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Sunday, 28 April 2013

"RAFAEL DIESTE" IV CULTURAL WEEK: GALICIAN HERITAGE, THE SLIDE

"You say: Galicia is really small.
I say to you: Galicia is a world in itself"
(Vicente Risco)


This week, from Monday 29th April till Friday 3rd May, we'll be celebrating our IV Cultural Week at IES "Rafael Dieste". This activity organized by the school's library together with the different departments and the students of our school is devoted this year to Galician artistic and natural heritage.

This year once again, there will be exhibitions of 
- Galician typical costumes, 
- typical Galician pottery,
- student's works on our different monuments, 
- photos of the different school-trips to visit them.
Performances of:
- traditional music,
- choirs, 
- traditional dance, 
- theatre plays 
and the projection of the film "The Way" devoted to St. James' pilgrimage route.

As you already know, the English Department has contributed with an exhibition based on posters from the local newspaper with short descriptions in English and Galician, which has been on display at our school since the German student exchange arrived a month ago. Now it's shown again as part of the Cultural Week. The different places shown in the exhibition have already been posted in this blog, together with a quiz.

Enjoy the week and take care of our heritage!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

St. GEORGE'S DAY: ALL THINGS ENGLISH

Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint George. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George's Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death in AD 303.
As Easter often falls close to Saint George's Day, the church celebration of the feast may be moved from 23 April. In England, where it is observed as a solemn feast, for 2011 and 2014 the Anglican and Catholic calendars celebrate Saint George's Day on the first Monday after Easter Week (2 May and 28 April, respectively).
Countries that celebrate St George's Day include England, Canada, Croatia, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Macedonia. It is also celebrated in Spain—AragonCataloniaValencia, and Majorca.

Saint George is the patron saint of England and as such is celebrated each 23 April.
All the information about St. George's Day in the following links:


WHERE CAN A BOOK TAKE YOU TO? (BOOK DAY 2013)


WHICH BOOK OPENED YOU EYES ONE DAY, TOOK YOU A BIT FURTHER FROM WHERE YOU WERE?

APRIL 23rd, BOOK DAY.

Monday, 22 April 2013

"THE ORCHESTRA"


We're including today a project work done by 2nd ESO-year students in the subject of MUSIC in English about the composition of an orchestra and all its different instruments.


Friday, 19 April 2013

BRITISH ENGLISH vs AMERICAN ENGLISH


The difference between the British English (BrE) and American English (AmE) can basically be distinguished in:

1) VOCABULARY: a different word or use of a word for a different meaning. Some examples:


There are many more:
British:
HOLIDAY / LIFT / SWEETS   are  in AmE?
American: 
COOKIE / FALL / SOCCER are in BrE?
Do you know any more? 
Check answers to previous questions and other examples in the link below.
Link: BRITISH ENGLISH AMERICAN ENGLISH VOCABULARY DIFFERENCES.

2) SPELLING: The same word is spelt in a different way. The general idea is that American English has a much more simple and logical spelling from a Spanish point of view.



3) GRAMMAR. Here are some basic grammar differences:

& 4) PRONOUNCIATION. As you can seen what happens in Spanish being spoken by a Spaniard or an Argentinian, or even a person from Galicia, or Madrid and one from Andalucia, all have different accents. Language pronunciation changes from one geographical area to another. 

Here's a video:



For other specific differences, check on this link, which includes all:
Link: GENERAL DIFFERENCES BRITISH ENGLISH vs AMERICAN ENGLISH.




Wednesday, 10 April 2013

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (IN 10 MINUTES)


Here's a 10-minute cartoon video which summarises the history of the English language. Funny to watch.
A compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language. It has been compiled into a film to make it a little easier to watch. The originals are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Licence agreement. The original webpage can be found here

Video "THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (IN 10 MINUTES)":

Monday, 8 April 2013

THE BIG BANG THEORY: MUMMIES VS. ZOMBIES


Today and tomorrow, the teacher in practice will be giving her practical classes to the 1st BAC groups. She's reinforcing on the conditional sentences, we've just been working on, with a project based on TV series, and concentrating on "The Big Bang Theory" sitcom.
Here's the video you're watching in the class, spot the conditional sentences they say.

Video The Big Bang Theory: Mummies vs. Zombies:



Here are the conditionals, they've said:
- "If a zombie bites you, you turn into a zombie"
- "However if a mummy bites you, all you turn into is a schmo with a mummy bite"
- "If you want to check it out later, it's parked right out front, space 294"
- "Someday, if you get a car, I'm sure they'll give you a new parking space."

On the second class with her, you had another possibility of watching a short scene from the series where they played "Guess who?". Link to: The Big Bang Theory: Guess who?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

IF... (Conditional sentences)

Here's basic information on CONDITIONAL SENTENCES. On the chart above you can see the structures of the four types of conditional sentences. Below there's a video with a clear explanation





Video "CONDITIONAL SENTENCES":



Previous posts about conditional sentences in this blog HERE.
Links to exercises on Conditionals:
- @ Englisch-Hilfen.
- @ Englishpage.
- Exercise-practice: answer these questions about yourself:


Summary chart:

Monday, 1 April 2013

A CORUÑA: A PLACE TO LOOK FORWARD TO


Here's a video tourist-guide of our home city, A Coruña, in English to enjoy the spectacular sights we can offer to any tourist who comes around.

Video "A CORUÑA: A PLACE TO LOOK FORWARD TO":


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