Beach life!

16 de July de 2019 at 15:20

A popular city beach in Barcelona. Source @ Wikimedia commons

“Sunshine is the best medicine” so the saying goes. You can produce Vitamin D by being in the sun and maybe this is one of the reasons that going to the beach in the summer is one of the most popular things to do on holiday. For this reason, in this post we look at beach vocabulary.

Top Christmas movies

21 de December de 2018 at 13:06

This Wonderful Life Source @ Wikimedia Commons

Christmas is almost here. Last Christmas in the UOC blog we looked at top Christmas songs. For this year’s Christmas blog post, we’ll take a look at some top Christmas Day movies. A Christmas tradition in the UK and USA is to sit around with your family after lunch and relax with a movie, so talking about which film you are going to watch is very important.

Do you know what has been voted the top Christmas Day movie of all time? Let’s find out more.

Music documentaries

11 de October de 2018 at 15:54

Amy Winehouse; Source@ Wikimedia commons

October is great month in Barcelona if you are a music fan. It’s the month of the In-Edit music documentary festival. In-Edit began in 2003 and it started life as a small niche festival attracting just over a 1000 people.  It has now grown internationally with In-Edit festivals in Berlin, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Puebla in Mexico. The interest in music documentaries has grown so much that recently some have won Oscars. If you are a music fan, watching documentaries in their original version is a great way to help your English.  Read on for documentary suggestions…

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

19 de June de 2018 at 20:38

Watching the sunrise at Stonehenge on summer solstice. Source@wikimedia commons

Did you know that the summer solstice happens when the sun is in its highest position in the sky as the North Pole tilts towards the sun by 23.4˚? This is the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight as the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Northern Hemisphere. The exact date for this changes every year but it is somewhere around the 21st June. However, this event is not just important for astronomy. In the UK the summer solstice has a direct relationship to the ancient monument Stonehenge.  Read on for more…

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).

The spoken word

24 de April de 2018 at 17:53

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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.

Top 3 favourite Christmas songs

18 de December de 2017 at 20:55

Source Commons Wikipedia

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…

 

 

 

 

 

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).

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…

Summer Reads

27 de June de 2017 at 16:50

 

Summer’s just round the corner. Long days, lots of free time, so why not make the most of it to read something in English? I’ll give you some tips and advice on what is out there for you to read in a minute, but before, a few statistics.