Exchange with Minnesota

by Lidia Corregidor

Few years ago, I did something similar in high school. I enjoyed it a lot but it was for a short time. Thus, when I saw the opportunity to participate in this activity, I didn’t hesitate about it. We had the possibility to speak with the same person, in English and Spanish, for two months.

They are university students from Minnesota that are taking a course on History and Culture of Spain. For that reason, this experience has been perfect to practice for a language exchange with Flipgrid.

I have to admit that I was nervous about how the activity would be like. However, when I saw the first video of my partner on Flipgrid, I was very happy. We connected from the very first minute. And sometimes, we have talked a lot. For example, we have talked about our daily routine, history… And the most important thing we have talked about was our differences in culture, society and traditions.

We enjoyed the experience a lot. In fact, my partner on Flipgrid and I would like to keep in touch in other social media to be friends and to continue practicing our languages. I think that it’s fantastic and beautiful. Thanks to EOI, we have learned and practiced our English skills, and we have made special virtual friends.

In conclusion, if you are interested in something like that, I highly recommend it. Because, it is good to know a little bit more about other languages and other ways to see the life.

FlipGrid: Learning in a Different Way

by Susana Becerra Martínez

Ending February, the students from EOI Valdemoro were pleasingly surprised by being considered to take part in a language exchange programme with university students in Minessota (USA). The students were encouraged to join this appealing programme to collaborate with Concordia University with a revolutionary technological tool: FlipGrid.It could be a unique way to strengthen both our mediation and communicating English skills.

First of all, we were informed that the only requirements, which participation might entail, was committing ourselves to upload a couple of recordings weekly along eight weeks. Thus, we proceeded to ensure our short videos in both languages and sharing them with the assigned flipgrid partner.

I would like to share I was a little hesitant about whether to join the program. Undoubtedly, If I had not taken this chance, I would have regretted it, because it happened to be incredibly worth trying. It could be said that my hesitation was due to the unknown. It appears that the learning exchanging program has totally been a different approach to learn languages.

As for the programme, it has included a variety of topics in both languages. Speaking skills are being developed even further, in a kind of visual and oratory way of learning. I must highlight that most of the cases, a full understanding was reached together with the provided captions in the video.

When it comes to ensuring a seamless environment of work, we were weekly driven by our tutor to keep working on the next assigned task. On top of that, another remarkable point to consider is the total flexibility offered to students using this method. Besides, no times have been set up, which means that it can be done not only whenever it suits you, but wherever you decide to do it.

Personally, it has been an enriching experience to get to know exciting topics, and not only sharing but getting feedback from my smart flipgrid partner. Furthermore, taking part in this program has allowed us to get to know one another, sharing different cultures and bringing to the table different ways of looking at life. I dare to say that friendship has blossomed throughout learning.

In a nutshell, it has been a pleasure to take part in this program that helped us to learn and get to know other students on the other side of the world. In my view, this way of learning should be implemented at our language school as an integral part of the course, if possible. It is high time to make use of technological tools as to speed the process of learning languages up to get us closer to our goals even faster.

Mesón La Plaza

by Noris Rodríguez

This restaurant is located just in the main square of Valdemoro. The establishment is quite big with different areas; there is a small area with a bar and two dining-rooms inside, an air-conditioned terrace and an outdoor area, especially for the summer. The old-fashioned furniture makes the atmosphere very cosy.

All the food was very tasty and well presented. We tried a mix of croquetas, potato salad with tuna fish, hake with clams and beefsteak. The waiters were always kind and correct with all the costumers.

Even though I think it is not a cheap restaurant, I recommend it because of the high quality of all their products, the excellent service and the good location. You will enjoythe restaurant.

Fast Fashion

by Lidia Corregidor

Last Monday 10th February we could enjoy an important Small Talk Session in our school. The topic was Fast Fashion. At the beginning of the talk, you could think it was going to be the typical presentation about the fashion industry. But, when the talk ended, you realized it hadn’t been just that.

Marlee Christian, the presenter, is a young girl from Columbus, Ohio. She came to Spain as a language assistant in a high school from Valdemoro. She started with the History of fashion. Little by little, fashion turned became popular and people invented ready-to-wear (prêt-à-porter, in French). It´s the term for the clothes produced in factories. This moment was very important because it started the industry revolution.

Then, she talked about Zara and Inditex. Zara is one of the most popular fashion shops in Spain and around the world. Inditex is a Spanish fashion company which controls a lot of shops. Every week, they introduce new clothes for people. That sounds crazy but it’s true. Years ago, the clothing stores introduced new clothes every season, but now there is a new collection every week. If you like buying clothes, you’ll enjoy it. But this is also dangerous. It has an important environmental impact. Fashion brands CO2 emissions to the atmosphere are as high as traffic inside a big city. So, this industry is highly contaminating. Another important issue is human rights concerns because the fashion industry requires low-skills labor. So, child labor is very common in this industry.

Finally, she talked about the social implication. When people say that the social media can influence other people, they tell the truth. Instagram can be the best thing to teach how we should buy and consume clothes correctly. But it can be the worst thing, if people only show how many clothes they can buy. She told us that if we are interested in this topic, we can click the link below in order to know about this worldwide movement: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/

In conclusion, this Small Talk Session was very interesting, amazing and educational. It can help us to know about the environmental impact of the things we buy and we do. And it can help us to think if we really need to buy new clothes.

Cine en versión original

Resultado de imagen de 1917

Esta mañana del día 13 de febrero de 2020, un numeroso grupo de alumnos de la EOI Valdemoro ha podido disfrutar de la famosa película 1917, que fue una de las protagonistas de la gala de los Golden Globe Awards y ganadora de tres premios Oscar (Mejor fotografía, mejor sonido y mejores efectos visuales). Gracias al Departamento de Cine de la Concejalía de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Valdemoro por invitarnos a participar en una actividad tan buena para nuestros alumnos y disfrutar de cine de calidad.

Film review by Lidia Corregidor

Fiesta de jubilación

El personal de la EOI Valdemoro casi al completo…

El pasado 7 de febrero, celebramos la jubilación de nuestra conserje Isabel Forte. Isabel llevaba en nuestra escuela desde 1993, un año después de la inauguración del centro. Técnicamente, no es la primera jubilación que se celebra en la EOI Valdemoro (sería estrictamente la segunda), pero es la primera de este milenio y es, sin duda, la primera de este calado. Deseamos a Isabel la mejor de las suertes en su nueva etapa vital.

Joaquin Phoenix

by Zenaida Madrid

ABOUT HIS BIOGRAPHY AND FILMOGRAFY:

He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 28th, 1974. He grew up with his four siblings in poor family of artists. He started as an actor with his brothers and sisters making spots and TV series. One of his brothers, River Phoenix, died at 23 because of drugs. It was a terrible and traumatic experience in his life. He was only 19 years old and he quit interpreting for years, but his friends insisted on his resuming his career as an actor.

His first important role in the cinema was in Space Camp in 1986. After that, he interpreted Commodus in Gladiator in 2000 and he was nominated for an Oscar Award as the Best Supporting Actor. He has appeared in more than 30 films. With his interpretation as Johnny Cash in the movie Walk the Line in 2005, he won a Golden Globe Award and in 2012 he won again for his role in The Master, where he interpreted an alcoholic war veteran. He also won the Volpi Cup (Venice Awards) as the best actor. Other films where he worked are Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Her (2013) and Inherent Vice (2014). With the film You Were Never Really Here (2017), he won the award as best actor in Cannes Festival. Nowadays, with his incredible interpretation as Joker, he has been nominated for Best Actor for the next Oscar Award Ceremony that will take place on February 9th.

ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE:

He is a vegan and an animal rights activist. He has been a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) spokesman many times and he supports environmental causes. In 2017 he produced the documentary What the Health, which was first shown in Netflix.

He is married to Rooney Mara, who is an actress too. They met when they worked together in the film Her.

ABOUT HIS INTERPRETATION IN JOKER:

The actor has both been praised and criticized for his interpretation as Joker. In my opinion, his interpretation is the best part of the film. He has done a great job at creating his character and he realistically shows us shows us how the character suffers in a society which ignores and despises people with mental problems. He tries to do everything right, but he receives negative responses all the time. The change that the protagonist experiences from the beginning to the end of the film is spectacular. An incredible job.

Al Pacino for The Irishman

Pacino

Text by Jose M. San Román

After ten Oscar nominations (he has won one) and multiple awards for his career, Al Pacino returns with this new job to surprise us. This time with the movie The Irishman, a drama about organized crime in the United States in the mid-20th century.

Al Pacino, who was born in New York in 1940, was the son of an insurance salesman and a housewife. When he was two years old, his parents separated and his mother went to live with his grandparents in South Bronx. In his teenhood, Pacino had many problems with alcohol and drugs and was considered a troublemaker.

Later he joined The Actors Studio, an organization of actors, directors and playwrights where he was a student of the legendary Lee Strasberg. After some time working in the theater, he was selected by Francis Ford Coppola for the character of Michael Corleone in the movie The Godfather (1972). We should remember that other actors such as Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro tried out for that role. This character would give him fame, acting in the following films of the trilogy.

Al Pacino’s career has been varied in results with complete successes and sound failures. Pacino is one of the most awarded actors, Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, Tony and a recognition of his career by the American Film Institute, the Cecil B. DeMille Award and the National Medal of the Arts. He is also one of the few actors who has won the Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards as an actor.

In the movie The Irishman, Al Pacino plays the character of Jimmy Hoffa, the powerful president of the international brotherhood of truckers who maintained relations with organized crime and who disappeared in 1975. Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982, although his body has never been found. This movie is a great opportunity to see together Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino at the orders of Martin Scorsese. Besides, this is the first time Scorsese and Pacino work together. The result is amazing.

Oscar Awards 2020

Actor in a Supporting Role

Al Pacino, for The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins, Always Magnificent

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

International Feature Film

Pain and Glory

Best Animated Feature Film

Toy Story 4

Best Picture

1917

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story: When Old Seems New

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas: From Spain to Hollywood

Joaquin Phoenix

Actress in a Leading Role

A Bright Star – Saoirse Una Ronan

Best Animated Short Film

Hair Love

Best Original Screenplay

Marriage Story by Noris Rodríguez

Best Original Score

Marriage Story by Susana González

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