Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Santa María de Guía

From your Mouth to the World

This article was written by Nauzet Armas, from Avanzado 2.

How many times have you thought “if I had spoken English, I’d have obtained that job” or “if I spoke English more fluently, I could travel to anywhere around the whole world”…? Did you know that most of the students at Official Languages Schools succeed passing all the school planning?

  The first thing you should know is that learning a language is the most demanded aspect in job interviews nowadays, due to the globalization our society is living. So, you’ll probably need a second or even a third language to get a job because you need to communicate with customers or colleagues from other countries. Companies like Google, Apple, or Coca Cola are opening new headquarters almost every day all around the world.

Moreover, it’s well known that if you want to travel on your own, it would be very interesting the fact that you could get on with the language as you wouldn’t need a dictionary or an automatic translator.

So, If I’ve got you to be interested in learning languages such as English, French or whatever, you might take a look to an Official Languages School like http://www.eoiguia.com. There, you are going to be plenty informed of what you need to sign up so that you can attend lessons and be a multilingual person in less time that you’re thinking about.

Here you can see a link to see the things you can do there: 

Don’t be shy and go straight from your mouth to the World!

PASSION FOR HORSES

This article was written by Natalia Rodríguez from Avanzado 2.

Have you ever thought about riding a horse? Would you like to have at least one equine? I would have never imagined to have one horse or mare and now, I am not able to live without them. It is a perfect way to spend our free time disconnecting from our daily routines.   

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  Traditionally, horses were employed to transport goods and even or to plough the fields. Humans have also trained them as a military tools to fight in wars. However, the current use of these animals is chiefly equestrian sports and they are being used to sports competitions such as hippic events. Catching the attention of tourists is another purpose and they might travel in a carriage pulled by horses.

Horses are characterized by being curious, social and intelligent animals. It is said that they have a prodigious memory and it lets them remember the things that they learn.

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Among the varied breeds, there are three kinds of horses which are more common: Spanish, Arabian and English horses.

Exceptionally, genetic has mixed them and, and as a result, it has obtained extravagant horses of combined colours named Palomine, Apaloose or Pio.

As a lover of horses, I  recommend you to practice horse-back riding. Breathing pure air and being in direct contact with nature is ideal. Moreover, the healthy effect they produce in children with autism or cerebral paralysis has been proved. Are you ready?

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Food, food and more food

Today we’ve been watching the videos our mates from the clil course have prepared for our lesson “food”. Get ready to watch a nice collection of people talking about recipes, groceries, etc.

As you can see below, you have a playlist with ten different videos, to navigate through the different videos, just click on the left uppper corner and decide you want to watch.

Las Canteras Beach

This article was written by Cristina Santana from Avanzado 2. 

The treasure of the capital of Gran Canaria island is Las Canteras Beach. It is a special place visited by the majority of residents of the city and tourists who visit the island.

With 3 kilometres of length, it is one of the best urban beaches from the country, there is good weather almost all the time of the year. Also, it has golden sand and calm water, so it is a place where you can walk along the sand, doing water sports or swimming to “La Barra”, a large rocky formation that is not far away from the seashore, 200 meters more or less. This beach is changeable, due to the changes in tides, you never see the same beach every day, it is changing continuously. Moreover, it is a large reserve of marine life, so, thousand kinds of fish are found in its depths.

The promenade next to the beach, from Alfredo Kraus auditorios to La Puntilla is full of restaurants of fresh fish or ice-cream shop, for example “Peña La Vieja” is one of them, 100% recommendable. It also has a lot of services like lifeguard post and first aid, access for people with reduced mobility, rental of beach umbrellas and deck chairs or WI-FI connection.

If you visit Gran Canaria, do not forget to visit this beach. You love it!

Grow your own food

This article was written by Sibisse Sosa, from Avanzado 2.

Nowadays, we buy fruits and vegetables but we do not know where they come from or how they have been grown up: if they have used any fertilized or non-authorized poison, if the workers are fairly paid, and so on. Do we know what we eat?

A good alternative is to cultivate your own orchard in your house. No much space is necessary, even if you live in a big city. Moreover, you can full your larder with products from ecological shops.

According to some studies, working with the land take you in contact with nature and benefits your health, it allows you to burn the same calories as thirty minutes of aerobics. A study conducted in 2011 in Holland, quoted in an article by CNN Health, half an hour dedicated to cultivate a garden, can significantly reduce your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone produced.

Do you remember the smell of oranges, apples, strawberries? When you taste ecological food or cultivated by yourself, you realize the difference, you rediscover the yummy fruits.

My personal experience in growing small gardens has been very positive and today I have planted several lettuce and spices and my meals are better with them. I encourage you to grow up your own orchard and enjoy it.

The Jane Austen Tour

This article was written by Raquel Reyes, from Avanzado 2.

Jane Austen, the eighteenth-century writer who is considered one of the greatest novelists in English literature is the author of novels such as “Persuasion” and “Pride and Prejudice”, her most famous one. She has her own tourist attraction, where you we can visit the villages of her life and the locations related to her novels.

STEVENTON

Jane Austen was born at Steventon rectory in 1775. There, she wrote her early novels and poems (1782-1800). The house where she lived was demolished but if you want to visit the area you can book in Steventon House Hotel, a hotel that respects the atmosphere of that period.

BATH

In 1800 her father took the family to Bath near Bristol where you can find the Jane Austen Centre at 40 Gay Street.

For minimal cost you can tour the building and its permanent exhibits. Don’t forget to visit the Regency themed Tea Rooms up on the 2nd floor.

The world-famous Roman Baths is an absolute must-do. Based around Britain’s only natural hot springs, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex.

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park is another must-do.

         

Accommodation in Bath. You can book at Jane Austen’s house. This 18th century Georgian apartment has been sensitively refurbished to afford luxury living.

         

LYME REGIS

Lyme Regis, a coastal down in the southern part of England, is visited by Jane and her family in 1803 and 1804. The geological importance of Lyme Regis is internationally known.

                         

It is said that here Jane meets a man who fall in love with her. They decide to see each other again, but he dies. Maybe that is why the place plays a substantial role in Austin’s “Persuasion”.

CHAWTON VILLAGE

On early 1809 she and her mother were offered by Edward to live in Chawton village. You can find the house where she lived his last eight years of life as a museum that contains small treasures: the table where she wrote and revised the manuscript of the novel Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

On 1817 she died by Addison’s disease or Hodgkin’s lymphoma or bovine tuberculosis, nobody knows. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

            

Definitely, this tour is a unique experience for lovers of this extraordinary novelist.

Metamorphosis

This article was written by Ana Elena Ponce, from avanzado 2. 
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Last year I was shown one of the most breathtaking creations of nature: the metamorphosis of the Danaus plexippus, well-known as the “Monarch butterfly”.

It all starts with the colourful Asclepias curassavica. This flower is the only one chosen by Monarch butterflies to lay their white little eggs. It takes them a week to develop and hatch into a larva. Then, it starts to eat the flowers and leaves of the plant. As days goes by you can appreciate how the plant gets dry, a process that is parallel to the larva growth.

These larvae have a characteristic pattern of white, yellow and black transverse bands. Below a larva in the first and last stage is shown. It is believed that it takes them 25 days to reach their final size which is 2000 times their initial one. Amazing, isn’t it?

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Only then will they hang and build their chrysalis. At the beginning, the chrysalis is light green but soon the lines of the wings pattern appear. Then, the chrysalis get darker and darker till the day they are seen brown, what means that in 24 hours’ time the butterfly will go out of it. As you can imagine, this is the most magical moment of the whole process. I still cannot believe how this is possible.

  

For me it was like becoming mom. The first hours of life they cannot fly and the feeling that this little beautiful animal needs you is perfect.

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