Monday, October 20, 2008


Trumpetfish live in waters between 0.5 and 30 meters and can grow to 40 to 80cm. They are found in large groups over coral reefs or in lagoons and they feed almost exclusively on small fish.
Trumpetfish swim slowly or lie quietly like a floating stick, moving back and forth with the wave. They camouflage themselves by swimming vertically trying to look like vertical corals and pipe sponges . they can also swim with other larger fish.


Read the following article about recycling and write your opinion about it.

Surprise! Five things you can’t recycle.
By Lori Bongiorno Posted Mon Oct 6, 2008

Most of us feel less guilty when we toss something in the bin headed for the recycling plant rather than the landfill. Turns out, though, wishful thinking may do more harm than good. If you include some items that aren't recyclable, you run the risk of your entire batch being shipped off to the nearest dump.
The best thing you can do is educate yourself about local recycling rules. In the meantime here's the short list of common items that don't belong in the recycling bin, no matter what your zip code:
· Pizza boxes. The oil from pizza can contaminate cardboard boxes, making it impossible to process them into clean paper.
· Napkins and paper towels. It's not the paper goods themselves that present a problem, but the fact that they're typically used to wipe up food, cleaning products, and other "hazardous waste."
· Sticky notes. Their size, color, and the adhesive strip make them a better bet for the trash bin.
· Plastic caps. Curbside programs won't recycle them, but Aveda collects them and turns them into packaging for new products.
· Wet paper. Paper fibers that have been exposed to water are shorter and therefore less valuable to paper mills, making it unprofitable to collect and recycle.


Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams , US diplomat & politician (1767 - 1848)

-- Homework: workbook, pages 8,9 and 12 about the contrast between the simple present tense and the present continuous and also activities about the video At the airport.
--You were given both the compositions and listenings you did last week. The listenings were all right ,but I was a bit disappointed with the mistakes I saw in your compositions . Using the overhead projector and an acetate transparency you could see and deal with the most common mistakes you had made.Although this activity took a long time , it was worth and I hope you won´t do them again. I honestly hope so.
--Speaking: an interesting pair work activity titled At the Museum to spot ten differences . Structures practised: present continuous, there is/are and prepositions of place.It was fun and you did it very well.
--Reading: Student´s book page 10, section 1D : The Devil´s Dictionary.a passage about ironical definitions for words.Exercises a,b,c,d and e were done. It was a warm up to defining relative clauses to be seen later
--Homework: Group A: a description of a famous painting and group B: workbook ,page 10.

-- You were given the compositions and listenings you had done the previous week. I edited your marks in the blog but don´t ask me what happened that they didn´t come out as they were supposed to. Instead of appearing the code and the mark on the right , it was below where the mark fancied going. Inside computers there must be an elf that starts messing things up to bother you.
--Reading: student´s books ,page 14 about Bill Bryson , a brilliant, witty writer with an incredibly ironical sense of humour. If you have the chance, read Notes from a small Island . It´s one of the best I´ve ever read and I thoroughly recommend it. We went through the comprehension questions and vocabulary.
--Video: After the failure of thursday´s class with the video, I had my palm read and the sorcerer told me today things were going to be OK with it. In spite of this, I was shaking like a leaf when I turned it on, luckily, it worked. I nearly cried of joy and happiness. The video ,titled The African Potato ,is about the tough reality in south African countries where HIV is an epidemic and the natural remedies available to fight against this awful illness. True-false statements , collocations and vocabulary. Don´t set the bells ringing with this success , perhaps next time the elf inside the video starts messing it all up again
--Homework: Grammar,chapter 51.