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Nuevo Examen B1 2020 – Parte I

Publicado el 28/05/2019

Cambridge Nuevo Examen B1 2020

Cambridge va a actualizar en Enero de 2020  el formato de sus exámenes Key (A2),  Key for Schools,  Preliminary PET (B1) y PET for Schools:

Los motivos principales son dos:

  1. Hacerlos más parecidos a los exámenes de los niveles superiores, para hacer más fácil al alumno el paso de un examen a otro.
  2. Permitir a los alumnos con buen nivel, lucirse más.

¿Y cuales son los cambios?

Me voy a centrar hoy en los cambios del PET (B1) y PET for Schools.

En formato, siguen teniendo más o menos la misma duración, aprox. unas 2 h y 12 minutos, pero divididas en 4 partes en lugar de 3 como hasta ahora, para darnos un poco más de descanso entre cada parte y hacer las partes más similares al B2.

Versión 2015 (Actual)

Reading (5 partes) & Writing (3 partes)- 90 min.

Listening (4 partes) – 30 min.

Speaking (4 partes) – 10-12 min.

 

Versión Nueva 2020

Reading (6 partes) – 45 min.

Writing  (2 partes) – 45 min.

Listening (4 partes)- 30 min.

Speaking (4 partes) – 12-17 min.

El formato de los resultados también cambiará, unificando el B1 al formato que ya usaba Cambridge en los niveles superiores.

Versión 2015 (Actual)

Pass with Distinction (160-170)

Pass with Merit (153-159)

Pass (140-152)

Level A2 (120-139)

Versión 2020 (Nueva)

Pass Grade A (160-170)

Pass Grade B (153-159)

Pass Grade C (140-152)

Level A2 (120-139)

No quiero meteros demasiado rollo hoy, así que dejamos para el próximo día ver en detalle los cambios, que ya os adelanto afectan a todas las partes del examen y a mi personalmente me gusta más el nuevo examen, ya os contaré porqué.

See you soon!

15 razones para aprender un idioma

Publicado el 10/01/2019

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Y de nuevo en Enero, haciéndonos esos propósitos de todos los años, perder 2 kilos (porque no nos sobran más :), ir al gimnasio, aprender inglés para hacer ese viaje que tanto nos apetece sin que nuestros amigos o pareja nos hagan de interpretes o para ver los últimos capítulos de Juego de Tronos o de la serie que sea, que aún no han salido en español.

Estudiar un idioma cuesta mucho, así que para que te animes y veas todas las ventajas para hacerlo, te dejamos estas 15 Razones para aprender un idioma.

And Good Luck!

Brief History of British Humour with Charly Taylor

Publicado el 29/05/2018

Charly Taylor

A veces es difícil entender el humor de otro idioma, te quedas con la sensación de que se te escapa algo.

Charly nos hizo un recorrido por la historia de la sátira británica, era imposible abarcar en hora y media todos los géneros de humor británicos… jeje, hubo chistes que me encantaron, mientras que otros no terminaba de pillarlos, pero me hizo gracia que en según qué chistes nuestras profesoras estaban partidas de risa mientras los demás no terminábamos de verlos y es que al final te hace gracia lo que te es más conocido, porque muchas veces son matices lo que hace a una situación desternillante.

See you in the next one!

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How languages evolve

Publicado el 11/04/2018

Languages Evolve

En el transcurso de la historia, miles de idiomas se han desarrollado a partir de lo que una vez fue un número mucho más pequeño, ¿quieres saber cómo evolucionaron?

Echa un vistazo a este vídeo de Alex Gendler en TED-Ed: How Languages Evolve

 


 

 

Babies Can Learn English in 18 weeks.

Publicado el 25/01/2018

Bilingual Babies

¿A los bebés se les puede enseñar un segundo idioma si no se exponen a un idioma extranjero en casa?

Un reciente estudio realizado en varios centros públicos de Madrid demuestra que si. Los investigadores desarrollaron un método y un plan de estudios intensivos en inglés basados en la interacción social, el juego y la alta calidad y cantidad de lenguaje de los profesores. El enfoque utiliza el “habla dirigida al bebé“, llamada “parentese“, el estilo de habla que usan los padres para hablar con sus bebés, que tiene una gramática más simple, un tono más alto y exagerado, y vocales más largas.

Los bebés de 7 a 33 meses recibieron una hora de sesiones de inglés por día durante 18 semanas y al final del programa pudieron expresarse utilizando un promedio de 74 palabras o frases en inglés por hora. La ciencia indica que los cerebros de los bebés son las mejores máquinas de aprendizaje jamás creadas, y que el aprendizaje de los bebés es sensible al tiempo. “Sus cerebros nunca serán mejores para aprender un segundo idioma que los que tienen entre 0 y 3 años de edad “, dijo la coautora Patricia Kuhl, codirectora de I-LABS y profesora de ciencias del habla y del oído de la Universidad de Washington.

Coffee & Books in Zaragoza

Publicado el 15/11/2017

Coffee & Books

¿Te apetece tomar un café mientras lees tranquilamente un buen libro en una cafetería? Pues ahora en Zaragoza puedes, ya son varias las cafeterías que te prestan libros mientras tomas algo. Te dejo un articulo de Heraldo de Aragón donde nos cuentan un poco más de esta corriente que se está poniendo de moda en varias ciudades desde hace tiempo.

Los bares con libros se extienden por Zaragoza

Y quien sabe, igual puedes encontrar un libro también en inglés.

:)

What is Remembrance Day?

Publicado el 8/11/2017

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day conmemora la finalización de la II Guerra Mundial el día 11, del mes 11, a las 11 horas en 1918. Es una tradición muy arraigada en Reino Unido y otros países, que comenzó el rey George V en 1919, y durante la cual se guarda 1 minuto de silencio en recuerdo de las víctimas de todas la guerras. Este año se celebra el domingo día 12 a las 11 h. y es típico llevar una amapola roja en la solapa, seguro que ya la has visto antes.

Si quieres saber un poco más, lee este artículo de la BBC:  What is Remembrance Day?

Happy Remembrance Day!

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Good books and TV series for October

Publicado el 2/09/2017

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Hi everyone! I’m back after a long summer holiday break. We are fully settled into the swing of things; school started back just about 2 weeks ago and our routine is back to normal again. Not that we had much of a summer in the first place, a handful of nice sunny days but mainly a lot of rain. Autumn is definitely on its way. I just checked Zaragoza on my weather app and can’t believe the difference!

I have lots to share with you about books and tv. I must start with the big one. Game of Thrones. Who has been watching it? How amazing was this series? Don’t worry, I won’t post any spoilers here, although I’d love to go into more detail about it! If you haven’t watched an episode you have plenty of time to catch up as the final season isn’t out until 2019. I don’t know how we are expected to wait until then, I am desperate to know what happens next! I had forgotten just how good it was but I am hooked again, so I’m planning to start all the DVDs from the beginning to fill the gap. I’m used to having Jon Snow on my screen again.

My book of the summer was “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham. This was different from Grisham’s usual stories as this is non-fiction. I am fascinated with anything to do with crime, especially death row in America. I have watched hundreds of documentaries and this book didn’t disappoint. What a story it was! At times, I had to remind myself this isn’t fiction. I read it in one sitting and stayed up until 3am because I couldn’t put it down. Yes, my eyes stung a bit the next morning when my girls woke up bright and early, but it was so worth it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My next read is Corpus by Rory Clements, a spy thriller set in 1930s. Once I’m finished I’ll let you know how I get on.

As you all know I am obsessed with all things Harry Potter. Here in the UK Primark have started selling a full Harry Potter range (PJs and home wear!) I’ve started texting my husband pictures of the PJs I like and hope he takes the hint for my birthday in October! In addition to this magical range, JK Rowling’s other book series written under her pseudonym (her false name; Robert Galbraith) has started on BBC as a drama series. I’m sure you will be able to catch up on BBC iPlayer and watch it. It is based on the book The Cuckoo’s Calling. Usually I hate tv shows and movies adapted from my favourite books because they never live up to my high expectations, I can’t even watch the Harry Potter movies without feeling annoyed about changed bits or bits that have been left out. However, I must admit this has been great. If you are unable to watch it then you should read the book, it’s an easy book to follow and has a fantastic story.

I am also looking for some book advice from you. My dad loves reading in Spanish and everything about Spain. He lived there for a year when he was younger. I’d like to get him a book to read in Spanish, something quite simple as he hasn’t spoken Spanish properly for a long time! Have a think and please send me any recommendations you have!

And finally, I could write this blog without mentioning the terrible attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. I felt incredibly sad hearing the news, as I have every time one of these attacks take place. The Cambrils one shocked me. Cambrils and Tarragona are my favourite places to go on holiday and I cannot imagine that sadness and horror people went through, somewhere that holds so many happy memories. I hope you and your families are all safe and well.

Lots of love

Gemma xoxo

General Election

Publicado el 19/06/2017

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Hi,

Election fever has gripped the UK for the last two weeks. It’s hard not to get caught up in the current events here with it taking over our TV screens, social media, newspapers and radio stations. Now, I’m no political expert but I’ll try and bring you up to speed on what has been happening over here!  This was a “snap” election. We weren’t due to have another general election until 2020 but following Brexit, Theresa May decided to call one this year (despite previously promising she wouldn’t.) In the UK, the two main parties are the Labour Party (Jeremy Corbyn) and the Conservative Party (Theresa May) and here in Scotland our biggest party is the SNP (Nicola Sturgeon)

The Conservative Party’s slogan for this election was “strong and stable” In 2015, the Conservatives (otherwise known as The Tories) won the last General Election with the majority of the votes and hoped to win again with an increased majority. Theresa May promised she was the best candidate to lead a “strong and stable” government, especially when it comes to our imminent departure from the European Union. However, their manifesto didn’t support this claim. It became clear there wasn’t as large a support for a “hard Brexit”, people are more nervous now about what BREXIT means for our country.

The Manchester bombing and London attack brought terror into sharp focus. Campaigning was stopped as a mark of respect, but left people questioning the substantial police cuts which have been enforced during the current Conservative Government. How can Britain carry on the way it is?

Leadership has been the main obstacle for the Labour Party in the last few years. Unconvincing leaders have failed to win votes and public support. Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership election for his party with 59% in 2015. However, following Brexit the Labour Party called another Leadership Election to challenge Jeremy Corbyn as leader as it was claimed he lead a weak Remain Campaign. However, Corbyn won this again with 61% of the vote. Corbyn rose to the challenge of becoming the next Prime Minister. His campaign seemed to go from strength to strength promising that a vote for the Labour party was a vote “for the many, not the few”. Corbyn’s message resonated with many who want to see change, but in particular with the younger generation. This General Election had the largest number of votes from 18-25 year olds with a 72% turnout, the largest in history.

This was the strongest campaign labour have led for a long time. They gained seats that had been lost in the last few years and closed the gap between Labour and Conservative, however it wasn’t enough. Neither Labour nor Conservative succeeded in winning a majority in parliament. The conservatives won 42% of the vote and Labour won 40%, which means we now have a “hung parliament” and there is no clear winner.

Another huge loss at this General Election was the SNP party in Scotland. As mentioned previously, the SNP is Scotland’s largest party. Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first minister. One of the most divisive political points in Scotland is Independence. Following BREXIT, there was a lot of talk about a second referendum for Scotland to become an Independent country, and this is one of the reasons the SNP is losing support. Some constituencies voted conservative, which is unheard of and a real shock. Historically Scotland never vote Tory due to the closure of the mining and steel industries in the 80s and 90s, which was detrimental to so many families in Scotland. The loss of  many SNP seats prevented SNP joining a coalition with Labour to form a Government together.

So where does that leave Britain now? Well, the Conservative Party are in talks with the DUP, The Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland. They are hoping to reach an agreement to enable Theresa May to form a minority government. The DUP have many controversial opinions and policies including women’s rights, LGBT rights and a history of violence between them and the Republic of Ireland.

The Queen’s Speech is given at the opening of Parliament. The speech is written by the government and delivered by the Queen. It is a list of promises to be honoured by the Prime Minister and Government throughout the year. It is traditionally written on goat skin paper, however now no animal hide is used, but the paper still bears the mark of a goat. The Queen’s speech was due to take place on Monday the 19th of June, but with all the uncertainty it has been postponed until Theresa May and the DUP are able to come to an agreement.

This blog is a lot more complicated than I had intended it to be. I knew I was going to write about our General Election as it is the one thing everyone has been talking about. I was planning on sending this piece over to Ann the morning after the election with a nice, easy resolution telling you all the results of the vote, but I very quickly realised that wasn’t going to happen! So, if you’re confused at the end of this then you’re not the only one. I don’t think I’ve spoken to anyone who knows fully what is going on. And who knows how long this will go on for? Our country is hanging in the balance at the moment and I just hope we reach a peaceful and sensible solution soon!

Gemma xoxo