Pre-/post-exam stress? Need to relax? Learn English at the same time – you need Buddhify!

buddhify

Mindfulness & meditation for wherever you are. Super convenient and beautifully designed to fit your lifestyle, buddhify is the best value meditation app around with no hidden charges.

With over 11 hours of custom meditations for 15 different parts of your day including traveling, being online, taking a work break and going to sleep, buddhify will help you de-stress, sleep better and bring more awareness and compassion to all parts of your life.

Features:

  • Over 80 custom guided audio meditation tracks
  • Tracks are designed for 15 locations inc: going to sleep
  • Tracks range from 5 – 30minutes
  • Solo meditation timer
  • Together section with community stats and Q&A

With more and more evidence that it can reduce stress and improve wellbeing, there has never been more interest in mindfulness and meditation. However even if you want to try it out, most people don’t have that much spare time, think meditation is a bit too hippy or don’t know where to start. buddhify 2 solves all this.

So if you ever thought meditation was not for you, this is the app that will change your mind.

And all for the price of a cup of coffee (in UK!) with no hidden extra charges.

RECOMMENDATION – NEWS IN LEVELS

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Excellent website for elementary to intermediate students, with news items in three different levels. Each item includes text and audio.

There is also a SKYPE section, where you can sign up to practise your English online with students from around the world. 

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Click on image to go to website:news in levels

LISTENING HELP FOR THAT’S ENGLISH STUDENTS

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HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH YOUR LISTENING SKILLS?

THE FOLLOWING LINKS MAY BE OF HELP TO PRACTISE FOR YOUR EXAM.

THE LINKS INCLUDE EXERCISES FROM VARIOUS LEVELS, SO CHOOSE CAREFULLY.

BULLET2  ESL-LOUNGE: (pre-intermediate)
BULLET2 ENGLISH TEST STORE – You may need to register to hear all of the exercises. It’s free        and safe!

BULLET2 Listen and Fill in the Gap of a Sentence – Easy Tests

BULLET2 Fill in the Gap of a Sentence – Medium Tests

BULLET2 English test store  Try the easy and medium levels – True/False exercises
BULLET2 Short talks– multiple choice
BULLET2 English Aula – Cambridge PET listening exams online (Los que están en rojo son
      gratuitos)
BULLET2Helendipity (A page of links I prepared last year for That’s English students.)

I hope they help you!​

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C-1 Seina Sofía Opera House: One of Spain’s Biggest Architectural Boondoggles Just Keeps Getting Worse

READ ALL ABOUT IT – CLICK ON IMAGE TO READ

REINA SOFIA OPERA HOUSE

NI-2 BOOK REVIEW with SMORE

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A POSSIBLE SMORE POSTER/FLYER. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE THE FULL POSTER

SMORE BOOK REVIEW

YOUR “SMORE” POSTER SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS (in any order):

  • – some information about the author

  • – your summary of the book

  •  – your review (SEE BELOW – WRITING A BOOK REVIEW)

  • – explanation of interesting and relevant vocabulary

  • – your voice reading part of the novel (Eg. The beginning or a part you like, a description, etc) To add sound to your flyer, upload an audio archive to “soundcloud”. You can also record your voice directly on soundcloud, if you prefer. Then just copy the URL of the soundwave and paste it into the box in the smore flyer.

SOUNDCLOUD WEBSITE (CLICK ON IMAGE): 

SOUNDCLOUD

HOW TO USE SOUND CLOUD: LOG ON (CREATE AN ACCOUNT) THEN LOG IN (ENTER).CLICK ON”UPLOAD” AND UPLOAD A SOUND OR RECORD IT DIRECTLY. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

WHEN YOU’VE FINISHED, REMEMBER TO SEND ME THE LINK FOR YOUR FLYER (click “embed”, copy the link – not the embed code –  and paste it into a comment at the bottom of this post.

HERE’S A TUTORIAL FOR SMORE:

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Writing a book review

1.What is the book’s title, and who is the author?  (Not necessary – you have put this in the title of your flyer.)
2. Where and when does the book take place?
3. What is the genre (adventure, tragedy, mystery, comedy, etc.)?
4. Describe the main character(s) briefly.
5. Summarize what the book is about in two sentences. (Not necessary, as you have already given a summary above.)
6. What is the theme or main idea of the story? (Example: One theme of Stardust is that society can’t tell you who you are; you must follow your own path to achieve great things.)
7. What kind of person might enjoy reading this book? (Example: If you love stories about adventures at sea, then you won’t want to miss Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.)
8. What is your overall impression of the book?
Useful language:
· It’s well worth reading
· It will change the way you think of….
· I wouldn’t recommend it because….
· I highly/strongly recommend it
· It’s a highly entertaining read
· It’s a bore to read
· It’s certainly at the top of my list of favourites
· Fans of this author will no doubt be thrilled with this latest edition
· It’s a must!
· Don’t bother with this one
· I definitely recommend that you add this to your collection!
Choose the vocabulary  using adjectives and expressions like the ones below:
 dull, entertaining, hilarious, moving, predictable, remarkable, shocking, surprising, tragic, unpredictable, violent, a cliffhanger, blackly funny, breathtaking, deeply moving, dull, heart warming…

RECOMMENDED READING

SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS BOOK:

I AM MALALA

READ MORE HERE

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

 

NI-2 SUITABLE READING FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS

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HERE IS A LIST OF SUITABLE BOOKS FOR THIS LEVEL. REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALSO PAY A VISIT TO YOUR BOOK SHOP. BUT PLEASE CHOOSE AN UNABRIDGED PUBLICATION (NOT A SIMPLIFIED BOOK).

  • Lois Lowry, Number the Stars – people from Denmark help rescue Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
  • Mildred Taylor, The Land; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Let the Circle be Unbroken; The Road to Memphis – these four books tell the story of a black family in Mississippi from the time they were slaves in the 1800s until World War II.
  • Linda Sue Park – A Single Shard; When My Name Was Keoko – wonderful stories from a Korean-American writer.
  • Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks – people from an apartment building in Cleveland get to know each other when they share a community garden started by a young Vietnamese girl.
  • Karen Hesse, Letters from Rifka – a Jewish family escapes from the Ukraine after World War I; also Phoenix Rising
  • Helen Fielding,Bridget Jones Diary etc
  • Najaf Mazari and Robert HillmanThe Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif The autobiography of a Afghan refugee
  • Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller Desert Flower – autobiography of a Somalian girl, victim of genital mutilation and her fight to erradicate this practice. Waris has been a special UN Ambassador.
  • Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals or any other book by this author
  • Roald Dahl The Witches or any other book by this authorbookworm
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