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lunes, 16 de febrero de 2015

PRESIDENTS' DAY - 16TH FEBRUARY 2015

Presidents' Day is celebrated in February to honor two of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The holiday is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in February. 

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 in 1809. Things were different then. When Abe was a boy, he lived in a log cabin. A log cabin is a small house made out of logs cut from trees. His father cut down the trees and made the cabin.

There were no electric lights in the cabin. Young Abe read books by firelight and drew with charcoal on a shovel. Abe's family was poor. Often he went barefoot because he didn't have any shoes.

When Abraham Lincoln grew up, he studied hard and became a lawyer. Then he was elected to be a law-maker. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States. Visit the White House - Information on Abraham Lincoln
Information about the 16th president of the United States directly from the White House.

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. When he was born, America was not a nation yet. It belonged to England, a country across the ocean. People in America didn't want to belong to England so they fought a war to become a separate country. 
 George Washington was an American general in the war. America won the war and picked a new name for itself: The United States of America. George Washington was elected to be its first President.

Click on the link to see the alphabetical and chronological list of U.S. Presidents:


Nowadays the President's Day is said to commemorate all US Presidents.

FROM WASHINGTON TO OBAMA - 16TH FEBRUARY PRESIDENTS' DAY



PRESIDENTS OF THE USA

sábado, 14 de febrero de 2015

ST. VALENTINE'S ACTIVITIES

CLICK ON THE HEART TO  START

WAYS TO SAY "I LOVE YOU"

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ENGLISH SONG: YOU AND ME - Lifehouse

ENGLISH SONG: YOU AND ME
Artist: Lifehouse




LYRIC: YOU AND ME-Lifehouse

What day is it
and in what month
this clock never seemed so alive
I can't keep up
and I can't back down
I've been losing so much time

cause it's you and me and all of the people
with nothing to do
nothing to lose
and it's you and me and all of the people
and I don't know why
I can't keep my eyes off of you

all of the things that I want to say
just aren't coming out right
I'm tripping inwards
you got my head spinning
I don't know where to go from here

cause it's you and me and all of the people
with nothing to do
nothing to prove
and it's you and me and all of the people
and I don't know why
I can't keep my eyes off of you

there's something about you now
I can't quite figure out
everything she does is beautiful
everything she does is right

you and me and all of the people
with nothing to do
nothing to lose
and it's you and me and all of the people
and I don't know why
I can't keep my eyes off of you

you and me and all of the people
with nothing to do
nothing to prove
and it's you and me and all of the people
and I don't know why
I can't keep my eyes off of you

what day is it
and in what month
this clock never seemed so alive

INTERACTIVE BOOK - ST VALENTINE'S DAY

An interactive book to learn about  St.Valentine's Day : vocabulary,  oral activities, written, the origin of this Day, love in different countries of the world, etc.

Click here: INTERACTIVE BOOK



viernes, 13 de febrero de 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY GAMES

Online Valentine's Day Games
Valentine hearts

Don't Break My Heart Game
Don't Break My Heart Game
:
Keep the heart from breaking by keeping it from falling to the ground.
Five Hearts in a Row Game
5 Hearts in a Row 

Remove the hearts by placing 5 of the same color in a line.
Valentine Row Swapping Puzzle
Row Swapping Puzzle

Solve the puzzle by swapping the rows and the columns of the scrambled picture.
Loves Me Daisy Petal Game
Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Daisy Petal Game
:
Type in your name and his or hers name and pluck the daisy petals.
Break the Hearts Game
Heart-Break Game
:
Break the hearts before they reach the top of the play area.
Valentine Concentration Games: Match the hearts to reveal a secret Valentine.    (Java applet)

heartValentine Rebus              HeartHeart Memory Match Game
Match the words to the Bible verse - John 15:17
blue heart divider
Teddy bears with heartCapture my Heart:   How many of the 20 hearts can you get?   (Flash Game)
Valentine Word Drop Game: Words associated with Valentine's Day are scrambled. Click on two letters to exchange their positions. The goal is to put all the letters in order before the word falls to the bottom of the play area. 
Don't Cross My Heart Puzzles: SmallMedium, or Large
Bears with heartI John 4:11:   Grab all the Bible words to the Bible verse as they whisk by. (Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. ~I John 4:11) (Flash Game)
Couples in the BibleBiblical Couples:   See how well you can match the Biblical character with his Valentine.   (Javascript)



Find the Differences Game
Find the Differences Game
:
Find the seven differences between the two pictures.

Trap My Heart Game
Trap My Heart Game
:
Use the roses and chocolates to capture and trap the heart.


Off the Edge Game
:
Keep the hearts from reaching the edges of the play area.

Catch a Heart Game 
Catch The Hearts Game
:
Catch as many hearts as you can before time runs out.

Valentine's Day Break Out
Valentine Break Out
:
Use the paddle to keep the ball bouncing and remove the pieces to reveal the Valentine picture.

Dressup HeartDress Up Heart Figures 
5 different heart figures to dress. Lots of lace and bows.

Musical Heart BellsMusical Heart Bells
Valentine Row Swapping Puzzle9-Piece Tile Swap Puzzle
Swap the puzzle pieces to put the picture back together.


ST. VALENTINE ACTIVITY

THE LOVE QUOTES ENCYCLOPEDIA

The Love Quotes Encyclopedia is a rich and widely varied collection of very selective famous quotes and love sayings on all aspects of love and relationships. Among the topics covered here are famous authors, love sayings, romance quotations, seduction , flirting, dating, kissing, women, men, girlfriends and boyfriends. We also have marriage quotes, as well as famous quotations and sayings on engagement, relationships, breakups and sweethearts ... The sources quoted are widely varied as well. You'll find entries from the vast avenues of literature and poetry such as Shakespeare love quotes, D.H. Lawrence quotes, Byron quotations, and Kahlil Gibran quotes just to name a few, many aspiring poets, popular culture (movies, songs, operas) , and other miscellaneous sources.


CLICK ON THE TITTLE


ST. VALENTINE _ PRESENT CONTINUOUS EXERCISE










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jueves, 12 de febrero de 2015

ST. VALENTINE'S STORY

St. Valentine's Story

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law!

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies -- secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.


VALENTINE'S DAY INTERACTIVE GAMES




Here are some Valentine's Day themed interactive games, activities, and project ideas that you can use for learning and for fun



ENGLISH SONG: VALENTINE'S DAY_ Linkin Park




SONG: LOVE IS ALL AROUND - Wet Wet Wet



I FEEL IT IN MY FINGERS
I FEEL IT IN MY TOES
THE LOVE THAT´S ALL AROUND ME
AND SO THE FEELING GROWS

IT´S WRITTEN ON THE WIND
IT´S EVERYWHERE I GO (OH, YES IT IS)
SO IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME
COME ON AND LET IT SHOW

YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU, I ALWAYS WILL
MY MIND´S MADE UP, BY THE WAY THAT I FEEL
THERE´S NO BEGINNING,
THERE´LL BE NO END
´CAUSE ON MY LOVE, YOU CAN DEPEND

I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME
AS I LAY ON MY BED
I CANNOT GET TO THINKING
OF ALL THE THINGS YOU SAID (OH, YES I DID)

YOU GAVE YOUR PROMISE TO ME
Letras4U.com » letras traducidas al español
AND I GAVE MINE TO YOU
I NEED SOMEONE BESIDE ME
IN EVERYTHING I DO, (OH, YES I DO)

YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU, I ALWAYS WILL
MY MIND´S MADE UP, BY THE WAY THAT I FEEL
THERE´S NO BEGINNING,
THERE´LL BE NO END
´CAUSE ON MY LOVE, YOU CAN DEPEND

I GOTTA KEEP IT MOVING

IT´S WRITTEN IN THE WIND
OH, EVERYWHERE I GO
SO IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME
COME ON AND LET IT SHOW
COME ON AND LET IT SHOW
COME ON AND LET IT...
COME ON AND LET IT...
COME ON AND LET IT SHOW
COME ON AND LET IT...
COME ON AND LET IT...
COME ON AND LET IT SHOW



miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY

WHAT IS VALENTINE'S DAY?

 

Valentine's Day, or St Valentine's Day, is celebrated every year on 14 February.
It's the day when people show their affection for another person (or people!) by sending anonymous cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.

And traditionally on Valentine's Day in a leap year - every four years - women can propose marriage to their lovers!

WHY IS IT CALLED VALENTINE'S DAY?

The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was.
The most popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.
Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine thought this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.
When Claudius found out, Valentine was sentenced to death and thrown in jail. There, he fell in love with the jailor's blind daughter.
His love and belief in God cured her blindness, and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "From your Valentine".

WHEN DID CARD SENDING START?

The first Valentine message (apart from the one St Valentine wrote himself!) is thought to be a poem from Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife in 1415.
He was captured at the Battle of Agincourt and was imprisoned in the Tower of London to await execution.
But Valentine's Day didn't become popular in the UK until the 17th century. By the 18th century it was traditional for people to swap handwritten messages of affection.
Printed cards soon replaced these, making it easier for people to say "I love you" secretly.

lunes, 9 de febrero de 2015

SPEAKING EXAMPLE FIRST (FCE)

Link on the photo to practise:



Duración del Speaking: 14 minutos (igual que antes)

Puntuación: 20% del examen (igual que antes)

Partes y número de palabras
Speaking ANTERIOR a enero 2015
Speaking A PARTIR de enero de 2015
Número de partes
 4 partes
Igual: 4 partes
Parte 1
Conversation between examiner and each candidate Duración: 3 minutos
El interlocutor hace, por turnos, a cada candidato preguntas sobre su vida, gustos, estudios.
IgualConversation between examiner and each candidate
El interlocutor hace, por turnos, a cada candidato preguntas sobre su vida, gustos, estudios.
Cambia: 
Duración 2 minutos-  Es 1 minuto más corta.
Nota: Los tiempos no son tan exactos.
Parte 2
Individual “long turn” : 1 minuto and response from second candidate : 30 segundos

A cada candidato se le da dos fotos y se le pide que hable sobre ellas.  Cada candidato deberá responder una pregunta sobre las fotos de su compañero. La respuesta será de 20 segundos.
Se trata de comparar, constrastar, describir y expresar opiniones.
IgualIndividual “long turn”: 1 minuto and response from second candidate: 30 segundos
A cada candidato se le da dos fotos y se le pide que hable sobre ellas.  Cada candidato deberá responder una pregunta sobre las fotos de su compañero. La respuesta será de 20 segundos.

Se trata de comparar, constrastar, describir y expresar opiniones.
Part 3
Two-way conversation between candidates
Duración: 3 minutos

Los candidatos debían interactuar entre ellos en relación con un texto e imágenes con el fin de tomar una decisión. Debían compartir ideas, justificar opiniones, estar de acuerdo, o en desacuerdo, negociar y llegar a un acuerdo
Two-way conversation between candidates
Duración: 3 minutos

Cambia:  Desaparecen las imágenes. Ahora solo hay un texto escrito. Lo demás es igual.
Los candidatos deben interactuar entre ellos en relación con un texto que se les dará a leer. Deben compartir ideas, justificar opiniones, estar de acuerdo, o en desacuerdo, negociar y llegar a un acuerdo.

Part 4
Discussion related to the task in Part 3
Duración: 4 minutos.

Los candidatos responden las preguntas del interlocutor dando y justificando sus opiniones; están de acuerdo, o en desacuerdo, especulando.
IgualDiscussion related to the task in Part 3
Duración: 4 minutos.
Los candidatos responden las preguntas del interlocutor dando y justificando sus opiniones; están de acuerdo, o en desacuerdo, especulando.


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