31 May 2012

Job Interview

Hey students! Do you want to practise a reading about a job interview? You can read the text and do the quiz to practise reading comprehension.

Job Interview

You can also read the following article which includes the top ten interview tips.

Have a good practice!

Employment Vocabulary

As you know, we've seen in class the topic on jobs and work. If you want to practise more vocab on this topic, check the following links:

Employment Vocabulary

Employment Definitions

Job Search Vocabulary

Jobs Vocabulary & Activities

Remember: the only way to learn vocabulary in a foreign language is by practising it a lot.

30 May 2012

Word of the week: Demanding

This week's adjective is


which when referring to a person means expecting a lot of work or attention from others, or not easily satisfied.

My boss is very demanding, he makes us work a lot. 
My grandma became very demanding when she got older. 

You can also use this adjective to refer to things such as a piece of work, meaning that this work needs a lot of skill or effort.

This is the most demanding challenged I've ever faced. 
I'm exhausted because my job is very demanding. 

28 May 2012

Podcast: Retirement

As you know, nowadays people live longer than ever, and at the age 65 some people are completely healthy. So, why having a compulsory retirement age

As usual, check the transcript.

Do you agree with the podcast?

26 May 2012

Reported Speech

One of the last grammar points we have seen this year is reported speech. We didn't dedicate it much time since the academic year is almost over. Nevertheless, I'll post here some more exercises for you to practice this point.

If you have questions, just ask in a comment!

25 May 2012


Another singer I like a lot is Anastacia. She's a great singer-songwriter from Chicago but highly successful all over the world. She has a very powerful voice and she's definitely an example of strength.

I can mention many amazing songs such as Left Outside Alone, One Day in Your Life, Sick and Tired... but I especially like Welcome to My Truth since in it Anastacia describes her fight against breast cancer. I believe the sentence "My life turned around but I'm still living my dream" is very moving and motivating.

However, today I want to show you her song I Belong To You which she sings with Eros Ramazzotti.

This is a very special song for me, since it's the one I danced with my husband on our wedding day. Next Monday it's our first anniversary and I want to dedicate this song to him.
I love you, honey!

Do you like Anastacia? Did you know this song?

23 May 2012

Word of the week: I'm not buying it

This week's expression is

to buy something (not in the literal sense) 

which is used to say that you don't believe something, that is to say, you don't accept the truth or feasibility of something

You can tell me the same excuse as many times as you want, but I'm not buying it.
The police officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding. 
                                            You could say that you were ill, but I don't think they'd buy it. 

Can you think of a Spanish translation for this expression? 
Write it in a comment!

22 May 2012

Mylo Xyloto

Nobody doubts Coldplay is one of the best international bands nowadays and their tour Mylo Xyloto confirms it! I was lucky enough to see them play live in Madrid last Sunday. With a show that goes beyond music, they moved the audience in an incredible way! Not only the lights and the music, but also the fireworks, confetti, balloons, bracelets with colourful lights for the audience, everything was perfect. 

I love music and I've been to many concerts, but this one is definitely the best concert everI want to share with you some bits of the concert by showing you some videos.

The beginning of the concert with amazing fireworks: Hurts like heaven.

Charly Brown. You can see all the stadium with the colourful bracelets.

21 May 2012

Podcast: A Peruvian Hero

Today's podcast discusses a news story with a gripping plot and an action hero similar to a Hollywod film. Aren't you intrigued? Listen to it!

After listening to this podcast, check the transcript.

18 May 2012

Linkin Park

An American rock music band which has been singing since 1996 is Linkin Park.

In 2003 MTV named this band the sixth greatest band of the music video era and the third of the new millennium behind Oasis and Coldplay.

Here you can listen to one of their most recent songs: Burn it down.

What's your favourite Linkin Park song?

16 May 2012

Word of the week: To reckon

This week's verb is

to reckon

which means to think something or have an opinion about something. 

I reckon I'm going to get that job.
This work is worth a lot of money, I reckon.

You can also use this verb to ask for an opinion

He'll be famous one day. What do you reckon? (meaning What do you think?)

14 May 2012

Podcast: Plastic Pollution

This podcast talks about pollution, a very recurrent topic in English exams. It discusses how plastic is affecting the environment and what we can do to make the situation better

Remember to check the transcript for complete understanding.

Are you worried about the environment?
What do you do for the planet?

11 May 2012

Jesse J

A new Londoner singer I've recently discovered is Jesse J. As a child she appeared in adverts and musical productions. However, she recognises that her talent lies in her songwriting and she's been writing songs for Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera for some years. In 2011 she decided to released her own album Who you are

Here you can listen to her song Domino.

10 May 2012

Environment Vocabulary

We're now dealing with the topic of the environment and I'm sure you've already realized that this vocabulary isn't easy! However, at this level you need to recognise and use some of these words and that's the reason why I'm going to give you two links to websites where you can find different types of activities to practise and learn vocabulary related to the environment.
On these webpage you'll find videos and activities. Pay attention to the pronunciation of words too.
Enjoy the practice!

Environment Presentation

Did you miss Kara's presentation 
on the environment? 
Do you want to check any facts?

Here you can have a look at the presentation.

If you have any doubts, just ask in a comment!

9 May 2012

Word of the week: Out of the blue

This week's expression is

out of the blue

which means unexpectedly or without warning, in other words, in a way that was not expected or couldn't be thought.

The decision came out of the blue.
Her brother showed up at the wedding out of the blue. 

7 May 2012

Podcast: Pulitzer Prize Losers

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction is the biggest prize in American literature. But this year the judges have made the controversial decision not to award the prize. Listen to this podcast and discover why.

After listening to it, remember to check the transcript and vocabulary. 

Do you agree with the judges' decision?

5 May 2012

Addicted to technology?

Do you want to know if you're addicted to your technology? Try this quiz!

You can share your results in a comment!
According to the quiz, I'm average!

4 May 2012

Katy Perry

An American singer, songwriter and actress who didn't have an easy beginning is Katy Perry. She grew up with gospel music and during her first year in high school she pursued a music career. However, it wasn't until 2008 when she gained recognition with her album One of the boys. She was named 'Artist of the Year' in 2011 by MTV. 

Some of her most famous songs are I kissed a girl, Hot n cold, Waking up in Vegas, Teenage dream, Friday night and the following one The one that got away

3 May 2012

Why Complicate Life?

Today I want to share with you some inspiring words.

So, don't make life complicated. It can be so easy!
Have a nice day!

2 May 2012

Word of the week "Tactful"

This week's adjective is

which means careful not to say or do something that will annoy or upset other people.
Example: I tried to find a tactful way to tell her the truth. 

The opposite of this adjective will be tactless
Example: It was tactless of you to comment on his hair.

Moreover, you can also use the adverb tactfully
                                             Example: I tactfully suggested he should see a doctor. 

1 May 2012

Things killed by the Internet

Here you can find the whole version of the article from The Telegraph that I adapted for our class project. 

Enjoy the reading!