Thursday, 8 December 2016

News reports by 4th ESO students

Good morning!!

A couple of weeks ago, our 4th ESO students wrote a news report in which they had to talk about a natural disaster, a rescue or a survival. 

Later, they used the webpage to create their own newspaper clippings. 

Here's the result:

Monday, 5 December 2016

What were you doing last night when the lights went out?

Watch the first part of Side by Side TV News and answer the questions: 

There was a *blackout in Centerville last night. What were people doing when the lights went out?

  1. He was......................and his wife was....................
  2. She the laundromat.
  3. They were ...........................and their children were..................
  4. He was...............................all night.

According to the Power Company's Director of Public Information, what was happening when the blackout occurred? It was...........................

Were workers watching the controls at the Power Company offices? No......................
What were they doing instead?

What was the presenter Bob Rogers doing when the lights went out?
He was............................and his wife was..............................

What was the presenter Jackie Williams doing? She was.............................

What were the manager and his wife doing when the lights went out? They were..............................

*blackout: a period during a massive power failure when the lack of electricity 
for illumination results in utter darkness except from emergency sources, as  candles.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

How tired are you today?

Surfing the internet to find interesting activities to work extreme adjectives, I came across this funny Gif in the Cambridge Blog where we learn different ways of saying that we're tired. 

So, how tired are you today?

Friday, 4 November 2016

3rd ESO memes

We are currently working the Present Perfect in class so I asked my 3rd ESO students to create memes in which they had to use this tense. Here's the result. Some of them are really funny!! Well done, guys!

Monday, 24 October 2016

The Magic Hat (stories by 2nd ESO students)

In this activity, students worked in small groups. They were given 10 verbs by a different group, 5 of which were well known or very frequently used. The other 5 verbs were found randomly in dictionaries, therefore new for them.  

They had to create a story in which:

- they used all the verbs
- they used the present tenses
- they included a Magic Hat with a special power. 

These are some of the stories that students came up with. Congratulations guys, well done!

The Magic Hat
by Duna, Lara, Rosa and Joel

He arises at 08.00 and he creeps over his bed. He falls down and he bleeds. He goes to do his homework and he proves an experiment in the playground. He starts to dig to make a swimming pool to swim.

He goes to the garage and he starts to sweep because the floor is dirty. Then, he finds a magic hat.

He catches the bike and then he rides to the park and shows his hat to his friends. He plays with them and he mislays the hat in the bush.

At midnight, the hat goes to his house and prepares breakfast for him.

The Magic Hat
by Maika, Martín L., Aldara and Nerea

The owner of the hat goes to magician classes. He drinks a potion to bring the hat to life. First, the potion wakes the hat. When it sees its owner, the hat sees he’s really ugly so it starts to cry.

The hat is sad and sleeps all day long. When he wakes up, he is at a shop and an old man rents it for a wedding.

Before the wedding, the old man spoils it and then he goes to an expensive restaurant and there he eats a fantastic meal.

When they go to the wedding, the hat sees a beautiful hat and he wants to engage with her.

The hat searches her Facebook profile and he finds amazing pictures so they meet and they like each other so much that they want to marry.

The wedding is very beautiful and there are only hats and caps. They have children and they call them “mini-hats”.

The Uses of the Magic Hat
by Lucía Guzmán, Emma, Hugo and Christian

I like this hat because I can do the things that I want.
  • This hat can wake you up. You only have to set the time.
  • This hat transmits information that you need. In maths exams it can calculate the difficult operations. It can hold all the information that you want.
  • In this hat you can tweet with your friends, using the mobile phone that it offers.
  • This hat can find you in the place that you are in the moment.
  • This hat can disappear and make invisible the person who wears it.
  • Sometimes, you can repent of the hat’s use but at the same time, it makes your life easier.

The Magic Hat
by Daniel, Martín F., Aarón, Lucía González and Melanie

I find a hat in my house but when I leave home, I forget to put it on. I find another hat on the street, I put it on and it teleports me to another country!
I walk on the street and I realize that nobody moves. It has never happened to me!

I think that I have a magic hat because when I put it on, people stop moving and I’m in another country but when I remove it, people are doing things and I’m in my country again.

I go home and I leave the hat in my bedroom but when I go to my bedroom again, I think I’ve lost it because it isn’t there! But I don’t mind.

I go to buy some chocolate and I find the hat again. It is on the head of another person and I blame him of stealing my hat. But I don’t tell him anything because I was so hungry that I just wanted to eat the chocolate.

The Magic Hat
by Samuel, Manuel, Sofía and Aralia

This is the story of Ursula. She doesn’t study so she needs to infiltrate a book to copy in the exam. She is nervous because the exams are about the Romans and she doesn’t remember that Roman streets converge in a public square.

When she goes home, she finds a hat. At home, her mother is waiting for her. She needs to know the test mark. She’s nervous but the hat makes her invisible. She goes to her room and she starts to do her homework.

After that, she’s tired and she drinks a glass of water. She chokes with the water, she can’t breathe. Suddenly, the magic hat sanctifies her and she saves her life.

Then, the magic hat plays relaxing music and she falls asleep and has sweet dreams.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Becas "Fundación Amancio Ortega" para estudiar 1º de BAC en EEUU o Canadá

If you are currently studying 4th ESO, your average mark is 7 or higher and your English mark in 3rd ESO is 8 or higher, you can apply for one of the 80 grants that "Fundación Amancio Ortega" offers to Galician students who want to study 1st Bachillerato in the USA or Canada. 

It's a good opportunity to learn English and live a great experience so, why don't you try it?

Todos aquellos alumnos que estén actualmente estudiando 4º de ESO y tengan una nota media igual o superior a 7 y una nota de inglés igual o superior a 8 en 3º de ESO, pueden optar a una de las 80 becas que la Fundación Amancio Ortega ofrece a alumnos de Galicia, para estudiar 1º de Bachillerato en Estados Unidos o Canadá. 

Es una oportunidad de aprender inglés y vivir una gran experiencia así que, ¡animaos!

*You can apply until 15th November. 

*El plazo de inscripción finaliza el 15 de noviembre. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Welcome back!

Would you tell us about your last holiday?
  • Where did you go? Explain how you got there.
  • When did you go?
  • Who did you go with?
  • What did you do during your holiday?
  • What was the weather like?
  • Where and what did you eat?
  • Did you have a good time?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Farewell time

And after a year of enjoyment learning a lot of English with our super language assistant it's time to say goodbye. Then, it is also a time to celebrate all those nice moments we all shared together.

Have a look to the farewell parties that students have prepared for their last session with Daniel.

They've even prepared a chocolate cake!!

And last but now least, the never-ending hug!!

Thank you Daniel!!
We wish you all the best!!  :)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Vote for us in the "Shakespeare in London" competition!!!

And so the day has come!!!
Here is the result of our students' hard work. I really hope you'll enjoy it! 

To vote for our video click on the following link:

Only one vote is allowed from the same email account so, if you have more than one, use them to help us win!!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Hip-hop and Shakespeare?

What does hip-hop have to do with Shakespeare? If you want to know, check this video. 

In this TEDx Talk, rapper Akala demonstrates and explores the connections between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop, and the wider cultural debate around language and it's power.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Leo DiCaprio on climate change

One week ago, actor Leonardo DiCaprio received the Oscar for his role in the film "The Revenant". Watch his acceptance speech in the following video:

"Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances. The Revenant was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen. To Mr. Alejandro Innaritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past 2 years... thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience. Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency…my entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career…to Mr. Jones for casting me in my first film to Mr. Scorsese for teaching me so much about the cinematic art form. To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are.

Activity: (from 2')
Listen to the speech and complete the text with the missing words.

And lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop *procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much". 

*procrastinate: to defer action; delay

Friday, 19 February 2016

London, here we go!!

Once again, we are going to take part in Oxford's competition. This time, students will have to act and record a short dramatization of one of Shakespeare's works. 

We are still resolving the class and the play to be performed so keep tuned for news!!