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Dos amigas del alma

Show your city to your Dutch partner visiting the following sights and places of interest in your neighbourhood (Barri Centre):


City council, Santa Maria Church, city council square, main marquet (Mercat Centre), train station (RENFE), Marta Mata library (Titàn cinema), the Castle, Can Trabal country house (masia de Can Traval).

Take a photo of both of you in each of these places, write three to five lines describing it and record a short video in English about each place where you are (explain what you have written: say the name and why is it famous or important -one or two minutes). When the project is done, your pictures and videos will be posted on a google maps site. 

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(by Judit Escuredo)

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is celebrated on the 17th of March. Learn more information about this important day watching the following video. When you finish answer the questions below. Enjoy it 🙂




  1. Which other name/s does Saint Patrick’s day have?
  2. Who was Saint Patrick?
  3. When did Saint Patrick live?
  4. Who celebrates Saint Patrick?
  5. Which is the most famous Irish drink?
  6. Which are the colours associated with the Irish? Are there any other things related to them?
  7. Where does the biggest celebration of Saint Patrick take place?
  8. When did Saint Patrick die?
  9. What relation does Saint Patrick have with religion?
  10. What did he do with snakes? What did them represent?
  11. In which century were the Saint Patrick’s day parades established? Which other important event took place?
  12. Where have the five biggest parades been held in recent years? Which is the largest one?
  13. When was Saint Patrick’s day first celebrated in America? In which city?
  14. Why Saint Patrick’s day has become so popular in the US and elsewhere?

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(by Judit Escuredo)

Watch the following presentation and do the task described below. 

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What if money didn’t matter?




  • Dear students,

    I would like you to watch the prezzi again. We have not had time to watch all of it in class, so note that there are two more slides that you have not seen yet. I want you to take your time and go through the prezzi, watch the video again (with subtitles if needed) and finally write a composition (5-10 lines) and add it as a comment in this post, containing the following issues:

  • -What is the main idea of the video?

  • -Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  • -Who is speaking? Who is he adressing? What is he explaining? What is his objective?

  • -Which jobs does he mention?

  • -Which is your favourite quote? (take two of them from the ones given in the video and compare them)

  • -Which is your favourite image? (compare them)

    Remember to use the comparative and superlative adjectives and also the negative form not as…as to write.

    Have a nice weekend 🙂


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The 85th Academy Awards held on February 24th. 


  • Did you know any of the nominations for best film, best director, best actor and actress in a leading role, best actor and actress in a supporting role or best foreign language film this year? Have you already watched any of these films? Which is your favourite one? Why?

  • Which films did finally win the Oscar? Do you agree with the results? Why? Why not? Did you know that you can always vote online for the Oscars at NY Times website

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Below you will find some funny or touching and moving moments that took place in different Oscars ceremonies. Enjoy them 🙂 

Academy Award Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Funny Moments

Adrien Brody winning an Oscar for The Pianist

Roberto Beningni winning an Oscar for La Vita è Bella

And The Oscar goes to…..Peeeeeeeedroo!!!! (for All about my Mother)

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  • If you want to know more information about the Academy Awards (history, nominations, ceremonies, Oscar statuette, venues…) you will find it here.
  • Six of the best-picture Oscar nominees in 2012 ( “The Help,” “Moneyball,” “The Descendants,” “Hugo,” “War Horse” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” ) were books first.  Do you remember any other films that were books first? If you don’t, you’ll find a long list here. Which is better, the movie or the book?



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Central Station NY

The Floor of Grand Central Terminal, viewed from the catwalk (Maya Bernstein/WNYC)

I. Pre-viewing activities. Match these words or expressions with their definitions.

  1. facade
  2. heydays
  3. cross-country
  4. luster
  5. wrecking ball
  6. hub
  7. relic
  8. gear

a) a heavy iron or steel ball used to demolish old buildings
b) the front of a building, especially a large or attractive building
c) the brightness that a shiny surface has
d) the most successful or popular period of someone or something
e) a device, often consisting of connecting sets of wheels with teeth (= points) around the edge, that controls how much power from an engine goes to the moving parts of a machine
f) the central or main part of something where there is most activity
g) travelling long distances
h) an object, tradition or system from the past which continues to exist

II. Watch this video and answer to the following questions:

  1. When did Grand Central Terminal first open?
  2. Why does the reporter say that it lost its luster in the years after World War II?
  3. Who saved it from the wrecking ball? When?
  4. When was it renovated?
  5. How many people come through Grand Central Terminal everyday? Why is the figure so significant?
  6. What is the relic of the past which can be found in the sub basement?
  7. On which side of the terminal is the famous stained-glass clock tower?
  8. What is particular about this clock?

III. Homework:

1. Have a look at this photo gallery on denverpost.com (and read the information above and below the pictures) and answer to these questions or complete the sentences below. Submit your answers with comments on this blog.

a) Where trains used by most people in 1913?
b) How many trains per day does Metro-North Railroad operate?
c) the Grand Central Terminal sub-basement is the _______est basement in the city.
d) Above what street does the antique Tiffany clock sit?
e) What is the meaning of ‘commuter’? Make a sentence using the word.
f) Grand Central Station is the world’s largest terminal, covering _____ acres with ____ miles of track.

2. Have a look at this CNN photo gallery. Comment on which picture you liked the most and/or which you found the most shocking. Say why.

IV. Extra activity (optional). Watch this NYT video on your own and answer to the questions. Send them to me by e-mail.

(by Mireia Xortó)

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