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C1 ONLINE RESOURCES

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WELCOME TO C1 ONLINE RESOURCES

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES 

Ø  http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish
Ø  http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
Ø  http://www.multimedia-english.com/


LISTENINGS

Ø  http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenAdvanced.aspx: Listening lessonsØ http://esl.about.com/od/advancedlistenin1/: Listening Skills for Advanced LevelØ http://www.agendaweb.org/listening/advanced.html: Different levels. Listening exercisesØ  http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html: English podcastsØ  http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/magazine: Listenings with online activitiesØ  http://www.podcastsinenglish.com/index.shtml: Natural conversationsØ  http://www.esl-lab.com/:     Different levels. Transcript available

READING

Ø  http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/paragraph-headings.html: Match the headings to the paragraphs

Ø  http://www.englishlearner.com/advanced/: Advanced reading comprehension exercises

NEWSØ  http://kiosko.net/: More than 1000 newspapers around the worldØ http://en.kiosko.net/uk/tabloid.html : Newspapers in United KingdomØ http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html : El País in EnglishØ  http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/. To practise listening and reading

SPEAKING AND PRONUNCIATION

Ø  http://www.naturalreaders.com/: To convert any written text into spoken words

Ø  http://www.ezslang.com/: to help you sound more natural

Ø  http://speakingfrog.com/?p=144: videos and transcripts of speeches by famous people

Ø  http://www.fonetiks.org/

Ø  http://www.howjsay.com/: individual word pronunciation

WRITING

Ø  http://writefix.com/?page_id=399: Examples of writings and tipsØ  https://academichelp.net/: To help you write betterØ  http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/cae/students/writing/makeover/archive.htm: C1 writings with correctionsSONGSØ  http://www.lyricstraining.com/: Listen to the lyrics while you are filling in the gapsØ  http://www.anglesonline.org/AnglesOnline_Activities/Music/Music.html: Music activities

DICTIONARIES

Ø  http://thesaurus.com/: synonyms for wordsØ  http://www.urbandictionary.com/: Useful website for slang words and expressions.Ø  http://www.visualdictionaryonline.com/: to connect words with imagesØ  http://dictionary.cambridge.org/Ø  http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/Ø  http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/: Idioms and phrasesBOOKSØ  https://librivox.org/: Free audibooks to listen

Ø  http://www.audiobooks.org/: with many audiobook sites

Ø  http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/: Digital narrative

Ø  http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/

TV , VIDEO

Ø  http://www.seriales.us/: US TV series

Ø  http://www.videojug.com/ Thousands of how to videos and hundreds of topics

Ø  http://www.anglesonline.org/AnglesOnline_Activities/Cinema/Cinema.html: online activities based on trailers

Ø  http://www.bbc.com/British tv and radio.Ø  http://www.fox.com/. American TV

 ADVANCED ONLINE LESSONS

 http://www.ompersonal.com.ar/omcae/presentacion.htm

I’D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE YOLANDA FOR THESE ONLINE RESOURCES

Is sleep so important?

Posted by noelrfgi2d under General topics

Well, I’m going to talk about what I consider a very interesting topic because it affects the whole population. It’s sleeping. We spend a third of our lives doing it. Napoleon or Margaret Thatcher only slept four hours a night and Edison claimed that sleeping was a waste of time.

 

Some people think that we sleep because it helps the body to recuperate from the day’s activities but in fact the amount of money saved is minuscule, the same in a piece of toast. We have to sleep because it is essential to maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory and flexible thinking. In other words, sleep plays a key role in brain development. Lack of sleep has serious effects on our brain’s ability to function. It can cause the following after-effects: grogginess, irritability and forgetfulness. Furthermore, when you don’t sleep for 17 hours you are in an equivalent situation to a blood alcohol of 0’05%, about two glasses of wine, which is the legal drinking limit in the UK. Research also shows that it’s more difficult to make rational  judgements and respond to rapidly changing situations. It is said that international disasters, such as the Chernobyl one, are related with the lack of sleep. Moreover, it affects physical health. For instance, it can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes or cancer.
As a conclusion, I can say that sleeping is extremely important, so we need, according with the investigation, between 6 and 9 hours of rest a day. No more and no less. Sleeping more than you need is not so bad as sleeping less but you shouldn’t do it because it can be a signal of having a serious disease.

An exam

Posted by mbenitafv under General topics

Canada

Posted by mbenitafv under book reviews

I’m going to talk about my last summer, specially about July. I think it was the best month in my life so far.

I got a grant which consisted on spending a month learning English in Toronto, I stayed in the York University campus. There were five more Spanish people with me, the other people of the residence were from other parts of the world. Most of them were from Québec, that is a Canadian region, which is in the North-east. They are French speakers so I have to communicate with them in English.

The residence was so beautiful; it was like the ones in American films . It was huge and it has three principal buildings: two residences, and a building with the classrooms and the cafeteria. Then there was a swimming-pool, a gym, some tennis courts, even a football pitch and even better a soccer pitch.

The residence was surrounded by a forest so it was very charming, special, beautiful and wild at the same time.

The first impression when I arrived at the campus was good, I was still in a shock state because of the travel and so on, but I liked it, I though I was in an American movie and I have always wanted to go to a typical American high school. But at the same time my Spanish mates and I were so afraid because that was completely new for us, we didn’t know each other and we had never been so far from home.

When I saw my room for the first time I felt a bit frightened because it was such a small place that I though it was a prison, and we were even placed in different floors and opposite places in the residence. Anyway, the next day I was like in my own house and I even decorated my room, because that was going to be my house for the next 31 days…and although my room was the smallest one I had the best panoramic view, you could see the front of the campus from my window because I was just over the principal gate.

Well the schedules, the most difficult ones: the food schedules, we had breakfast at 9 o’clock, that wasn’t a problem because it was just like here in Spain, then we had lunch at 12.30-13.00, and then we had dinner at 5.30-6.00, but from 6.00 that was the dinner to 9.00 a.m. that was the breakfast there were too many hours, so we were so hungry at night.

But the second day we realised that less than 10 minutes walking from the campus there were a 24-hours-open-supermarket and a McDonald’s that was open the full day too. So we with our Quebecers friends went there to eat, it was very funny because we were listening to music while we were walking.

Well now I’m going to explain a little bit how was my lessons schedule, I went there in order to learn English so we had classes too. But they weren’t boring; in fact, they were so funny and useful.

The first day they checked our English level by a test, there were 12 levels from level 0 to level 12, I was in level 7.

From 9.30 to 12.30 we had the three hours of class, we did grammar, but most of the times we had to do speaking exercises by groups. There were more o less 15 people in each class and I was the only Spanish in my class so I had no other way to communicate with the other people to do the group exercises than speaking in English, and that was hard at first but then when I lost the embarrassment it was very good for my English improvement.

Alter having lunch, we had a seminar or a workshop: Monday and Wednesday we had seminar and Tuesday and Thursday we had the workshop. It lasted one tour and a half, from 13.30 to 15.00, and we had the rest of the day free. We used to go to the computers lab, or to the quad, that was how we called a field that was between the residence and the cafeteria where we played games, sunbathed or whatever. Boys used to play soccer while we where watching them.

Friday afternoons were completely free, but sometimes we had trips.

And on Friday night we always had a party, from 10 to 2.30 at night. It was so funny and a good opportunity to know more people from the residence, we were about 200 only in my building and at the end we all knew each other.

Well now I’m going to talk a bit about some of the trips I made:

The first Friday, that was the second day I spent in Canada, the supervisors took us to have a walk into downtown; I mean the Toronto city centre. And we took some photos in some typical places in Toronto.

Eaton Centre, I loved it, it was the biggest mall I have ever seen, it has 3 floors and it’s very large, I spent two afternoons shopping there and I wasn’t able to walk all over it.

I will start talking about a place which I think is the icon of Canada: Niagara Falls.

At first I must confess that they didn’t impress me so much. Because I’ve seen other water falls and they weren’t as big as I had imagine. But then we rode on the typical boat called “the maid of the mist” with the typical blue coats and it sailed to the falls. When we were near the falls it was really exciting and amazing, you could feel the water on your face without seeing anything, and you have an exciting and relaxing feeling at the same time, an adrenalin rush, it was  awesome.

The day in the CNtower, which is the highest building in the world , about 500 metres. It’s a bit frightening when you are on the elevator because it goes up very fast and at the same time you can see the city through the elevator glass. At the time you reach the top you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city and the most interesting thing is the “glass floor”, because there is an area where the floor is not opaque, in fact it is transparent, it is made of glass. I must confess at first I was a bit afraid, but then after convincing yourself that it’s not going to break you try to walk in it. It is a strange situation to have the city literally under your feet.

Well, I have to many trips but I am not going to talk about all of them, only say that we went to most of them by bus, in the typical American school buses, like the Simpson’s one.

One day we went canoeing to Ontario Lake, we were unlucky because it was a cloudy and rainy day, in spite of it I enjoyed myself a lot, and there were fantastic views.

Another day we went to Wonderland, it is the premier theme park in Canada, and it is famous because of the Roller coasters.

I really enjoy this day; there is a water park too, full of water slides.

We had cultural trips too, like the one to the Science museum, I liked it a lot because it is very didactic, but not only in a children way, it is divided in areas, the technology one where you can dismantle things like telephones, the experiment area, the sports one…

Another day we visited the ROM, Royal Ontario Museum, it is placed in a huge building and it has one of the biggest collections of ancient history, and I’m a lover of ancient history so I enjoyed myself  a lot watching the Roman, Greek and Egyptian areas.

We went to a baseball and an American football match too. I’d never seen any match of both sports before. And after that I can say that for me baseball is too boring.

But on the other hand I liked American football a lot, I think it is because of the atmosphere that involves it. It was spectacular, a lot of cheerleaders, and the publicity… so amazing.

Well we had a lot more trips like a bike tour near the lake, the zoo, the beach…

The first Saturday we arrived there we decided to go out downtown at night, to see how the nightlife in Toronto was. But after meeting the people from the campus we preferred to be all together in the collage at nigh, some of the boys played the guitar, the violin, and all of us sang or danced or just talked. We even did a bonfire with the typical mushrooms.

And something that even made this travel more important was my party. I was there for my eighteen birthday, all of them sang “happy birthday” to me  several times: in class, in the cafeteria, in the residence, in the subway… and in three languages: Spanish, French and English. But I had never imagined that at night they were going to do a party for me. It was so emotional and unforgettable, we didn’t have a cake but we had eighteen doughnuts with eighteen candles. And it was perfect I didn’t need anymore.

Most of the people from the residence were from Québec, in the north-east of Canada, and if everything continues all right I’m likely to visit them this summer.

I’m not very sensitive and emotional, but I really had a bad time when I had to say goodbye to them, although I only spent a month there I was with them the whole day, so they became my family, and I miss them a lot.

Now I speak with them on the Internet, and I hope not to lose contact.

Nuria

Aerosmith: I Don´t Wanna Miss A Thing

Posted by mbenitafv under songs

Aerosmith: I Don´t Wanna Miss A Thing, by Judit Jékel

Watch the video and do the following exercises.

 

Choose the verbs that you can hear.

 

I could awake just to hear you

Watch you while you are

Far away and
I could my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay  in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you
Is a moment I

Unscramble the lines of the Chorus

 

‘Cause I’d miss you, babe

The sweetest dream will never do

‘Cause even when I dream of you

I don’t wanna fall asleep

I don’t wanna close my eyes

I’d still miss you, babe

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

 

Write in the missing words. The images may help.

 

Lying close to you
Feeling your beating
And I wonder what you’re
Wondering if it’s me you’re seeing
Then I your eyes and thank we’re together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this forever, forever and ever

Chorus

Unscramble the words in brackets.

I don’t wanna miss one  (ielms)
I don’t wanna miss one  (kssi)
Well, I just  (annaw) be with you
 (igtrh) here with you, just like this
I just wanna (dlho) you close
I feel your heart so close to (mnei)
And just stay here in this moment
For all the (rset) of time

Chorus (2x)

Don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep, yeah
I don’t wanna miss a thing

Find this and other songs exercises in English Exercises .org


Gaps_Haven’t Met You Yet lyrics
Songwriters: Buble, Michael Steven; Chang, Alan; Foster,
Amy;
I’m not ___________, not everything lasts
I’ve broken my _______ so many times, I stopped keeping
track
Talk myself in, I talk myself out
I get all worked up, then I let myself down
I tried so very _________ not to lose it
I came up with a million ____________
I thought, I thought of every possibility
And I know ____________ that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And ________________ you, kid, that I give so much
__________ than I get
I just haven’t met you yet
I might have to wait, I’ll never _____________
I guess it’s half timing, and the other half’s __________
Wherever you are, whenever it’s right
You’ll come out of nowhere and into ____________
And I know that we can be so _________
And, baby, your love is gonna _____________
And now I can see every possibility
And somehow I know that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, I give so ____________ more than I
get
I just haven’t met you yet
They say all’s fair
In _______ and war
But I won’t need to fight it
We’ll get it right and we’ll be __________
And I know that we can be so _______________
And being in your life is gonna change me
And now I can see every single ___________
And someday I know it’ll all turn out
And I’ll work to work it out
Promise you, kid, I’ll give ___________ than I get
Than I get, than I get, than I get
Oh, you know it’ll all turn out
And you’ll make me work so we can ________ to work it out
And I promise you kid to give so much more __________ I
get
Yeah, I just haven’t _________ you yet
I just haven’t met you yet
Oh, promise you, _____________
To give so much more than I get
I said love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love
(I just haven’t met you yet)
Love, love, love, love
Love, love
I _________________haven’t met you yet

KEY
I’m Not Surprised
Not Everything Lasts
I’ve Broken My Heart So Many Times,
I Stop Keeping Track.
Talk Myself In
I Talk Myself Out
I Get All Worked Up
And Then I Let Myself Down.
I Tried So Very Hard Not To Loose It
I Came Up With A Million Excuses
I Thought I Thought Of Every Possibility
And I Know Someday That It’ll All Turn Out
You’ll Make Me Work So We Can Work To Work It Out
And I Promise You Kid That I’ll Get So Much More Than I
Get
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet
Mmmmm
I Might Have To Wait
I’ll Never Give Up
I Guess It’s Half Timing
And The Other Half’s Luck
Wherever You Are
Whenever It’s Right
You Come Out Of Nowhere And Into My Life
And I Know That We Can Be So Amazing
And Baby Your Love Is Gonna Change Me
And Now I Can See Every Possibility
Mmmmm
And Somehow I Know That It Will All Turn Out
And You’ll Make Me Work So We Can Work To Work It Out
And I Promise You Kid I’ll Get So Much More Than I Get
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet
They Say All’s Fair
And In Love And War
But I Won’t Need To Fight It
We’ll Get It Right
And We’ll Be United
And I Know That We Can Be So Amazing
And Being In Your Life Is Gonna Change Me
And Now I Can See Every Single Possibility
Mmm
And Someday I Know It’ll All Turn Out
And I’ll Work To Work It Out
Promise You Kid I’ll Give More Than I Get
Than I Get Than I Get Than I Get
Oh You Know It’ll All Turn Out
And You’ll Make Me Work So We Can Work To Work It Out
And I Promise You Kid To Give So Much More Than I Get
Yeah I Just Haven’t Met You Yet
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet
Oh Promise You Kid
To Give So Much More Than I Get
I Said Love Love Love Love Love Love Love
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet
Love Love Love
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet

Latest news TPA

Posted by mbenitafv under General topics

THE CIVIL RIGTHS MOVEMENT

Posted by mpilardagi30 under General topics

Martin Luther King, Jr was an American clergyman and prominent leader in the Civil Rigths Movement. He is well known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent methods and following the teachings of Gandhi, not only in the United States, but all around the world as well. After having visited India Luther King said that he was more convinced than ever before that the nonviolent resistance was the best weapon to struggle for justice and human dignity.King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in order to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through nonviolent means. However, by the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. He expressed a view that black Americans, as well as other disadvantaged Americans, should be compensated for historical wrongs.The recent history of civil rights began in 1955, in Montgomery (Alabama),when  Sarah Parks refused to obey bus driver’s order to give up her seat and to make room for a white passenger. As a result, she was arrested and her civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It caused the financial deficit for the Montgomery public transit system as the city’s black population, who were the principal boycotters, were also the main users of the system, and lasted for 385 days. The situation became so tense that King’s house was bombed.King, was among the leaders who were reponsible for the organization of the March on Washington, which took place in 1963. The march made specific demands:-         an end to racial segregation in public schools-         meaningful civil rights legislation, including a law prohibiting racial discrimination in employment-         protection of civil rights workers from police brutality-         a $2 minimum wage for all workers-         and self-government for Washington DCMore than a quarter million people of diverse ethnicities attended the event. During this march Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It is a masterpiece of rethoric and resembles the style of a Baptist sermon, as King himself was a Baptist minister. Is is said that it will be a long time before Washington forgets the melancholy voice of Martin Luther King crying out his dreams to the multitude.In 1965 he began to express doubts about the United States’ role in the Vietnam War for two reasons: United States was in Vietnam to occupy it as an American colony and the war took money and resources that could have been better spent on social welfare services. On March 29, 1968, King went to Memphis (Tennessee) to support a group of black workers, who were on strike for higher wages and better treatment. He  booked the room 306 at the Lorraine Motel and while he was standing on the motel’s second floor balcony, he was assasinated. Two months after King’s death, a convict named James Earl Ray was captured at London Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the United Kingdom with a false Canadian passport. He confessed and he was sentenced to a 99-year prison term. But three days later, to avoid a trial conviction and the possibility of receiving the death penalty, he explained that he was part of a plot and claimed that the gun that killed King, was fired by a man called “Raoul”.According to the conspiracy theory, King was assassinated by the government to prevent the USA from a civil conflict as America was sliding towards civil unrest on a large scale . Dexter King, the son of Martin Luther King believes that Ray was telling the truth. Moreover, in July 1997, a judge in Memphis announced that new scientific tests suggest that it was not Ray’s gun that fired the gun that killed King.

Was “Raoul”, not Ray, who really assassinated Martin Luther King?. Why did he do it?. Was the government nervous about rising black movement and its opposition to the Vietnam war?. Many questions without definitive answers.

 

Football and health

Posted by noelrfgi2d under General topics

I’m going to talk about the last events related with the health in the world of football. It’s not a a very dangerous sport but it has such a large extension all over the world that sometimes this kind of diseases appear.

This season everything started when Barcelona FC confirmed today that their defender Eric Abidal will undergo a liver transplant over the following weeks. Abidal had surgery done in March 2011 after he was diagnosed with a tumor on his liver. Two weeks before has been announced that he will have a transplant most probably because of the previous liver problem. The transplant was considered as an option from the start of the treatment a year ago. Only two days after, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was left critically ill after collapsing during an FA Cup quarter-final match against Tottenham. The 23-year-old was rushed to the intensive care unit of the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital. Medics spent six minutes trying to resuscitate him on the field after he fell to the ground with no other players around him. And finally, one week ago Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the West Midlands club have announced. Leukamia is cancer of the white blood cells. Symptoms include pale skin, tiredness, breathlessness and susceptibility to infection. Acute leukaemia means the condition progresses aggressively and need immediate treatment,

Both three are thought to abandon football forever, but all their families and friends agree that they are going to fight against these important diseases. It’s my hope that they will manage to get over these challenges and return to the pitch soon. On the other hand I don’t like the favoritism which appears in this cases. I mean that Abidal only has to wait one or two weeks to be operated while other people must wait ages to get it, and that’s not fair. 

A new bionic eye

Posted by noelrfgi2d under General topics

I’m going to talk about a retinal implant - or bionic eye - which is powered by light and has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California. Implants currently used in patients need to be powered by a battery. Nevertheless,he new device uses a special pair of glasses to beam near infrared light into the eye. This powers the implant and sends the information which could help a patient see.

Retinal implants stimulate the nerves in the back of the eye, which has helped some patients to see. Early results of a trial in the UK mean two men have gone from being totally blind to being able to perceive light and even some shapes. However, as well as a fitting a chip behind the retina, a battery needs to be fitted behind the ear and a cable needs to join the two together. Prof Robert MacLaren from Oxford Eye Hospital explains how a bionic eye implant works: A retinal implant, which works in a similar way to a solar panel, is fitted in the back of the eye. A pair of glasses fitted with a video camera records what is happening before a patient’s eyes receive the beams of near infrared light on to the retinal chip. The chip creates an electrical signal which is passed on to nerves, and finally, from the nerves, the signal is sent to the brain.

In my opinion, these are very good news for blind people because it can suppose a quite important step for them in their rehabilitation. This is one of a very large list of different developments of modern science.

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