Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Could the crisis affect Spanish tourism?

Crisis, crisis, crisis.... is all you can read and listen these days in the news, the streets, the market... But, what about tourism? What about our tourism? Do you think there will be a crisis also in Spanish tourism? Do you think there could be some kind of change of preferences?

Have a look at this rather optimist article and try to give your opinion using the writing gidelines found in page 42 from your book.

Software developers vs language teachers?

According to the following quote from Mike Levy (1997:1):

Developers in user-friendly human-computers interfaces and higher-level languages and authoring systems insulate the developer from the lower level workings of the computer, allowing comparatively complex applications to be written with relative ease.

Do you actually think that applications to create quizzes like "Hotpotatoes" are perfectly easy and intuitive to use stuff for language teachers or they need some special training and knowledge to use them?

Use the comments button to answer to this question either in English or Spanish.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Who are they?

What does this bonfire mean?

Who is this guy here?

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
’twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o’ cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!

(Source: http://mildcolonialboy.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/remember-remember-the-fifth-of-november/ )

Tell us if you have heard of this man, about gunpowder,treason and plot, etc.

What do you think of Guy Fawkes?

Do some listening too:

· if you have 2 minutes only and want a funny one:

· if you have 6 minutes, give us your opinion on:

· if you have 7 minutes, give us your opinion on:

· if you have 28 minutes, try BBC’s (and then write!!) :
http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=- 1784792634788226531&ei=IDcGSeOoIJHS2gLkg8AM&q=guy+fawkes&hl=es

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Halloween is round the corner, are you going to be a part of it?? Will you be a witch or a scarecrow? A black cat? Will you try Trick or Treat?
Carve a pumpkin? Listen: http://www.expertvillage.com/video/43280_creative-pumpkin-carving-weapons.htm
Why do you think Halloween has become so popular in Spain?
Have you heard of Samain as well?
We are looking forward to reading your comments. Boo!