jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2008

Merry Christmas

Sleeping habits quiz

We all need sleep, but do you know how to sleep well, manage insomnia or why sleep is important? Test your knowledge with our quick health quiz and get tips for a good night’s rest.


I have a dream

First read a text about Martin Luther King and answer the comprehension questions.

Then, listen to Martin Luther King's famous speech whle you read it. Single out the 14 differences between the script and what he actually says. When you have finished, click on "Next" at the bottom of the page and do the next activity.

lunes, 15 de diciembre de 2008


I am giving you new material for your next listening practice. Remember you can also watch / listen to materials I uploaded for previous listening practices.

Deadline: January 13.

Darrin is buying a new house and wants Samantha to check it out. Samantha and Endora go to 1164 Morning Glory Circle and have a lot of fun rearranging the place with magic. Of course, they also have new neighbors, nosy Gladys Kravitz and her do-nothing husband Abner Kravitz. Gladys knows that she sees something funny going on at the Stephens' new house, but Abner doesn't believe her



Six months after moving back to Seattle to start his career as a radio psychiatrist, Frasier is forced to take in his father Martin, a disabled former police officer, and his dog Eddie, and to hire Daphne Moon, a housekeeper and physical therapist.


British breakfasts
In this edition, we sit down to a traditional British breakfast in a smart London restaurant and then, an ordinary café!

We find out what the great British breakfast is made of, and why it is becoming more and more popular, especially in London, to eat breakfast in a café before arriving at the office for a hard day's work!

Our guests are an American anthropologist, a top chef in a London restaurant, and the author of new book called 'Egg, Bacon, Chips and Beans: 50 Great Cafés and the Stuff That Makes Them Great'.


Stress (4.48)
Stress, it's all part of modern life, and certainly part of life in London. In this programme, Jackie asks Londoners what's making them feel stressed and how they cope with it. We also look at some of the language used to talk about stress.


How to get a good night's sleep (4.10)
How To Get A Good Night's Sleep: This films shows you what you can do to make sure you get a good night's sleep. VideoJug presents you with some simple steps on how to sleep well, from your bed to your diet, our aim is to help you sleep better at night.


miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2008

Bert and Ernie

Ernie eats cookies in bed. Bert is not amused!

Watch Bert and Ernie Sesame Street Cookies in Bed in Entertainment Videos  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com


Singing songs is a great way to improve your pronunciation. Why don't you try the karaoke on this webpage? I chose the song Mamma mia to start with, but there is a very wide range of songs available.
If you go down a little you will see the video of the song and the complete lyrics, so you can read them in advance before you try the karaoke.
Enjoy yourselves!!


I'm afraid this song has been removed from that webpage. But there are lots of them you can still enjoy. Give it a try!!

viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2008


You will find here links to episodes of three different series. If you haven't tried watching a series yet because you think it's too difficult, maybe you will find Bewitched easier than others. So, why don't give it atry a watch it for this Listening Practice?
However, if you feel more confident listening to something easier you will also find links to audio recordings below.

Deadline: December 11


Monica invites an old friend from high school over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware that Will started a "We Hate Rachel" club with Ross. Meanwhile, Joey vows to eat an entire turkey by himself, and Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch football to avoid helping in the kitchen.



Samantha and Darrin appear to be an ideally matched couple. Very much in love, they decide to marry. Darrin doesn't know that Samantha, is, of all things, a witch.


Keeping up Appearances

In this series premiere, we are introduced to the infamous prim and proper Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), her less-than-socially-acceptable extended family, and Hyacinth's long-suffering husband, Richard
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) is stunned when her less than well off sisters Daisy and Rose inform her that their father has been taken to the hospital. Hyacinth is even more stunned however when she finds out why he was taken there.


Drinking laws (6.00)

Has a change in drinking laws in England and Wales affected people's attitudes to alcohol? We'll be hearing from a medical worker as Jackie and Elena talk about the language of drinks and going out.

Untied Nations (7.50)

It was the house at the end of the street; the one where nobody wanted to live. Seeing as people from the city didn’t want to live there, the landlord asked people from other countries to live there. At first everything went well, but then the neighbours began falling out. Fortunately, one of them had an idea ...


Food (5.31)

"When I was at school, our teacher told the class “You are what you eat.” My friends and I would laugh and call each other ‘hamburger’ and ‘biscuits’. Our teacher was trying to show us the importance of eating the right food to stay healthy."


Cooking for all! (6.09)

Food and eating habits are a big issue in Britain at the moment - everyone seems to be worrying that the nation is getting too fat and people don't know how to feed themselves properly. The latest plan is to make all teenagers do cooking classes. Find out more as you practise your listening comprehension skills!


High school actors (Video) (7.49)

Go behind the stage at an important theatre event.


miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2008

Fresh fruit and vegetables

André Moreno takes us to Santa Monica's open market to teach us some vocabulary about fresh fruit and vegetables.


miércoles, 12 de noviembre de 2008


It's time for our second listening practice. I'm giving you links to audio material you can listen to. You can also watch an episode of a series (there are lots of them you can borrow from the school library). Deadline: November 28.

Slow London (19.45)
In this programme, they talk about life in the city. Do things move too fast in cities? They talk to Rohan, who has started a campaign encouraging people in London to slow down. Mauricio, a listener, tells us about his life on a farm in Brazil.
To listen to this recording, click on "Listen online" or if you want to download it to your MP3 player, click on "Download MP3".

Expressing yourself
Likes (5.49) :
Dislikes (5.52) :
No strong feelings (5.41) :

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (13.34)
Listen to the first chapter of this dramatic audio performance.

Business women (7.53)
Meet two women who've started up their own papers, which have become very popular with parents of young children.
Once you're on this page, look for "Business Women" and click on the Real Player icon.
Don't give up if you find it difficult, they explain everything in detail after the documentary.

Bilingualism (6.48)
What are the advantages of learning several languages from an early age? What are the dangers? What’s the best way to teach your child two or more languages simultaneously?

Bad jobs (2.59)
Hear six different people talks about jobs they would not want to have.

First jobs (3.34)
Six people talk about their first job.

Remember the card you have to hand in must include:
- Title of the material you've watched / listened to
- Brief summary
- What you've learnt

Pronunciation tips

Watch the video and repeat the words in it.


In Praise of Slow

Listen to Carl Honoré himself talking about his book and answer the comprehension questions below.

1. Why did he write the book?
2. What example does he give?
3. What made him change?
4. What did he do then?
5. What did he find out?
6. How important is the book?
7. What examples of slow movements does he mention?

E-mail your answers to me so that I can check them for you.

miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2008


Watch the video clip "Yes we can". Name three important moments in history that Obama mentions in his speech.
E-mail your answers to me (eoipilar@yahoo.es) and you will take part in a contest.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 11

"Yes we can"

Red and Blue: Obama wins

lunes, 3 de noviembre de 2008

How to trick or treat

Do you know the correct way to trick or treat? Watch this quick, cute guide to make sure you make the most of your Halloween.


martes, 28 de octubre de 2008


These are some links to audio and video material you can listen to for your next listening assignment (Nov. 14). You have to listen to TWO audio/video recordings or watch one episode of a series (you can borrow DVDs from the school library)

Remember the card you have to hand in must include:
- Title of the material you've watched / listened to
- Brief summary
- What you've learnt

Social business
You will hear from Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus about the concept of 'social business'. Why does he think this is a more effective way of fighting poverty than charity?

Are you intelligent?
Are you really as intelligent as you like to think you are? A study shows men are more likely to overrate their intelligence than women. Jackie and Callum look at the results and at the language of abilities.

Mobile phones
Is having a mobile phone important? Could you live without your mobile?

Find out about a night-time activity which is popular in London - especially in the winter festive season, when everyone wants to party, but it's too cold to be outside.
There are hundreds of clubs in London, playing music from acid to funky house...and, as we find out, a night out in a club can be quite an adventure!

Black Books
Meet Bernard Black. Bernard is an anti-social, heavy drinking chain-smoker who owns a small London bookshop - an unusual vocation, given that he detests customers and delights in physically and verbally abusing them at every opportunity. His best (and only) friend in the world is his lunch time drinking partner Fran, a neurotic and boyfriend-desperate woman who owns the pretentious arts and crafts shop next to his. Bernard is cynical, abrasive and lazy, and is perfectly happy that way - but his life takes an unexpected turn when he sells 'The Little Book of Calm' to hyper-stressed accountant Manny Bianco, who against all odds ends up swallowing it. When the dust is settled, Manny will have a new job, Fran will have a new friend, and Bernard's life will be far more surreal (if that's possible).

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is fast sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. It is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in a park on 13th March 1995, with just 5 people. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 social laughter clubs in 60 countries.

Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter.One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Watch 1x01 - BBooks in Entertainment Videos | View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

jueves, 23 de octubre de 2008

Face to facebook

Lina tells us why she's a fan of Britain's most popular social networking site.

Click on the link below and then go to recording 27 and click on "Listen".


viernes, 17 de octubre de 2008

Is English pronunciation that difficult?

This is a funny video of Steve Martin trying to learn English with a perfect American accent so he can be a spy in America. I enjoyed it a lot, I hope you also have fun.

I would like to buy a hamburger:


How to use your mobile in public without causing offence

New technology doesn't always sit well with common courtesy. This film is going to show you how to use your mobile phone in public without causing offence.


How to text message

This film gives you an essential guide to text messaging. It includes information on predictive text, emoticons and initialisms. Learn the basics of sending a text message.


miércoles, 8 de octubre de 2008

Plans for the night

Listen to what six people have planned for the evening.
Click on the link and then when you are on that page click for instructions to the activity.