This blog has been started to accompany my slot on Ramón Garcia’s radio programme “El finde” on Onda Regional Murcia. It’s called “A bit of class” (Un poco de clase) and you can hear it on Saturday mornings at about 11.30 am. If you are too far from this area you can pick it up on the Internet at www.orm.es.
On the programme we take a famous song, piece of news, broadcast, sketch in English and talk about it. You get one or two grammar tips and some linguistic curiosities to think and laugh about. It’s all about having a bit of fun learning English. You can find the programmes here plus some of our comments and the lyrics to the songs or the scripts of the materials we use.
WE WANT YOUR IDEAS. The good ones will get a mention in future programmes.
HAVE YOU ANY DOUBTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT ENGLISH? We’ll try and answer the main ones on the programme.
So come on and add your own bit of class to our bit of class!
Watch this space!
Jan 22, 2010
The first programme was broadcast on January 23rd 2010 and it featured the song “Delilah” sung by Tom Jones. Click here to read the lyrics and see our comments.
Let me tell you about myself. I was born in Cambridge UK and I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in England. After I finished my degree at Sheffield University I came to Spain “for a year”. That was in 1981! 29 years later I’m still here. Over the years I’ve done a variety of work, but almost all of it related to English and Spanish. Most of my early work was teaching in “academias”, but I soon decided to go freelance. I branched out into translating. About 18 years ago I got the chance to work with the University of Cambridge and their well known examinations for students of English.
Today, I teach at the University of Murcia in the Servicio de Idiomas and in some businesses in the private sector; I translate research articles, legal contracts and even the occasional book; I do some simultaneous and consecutive interpreting; I examine for Cambridge and I also travel around Spain giving talks to teachers, schools and businesses about Cambridge exams and how to prepare for them. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve just started a slot on a radio programme with Onda Regional Murcia, and so I need a blog to accompany it!