School Day of Non-Violence and Peace

School Day of Non-Violence and Peace
(30th January)

* Peace symbols:
- listening (mp3)

* Fun things:
- Coloring pages: Dove and bridge
- Educational games (via Begoña)

Song lyrics | Give Peace A Chance lyrics



Guessing... (2)

CLUE: The School Day of Non-violence and Peace is held on January 30 every year.

Can you guess the word of this week?

ANSWER: Sorry, "peace" was too obvious and it was included in the clue, so as you can imagine, it wasn't the word we were looking for. The word of this week was PEACE-LOVING (adjective): inclined or disposed to peace, liking peace and trying to live and act in a way which will bring it.

AND THE WINNER IS... No winner this week. Keep trying!



Passive voice

The Passive Voice
1) USE: when we are interested in the object or when we do not know who caused the action.

2) FORM: to be + past participle

- English Hilfen
- Ego4u
- Jennifer ESL (videos)
- Saber inglés (in Spanish)
- Tenses chart

- English Hilfen
- Ego4u
- Isabel's ESL site
- Agendaweb



Inauguration Day 2009

Inauguration Day 09

LOCATION: Washington, D.C. (US Capitol)
DATE: January 20, 2009

Obama's inaugural speech

Create your "Obamicon"

The swearing-in of the President of the United States occurs upon the commencement of a new term of a President of the United States. The United States Constitution mandates that the President make the following oath or affirmation before he or she can "enter on the Execution" of the office of the presidency:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The newly elected or re-elected President traditionally adds "so help me God" to the constitutionally mandated statement.

The theme for Inauguration Day is "A New Birth of Freedom," in honor of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.


Time ----------Event
8:00 AM
----- Gates open for ticketed attendees .
10:00 AM ----- Preliminary festivities begin, including music by The United States Marine Band, The San Francisco Boys Chorus, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
11:30 AM ----- If you have tickets to the Inauguration ceremony, you must have passed through security by this time.
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein ; Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
Aretha Franklin will sing
Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office
12:00 Noon ----- As specified by the U.S. Constitution (20th Amendment), presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. Barack Obama will take the oath of office, which is this simple, 35-word, statement:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
12:05 PM (approx) ----- President Barack Obama will give his inaugural address, speaking to the nation and world, for the first time, as President of the United States, followed by:
Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters"
1:00 PM (approx) ----- Inaugural Luncheon.
2:30 PM (approx) ----- Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.
Evening ----- There are many inaugural balls held around Washington, DC. Some will be hosted by President Obama, others are just parties.

Activities to print
Sources: Wikipedia, Inauguration Day web, EL Civics




Can you guess the expression? If you know it, make a comment.

Fall in love (Verb): begin to experience feelings of love towards; "She fell in love with her friend"
Marina (you've got 1 point, congratulations!!)



Body parts

1. Exercise
2. Dictation
3. Hangman
4. Wordsearch
5. Face Match
6. Click to listen
7. Game
8. Speed wod game



We are back!

Happy New Year! Are you ready to start working? We have included some novelties for this term (to be introduced little by little). Have a look and remember to visit this blog regularly.

- New Links:
1) Lexipedia: an online visual semantic network with dictionary and thesaurus reference functionality (via Inma Alcázar)
2) Yolango: authentic video clips with accompanying cloze drills, vocabulary exercises and comprehension questions.
3) Strip generator: an application to create comic strips. (via Pepa)
4) Comic creator: an interactive tool that invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts.
5) More interesting blogs

- New competitions:
1) Guess the word: every Monday we'll post a picture, definition or riddle and once you know the answer, you have to write a comment with the solution. Let's see who's the winner at the end of this term! (via Our Advanced English blog)

2) Writing contest: every two weeks we'll hold a Writing Contest for all students.
* Several categories (1º ESO-Bachillerato)
* All stories must be submitted in due time
* Writing criteria will vary each time (length, topic...)

--> More novelties soon.



The Gift of the Magi

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

The Gift of the Magi is one of O. Henry's most famous short stories. Christmas has become too commercial and it is a good example of how people forget the true spiritual meaning of special occasions. Read the story and remember that "love is the greatest gift of all".
- Text
- Text in PDF
- In Spanish: PDF, text and audio
- Listen and read at the same time
- Audio in mp3

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