“The Last Wish”

Nuestro alumno del curso de inglés comunicativo Javier Llorens ha recomendado este libro “The Last Wish” y ha redactado una sinopsis, ¡Buen trabajo Javier!:


The Last Wish By Adrzej Sapkowski.

lastwishThis is a fantasy book divided into several short tales with the same character, Geralt of Rivia, a witcher and a mutant who earns his living like a monster slayer. With his two swords, one of silver for monsters and the other of steel for humans, he roams the world, slaying monsters, finding new friends and perhaps even love…

Cynical, ironical, talkative and dotted of a biting wit he is always wandering the marvelous land in which he lives, killing all kind of monsters for coin, but not only that, for in his travels he will face schemes, men who are worse than monsters and the pursue of his last wish.

I think everyone with a taste for fantasy stories will enjoy this book because it’s very imaginative, deep and emotional, also is very easy to read. There are many tense moments but also very funny and deep ones making a diverse story. But most of all, this novel is impressive for how the things are not black or white, but grey, just like in real life.

P.S. If you want to know which his last wish is, you must read the book 😉


Cómo mejorar la pronunciación a través de la lecturas con audio

Para aquellos interesados en reforzar tanto vocabulario como compresión oral os recomiendo una lectura graduada adaptada a vuestro nivel. Realizar una primera lectura sin escuchar el audio, para así poder centraros en la trama y el vocabulario nuevo.

Tras esta primera lectura, os recomiendo una segunda lectura escuchando el audio al mismo tiempo, de esta forma podéis asociar la pronunciación que oís a la forma escrita. Aunque no parezca algo muy importante, es un ejercicio fundamental para mejorar la comprensión auditiva, ya que muchas veces los alumnos reconocen perfectamente el significado y uso de una palabra al verla en un texto pero desconocen por completo su correcta pronunciación y por lo tanto les resulta muy difícil comprender un diálogo oral.

El primer paso para pronunciar correctamente es establecer la conexión entre la forma oral y la escrita. Por último os recomiendo realizar una tercera lectura, escuchando el audio y leyendo en voz alta el texto. De esta forma incluimos el ejercicio de expresión oral prestando atención a la correcta pronunciación y entonación. Este último ejercicio se puede repetir tantas veces como se desee.cathat


My Favourite Christmas Books

Here is a list of some of my favourite Christmas Books…


“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.

Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.velveteen

Illustrated in full color, this is a wordless story. The pictures have “the hazy softness of air in snow.” A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.

The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda’s search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–is brought to life in delicate and evocative illustrations.

Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays?

Meet Jack Skellington. He’s in charge of making Halloweenland the coolest creepy place around. But when Jack suddenly grows bored with tricks and treats, he goes searching for new ways to celebrate…and he finds them in Christmas Town! Christmas, Jack decides, is just what Halloweenland — and the world — needs!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children’s book by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

As the story starts off, a young boy, who used to adore Christmas, hears a train whistle roar. To his astonishment, he finds the train is waiting for him. He sees a conductor who then proceeds to look up at his window. He runs downstairs and goes outside. The conductor explains the train is called the Polar Express, and is journeying to the North Pole. The boy then boards the train, which is filled with chocolate and candy, as well as many other children in their pajamas.



Lucy Cousins to the Rescue! Stories for “StoryTime”

maisySmall children, especially when hearing a story in a language that they are not too familiar with (as could be with English) focus most of their attention on illustration.  I have found that children need catchy illustration to keep their attention.  Younger children (0-5) love bright colors and simple illustratons that they can relate to.  Maisy the Mouse is the most popular character created by Lucy Cousins (who has a BA Honours in Graphic Design and a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art).

If you are looking for stories for your classroom or for your own children I would suggest using any of the Maisy books, Hooray for Fish or Jazzy in the Jungle.

To help teachers create their own lesson plans using these books the editorial Walker Books has developed several FREE useful links to support these title.  Check out:  http://www.walker.co.uk/grown-ups/activities-for-home-and-school.aspx