BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

miércoles, 18 de octubre de 2017

Be water, my friend!



At last a rainy day!!! How happy all farmers must be!!!

 

Remember the motto of this blog:

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

 

Anyway, the issue I would like to deal with here is: Tap water or bottled water? That is the question. You may even feel embarrassed to ask for tap water ('eau de robinet' in French) when you are at a restaurant. I prefer the bottle that comes out of fountains, for instance, in the Alpujarras even if I know that it has not been chlorine-treated.

 

Here's the story of bottled water >>>>

 



Some articles to read about the issue:



Listening exercise to do: Why pay for bottled water? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



Watch this BBC Learning English video  >> Word on the street 01, which was filmed in Snowdonia (North Wales). Do you remember we were there when we went to Conwy and Caernafon on our IV Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (Chester)?



On the way to SELECTIVITY   >>>  WRITING SKILL. Choose the correct connector.

1.   Martin’s salary isn’t very high. Nevertheless, / Moreover, / For example, he enjoys his job.
2.   There are plenty of things I don’t like about Jenny, such as / as well as / despite the fact that she’s quite spoilt.
3.   We often eat out while / even though / in spite of my parents are excellent cooks.
4.   I’m under a lot of pressure because of exams. I’ve also / in addition / although got a big athletics tournament next month.
5.   My parents often help me. In contrast, / Despite this, / For instance, my mum lent me her car today.
6. Furthermore / However / In addition to the guided tour, the fee includes a lunch at a restaurant.




These sentences are taken from different for and against essays. Write where they belong:
O (in the opening), B (in the body) or C (in the closing).


......  1.  To sum up, I feel that putting people in prison does not help solve crime.
......  2.  On the one hand, limiting the number of cars in the town centre would be inconvenient to the town’s residents.
......  3.  It is true that people who take part in reality TV programmes such as Survivor and Big Brother sometimes win instant fame.
......  4.  The question is, should more practical subjects be added to our educational programme?
......  5.  In conclusion, more and more people today use vitamins and other food supplements.

SELECTIVITY. Solutions to the exercise in the previous post:

1. making   2. arguing, working/to work    3. making/to make, to see     4. crying    5. holding    6. driving    7. eating    8. breaking  9. leaving, going    10. buying   11. going     12. working, going      13. writing   14. borrowing   15. reading   16. reading, smoking   17. seeing  18. waiting 19. having 20. not to touch



sábado, 14 de octubre de 2017

Who are healthier, adults or teenagers?



As a general rule, neither adults nor teenagers are healthier just because of their age. Howver, something is certain if you are a healthy teenager, you will more likely become a healthy adult, with healthy habits.



Here are some articles to read about the issue:

 

 

Listening exercise to do: Do adults exercise enough? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 


Watch this episode of NEW THAT'S ENGLISH for further practice on the issue (pay attention to the American English used in That's USA! documentary about the State of Connecticut):




And remember you can look up all the notes I took for this episode in my site.

 

Video to watch about the 10 most difficult words to pronounce in English:




On the way to SELECTIVITY   >>>  Fill in the gaps with the -ing form, to-infinitive or bare infinitive (base form).

ING, TO INFINITIVE, or BARE INFINITIVE?
            
1.          Try to avoid (make)_____________ him angry.
2.         Stop (argue)_____________ and start (work)_____________.
3.         The car began (make)_____________ an extraordinary noise, so I stopped (see)_____________ what it was.
4.         It’s no use (cry)_____________ over spilt milk.
5.         I suggest (hold)_____________ another meeting next week.
6.         He was fined for (drive)_____________ without lights.
7.         It is difficult to get used to (eat)_____________ without a plate.
8.         You cannot make an omelette without (break)_____________ the eggs.
9.         He is thinking of (leave)_____________ his job and (go)_____________ to America.
10.       Is there anything here worth (buy)_____________?
11.        I do not enjoy (go)_____________ to the dentist.
12.       I do not feel like (work)_____________ ; what about (go)_____________ to the cinema instead ?
13.       Would you mind (write)_____________ your name and address on the back of the cheque ?
14.       I hate (borrow)_____________ money.
15.       I remember (read)_____________ an interview of that book
16.       After (read)_____________ this article you will give up (smoke)_____________.
17.       I am looking forward to (see)_____________ you.
18.       It’s no use (wait)_____________
19.       He hates (have)_____________ to retire.
20.       He warned her (not touch)_____________ the window.

SELECTIVITY. Solutions to the exercise in the previous post:

1. narrow-minded     2. sun-tanned      3. bad-mannered   4. well-dressed   5. fair-haired   6. clean-shaven   7. self-confident  8. hard-working


LINGOHACK  >>>


lunes, 9 de octubre de 2017

Looking at the sky expecting some rain, but when??



Autumn is here, but we are still wearing our summer clothes and people are still going to the beach. The problem is getting really serious because the rains have not appeared. 


Here are some articles related to this problem we have in Spain:

 

Try to write a glossary with all the words you find interesting about this issue, and don't miss the section LINGOHACK, where you will find some more.





Video to watch:

Common British English Expressions

 

On the way to SELECTIVITY   >>>  Match the definitions with these adjectives: well-dressed, self-confident, clean-shaven, narrow-minded, sun-tanned, hard-working, bad-mannered, fair-haired.

1. not willing to accept new ideas or opinions.       2. with brown skin; effect of the sunshine.    3. rude; not courteous.     4. wearing fashionable and expensive clothes.    5. with hair that is blond.      6. with no moustache or beard on the face.     7. feeling sure about your value and abilities.      8. working with effort and energy.

SELECTIVITY. Solutions to the exercise in the previous post:

1. He asked her out, but she turned him down.
2. She chatted him up, but when she found out he already had a girlfriend she lost interest.
3. She went out with him for more than a year, but then she fell out with him.
4. They decided to break up. When it finished she took a long time to get over it.


LINGOHACK  >>>

 Do you know what the terms 'desertification', 'to erode', 'humidity', 'drought-resistant' and 'planting' mean?


Glossary: drought, flood, storms, climatic hazards, glacier-melting levels, sea level (Alex)