Tuesday, February 02, 2010


NEYLA CARBALLO has sent us this article
How much is a wolf’s life worth?
Three points -- according to Idaho’s misleadingly named Sportsmen for Wildlife, who recently held three “predator derbies,” competitions where contestants vied to see who can kill the most wolves and other animals over a two-day period.

Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse -- two major outdoor retailers -- sponsored the derbies, with the entry fees for these brutal competitions funneled to support anti-wolf lawyers and lobbyists working to keep wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the northern Rockies off the endangered species list… and squarely in the crosshairs of those who would do them harm.
Predator derbies targeting wolves are a hold-over from a more brutal time.

It was a time when wolves were hunted, poisoned and trapped to extinction in Greater Yellowstone and the northern Rockies, a time before wildlife biologists recognized the important role that wolves play in healthy and balanced western ecosystems.
We’ve learned a lot since that dark time. Since wolves were reintroduced to Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho fifteen years ago, we’ve seen local ecosystems rebound as these top predators helped prevent overgrazing of foliage by elk and deer.
According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, there are 150,000 elk in Montana, compared to 90,000 in the mid 1980s when wolves started to make their way back to the state. Wyoming's elk population is up 35% since then to 95,000, while Idaho's is up 5% to 115,000.
Defenders of Wildlife is committed to working with responsible businesses, ranchers, conservationsists and concerned citizens to ensure a lasting future for wolves in American West.


Homework: Grammar, units 15, 17 aboy¡ut the present perfect.

Vocabualry and Reading: St.B.p.42.Section 4B "Family conflicts". verb phrases and a passage to complete with these expressions.

Speaking: what annoying things can you remember from the passage? eg.: tidy your room, do your homework, do the washing up...

Listening: St.B.p. 42. Listen and number the pictures. Listen and complete the gialogues. Underline the words:yet, already ,just.

Grammar bank: St.B.p. 132 Rules and exercises about the present perfect and yet, already and just.. We also did the exercises.

Listening:St.B.p.43 "What has just happened?" With some noises you had to write down : she has just broken a plat, they´ve just got married...

Reading: St.B.p. 43 "Problems with your teenage children?" One by one you read it and then ordered que sequence of events.three possibilities to Pick up the most suitable summary.

Homework: Grammar, units 17,95

Some of the adult students asked me to repeat the explanations about the present perfect, yet, already and just.so on Tuesday ,we´ll see these grammar points more in detail.

Last Monday my teenage students were very talkative. You must bear in mind first, that you come here because you want and secondly that it´s not fair to make a mess when there are students like you and adult students who want to learn English.

speaking: It took us most of the class ,mainly the speech. those who finished the, started to to the reading activity on p. 54. Once done the speech , you were given sets of questions for the interaction, this time with your partner.
Listening. I think at last I´ve found a good book with listenings neither too easy ,nor too difficult.
this one was about clothes. Exercise, script, and audio
Homework: Grammar, units10,11 and 36 .

Thank you ALBERTO PINTOS for your help