Spring has sprung

9 de marzo de 2020 at 19:15

 ‘Spring has sprung’ is a popular expression. We say it when the winter is over and suddenly plants start to grow with new life.  Many people in Barcelona grow plants in window boxes and spring is the time to start planting flowers. If you want to ‘beautify” your living space, why not plant a window box?

What’s with the weather?

17 de febrero de 2020 at 22:18

A «barometer» tells us the weather. Source @ Wikimedia commons

The weather can be very unpredictable.  People love talking about the weather because it is something that affects everyone and this means that we have a lot of special vocabulary to describe rain, clouds and wind. For example, if we say “unsettled weather” this means that it might rain, but it might not! Learn more weather words here and talk about the weather like a weather professional!

Mary Beard in Barcelona

4 de noviembre de 2019 at 10:03

Mary Beard – Source @ Wikimedia commons

On October 30th this year, the UOC proudly awarded an honary degree (“honoris causa”) to the British academic Mary Beard.  The vice-rector of the UOC Pastora Martínez Samper and the rector Josep Planell presented Mary with this award in a beautiful ceremony in the city hall in Barcelona. So who is Mary Beard and why did she receive the award?

Beach life!

16 de julio de 2019 at 15:18

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 diciembre de 2018 at 13:04

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 octubre 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 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…

The spoken word

24 de abril de 2018 at 17:52

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 diciembre de 2017 at 20:50

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…

 

 

 

 

 

¿Quieres practicar tu inglés hablado con un nativo?

1 de diciembre de 2017 at 9:24

Buscamos estudiantes de inglés con un nivel B1 para un estudio lingüístico sobre el aprendizaje del inglés que realiza el Centro de Idiomas Modernos de la UOC (concretamente las profesoras Christine Appel, Laia Canals, y Gisela Granena). La participación conlleva completar una serie de tests online de forma individual y realizar unas tareas de interacción oral con un hablante nativo de inglés vía Skype (día/hora a elegir, durante el período de tiempo diciembre 2017-enero 2018). Es una excelente oportunidad para continuar practicando el inglés y participar te ofrecerá la posibilidad de preguntar dudas a un hablante nativo de inglés al final de las sesiones de skype.

Si estás interesado en participar, esto es lo que tienes que hacer: rellenar y enviar el formulario a englishb1study@gmail.com y realizar el primer test a través del siguiente link:

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

Una vez hayas completado estos dos pasos, nos pondremos en contacto contigo para proporcionarte más información y acordar un día/hora para realizar el resto de pruebas.

Si tienes cualquier duda, puedes ponerte en contacto con Gisela Granena (englishb1study@gmail.com).