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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

HALLOWEEN STEW with Witches Brew

Let us know in our class what you are going to make  this Halloween! 
Halloween may not be for everyone, but it’s certainly a holiday where most people have fun and why shouldn’t you? If you’re not so keen on the idea of wearing funky costumes, 
how about doing something weird,  say.... trying something cool in the kitchen?

·      READ the entry from  a zombie .....
·      WATCH some scare-looking pictures and

o   DESCRIBE our class video (groups)

o  pword:  halloweenstew

FROM The Zombie diaries....  (30th October 2015)

HALLOWEEN STEW with Witches Brew

For those hungry at your stomachs..... It's time for a tasty, yummy Halloween meal, why not cook  from our delicacy list:
Perhaps Squirrel Brain Stew, wasn't it delicious last Spring festival? I loved chewing the bites!
And eyeballs that can even be for dessert, yes. Should I cook Monkey Eyeballs as I did last year?
I know some guests were a little uncertain about eating until they took a taste!
 Oh it is, just ask Hannibal Lecter. and then he'll probably ask for seconds.... ha, ha,
LEts try sometning different but cool, nice, something funky this time. Have a look.

WATCH what he is eating for Halloween this year!
and take notes on the video:
              the place, the setting, the actions, what he is eating.

USE sounds like: drinking, swallowing, eating, chewing ....

MAKE a final sentence... similar to these:
·      Anyone want to ...
·      How can I persuade anyone to eat it?
·      Have you tried out any Halloween recipes? 

·      the end scared me so bad!!.......but it was good

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ALTE levels CEF ... so eoi tests everything everywhere

 Follow the 4 BITS  to decode the acronyms. 

BIT 1.
EOI's tests in Catalonia range 

 5th =B2+  

Don't be fooled by your intuition. Be natural, test yourself.

To practise you may go to any of these links, and in so doing you may be ready for your forthcoming tests.

other links in SPAIN__EEOOII
 (courtesy ... EOI Madrid-Villaverde)

      EOI Euskadi
       EOI Pamplona
        EOI Aragon
       EOI A Corunha  (5 levels)
       EOI Mallorca  (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Catalonia's xtec  page:

That's English JuntaAndalucia 

 BIT 2.
ALTE now establishes a six-level framework of language examination standards.

The following table compares 
the ALTE levels with the CEF levels and EFL exams:
Level 5C2CPE7.5+910+276+
Level 4C1CAE6.5 - 7701 - 910236 - 275
Level 3B2FCE5 - 6541 - 700176 - 235
Level 2B1PET3.5 - 4.5381 - 540126 - 175
Level 1A2KET3246 - 38096 - 125


The Common European Framework divides learners into 
three broad divisions which 
can be divided into six levels:
A Basic User
A1 Breakthrough
A2 Waystage
B Independent User
B1 Threshold
B2 Vantage
C Proficient User
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency
C2 Mastery

  BIT 3.

Spoken performance illustrating the levels of the CEFR 

by  Ms EOI TEacher -Videos of users here

One of the aims of the Common European Framework of Reference is to provide guidelines  so that both learners and teachers know what knowledge and skills should be expected in each level of the language so speakers can act effectively.
Each individual language user has to develop a number of communicative language competences, ranging from the most general to the most particular.
Generally speaking, productive skills are the ones that take longest to master and, quite frequently, both learners and teachers ask for some guidance as to what sort of spoken production to be expected in each of the levels of the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). With that in mind, the CIEP (a national public institution in France reputed for their expert evaluation as well as training assessment) prepared a DVD illustrating the spoken performances of the six levels of the CEFRL which are now available online.
Users of Mozilla, Chrome, Opera and Safari can sometimes experience some difficulty when trying to view those videos in the CIEP website, though they usually work correctly in Internet Explorer. In an attemtp to lend a helping hand to those who cannot make the videos run in their browser, I have prepared a tutorial (see here) showing how to view them on your own Windows Media Player (so no matter which browser you use or which plug-ins you have installed, your WMPlayer will most likely be updated to play its most 'native' format ".wmv").
on the web page
you can find the URLs you can use to display the videos in your Windows Media Player.

 BIT 4. 
free tests: CAE >

First C E> Reading:

When can any learner take the FCE test?The FCE test can be taken most months in either paper-based or computer-based format. The paper-based test can be taken in March, May, June, August and December. The computer-based test can be taken in February, April, July, August and November. Not all test centres will administer both types of test.
How much does it cost to take FCE?Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €180 euros.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


the new US is on the process

    COPS and ARMs

            PIECE 1__ 

5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks

            PIECE 2__ 
Two officers killed trying to solve family dispute
(The Indian Express - October /16) 

Live matters in Black and white

           PIECE 1__ 

5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks

Anti-police rhetoric has deadly consequences.

Latest shootings have caused an uproar among leftists because they fuel their narrative that racist white police officers are hunting down innocent black men. But the statistics – brought to light by the superb work of Heather Mac Donald – tell a different story.

1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015. According to data compiled by The Washington Post, 50 percent of the victims of fatal police shootings were white, while 26 percent were black. The majority of these victims had a gun or "were armed or otherwise threatening the officer with potentially lethal force," 
5. Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops. This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black. According to Mac Donald, the police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.
Despite the facts, the anti-police rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and their leftist sympathizers have resulted in what Mac Donald calls the "Ferguson Effect," as murders have spiked by 17 percent among the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. as a result of cops being more reluctant to police neighborhoods out of fear of being labeled as racists. Additionally, there have been over twice as many cops victimized by fatal shootings in the first three months of 2016.
Anti-police rhetoric has deadly consequences.

          PIECE 2__ 
California: Two officers killed trying to solve family dispute, shooter at large
Two Palm Springs police officers trying to resolve a family dispute were shot to death Saturday when a man they had been speaking calmly with suddenly pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, the city’s police chief told reporters. A third officer was wounded. The shooter was not immediately apprehended.
“It was a simple family disturbance and he elected to open fire on a few of the guardians of the city,” police Chief Bryan Reyes, his voice breaking, told reporters. The chief, near tears, identified the slain officers as Jose ‘Gil’ Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny. He did not disclose their ranks or other information and did not reveal the wounded officer’s name.
Reyes said the officers were standing near the front door speaking with the man, “trying to negotiate with the suspect to just comply,” when he suddenly shot them. He said the shooter was not apprehended and may still be in the house. He said SWAT officers had the residence surrounded.
Cops Demised:
Ms Zerebny, 27, had recently returned to the force from maternity leave and was the mother of a four-month-old daughter.
Mr Vega, a father of eight, was a 35-year veteran of the force who was due to retire in December.

WAJDA- Popiól i diament (1958) - Movie You Must See Before You turn 50

Ashes and Diamonds
BIT 1#   
Distinguished Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda died 90 this month. The director may be best known for Man of Marble and Man of Iron, films which challenged the communist system, exposing its corrupting flaws. However, Wajda has always had a knack for presenting the lives of people entangled in the chaos of history.  (7 films -)

Reading a gravestone ....
Krystyna: So often, are you as a blazing torch with flames/ of burning rags falling about you flaming, /you know not if flames bring freedom or death. /Consuming all that you must cherish /if ashes only will be left, and want Chaos and tempest...Maciek Chelmicki: ...Or will the ashes hold the glory of a starlike diamond... /The Morning Star of everlasting triumph.
The title comes from a 19th century poem by Cyprian Kamil Norwid and references the manner in which diamonds are formed from heat and pressure acting upon coal.

BIT 2# 
Cinematographer Jerzy Wojcik's plastic work is outstanding. Wajda once said to me, when I asked him whether he would prefer the freedom of Western film-making to the artistic constraints of the Eastern bloc, that there were always ways of getting round political censorship but no way to avoid the censorship of money. Later in his career, when his disillusion with the Communist party was complete, he showed - with Man Of Iron, Man Of Marble and several other outstanding films - exactly what he meant. 
(The Guardian ) 
REFERENCES:Ciudadano Kane (1941) - and Gregg Toland's -was a huge influence on Andrzej Wajda at the time.René Clair was a particular fan of the film....and One of Martin Scorsese's favorite movies.Wajda's His direction of Z. Cybulski, both having seen Dean on screen. Wajda wanted Cybulski to emulate Dean's air of diffidence and apparent "non-acting"

BIT 3#  From the poet: Cyprian Kamil Norwid (1821-1883)
Beauty and truth are the notions combined and inherent in the image of the diamond, the symbol which, can be viewed also as an inscape of their poetic greatness as well as the survivial in the world and poetry of that which is of true relevance to man.
From you, as from burning chips of resin
Fiery fragments circle far and near:
Ablaze, you don't know if you are to be free.
Or if all that is yours will disappear.
Will only ashes remain and confusion
Whirling into the void? - or will there shine
Amidst the ash a starlight diamond, 

The dawning of eternal victory!

Gregorio Moran - Sabatinas Intempestivas 15/10/2016 
Al arder no sabes si serás libre,
Si sólo quedarán cenizas y confusión
O se hallará en las profundidades
Un diamante que brille entre la ceniza.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Such a creepy story!  by POE

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart -

Dive into the darkest side of human soul with this story

Go to our MacMillan Crime Stories book.

HOMEwork preparation.    pages 18-21    .................................. 20 min
   Then Read the story (pages 22-27) ....... 20 min
             (audio here
CLASS LIFEDiscuss in your groups ONE form each sections:      pages 32-33 
  • Plot__________  3, 4 or 5 
  • character _____  7 or 10
  • narration _____  11 or 12
  • atmosphere ___  15

by Travis Davis (09:48)

Abridged version, with some verses left out.Davis nails down the climax of the story, great performance.
Main variation when the nail sticked out (Poe's tale wouldn't have it happened, nothing so obvious in the literary piece, though)


_BIT 1 __
Image result for reading apps edgar allan poe 2016Enjoy a night of Edgar Allan Poe classics
dramatically performed in different rooms of Historic Pleasant Home

_BIT 2 __      iPoe Collection Vol.1
story 2 in STORE --- 2.99$

_BIT 3 __

For Poe Fans: check out
this award-winning Tell-Tale Heart modernized adaptation. (13:48)

This contemporary reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart follows Allan, a damaged teen obsessed with feeding his habit despite the all-seeing eye of his grandfather, Edgar. When Allan can no longer deal with his judgmental audience, he takes matters into his own hands.
WINNER - First Prize, Rhode Island International Film Fest's Providence Underground Film Festival 2014, Providence RI

Saturday, October 8, 2016

and the good news is... the US is with us_01_LA Times

the new US is on the process

            PIECE 1__ 
Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas
  PIECE 2__            
Hollywood’s dangerous obsession with China

  PIECE 1__ 
Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas  __ in  LA Times
  •  This was a second conference organized in Moscow by Russia’s Anti-Globalist Movement, a small anti-American group. 
  • During a conference dubbed the Dialogue of Nations, Louis Marinelli, head of the Yes California group  said they are determined to hold the Golden State’s “independence referendum” in 2019.
  • “For the first time in history, we, the people of California, who were conquered and annexed by the American military about 170 years ago, will have a chance to express our voice to either remain a state in the American union, or instead, to pursue a path toward a nationhood,” Marinelli said solemnly.
  • The crowd cheered and applauded again, louder, when Nate Smith, a self-proclaimed “foreign minister” of the Texas Nationalist Movement, promised that one day, the independent Lone Star state 
  • “can formally exchange ambassadors with your free and independent countries.”

 For learning about other US movements: 
Vexit, Texit, Calexit ...    click here

  PIECE 2__ 
Hollywood’s dangerous obsession with China
Outside a Beijing movie theater

American film studios are playing a leading role in the growing strategic and ideological competition between China and the U.S., and Washington is taking note. Sixteen members of Congress wrote a letter calling for scrutiny of Chinese investments in the U.S. film industry, and former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wants a review of Hollywood’s pursuit of Chinese box office. “By controlling the financing and distribution of American movies [in China],” Wolf wrote in a recent Washington Post op-ed, “and [by] subjecting them to censorship..., Beijing could effectively dictate what is and isn’t made.”
In 2017, China’s box office receipts are expected to surpass America’s. Already, a movie cannot break box office records unless it plays in China...  The problem is compounded because China might object to anything — its censors don’t explain their decisions. The result is that Hollywood is allowing China to determine which movies get made. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Loose memories - Did You Know What You Wanted To Be At 11?

1969-72... those year to remember

 BIT 1.  Have a look at these pictures of a time in North Florida (1972)

Describe them to your partner.

source: Photographer Bill Yates spent the better part of a year documenting young roller skaters in Florida. The images are collected in a new book, "Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink," by Fall Line Press.

 BIT 2.  When I grow up I'll be a... 
  • How many of you foresaw marriage on the horizon?
  • Who mentioned divorce?  co-habitation?....

By Sue MitchellBBC
Children dressed up as  a builder, nurse, fireman etc
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up ­ and have you achieved it? A study run over the past 50 years has tested what helps childhood aspirations become reality. 
In this survey in the UK at the end of the 1960's ...could you guess who were more proned to the idea of  having children, boys or girls?
  1. I wanted to be a dentist from about 11 years old. I'm currently sitting in my surgery waiting for my next patient 16 years later. Rhys, Wales 
  2. I always wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I'm writing this from my PGCE course (The Postgraduate Certificate in Education). Guess dreams can come true. Becky, London, UK 
  3. I had an ambition ­ to be a flute­playing, ballet­dancing nun. I learnt ballet and the flute, so two out of three wasn't bad. Jane Gordon Clark, Guildford, UK
  4. I wanted to be an air hostess. That dream died when I grew no taller than 5ft. Such is life I suppose. - Emma J, Aldershot UK 

 BIT 3.   Loose women debate - 
       Did You Know What You Wanted To Be At 11?
 Loose Women is a British panel show that has been broadcast on ITV since 6 September 1999. 

Loose panelists:   
Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan, Beverley Knight & Jane McDonald

TASK_1.  Watch this video (05:35) and take notes.

TASK_2.  Ask three questions to your group mates.
(swap questions)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

trillions of years in the making -From star dust to the silver river

Image result for e m c2

Q & A: Creationism or not??
"the earth" alone, mind you, not the cosmos — had its birthday on Saturday, October 22, in 4004 BC, at six in the afternoon." 
     J. Ussher  (1650)


"I was reading many articles about estimates of the age of the Earth throughout the ages. 
I was dumbfounded when I read that Newton (1689), arguably one of the greatest scientists ever to have ‘calculated’ the age of the earth, estimated that the Earth was created in 4000 BCE. 
  • Johannes Kepler (1615) arrived at a similar result..... 
  •  April 27, in 4997 BC
Which methods did these scientists use to arrive at such conclusions?

XX century: The great illusion Image result for the big bang
And then,  1916, a Belgium Jesuit, Lemaître gave 
the Big Bang!!   inflation of space and time

"A homogeneous Universe of constant mass and 
growing radius accounting for 
the radial velocity of extragalactic nebulae"

XXI century: 
The great contact with the outer space 

Voyage of Time is a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet

Astronomers unveil most detailed map of the Milky Way to date -Guardian
The map, based on observations from the European Space Agency’s Gaia probe, will transform what we know about the galaxy, say scientists