Intensive Advanced 2

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Advanced 2. Listening comprehension: Revision exercises for Easter.

Obsessions. Click here (Select to see the key: 1B   2A   3D   4E   5C   )

The environment: Click here. Listen and do the gap-filling exercise you can find in the page.
Select to see the key: natural / activity / global warming / factors / greenhouse / fossil / human beings / temperature 

Technology: click here. Listen from the beginning of the video until 2:11 and fill in the gaps with 1 or 2 words (Select to see the key)

Hedy Lamarr was a 1930s leading actress who was famous both for her stunning looks and her innovative mind. Listen to the programme and find out more  about this talented woman.  

1.- The film star and the musician managed to get the patent for a(n)       top-secret      military communication system.
2.- Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood star but she also revolutionized wireless communications. 
3.- Her husband was one of Austria's most notorious    arms dealers
4.- After dinner, it was inevitable that Hedy could overhear conversations about weapons and warfare
5.- Hedy drugged her maid with sleeping pills . 
6.- Although she was famous for her beauty, Hedy wanted to be famous for her brains as well.
7.- Hedy had an idea for controlling torpedoes via    radio

All the videos are subtitled, so if there's anything you don't understand you can either ask me in class or turn the subtitles on.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Advanced 2. The Environment

Words to talk about the environment. Click here and here.
Click here and check out some useful words and expressions together with short presentations about climate change, sources of energy and environmental issues.
For other useful expressions, click here and here as well.
Reading comprehension. Click here

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Advanced 2. Saint Patrick's Day.

If you want to learn some interesting expressions related to Saint Patrick's Day, click here and watch the video. Enjoy!

Saint Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in the Emerald Isle. Today, it is also celebrated by Irish communities all over the world.  If you want to find out more about the origins of the holiday, click here.

Saint Patrick's Day

Today is March 17! For the Irish this particular day is full of symbolism because they celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. Click here if you want to know more about Saint Patrick's history.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Advanced 2: Buying or renting property?

Would you rather buy a house or rent it? Watch the following video. Click here.
homeowner: propietario
renter/ tenant: inquilino
landlord / landlady: el casero /casera
monthly rent check: alquiler mensual
a down payment: una señal, un pago inicial (a sum paid in advance)
a washer-drier: una lavadora-secadora
equity: patrimonio neto, participación en la propiedad
shag carpeting: alfombra / moqueta de pelo largo
to chip away: socavar
outright. totalmente
lay out a good chunk of change: desembolsar un buen "pellizco"
cost-effective: rentable
to upkeep: mantener

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Advanced 2. The history of English

Quite by chance, yesterday I came across this 1943 film which tells the history of the English language. I hope you find it interesting. Click here. (Source: The British Council)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Advanced 2. International Women's Day.

Happy International Women's Day everybody! As we have been talking about this topic in class, I thought it might be useful to post some more material that you may find interesting. In this post you can read more about micro-chauvinism (here) and watch a fantastic video (here) about education and chauvinism (credit for the video goes to María Loureiro).

“Sexual, racial, and gender violence, among other kinds of cultural discrimination, cannot be eliminated without first changing the culture.”

-Charlotte Bunch-