Saint Patrick’s Day

El 17 de marzo se celebra el día de San Patricio (“Saint Patrick’s Day”), aunque es el patrón de Irlanda, se celebra no sólo en este país sino en todo el mundo, principalmente por irlandeses que se encuentran en otros lugares. El color verde y todo un simbolismo  en torno a Irlanda forman parte de la celebración. El desfile mas importante  por este día se celebra en Nueva York. Haz clic aquí, para ver un vídeo con la información emitida en la cadena ITN. Ahora lee la siguiente información y contesta el siguiente cuestionario.

Carnival

Did you know  Carnival had its origin as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt, then this popular festival was adopted by the Roman Catholic Christian church in Europe as the festival of Carne Vale. The word Carnival is made up of two Latin words: carne, meaning flesh,  and vale, meaning farewell. The Carnival marks the beginning of Lent. Nowadays it’s celebrated in many countries around the world.
Here you have links to the 5 most popular Carnival in the world:

a) Carnival in Tenerife                  b) Carnival in Notting Hill (London)

c) Carnival in Venice     d) Carnival in Rio de Janeiro    e) Carnival in Cadiz

Safer Internet Day

On February 11th it’s Safer Internet Day in UK, Have a look at these two contents on the web of the British Council Learn English, some READING and a VIDEO, it’s about how to stay safe. You can read about online safety and watch a new video about cyberbullying. Once you’ve read the information and have watched the video, tell us what you think about this topic. We’re waiting for your comments!

Sport interview

Ricky Rubio is one of the Spanish basketball players who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. He made his debut  in the Spanish ACB League at the age of 14, he became the youngest player ever in the league. You may see in the following video how he speaks English.

New Year’s Resolutions

2014 has arrived, a new year is here again. Whenever this happens new expectations and desires come to our mind. In English there is an expression which makes refrence to it, that’s “New Year’s Resolutions”,  what are yours? get better marks? or perhaps start doing any sport?,  improve your English? ……….
To introduce the topic you may read the article published in Wikipedia, then, watch the video by  Mr Duncan.

Christmas time

It’s Christmas time and we want to post a new entry in which you may get resources to practise:

1º) Links to dialogues refered  to Xmas, from the web www.elllo.org.

a) The meaning of Xmas. See.

b) How they feel at Xmas. See.

c) Xmas in Canada. See.

d) Xmas in Switzerland. See.

2º) To know about Xmas in Great Britain, clic here. Once you’ve read the information, you may answer the questions: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.

3º) “Happy Xmas (War is Over).


4º) Finnally, you may leave a comment: “What do you like most and what don’t you like about Christmas?”?

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The United Nations designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.

  • Watch this video including a message from the Spanish actor Antonio banderas:

 

  • Why this International Day? Have a look at this information according to The United Nations: here.
  • Do you think it’s necessary to celebrate this international day? Give reasons. Leave a comment.