martes, 16 de octubre de 2018

The History Of Philosophy


Deniz Cem Önduygu is a visual communication designer who focuses on information design; he loves philosophy, biology, neuropsychology, monsters, art theory, typography, information design.... and he works mixing them. That is what he did with one of his hobbies, Philosophy: he designed what he calls " his summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers"

It looks something like this: 


He goes on to explain: "If an argument agrees with or expands on an old one, they’re connected with a green line. If it disagrees with or refutes an old argument, they’re connected with a red line. Some of these connections are explicitly described by the philosophers or the historians, some of them are drawn by me. You can see the list of updates on the Updates page where you can also subscribe to get notification emails when I add new content or make interface upgrades"


He  states, "I’m not a historian of philosophy. This is a purely personal project that I’m doing in my own time, with my limited knowledge, for myself."



I think that you should have a look at his notes; they may come in handy for your Philosophy lessons.


miércoles, 10 de octubre de 2018

Google Science Fair 2018

Google Science Fair is a worldwide online science competition sponsored by Google. It is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 who must formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment and present their results - using science, technology, engineering and math. The projects must be in English, Spanish, German, Italian or french


Find more about the competition here

Resources for students: here

Resources for teachers: here

martes, 2 de octubre de 2018

Supertramp´s "The Logical Song"


"The Logical Song" is a good song to learn vocabulary, mainly adjectives.

Click here if you want to know the story behind the song written by Roger Hodson, a member of the band Supertramp.

What is the theme of this song? What is it about?



I do not think you need a translation but here is a good listening exercise: listen to the song in English but read the lyrics translated into Spanish, do you understand every word?




Thanks to Labor English Zone for the idea!



viernes, 28 de septiembre de 2018

Learning Vocabulary: Oral Exam Term 1 1º BAC


Dear K-11 (1º BAC) students.

Instructions for your first oral exam:

  • Choose one of the words you will find in the webpages or videos mentioned in this entry. Make sure you understand it correctly so as to be able to explain its meaning in your own words.
  • Give as much information about the word as you want to ( etymology? usage? history? ...)
  • Use it in a sentence so that you can prove you can use it correctly from the point of view of grammar

You can choose one word from one of these places:
  • One of the words in the video below:

  • The meaning and origin of the word OK:




miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2018

Pets: A Story


This is a story created by Bird Born; I read it online in Bored Panda. Apparently, it is a real story.















Have you - or anyone you know- adopted a dog from a shelter? Would you like to share your story?


domingo, 23 de septiembre de 2018

Native Americans


Dear K-12/A level students, since you may have already started The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, this video will help you understand Native Americans better.

The subtitles in the video are automatically generated and there are many mistakes in the transcription but, anyway, they may come in handy if you find it difficult to understand the girls.




viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2018

Food For Thought


Something to think about over the weekend: watch this short clip from the film "Detachment", starred by Adrien Brody.

Note: It is a strong scene; both the language and the message are hard but the message is certainly up-to-date.



Optional Homework Assignment: Share your thoughts about the message of the teacher´s speech: do you agree with him? why (not)? Had you reflected on this before? Will this message help you to look at things from a different perspective? How?

Here is a bigger clip of the same scene; in this case the subtitles are in Spanish so it will be easier for you to understand:

miércoles, 19 de septiembre de 2018

Leonard Cohen´s Song "Hallelujah"


Hallelujah is a song written by Leonard Cohen. We have used to do some phonetic practice to start the school year (activity by Mina sol from Busy Teacher)



There are so many versions of this song! Here are some: Pentatonic,  Rufus Wainwright, Alexandra Burke....



Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin died last August; she was known as "the queen of soul" (Soul= music that originated in African American gospel singing, is closely related to rhythm and blues, and is characterized by intensity of feeling and earthiness)

Learn more about her from this video released by The New York Times on August 16th, 2018. It is a video with subtitles in English so it is worthwhile not only to learn about Aretha Franklin but to practice your English while listening to an American English.



In this entry, you can find two of her most popular songs:

1. "Respect": Aretha Franklin v. Otis Redding (text and ideas by Colin Seale)

Aretha’s most famous hit, “Respect” was actually a remake of Otis Redding’s song of the same name. His version is pretty much an Ode to Patriarchy where he’s basically saying I take care of you, I’m out here making this money, so I’m going to need you to respect me when I get home. The Queen wasn’t having any of that, so with some clever lyrical adjustments and amazing backup vocals (one of the producers reportedly fell out of his chair when the Franklin sisters starting singing the “sock it to me” part), she transformed “Respect” into an anthem for not only the proper treatment of women, but the basic dignity all people deserve as human beings. There’s so much you can do with this.

Here are the lyrics of both versions for you to analyze: research and consider the back stories of what might make a African American man in 1964 feel the need to tell his significant other, “All I’m asking is for a little respect when I get home” while also looking at the history behind an African American Woman’s plea for respect in 1967; it makes sense that an African Woman’s plea for respect sounds less like a favor and more like a line in the sand.

Aretha Franklin
Ottis Redding
What you want, baby, I got it
What you need, Do you know I got it?
All I'm askin' is for a little respect when you get home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(Just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong 'cause I don't wanna
All I'm askin' is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)
I'm about to give you all of my money
And all I'm askin' in return, honey
Is to give me my propers
When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah, baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)
Ooh, your kisses
Sweeter than honey
And guess what?
So is my money
All I want you to do for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re, re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re, re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB
Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)
You're runnin' out of fools (just a little bit)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)
(Re, re, re, re) when you come home
(Re, re, re, re) 'spect
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I'm gone (just a little bit)

What you want, honey, you got it
And what you need, baby, you got it
All I'm askin' is for a little respect when I come home
Hey now, hey hey hey, yeah now

Do me wrong, honey, if you wanna
You can do me wrong, honey, while I'm gone
But all I'm askin' is for a little respect when I come home
Ooh yeah now, hey hey hey, yeah now

Hey, little girl, you're so sweeter than honey
And I'm about to give you all my money
But all I'm askin', hey
Is a little respect when I get home
Hey hey hey, yeah now

Hey, little girl, you are sweeter than honey
And I'm about to give you all my money
But all I want you to do
Is just give it, give it
Respect when I come home, hey hey now
Hey hey hey, yeah now

Respect is what I want from you
Respect is what I need
Respect is what I want
Respect is what I need





2. " I Say A Little Prayer"





martes, 18 de septiembre de 2018

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