17 Mar 2016
en CROSS CURRICULAR, current affairs, funny stuff, Sin categoría, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
You know I love infographics there are plenty of them on this topic!
Have a look to find out more about one of the most popular and most widespread celebrations of the Irish culture?
dis you know that: Chicago river is dyed in green to celebrate St Patrick’s?
11 Feb 2016
en 1ºBTO, 4ºESO, CROSS CURRICULAR, funny stuff, listening, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
Etiquetas:bet you didn't know, love, St Valentine's, webquest
Visit http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day-facts and decide whether the following facts are true (T) or false (F). Correct those that are false.
- There are 34 single men aged 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same age.
- In the US, there are 2.2 million marriages every year, which is more than 600 a day.
- More than 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are bought in the six days before the celebration.
- In 2004, there were 21,667 florists across the US and between all these businesses 109,915 people were employed.
- 70%: the percentage of men and women aged 30 to 34 who had been married at some point in their lives in 2006
- Valentine’s Day is the most popular time to send greetings cards with 141 million cards sent every year.
- In 2008, 112,185 marriages were performed in Nevada. So many couples ’tie the knot’ there that it is the fifth most popular US state in which to marry even though it only ranks 35th in terms of population.
- 904: the number of dating service companies in America in 2002
- More than 50% of the US population celebrate Valentine’s Day by purchasing a greetings card.
- There are 100 single women in their 20s for every 119 single men of the same age.
19 Ene 2016
en 3ºESO, CROSS CURRICULAR, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
Etiquetas:crafts, new year resolutions
Last week we talked about New Year’s Resolutions in class. This is the activity done in 3º Eso. We have elaborated a card with our resolutions for 2016 , we have collected them and they are shown in our classes, just in case you want to see them, you’re welcome!
This is what we have written about, would you like to do your own?
- 2 ⇒things we learnt last year
- 0⇒zero for a thing we will stop this year
- 1⇒ one thing we would really want to do this year
- 6⇒general resolutions we traditionally propose ourselves at the beginning of a new year
3º ESO B. Ies Medina Albaida
11 Ene 2016
en Sin categoría, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
On the page, http://www.history.com/topics/new-years, read the final section entitled ‘New Year’s traditions’. Answer the following questions then compare your answers with your partner.
- What do Spanish people eat 12 of just before midnight on New Year’s Eve and what do they symbolize?
- Which countries eat legumes and what do they represent?
- What do pigs represent in some cultures and where is pork eaten?
- Which countries eat ring-shaped cakes and pastries, and why?
- What is hidden inside the rice pudding eaten in Sweden and Norway on New Year’s Eve? What will happen to the person who finds it?
- Which people first made New Year’s resolutions?
- What did they promise to do?
- What’s the most famous symbol of the beginning of the New Year in the USA?
- How long has the event taken place?
- What alternative objects are dropped in other American cities ?http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/webquests/webquest-new-year/553259.article
11 Ene 2016
en 1ºBTO, 2ºBto, funny stuff, Sin categoría, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
Etiquetas:new year resolutions
A New Year’s Resolution is a promise to yourself to improve your life in some way. You can improve your life by starting something new, by trying harder at something, by cutting down on something, or even quitting something. OR we can just keep doing what we are doing now.
Which are yours?
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016
22 Dic 2015
en 1ºADM, 1ºBTO, 1ºESO, 1ºESO ELEMENTARY, 2ºBto, 2ºESO, 3ºDIV, 3ºESO, 4ºESO, BASICS, CROSS CURRICULAR, funny stuff, listening, Sin categoría, songs and lyrics, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
SPEAKING WARM UP:
a) What do you usually eat at Christmas?
b) Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
c) What is the best thing about Christmas in your opinion?
d) Which traditions do you follow at Christmas?
e) What is unique about Christmas in the place where you live?
f) What do you remember about last Christmas?
g) Where would you like to spend Christmas one year
XMAS CAROLS FOR THE CLASSROOM, BE READY TO SING ALONG IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL
- LAST CHRISTMAS,
Listen to this popular Christmas song by Wham from 1984. . Watch the video and listen at to complete the lyrics:
Last Christmas, I gave you (1) _____ But the very next day, you gave it away . This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special
Once bitten and twice (2) ___
I (3) ____________ my distance but tears still catch my eye
Tell me, baby, do you recognize me?
It’s been a year; it doesn’t (4) _____________ me
Happy Christmas–I wrapped it up and (5) ______________ it
With a note saying, “I love you”; I (6) _______________ it
Now I know what a fool I’ve been
But if you (7) ______________ me now, I know you’d fool me again
A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I’m (8) ______________ from you and your soul of (9)___
My God, I thought you were someone to (10) ______________ on Me, I guess I was a (11)_____to (12) ______________ on
A face on a (13) ____with a fire in his heart
A man under cover, but you tore me apart Ooh, now I’ve found a real love
You’ll never fool me again
A face on a (14) ___ with a fire in his heart
A man under cover, but you tore him apart Maybe next year I’ll give it to someone
I’ll give it to someone special, special Someone…someone
I’ll give it to someone
I’ll give it to someone special, special
This is Taylor Swift version, maybe you’ve heard , with which you can correct your lyrics:
25 Nov 2011
en 2ºESO, 3ºDIV, funny stuff, games, listening, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
Etiquetas:exercises, questions, THANKSGIVING, video
WATCH THIS PRESENTATION ON THANKSGIVING
WATCH THIS VIDEO AND ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
When did the first settlers come to AMerica?
How are these people known?
What is the name of the ship arriving in America?
Was it easy for the Pilgrims to adapt to the new place?
What were the foods that were new to the Pilgrims in the New World?
What was the name of the Indian tribe that helped the Pilgrims?
What was the nema of the coolony?
When is it celebrated nowadays?
What do Americans do and eat on Thanksgiving?
WATCH THESE CARTOONS WITH SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN
24 Nov 2011
en funny stuff, listening, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
On the 4th thursday of november there is a big celebration taking place all over the United States. What do you know about this special day?
Have you ever heard about it?
TRY WITH THESE LINKS; watch the video and do the exercises
Ever heard about Thanksgiving ?, by lilimauve
Find this and other thanksgiving exercises in English Exercises .org
do you wnat to see THE SIMPSONS ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Episode 20 Bart vs Thanksgiving
THANKSGIVING AND BLACKFRIDAY
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the USA and falls on the Friday after the fourth Thursday in November. It is a busy shopping day and is a holiday in some states.
Shopping for Christmas presents is also popular on Black Friday. Many stores have special offers and lower their prices on some goods, such as toys. There can also be congestion on roads to popular shopping destinations.
Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the USA.
There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday. One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.
The other theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits (money) prior to Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day.
10 Nov 2011
en funny stuff, listening, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
Etiquetas:Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes, special day, UK, video
A five minute film telling the story of Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate the 5th of November.
08 Nov 2011
en 2ºESO, 3ºDIV, 3ºESO, funny stuff, games, listening, SPECIAL DAYS AND CELEBRATIONS, video
Etiquetas:celebration, Guy Fawkes, special days
In 1605, a person named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder. He, and his band of fellow conspirators, were caught after one of the group sent a letter to King James of England warning him to stay away from Parliament. Guy Fawkes was imprisoned and eventually put to death for his trouble, although modern British people remember him as “the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions!”
Nowadays, the British mark Guy Fawkes’ Day (or simply Bonfire Night) by building bonfires and letting off fireworks. Traditionally, children made effigies of Fawkes from old clothes stuffed with newspaper, and display their “Guy” in the streets, asking “Penny for the Guy?”, and expecting to receive some money. Guys were then thrown on the bonfire at the height of the celebrations.
Big firework displays are organised in public playing fields and open areas, usually with huge bonfires. The bonfires often take weeks to build, and in small communities and villages everyone will bring some wood to add to the pile.
The events of 1605 are also remembered in a nursery rhyme.
“Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
FURTHER READING : Guy fawkes history
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