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Posted by marisadedios on July 4, 2008

We are all quite worried about the economic slowdown. How will it affect our own economy? Well, I hope you find this programme interesting. This time you have to fill in the gaps, similar to the exercises we did in class, OK? Click on the burger to get started.

Some of you have already sent me an essay and asked about topics for writing the next one. How about writing a long comment about your personal opinion on this issue?

Animations - burger-01


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Posted by marisadedios on May 9, 2008

A few days ago, I friend sent me an email that says there is a little girl who has six months to live. People are asked to forward the email about her to as many people as possible because the American Cancer Society will give 3 cents per email to support her treatment. It starts with a poem titled Slow Dance. Well I was almost taken in by the hoax. The poem has actually been taken from a psychologist’s website.

However, I like the poem and I think it is food for thought so I wanted to share it with you.

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.


In the BBC world service you can find more about The Hoax, a film which stars Richard Gere. The film is based on a true story – how, in 1971, a writer called Clifford Irving tried to get a fake autobiography of the superstar millionaire Howard Hughes published and make himself extremely rich in the process…

Film critic Nigel Andrews uses lots of informal expressions to talk about the setting of the film


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Posted by marisadedios on March 14, 2008

Listening podcast: BBC radio Women’s hour

First you need to download the teenagers-staying-over document.

Read the statements for TEENAGER 1. Then, click on the audio link and listen to what she says. You will probably need to listen to it twice to fill in the gaps. Do the same for the rest of the teenagers.

For the second part, read the definitions and stop the listening everytime you think you have heard a synonymous word or expression.

Finally check, as usual, with “ver ocultos”.

As Easter homework you have to write a discursive essay about the topic I gave in class. Alternatively, you can write it about this topic, OK?


Download from BBC

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Listen again: Scottish news

Posted by marisadedios on March 1, 2008

Would you like to listen to the BBC Scotland news again?

You can also try to do the exercises once more news-20feb exercises

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listening practice

Posted by marisadedios on February 2, 2008

Since some of you were worried about listening last Friday, I keep looking for interesting links to help you. Here goes one.


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crime vocabulary listening

Posted by marisadedios on January 30, 2008

How about listening to this podcast about crime? Do you dare to write the tapescript?

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