viernes, 22 de mayo de 2009

Web Therapy

Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe in Friends) stars as a therapist with limited patience for other people's problems.

miércoles, 6 de mayo de 2009


Deadline: May 20


"Information and communications technology", the "information society", the "digital divide" - these terms have become buzz words in the modern world. But what do they all mean?

Audio: BBC Learning English

Once on this website go to Part 10 and click on "Listen online"


Maureen talks to Richard about her holiday home.

Audio with pictures


Listen to a doctor talking about this illness


A GOOD BOOK (4.06)

Click on "Listen or download"

Click on "Watch & Listen"


Watch this video about a town's plan to restore its lake. After showing the video they explain expressions that were used in it.

Video: Australian Network

Once on this website, click on "Download video"

lunes, 20 de abril de 2009

Find out the English words for all kinds of furniture here.

Ikea United Kingdom

martes, 14 de abril de 2009


Deadline: April 30

HINA (5.53)

This episode's guest was born in London, but has lived in several different countries across the world. We find out how Hina sees herself, in terms of nationality and why. Hina explains why she believes the country she identifies with deserves a visit and she treats us to a story from her childhood - which has a surprising source.



A ski mountaineer, Suzy Madge, takes us to an extremely high, cold and lonely place - the Mustagata mountain in China. Suzy is the leader of a group of women called The Lipstick Blondes who recently attempted to climb Mustagata mountain. She talks about a difficult decision she had to make on the expedition.



Women and football - do the two really go together? Major football competitions for women, such as the World Cup, often go barely noticed, whereas the whole world seems to stop when the men's matches are on. We hear from someone who's trying to change that.



Audio: BBC Learning English (6.00)

Britain is less happy than in the 1950s despite the fact that we are three times richer. So what exactly makes us happy? A new car, an expensive holiday or simply spending time with friends and family?
Join Rebecca and Kate as they discuss what makes them feel cheerful as well as hear from some experts about where we can find true happiness.

Video: The power of happiness (10.39)

Happiness seems to have almost magical properties.
Scientists claim it can make us more resilient and creative, harder working, healthier and even live longer.


An American boy relives some childhood memories. I think it's fun.

Remember you can also borrow material for your listening practice from the school library. Have a look at the new National Geographic readers which come with a DVD.

miércoles, 1 de abril de 2009

International Day of the Book is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The English Department at the Official School of Languages is having a SHORT STORY COMPETITION to celebrate it. The deadline for your stories to be submitted is 14 April.

For further details, go the the EOI website.

lunes, 30 de marzo de 2009

Writing a book review

Here are some tips and strategies for writing a good book review.

You can also find more ideas in Reading and Writing Portfolio 4 (Book Review) in your workbook.

Now you are ready to write youR review of The Wave. It should be around 200 words and the deadline to hand it in is April 30.

miércoles, 18 de marzo de 2009


Deadline: April 3


St. Patrick’s Day is a very well known Irish national holiday, which is celebrated not only in Ireland but all around the world on the 17th of March.



This programme is about language you can use when you're having a discussion with people. You will learn useful expressions to help you:

- make a point (4.57)
- disagree with people (5.06)

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quizzes below!


Watch Obama's address, his English is very clear, so I think you will find it easy to follow.
When you finish listening you can read the transcript and listen to it again.


CHICAGO (4.21)

Chicago is Barack Obama's city. It has world-class museums, a cutting-edge arts scene, and modern architecture. Learn about visiting Chicago in this video from HowStuffWorks.



Listen to how the economic slowdown is affecting what we eat and talk about the language of money and economics.


Remember you can also borrow material for your listening practice from the school library. Have a look at the new National Geographic readers which come with a DVD.

When Ireland starved

This is a documentary on the Irish Famine in the 1840's. The events that became known as "The Great Famine". John Mitchell claimed that during the Famine years, Ireland actually produced sufficient food, wool, and to feed and clothe not nine but eighteen million people. Was the Irish Famine a result of mismanagement?

St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Videos

How much do you know about St Patrick's Day? Watch these video clips and learn about it.

martes, 3 de marzo de 2009

The best job in the world

Tourism Queensland has announced the 50 Short-listed Applicants for the Best Job in the World.

Have a look at them and choose your favourite. In your opinion, who should get the job? Cast your vote on a comment to the blog and give your reasons. Let's see who is the most popular applicant with the intermediate level students.


Deadline: March 18


Audio recording from the BBC (11.16)

This is a series that looks at the language of issues you hear about in the news. In this episode they look at the language used to report on global warming and climate change.

Global Warning, a video by Leonardo di Caprio (5.00)

A National Geographic video (3.03)

With the script to your right.


From this page, you can watch a short video about recycling in Bexley (a London borough) and how they are making it as easy as possible for residents to recycle their waste.

If you want to know more about recycling, click on this link:

Our expert skin diver takes us beneath the waves on just one single breath of air to discover the amazing underwater world. Learn how to hold your breath and swim among the fishes.

Watersports:How To Skin-Dive

martes, 17 de febrero de 2009

Grants for English courses

Have a look at the information on the school's webpage

sábado, 7 de febrero de 2009


This is new material for listening practice 6. Remember you can also use material from previous practices or borrow DVDs from the school library.

Deadline: February 25

Natural disasters (6.06)

Natural disasters take many different forms and can happen without warning. Earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, drought, typhoons and hurricanes are all natural disasters.

Audio: Natural disasters

Carbon footprints (5.18)

How can we help the environment by changing the way we shop, travel and use energy? Do you recycle, use public transport and energy saving light-bulbs?

As part of National Science Week, Jackie Dalton looks at the idea of 'carbon footprints'. A 'carbon footprint' is a measure of how much harm we cause to the environment in our everyday lives.

The average carbon footprint per person in the United Kingdom each year is a huge 10,000kg! What can we do about this?

We also look at some helpful expressions we can use when talking about the environment.

Audio: Carbon footprints

Hugh Laurie on David Letterman Show (8.09)

This Green House (6.12)

A day with the environmentally conscious students living in the sustainability house at Oberlin College.

Video: This Green House

Once you're on this webpage, look for the video "This Green House" on the list on the right.

lunes, 26 de enero de 2009

How can you make your application stand out?

Have a look at some useful tips that can help you to improve your application:

miércoles, 21 de enero de 2009

The best job in the world

With a salary of £70,000, just 12 hours work a month and a free home on a palm-fringed island, it's hardly surprising it's been called the "best job in the world".

Tourism chiefs in Australia are advertising for the post of caretaker of Hamilton island, in the Great Barrier Reef, the "jewel in the crown" of the Whitsunday islands, where work requires "minimum effort" and involves "relaxed" duties such as feeding turtles, watching whales, and picking up the island's post.

Wanted: Island Caretaker

Here you can read all the information about the job:

Have a look here at the video applications they have received so far:

lunes, 19 de enero de 2009


Here is new material for your next listening practice. Remember you can also use material from previous practices or borrow DVDs from the school library.

Deadline: February 3

Tractor lady

Dutch actor, Manon Ossevoort decided she wanted a bit of an adventure. So she set out on a journey from Europe to the South Pole... on a tractor! She's been travelling for two years through many countries and had all sorts of interesting experiences along the way. We hear about her journey so far.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (5.14)

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has recently returned from a 7-month sailing race around the world. At 68 years old he was the oldest ever competitor in the race but that is not the only sailing record he holds.

In this programme we hear from Sir Robin himself and find out how he's feeling, what he plans to do next and whether or not he thinks his age makes his achievement any more special.

New York City (6.35)

The Frugal Traveler discovers that New York is really a city of small, manageable neighborhoods, and it's not expensive if you know where to go.
Once you're on this webpage, look for the video "Frugal Traveller: New York City" on the list on the right.

Bites in Valencia, Spain (8.54)

Food columnist Mark Bittman, a k a the Minimalist, watches Pep Crespo make paella at a restaurant called L'Alter outside the city.
Once you're on this webpage, look for the video "Bites in Valencia, Spain" on the list on the right.


Samantha gives a dinner party to impress Rex Barker, one of Darrin's clients. Rex brings along his date, Babs Livingston, but advances on Samantha in the garden when he gets drunk. To teach him a lesson in treating people with respect, Samantha changes him into a dog. Darrin, thinking only of the possible loss of the account, is furious and Samantha locks him and the dog out. Endora sets a cat on the dog (Big mistake!). Samantha takes Barker to a vet and then changes him back to a man. The next morning, Barker, not having learned a thing from the night before, again makes a pass at Samantha (Very BIG mistake!). Darrin punches him and quits on the spot. Later, Barker apologizes and signs the contract on condition that Darrin return to the agency.