A blog especially designed for NA1students at EOI

January 8, 2018

British & US History

How much do you know about British and American history?
Here we have a few highlights.
After you have read the information, answer the questions that follow:


COMPREHENSION:
  1. When was Stonehenge built?
  2. Who were the Celts /kelts/?
  3. What's Londinium?
  4. Where did the Anglo-Saxons come from?
  5. For how long did the Vikings settle in Britain?
  6. Who was William the Conqueror?
  7. Why are Henry VIII and Elizabeth I renowned in history?
  8. When did the World Wars take place?

A brief look at US history
 Native Americans have lived there for thousands of years. English people in 1607 went to the place now called Jamestown, Virginia. Other European settlers went to the colonies, mostly from England and laterGreat BritainFranceSpain, and the Netherlands also colonized North America. Many Native Americans were killed, died of disease or lost their land.
In 1775, a war between the thirteen colonies and Britain began, when the colonists were upset over changes in British policies. On July 4, 1776, rebel leaders made the United States Declaration of Independence. They won the Revolutionary War and started a new country. They made a constitution in 1787 and a Bill of Rights in 1791. George Washington, who had led the war became its first president. The new nation faced many controversial issues, such as slavery.
During the 19th century, the United States gained much more land in the West and began to become industrialized. In 1861, several states in theSouth left the United States to start a new country called the Confederate States of America. This caused the American Civil War. After the war,Immigration resumed. Some Americans became very rich in this Gilded Age and the country developed one of the largest economies in the world.
In the early 20th century, the United States became a world power, fighting in World War I and World War II. Between the wars, there was an economic boom called the Roaring Twenties when people became richer and a bust called the Great Depression when most were poorer. The Great Depression ended with World War II.
The United States and the Soviet Union entered the Cold War. This included wars in Korea and Vietnam. During this time, African-Americans,Chicanos, and women sought more rights. In the 1970s and 1980s, the United States started to make fewer things in factories. The country then went through the worst recession it had since the Great Depression. At the end of the 1980s the Cold War ended, helping the United States out of recession. The Middle East became more important in American foreign policy, especially after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

COMPREHENSION:
  1. By whom and when did the settlements in America begin?
  2. When did US become independent?
  3. Who was the first US president?
  4. What caused the American Civil War?
  5. What is the Great Depression?
  6. What significant fact took place at the end of the 1980s?_______________________________________________
Finally, you can watch this video and revise some facts.

December 14, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Candlelit Heart

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
Across the distance…something we can share.
You will be singing, 
just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.
I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see —
Tonight I glimpse beyond the here and now.
And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart.
_A Poem by Mary E. Linton_______________________________________
My dear students,
I really hope you enjoy this holiday season and your new year goes wonderfully
Best regards

Dulce

November 1, 2017

ANSWERS to Writing bank ( A story)

Here are the correct answers to exercises a, b, c, & d (page 114)

a) He wrote an email which had a negative comment about his boss's wife in it and he accidentally sent it to his boss.
Eventually, he was sacked.

b) 2 quite    3 well     4 aggressive      5 frequently    6 new    7 fond    8 quick    9 immediately    10 An hour later

c) 'I want to talk to you about an email you sent,' Mr Simpson said coldly.

d) 1 AT that moment
    2 As soon AS
    3 Ten minutes LATER
    4 ONE morning in September
    5 just IN time 

* Remember to write a 50- word story and a short story for Monday, 6th .

* GET SOME MORE PRACTICE ON ADVERBS AND ADVERBIAL PHRASES HERE:

Enjoy your weekend! ;-)

October 12, 2017

Travelling and Holidays

Hello there!
Watch this video and revise and extend the vocabulary we've seen in class.



Now go HERE and learn all you need about airport vocabulary.

October 4, 2017

Psychics, Fortune Tellers and the like...

Hello everyone,

Here we have three activities to work with> 1) reading for pleasure; 2) video and questions; 3) Reading and creating your own questions:


___________________________________________________READING 1_____
Psychic readings are more than just predicting the future. They are true spiritual consultations. In many ways, talking to a psychic is like talking to a therapist or a good friend. They will listen to you and offer suggestions, all the while reminding you that you have free will.
Overall a psychic reading will give you a little more clarity to your situation. It may also give you information that you were not quite ready for, but a psychic’s job is to help you, not tell you what you want to hear. Although some details may be slightly challenging, a reading will give you some a-ha moments and enlighten you.

Fortune telling is often synonymous with psychic reading, and while they share certain element, they are not one in the same. Many times fortune telling is focused on the future rather than taking a holistic view of people and their problems. You may find that a fortuneteller asks you a lot questions in order to gain information or “hits.”
If you are seeing a fortuneteller in person, you’ll be sized up by your appearance, mannerisms, speech, etc. These techniques are known as “cold reading.” The idea is for the reader to pick up signals in order to gain knowledge about you to use for a reading. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you may not end up with an authentic reading.
When having your fortune told, you are often given vague details. You may be told that you will meet a new lover or that money is coming your way. They rarely mention free will or your own self-empowerment. You will often be told what you want to hear, not what will truly help you on your path. 

Essentially it’s a parlor trick—fun and exciting for the time being—but not to be taken seriously.

____________________________________VIDEO and QUESTIONS___________

(C) Questions by Cristina 

Watch the video and answer the questions:

1  For how long has Amanda been a psychic?

2  When did she realize she was a psychic medium?

3  In which period of her life did she disconnect from seeing spirits?

4  What does she call the second sight?

5 Are there other people in her family with it?

6  What did she use to do throughout her teen years at family get-togethers? Did she enjoy it?

7 How does she get the messages from the spirits? What happens when they communicate with her? How does she see and feel them?

8  How many spiritual guides does she have? Are they always there? Are the messages clear?

9  Does she ever lose her psychic ability?

________________________________________READING 2__________


 READ this text about PALMISTRY and MAKE/ WRITE FIVE questions to ask your partners next day in class:

From Chinese Palmistry (Chinese Palm Reading)

Palmistry with the meaning of palm reading or hand prediction is to learn about a person’s personality, fortune and future by analyzing his/her hands. It is also called Chiromancy. By reading one’s palm lines, hand shape and size, finger length and flexibility, fingernail…, we can predict their character traits, health, wealth, wisdom, career, marriage and many more aspects.
The palmistry has its roots in Indian, Chinese astrology as well as Roman fortune-telling.
Before reading your palm, you should choose the right hand to read and the left for supplement. 

    The life line is one of the three major lines in palm reading. It starts from the palm edge between the thumb and forefinger and extends to the base of the thumb. You can find its exact location from the left picture.
Most of the people may think the line is used to see the length of one's life. It's a partial understanding. In fact, it mainly reflects a person's physical vitality and life energy. Also, it shows if one will have accidents or serious illnesses during the whole life.
 If other lines of your palm are clear and only the life line is absent, it's not a good sign. It indicates a poor health and a short life. You are easy to get sick or have accidents during the whole life.
 A long, deep, tender and rosy life line stands for that you are highly resistant to disease. On the contrary, the short life line shows you are susceptible to illness.

A broken life line represents an unexpected accident, danger, disaster or illness during the life. The greater the interval is, the longer the illness will last. 

    The heart line (also called love line) is just above the head line starting from the edge of the palm under the little finger, running across the palm and ending below the middle finger or forefinger or the place where they join. 
 The heart line usually shows a person's attitude to love and quality of love. Whether you have a deep affection or not, your emotion is complicated or simple, if your love and marriage life go smoothly and whether you could have a good personal relationship can all be reflected from the line.  
In general, if your heart line is deep, clear, curved, unbroken, not mixed or disorderly and extends to the forefinger or between the forefinger and middle finger, you have a good love life and emotion. If there are two or three forks at the end, it’s much better. It shows you are responsible, good - hearted, friendship weight and popular among friends.

    The head line (also wisdom line) is the second important line in palm reading. It starts from the palm edge between the thumb and forefinger, and extends across the palm in the middle part with the life line below and the  above. You can find its exact location from the left picture. 
The head line reveals a person's wisdom, belief, attitude, thinking ability, strain capacity, creative ability as well as abilities of memory, self-control and more. 

In general, a deep and thin head line is good for a person. If you have such a line, it indicates you are smart. 

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Have a nice weekend!!!