14 July 2008

Books



I´d like to dedicate a special place in this blog to books; to the books we loved and still love, to those books that we couldn’t put down, to the ones that made us think, laugh or cry, even to the books that just helped us kill time on the beach, in the park or anywhere else.
I´m an avid reader, always have been, and I´ve read loads of books, both in Spanish and English.
I try to find some time for reading. However, as life tends to become more and more hectic nowadays for most of us, it isn´t always that easy.
In books we can find all sorts of things. Good books contain knowledge and wisdom , poetry and humour … we can learn so much from them!
Reading is also one of the best ways to improve your language skills, in your own language or in a foreign one, but above all, it is a wonderful source of pleasure and enjoyment. Reading is fun, a pleasure nobody should miss.
There have been readers witty enough to put into a few words what all the people who love books feel when they are curled up reading. That´s why I have chosen a few quotations I really like. Some of them are funny, others seem more serious, but all of them hold much truth.

When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.
~Christopher Morley

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare.
~Kenko Yoshida

A house without books is like a room without windows.
~Heinrich Mann

If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
~Toni Morrison


Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
~Groucho Marx

Never judge a book by its movie.
~J.W. Eagan

He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
~Arabic Proverb

Every book, every volume you see here has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafón


If you like these quotations , you can find more at The Quote Garden

12 July 2008

Have a look at my bookcase !

10 July 2008

Resources


There are a lot of web sites and blogs throughout the Internet which can be really useful to help you improve your English.
I have selected some really interesting ones and made up a list for you.
If you notice that one of the links is no longer available, or if you can suggest any others which you think should be included, please , let me know.

The following sites contain activities with different levels of difficulty (ranging from beginner to advanced) which are clearly organised in sections according to skill area and language level:
General
  • ELLA- Site aimed to help the students that are taking part in the new English courses that started in 2007 in all the EOIs in Asturias
  • ESL Independent Study Lab- Contains over 250 Internet resources for ESL/EFL students. All Web sites are clearly annotated.
  • Agenda Web- Hundreds of free exercises to learn English online: grammar, vocabulary, verbs, songs and videos.
  • Isabel's ESL Site- Exercises, Web based Materials, Workshops and links for Primary and Secondary Education.
  • esl.about.com-All sorts of activities to practice your English: grammar and vocbulary exercises, reading, listening comprehension and speaking dialogues.
  • La Mansión del Inglés- Very interesting Spanish site with lots of exercises.
  • om Multumedia- Free courses for Spanish speaking students of English, from beginner to advanced level . Very interesting and free of charge.
  • Recursos Multimedia Malted-From elementery to upper intermediate level.


Listening
  • BBC Learning English- Improve your listening skills with BBC English
  • esl.about.com- Listening activities graded by level.
  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab- Everyday Conversations with Adult and Children's Voices
  • Adult Learning Activities-Extremely good. It contais audio and video activtities to improve your reading and vocabulary skills as well as your oral comprehension.
  • Real English- ESL site that utilizes authentic and natural videos of people speaking real English on streets.
  • Elllo free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities
  • British Council Listen & Watch. Podcasts and videos with listening comprehension activities to improve your skills. Several different levels. Very interesting.

Reading
Grammar and vocabulary
  • englisch-hilfen.de -English grammar, vocabulary, exercises, exams, information for learners of English as a foreign language ...
  • Interactiv Lernen- Interactive exercises at different levels.

Dictionaries








09 July 2008

The Cantabrian Bear


Read this document on Scribd: The Cantabrian Bear, by Teresa Vivas Gordillo

Traditional Games


Mythology in Asturias


Read this document on Scribd: MYTHOLOGY IN ASTURIAS

Stockholm

Estocolmo-Noemí Martínez, 2º C Estocolmo-Noemí Martínez, 2º C Turus

08 July 2008

Asturian Economy


Read this document on Scribd: ASTURIAN ECONOMY by Ricardo Cordero, 3º I

Real Madrid


Read this document on Scribd: Real Madrid ; Alejandro Fernández, 2ºC

07 July 2008

The Rivers


Read this document on Scribd: THE RIVERS

05 July 2008

Cartoons are not only for kids


Oxford ; by Ana and Inés, 2nd year.

C
Read this document on Scribd: OXFORD

04 July 2008

The Amagüestu


Salou


Read this document on Scribd: Salou - Sheila Fernandez

02 July 2008

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