The spoken word

24 de April de 2018 at 17:53

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Did you know that William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes both died on April 23rd?

This strange but true fact is one of the main reasons that April is a very special month for books. In April there is St Jordi’s Day in Catalunya and also UNESCO’s World Book Day. However, before there were books and the written word, there was the oral tradition and the “spoken word”. In recent times, spoken word performances have been enjoying a renaissance; find out more here.

Are March hares really mad?

26 de March de 2018 at 21:09

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As mad as a March hare, or so the saying goes, is used to describe someone who is wild and crazy. Hares are bigger versions of rabbits, and they are so popular in UK culture that you might even know of one famous hare from “Alice in Wonderland”. So, are they really mad? Read on and discover more animal myths in our March post…

Let there be light

12 de February de 2018 at 12:31

 

Source: wikimedia commonsLight festivals in cities are now all the rage. Modern advances in light technology have made these large-scale art installations possible, and the results are stunning. Barcelona holds its own light event in the middle of February (16th – 18th) called the “Festival Llum” to celebrate Santa Eulàlia. But what is a light festival and what can you expect if you attend one?  In this post, we’ll look at some popular light festivals.

In the dead of winter

5 de February de 2018 at 20:53

In the northern hemisphere, the months of January and February are often called the dead of winter because it is the coldest part of the year.

In our last post, we talked about learning new vocabulary as a new year’s resolution. To help start this off for 2018 here are some ‘dead of winter’ idioms that will help you to feel the cold all year long. Read on for more…

New year’s resolutions – making a fresh start

9 de January de 2018 at 17:23

Happy 2018!!

It’s the start of a new year and for many people around the world, that means a new beginning. January is the time for reflection so this is the best time to think of some new habits to help you learn English. Read on for more…

Top 3 favourite Christmas songs

18 de December de 2017 at 20:55

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Source Commons Wikipedia

Christmas is nearly here and wherever you are at this time of year, you’re never far from a Christmas song! In the shops, on the radio, on TV. Love them or hate them, you just can’t escape them.  What are your favourite Christmas songs? In this post, discover how songs can help you to learn a language and find out about our top 3 Christmas tunes. Read on to find out more…

 

 

 

 

 

Meet a teacher – Part 1

4 de December de 2017 at 15:47

Meet a teacher – Part 1

Have you ever wondered about the teachers who work on our online courses? In this post we’ll meet Nelson Pringle. Nelson has been at teacher at the UOC since 2009 and is currently working on our C1 English courses. Find out more here…

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).

November: Gunpowder, treason and plot

22 de November de 2017 at 12:36

Have you seen this face? It was made famous in “V for Vendetta” and it is also known as the face of the online activist group Anonymous. Did you know that is the actual face of Guy Fawkes? Guy Fawkes is a very famous English historical figure who tried, and failed, to blow up the The Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Read all about him here…

 

 

What tribe do you belong to?

13 de November de 2017 at 12:12

Maybe you think you don’t belong to a tribe, but you do. I’ll prove it in this post! You may even find you belong to more than one!

Let me start with the basics and some definitions of urban or modern tribes…