Meet a teacher – Part 2

4 de September de 2018 at 15:01

Previously in this blog we met Nelson Pringle who works on our C1 English courses. In this post we’ll meet Sue Mellor. Sue has taught on the UOC since 2005 on our B2.1 level course, also known as IM I. You can find out more about Sue here…

Summer customs

23 de July de 2018 at 12:30

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In some parts of Japan, it’s hard to get through the summer without air conditioning or a fan. Obviously, in times gone by, the Japanese didn’t have electrical appliances and had to come up with ingenious ways to cool off during the summer months. Some of these customs are still kept up today or still widely known. New customs have also arisen.

Would you like to practice your spoken English with a native speaker?

27 de April de 2018 at 22:30

We are looking for students of English (at the lower intermediate level) for a language study on the acquisition of English conducted at the Centre d’Idiomes Moderns (by professors Aleksandra Malicka, Laia Canals, and Gisela Granena) of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Participation involves completing a series of tests online individually plus performing some oral interaction tasks with a native speaker via Skype (day/time to be agreed, between June and September, 2018). This is an excellent opportunity to keep practicing English and to ask any language doubts you may have to a native speaker.

If you are interested, you just need to: 1) fill out and send this form (in Spanish or Catalan) to englishb1study@gmail.com, and 2) complete the first test. During the test, which will take you about 10 minutes to complete, you will be asked a few personal questions and a few language questions which will help us determine your level of English. You can access the test through link:

https://marylandmarketing.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bPLNswse26vCyp

We will then contact you with further information and we will agree on a day/time to complete the other tests.

If you have any questions or doubts, please contact Gisela Granena (englishb1study@gmail.com).

Learning kanji

19 de March de 2018 at 12:02

Some of us will have made resolutions for this year, 2018. Are we still sticking to them, are we achieving them, do we even remember them? We have a proverb in Japanese which says: Ichi-nen no kei wa gantan ni ari (一年の計は元旦にあり), which means that it is important to make plans for the year properly, on 1 January, that is, on the first day of the year. There are people who write these resolutions with Japanese calligraphy in the kakizome (書初め) ceremony, the first writing of the year.

Would you like to practice your spoken English with a native speaker?

1 de December de 2017 at 9:12

We are looking for students of English (at the B1 level) for a language study on the acquisition of English conducted at the Centre d’Idiomes Moderns (by professors Christine Appel, Laia Canals, and Gisela Granena) of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Participation involves completing a series of tests online individually plus performing some oral interaction tasks with a native speaker via Skype (day/time to be agreed, between December 2017 and January 2018). This is an excellent opportunity to keep practicing English and to ask any language doubts you may have to a native speaker.

If you are interested, please click the link below, fill out and send this form (in Spanish or Catalan) to englishb1study@gmail.com, and complete the first test.

https://marylandmarketing.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bPLNswse26vCyp

 

We will then contact you with further information and we will agree on a day/time to complete the other tests.

If you have any questions or doubts, please contact Gisela Granena (englishb1study@gmail.com).

MINCE!

15 de November de 2017 at 16:53

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J’adore Inès de La Fressange, pas vous? Comment ça, vous ne savez pas qui c’est? Pas possible. Inès, c’est notre icône de style, c’est la Parisienne idéale, l’incarnation même du chic. Très belle, très grande, et, surtout, très mince ou même, comme on dirait aujourd’hui en espagnol: Mince, non, «lo siguiente».

1 mètre 81 et 53 kilos à 59 ans, vous trouvez ça normal, vous? Nous non plus mais, malgré tout, on voudrait être comme elle. Mais ce n’est absolument pas évident. Saviez-vous que la femme française mesure en moyenne

Hurra, hurra, der Herbst ist da: Feste und Traditionen in Deutschland

14 de November de 2017 at 0:02

Viele Leute können das nicht verstehen, aber ich liebe den Herbst! Klar, der Sommer ist eine tolle Jahreszeit: Es ist warm, die Musikfestival-Saison beginnt, die Menschen setzen sich in Cafés und gehen ins Freibad. Das ist schön, stimmt. Aber der Herbst ist soooo gemütlich! Ich schreibe euch jetzt, warum ich den Herbst so mag. Vielleicht ist er sogar meine Lieblingsjahreszeit…

Mein Plan für 2017: vegan leben – pro und contra

24 de April de 2017 at 16:02

Ich bin schon lange Vegetarierin. Seit ich 18 bin. Laut Vebu gibt es in Deutschland ca. 7,8 Millionen Vegetarier (10% der Bevölkerung) und ca. 900 000 Veganer (1,1%). Letztes Jahr habe ich darüber nachgedacht, ein Experiment zu starten: vegan zu leben.

Fünf Tipps fürs Vokabellernen

18 de April de 2017 at 12:47

Vokabellernen ist langweilig, oder?

Michael Riedel "Learning" on Flickr, CC, Att

Michael Riedel “Learning” on Flickr, CC, Att

Naja – vielleicht auch nicht. Vergiss das stundenlange Lernen von langen Wortlisten. Mach es anders! Hier ein paar Tipps:

Meine Lieblings-Life-Hacks

28 de March de 2017 at 11:28

tipps-tricks

 

Fragt ihr euch oft, wie man manche Dinge besser machen könnte? Glaubt ihr, dass viele komplizierte Probleme in Wirklichkeit einfache Lösungen haben?

Dann seid ihr hier genau richtig. Viel Spaß! Übrigens, diese Tipps für den Alltag heißen in der Internetsprache „Lifehacks“. Es gibt sehr viele Blogger, die auf ihren Blogs täglich über Lifehacks schreiben. Hier stelle ich euch meine absoluten Lieblings-Lifehacks vor.