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La UOC, nuevo centro colaborador universitario de Cambridge English Language Assessment

10 de marzo de 2017 at 11:00

La UOC ofrecerá los exámenes de inglés de la Universidad de Cambridge a sus alumnos


Los estudiantes podrán obtener los certificados Preliminary, First, Advanced y Proficiency.

La UOC se convierte desde hoy en centro colaborador universitario de Cambridge English Language Assessment, departamento de evaluación de inglés de la Universidad de Cambridge. De este modo los alumnos de la UOC podrán hacer los exámenes para obtener los certificados de inglés de Cambridge English en el propio centro universitario. El objetivo del acuerdo es dotar a los estudiantes universitarios de una ventaja competitiva, puesto que los certificados de Cambridge English son reconocidos en instituciones educativas y empresas de todo el mundo.

Celebrating March

9 de marzo de 2017 at 8:24


March is a month that is packed with festivities and celebrations. Women’s Day was on 8 March, Father’s day is celebrated on March 19 in many countries and Mother’s Day falls on 26 March this year in England and spring starts on the 21st of the month.

The biggest and most popular of all the celebrations in March has to be St. Patrick’s Day. This is the day the Irish

The Rise of the Robot

24 de febrero de 2017 at 12:11

robotI’ve seen today that a Japanese scientist named Hiroshi Ishiguro has created a robot which is exactly like him. It talks; answers questions; it even frowns! This made me start thinking about how technology is progressing so quickly nowadays.

Dude Food

25 de enero de 2017 at 17:40


A new word came into the English vocabulary in 2016: “dude food”. Dude food means “food for the boys”. It’s the kind of food you associate with what a group of friends (usually male) who meet up to watch a football match on TV would choose. Examples could be

Feeling blue?

18 de enero de 2017 at 15:03


Hello january typographic design.

Do you suffer from the January blues? January has all the ingredients for us to feel low; it’s cold, we’re short on money because we spent too much in December and we’ve probably put on a little bit of weight. So all in all we have the blues; that means we might be feeling a little depressed. In fact it is said that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year!

But enough complaining, there is hope providing you take some action. If you are experiencing the January blues, here are a few things to make you feel better.

Are you a shooista? Do you sharent?

11 de enero de 2017 at 16:10


trump new wordHow many words are there in the English language? Isn’t that an impossible question to answer?  Every year new words are introduced and other words leave the dictionary. This post’s title has two words that appeared for the first time in 2016. Read on to find out what they mean. 

Yuletide, Christmas and winter solstices

21 de diciembre de 2016 at 10:30


December 21, the winter Solstice, is a magical date for many people. It is considered to be the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and during this time, before Christianity and Christmas, the pagan and Germanic tribes of northern Europe celebrated their winter festival.  They called the 12-day festival “Yule” and during it they killed animals, finished making their beer and prepared for the long, hard winter months ahead. 

The Person of the Year

14 de diciembre de 2016 at 21:23


December is the month when newspapers and the internet are full of end-of-year quizzes and lists of the top 10 most important or dramatic or surprising events that took place in the previous 11 months. Other end-of-year lists include the most famous people who died in 2016 and of course the top ten songs of the year.

Time Magazine also adds the most influential person of the year to this list and the selection for 2016 is…

Con Trivialang, el CIM apuesta por el game-based learning

11 de diciembre de 2016 at 21:58

trivialang-logoHace poco se ha lanzado Trivialang, una aplicación móvil gratuita destinada a estudiantes de inglés, francés y alemán, que ha sido desarrollada por el Centro de Idiomas Modernos de la UOC, junto con la empresa Oberta Publishing.

Trivialang está basado en el concepto de game-based learning, o el aprendizaje a partir de juegos. Esencialmente, la idea es que mediante el juego y la competición se incrementa la motivación, la atención y la implicación de los participantes en la materia y, así, mejora también la retención. Este aspecto es especialmente importante en el caso del aprendizaje de idiomas. Por otra parte, como se trata de una aplicación móvil, Trivialang permite a las personas jugar, practicar y aprender más allá de las aulas. Además, como las partidas son cortas, es ideal para las horas muertas, como por ejemplo cuando vamos en tren, metro o autobús.

Read all about it. Read all about it.

9 de diciembre de 2016 at 11:18


The way we read the news has changed a lot over the last 20 years. Although many people still choose to buy a daily newspaper at the newsagent’s every morning on their way to work, many others subscribe to an online version and are constantly updated with fresh news whenever they connect. The sound of “read all about it, read all about it” that newspaper sellers used to chant on the street corners so that people on their way to or from work would buy the newspapers they were selling is, without doubt, a thing of the past.