St Valentine’s Day webquest activity

Visit and decide whether the following facts are true (T) or false (F). Correct those that are false.

  1. There are 34 single men aged 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same age.
  2. In the US, there are 2.2 million marriages every year, which is more than 600 a day.
  3. More than 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are bought in the six days before the celebration.
  4. In 2004, there were 21,667 florists across the US and between all these businesses 109,915 people were employed.
  5. 70%: the percentage of men and women aged 30 to 34 who had been married at some point in their lives in 2006
  6. Valentine’s Day is the most popular time to send greetings cards with 141 million cards sent every year.
  7. 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.
  8. 904: the number of dating service companies in America in 2002
  9. More than 50% of the US population celebrate Valentine’s Day by purchasing a greetings card.
  10. There are 100 single women in their 20s for every 119 single men of the same age.

Space oddity: lyrics exercise and story

“Space Oddity” is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a music single in July 1969.the  title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

The song exists in two different 1969 versions. The original and shorter version of the song (3:48) was used in the promotional film Love You Till Tuesday. The longer re-recorded version of the song (5:18) was included as the opening song for the 1969 album David Bowie.


The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States’ Apollo 11 mission would launch 5 days later, and would become the first manned moon landing another 5 days later.The lyrics have also been seen to criticize the British space programme, which had only launched rockets at that time and has never attempted a moon landing.

Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs “Ashes to Ashes“, “Hallo Spaceboy” and “Backstair“.

In 2013, the song gained renewed popularity after it was covered by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while aboard the International Space Station, and therefore became the first music video shot in space.

I bet you have watched it in youtube or on tv more than once. I hope you enjoyed it!


In January 2016, the song gained new popularity following the death of David Bowie, ranking as third on iTunes on January 12, 2016.

LYRICS: try to fill the gaps and then sing along

Bowie’s obituary: video, transcript and lesson plan


David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The influential singer-songwriter and producer was famous for his music, style, and contribution to the world of music. Known for his eccentric and ever-changing sense of style, his over-40-year career spanned glam rockart rock, soul, hard rock, dance, pop, punk and electronica. He had just released his twenty-fifth album, Blackstar, on January 8th, which was his birthday. The singer’s publicist confirmed the news on his Facebook page, saying David Bowie died peacefully today, surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. Stars and influential figures have paid tribute to a man considered by many one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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  • would you like to take this quiz? it’s not easy…





On the page, the final section entitled ‘New Year’s traditions’. Answer the following questions then compare your answers with your partner.

  1. What do Spanish people eat 12 of just before midnight on New Year’s Eve and what do they symbolize?
  2. Which countries eat legumes and what do they represent?
  3. What do pigs represent in some cultures and where is pork eaten?
  4. Which countries eat ring-shaped cakes and pastries, and why?
  5. 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?
  6. Which people first made New Year’s resolutions?
  7. What did they promise to do?
  8. What’s the most famous symbol of the beginning of the New Year in the USA?
  9. How long has the event taken place?
  10. What alternative objects are dropped in other American cities  ?



acartoon-christmas-dancing-santa-mzxrz1) 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



    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

    Repeat chorus

    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

    Repeat chorus

    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:


Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.

Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad’s autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine’s chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine’s Arcade. But Caine never gave up.

One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla. What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass.

This short film tells the story of Caine’s Arcade, and of our attempt to make Caine’s day.
DO IT YOURSELF= bricolage
ARCADE:salón de juego
auto parts store:


there you have a video

• We pronounce / t / after voiceless sounds: / p /, / k /, / s /, / f / and
voiceless / th / sound
• We pronounce / d / after voiced sounds: / b / , / g /, / v /, / z/ , / m/ ,
/n /, / l /, / r / , voiced / th / sound and all vowels.
• We pronounce / id / after / d / and / t / sounds.
Now, try these exercises
pronunciation exercise 1
exercise 2