31.5.12

FERNANDO ALONSO WINS IN SEPANG

BY JULIO JIMÉNEZ, 2BTO-B

In my opinion, Fernando Alonso is a great Formula 1 racing driver. Last Sunday, Alonso and other drivers had a very difficult and unpredictable race.
Many people thought that Alonso wouldn't do a good race. They said that McLaren team would win. However, Alonso, who started in 8th starting position, did a fantastic race in spite of the rain, which provokes important problems with the tires.
In addition to this, a new and unknown racing driver, Mexican Sergio Pérez, impressed everybody.  Nobody expected what he did. Sergio Pérez got the second position, and he was on the podium. Maybe, this Formula 1 season Alonso and Pérez will achieve a very good position in the Formula 1 ranking.
To sum up, Alonso did a successful race in Malasia and now he is in first position in the championship classification.

HOW TO ORDER A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA

With this new listening podcast (including script) you will learn how to order a cup of coffee and the vocabulary involved:
ESL Podcast 795 – Ordering Coffee and Tea


A HOTEL IN THE AIR

Video-Listening comprehension activity taken from recent news. Would you to stay in any of these new hotels?
Learning English - Words in the News - Hotel in the air


MINI-QUIZZ: ROYAL VOCABULARY

To celebrate the jubilee of Queen Elisabeth, why don't you this quiz to find out how much vocabulary you know about Royal life?
Learning English - Quiznet - Quiz: Jubilee


30.5.12

VIDEO GAMES

BY FRAN ATIENZA, 2BTO-A
Surely, everyone has a game console at home. Some people have consoles like PlayStation or Xbox, and other people have portable consoles like PSP or Nintendo DS. In my opinion, having a game console isn't bad as long as we control our playing time. This also depends on the type of game that we use, for example, using violent games people become more violent; if we use car racing games, people become more reckless WHEN driving , but people can use educational games for fun or in company, such as games to dance, to sing or TO play the guitar, among others. Finally, I think that video games ARE generally good if we don't imitate them. In addition, all games have a recommended age that we should consider and we shouldn't buy them if we haven't got the age that they recommend.

INGLÉS EN OXFORD CON TU BECA MEC

Más información en el siguiente enlace: Estudia inglés en Oxford con tu beca MEC.


CROSSWORDS "OLYMPIC SPORTS"

A new crossword: how much do you know about sports?
Learning English - Crossword - Olympic Sports


29.5.12

REDUCING THE AGE OF DRIVING

BY: BEATRIZ LÓPEZ, 2BTO-B

Nowadays a lot of teenagers want to be eighteen to have the driving license.
I think that the principal advantage is that children have got more freedom and they also have not dependence of their parents. And you don't need to get on the bus or other public transport.
But in my opinion, young people produce more traffic accidents than other persons because they are more immature than adults.
Futhermore, I think that we use the car to go out with our friends at night, AND sometimes you drink alcohol and then drive. This is the main problem, because driving in these conditions is dangerous for you and the others.
To conclude, I think the age should be the same AS it is now and to be the same in all coutries, because nobody can decide who is really mature for driving a car, and on the road you do not drive alone.

28.5.12

DRINKING IN THE STREET AT NIGHT

BY MIGUEL ORTIZ, 2BTO-D

There are many reasons why people have different opinions about drinking in the street at night. 
We always find two groups of people, the people who drink and the neighbours who live where all these people get together. 
On the one hand, young people  gather  and meet just to drink and have fun every weekend. They need a place to get together . If they find the right place for them , they will not think about the disadvantages. Young people also save money because alcoholic drinks are cheaper if they share them.
On the other hand,  neighbours suffer because of the noise these people make. Furthermore they have to clean all the rubbish that young people leave. We also have to take into account the owners of the different pubs who are losing money as young people do not go into their pubs.  
To sum up, we should find a solution to make all people as happy as posible.

WILL ARABIA SAUDI'S WOMEN PARTICIPATE IN LONDON OLIMPICS

A most recent information about this. Listen and discover about this problem with Arabia Saudi's women playing in the Olimpics:
Learning English - Words in the News - Olympic challenge for Saudi women


26.5.12

MAYOR OF EL PUERTO WELCOMES TRAINS*e TEACHERS

Last Thursday, our Mayor Enrique Moresco and the Councilor of Education receives the teachers members of Comenius programme TRAINS*e at the Town Hall. 7 schools (including SAFA) from 6 countries take part in this educative project based on a cultural exchanged through the evolution of trains. Teacher Carlos Otero is the coordinator of this programme at our school.

24.5.12

GENERAL STRIKE IN SPAIN

BY EUGENIA ESPEJO, 2BTO-B

Recenty, on the 29th of March, a general strike took place in Spain.
The strike was ORGANIZED by the workers to express their disagreement with the laboUr reform promoted by the goverment and, according to the unions, it will not favoUr the workers, but it will facilitate the dismissal of workers and worse conditions for them.
The strike went peacefully, without notable riots by picketing, and I think that this must be this way because each citizen is as free to excercise their right to strike as their right to work.
Now, after the general strike, the goverment has to decide if the laboUr reform is as favorable for the Spanish society as they have thought before or they have to change something.

23.5.12

ADVERTISING

BY: CRISTINA CORDONES, 2BTO-C

Advertisers try to produce an advertisement which attracts your attention. They have to be sure that people know the product and understand the message. They usually use a slogan. This is a sentence or word which is very easy to remember.
Nowadays advertising is very important in our society. We live in a competitive world and many enterprises try to show us their product is the best. They use a lot of means of communication, for example TV, radio, magazines, newspapers and so on. We must consider they are not always sincere, they sometimes try to deceive people in order to make a profit.
In conclusion, we must be very careful and choose only those things we need and consider good and useful. 

MINI-CROSSWORDS: RAIN

How much vocabulary do you know about RAIN? Do this crosswords and discover:
Learning English - Crossword - Rain

22.5.12

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN

BY: LUCÍA BIENSOBA, 2BTO-C

From my point of view ,  men and women should have similar opportunities in our society although we must consider there are some jobs which are too hard for women.
It's obvious that men are usually stronger than women. Therefore, we hardly ever see women in a mine, building or working in the sea.
However, we can find women in the Army and other important jobs which have always been considered men's jobs. As I see it, women's job is not very different from men's nowadays although women earn less money.
In conclusion, I think that differences between men and women should disappear in the future and everybody should have the same opportunities.

AUDIO NEWS: OBESITY IS INCREASING

The number of people suffering from obesity is quickly increasing: An article featuring related vocabulary and listening
Learning English - Words in the News - Global obesity on the rise

21.5.12

PRACTICE: COMPOUND NOUNS AND ADJECTIVES

An practical exercise about Forming Compound Words

STRIKE: YES OR NO?

BY: MAR CANO, 2BTO-B

Recently, the goverment has declared their intention of approve a controversial law which changes the current labor situation of Spanish workers. 
The complaints immediately came. Unions and most part of the working class started to organize a strike. This famous strike took place last 29th March. 
The strike was criticized by most businesses and some of the conservative sectors of the public. 
The necessity to organize the strike has divided the Spanish society. Some sectors say that a strike was necessary. Others think that it was incorrect and inappropriate. 
In my opinion, the strike was the correct choice. The strike is, for workers, the only way to show their dissatisfaction.
They refuse the law because this law is aggressive and radical. It's true that we need a law to reform the labor conditions, because the economical situation is bad, but this law will make slaves FROM the working class. 
I think that this law will provoke dangerous social problems, and it won't solve or improve the dramatical situation.

VIDEO-LESSON: THE PASSIVE TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY

Watch this mini video lesson to learn about the Passive Voice:

18.5.12

LACK OF SLEEP

BY: JULIA SANCHO, 2BTO-C

Lack of sleep makes people feel unhappy and irritable. In my opinion, this fact is caused by the current way of lifestyle. Nowadays, everyone is running around as they get to work, gym, school, shopping centre, etc.
In the past, people seemed to be more relaxed and they didn't own as many things as they have today. Also if you needed to buy certain things, everything was at walking distance and the cities were much smaller. Today this happens less because the cities are growing.
The faster lifestyle causes us to have sleeping disorders and many other health problems. Although when we sleep less we can do more things within a day, it also makes us have a bad behaviour and we are more tense with other people.
Therefore, it's recommended to sleep 8 hours a day to have a good sense of humoUr and to enjoy your day.

17.5.12

ISRAEL AGAINST TOO THIN MODELS

BY LUCIA PUGET, 2BTO-B

Nowdays, the concept of beauty has changed. Before 21st century, the women who were considered the most beautiful were 38-40 size. Now, the most beautiful women to society don’t get a 34 size. We can look skinny models in magazines or watch them ON TV and this is a problem for young women. Young women begin to feel fat and depressed because they want to look like these models, so they stop eating. IN Addition to this, we have to bear in mind that the majority of photos are altered to get a better look. Because of these reasons, Israel has been the first country which has banned too slim women’s pictures. Moreover, it’s necessary to indicate if the picture has been altered using a program.
In my opinion, this new concept of beauty is causing many phychological and healthy problems in young women and this law is able to be a way to reduce the average of obsessed women with their weight.

16.5.12

"CATS CAFE" OPENED IN VIENNA

A cafe where visitors can stroke and play with cats while drinking. A bit weird! Watch this video to learn more:
Learning English - Words in the News - Cat café


VOCABULARY-QUIZ: "WEATHER"

How much WEATHER vocabulary do you know? Find out by doing this quiz: Learning English - Quiznet - Weather quiz


BYE BYE CAKES

BY: PALOMA MEDIALDEA, 2BTO-C

These days the price of cakes or cupcakes are growing up, and why? The principal problem is eggs. European Union has issued a new law about hen cageS. The cages have to be bigger than the old cages; so many factories have to change all the structure of the cages. They have paid a lot of money and other factories hace closed because not having enough money. It is the conseQUENCE of the higher prize of eggs and cakes.
All the products of each pAstissery use every day more than 1000 eggs.This is the problem why the next time that you buy a cake, it will cost more. Bakers aren`t so glad about it, because people'll stop buying  their sweet cakes. Although we have another reason not to eat cakes: the prize of them and not to get fat.

15.5.12

JUNK FOOD

BY: CRISTINA ARNIZ, 2BTO-C

Many people think that junk food is bad for health. However, many people eat that food. We must look the two points of view.
On the one hand, people agree with junk food, because some people haven’t got time for cooking. For this reason, they look for the fastest option, the junk food. It is always better to eat junk food rather than not to eat.
On the other hand, all people must eat healthy food, because they need energy to get a good day. In addition, if a person who eats junk food doesn’t practise sport, the person puts on a lot of weight and she will have health problems.
In my opinion, junk food isn’t bad, if you don’t eat it many times. And if you eat it, you should do exercise.

14.5.12

STUDYING ABROAD

BY: ALICIA MARTÍN, 2BTO-C

In my opinion, studying abroad is a wonderful experience because you learn other languages and you meet a lot of people from many countries. I think studying abroad is a good technique so that you can get important personal training in the work environment.
An example is to study your degree in Edimburgh. My sister is studying there and she is very pleased with the Scottish people.
Next, we are going to see an interview with my sister about her experience in the university of Edimburgh, which is called Heriot Watt University.
- Do you like living here?
Yes, Edimburgh is a very nice pleace and Scottish people are very friendly.
- What type of food do you eat?
The most common food is pie and fish and chips.
- What do you think about studying with people who speak other languages?
It's a good Opportunity to practise English and to know more about other cultures.
- Do you have friends from other countries?
Yes, I have friends from many different countries such as France, Germany ...
- Could you tell me your opinion about this experience?
It's a good experience because you can practise the language.
Finally, in my opinion I think that studying in other country is something very intelligent because you will learn a lot and you will learn more languages.

10.5.12

SPANISH SPORT

BY: JAVIER FDEZ. DAZA, 2BTO-B

Nowadays, more and more journalists talk about the success of the Spanish sportsmen. I think that we win because we are better.
Firstly, people of other countries are talking about the Spanish success because they think that Spanish sportsmen are doped. I think that it isn´t true and they are saying it because of envy.
On the other hand, I think that it is clear that Spanish sportsmen are better because of the huge difference that exists between theM and the others. In my opinion, the difference is big because of the effort of them. In addition, Spanish sportsmen are the best in different sports: football, basketball, tennis and so on.
In conclusion, I think that Spanish sportsmen are better, and envy of the others should not influence them.

VIDEO NEWS: JAPANESE FOOTBALL CROSSES OCEAN

Watch this video to learn about the football which disappeared after the tsunami and was found in Canada:
Learning English - Words in the News - Football crosses ocean

9.5.12

VOCABULARY TO SAVE MONEY

Watch this video to learn important vocabulary to save money :)

SMARTPHONES' SCREENS

BY GONZALO GALLO, 2BTO-A

Nowadays, when you buy a new smartphone, you need to choose between a big variety of phones whOSE main difference is the size of their screen. Most people think the bigger the screen the better the phone is, but is this true?
In my opinion, smartphones with big screens are very comfortable to surf on the Internet and to enjoy multimedia content. But big screens have also inconvenients. For example, if you have little hands, you will find some difficulties to handle it. In addition, big screens use more battery and reduce the autonomy of your smartphone. Because of its bigger resolution, big-screened smartphones require a better processor to work fluently, which increases the price of the phone and the consumption of battery. 
In conclusion, although big-screened smartphones can be very comfortable for multimedia uses, a medium-screen-sized smartphone can be better as it will have more autonomy and a lower price.

8.5.12

MINI-CROSSWORDS: "DIETS"

A new crosswords about DIETS:
Learning English - Crossword - Diets and dieting

ELECTRIC CARS

BY JOAQUÍN DE ORY, 2BTO-D

The car is the vehicle most used, but it makes a lot of pollution. Recently, the electric cars are being used to reduce that pollution. It has some advantages and disadvantages ,  so we must look at both sides of the question.
On the one hand, the electric cars do not contaminate the environment because they do not issue any type of gas that concerns the environment or respiratoy tracts. Also, they do not produce noise and they do not need to be revised frequently. Another advantage is that they do not need to depend on the oil.
On the other hand, they have a limited speed lower than the normal cars. They are more expensive because its production is limited and the distances that can be crossed are limited because it is necessary to recharge the batteries that contents each car.

4.5.12

DROUGHT

BY: PABLO HERRERA, 2BTO-B

After having confirmed that the months of December, January and February HAVE BEEN the driest in the last four decades, it seems that the rains finally came to the peninsula this week. However, the severe drought that has plagued the country in this fall has an impact on agriculture and livestock.
It has worsened the air quality in large cities, especially Madrid, which exceeds 25 percent allowable limit of contamination.
This is a very good piece of news, because all the people who work in the country return to their jobs and that always improves the economy.
In my opinión, it is very important that it rains every year during the winter so that there is production and the economy improves. And rain is also very importnt because it makes fewer mosquitoes in the summer. 

2.5.12

MINI-CROSSWORDS "TITANIC"

El famoso "TITANIC"  el tema del nuevo crucigrama:
Learning English - Crossword - Titanic

MEGAUPLOAD

BY: JOSÉ ÁNGEL SÁNCHEZ, 2BTO-A

2 months ago, Kim Dotcom was arrested for the creation of a famous website called MegaUpload.
This website was created in order to offer people to watch series and films online without paying. This website had advantages and disadvantages.
It is true that it was an easy way to watch new films and the TV series that you really like. You could spend many hours watching episodes of your favourites TV series. I also think that it was good for people who didn't want to pay to go to the cinema because the cinema is really expensive.
On the other hand, this website was earning money from the hard work of producers and thousands of people. MegaUpload was an illegal website and that's why its close was right.
In conclusion, although that ban is criticised by most of people, it is the correct option.

1.5.12

READING: MY OPINION

BY MARÍA GUERRA, 2BTO-A

Many psychologists say that people should read more and not waste time watching TV or playing computer games.
On the one hand, I think that it is wonderful to read different books and, therefore, I completely agree with the idea that it is good to read in our spare time, because when we are reading, we can travel around the world without leaving home and we can go to wonderful places which don't exist in real life.
On the other hand, sometimes, reading can be horrible. For example, the school often requires students to read books, and if they do not like THEM, reading can be very boring. And another reason is that physically, reading is not a healthy activity like doing sport.