16 June 2016

HABLAMOS (EOI SANTANDER+UIMP)

Some of you have asked me about activities or programmes to improve your speaking skills during the summer. Well, this is one of the options available here in Santander, and... free:
HABLAMOS is an agreement between the UIMP and our EOI to promote conversation exchanges among students. 
One of my students took part in these exchanges and she was really kind to write an essay describing her experience to encourage other students to participate. CLICK HERE to read it.
So, what are you waiting for? Click on the image and sign up.

9 June 2016

A Friendship Between Fantasy Greats

Two famous authors, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, had a deep friendship. CS Lewis helped JRR Tolkien get published, but Tolkien admitted he didn’t even like Lewis’ work, especially "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," which he thought was terrible. Both were Christians and heavily influenced by Christian ideology. Tolkien says "Lord of the Rings" was a deeply Catholic book, while Lewis was more influenced by writers of the Renaissance who were fascinated by Pagan mythology. Listen as this radio story explores the two authors' friendship and motivations.

Listening Comprehension Questions:

What impact did Tolkien have on Lewis’ personal religious belief?
How was Lewis responsible for Tolkien being a published author?
Lewis was a fan of Tolkien’s work. How did Tolkien feel about "The Chronicles of Narnia" by Lewis?
How did Lewis and Tolkien see fantasy differently?
What other time periods and legacies influenced Tolkien? What influenced Lewis?
TRANSCRIPT. CLICK HERE

6 June 2016

EXAMPLES OF MONOLOGUES

https://marekconnellenglish.com/  There are examples of monologues about different topics and links to the corresponding video. Click on Escuela Oficial Exams-Nivel Avanzado or Nivel Intermedio. Scroll down the page. There are pdf's. In some of the monologues you have a link to the corresponding video. (At the top of the page)
PLAYLIST WITH SOME MONOLOGUES: CLICK HERE