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jueves, 31 de mayo de 2012

THE BOOK FAIR IN MALAGA 1-10 JUNE 2012


Another year is being celebrated the Book Fair in many Spanish cities, the annual meeting with news of the publishing world and bookselling in general.

In Malaga the Book fair is celebrating from the 1st to 10th of June its 42 edition in the Paseo Park, which is close to the town hall. The Book Fair is also a good opportunity to enjoy the beautiful gardens of the best park in Malaga during an excellent season.

If you want to find rarities, old books, comics, encyclopedias, and lots more, just wander from stand to stand in the gardens of the park. If you like reading, this is your opportunity to roam about and buy whatever you want.
Around fifty posts turn the Paseo del Parque in a great celebration of the written with the presence many local and national authors.


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lunes, 28 de mayo de 2012

CAMBRIDGE ESOL EXAMS


Exam preparation

Exam preparation




Free Downloads from the Cambridge ESOL website

· Handbooks for teachers and answer keys 
Detailed exam information, including sample papers and answer keys for recent exams.
· Past Papers and Video Packs 
Preparation materials to build students' confidence and familiarise them with the format of the examinations.
· Exam reports 
Information on candidate performance and tips for examination preparation.
· Grade statistics 
Statistical information on candidate performance, by country.
· Newsletters 
The latest editions of Cambridge First and Research Notes.
· Regulations
General exam regulations for the current year.
· Recognition and user leaflets 
Lists of higher education institutions and employers that recognise Cambridge ESOL exams.

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CAMBRIDGE ESOL: COMPUTER BASED EXAMS



Cambridge ESOL exams are increasingly available to be taken as a computer-based test.
Not only has this added more exam dates each year, but candidates can register for the exam as little as three weeks before taking it - allowing the exam to be taken when candidates are ready for it.
There are a number of other benefits to computer-based testing:
  • faster access to results, with scores available to be seen online just three weeks after the test
  • many students are more comfortable completing a test with a keyboard and mouserather than paper and pen
  • test takers can edit their answers on screen during the exam
  • the use of headphones for the listening elements of tests mean that they can adjust the volume to suit their needs
  • online timer and help functions allow candidates to get the best from their exam performance.
If you are considering taking a computer-based test, remember:
  • The computer-based test is another choice in how you take our exams - it does not replace the paper and pen test. Other than the method of completing them, the exams are exactly the same, and they both lead to the same internationally recognised Cambridge ESOL certificate. Extensive research and trials have been carried out to make sure this is the case.
  • The security of computer-based exams is protected by state-of-the-art encryption and an on screen lock-down facility.
For detailed information on each exam please visit the corresponding page on this website.

In Málaga (Spain) you can take your Computer Based Exam in Centro Municipal de Formación Permanente (Arroyo de la Miel-Benalmádena) Telephone: 952 566 549 -- 952 577 219

You can now test the Computer Based Tests on your computer from your exam page...
- CB CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
- CB FCE (First Certificate in English)
- CB PET (Preliminary English Test)
- CB PET for Schools (Preliminary English Test)
- CB KET (Key English Test)
- CB KET for Schools (Key English Test)
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domingo, 27 de mayo de 2012

SWEDEN WINS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2012

Sweden has emerged victorious in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 final.

The country's entrant Loreen triumphed with dance track 'Euphoria', which claimed 372 points to top the board during tonight's event in Baku, Azerbaijan.


2012 Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden entrant Loreen
© PA Images / Sergey Ponomarev/AP


Buranovskiye Babushki came second with 'Party For Everybody', which earned the Russian grandmothers 259 points, while Serbian Željko Joksimović was third with his track 'Nije Ljubav Stvar', ending up with 214 points.
Watch Loreen perform 'Euphoria' below:





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lunes, 21 de mayo de 2012

SONG: YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH _ CHRIS TOMLIN


Christopher Dwayne "Chris" Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American Christian Contemporary Music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, TexasUnited States. He was a staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Tomlin leads worship at many Passionevents. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", and the recent song "Our God" which he co-wrote with Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves and Jonas Myrin. He is currently a worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia with Louie Giglio and Christy Nockels. (Wikipedia)





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BEE GEES SINGER ROBIN GIBB HAS DIED

The announcement was made by his family with "great sadness".
British-born Gibb's musical career began when he formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958.

The group are among the biggest-selling of all time with hits spanning five decades, including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.



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sábado, 19 de mayo de 2012

OLIMPIC FLAME ARRIVES IN THE UK

The Flame arrived at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose in Cornwall on board a chartered British Airways A319 aircraft, specially named The Firefly, at approximately 7.25pm.

A delegation from the UK, led by HRH The Princess Royal and including LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe, Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and David Beckham accompanied the Flame after receiving it at the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 17 May.



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viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

GAZPACHO DAY - 19th MAY IN MÁLAGA (SPAIN)

The coming Saturday May 19th, the “Día del Gazpacho” (Gazpacho Day) will be celebrated in Malaga. 2012 will be the first edition of Gazpacho Day, which is a tribute to this refreshing, healthy and typically Andalusian drink, which has conquered both our hearts and our palates. During Gazpacho Day, gazpacho kits will be sold in the Central Market. These packets will include everything you need to whip up a tasty gazpacho at home. Supermarket chain Eroski in the shopping centre Larios has also signed up to the initiative, and during the day will be offering free samples of gazpacho from its own brand line. Another business that’s joined forces with Gazpacho Day in Málaga is olive oil brand Hojiblanca, which will be giving out bottles of extra virgin during the day. Last (but not least), there’ll be a score of restaurants in the city that will be offering bowls of gazpacho at a practically symbolic price.




Gazpacho Day is organised by the association “Málaga Sana” (healthy Málaga), which aims to promote healthy eating, based on a Mediterranean diet and homemade food. It also forms a part of the initiative “Food Revolution”, headed by British TV chef Jamie Oliver, whose objective is to fight obesity and the illnesses associated with being overweight.
 
Here’s a list of different restaurants which will be participating in Gazpacho Day in Malaga 2012.
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jueves, 17 de mayo de 2012

HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL RECEIVES THE OLIMPIC FLAME

The Olympic Flame has been handed over to the London 2012 delegation, headed by President of the British Olympic Association HRH the Princess Royal, in a Ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Greece.



Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony

Left to right: Spyros Capralos, Boris Johnson, The Princess Royal, David Beckham, Lord Coe and Hugh Robertson.


As the final part of the Greek leg of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, the handover of the Olympic Flame concluded its 3,000km, eight-day journey around the country.

Attended by President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Karolos Papoulias, the Ceremony featured addresses by President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Seb Coe, before the Olympic Flame was handed over to Her Royal Highness.

Spyros Capralos said: ‘The Handover of the Olympic Flame is a key milestone for each Olympic Games as the Torch Relay rallies the world’s athletes to make their final preparations.
'After a fantastic eight-day Torch Relay around Greece we wish London and the whole of the UK well for a successful 70-day Torch Relay and Olympic Games.’
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lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012

MÁLAGA C.F. MAKES HISTORY

Málaga Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football club based in Málaga, Andalusia. The team currently plays in Spain's League.




Málaga Club de Fútbol played host to Real Sporting de Gijón, in the 38th BBVA League match, held in La Rosaleda stadium in Málaga (1-0) on 13th May 2012.


Thanks to a goal from the footballer Rondón, which sees the Blue and Whites finish fourth in the BBVA League, and qualification for the UEFA Champions League, for the first time in the Clubs history.

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2012



The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the22nd, 24th and 26th of May in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Azerbaijan won the right to host the contest when viewers and professional juries across Europe chose their 2011 entry Running Scared by Ell/Nikki as winner.

Europe's Favourite TV Show will take place at the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall. This venue, which was commissioned by the City of Baku, is a brand new multi-purpose indoor arena with an expected capacity of up to 23,000 spectators. Approximately 16,000 people will be able to attend each of the three Eurovision Song Contest live shows in May.




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jueves, 10 de mayo de 2012

PROUD - HEATHER SMALL - LONDON 2012

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OLIMPIC TORCH REALYT ROUTE

The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas. The interactive map below shows each of the 1,019 communities the Flame will be carried through. Zoom in to see the detail of the route street-by-street. Live in the UK? Enter a postcode in the search box to find out where and when the Flame will be near you... then start planning how you will welcome it! You can also find the locations of evening celebrations, which take place at the end of almost every day of the Relay.


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2012 OLIMPIC FLAME LIT IN GREECE

The flame that will burn throughout the 2012 London Olympics was lit in an elaborate ceremony in Olympia, Greece, on 10th May.


The 2012 Olympic flame is officially alight.
The flame, which will burn throughout the Summer Games in London, was lit at in an elaborate ceremony in Olympia, Greece, this morning.
The Associated Press described how, amid the ruins of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, a Greek actress dressed as a "high priestess" invoked the Ancient Greek sun god Apollo before using a mirror to focus the sun's rays and set the torch burning.
The method is highly symbolic, the BBC explained: the Olympic flame represents purity because it comes directly from the sun.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge described it as "a beacon for the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect ... a symbol of fellowship and peace."
A torch lit from the flame is now on the first leg of its two-week relay around Greece.
Some 490 torch bearers will carry the flame the length and breadth of Greece, before it is transferred by airplane to the United Kingdom on May 18.
It will then go on a 70-day journey around the UK, borne by 8,000 volunteers. It is due to reach the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, ready for the opening ceremony.



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6 MINUTES ENGLISH

Link on the photo below to listen and read (pdf) a 6 minutes listening about London's Theatreland.


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martes, 8 de mayo de 2012

EUROPE DAY - 9th MAY

On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.This proposal, known as the “Schuman declaration”, is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.

Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag , the anthem, the motto, and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.

Do you know the 27 member countries of the European Union? You can know it HERE.

Now we’re goingo to play:




domingo, 6 de mayo de 2012

PHONETICS FOCUS

Enjoy the  wide range of fun resources, specially designed to help you improve your pronunciation and knowledge of phonetics.
Link on the image below:


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viernes, 4 de mayo de 2012

VERB TENSES

Every language in the world has verb tenses. These tenses, which refer to the present, past, and future, explain when something — such as an action, event, or state -– happened. The problem is that although all languages have verb tenses, not all languages have the same verb tenses or use them in a similar way. 
The charts below provide a quick reference to help you understand the tenses in English more easily:
  • Chart 1 lists each English tense and explains when to use it.
  • Chart 2 gives an example of each tense, in active and passive form.
Overview of English Verb Tenses
Present SimpleUsage:general action, habitual action, general truth
Example:I work in a hospital.
Present Continuous
Present Progressive
Usage:ongoing or temporary action
Example:Sorry, I can’t talk right now. I am working.
Past SimpleUsage:completed action or condition
Example:I worked for ten hours yesterday.
Past Continuous
Past Progressive
Usage:past ongoing action, past interrupted action
Example:I was working on my project when you called.
FutureUsage:planned or unplanned future action
Example:I will work at the main branch next week.
Present PerfectUsage:action that happened at an indefinite time in the past and continues to the present
Example:I have worked at the bank for three years.
Past PerfectUsage:past action that happened before another past action.
Example:I had already worked for several years before I got married.
Future PerfectUsage:future action that will happen before another future action
Example:I will have worked here for five years next July.
Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect Progressive
Usage:past action that started in the past and continues to the present
Example:I have been working on that project for the last two weeks.
Past Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Progressive
Usage:past ongoing action that was completed before some other past action
Example:I had been sleeping at my desk when my boss fired me.
Future Perfect Continuous
Future Perfect Progressive
Usage:future ongoing action that will occur before another action
Example:I will have been working here for ten years tomorrow, so we’re having a party.

Examples of English Verb Tenses
Verb TenseExample – ACTIVEExample – PASSIVE
Present SimpleI work.The work is done.
Present Continuous
Present Progressive
I am working.The work is being done.
Past SimpleI worked.The work was done.
Past Continuous
Past Progressive
I was working.The work was being done.
FutureI will work.

I’m going to work.
The work will be done.

The work is going to be done.
Present PresentI have worked.The work has been done.
Past PerfectI had worked.The work had been done.
Future PerfectI will have worked.The work will have been done.
Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect Progressive
I have been working.
Past Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Progressive
I had been working.
Future Perfect Continuous
Future Present Progressive
I will have been working.
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