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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

TIME TO READ: POE'S "THE TELL-TALE HEART"



IES "Rafael Dieste" library has a programme to promote reading called "Time to Read" ("A Hora de Leer") for ESO students. It means to read in the classroom. We have already been reading in English. But now we are going to read a short story by Poe in Spanish and later listen to it in English. Do you like horror stories? Because here's one...

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe, January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and terror, Poe was one of the earliest American writers of short stories and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was the beginner of the science fiction genre.

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floor. Ultimately the narrator's guilt shows in the hallucination that the murdered man's heart is still beating under the floor.
It is unclear what relationship, the old man and his murderer have. It's suggested that the old man is a father figure, or the narrator works for the old man as a servant, perhaps, that his vulture eye represents some sort of secret or power.


Video "THE TELL-TALE HEART", Edgar Alan Poe:

Monday, 23 January 2012

WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE TODAY? (A funny TV weather forecast)

A good way to know what weather we're going to have is watching the weather forecast on TV. You can generally rely on them, unless something like this happens... Watch this TV weather forecast where the presenter is a bit out of control or they are playing with him. What do you think?*


Video a weather forecast on TV:

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*This is an April's Fool Day joke (1st April) played on the TV weather man.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

DICKENS 2012: 200th ANNIVERSARY


Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth, which falls on 7 February 2012. Institutions and organisations from all over the world are partners of Dickens 2012 and work together to deliver a programme of events and activities to commemorate this very special anniversary.
Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia. Dickens 2012 sees a rich and diverse programme of events taking place in the run up and throughout the whole of 2012.
Find out what Dickens 2012 events are taking place near you by visiting the Events Calendar and follow us on Twitter for updates on the bicentenary plans.

Link: http://www.dickens2012.org/

Friday, 13 January 2012

"WHITE FLAG", DIDO



Another song for this weekend. It's Dido's hit "WHITE FLAG". Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong ( /ˈdd/; born 25 December 1971), known as Dido, is an English singer-songwriter. You can watch the original video of the song. By the way, do you recognize the man who appears with her in it?*

Video "WHITE FLAG", Dido:

Lyrics | Dido lyrics - White Flag lyrics
Audio+lyrics "WHITE FLAG", Dido:

[*Actor David Boreanaz, special agent Seeley Booth in the TV-series "Bones"]

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

2011: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Today we're taking a look back on the year that has just ended: 2011. All this happened last year, do you remember?


Video 2011: Year in review:

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

DO OR MAKE? SPOT THE EXPRESSIONS...

Once again, we're back with common expressions with DO & MAKE. Watch these videos and discover which expressions are mentioned. If you want to get more information on these set expressions before you watch the video, have a look to a previous post about DO OR MAKE in this blog.

Video 1:
Video 2:



Monday, 9 January 2012

DO OR MAKE?




Expressions in English with the verbs DO and MAKE sometimes can be mistaken. In the picture above you see the expressions that go with each verb. Watch the videos below for some explanation.


Video DO vs MAKE (1)Explanation:

Video DO vs MAKE (2)Practice in use:



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Thursday, 5 January 2012

"CHASING CARS", SNOW PATROL

Today another song to listen and sing along with its lyrics. The song is "CHASING CARS" by Snow Patrol. Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Formed at the University of Dundee (Scotland) in 1994 as an indie rock band, the band is now based in Glasgow (Scotland).
Their studio album, "Eyes Open", (2006) and its hit single "Chasing Cars" propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Album Charts and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide.

Video "CHASING CARS", Snow Patrol:


Lyrics | Snow Patrol lyrics - Chasing Cars lyrics
Audio+lyrics "CHASING CARS", Snow Patrol:

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

"WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL", RONAN KEATING


Today we're presenting a song with lyrics to listen and practice. The song is "WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL", taken from the original soundtrack of the film "Notting Hill" and sung by Irish singer Ronan Keating. Enjoy.
Video "WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL", Ronan Keating:

Audio+lyrics "WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL", Ronan Keating:

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