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I don’t know if this is the right place to do this, but I think that a great man has abandoned this world.

As this is a place to learn English, I’m going to leave you some links for you to know who this sir was and what he did in his life.

I strongly recommend you to see the following video from 2005 at Stanford University. He was invited to give a commencement speech and his words are now part of history. During his speech he talked about his life and his career and gives us some good advice on how to follow your dreams. He also believed that learning should never be disregarded, as you never know how you can get to use that knowledge.

Today I’ve read many articles about this creator, but this is the one I’ve enjoyed the best. In it, David Pogue (for The New York Times) compares Mr Jobs with Walt Disney or Leonardo da Vinci among others. I don’t know if it might seem exaggerated, but I really think that he was unique and that we can learn a lot from him.

Mashable, a blog about technology has also included several posts about this issue today. Undoubtly this is the most interesting one, where they collect the 13 most inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs. Read them, they are really worth it.

Finally, if you wish to know more things about Steve Jobs, don’t miss what the Wikipedia says about him.

RIP Steve Jobs.

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I have to tell you that there is not much you can do if you haven’t worked within the year to improve you English, but you still have 2 weeks to practise as much as possible and try to do your best in your final and certificate exams.

As you know, this blog is full of resources thought for our students and for everybody who wants to practise English. I just want to give you some recommendations for these last days:

  • Read as much as you can:
  • Listen to English everyday, you can check our resources section.
  • Watch TV, news, series, etc in English of course.
  • Listen to songs in English, when driving, working at home, etc.
  • Do exams, you can find many examples here.

What do you do to practise for your exams? Why don’t you leave your answer in the comments section and practise your writing at the same time?


Learning English at advanced levels involves much more than attending lessons and studying at home. The student has to “live” in English and try to use it as much as possible. I normally recommend my students to read in English, write in English, try to speak English with friends, do a language exchange, etc.

Watching TV shows and series in English is a good opportunity we have to listen to real English in context, and that’s what our advanced students need.

Today we are presenting an article written by a guest writer, Valerie Foskett. Valerie has prepared a list of TV American shows and series which are popular nowdays. I hope you follow here recommendations: Continue reading


Yurena Aguiar, intermediate student, has written this article for our blog.

CSI Las Vegas is the best American crime drama television series. The series follows Las Vegas criminalists as they use phisycal evidence to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic drama.

The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matters and popular characters.

The tenth season of CSI premiered on September 24, 2009.

I recommend you not to miss any of its episodes. In the video below you can see some scenes. Enjoy!


Today I would like to invite you to visit ELLA (English Language Lab Asturias), a site created by several teachers of Asturias and especially designed for EOI students.

In this site you can find different units of work organised into three levels (elementary, intermediate and advanced). Each unit contains activities related to all skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening). I would highlight the video activities, where you have to answer some questions after watching a video.

Summarising, to get started, you only have to click the link above to go to ELLA, select your level, and select a topic to start practising. All activities can be done online and it also allows downloading of materials for teachers.

What are you waiting for? Visit ELLA and leave your opinion about the site below.


Students of English as a Second Language are always eager to improve their listening skills. Many of them are even obsessed with the idea of doing listening comprehension activities as the only means to improve.

Fortunately, there are many other more interesting ways to listen to English easily. Today I would like to suggest you two sites that can help you with task.

If you want to listen to the radio, you could try the BBC, especially the Learning English section, where you can find podcasts, interviews, activities and many other things.

But if you prefer watching tv, you could try visiting the site TVGorge.com, where you can watch series online and for free. You have numerous options, depending on your preferences. I would recommend you watching Friends, of course, or How I Met Your Mother.

If you want to know more about listening, just click the tag you can find on the right column of our blog to discover other ways and links that could be useful for you.

How do you practise listening? Please leave your answer in the forum section.


20 years ago, President George H.W. Bush created the tradition of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving. This year, President Obama has pardoned his first one. Please, don’t miss it. It’s worth watching it.



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