28.2.13

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

BY PATRICIA CAMACHO, 2BTO-B

Many people say that new technologies are good for us, but other people think that they could be bad. We must see advantages and disadvantages of these. 
On the one hand, with these technologies, like smartphones, you can communicate with people from other country. For example, if you are in other country, you can talk with your family. In addition, you can see your family with some applications, like Skype. What' s more, with these technologies, you can know news from all the world.
On the other hand, they could be bad because they can affect in our education. For example, if you give a tablet to little children, the children will learn how to write on it. Then, when you give him a pen, he won't know how to write with it!
In my opinion, they could be good or bad, they depend. They could be good for adult people, because they need them in their job. But, for me, they are very bad for children and young people, because, in the future, they will only use these technologies for all activities.

27.2.13

TIRAMISÚ CAKE

BY ALICIA PASTOR, 2BT0-A

MADRID ARENA

BY CRISTINA ROMERO, 2BTO-C

I will TELL about what happened in "Madrid Arena".
The tragedy in "Madrid Arena" was an event that marked a before and after in big parties of Spain.
What really happened? Lack of organization, excess capacity, no sign in sight of the people, and very norrow aisle.
All this was part of an event that is stiil being researched to find responsibilities.
This situation contributed to year-end hollidays controlled by local authorities, to the point of having to suspend two of four parties for not meeting all requirements.
For example, in my case, I wanted to go to a party, but I couldn´t because the party DIDN'T HAVE the necessary security.
As a result, I couldn´t go to that party and I had to go around the parties celebrated in the pubs.

WEAPON'S LAW

BY ROCÍO LÓPEZ VIDAL

Should the use of weapons be more controlled? Should laws of some countries be stricter? These are some questions that a lot of people are wondering due to the catastrophe happened in a school IN USA. That day, several children and many teachers died because of a boy who was a disturbed mental.
From my point of view, the law isn’t hard enough there, because in USA nearly everybody can buy one of them so very easily. The worst thing is that it has happened a lot of incidents LIKE the catastrophe which I have named before. These facts have driven to think if the laws should be stricter to buy a weapon in USA.

26.2.13

WHY STUDYING MUSIC?

BY CRISTINA EGOAVIL, 2BTO-D

Recently, many studies have shown that people who study music have a more developed brain.
On the one hand, these special studies increase our memory capacity because we use a part of the brain when we play music that we don't normally use. This helps us to memorize large texts, images and also it helps us with mathematics problems. This is because music stimulates the right part of our brain. Other advantage is that it increases the interactions among people.
On the other hand, these studies NEED to take a lot of time TO PRACTISE with our musical instrument, and of course YOU NEED to ATTEND a lot of classes. In addition, many people think that studying music is very easy, so lots of children that leAVE music classes do it because they think that it is undervalued.
In conclusion, I think that musical training is very important to develop the brain, specially during childhood.

GLOBAL WARMING

BY MARÍA LECHUGA, 2BTO-B
Global warming is a serious problem today, and we are not doing anything about it.
One of the main causes of pollution is the excess of CO2 in the atmosphere. Tobacco, technology, deforestation, factory smoke, toxic waste into the sea, radiation, plastics… This is causing the planet’s average temperature is rising and it has serious consequences.
Personally, I think that politicians should take THIS TOPIC SERIOUSLY and take urgent measures. We can do a lot of things to change this situation, as CLOSING nuclear power stations, censorING tobacco, usING biodegradable products, usING renewable energy, etc.
In conclusion, we have to act fast or the planet will disappear. We should talk more about it to raise awareness of the serious consequences that this will have on the future.

13 EXPRESSIONS USING "BOOK"

25.2.13

70th GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

BY FABI PEINADO, 3ESO-D

Today, we hand over the Golden Globes, one of the most coveRed awards in Hollywood. They have the particularity to recognize the best of both show biz. At the level of the small screen, the cult series 'Homeland' in the drama genre as 'Modern Family' in the comedy SEEK to maintain their lead as the best production of the season.
In the dramatic, 'Homeland' will not have it easy since racing caliber's production Broadwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi and driven by Martin Scorsese. Not leaving out the latest creation of highly political Court Soorking Aaron, 'The newsroom'. Going through one of the flagship productions of recent years in the genre of drama, 'Breaking Bad'.
A sad farewell is 'Mad Men', virtually disquality from all the prizes in the season.

OPINION ABOUT THE INTERNET

BY ALBERTO MESA, 2BTO-B

Nowadays, a lot of people have internet in their houses or ON their phones, and they say that with it all are advantages. However, there are people WHO disagree with it. We must look at both side of question.
On the one hand, you can speak with someone WHEREVER you want. In addition, you can buy some things like clothes, shoes... staying at home. Also, you could be informed about the weather, the news...
On the other hand, you should be careful, because there are people who can steal your password, and use your personal information like the person who stole Scarlett Johansson´s photos. Moreover, people usually lie about their personal information.
In my opinion, I think that the internet is a very important thing in our lives, but I would recommend you that when you are going to use it, you should be careful, because there are many bad people in the world.

FROM EL PUERTO TO CARRICKFERGUS

BY BRUNO FERNÁNDEZ AND FABIOLA PEINADO, 3ESO-C/D

24.2.13

GREENHOUSE GASES

BY CRISTINA MORENO, 2BTO-C

First, greenhouse effect is not a bad thing in itself, but the consequence that it brings,
what is called the climate change or global warming, is worrying.
Life is possible in our planet because the gases that make up the atmosphere retain heat from the sun radiating from the Earth.
If these gases do not act in this way, the heat would dissipate in space and the Earth would be a cold planet.
A small increase of just two or three degrees in the global temperature would generate serious problems like increasing the level of the sea.
Many people is not aware of this. They think that the climate change is not happening.
In my opinion, climate change is a problem of all, because it affects the environment in which we live.
We must act as far as possible against climate change. First of all, people must be aware about this dangerous problem.
I think that it is possible to reduce the consequences of global warming. For this, we must inform OURSELVES about the climate change.
I believe that it is necessary to take care of our planet.

22.2.13

OSCARS 2013

A new audio lesson by EnglishBaby.com. Today, the topic is "OSCARS 2013"
http://englishbaby.com/portable_lessons/mobile/6172#home

TOMORROWLAND

BY NATI GARCÍA, 2BTO-A
Tomorrowland is one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in the world. It has been organized in the little village of Boom every year since 2005.
Tomorrowland has the best DJs in the world. It takes three days, usually in summer, and it offers camping with the ticket of the festival. The event isn't only a concert. It's more than that. It offers to thE attendee a experience of a fantasy film.The decoration of Tomorrowland is in the outdoors and is based on a fairy Story that changes every year. In conclusion, Tomorrowland is in my opinion one of the best festivals in the world, and you can hear the best electronic music too.

20.2.13

INTERNET SHOPPING

BY 'NAXO' CASTRO, 2BTO-D

It is known by almost everybody that shopping on the internet is increasing its popularity each day. But, it is also true that not all the people are confindent about it. 
There are many disadvantages. First, delivery problems: when you buy online we must wait even weeks. You can't see the item before you buy. The buyer can't touch or try it, so he can only see a photo. Finally, one of the most known: credit carD payment. You need a credit card in the majority of cases and it creates mistrust. 
Despite these things, in my opinion, this way of shopping it's really useful. On the internet, we can find best deals, products at much more comfortable price. Also, we can locate shops from all over the world. But the most important advantage is that we can buy a product at any time of the day without dependance on trade opening times.
I have no doubt you will choose the best option, but whatever. What are you waiting for?

18.2.13

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

BY PATRICIA CAMACHO, 2BTO-B

Many people say that new technologies are good for us, but other people think that they could be bad. We must see advantages and disadvantages of these.
On the one hand, with these technologies, like smartphones, you can communicate with people from other country. For example, if you are in other country, you can talk with your family. In addition, you can see your family with some applications, like Skype. What's more, with these technologies, you can know news from all the world.
On the other hand, they could be bad because they can affect in our education. For example, if you give a tablet to little children, the children will learn how to write on it. Then, when you give him a pen, he won't know how to write with it!
In my opinion, they could be good or bad, it depends. They could be good for adult people, because they need them in their job. But for me, they are very bad for children and young people because, in the future, they will only use these technologies for all activities.

16.2.13

CLUTTER DESKS DON'T HELP

Read this article from The Telegraph about how a clutter (desordenado) desk doesn't help you be successfull: De-clutter your desk if you want a successful career - Telegraph

SITUATION IN SPAIN

BY RAQUEL MANCHEÑO, 2BTO-C

The most-watched news on television is currently the employment situation in Spain. In my opinion, it is very difficult to say that this country has a higher rate of unemployment at 24.6%, and the hardest thing is that it’s still growing and no one sees any end. Because of this great economic crisis, thousands of people have been left without home, without a job and they have been thrown out into the street without more, and already up social canteens have been left without resources for so many people. And I wonder, how many years will this situation last? 
Every day, I see more families asking for help on television programmes. For example, the program called "Pone arreglo" presented by Toñi Moreno in Canal Sur Andalucia. I love this program, and I am so happy  seing the solidarity of Spain. In this program, there are many families who tell their story asking for help, and everyone callS them to help, even giving money or food to them. I feel so happy when I see that there are such good people, giving food to people who they don’t know, and all people should be like them, extending a hand to people who really need help.

15.2.13

METEOR HITS RUSSIA

Read and listen about the meteor which has hit Russia today causing hundreds of casualties: Learning English - Words in the News - Meteor hits Russia

SPANISH EDUCATION

BY PABLO CERÉN, 2BTO-D

Now, we have a big number of teens who don't like to study, then, in the future, they won`t work. But I think the MAIN problem is the government. They want to privatize everything, and if we add that the government must pay a lot of money to the bank, we find this situation. The salary of the people who work for the government is smaller than 10 years ago.
In conclusion, I think that we should study very hard to prepare OURSELVES for the future. Perhaps we`ll have to emigrate to other country to find a good job!

14.2.13

MESSI AND THE GOLDEN BALL

BY ANA FERNÁNDEZ, 2BTO-B

Many people believe that the Golden Ball which was given by FIFA to Lionel Messi is totally fair, but is the real truth or the opinion of a few people? In my opinion, it is an opinion of small groups of people.
It is true that Lione Messi is a player who has much technique, but that doesn´t make him the best football player. People think IT DOES, because they are of Barcelona and others because of a theory.
Other people don´t say that, they think that nominees like Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta or others are chosen before the selection. They believe that some of them score more goals or win more competitions.
As a conclusion, only a few of people vote for this selection. To my mind, Iker Casillas is the best football player of the world and he deserved it.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR (1978)

Happy Valentine's Day! Are you in love? Let's celebrate with music (see lyrics below):
LOVE IS IN THE AIR (John Paul Young)
Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

Love is in the air
In the whisper of the trees
Love is in the air
In the thunder of the sea

And I don't know if I'm just dreaming
Don't know if I feel sane
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when you call out my name (Chorus)

Love is in the air
Love is in the air
Oh oh oh Oh oh oh

Love is in the air
In the rising of the sun
Love is in the air
When the day is nearly done

And I don't know if you're an illusion
Don't know if I see it true
But you're something that I must believe in
And you're there when I reach out for you

Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

13.2.13

LOVE LETTERS

Do you write love letters sometimes, only on Saint Valentine, or never?
Reading, Listening, Grammar lesson and more about Love Letters.
Ebaby! Mobile Lessons

12.2.13

12FEB PANCAKES DAY

UK people celebrates Pancakes Day today and all families prepare this dish.
Learn more about this tradition and get the recipe so that you can prepare your pancakes at home:
Learning English - Specials - Recipe for Pancake Day

MODERN TECHNOLOGIES

BY EDUARDO PÉREZ, 2BTO-A

The development of technology has originated a general comfort status, but new technologies are also used to do nasty things.
Since the Industrial Revolution, quality of life has been improving because of innovations in the area of technology. Nowadays, for example, most people can afford to travel to England. Before the Industrial Revolution, it was unimaginable.
On the other hand, some historical disasters, like the bombS of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, could have been avoided if scientists HADN'T invented new weapons. In addition, technology's advancing has made society more sedentary, so young people prefer to play video games instead of playing outside in the street.  
On balance, I think that we have to use technologies only to make a better society.

10.2.13

STARVATION


BY LETICIA ROMERO, 2BTO-B
One of the main problems in the world is Africa's famine.
I think that Africa is the forgotten continent, I want people to know the problems of this place because I supposed that if everyone knew it, it could be a minor problem because we could help the people who live there . In Africa there is a deficit of water that causeS the deaths of the majority OF animals, so there is less food, but it isn`t the only problem.
The most important problem which increases the bad conditions in this continent is that the other countries are exploiting this place. They go to Africa to catch materials like minerals, and Africa can't get money  anyway because this continent hasn't a good economy. From my point of view, the fault is mostly of the rich countries.
In conclusion, I want to encourage people to help this continent and contribute by giving food and money to companies which dedicate their time to this.

8.2.13

TOY STORY III

BY ELIANA CALA, 2BTO-C

Toy Story 3 is an American cartoon film. It has been produced by Pixard Animation studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
It is not surprising . It is not anything of other world, but it keeps the interest of viewers.
Toy Story 3 is an apasionate child movie with adults themes: the origin of evil in childhood pain, the death of childhood and, well, just death. There are scary villains and intensely, unbearably sad moments.
This film is a new universe of creation , where children will learn the real meaning of the words , "friendship" and "courage". In this film children will see how simple toys and sttuffed animals get together to save their friends. This film defends loyalty and solidarity. There is a setence that I like, which sayS : "Not being owned means that you will suffer", like that Toy Story 3 defends developing an own, independent and free personality.

MISTREATING ANIMALS

BY NAGORET BLANDINO, 2BTO-B

A lot of animals are mistreated and/or abandoned. From my point of view, people who do that deserve a worse punishment like a penal servitude for life or a death sentence.
Animals have feelings too, and they feel and suffer like us, but people without heart aren't aware of this topic. Heartless people enjoy HURTING them, and it's something that I hate. There are people who don't want more animals in their homes, and their solution is to abandon or kill the puppies of their pregnant pets. I always say that if you don't want more animals, you must be responsible and you must castrate your pet before it GETS pregnant.
Together we can finish with that, and keep in mind that an animal is a life too, and they have the right to be respected. Animals and humans have the laws in common, and if you mistreat them, you commit a crime.

CHILDREN NOWADAYS

BY RAQUEL MANCHEÑO, 2BTO-C

In my opinion, children of this generation have less education when they have contact with an adult. They are less motivated when they come to study and work. The only things which they think about are party, alcohol, tobacco and other actions which aren't APPROPRIATE in their age. That's why I think that these are some of the fundamental reasons, besides of the crisis and CURRENT UNEMPLOMENT, because they haven't had a good base in  the education.
Finally, I think this should get better, because if we improve our behavior, we will have a better future. And I think the best thing that we can do is to have a better education at school and at home.

6.2.13

APPLES

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GREASE, THE MUSICAL

BY IRENE MEJÍAS, 2BTO-C
Last Christmas, the musical of the famous film "Grease" came to Falla Theatre, in Cádiz. It spent a few days here. As we know, Grease is originally a Broadway show which tellS a story of a group a teenagers, their first love and other problems.
Fortunately, I could go to one of the performances, and it was... amazing! Every single actor and actress could act, but they also had great voices. And that's not all: they could dance too! The musical was strictly fixed to the script of the film which was a great surprise, because I've been in many different musicals which were completely different to the films which were shot after them. Anyway, the worst thing, in my opinion, where the lyrics of the songs: I'm used to listenING to them and to singING them in English, so I suposse that's why I prefer them in their ORIGINAL version. Also, the translation of some lyrics where even ridiculous!
In spite of this fact, I enjoyed the musical. I danced, sang, laughed... So, if you like musicals or the film "Grease", I really recommend you to go to one of the performances. Maybe you prefer the film, but I bet you will never get bored with this extraordinary musical!

5.2.13

USE OF WEAPONS

BY DÉBORA PINTO, 2BTO-B

Nowdays, people are worried about the freedom to use weapons. In my opinion, weapons should be under government' security. 
Weapons' problem is because of the past news about shouting AT a school in Connecticut. I think that EE.UU should change their weapons law, because anyone can use them and kill a lot of people. On the one hand, guns are used to defend yourself, your family or your house. You should pass an exam to use them, but it isn't enough.
On the other hand, there are too many people who are irresponsible or they have mental diseases. Those people can't use weapons. Neverthless, they could have one, like Adam.
In conclusion, I think weapons should be more restricted. Get guns should be more difficult.

4.2.13

VOCABULARY: FRIENDSHIP (AMISTAD)

Haz click en el enlace para ver y escuchar (vídeo incluido) un nuevo listado de palabras sobre LA AMISTAD