to is a completely different structure from be/get used to. Used to is for past habit, be used to means to get accustomed to something.

This is Lauren’s presentation on the education system in The USA:

A couple of years ago Nicole presented the Canadian education system:

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