18 octubre, 2008

Good Luck!

To those who are taking the SLP exam next Monday: GOOD LUCK

If you want to do some tests, visit: English Test.net

07 octubre, 2008

Band of Brothers

As a part of your intensive course, you can watch the series Band of Brothers, which is based on a book by the historian Stephen Ambrose

Regiments in the US military traditionally assign their companies alphabetical designations. Easy Company stands for the alphabetic letter "E", the phonetic designation of the fifth company in a battalion of any given Army regiment before the adoption of the NATO standard alphabet. Today, E Company would be Echo Company.

The series Band of Brothers follows Easy Co. of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, United States Army 101st Airborne Division, from Easy's basic training at Toccoa, Georgia, through the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Bastogne and on to the end of the war.

The title for the book and the series comes from a famous speech delivered by Henry V of England before the Battle of Agincourt in William Shakespeare's Henry V
"We few, we happy few,
we band of brothers;
For he that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother..."

William Shakespeare

Those who missed the first episode can read a recap on
TV.com or watch it on the EasyCo101airborn youtube channel

If you are interested in the real history, why don't you visit the official website of Easy Company?

17 septiembre, 2008

Horario Curso 2008-2009



Grupo 1 = Preescolar 5
L y Mx de 4.00 a 5.00 con Miguel

Grupo 2 = 1º de Primaria
M y J de 5.00 a 6.00 con Chiqui

Grupo 3 = 2º de Primaria
- L y Mx de 5.00 a 6.00 con Miguel
- M y J de 4.00 a 5.00 con Miguel

Grupo 4 = 3º de Primaria
- L y Mx de 4.00 a 5.00 con Chiqui
- M y J de 6.00 a 7.00 con Chiqui.

Grupo 5 = 4º de Primaria
- L y Mx de 6.00 a 7.00 con Miguel
- M y J de 5.00 a 6.00 con Miguel

Grupo 6 = 5º de Primaria
- M y J de 4.00 a 5.00 con Chiqui.

Grupo 7 = 6º de Primaria / 1º E.S.O.
- L y Mx de 5.00 a 6.00 con Chiqui.

Grupo 8 = 1º/2º E.S.O.
- M y J de 6.00 a 7.00 con Miguel

Grupo 9 = 2º/3º E.S.O.
- M y J de 7.00 a 8.00 con Chiqui.

Grupo 10 = 3º/4º E.S.O.
- L y Mx de 6.00 a 7.00 con Chiqui

Bach 1 = 1º de Bachillerato
- L y Mx de 7.00 a 8.00 con Chiqui

Bach 2 = 2º de Bachillerato.
- L y Mx de 7.00 a 8.00 con Miguel

Les recordamos que la equivalencia entre los grupos y los cursos escolares es orientativa.
Aquellos que no sepan qué grupo se les ha asignado, pueden pasar por la academia a consultar los listados o llamar por teléfono.

14 agosto, 2008

IVH and AIDS

05 agosto, 2008

Global Warming

08 julio, 2008

Our little Sharkies singing

video

Aren't they cute?

19 junio, 2008

For Miguel's students

One student in Miguel's classroom asked for this song by the Scorpions



"Wind of Change" was written by Klaus Meine, vocalist of the Scorpions. It appeared on their 1990 album Crazy World, but did not become a worldwide hit single until 1991

The band recorded a Russian-language version of the song, and a Spanish version called Vientos de Cambio, also played by Medina Azahara.

The lyrics celebrate the political changes in Eastern Europe at that time – such as the Polish Round Table Agreement and fall of the Berlin Wall, the increasing freedom in the communist bloc (which would soon lead to the fall of the USSR), and the clearly imminent end of the Cold War.

The Scorpions were inspired to write this song on a visit to Moscow in 1989.
In the first opening lines of the song they mention The Moskva, a river that runs through Moscow, and Gorky Park, an amusement park in Moscow.

(Source: Wikipedia)

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close,like brothers
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

The wind of change blows straight
Into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring
The freedom bell for peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change



02 junio, 2008

Drill Team

A drill team is a marching unit that performs military style maneuvers in parades, at air shows, football half-time shows, and other public venues.

In this video you will get a little bit information about US USMC Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, also known as The Silent Drill Platoon.



If you want to know more, visit these links: US Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, US Marine Corps portal, Marine Barracks Washington


... and just for a laugh: a deck chair drill team for retired guys!

09 mayo, 2008

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly







Do not miss this animation by William Garratt

There was (I know) an old lady (woman) who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess (perhaps) she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
How absurd! she swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
My! what a hog, to swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat, to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat,
She opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat.
She swallow the goat to catch the dog.
She swallowed the dog, to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly
I guess she'll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse...

She's dead of course!!!

29 abril, 2008

The first day of the week

Which is the first day of the week: Sunday or Monday?

In English the days of the week are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Most business and social calendars in America and Canada mark Sunday as the first day of the week, though in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa, Monday is considered the first day of the week and Sunday the seventh day.


Source: Wikipedia








Oh no, no, I never go to work. (x4)


On Mondays, I never go to work.
On Tuesdays, I stay at home.
On Wednesdays, I never feel inclined.
Work is the last thing on my mind.

On Thursdays, it's a holiday!
And Fridays I detest.
Oh it's much too late on a Saturday,
And Sunday is the day of rest.

Oh yes, yes, practice trumpet everyday. (x4)

Practice Monday.
Practice Tuesday.
Practice Wednesday.

Practice Thursday,
And Friday.
And I practiced all night on Saturday,
So on Sundays I played best.

Oh no, no, I never go to work. (x4)

On Mondays, I never go ...

Seven Days Of The Week (I Never Go To Work)
by The Might Be Giants from their album "Here Come The 123s" (2008)

22 abril, 2008

Abierto el plazo de matrícula para los "Sharkies"

Desde hoy, 22 de abril y hasta el próximo 15 de mayo, queda abierto el plazo de matrícula para aquellos de los alumnos que estando matriculados este año en la academia, quieran continuar en ella el próximo curso.

Los nuevos alumnos que quieran ingresar en la academia podrán realizar la matrícula desde el 15 de mayo hasta mediados de septiembre.

El número de plazas por curso es limitado y los alumnos serán admitidos por riguroso orden de matriculación.

Una recomendación

Para aquellos que tienen Imagenio en casa, les recomendamos se paseen por el canal 83: Aprende Inglés TV, con Richard vaughan, un canal enteramente dedicado a la enseñanza del inglés. Tienen programas para estudiantes de todos los niveles. Para más información sobre su programación: Aprende Inglés TV o Vaughan Television

It's worth watching!

03 marzo, 2008

Conditional sentences

First Conditional
If + present simple + future simple

If you don't know me by now, you will never know me (Simply Red)


We can use a modal verb in the if sentence
I can't help you if you don't help yourself. (Amy Winehouse)


(Listen to the song and find a grammatical mistake)


In the main sentence, an imperative can be used instead of a present.
If you need me, call me (Marvin Gaye - Ain't no mountain high enough)


Second Conditional
If + past simple + conditional simple(would + bare infinitive)
What would you do if I sang out of tune? (Joe Cocker / The Beatles)




If I were a rich man

If I were a rich man,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard.


To be continued ....

05 febrero, 2008

One way or another ...

My dear Bachillerato students:

One way or another I'm gonna make you remember how to say "manera" in English. Yeah! I'll do it.




For those who prefer another kind of music:



And now, the end is near,
And so I face the final curtain.
My friends, I'll say it clear;
I'll state my case of which I'm certain.

I've lived a life that's full -
I've travelled each and every highway.
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets? I've had a few,
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course -
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew,
When I bit off more than I could chew,
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.

I've loved, I've laughed and cried,
I've had my fill - my share of losing.
But now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that,
And may I say, not in a shy way -
Oh no. Oh no, not me.
I did it my way.

For what is a man? What has he got?
If not himself - Then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way.

Yes, it was my way.

And for our younger students: This is the Way, a traditional song you can listen to at the British Council site

11 enero, 2008

Sharkito is back!

El pobre Sharkito ha estado muy ocupado últimamente en la academia y os pide disculpas. Tras surfear en la web os trae este video de la BBC sobre la familia y promete que procurará renovar el blog con más frecuencia.



Si queréis ver más, visitad: BBC Active English. Learning English