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Leer, escuchar, escribir y hablar. Habilidades esenciales para comunicarse en inglés. Cada semana, English Coaching Projects te enviará nuestra exclusiva revista digital - WEEKLY ENGLISH PRACTICE (WEP) - para que puedas practicar estas habilidades. Incluye un artículo con su audio (5 voces distintas), definiciones del vocabulario y preguntas que estimulan la opinión y el debate. Puedes escribir tus respuestas, y incluso grabarlas, para enviarlas por correo electrónico a tu coach. En la segunda página hay más actividades prácticas e información sobre los eventos que organizamos en English Coaching Projects para que puedas practicar tu inglés en situaciones sociales.

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26/03/20 ECP’s Flash Fiction Competition

ECP has decided to launch a ‘flash fiction’ competition for its learners. What’s the theme? Confinement during this current crisis. What’s the maximum length? 1,000 words. To give you an idea, the story below is 592 words. Let’s start writing! The rules are here.

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WEP Flash Fiction Competition

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

cramped: small and restricted

filthy: very dirty

broom: a long-handled brush 

to sweep: clean an area with a brush/broom

scoop: used for collecting what you sweep

railings: the barrier on a balcony

hue: a colour or a shade of a colour

windowsill: a ledge at the bottom of a window where you can place objects

grime: dirt ingrained on a surface

drill: used to make holes in something

to pop back: to return

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Three square metres by Kieron Roberts

It was going to take a while but there was no time to waste. Despite the fact that the whole thing only measured a cramped and narrow three square metres, it held undoubted potential. He’d got it all planned out, from start to finish, method and materials, the latter all already bought and lined up on the kitchen table. Rubbing his hands together he whispered, “Let’s get cracking!”

He hadn’t realised quite how filthy the broom was until he gave it a spur-of-the-moment wash under running water. Had he really been sweeping the floor of his home with this? Once dry, he began his assault. But there was a moment of hesitation: should he sweep the dust and debris into the scoop or straight over the edge? Straight off was the decision; with everyone in confinement, who’d be getting a headful of dirt?

The orange, straight-out-of the-plastic cloth was soon greyish black. At the same time, the dull, brown railings began to reveal a hint of the brighter hue they’d once held. The windows once again let in light without filtering it through a layer of crud and both the door and window frames now gleamed brilliantly white. One almost needed sunglasses to look straight at them. And the all-important windowsill would no longer leave a ring of grime on the bottom of any bottle or glass that was placed there.

Now it was the turn of the plant pots. Long empty, except for an unidentified bone and remnants of soil, they looked tired yet undamaged after years of neglect. He leaned over and carefully lifted them up and over the railing, taking care to flex his legs to take the weight, and carried them one by one to the shower where they received a refreshing sprinkle and scrub. Interesting designs revealed themselves and brought a satisfied smile to his face. All was going according to plan. Until, having not dried them off, one pot slipped through his fingers and fell to the bathroom floor, smashing one corner and cracking a floor tile. Nothing to alter the plan, though, and after sweeping up the shards of clay, he got cracking once again.

With the pots back in place, soil was laid, seeds were sown and labels placed to aid any future forgetful memory. Now it was time for the drill.

He opened the email a handyman friend had kindly sent him with the instructions for the task laid out clearly. Drilling for dummies, essentially. He smirked, gave the drill a couple of trigger pulls, just like in the movies, and confidently strode outside. He popped back into the kitchen a couple of times to consult the guide, frowning and nervous but eventually serene. 

Now came the final act. After a quick sweep outside, he ripped open the plastic covering of the hammock and laid it out on the floor. He then grabbed one end and, once outside, clipped the karabiner onto the ring he’d screwed into the wall. Then, crossing his fingers and toes, he picked up the other end and did the same. If fitted. Perfectly. He couldn’t quite believe it. He breathed deeply and grinned. Then shouted out, “I love it when a plan comes together!”

He looked around the whole three square metres of his clean and tidy balcony, nodded in approval, gently stroked the multi-coloured hammock and dived under it into the kitchen, heading directly for the fridge and the cold bottles of beer inside. Confinement could now officially begin.

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Do you have a balcony or garden at home? If so, describe it. If not, would you like one?

Have you been doing any ‘extra’ cleaning at home? If so, what?

Do you know which TV series “I love it when a plan comes together!” comes from?

 

 

19/03/20 Latin Music Is Taking Over America

In the second of two articles about musical tastes, ECP coach Darren investigates the growth of Latin music in the USA.

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WEP Latin music

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

mainstream: the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are shared by most people and regarded as normal or conventional

tracks: songs or pieces of music on an album

juggernaut: any large, overpowering, destructive force or object, as war, a giant battleship, or a powerful football team

featuring: have as an important actor or participant

tipping point: the time at which a change or an effect cannot be stopped

geared toward: to design something with a focus on a particular audience or objective.

get carried away: to become so excited or involved in something that you lose control of your feelings or behaviour

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In the second of two articles about musical tastes, ECP coach Darren investigates the growth of Latin music in the USA.

Latin music has gone mainstream, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Three years ago, only three predominantly Spanish-language tracks made it onto the Billboard Hot 100. In 2017, that number jumped drastically, for the first time, to 19.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito was a record-breaking hit, and once Justin Bieber came along on the feature, the song became almost inescapable. After that came J Balvin’s Mi Gente, which reached juggernaut status once Beyoncé hopped on the remix.

Admittedly, big names in pop music can make a huge difference in generating a buzz around a track; however, Latin music’s influence on the mainstream has extended beyond pop artists remixing Spanish-language hits. Artists like Demi Lovato and Jennifer Lopez, who both saw mainstream success for years with English-language songs, are now releasing original Spanish-language tracks while the production on mega-hits like Camilla Cabello’s Havana and DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller proves the Latin sound has mass appeal.

But the present appears to be the tipping point for American audiences embracing Latin music, and one artist, in particular, has made it his mission to see Spanish-language songs enter mainstream culture: Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin, whose BILLIONS of views on YouTube prove he’s already becoming a global superstar.

In addition to his collaboration with Queen Bey, you’ve likely seen his name pop up alongside Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Becky G, and Pharrell Williams. 

Chances are you heard even more of him during the 2018 World Cup (he teamed with Telemundo for their World Cup anthem). Plus, his new album Vibras was primed for mainstream infiltration with its smooth, danceable beats and memorable hooks.

Ahead of the album’s release, Balvin stopped by the SiriusXM studios in New York to answer questions from fans and one thing he made clear was that Vibras was an album geared toward a global audience.

“It’s an album made for the whole world,” Balvin said in Spanish. “I’m proud to be Latino, but creating Latin music just for Latinos doesn’t make sense. It’s an album made for everyone.”

The idea, he says, is for people around the world who don’t speak Spanish to get “carried away by its vibe,” hence the album’s title, Vibras.

He’s already succeeded in captivating artists like The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams and, of course, Beyonce, who have all told Balvin, “I don’t know what you’re saying, but I love it.”

He hopes you’ll be saying the same soon.

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What do you think makes a good song? Explain your opinions.

Are you happy to see reggaeton having global success? Why/not?

Is it mainstream where you are from? If not, what is?

Do you think reggaeton is here to stay or will it die out shortly? 

Do you think your ECP coaches like reggaeton? Why/not?

 

 

12/03/20 What Are Your Musical Tastes?

In the first of two WEP articles about musical tastes, ECP coach John chats with his colleague Ali about his tastes. 

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WEP Musical tastes

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

back in the day: In the past

beloved: Something you really love

jingly jangly: typical sound of traditional folk music

banned prohibited

turntable: circular revolving plate on which vinyl records are played

drum roll: a rapid succession of drum beats played on a drum

riff: a short repeated musical phrase in popular music and jazz

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In the first of two WEP articles about musical tastes, ECP coach John chats with his colleague Ali about his tastes. 

Below is a summary of the chat, listen to the audio for the full interview. Why not compare the two? What differences are there?

What was your first concert?

Hard to remember, probably Thin Lizzy or Eric Clapton back in the day.

What was the last concert you went to? Alison Keable.

Best ever concerts? So many…. The Clash, the first time. Frank Sinatra, both times. The Pogues.  All the times I’ve seen the Buzzcocks and The Fall. The Smiths, the Ramones (I,2,3,4!).

Loudest concert? The Stranglers. Jean-Jacques Burnel’s bass was always at maximum volume.

Which group have you seen the most? My beloved Buzzcocks.

Most surprising? Bob Dylan at Bilbao Bullring in the 1990s. No jingly jangly folk music. This was a heavy rock concert!

Next concert? Hopefully Bryan Ferry but probably Alison Keable.

Which band or artist do you wish you could have seen? The Sex Pistols were banned from playing in Newcastle so I missed them.  A big regret.

What are you listening to right now? I’m rediscovering Basque radical rock. I am enjoying the songs of La Polla Records, Eskorbuto and Hertzainak amongst others. 

I am also listening to a bit of jazz.  A Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and Scenery by Ryo Fukui are never off my turntable.

What is your favourite song? That’s a difficult question. I have lots of favourites and they tend to change according to how I feel. Politically, it has to be Anarchy in the UK by the Pistols, the song which sums up my philosophy.  When it comes to love, it is either Shake Some Action by the Flaming Groovies or Another Girl Another Planet by The Only Ones, the song with the best drum roll intro and lead guitar break in the universe. This is an actual fact!

Do you have any favourite genres? I grew up listening to my dad’s Frank Sinatra and rock and roll records. The first riff I learned on the guitar was Badge by the heavy rock super group Cream. Later I became a punk. I love Irish traditional music and all folk. I have become more open and less tribal in my musical tastes living in the Basque Country. Volando Voy is my ringtone.

Have you got any ‘guilty pleasure’ bands or songs? When I was a punk rocker I would never have admitted to liking Frank Sinatra but I love his music. I am also partial to Dolly Parton and Abba.

Are there any songs that can or have made you cry? Obviously, Boys Don’t Cry! But being honest, music is all about emotion. You can cry from both sadness and happiness and also pride. Joy Division’s Atmosphere always gets me, as does What Do I Get? by the Buzzcocks. The Beatle’s Here Comes the Sun stirs the emotions with its simple message that although things have been bad they can and will get better. I always cry when I sing The Internationale, every bloody time!

Can you sing us a song now? Are you sure you really want me to? Fog on the Tyne

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

Are you surprised by John’s musical tastes?

How would you describe his musical tastes?

Do you know of and like any of the artists and groups he mentions? 

How important is music to you? Could you live without it?

Answer the questions in bold about your own musical tastes

 

 

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