Category Archives: Reading

A-levels vs the International Baccalaureate: which makes a more rounded student?

Lecturer in Education, University of Bath

Few would disagree that a good education means more than just exam results. The benefits of non-academic experiences – from sports competitions, charity events, or school plays – have been shown to lead to more than just happy memories.

Evidence shows that taking part in extracurricular activities can support academic attainment, even into adulthood, as well as bringing personal benefits such as social skills, improved well-being, and self-confidence.

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Can one person make a difference?

Elin Ersson has restored my faith in mankind.  Her single-handed, non-violent act of bravery last week prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden to Afghanistan.

Many people have pointed out that this victory will be very short-lived as the Swedish government will just eject asylum seekers in more covert ways. However, I would argue that her act of defiance has already had more effect than many organisational lobbyists, as she has raised global awareness of the plight of asylum seekers in Sweden. Thank you Elin, I am indebted to you, and you will be my heroine for many, many years to come.

If you haven´t got a clue what I´m talking about, then please read about her and pass it on. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and just because our governments want us to be dumb, it doesn´t mean we have to oblige.

Congratulations France!

The 2018 World Cup is over, and I´m sad to say goodbye to a tournament which has been full of highs and lows, both on and off the pitch. The unexpected and sudden departure of some of the world´s highest ranked teams left the tournament wide open, and most football fans truly believed that anything, anything was possible.

I have felt a rollercoaster of emotions during this football campaign, and I watched the final with the hope of seeing some breathtaking football.  I was not disappointed. Congratulations France, you have earned your second star.

Finally, to the flash mob of young French supports in plaza de la merced after the match, thank you, you entertained me with you unbridled energy, flag waving, crazy dancing, and impromptu version of Robbie Williams’ world-famous song, Angels.  Well done – keep your passion alive –say no to racism – say no to homophobia!

What should I drink when it´s boiling hot?

Not so curiously, everyone has an opinion on what to drink when it´s boiling hot. And, obviously, the healthiest option would be something  alcohol-free!  However, indisputably, that can not be  a serious suggestion, can it?

Anyway, after asking some mates to give me some advice the following is what they suggested.  You should drink:

  1. A Jamie Oliver Cosmopolitan
  2. A James Bond Vesper
  3. A white wine spritzer
  4. A fuzzy or pierced navel

Please remember that I´m utterly hopeless in the kitchen, so in your opinion which of the above do you think is by far the easiest to make?

World Cup quarter-finals 2018

The World Cup 2018 tournament has been dramatic.  I have seen some brilliant football and some awful football.  I have watched high-ranking world-class teams crash out of the tournament during the group stages and three agonising penalty shootouts. As a sport lover and a huge football fan, it´s simply impossible to describe the illogical emotions that you go through when you watch and will your team to perform to the very best of their ability.  It´s a raw emotion, that  brings out the very best, and the very worst in people.

In general, I´m crazy about watching football because you get lost in the moment, cognitive reasoning is thrown out of the window, nothing outside of the pitch matters, and for a brief moment, you allow yourself to believe that anything is possible.  Come on England, I believe.

How do you make a cosmopolitan?

cosmopolitanA cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice.  It’s delicious!

Want to make one?  No problem.  Watch the video here

Civil Hospital Málaga: You are second-to-none!

Janette´s review of the hospital service at the Civil Hospital in Málaga:

Bonfires, good luck and Mr San Juan

In Spain, the summer officially starts with the night of Mr San Juan.  Historically speaking, I have no idea about the origins of this festival, or if it means anything significant.  However, what I do know is that, not only is it a great event to spend the night on the beach, but it also is the perfect opportunity to  let your hair down and go swimming under the moon and stars.

EOI B2:2 Inglés Success: Congratulations Paco & Manuel!

Well done Paco and Manuel. The summer is here and you can start this period of the year celebrating your exam achievements. Your achievements were earned under your own steam, and I for one, bow down to your brilliance.  Well done!

Information about cursos inglés.

EOI C1 Inglés Success: Congratulations Paula & Ana!

Well done Paula and Ana, I´m so proud of your achievement.  Both of you are nothing short of brilliant. Spectacular!

”Hi Janette, I´m over the moon because I have just found out that I have passed my EOI C1 exam.  It would have been impossible without you.  Thank you again for your classes and for your support! I have had thousands of English teachers during my life, and you are by far the best. You don´t just teach English, you teach how to pass each part of the exam. In fact, I use your techniques to study the other foreign languages I am learning. It´s an honour for me having been one of your students, and I always recommend your classes.” Paula