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Thursday, 29 January 2015

WRITING IN THE XXIst CENTURY: TWEETS

 (6th Cultural Week-4: Writing in the 21st century)

Continuing with the different ways by which we communicate by writing in the XXIst century, it's the turn for tweets. To tweet is the English word which refers to the vocalization birds do, both their calls and their songs, which have a function and a meaning.
From this original meaning, now the word has developed to give name to Twitter, the online networking service, which enables users to send and receive short messages, not more than 140 characters, which are called tweets.
Here are some examples of tweets on Twitter:


- PROJECT 4 FOR THE CULTURAL WEEK IN ENGLISH:

- WRITE ORIGINAL OR FUNNY TWEETS IN ENGLISH. REMEMBER NOT MORE THAN 140 LETTERS. YOU MAY USE ABBREVIATIONS LIKE WHEN TEXT MESSAGING.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

PHRASAL VERBS: TRAVELLING



Collecting together some phrasal verbs used when TRAVELLING.
Remember there's a separate page in this blog where you can find phrasal verbs listed alphabetically.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

AT THE AIRPORT


Here you have list of useful expressions to use at an airport.


Monday, 26 January 2015

WRITING IN THE XXIst CENTURY: SMILEYS OR EMOTICONS

 (6th Cultural Week-3: Writing in the 21st century)

Technologies have stirred up the way we communicate in writing. Text messages and Whatsapp have made us use all kinds of abbreviations and smileys o emoticons. Is this the way handwriting is changing for the future? Is digitalwriting and smileys the future?
Here are some charts with basic meanings of smileys.





- PROJECT 3 FOR THE CULTURAL WEEK IN ENGLISH:

- WRITE MESSAGES USING SMILEYS/EMOTICONS FOR OTHER STUDENTS TO DECODE INTO ENGLISH & ALSO TRANSLATE INTO GALICIAN/SPANISH.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF LONDON


Once again, a post devoted to the city of London. Today a bird's eye view of United Kingdom's capital. Take a look at iconic sites including Greenwich, Tate Modern, and the Natural History Museum from a completely new perspective.

Video:


Friday, 23 January 2015

GOODBYE HANDWRITING?

 (6th Cultural Week-2: Writing in the 21st century)
TODAY IS NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY 
IN U.S.A. & BRITAIN


Today is National Handwriting Day in USA and Britain and this course, our Cultural Week (the 6th) will be devoted to the History of Handwriting. Last November we learnt that Finland, one of the countries with the highest quality education in the world, has decided to stop paying attenction to handwriting teaching in school and will concentrate on teaching keyboard writing.
Is handwriting out of fashion? Is it from the past century? Handwriting isn't that important? Isn't our own handwriting part of our personality? Arguments for and against have appeared since the news was known. In the history of handwriting, will this mean the end of an era? The end of handwriting?

- WRITING BY HAND: SO 20th CENTURY...
(Enrique Dans. 30-Nov-2014)

(Handwritten quotation from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone")

Above a photo of a handwritten quotation on the BooksBlog of the British newspaper The Guardian, which to celebrate this National Handwriting Day, today, has published inspiring written literary quotations, handwritten by their readers. Click on this link to see them all.

The English Department is going to work on how communicating via writing has changed in the XXIst century. Different posts will be following to show these changes and propose different projects to be done in English for the Cultural Week exhibits and quizzes. Such as:

- MOBILE TEXT-MESSAGING. (The only post which has been published previously)
- PICTOGRAMS.
(The last three will have following posts published very soon) 
Stay tuned and participate in the proposed projects. Thanks.
Here's the second one:

PROJECT 2 FOR THE CULTURAL WEEK IN ENGLISH:

- GIVE A HANDWRITTEN LITERARY QUOTATION IN ENGLISH OF A BOOK YOU'VE ENJOYED.

Galician version of this post @ ArquivosDoTrasno.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

PRESENT CONTINUOUS MIND-MAP


Presenting the mind-map chart for the PRESENT CONTINUOUS to show how to form it.
Also in boxes the different spelling rules for the -ING form.
Remember the PRESENT CONTINUOUS is used to express:

1) ACTIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT YOU SPEAK, NOW.


I'm reading a post on the blog, now.

2) EXCEPTIONS TO ROUTINES AND HABITS.


I usually go to bed early, but today I'm staying up until late.

3) NEAR FUTURE PLANS.

Next Saturday, I'm meeting my friends at the city centre.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

ADJECTIVES & VERBS WITH PREPOSITIONS


More examples of how prepositions are used in English, this time how they are combined with adjectives.






Links to British Council pages on:
- Verbs & prepositions with exercises.
- Prepositional phrases with exercises.

Friday, 16 January 2015

VOCABULARY TO EXPRESS FEELINGS




Here a selection of charts with vocabulary to express feelings:
1) ANGER
2) FEAR
3) HAPPINESS


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

NEGATIVE & QUESTION FORMATION IN ENGLISH

Two charts to show you the structures of negative sentences and questions in English. Remember that in English you need AUXILIARY VERBS to make negative sentences and questions. Each auxiliary verb is different depending on the VERB TENSE the sentence is. Check below in each chart with the auxiliary verb forms of each verb tense and the examples.

1) NEGATIVES

2) QUESTIONS
More about making questions HERE.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

PADDINGTON


There's a new film with London as the background. The adventures of a bear that came all the way from the jungle in Peru to London to find a home and get his new name after one of London's famous railway stations: Paddington.

All about this character Paddington:
at its website.
- Paddington Bear, a brief story.

The video trailers of the film:


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