domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017


COMPLETE LIST:             5f05721cc8991c96f75d45c7360eb858
  1. Cunningham, S & Moor, P. (2015). Cutting Edge. Advanced. UK.: Longman.
  2. Hurdford, J (2003). Semantics, a Coursebook. U.K.: C.U.P.
  3. Saeed, J. (2012). Semantics, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell. ch 1 & 2.
  4. Yule, G. (2016). The Study of Language. UK.: CUP. Ch. 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 17.
  5. MATERIAL FROM THIS BLOG (videos, sites, external links in general)
  6. You should bring SAMPLES (authentic material; fictional, non fictional, multimedia texts) with examples related to THEORY. (examples of sense relations, synonymy, ambiguity, etc, etc)
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1- LANGUAGE in USE>>>> FAIL? >>>> Make up test in February.
2- WRITING tasks? >>>>>>  FAIL? >>>>Make up test in February.
3- LANGUAGE in USE and WRITING tasks? >>> FAIL? >>Make up test in February.

st :-)

lunes, 23 de octubre de 2017


'LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL' is a "campaign that works to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry". Do you want to learn more about them? Click  HERE. Did you know that these organizations exist and what for? 

Which video do you consider more effective? Why? 


Click on THIS LINK and listen to what "ethical shopping" means. 

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"We all need to buy stuff from time to time. But do we think about how our shopping affects people, animals and the environment? Here's how you can love fashion and the world we live in... ". To go on reading, CLICK HERE

Read the following entry -"Are you and Ethical Shopper?"-  


sábado, 29 de julio de 2017


Let's go on investigating and surfing the net to learn more about NARRATIVE genres. Create your STUDY NOTES

Elements of a Story (click HERE)


  • Make a brief summary to explain.:

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Srudents can also learn HOW TO WRITE interesting fictional stories with these games with dice. They're called ROLL-A-STORY games. Students are supposed to through a die (or two) and...

FREEBIE! Roll a story writing prompt.

  • read these boards and relate them to the first part of the entry.
  • describe the game, as if you were writing for a group of teachers/ a book for teachers.
  • Include a brief introduction to the elements of a story.

These roll a story boards will get students writing creatively all year long! There are 25 seasonal and themed boards that are packed with creative story starters! Use these in writing centers, in writing workshop, or for early finishers. Graphic organizers and writing paper are included!These roll a story boards will get students writing creatively all year long! There are 25 seasonal and themed boards that are packed with creative story starters!Resultado de imagen para roll-a-story

DEADLINE: October  3rd



(CLICK on the picture to download the book)

  • Read the whole book, 
  • Create a CONCEPT/MIND MAP that includes ALL the information from the text.
  • ICT:
    • CMAP TOOLS: in your netbooks, it can be used off-line
    • available at (on line, you need to sign in)
    • other ?

DEADLINE: September 30th



An introduction:

What is "literature for children"?
Click here for an introduction.
In this site you'll find more useful information.
Feel free to visit other sites to complete your introduction.

As you may have seen in literature for children there are many important names:


  • Browse these sites and write an account of these writers. Don't forget to mention their nationalities, chronology, general characteristics, etc.
DEADLINE: September 29th


Gothic Literature.

Let's learn more about ... GOTHIC LITERATURE.

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  • Pick up the following material: Unit 3 "Gothic Tales" from the book Text. Building Skills in English
  • Take down study notes.
  • get ready to discuss them in class.

To go further into the topic:

  • Former students' contribution:

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  • Visit the site on "Characteristics of GOTHIC LITERATURE", Click HERE


  • Draw a MIND MAP. 
  • Highlight specific vocabulary.

DEADLINE: September 4

  • Prof. David Punter is a University Professor at University of Bristol. Watch a complete lecture on Gothic Literature (pay special attention to his "perfect" RP!!). 

take down study notes.

  • watch the following video (several times, if necessary)
  • Turn the video into a chart. Include the categories highlighted and complete the columns with the audiotext >>>> CHARACTERISTICS | THE CASTLE | RUINED BUILDINGS...

DEADLINE: September 11

  • Visit the site: "35 Classic Horror Stories" available HERE.
ASSESSMENT: September 11 (or 13 if Monday is a Holiday)
Choose two short stories and read them.
Get ready to write in class.



"Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …" Would you like  to go on reading? CLICK HERE

Film # 6. 
A sample: Watch this trailer for "The Third Man", based on the book written by Graham Green (ˈgreɪəm griːn ). Can you find any similarity with the analysis?

So... let's watch this video to DEFINE Film Noir...

 Now, watch something else,  related to the ORIGINS of Film Noir as a genre.

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  • Read the article on The Guardian.
  • Watch both videos ("Defining Film Noir" and "The Origins of Film Noir").
  • Take down study notes.
    • LANGUAGE in use:
      • write down at least 10 KEY WORDS related to the film genre.
      • take 10 chunks (MAINLY noun phrases) which include NEW vocabulary for you (adjectives or nouns). Write them down and look up the meaning of new vocabulary items.

DEADLINE: August 21


Are you ready to watch a modern example of Film Noir? Watch the short film below and get ready to write.


SEMANTICS: An Introduction

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DEADLINE: August 16

I've created a brief summary for you to understand Chapters 1 & 2 better.



miércoles, 26 de julio de 2017


 Dear @ll,

ONLY these students HANDED IN/ SENT the assignment ON TIME

  1. Paula Salomon, Melisa Panzardo and Florencia Graña: OK
  2. Laniewski, Elisabet and Pineda Gómez, Melisa Rocío: OK
  3. Diana Rodriguez: send me the YOUTUBE VIDEO, please.
  1. Cataldo, Daer, Aboglio: OK

Remember that you have to upload THE VIDEO to a YOUTUBE platform.


viernes, 14 de abril de 2017

Powtoon Tutorials

How to create a video with Powtoon

  1. Go to POWTOON site and log in. 
  2. Then watch these tutorials (or others).
  3. Create a STORYBOARD. Pay attention to the information you're going to select, use appropriate language, use quotation marks (when citing the original material), evaluate the pictures available on the templates and...CREATE!!!



There are MANY tutorials, I liked these ones because they're very clear. Go to Powtoon site and you'll find more!

stella :-)

The Study of Language. George Yule

Here you have Chapter 1 turned into a video. The web2.0 tool used is Powtoon, available HERE

Watch it and compare it to the chapter discussed in class. There are some mistakes in the video, e.g. no quotation marks to QUOTE or show you are using the writer's words, no aknowledgment or bibliography, spelling mistakes, to mention a few. Anyhow, it is very creative.

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  • divide yourselves into groups.
  • choose one chapter for The Study of Language.
  • create a video, similar to this one, with the chapter chosen. Include:
    •  a cover
    • names of students
    • name of teacher & subject
    • name of college
    • bibliography 
  • send me the YOUTUBE URL, and I'll upload it to this virtual space.

DEADLINE: July (BEFORE Winter Holidays)

Bibliography: Yule, G. (2016). The Study of Language. Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16 & 17. U.K.:CUP.

stella :-)

N.B.: every tool suggested is for free!

The Origins of English.

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We're going to watch some videos form Ted-ed. 

  1. Watch them carefully
  2. summarize their content ( 3 videos>>>3 summaries)
  3. answer the questions and learn a lot from them.
  4. add any extra comment, conclusion, etc

  • "Where did English come from?" by Claire Bowern
"When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? Claire Bowern traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers."

Go to THIS LINK and log in. Then go to the THINK section and fulfil those tasks

  • "How languages evolve". by Alex Gendler.
"What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images.."

Go to THIS LINK and log in. Then go to the THINK section and fulfil those tasks 

  • "How did English evolve?" by Kate Gardoqui.
"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."

    Go to THIS LINK and log in. Then go to the THINK section and fulfil those tasks

    Deadline: April 26

    Material adapted from Ted-ed site.

    stella :-)

    jueves, 13 de abril de 2017


    Here you have an excellent grammar book, a classic!

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    (click on the PICTURE to go to the book)


    stella :-)

    LANGUAGE: Study notes.

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    Start with the 2nd entry: STUDY NOTES. Itll take some time:

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    • go through the ten "language modules"
    • draw a chart, mind map, table for EACH module. You can combine more than one module in each chart.
    • complete the excercises.
    • GO BACK to the theory to support your answers.
    Deadline: when we finish analysing the material in class (end of April?)
    stella :-)

    Writing means many things: planning, creating, using good language, being original, rewriting, editing, among many others. EVERYTHING oll be part of your: 



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    Let's begin by creating our PORTFOLIO. It'll be the physical (or
    virtual) place where you are going to add your drafts, written productions, extra material, etc. Start by adding a COVER, introducing yourself, objectives (personal or group) for the subject,  etc.
    Deadline: April 19.

    stella ;-)