Thursday, October 30, 2014

Intermediate. Halloween. Jack O'Lantern

October 31st is Halloween. One of its most famous symbols is the Jack O'Lantern, a pumpkin with a candle inside. But do you know why? Listen to Ginny talking about the legend of Jack O'Lantern. Watch the video and fill in the blanks in the transcript below. The answers are written in white, if you want to see them, just select the blank spaces.

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Hi, I’m Ginny on behalf of Expert Village and I’d like to tell you a story. Come, travel back in time with me as we explore the brief history of Halloween.
One of the biggest symbols of Halloween, the Jack O’Lantern, is associated with Irish tradition. This comes from the Irish belief, a long ago time, there was a rascal of a fellow named Jack, who had the audacity to trick the very Devil himself. It is said that Jack played a trick on the Devil by enticing him up into a tree, then carving the sign of the cross in the tree, so that the Devil could not get down. In exchange for removing the sign, the Devil had to promise not to come after Jack’s soul.
Well, the Devil kept his promise, but it did not prevent Jack from eventually dying.
Because Jack had been a stingy miserly drunkard in his life, he was not admitted into Heaven. Desperate for a place to rest his soul, Jack appealed to the Devil to let him reside in Hell. But, because Jack had tricked the Devil, the Devil would not let Jack into Hell. Instead Jack was condemned to roam the Earth forever, searching for an eternal resting place. The Devil gave Jack a candle, which Jack put into the turnip he was eating. From that day on he has roamed the Earth with his lantern, looking for that place to rest.
And that is how we got the modern day Jack O’Lantern. Stay tuned for History of Halloween Chapter 11.

Basic Level. Halloween.

Click here and enjoy. Happy Halloween!!

Basic Level. Halloween song

Sing along to this spooky Halloween song. Click here.

Basic Level. Halloween: Interactive book.

Happy Halloween!!! Click here and enjoy the stories and activities (please, remember that the crosswords are meant for French users!!!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Intermediate 2. Halloween: Horrifying and healthy recipes!

Are you tired of eating sweets at Halloween. Well, there are other types of food that you might like to try too. Click here and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Have a look at these pumpkin carvings!Click here.

Basic Level. Possessive forms.

Do you know how to use the possessive adjectives and the possessive 's? Well, if you need to practice, you can watch these videos and practice.

- Possessive adjectives. Click here

- Saxon Genitive (also known as possessive 's). Click here and here

Monday, October 27, 2014

Basic Level. Game: Prepositions.

Where is the mouse? Click here.
(Special thanks to Ruth Sánchez at EOI Coruña)
Inside: dentro de.
Between: entre.
Above: sobre (sin contacto).
Below: debajo de (en un nivel inferior) // under: debajo de (como escondido, metido debajo de).

Basic Level: Revision of prepositions of place

Watch this video and enjoy. Pay attention to the use of the prepositions. Click here.