Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Pexels.com First came taxes on tobacco, then on hard drinks. Okay, for our own good I’ll buy it. Then came taxes on sugary foods, as if this would save people from: eating disorders, weight problems, diabetes. You name it! Meanwhile, more and more ads appear on TV whetting appetites, offering…… Continue reading C1-C2 Listening Interview Donald Williamson on Sin Tax effectiveness
I’m so grateful to have found this video by Freethink, that will not only provide my students with the opportunity to speak about community problems, but it is also witnesses an inspiring approach to dealing with poverty, famine and the feeling of hopelessness. It also proves that WE as CITIZENS CAN rethink how our system…… Continue reading How Urbane Farming Saved a Dallas Community
We are all aware of the importance of speaking English. That’s why you are here, isn’t it? And some of you are even so fortunate as to live in an area where more than one language is spoken. Such is the case of the Balearic Islands where both Spanish and Catalan held the status of…… Continue reading C1/C2 Listening: TED Talks The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain
Hello there! I’ve just change the plugin for these quizzes I made. This one is a sentence completion, so having in mind that you may use a different spacing, or something like that, you may get a lower grade than what you deserve. In any case, you have the answers at the end of the…… Continue reading C1/C2 TED TALKS: Why should you read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding?
Phew! Thank goodness I'm not one of these! - or at least I don't fit into the descriptions mentioned in the video- I might be something else though 🙂 In this listening activity you have a sentence completion where there may be up to three words. Try to keep strict spacing.
Last month I was reading Mark Kermode’s novel ‘How Does it Feel?’, which is a funny and interesing recount of his goal towards becoming a famous popstar. At a certain period of his life, the author enrols in a band that played skiffle, and I thought to myself ‘skiffle! What’s that?’ I hadn’t the slightest…… Continue reading C1-C2 Listening ‘How old-timey skiffle music liberated British rock
Despite water covering 71% of the planet’s surface, more than half the world’s population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. Current estimates predict that by 2040, up to 20 more countries could be experiencing water shortages. These statistics raise a startling question: is the Earth running out of clean water?…… Continue reading C1/C2 Listening TED Talks Are we running out of clean water?
Image by Alexander Andrews Many of my students constantly ask me what I think about Brexit and if this will affect me as a British person living in Spain to which I obviously answer that I AM quite concerned. But what I’m really interested in is how all this Brexit issue fits in with the…… Continue reading C2 The Other Story Behind Brexit
Image Jason Blackeye There has been a lot of talk about the moon lately because fifty years ago man set foot on it. There also seems to be a lot of debate related to whether this actually happened or if it was merely propaganda due to the Space Race. Aware as I am that this… Continue reading Listening Advanced C1: Do We Really Need the Moon?