Listen to this clip from a news bulletin describing yesterday’s supermoon:

  • What is different about the way we see the moon when it is a “supermoon”?
  • From when will it be seen?
  • When will it be brightest?
  • Is there another term for “supermoon”?
  • How far away from Earth is the moon on this occasion? How far away is it on a normal day?
  • What’s the reason for this optical effect?
  • Do you need any protection to look at it?
  • When will we see the next supermoon?

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More on the supermoon:


Black Friday, online shopping and fraud

Listen to this clip where an expert on online fraud discusses online scams on Black Friday. Then answer the questions below:

  • What tools are fraudsters using on Black Friday?
  • What is the expert’s advice in the face of such tools?
  • How much was lost to fraud on Black Friday last year?
  • What should you do if you become a victim of this kind of fraud?

C1_Charities and people in need

Selfless good deeds don’t exist (from Friends):

BBC children in needWhat’s that?

Ideas for children to raise money in their schools:

source: Newsround

Kids say what they’ve been doing for children in need (2017)

Listening: The Listening Project- Children in Need- Bullying

Listen to the extract from this conversation between a 14 year old who’s been bullied, and his mum. With the help of the charity Kidscape, supported by Children in Need, they’ve come up with strategies to deal with it.


London runners helping others and getting fit:

Infographic to promote the Good Gym charity in Zaragoza- use Piktochart

Mr.Bean’s Red Nose Day: 

Extra listening comprehension practice:

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Free workshop in Zaragoza & Huesca: Independent listening & Rating scales, subjective assessment and judging student output

Trinity College London organises the free workshop “Independent listening & Rating scales, subjective assessment and judging student output”.

The two sessions in this Trinity workshop are part of the support Trinity College offers teachers around Spain within the framework of ‘Best Practice’. Although Best Practice workshops usually make reference to Trinity’s GESE and ISE exams, their content is chosen so that it will also be useful to teachers who are not preparing candidates for either exam.

Independent listening (1h 30min)

Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English exam involves an independent listening task designed to assess the candidates ability to deal with real-life listening to podcasts, classes or lectures. In this session we’ll begin by looking at the difference between interactive and independent listening, and at the special difficulties the latter supposes for the listener. Then we’ll explore a range of activities that we can use to help learners to become better independent listeners.

Rating scales, subjective assessment and judging student output (1h 30min)

How do you assess something as complex as writing or speaking? What factors mark the difference between somebody who writes/speaks well, and somebody who doesn’t? This workshop begins with a guided tour of the principles of subjective assessment. By the end, not only will you understand Trinity’s GESE and ISE rating scales, you will also have ideas as to how to use them yourself as you prepare learners for either exam.

Trainer: Robin Walker (one of the trainers at the CARLEE’s “Saturday” in 2017)

Robin has worked in English Language Teaching since 1981. For over 20 years he taught at the Escuela Universitaria de Turismo de Asturias, leaving in 2007 to found English Global Communication. He now works as a teacher educator, and ELT consultant, author and materials writer. He regularly collaborates with Trinity College, Oxford University Press, and MacMillan Education, and is the author of numerous articles on teaching English, and a handbook on English pronunciation.

The workshop will be held in English. Minimum required level: B2.

  • Huesca, miércoles 18 de octubre, de 10:00 a 13:20h.
  • Zaragoza, jueves 19 de octubre, de 10:00 a 13:20h.

El lugar exacto de realización se notificaran por email a todos los admitidos.

Trinity College London ruega que, para facilitar la organización, no se espere hasta el último día para solicitar plaza.

La asistencia es gratuita, aunque previamente es imprescindible solicitar plaza por medio de este enlace.  El plazo de inscripción se cerrará el viernes 13 de octubre a las 10:00 horas. A partir de ese momento este enlace dejará de estar operativo.

Plazas limitadas, se adjudicarán por riguroso orden de inscripción.

listening comprehension- retelling Romeo and Juliet

Click on the picture to listen to a clip about a new version of Romeo and Juliet. As you listen, answer the questions. You can get the right answer as feedback:

Clip (without questions):