Thursday, 19 March 2015

Music Festivals - English Practice for B1

The one and only Glastonbury Festival!

A greener Festival

What does Glastonbury festival need to do to become a green festival?

"We’re delighted to announce that Glastonbury has been Highly Commended in the A Greener Festival 2014 Awards, by the environmental campaign.
Festivals that apply for the scheme must prove to the judges that the festival has meaningful and effective environmental policies and practices to deal with traffic and transport, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and recycling, water conservation, noise pollution, ethical policies and environmental protection. The festivals should also have sustainable office policies. Each event is inspected by one or more independent environmental assessors. The festivals are also invited to provide supporting evidence such as environmental policies, waste management plans, analysis of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions."

Try looking up the following words and phrases;
(Answers will be posted in two weeks from now)
Highly Commended

Environmental Campaign

Apply

Meaningful

Effective environmental Policies

Green house gas emissions

Waste and Recycling

Water Conservation

Noise pollution

Sustainable office policies


Homework:



You would like to go to Glastonbury this summer...
Write a letter to a friend, asking him/her to join you...
Please include:


1. Tell them who is performing
 2. what they need to bring
 3. How you are going to get there and pay for the festival

Take a look at the website below, you can use this website to get the information you need;

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Lethal Frogs - B2 +

Lethal Frogs


Frogs fascinate me! They are truly fascinating creatures... And I would love to know more about them...

I found this recording on the BBC website, why don't you have a listen?

Zoologist Lucy Cooke shares her terrifying encounter with the Golden Poisonous Frog.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02kt2p7


Now try to answer the questions...

Questions

Where does this creature live?

How many minutes does it take to kill you?

What does Lucy mean by a 'loaded gun'?

Where does the frog get it's lethal toxin from?

Homework:

B2: Find out about another lethal creature and write an article about it. 150 words.

C1: Write an article about an encounter with a lethal creature, try to make it entertaining. 200 words

GOOD LUCK!



About Me

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Hello,


If you have read my blog and want to know more about me ... please read on!


Where are you from?

The short answer would be the south of England, but this is not strictly true.  I was born in Bahrain, and I've lived in Spain, Scotland and England.  When I worked for First Choice (Tour operator), I was sent to work in Almeria, Tenerife, Malaga, Corfu and Bulgaria! Then I moved to Brighton. I had a great time there and met some amazing people (you know who you are)! From there I moved to Alicante to become a teacher.  I got a better teaching position in Toledo with Cambridge English plus, there I spent my days correcting exams, teaching kids and Adults... and now I am residing in Ciudad Real with my life partner.


Why did you become an English teacher?

I've always liked the idea of teaching, but I figured it was a good idea to get some life experience before trying to teach. So, that's what I did! I have worked in tourism, insurance, marketing, health and safety, bars and restaurants! Work experience gives you heaps of anecdotes and stories to teach your students about real life!


Why did you decide to become self-employed?

Well, it was an easy decision, I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, cooking, wine tasting, playing games, etc.  When you work in a school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting down at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak.


Why online classes?

I wanted to be able to teach other nationalities and maybe provide a service to people who can't leave their house, or live out in a small village where they don't have access to a language school. Teaching online is intense, it doesn't suit everyone, but the students I have are happy with the classes.


Are online classes better than in person?

If there is a good internet connection, and the student is keen to learn online, then it can be good, but I wouldn't say it was better than in person. Learning online is intense, you have to constantly pay attention, your teacher is able to provide you with visual aids, class notes, etc. You save money on petrol and you save time! When technology improves, it will be possible to join a group, which should be cheaper for you and give you the opportunity to meet other students from around the world!


How do you fill your time?


Well, I keep a blog for my students, the number of readers are increasing everyday, which is encouraging. I won't talk about politics, religion or any subject which may offend any nationality. It's purpose is to give students something to read, which may interest them. Helping them to learn new vocabulary and expressions. I also teach at a nursery in the mornings, and one evening a week I teach children and their parents together! This gives parents the opportunity to learn with their children, making it easier to practise at home. ifriendlymft.blogspot.com English can become part of your everyday lives!


My teenage group are new, and I love teaching them!

ifriendlyteen.blogspot.com


iFriendly Summer project:


Every year I look into summer camps and the options I have to teach during our long hot summers... I have to say there is quite a wide variety of summer camps here in Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland.  I have worked for the Junta de Andalucia and Combination Languages in the U.K. http://www.combinationlanguages.com/


I love Castilla La Mancha and I would rather stay and teach closer to home... I think I have found what I am looking for.  A stunning little village not 50 minutes from my City... Saceruela.


This year I intend to set up a summer camp for kids, aged 10 -16 from the local schools and academies. In 2016 / 17 I intend to attract students from the U.K and Ireland, those who want to learn Spanish, so that we can teach both languages together.  This will enable iFriendly to provide activities for both nationalities and give everyone the chance to learn from each other. A similar set up to my 'Invasion Friendly' project in Brighton, where Spanish speakers and English speakers got together every week to learn from each other in a social environment. This will also be available for adult learners, but on weekends throughout the year.


Invasion Friendly "To promote cultural integration and change. Give the word invasion new meaning. A safe way for travellers to learn languages."


Check out this stunning village saceruela.blogspot.com


I teach English through wine tasting events in Ciudad Real, at Taberna Vinalia https://www.facebook.com/iluminavinalia?fref=ts#_=_. Check out our events on Facebook.


From April 2014 to December 2014, I worked on a Tourism project in Toledo, due to the long commute I no longer teach the course.


And last but not least, I teach English online!


For Skype English classes Contact Lisa Jane by email lis.j.grant@gmail.com

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