Meet a teacher – Part 2

4 de septiembre de 2018 at 15:00

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 sailing idioms

30 de julio de 2018 at 11:20

Plain sailing – Source © Wikimedia commons

It’s holiday time and now is the time to relax, kick back and enjoy some free time in the sun. Is your holiday planning so good that your holiday will be all plain sailing? Plain sailing is an idiom, which means something that is easy and pleasurable with no problems.  The UK has many words and phrases that originate from our naval past. Add to your vocabulary by finding out more in this week’s summer post…

The Red Card Club

4 de julio de 2018 at 18:07

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What do David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Suárez all have in common? Obviously, they are world famous; they are all icons in the world of football and you can read about them in newspapers and in “Hello” magazine. Did you know that they are also members of the World Cup “Red Card Club”?  Now that the world is football crazy, let’s take a look at these iconic football heroes less heroic moments.

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

19 de junio de 2018 at 20:37

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…

A perfect picnic

11 de junio de 2018 at 17:57

June is a lovely time to be outdoors and when the weather is good, picnics are the way to go.  It only takes a warm day for people in the USA and the UK to pack their picnic baskets and head to the great outdoors. Discover more and pick up some summer eating tips here!

Morris dancing in May

8 de mayo de 2018 at 16:33

In the UK the traditional May Day holiday is the first Monday in May.  This is a village festival that can be traced back to the ancient Roman festival of Flora (the Roman goddess of flowers). As it celebrates the start of spring and summer flowers and dancing are major themes and a proper village festival wouldn’t be complete without a performance from a Morris team.   Read on for more…

The spoken word

24 de abril de 2018 at 17:52

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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 marzo de 2018 at 21:07

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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 febrero de 2018 at 12:29

 

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 febrero de 2018 at 20:49

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…