Thursday, 27 September 2012


After a couple of failed attemps, I've made up my mind and eventually this year we'll be watching "How I Met Your Mother", which is great fun and easy to understand. If some of you have already watched some episodes, I'm sure you didn't watch it in English, so this time you will appreciate the difference. Watching a TV series on a regular basis will help you improve your vocabulary and your listening and speaking skills without noticing.

However, you'll have to do something in return. Every week one of you will be in charge of presenting the vocabulary and idiomatic expressions for two of the episodes. 
To make things easier for you, here you have the site with the subtitles so that you can extract the list of words before the viewing. If you prefer, you can also read the script for each episode here, under VO.
Bring your vocabulary lists in your USB in a doc file so that I can keep and upload for everybody to revise. Try to focus on colloquial expressions and words that appear several times along the episode. Do not make a long list of words. One side of a sheet will be enough. I'll find the way to ask you the expressions and words learnt.
I hope you all enjoy it, learn new words and expressions and improve your listening and speaking skills. 

For those who don't know anything about this sitcom, here you have a show overview:

How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted and how he fell in love. It all starts when Ted's best friend, Marshall, drops the bombshell that he's going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Lily, a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realizes that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney, a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous (escandalosas) opinions, a penchant (tendencia) for suits and a foolproof (infalible) way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin, he's sure it's love at first sight, but destiny may have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future.

Vocabulary and Expressions for each episode:

Episode 1: Pilot (Original Airdate: September 19th, 2005)

Episode 2: Purple Giraffe (Original Airdate: September 26th, 2005)

Episode 3: Sweet Tase of Liberty  (Original Airdate: October 3rd, 2005)

Sunday, 23 September 2012


The popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Twitter more than quadrupled from 2005 to 2012. Many users say the sites are good for our society, but others state that the dangers of social media are far worse than the benefits.

Some social media cartoons to make you smile.

Watch the following video about a recent event you might have heard about related to the wrong use of a social site. You can turn the subtitles on the second time you watch it.

Answer the following questions:
Where....?  When....?  What.....?   Why......?

Now listen to the following extract about cyberbullying and fill in the gaps below:


Now it's time to express your opinion. Send me a one minute commentary about the pros and cons of social networking. Just click on the SendVoiceMail tag on the right side of this blog and record your voice. Don't forget your mail and name and surname.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


I'd like to welcome you, APLE students to the new subject and to this blog, where you will find resources, videos and activities along the year. What's more, here you will find your homework and different assignments with a deadline. I hope you enjoy the subject and improve your English skils.

Below you will find a video where someone very special welcomes students to the new school year. This video was subtittled by other APLE students like you a couple of years ago.