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Thursday, 31 March 2016

PIONEER'S BIOGRAPHY TEMPLATE [7th CW]

PIONEER'S NAME: MARIE CURIE
by student's name(s): John Smith
Pioneer's photo
Text of PIONEER'S BIOGRAPHY.
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

CONFUSING MODAL VERBS

On this post we're going to distinguish the use of modal verbs in pairs that can be confusing. For the basics on modal verbs click to this previous post HERE.

1) Distinguishing MAY & CAN.


2) Distinguishing WILL & WOULD:




3) Distinguishing MUST & SHOULD:


4) Distinguishing between modal verbs meaning PROBABILITY:



5) Distinguishing between modal verbs meaning PERMISSION:



6) Distinguishing MUST from semi-modal HAVE TO:



Monday, 28 March 2016

MODAL VERB CONCEPTS




About to start checking on modal verbs and their uses and concepts, from today on there are going to be a series of posts devoted to the topic: MODAL VERBS.
Remember the basics:
MAIN CHARACTERISTICS:

1-Each verb has its different concept meaning or function. (Look at the chart above)

2- These verbs aren't conjugated. 
No "-S" in the third person singular present.  He can swim. (Not: *He cans swim)
They lack some verb forms, which are covered by semimodals of a similar meaning.
  He had to leave. (Not *He musted leave. Must doesn't have a simple past form)
  He will be able to do it. (Not *He will can do it. Can doesn't have a future form)
[Semi-modal verbs that are used instead of the modal are:
HAVE TO for MUST (obligation)
BE ABLE TO for CAN (ability)
BE ALLOWED TO for CAN, MAY (permission)]

3- They work as auxiliary verbs in the NEGATIVE and QUESTIONS.
  Can I open the window? No, you can't open the window, it's cold.

4-  These verbs are always followed by INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO.
  He can swim. (Not * He can to swim)
Except OUGHT TO.  You ought to go to the doctor's.

5- PERFECT MODALS: past modal verb+HAVE+Past Participle refer to the past.
She hasn't arrived yet. She might have missed the bus.
You failed the exam. You should have studied more.

All the posts about modal verbs with the tag Modal Verbs.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

!!! BASIC MISTAKES

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Here are some of the basic mistakes you shouldn't be making and that I usually mark with exclamtion marks !!! in your writings and exams. Always check to correct any of these mistakes before handing in your exercises.

Monday, 21 March 2016

PREPOSITIONS + GERUND (-ING)


Another basic rule you should remember:
PREPOSITIONS + GERUND (-ING form).
For the complete information, go HERE.
For exercise-practice, go to previous post HERE.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

TRUCKS / LORRIES


Another post devoted to vehicles/means of transport. Today it's TRUCKS (as known in AmE -American English) or LORRIES (as known in BrE -British English).
More on different types of VEHICLES.

Friday, 18 March 2016

SOME CLIPS FROM "SUFFRAGETTE", THE FILM.


Some more clips from the "Suffragette" film.

Video "NEVER GIVE UP":



Video "THAT'S FOR TODAY":


Video "WE WILL WIN":

Thursday, 17 March 2016

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY 2016


Another Saint Patrick's Day, the day when everything turns green and everyone is Irish.

Remembering the day, we link you to previous post on this blog to celebrate Ireland, the Irish and the green.

LINK HERE.









Video "Destination Ireland":

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

SUFFRAGETTES IN THEIR OWN WORDS, QUOTES & SPEECHES [7th CW]


Continuing with Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes. Here's a post which collects some of her most remarkable quotes and her famous speech "Freedom or Death" (1913). And lines from the "Suffragette" film dialogues.


Video "FREEDOM OR DEATH", Emmerline Pankhurst:


Link to the complete speech @ TheGuardian:

Great speeches of the 20th century: Emmeline Pankhurst's Freedom or death

"I am here as a soldier who has temporarily left the field of battle in order to explain what civil war is like when civil war is waged by women."
"Now I want to say to you who think women can't succeed, we have brought the government of England to this position that it has to face this alternative: either women are to be killed or women are to have the vote."

["FREEDOM OR DEATH", Emmerline Pankhurst.]

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Video trailer 1 of the film "Suffragette", where the lines below appear:

[Lines below taken from dialogues of the film "Suffragette" (2015) Trailer nº1.]
- "We meet Mondays & Thursdays, if you're interested..."

- "You're a suffragette, Ms Ellyn."
- "I consider myself more as a soldier"

"As Mrs Pankhurst says, 'it's deeds, not words that will get us to vote'."

"For 50 years we have laboured peacefully to secure the vote for women. We've been ridiculed, battered and ignored."

"All my life, I've done what men told me. Well, I can't have that anymore"

"I ask the women in Britain to rebelion."

"We break windows, we burn things 'cause war is the only language men listen to."

"We're in every home, we're half the human race, you can't stop us all. We will win."

"And never surrender. Never give up the fight."


Video trailer 2 where the lines below appear:


[Lines below taken from dialogues of the film "Suffragette" (2015) Trailer nº2]
- "You work at the Glass House Laundry...?"
- "I was born there... Part time from when I was 7, full time from when I was 12..."

"What would the vote mean for you?"

- "Votes for women. Power is in your hand"
- "No one cares, love."
- "Some of us do..."

"All my life, I've been respectful. Done what men told me."

- "You're a wife. My wife... That's what you're meant to be"
- "But I can't have that anymore..."

"Never underestimate the power we, women, have to define our own destinies. We have been left with no alternative, defy this government." "Vote for women!"

"We shall cut into the heart of communications..."

"Rules mean nothing to me, I've had no say in making the law."

- "We will stop you."
- "What you're gonna do? Lock us all up? We're in every home. We're half the human race. You can't stop us all."

"We do not want to be law-breakers. We want to be law-makers."

"The only way is forward."

"I'm worth no more, no less than you."

"We will win."

"Never surrender. Never give up the fight."

[Colour code: In red - suffraggettes speaking. 
In blue - Emmeline Pankhurst speaking.
In black - men speaking.]

VIIth "LQDVI" CONGRESS IN A CORUÑA TODAY

The 7th edition of the "LO QUE DE VERDAD IMPORTA" Congress will be held in A Coruña's Palexco today, Wednesday March, 16th from 8:30 until 15:30.
Some of our 1ºBAC students will be attending. This year's guest speakers will be:
- CARMEN CORDON, GRAPO kidnapped businessman's daughter.
- LETICIA MARTÍNEZ-ALCOCER, survivor victim of sexual abuse.
- TOÑEJO RODRÍGUEZ, extreme sportsperson on wheelchair

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

SUFFRAGETTES IN ACTION: "VOTE FOR WOMEN!" [7th CW]

SUFFRAGETTE EMILY DAVISON KILLED IN ACTION*
In this post we include several photos referring to the suffragette movement in action.

First photo: recreation of the typical suffragette outfit.

Second photo: Emmeline Pankhurst giving a speech.
Third photo: Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested in front of Buckingham Palace in May 1914.
Fourth photo: Annie Kenney & Christabel Pankhurst, founders of the WSPU (Women's Social & political Union)
Fifth photo: a group of women from the National Women's Social and Political Union during a demonstration.
Sixth photo: the moment when suffragette *Emily Davison was run over by the King's horse at Epsom Derby. She died a few days later.

Video of the moment when Emily Davison was run over by the King's horse:



*Emily Davison (School teacher, 1872-1913) was a distinguished suffragette activist of the feminist movement lead by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), at the beginning of the XXth century in Britain. They fought for the right of women's vote.
Emily Davison had taken part in several terrorist acts against public buildings without any damage to people. Having being arrested and condemned several times, she carried out many hunger strikes in prison. During another protest act, she threw herself down a stair case suffering severe spinal injuries. Once she had recovered, she realized that the cause needed a determined action, on June 4th 1913, she walked in front of Anmer, the king's owned horse during Epsom Derby. Emily's intentions aren't very clear. Some theories state that her intention wasn't suicide as she had bought a return train ticket from Epsom. She just wanted to stop the horse and place a WSPU scarf. The collision was brutal and she was pulled along the horse track as can be seen in the video. She died four days later at Epsom Rural Hospital because of a skull fracture.
+ info on Emily Davison. (Wikipedia)

Finally, vote for women over 30 was achieved in 1918. In 1920, it was equal as men, over 21.

Video trailer of "Suffragette" (different version):

EMMELINE PANKHURST, PIONEER SUFFRAGETTE LEADER [7th CW]


Working on this year's cultural week, the English Department is preparing materials on different people:
1- the American Pioneers, 
2- biographies of universal pìoneers for the "Pioneerpedia" & "The Pioneer Quiz" 
3- the British suffragette movement and her leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

This post introduces you to Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement that fought for women's right to vote at the beginning of the XXth century.
She founded the WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union).

In the link below you have 10 basic things you need to know about this woman:

Emmeline Pankhurst: 10 things you need to know about the suffragette


Further below, there's a cartoon video which summarises her story:

Video EMMELINE PANKHURST:


Monday, 14 March 2016

VERBS FOLLOWED BY INFINITVE


Last Monday we published the list of verbs followed by -ING, here. Today we publish a list of verbs followed by infinitive.. Remember the whole set of rules and verbs followed either by '-ing' form or infinitive either with our without "TO" can be seen HERE and practiced HERE.




Thursday, 10 March 2016

VERB TENSES EXPRESS TIME


See how the use of different verb tenses express different time references. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

ILLNESSES




Some of the names of common illnesses. To see how to describe the sympthoms, click on to a previous post HERE.



Monday, 7 March 2016

VERBS FOLLOWED BY '-ING'


Here's a list of verbs followed by '-ing' form. Remember the whole set of rules and verbs followed either by '-ing' form of infinitive either with our without "TO" can be seen HERE and practiced HERE.


Sunday, 6 March 2016

MEDICINES & FIRST AID



Some vocabulary about medicines and first aid things you can get at the chemist's.



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