"An attempt to integrate the teaching of the English language & ICT, using MUSIC as a mere pretext."


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Importance of Learning Languages

Just to finish this 2011,
We would like to emphasize only one thing...

We want to make you all aware about 
the importance of  learning languages 
for your everyday life !!
  
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Learning another language can be useful ...



Learning languages can help you to find a job ...
(without being stupid !!)



So, Remember that...
"Learning Languages is very important"
...with some humour from Argentina
by "Les Luthiers".



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Cheers,
Jesús

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Classic Song...

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MERRY
CHRISTMAS

I'm sure you have ever heard this song...

It is a Classic Song at Christmas Time:
"White Christmas", by Bing Crosby...



WHITE CHRISTMAS
by Bing Crosby

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow .

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

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MERRY
CHRISTMAS
Just a few words (and a home-made video) to wish you all...
a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!


PS. The video has been produced by Victor Ferrer, a friend of mine,
for this very occasion...  
Thank you, Victor ! ;-)
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Time (3)

O' CHRISTMAS TREE

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According to the Free Encyclopedia Wikipedia...
The Christmas tree is a decorated tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The Christmas tree is traditionally brought into the home and decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments during the days around Christmas.

By the way,...Do you know a Traditional Christmas Song with such a title?
Here you are an instrumental version of that song performed by Kenny G.


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COMPETITION

In Our "Photo-Contest" during the previous days,
you had to guess about the WHAT & WHERE of the given image:

PREVIOUS CLUES
 
Clue 1             
                       


                        Clue 2


NEW CLUES

WHERE?


WHAT?


ANSWER:


LAST CLUE...
...the title of this post!
 ... the title of the video-clip selected!

WHAT is it?
A CHRISTMAS TREE
WHERE is it?
PUERTA DEL SOL (KM-0), MADRID
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

“E@E”, Our First Birthday

“E@E”,
Our First Birthday

On December 20th, 2010
We started an adventure called

Today is a very special day.
We celebrate this Blog's first birthday
To tell you the truth...
We can't believe our eyes,
after the results achieved
by "E@E"so far!

So, let's sing together
the Traditional Birthday Song...

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday dear BLOG
Happy Birthday to You

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Spanish Version
Después de 1 año de vida,
el Blog"English@Edrissis" ha traspasado
las paredes del Aula de Lengua Inglesa
del CEA "Edrissis" de Ceuta
y ... ¡¡de qué manera!!
                                                            
            “English@Edrissis en pocas palabras                                “English@Edrissis  in a few words


12 meses

56 entradas publicadas

Gran diversidad de temas desarrollados y estilos musicales

30.645 Visitas

Estados Unidos, Reino Unido y México encabezan, junto con España, la lista de países con mayor número de visitas

Presentación en Europa durante una Visita de Estudio en Italia

Catalogada como buena práctica educativa en países europeos como Suecia, Finlandia e Irlanda del Norte

Invitación a participar en un Congreso en Irlanda del Norte

Premio Nacional “Sello Europeo 2011”


12 months

56 posts published

Great Diversity of themes developed and musical styles

30.645 Visits

Countries such as USA, UK and Mexico are at the top list of countries with a greater number of visits

Presented in Europe during a Study Visit in Italy

Regarded as a good educative practice in some European countries such as Sweden, Finland and Northern Ireland.

Invitation to participate in an International Conference in Northern Ireland

National Award “Sello Europeo 2011”

Thank you for being there!!
Jesús Canca

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;-)
 FUNNY  SINGING
Have you ever heard a penguin singing in English
the traditional Birthday Song
with a Turkish accent
in a "semi-flamenco" style?
I'm sure you haven't....
So, This is the moment!



Practice:
Try to sing and dance like the penguin from the video.
;-)
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Time (2)

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MERRY
CHRISTMAS

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you
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(English traditional Christmas rhyme)





My students want to learn and practise some Classic Christmas Carols
during the last session before our Christmas Holidays.

Perhaps, two of the most well-known Christmas Carols are:
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"  &  "Jingle Bells".

Let's practice ! 

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"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Listen and pay attention to the lyrics of  "WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS":



Now try to sing this Christmas Carol with the following Karaoke:


"Jingle Bells"
 Listen and pay attention to the lyrics of  "JINGLE BELLS":



Now try to sing this Christmas Carol with the following Karaoke:


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PS. Have a look at the photo at the beginning of this post and guess WHAT & WHERE:
What is it? & Where is it?
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Time (1)

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      MERRY
CHRISTMAS
 "At Christmas, all roads lead home."
Marjorie Holmes (American writer) 



 Yes, ... Christmas is coming ... and
"All I want for Christmas is You"

Listen to the following song,
Mariah Carey's Christmas Classic,
performed by "Vazquez Sounds":






I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one thing I need
I don't care about presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas
Is you

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
You baby

I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow
I'm just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeer click
'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Baby all I want for Christmas is you
You



All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children's
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me                             the one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me

Oh I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just want to see baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is
You

All I for Christmas is you baby


* Compare the previous version of the song with the one performed By Mariah Carey & Justin Bieber.

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At Christmas Time many people come back home...
And that is the case of the British ship "HMS Ocean", of the Royal Navy.

The ship's company made a Christmas DVD when they heard they would be home for Christmas. They performed "All I want for Christmas is You" as they go back home with friends and family.

The video is simply a Royal Navy tribute to Mariah Carey's Christmas Classic...

I hope you like it!


To all those who come back home at Chritmas Time...
...Welcome home!!

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PS. Have a look at the photo at the beginning of this post and guess WHAT & WHERE:
What is it? & Where is it?
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS

"English@Edrissis",
Premio "Sello Europeo 2011"



         Premio "Sello Europeo a la innovación en la enseñanza y aprendizaje de lenguas 2011" 


¡¡ Enhorabuena !!
&
Congratulations !!

Enhorabuena a tod@s l@s que habéis colaborado de alguna manera 
en el crecimiento de "English@Edrissis":
¡Con vuestra ayuda,
este sueño se ha convertido en una realidad!
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Congratulations to all those who have contributed in some way 
to the development of "English@Edrissis":
With your help,
this dream has come true!

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This song is just for you all !!
Guess the title....


Yes, it is as simple or as complicated as that...
CONGRATULATIONS !!
&
Thank you!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MADE IN CEUTA

To all those who don't know Ceuta... yet !!
( ¡A todos aquellos que no conocen Ceuta... todavía !)
   
                                                             (Photo from: http://ceutauno.blogspot.com/p/fotografias-de-ceuta.html )

Let's have a coffee break !!
(with or without coffee - it doesn't matter...
... it's just an excuse!)

... And let me show you my town,
a beautiful small Spanish town located on the north coast of Africa...
CEUTA



Do you like it ?
I hope so !

PS.  Please, Write a comment with your opinion. Thank you!
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Friday, November 11, 2011

11 / 11 / 11

   HOW  SUPERSTITIOUS  ARE  YOU ?

 
                                                               Photo by Meral Alkan

Today is 11 / 11 / 11;
Friday, November 11, 2011... 
(Only occurs on one day every 100 years)

  • What do you believe will happen on 11/11/11 ?
a) Something good will happen. (?)
b) Nothing will happen.
c) Something bad will happen. (?)


  • Do you feel lucky today ?
a) Yes
b) No


  • ...Are you superstitious?


Talking about Superstition...
Do you know some examples of superstitions?

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List as many examples of superstitions as you can
after watching the following video.



By the way, ...
Do you know the title of the song and 
the singer of the music played on the previous video?

Internet Search:

Search
  • a music video of that song: ..............
  • and its lyrics: ................
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    Monday, October 31, 2011

    HAPPY HALLOWE'EN

                                                                                                    (Photo from Facebook-Gratis.com

    Who Am  I ?

    Yes, I am orange and very round,
    you can pick me from the patch.
    I can even just sit on the ground
    or with my friends in a big batch.

    Have you ever picked me up?
    I can be light or heavy.
    I'll give you a pretty close up
    just let me know when you are ready.

    This time of year is so much fun.
    You can give me many faces.
    Sometimes I can even glow like the sun
    and you can put me in many places.

    Do you know my name? 


                                                                              by Connie Safford
                                                                                          at:  http://www.gourmetgiftsbyconnie.com/CPersonalizeThis/index.htm

    Select ONE of the following words related to Halloween as the title of the poem:

    MOON
    VAMPIRE
    CANDY
    NIDNIGHT
    ZOMBIE
    HAUNTED
    BAT
    TOMBSTONE
    MAKE-UP
    WEREWOLF
    PUMPKIN
    CEMETERY

    ...
    By the way, ...
    Do you know that tonight is Halloween Night ??

    Halloween ?!?!

    Halloween is nowadays a very popular holiday in the United States and in Europe. We celebrate it every year on October 31st. It is primarily a holiday for children, who usually wear costumes and masks. The children, in their costumes, go from house to house. They knock on the doors and say: "Trick or Treat". The peole who don't want a "trick" give them some candy (sweets or fruit). People who haven't a "treat" to give the children might find a "trick" the next morning: Their windows might be covered with soap, the dustbin turned over, ...etc.

    Schools have parties, especially for the younger children. The child whose costume is the best wins a prize. Houses are decorated for Hallowe'en with pumpkins, witches, ghosts and other frightening things.

    Halloween is the night to frighten people.
    So, ... Beware of ghosts and witches who are out to get you on Hallowe'en night!


    SPANISH VERSION.-
    Halloween es una fiesta celebrada el 31 de Octubre de cada año y tiene su origen en la celebración crristiana del Día de todos los Santos. La palabra Halloween proviene de la expresión inglesa All Hallows Eve, que se traduce como "Víspera de Todos los Santos". Originalmente era celebrada en países anglosajones como Estados Unidos, Canadá, Irlanda y Reino Unido, pero actualmente se ha popularizado en muchos países occidentales.

    Los colores clásicos del Halloween son el naranja y el negro, asociados a la clásica calabaza denominada Jack-o'-lantem. En esa noche es común la realización de fiestas de disfraces, pedir dulces, encender hogueras, leer historias tenebrosas y ver películas de terror.
    (From: Facebook-Gratis.com)


    READING COMPREHENSION:
    * Answer the following questions about Halloween , after reading both versions (English & Spanish):

    1.- What is the origin of the word "Halloween"?
    2.- When is "Halloween" celebrated?
    3.- Where is "Halloween" celebrated?
    4.- Name 2 examples of "tricks" carried out on Halloween  Night?
            (Do you know more examples? If so, mention them).
    5.- How many words related to "Halloween" can you find in the English version?

    Further Information:

    MUSIC ... & ... HALLOWEEN
    We have selected a music video for the Halloween Night.
    Possibly... one of the best music videos ever !!

    In fact, for most people, ...
    The best Halloween song ever !!
    and
    The best Halloween video ever !!

    The video was made almost 30 years ago, 
    and it is still by far the best music / short film ever made
    to be shown on Halloween Night.
    Today it is considered ...
    The Halloween Classic !

    * Guess the title of the selected song, using the underlined letters from the following words:

    SCARECROW
    COSTUME
    SKULL
    SKELETON
    WITCH
    JACK-O-LANTERN
    GHOST
    TRICK-OR-TEAT
    ...
    Any Idea?

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    R - E - L - L - I - R - H - T
    ...

    Not yet?

    ...
    ... Put the given words in a list, starting by the last one:

                      TRICK-OR-TEAT
    GHOST
                                                     JACK-O-LANTERN
    WITCH
     SKELETON 
    SKULL
                                                                   COSTUME
       SCARECROW
    ...

    Yes, you are right now!

    A Music Video by Michael Jackson, performing "Thriller".
    A Short-Film o to be seen during Halloween Night!
    We Hope you enjoy it!


     

    * After watching the video complete the following TASKS:


    TASK 1.-  CONVERSATION ( Watch the video from  1:00 to 2:10 )

    * Listen again to the conversation between Michael Jackson and the girl at the beginning of the short-film and Order the lines of the dialogue:


    Girl:  I’m sorry I didin’t believe you.
    Michael:  .....................................
    Girl: .............................................
    Michael:  .....................................
    Girl:  Yes !
    Michael:  …...............................…
    Girl:  Yes !
    Michael:  ......................................
    Girl:  .............................................
    Michael:  .....................................
    Girl:  Yes, Michael !
    MIchael:  ......................................
    Girl:  .............................................
    Michael:  .....................................
    Girl:  What are you talking about?

    1. You know I like you, don't you ?
    2. Ooohh Michael !!… It’s beautiful !
    3. What?
    4. I’m not like the other guys…
    5. No, I mean I’m different!
    6. Can I ask you something ?
    7. … and I hope you like me the way I like you
    8. I am just wondering .. if you would be my girl
    9. Now it's official.I have something I wanna tell ya!
    10. Of course not… That’s why I love you !



    TASK 2.-  LYRICS OF THE SONG ( Watch the video from  4:40 to 6:30 )

    * Order the 3 Verses of the Lyrics of the Song: 
    1st Verse,  2nd Verse and  3rd Verse:


    They're Out To Get You, There's Demons Closing In On Every Side
    They Will Possess You Unless You Change The Number On Your Dial
    Now Is The Time For You And I To Cuddle Close Together
    All Thru The Night I'll Save You From The Terror On The Screen,
    I'll Make You See



    ….. Verse

    It's Close To Midnight And Something Evil's Lurking In The Dark
    Under The Moonlight You See A Sight That Almost Stops Your Heart
    You Try To Scream But Terror Takes The Sound Before You Make It
    You Start To Freeze As Horror Looks You Right Between The Eyes,
    You're Paralyzed



    ..... Verse

    You Hear The Door Slam And Realize There's Nowhere Left To Run
    You Feel The Cold Hand And Wonder If You'll Ever See The Sun
    You Close Your Eyes And Hope That This Is Just Imagination
    But All The While You Hear The Creature Creepin' Up Behind
    You're Out Of Time



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    (Check your answers at: "Thriller" )
     
    TASK 3.- CHORUS OF THE SONG  ( Watch the video from  9:40 to 10:30 )

    * Order the lines of the Chorus:

    ..... Thriller Here Tonight
    ..... So Let Me Hold You Tight And Share A Killer, Diller, Chiller
    ..... Girl, This Is Thriller, Thriller Night
    ..... 'Cause I Can Thrill You More Than Any Ghost Would Dare To Try
    ..... That This Is Thriller, Thriller Night
    ..... You're Fighting For Your Life Inside A Killer, Thriller Tonight
    ..... You Know It's Thriller, Thriller Night
    ..... And No One's Gonna Save You From The Beast About Strike
    ..... 'Cause This Is Thriller, Thriller Night


    ( Check your answers at: "Thriller" )

    TASK 4.- RHYMING WORDS

    * Underline the 3 words from the Chorus that rhymes with "THRILLER":
    .........................  /  .........................  /  ..........................

    TASK 5.- USING ON-LINE DICTIONARIES

    5.1. Look up 2 more words that rhyme with "THRILLER"at  Merriam-Webster :

    ........................................   /   ...............................................

    5.2. Synonym & Antonym:
    * Which word is a synonym/antonym of "THRILLER"?

     PRETENDER / BOTTLE-OPENER  / YAWNER / SUSPENSER / DEFENDER

    Synonym: .......................................
    Antonym: .......................................
    ( Check your answers at   Merriam-Webster  )

    5.3. Definitions
    * Look up the word "THRILLER" at the 3 following on-line dictionaries:


    ... and Match the definitions with its Dictionary:



    A novel, play or film with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage.



    One that thrills; especially a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure or suspense.



    A person or thing that thrills.
    An exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery  story.


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    Happy Halloween to everybody !

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    THANK YOU, STEVE !

    In Memoriam
    1955 - 2011
                                                                                                                            Photo by Luciano Veronezi



    Steve Jobs was an extraordinary man.
    He has left his mark on different industries:

    - personal computers with Apple and Macintosh,
    - music with iPod and iTunes
    - phone with iPhone
    - and animation with Pixar
    (films: "Toy Story 2" & "Finding Nemo")



    Steve Jobs has changed millions of lives
    by making technology easy-to-use, exciting and beautiful ...

    Thank You, Steve !




    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    In Spanish: "La muerte de Steve Jobs" en rtve.es


    A CURIOUS  PIECE OF NEWS:
    (In Spanish)

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    Today, in times of crisis,
    Some people already miss him ...


                                                                                                                                       Photo by Roberto Lanotte
                                                                                                                                                    TASK.-

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    OPEN YOUR EYES

    Please,
    Open your eyes and Pay attention... 

                                                           Photograph by Meral Alkan


    Ready, Steady, Go!
    ...
    Let's start the new school year with an easy task.

    Watch the following 3 music videos and answer these questions:

    a) What do they have in common?
    b) In what sense are they different?

                                                                                                Video 1


    Video 2


    Video 3



    Now, Complete the following chart:


    Music Video by…
    Performing the song …
    Video 1


    Video 2


    Video 3



    In which of the following 4 websites can you find  the LYRICS of the song by Rihanna?

    WEBSITES
    YES / NO
    www.lyrics.com

    www.azlyrics.com

    www.metrolyrics.com

    www.lyricsmode.com


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    Remember :

    Open your eyes and 
    Please, ... 
    Don't stop the Music!


    PS. Thank you Meral for your picture.
    It is an authentic honor!
    You are an authentic artist!