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Noticias sobre las clases de Inglés que oferta el CSIF a la comunidad universitaria de la UPM


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Indeed! Summer is here, days are longer and holidays around the corner. A perfect time to travel, read, listen to music, chill out and meet family and friends.

After discussing lots of interesting topics during the past months, the English Groups at Rectorate B have just taken a well deserved break and will be ready to resume their conversation activities by the middle of September.



As to Montegancedo, ETSIDI and Campus Sur Groups, they still go on with their meetings until July 18. Then they will also take a rest till September.



On the other hand, we have some news about the classes currently held in ETSIDI: they will be moved to ETSIC as of September 19. As you probably know, they are intended for both ETSIDI and ETSIC personnel since their beginning, back in November 2017.

Many thanks to all participants for making English at CSIF a successful project!


Photos by Erik Rahona


PODCASTS: a great way to improve your English.

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Many people who are interested in learning English find it difficult to practise their listening comprehension skills in real life situations: different accents and ways of speaking, assorted subjects, etc. We all know that the ideal solution would be to spend  some time studying or working in any English-speaking country, a move which many cannot afford due to multiple reasons.


The goal of this post is to tell about the wide range of podcasts readily available online, most of them MP3 files. For instance, you can choose from a wide array of programmes and topics on the BBC,  Radio Australia and many other radio stations throughout the world. Your choices may depend on your level of English and the personal interests you have.

Next I will give you some recommendations based on the degree of difficulty, type of subject, accents and so on. They will all help you to either learn the basics or hone your English skills, if you already have an advanced level. Anyhow, my piece of advice is to be persistent and listen to them on a daily basis, at any time of the day:

LEARNING ENGLISH: this BBC site offers compelling learning materials for all levels, from audios to grammar plus many other interesting contents.

BBC NEWS: here you can listen to both domestic and international news, sports, weather forecasts and so forth. These broadcasts are usually easier to understand due to the standard English spoken by most hosts. Therefore, I recommend them to begin with.

FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT: documentary series about current affairs around the world. They give us the opportunity to dive into a wide array of interesting issues, which are presented by outstanding journalists in an entertaining fashion. Give it a go!

BOOKCLUB: a perfect way to delve into literature: readers and writers talking about books.


THE BOOKSHELF: another programme about books, this time from ABC Radio Australia. Literature with Aussie accent.

SCIENCE IN ACTION: science news to discover what is happening in the fields of science and technology.

THE KITCHEN CABINET: keen on food and drinks? Then this may be your choice.

SCOTLAND OUTDOORS: learn and walk about the natural wonders of Scotland while listening to distinctive Scottish accent.

AMERICAN ACCENT: among the countless US broadcasting houses you might check out the CNN.


Enjoy all of them!


Headphones photo by Erik Rahona

Shakespeare´s Language

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As some of you probably know, we began our English Conversation Activities in January 2017, a project which has been successfully running for over two years. We first started with four, Basic and Intermediate-Advanced, Groups and currently offer eleven in several UPM Campuses and Centres: RECTORADO B, MONTEGANCEDO, ETSIDI (aimed at both Diseño Industrial and Ingeniería Civil personnel) and CAMPUS SUR.


The project´s goal is to provide our UPM workmates the opportunity to practice spoken English on a regular basis, so as to improve their skills and fluency. That is the reason that led us to organise free conversation groups, which have been designed to encourage all its members to participate actively, by making questions and sharing knowledge and opinions on the conversation topics proposed for each activity.

We have discussions on subjects like:

Finally, please find enclosed the Conversation Groups currently available. All of them are held on a weekly basis, except for Campus Sur and ETSIDI who meet up fortnightly (on Thursdays, once every two weeks):





BAT (Básico)

14:30-15:15 hrs.

IAW (Intermedio-Avanzado)

14:30-15:15 hrs.

BATH (Básico)

12:30-13:15 hrs.

IAT (Intermedio-Avanzado)

15:15-16:00 hrs.

BAW (Básico)

15:15-16:00 hrs.

IATH (Intermedio-Avanzado)

13:15-14:00 hrs.




16:45-17:30 hrs. BATMG (Básico)






15:15-16:15 hrs.

BATHDI (Básico)

16:15 -17:15 hrs.

IATHDI (Intermedio-Avanzado)






15:15-16:15 hrs.

BATHCS (Básico)

16:15 -17:15 hrs.

IATHCS (Intermedio-Avanzado)


If you wish to request one of the above Groups, please send the following data to csif.upm.english.conversation@gmail.com You can enrol at any time of the year:

Asunto: Grupo Inglés (Nombre del Grupo).

Nombre y apellidos.

Correo electrónico.


Puesto de trabajo y Centro.


Thanks for your time and welcome to English at CSI-F.

Join us and have fun speaking in English!

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