Thursday, November 29, 2012

This Week's Explorer

One hundred years on, the hut built by Scott and his team still stands
In our NI2 class, we've been reading about the British explorer, Captain Robert Scott and his failed expedition to be the first to reach the South Pole. Today, he still continues to inspire many people, although others see him as an emblem of incompetence and poor leadership. Read more about his story here.

This Week's Message

Students of NI Two are having a get-together on Friday 7th December. They are meeting in The Wok Restaurant in El Muelle Shopping Centre at 9.30 pm. Interested? Either contact Armando, or simply go along.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This Week's Soapbox


Marriage has changed tremendously over the last 30 years in Spain. What`s the matter? Is marriage becoming obsolete?

I don´t look back on those days with sentimentality because it was a hard time. Marriage was supposed to be the only context in which people could regularly have sex or raise children. Divorced or unmarried men were judged less qualified for a job, and sexually active single women were stigmatized. Furthermore, children born out of wedlock had no legal rights from the point of view of inheritance, healthcare and other matters.

 Women simply didn’t have the same rights as men. We needed our husband’s permission if we wanted to travel or to buy something. Then, around 1981, the Government recognised the equality of married women: they announced new laws and house rules started to change. A few years later, the discrimination against the female genre was totally eliminated, especially when Spain became a member of the European Union.

 Fortunately, nowadays, we have all kind of weddings. You can choose according to your condition. If you are a religious person you could have a church wedding, the nonbelievers a registry-office wedding and if you want to recognise your partner the best way could be a common-law marriage. Finally, if your partner has the same sex, you can have a gay marriage. 

Consequently, the kind of wedding doesn’t matter. Today, nobody would be scandalized and nothing should surprise us. We just need to be respectful, polite and open-minded.

 Even if marriage becomes obsolete, true love will persist.
Fernanda NA2
Note from Diane: "soapbox" is a temporary platform where people stand to give their opinion about something. It's very typical to see and listen to orators on their soapboxes in Hyde Park, London on Sunday mornings. If you don't like what they are saying, you can simply shout, "Get off your soapbox, mate!"

Is there anything about which you'd like to get on your soapbox?

This Week's Speech

In NI2 our theme this week is History and Politics. You might enjoy this amazing video of Charlie Chaplin's 1940 anti-fascist speech put to music by Melody Sheep.

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor, that’s not my business. I should like to help everyone if possible – Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich, and can provide for everyone. But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls
Has barricaded the world with hate
We think too much and feel too little
More than machinery, we need humanity
More than cleverness, we need kindness
Without these qualities life would be violent
And all would be lost
Do not despair
The hate of men will pass
And dictators die
And the power they took from the people
Will return to the people
Let us all unite!
Let us fight for a new world
To do away with greed
Now let us fight to free the world
To fulfill that promise
Let us all unite!
Soldiers, don’t give yourselves to brutes
Men who despise you and slave you
Tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel
Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men
Machine men with machine minds and machine hearts
You are not machines
You are men
You the people have the power
To make this life free and beautiful
Let us use that power
To make this life a wonderful adventure

Source: Ferlazzo

This Week's Photo (2)

This breathtakingly beautiful landscape scene was taken by Ana Elisa in NA2. Any guesses as to where it might be?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This Week's Fashion


Source: The Guardian Newspaper

This Week's Photo

Pedro (NA2) took this landscape photo with a Rollei 45. Does anyone recognise it?!

Monday, November 26, 2012

This Week's Answer Key NI One

17. 1 21  2 walk  3  America  4 swimming  5 internet  6 dolphin

18. 1A  2A  3B  4A  5B  6B

19. 1C  2C  3A  4B  5C  6A

20.  1 College  2 10 am to 6 pm  3 craft workshop  4 horse rides  5 tools  6 student’s café  7  £10

21. 1A  2B  3B  4A  5B  6A

22. 1C  2C  3B  4B  5C  6C

23. 1 leaves  2 dry  3 plastic bag  4 stone  5 sunny  6 weeks

24. 1B  2A  3B  4A  5B  6A

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This Week's Composition

        It is not only the title of a wonderful song by Bob Dylan, but also the anthem of a generation. For many young people of the 60s, this song reflected the social, political and culture changes that were taking place, not only in the United States but also in the rest of the world. However, after fifty years, can we really say that things have changed? The hippie movement, the sexual revolution, equality between men and women . . . but have times really changed? And if so, have these changes been for better or for worse?
        Sometimes, I have the feeling that things have not changed much, especially when I hear news of abuse and gender violence crimes, especially when those stories are about young people that are not over 30. Young people today have more information from school, Internet, television, radio or dialogue with their own parents. Nevertheless, studies say that women still lag behind men in all areas of society. They earn less money than men despite performing the same jobs, and they spend more time on housework than men, although they also work outside the home. Last but not least, women suffer violence by their partners and, in some cases by their own children, too.
        Considering this, we can say that the women of today differ very little or not at all from our grandmothers or great-grandmothers. Young people may now have more information, but that information is not translated into more respect between men and women.
        Personally, I think that, apart from musical tastes and fashions, we have failed to learn the lessons from our recent history. Will our children learn from our mistakes? I hope so, for the good of humanity.

Tito NA2

This Week's Landscape

I'm sending you one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. It's Lake Matheson in New Zealand. That day we woke up very early so as to take the picture without the gentle breeze. If the breeze blows on the lake, then the surface doesn't seem like a mirror. It was worth it and I can't get it out of my head. The landscapes in New Zealand are awesome. I hope you enjoy it.

Idaira NA2

Saturday, November 24, 2012

This Week's Competition

Fancy making a short video about your learning experiences at EOI de Santa Brígida? For more information, click here.

Week Beginning 19th November

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This Week's Speaking Idea


Buenos días,
Les escribo para presentarles una nueva iniciativa para los alumnos de la EOI que quieran mejorar su inglés oral de forma fácil, eficaz y económica.
Nuestra academia online ofrece clases de conversación en inglés con profesores nativos online usando el programa de videoconferencia Skype. Las clases son individuales o en grupos de 3 alumnos, por lo cual les puede salir muy económico si forman un pequeño grupo con gente de su clase de la EOI.
Citando el código “EOI”, les regalamos 2 clases GRATIS con la primera compra de un pack de sólo 5 clases. Además, les damos una clase de prueba gratis antes de realizar ningún pago para que vean lo fácil que es tomar clases de conversación online.
Hay más información sobre nuestros cursos, precios y profesores en nuestra página web: Además, adjunto les mando un archivo con una presentación de nuestra empresa.
Les ruego echar un vistazo a la página web y recomendarnos a sus alumnos, ya que resulta una manera muy eficaz de mejorar el inglés oral.
Quedo a su disposición ante cualquier duda o consulta.
Un cordial saludo.
Gregory Pioli
Director, OLA


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Week's Landscapes

A lone bull elephant ambles along, dwarfed by Kilimanjaro in the background

For more "Best Landscapes", click here. Or why don't you send us one of your landscape photos?

This Week's Composition


En castellano existen los participios activos como derivado de los tiempos verbales. El participio activo del verbo atacar es "atacante"; el de salir es "saliente"; el de cantar es "cantante" y el de existir, "existente". ¿Cuál es el del verbo ser? Es "ente", que significa "el que tiene entidad", en definitiva "el que es". Por ello, cuando queremos nombrar a la persona que denota capacidad de ejercer la acción que expresa el verbo, se añade a este la terminación "-nte". Así, al que preside, se le llama "presidente" y nunca "presidenta", independientemente del género (masculino o femenino) del que realiza la acción.

De manera análoga, se dice "capilla ardiente", no "ardienta"; se dice "estudiante", no "estudianta"; se dice "independiente" y no "independienta"; "paciente", no “pacienta"; "dirigente", no dirigenta"; "residente", no "residenta”.

Y ahora, la pregunta: nuestros políticos y muchos periodistas (hombres y mujeres, que los hombres que ejercen el periodismo no son "periodistos"), ¿hacen mal uso de la lengua por motivos ideológicos o por ignorancia de la Gramática de la Lengua Española ? Creo que por las dos razones. Es más, creo que la ignorancia les lleva a aplicar patrones ideológicos y la misma aplicación automática de esos patrones ideológicos los hace más ignorantes (a ellos y a sus seguidores).

Lamento haber aguado la fiesta a un grupo de hombres que se habían asociado en defensa del género y que habían firmado un manifiesto. Algunos de los firmantes eran: el dentisto, el poeto, el sindicalisto, el pediatro, el pianisto, el golfisto, el arreglisto, el funambulisto, el proyectisto, el turisto, el contratisto, el paisajisto, el taxisto, el artisto, el periodisto, el taxidermisto, el telefonisto, el masajisto, el gasisto, el trompetisto, el violinisto, el maquinisto, el electricisto, el oculisto, el policío del esquino y, sobre todo, ¡el machisto!

Y una nota importante:  no es lo mismo ser UN CARGO PÚBLICO que UNA CARGA PÚBLICA.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Week's News

If you value your learning opportunities at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santa Brígida and you don't want it to be closed down, you should attend class.

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Week's Nature

Basking sharks enjoying the warm waters of the Pacific

In our NA2 class, we came across the expression, "to bask in the sun". This means "to expose oneself to the sun's pleasant warmth". As well as humans, there are many animals that enjoy basking in the heat; seals and lizards are but two examples. There is also a type of fish that enjoys basking in warm waters. It's called the basking shark in English - cetorrino in Spanish. Its called this because it appears to "bask" in warm waters while it's feeding at the water surface and is enjoying the warmer temperatures there. Do you like to "bask in the sun"? Do you take appropriate precautions?!

This Week's Campaign

Food Collection

EOI de Santa Brígida wants to help the Human Rights’ Committee of IES de Santa Brígida in their Zero Poverty Campaign. Together with Cáritas, the Town Hall Social Services and the Obra Social San Benito, they have organised a campaign for the collection of food to help families in need in our area.
Would you like to help, too? Please bring non-perishable food like:

legumes                         pasta                              tinned food

biscuits                           coffee                             sugar

oil                                    powdered milk              gofio

cocoa                              fruit juice

You can leave it in the EOI library before 1st December.

Let’s take a united stand against poverty!

Answer Key: NA2

The Chinese symbol for the verb “To listen” is comprised of
symbols that represent Ears, Eyes, Heart and Undivided Attention. 


1 Lasik eye

2 (far) shorter time

3 legally blind

4 a million

5 painless and quick

6 95%

7 support group

8 nothing


1 fourth

2 north end

3 (Northern Ireland)

4 June

5 running order

6 £80

7 cooking facilities

8 dairy ice-cream

9 train

10 coach


1 B

2 D

3 D

4 A

5 B

6 A

7 C

8 C


1 C

2 D

3 A

4 B

5 C

6 A

Answer Key NI Two CD 1

Eeyore listening

CD Track 13

1.     A

2.     B

3.     C

4.     B

5.     A

6.     B

7.     Daily

8.     The/an automatic

9.     9911 4425

10.  40 Park

CD Track 14

1-4. A, B, E and F (in any order)

5.     up to

6.     expense

7.     volunteers

8.     of charge

9.     5,000 pounds

10.  D

CD Track 15

1.     B

2.     B

3.     C

4.     A

5.     Detail

6.     Space and the individual

7.     Read simple directions

8.     Maps

9.     Writing essays

10.  Right order

CD Track 16

1.     C

2.     D

3.     B

4.     B

5.     A

6.     B

7.     Proportion

8.     Rubbish/(other) traps

9.     Fish farms

10.  Cod stocks/cod population


Answer Key: NI One CD 1

Are you an attentive listener?

1. 1C  2B  3B  4A  5C  6A

2. 1 34º  2 30ª  3 Portugal  4 apartments  5 flight  6 £100  7 £80  8 Sitia

3. 1B  2A  3B  4B  5B  6A

4. 1A  2B  3C  4A  5C  6A

5. 1 17th October  2 Liverpool Youth Club  3 8.30 pm.  4 £10  5 glass bottle  6 Star  7  phone

6. 1A  2B  3B  4A  5A  6B

7. 1C  2A  3C  4A  5B  6C

8. 1 17  2 25 to 27  3 female  4 babysitting  5 $600  6 meals  7 medical insurance  8 plane/flight ticket

9.  1A  2B  3B  4A  5A  6B

10. 1C  2A  3B  4B  5C  6A

11. 1 Saturday  2 School car-park  3 2.30 pm  4  books  5 (old) toys  6 school hall  7 £2

12. 1A  2B  3A  4B  5A  6B

13. 1A  2C  3B  4C  5A  6A

14. 1 15th May  2 (large) plastic bags  3 8  4 wood  5 831 8729  6 park

15. 1B  2A  3A  4A  5B  6B

16. 1C  2B  3B  4A  5B  6A

Week Beginning Monday 12th November

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This Week's Astronomy

100,000 Stars is a new interactive from Google that is an amazing visualization of the universe. It can only be viewed in Chrome. I liked “taking a tour,” which you can click on in the upper left hand corner.

Source: Ferlazzo

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Readers for Michaelmas Term: NI2 and NA2

Students of NI2 are asked to read and listen to the Macmillan reader, Slumdog Millionaire. It tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, who correctly answered 14 questions on a TV quiz programme. But how did he know the answers? I do hope you enjoy reading it! I'll send the worksheets by email soon. Deadline = January 10th 2013.
Students of NA2 should read The Ghost. It's billed as "a powerful commentary of the British government".  Hope you enjoy it. Again, worksheets will be forwarded to you my email. Deadline = 10th January. I'll be anxious to hear your opinions!
A limited number of both books have been ordered for the School; you can buy them any evening before 7 pm in Secretaría. Slumdog Millionaire (Book + CD) = 7 euros; The Ghost = 8 euros.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Answer Key: NI Two CD 1

CD Track 9
1.     5 minutes
2.     Have a coffee
3.     September
4.     On holiday
5.     2 weeks
6.     Saturday
7.     B
8.     C
9.     B
10.  A

CD Track 10
1.     Range
2.     a/the list
3.     catch him
4.     B
5.     C
6.     A
7.     B
8.     A
9.     C
10.  Work and scores

CD Track 11
1.     D
2.     C
3.     B
4.     50 questions
5.     A
6.     A
7.     M
8.     A
9.     A
10.  M
CD Track 12
1.     1812
2.     1814
3.     1817
4.     1817
5.     1818
6.     1822
7.     C
8.     A
9.     1838
10.  1840 … bicycle