Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


1. Surf the net/web – to spend time looking at different pages on the Internet.
  • He stayed up all night surfing the net.
2. Get your wires crossed –a misunderstanding between people, usually related to making arrangements.
  •  I’m afraid they got their wires crossed and he printed the wrong book.
  • We got our wired crossed about when to meet.
3. To take by storm – to captivate people ‘s attention; when something becomes very popular
  • The new politician is really taking this town by storm! The new movie is taking theaters by storm.
4. It went viral -quickly and widely spread or popularized especially by person-to-person electronic communication.
  • A viral video. It was amazing how fast the story went viral.
5. Behind closed doors – Events which take place hidden from view.
  • The meeting took place behind closed doors. The presidents made plans behind closed doors.
6. Both sides of the coin – To see both points of view in an argument.
  • To be a diplomat, you must see both sides of the coin.
  • Being able to understand both sides of the coin is important for building strong relationships and bringing unity.
7. Pull the wool over (someone’s) eyes – To deceive.
  • She is angry because they pulled the wool over her eyes.
  • He is a sharp man! You cannot easily pull the wool over his eyes.
8. Raise/lift the curtain – To make something public; disclose.
  • The president decided to lift the curtain on the new plans.
  • When will you lift the curtains for the new story line?
9. Turn a blind eye – To ignore something and pretend not to see it.
  • Too many people turn a blind eye to the helpless. Instead of helping her, he just turned a blind eye.
10. No news is good news – If you don‘t hear any news it means nothing is wrong.
  • A: Have you heard from them yet? I’m worried!
  • B: Don’t worry. No news is good news.
11. Whistle-blower – a person who tells police, reporters, etc., about something (such as a crime) that has been kept secret.
  • Edward Snowden, formerly of the CIA, blew the whistle on the NSA.
  • The journalist was a famous whistle blower after exposing the truth.
12. A corporate whistle-blower [=a person who works for a corporation and tells people about the corporation’s illegal activities]

1. How many TV channels do you watch? Do you think that more TV channels mean more variety and better programmes?
2. What kind of programmes do you enjoy / hate?
3. What do you think of the standard of TV programmes in general?
4. Do you normally change channels when the adverts come on? Why? Why not?
5. What do you think of TV shows that are designed to “discover new talent”?
6. Do you think that TV, radio and the Internet have made newspapers irrelevant? Explain your answer.
7. Do you ever read newspapers? Do you read them online? Why? Why not?
8. Do you always follow the same news bulletin and weather forecast? Explain your answer.
9. Do you think the Internet is a reliable source of information? Explain your answer.

Many people spend quite a lot of time on social media on a daily basis. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other social networking sites allow users to share and interact with online content and to connect with people. Talk about the role of social media in your life.
Include, at least, two of the following points:
 What do social media mean to you? How many do you belong to?
 What are the good and bad points of social media?
 Can social media be dangerous?
 Why do we use social media?

Advertising is all around us and it is extremely difficult to escape its influence. Talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the massive influence of advertising in our lives.
Include, at least, two of the following points:
 Advertising channels: print media / Internet / tv / radio / outdoor media (e.g. posters).
 Types of advertising: institutional advertising / product advertising.
 Personal experience: to what degree are you influenced by advertising?
 Food / toy companies advertising kids online.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


- Find some vocabulary HERE
- ROB, STEAL and BURGLE. See the difference HERE 

-SPEAKING. Discuss the correct punishment for some heinous (and not so heinous) crimes in the powerpoint below. Justify your answers.
  1. Is your city a safe place to live? Why?
  2. Does your city have any dangerous areas? Where are they?
  3. Are you afraid to walk outside after dark? Why?
  4. Do you know anyone who has been robbed? If so, what happened?
  5. Have you ever been robbed? Have you ever had something stolen from you?
  6. Is it ever okay to break the law? If so, when?
  7. What are some things people can do to protect themselves from crime?
  8. What are some things that are legal but you personally think should be illegal?
  9. What are some things that are illegal but you personally think should be legal?
  10. What crimes have you heard about recently in the news?
  11. What do you think is the worst crime a person could commit? Why?
  12. What crimes do you think will increase in the future? Why?
  13. What crimes do you think will decrease in the future? Why?
  14. Does your country have the death penalty? If so, for what crimes can people receive the death penalty?
  15. Do you think the death penalty is a fair punishment? Why?
  16. Are there any reasonable alternatives to the death penalty? What?
  17. Why do people steal things?
  18. Have you ever had anything stolen from you?
  19. Have you ever stolen anything?
  20.  What crimes have been on the news recently?
  21.  Do you know anyone who has been robbed or burgled? What happened?
  22.  Have you, or anyone you know, been stopped by the police when driving? If not, why are people usually stopped by the police when driving?
  23.  How can your prevent things from being stolen?
  24.  Can you describe a time when you cheated and it helped you?
  25.  What would you do if you saw somebody shoplifting?
  26.  Do you think graffiti is vandalism or art? Explain your answer.
  27.  Do you think that having trials with a jury is a good system? Would you like to be a member of a jury? Why? Why not?
  28.  In your opinion, what kinds of crime are likely to decrease in the future? And to increase?
Nowadays, there are several methods for tackling crime. Talk to each other about the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
Include, at least, two of the following points:
 Security cameras / police patrol ...
 Education: at schools / community service ...
 Making your house safe: alarm.
 Punishment: fines / prison.
Americans believe, almost without exception, that violent crime is increasing. Do you agree this is also the case in Spain? Talk about it. Include, at least, two of the following points:
 Is your area dangerous?
 What kinds of crime are usual in Spain?
 What could the causes of violence be?
 How can poverty contribute to circumstances that may facilitate crime? What are the causes of white-collar crime, e.g. tax fraud / environmental crime / economic crime ...?
There have been changes to animal welfare laws in Spain and nowadays cruelty against animals is considered unacceptable by a growing number of people. However, there are still controversial aspects such the persistence of bullfighting and animal shows in local festivals. Talk about Spaniards’ attitude towards the welfare of animals.
Include, at least, two of the following points:
 Kinds of mistreatment: neglect / abandonment / physical abuse / cruel sacrifices ...
 Controversial shows: bullfighting/ local festivals involving animals / circus shows with performing animals.
 To what extent is cruelty against animals legally punished in Spain?
 Role of animal protection associations: are they relevant enough in Spain?


a) Produccion escrita (120-140 words): Choose 1 of the 2 options on page 118.
1. “Downloading music or films without paying is as much of a crime as stealing from a shop” OR
 2. “Squatters who live in an unoccupied property should not be forced to leave it”

b) Interacción escrita (60-70 words). A review email

You have spent a weekend at the B&B in Barnes, London. You have been asked to send a review of your stay to by email for other travellers around the world. Decide whether your stay fully met your expectations and say whether you would recommend this B&B and who it is suitable for.

Deadline: 25th-26th April 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Resultado de imagen de modal verbs

- Find more notes about the modals HERE


1) modal + V (inf)

modal  + have + P. P.

2) modal + BE + V (-ing)

 Very probable +
          must (deber)    can   

Possibly true  +
may / might / could    can   (puede que)
 Very improbable -
can’t              mustn’t    (no deber)

Possibly not true -
may / might  (not) (puede que no)