Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Enjoy your Summer Holidays!

Dear students,

The school year is almost finished. It's been a pleasure having had you as my students for nine months. I hope you have learned new things and I wish you keep on learning. In the future you'll see how important it is to speak foreign languages. You know how to contact me for whatever you want or need. I really would like to have you as my students next year.

Have a good summer!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Have to

As you know, we have learnt how to use have to to express obligation and don't have to to refer to lack of obligation. Here you have another explanation with interesting activities for you to practise.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Answers to the Riddles

Did you guess the riddles? Here are the answers, pay attention!



Let's review Conditional Sentences!

We shouldn't have any problem using conditional sentences (type 1). In case you need further practice or clarification, you can visit this website and read the explanations and do some activities. Remember we have just seen Type 1 Conditional Sentences. There are another two types, in case you want to go into further details. I hope it helps!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Future with "WILL"

As you know, these days we are learning how to talk about the future using the modal auxiliary verb will.

You can click here for further explanation on this topic. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to do some more activities. I hope it helps!

Monday, 11 May 2009

A Limerick by Ángela Moreno

Ángela Moreno (3º D) wrote a limerick for Book Day. As you know, a limerick is a five line stanza whose rhyming pattern is a-a-b-b-a.

Ángelas' one is quite quite good, congratulations for it!

You can listen and read, don't miss it!


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Two 5 W Poems by Aurora Ceballos

As you know, we celebrated Book Day by writing easy poems in English. Here you can see and listen to Aurora's poems (3ºB), which are great.

5 W poems consist of five lines answering the questions: who?, what?, when?, where? and why?

Thanks for your contribution, Aurora. You did a really good job!


A 5W POEM

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Forms for the Future

Lately we have learnt about two different forms English has to refer to future time: be going to and Present Continuous.

For an explanation and activities on be going to, click here.


Remember that we use Present Continuous to talk about totally planned activities. You can review it here.

Pilar's Riddle

Pilar (3º D) has a question for you. She has described two articles of clothing. Listen and write comments if you think you know what complements she is talking about.

Beatriz's Riddle

Listen carefully! Beatriz (3º D) has left a riddle for you to guess who this person is. If you need a hint, I can tell you it is a job.

Send comments with the answers!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Spaniards and Americans in Lebrija's Newspaper


If you click on the image you will be able to see the article in full size. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

. . . and we met our pen pals!


On April 21 we finally had the opportunity to meet some of the students at Millis High School, with whom you have been exchanging letters since the beginning of the school year. It was a really rewarding experience. Your American pals had a very good time and thanks to your explanations, they could learn many things about Lebrija and flamenco music. They also enjoyed the tour around the town.

I would like to thank you for your colaboration and your effort to make them feel at easy in a foreign country. And I would like to congratulate you on your ability to communicate with them both in English and Spanish.

I hope you also had a good time with them and of course, I hope you keep in touch with them.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Book Day

On 23 April we celebrate Book Day and Copyright Day. But do you know why? This day is the anniversary of the death of three important authors around the world: William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. All of them died on 23 April 1616 (although there are some days of difference because some countries followed the Julian calendar and others the Gregorian one). That is the reason why UNESCO chose this day to encourage people to enjoy reading.

We have celebrated it by accomplishing an important challenge: writing poems in English. Very soon we will have a poem reading in our class so that all your classmates can enjoy your marvellous work.

You did a really good job! I hope you had a good time . . . and I can't wait for the reading!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

Have you ever gone Easter egg hunting? Before holidays we learnt it was a typical game for kids in both the USA and the UK.

Here are two videos where you can see how much fun kids have these days. The first one is somewhere in Texas. The second one is in New Haven.



Let's Write a Poem!

On April 23 we celebrate Book Day and Copy Right Day. We'll learn about this day soon, but for the moment, we can start planning what we can do to contribute to such an important date.

Have you ever thought of writing a poem in English? Well, it's time for you to try! Don't panic! It's not difficult at all!

There are six types of poems quite easy for beginners: Bio Poems, 5W Poems, I Am Poems, Name Poems, Cinquain Poems and Diamond Poems. If you click here you will have access to a website with clear instructions for each one.

On the other hand, limericks are somewhat more complex. A limerick is a nonsense stanza, so the wildest it is, the better. It is supposed to end with an unexpected idea, and it should flow easily when read aloud. The last word of lines one, two and five must rhyme with each other, and so must the last words of lines three and four. The pattern is a-a-b-b-a. I will give you a photocopy with examples and explanations but here you can have some information and read some examples.

Of course, for limericks you should make a list of words that rhyme. Here is an interesting online dictionary that will help you alot.

Choose your favourite poem and go ahead. I'm sure you'll write really good poems!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Easter

Before the holidays we learnt what Easter is and how it is celebrated in different parts of the world. We also learnt about its religious and pagan origins.

This is the worksheet we used in class. I hope you learnt many things.

Enjoy the holidays!

Easter

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

April Fool's Day


April Fool's Day, or All Fools' Day, is the first day of April. It is a traditional day for playing pranks on unsuspecting people. In many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, people play tricks on others. A favourite joke is to send someone on a fool's errand (a search for something that does not exist), or to get people to believe ridiculous things. The victim is called an April Fool.

No one knows where the April Fools' custom began. The origin is uncertain but may be related to the arrival of spring in late March, when nature "fools" humanity with changes in weather. Another explanation has to do with the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1582, which moved New Year's Day to January 1.

The tradition originated in France and Great Britain and it was introduced into America in colonial times.

The French call April 1 "Poisson d'Avril" or "April Fish". French children sometimes stick a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

The Red Kangaroo

Remember that these days we are talking about animals and nature and what we can do to protect the environment. Here you are a copy of one of the worksheets we have worked in class. This way you'll be able to see the full-colour version!

And you can click here for more information on the red kangaroo.








Read this doc on Scribd: An Animal The Red Kangaroo








Thursday, 19 March 2009

Present Perfect Simple

As you know, in the last unit we have learnt how to form and use the Present Perfect Simple tense.

Here you can read a funny introduction to the topic and you can also review its form and use, apart from doing some interesting activities.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Animal Quiz


Do you think you know a lot about animals? Would you like to be a contestant in a cool animal quiz? Would you like to win a nice prize? Click here and good luck!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

St. Patrick's Day



Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. In Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is both a holy day and a national holiday. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland because he brought Christianity to the Irish.

According to legend, Saint Patrick used a shamrock (a type of clover) to explain about God. The shamrock has three leaves on each stem. Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrock was like the idea of the Trinity – that in the one God there are three divine beings: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Although it began in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries around the world. People with Irish heritage remind themselves of the beautiful green countryside of Ireland by wearing green and taking part in the festivities.

Saint Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with a parade. The one in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is very famous. But the one in New York City is one of the biggest. It lasts for hours.

One tale about Patrick is that he drove the snakes from Ireland. This is a metaphor for his bringing Christianity to Ireland and driving out the pagan religions. It’s true that Ireland has no snakes, but this has to do with the fact that Ireland is an island and being separated from the rest of the continent the snakes couldn’t get there.

Play a game here and have good luck! You can also read poems and listen to songs for this special day here.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, this day is a national holiday. If you want to learn more about this day, you can click here.

This is a short tribute to some of the many important women throughtout history. Do you know them?


And here are some greetings for this day!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Our Brochures


These are just some of the fantastic tourist brochures you did to celebrate the Day of Andalusia. I'm sure your American pen pals will love them! You did a really good work. Congratulations and thanks for your interest!

Friday, 27 February 2009

Computers and the History of the English Language


There is a computer programme that can be used to know which the oldest English words are and which ones will probably disappear in the future. If you click here you can read the whole article (in Spanish).


Thanks for the information, Tomás!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Jumpers for Penguins

Do you remember what we read in class about the penguins in Tasmania that had to wear jerseys knitted by volunteers? Well, here you can see a real website with information about it, and you can also have a look at the pattern for the jumpers. If you knitted one, which colours would you use?

Friday, 20 February 2009

International Mother Language Day (21 February)


Did you know that there are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages in the world? Actually, there used to be more, but unfortunately, they have disappeared. We celebrate their day on February 21. The aim of this day is to promote linguistic diversity and multicultural education. In fact, many of the languages that are spoken today are in danger of extinction.


Here you can read about UNESCO's concern in either English, French, or Spanish. Pay attention to the last part, where you can see how the following sentence is said in the languages of the world:

IN THE GALAXY OF LANGUAGES, EVERY WORD IS A STAR

What can you do to take care of this galaxy? How many stars are there in your own sky?



Thursday, 19 February 2009

Reasons why People Choose Andalusia

These days you are preparing your tourist brochures for your pen pals. Have you ever thought about the reasons why so many tourists come to Andalusia? There are also many foreigners that choose the south of Spain as their ideal residence. Have a look at this video and pay attention. Which are the reasons why foreigners enjoy Andalusia?

Friday, 13 February 2009

Flightless Bird

Do you know what a flightless bird is? Well, among other things, it is also the title of a beautiful song by Iron and Wine Pilar has requested. Here is the song and the lyrics. You can enjoy it and tell me which animals are mentioned in it.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Day of Andalusia

As you know, we should be ready to begin preparing our tourist brochures on Andalusia for our pen pals. I know they are eager to come to Spain and they really need some information! Here are the instructions so that you find it easier to design yours!
Andalusia: a Tourist Brochure

St. Valentine's Day

As you all know, we celebrate St. Valentine's Day on February 14. In the UK and USA it is a very popular day. People exchange gifts, cards (called valentines and chocolate with the loved ones). It is not only a day for couples! People also celebrate friendship.

In class we read about the history and origins of this day and we did some activities on a love song. Here you will find lots of interesting things about this day (games, texts, printables, crafts, etc.)

Here is a video of the song we listened to in class.

Have a happy Valentine's Day!





Sunday, 8 February 2009

The British Isles

Last Tuesday you attended a presentation on UK culture. I think it was quite interesting and you had a good time . . . and you behaved really well. Here you can see a presentation I did last year. I hope you like it!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The First Cell Phone Ad

These days we have been reading about the mobile revolution and we have talked about how mobile phones have changed since they were invented in 1973. Do you know when the first mobile phone was advertised on TV? It was in 1989 (you were not even born!). Would you like to see the advertisement? Here it is!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Past Continuous

Here you can go to another explanation of the form and use of Past Continuous. In that site there are also activities to put into practice what you have learned.

You can also do this activity on Past Continuous. Do you think you need something more challenging? Click here for an activity to choose between Past Simple and Past Continuous.

Good luck!

Saturday, 31 January 2009

We Are the World

Last Friday we celebrated Peace Day at school. We listened to some songs related to peace and better days in the future. Here is another interesting one, Fran's request. Enjoy the song and the video!


Wednesday, 28 January 2009

What a Wonderful World!

This week we have worked with What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Here is a nice video with beautiful images of nature (landscapes, mountains, the sea . . . ). Which is your favourite picture? Send a comment and tell everybody!



This is the karaoke version. Don't be shy and sing along!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Someday from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Have you ever listened to Someday, a song from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Watch the video and listen to it. It has a beautiful message.




Now you can read the lyrics here. Think about them . . . and of course, think about the things you can do to improve the world!


Imagine by John Lennon

On 30 January we celebrate the School Day of Peace and Non-Violence. One of the most representative songs is Imagine by John Lennon. Enjoy the video here as you listen to the song and think about the lyrics. Then, you can sing using the karaoke version.

















Obama's Oath of Office

Everybody knows that last Tuesday, 20 January 2009, Barack Obama became the President of the United States of America. Did you see him take the Presidential Oath of Office? Here you can see the video and read the original oath (as it is written in the Constitution).



Well, everybody gets messed up when speaking in front of an audience . . . but that's not a reason to keep silent when you have important things to say! Bear it in mind!

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

I Have a Dream

Last 19 January American people celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Do you know who he is? He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. You can learn more things about his life and work here. You can also enjoy this subtitled video of his famous speech I Have a Dream.



I'm sure you also have a dream about how people's lives could improve. Send a comment telling us!

Saturday, 17 January 2009

The Reason by Hoobastank

Here goes Pilar's request. It is one of my favourite songs, too. Listen and think about the lyrics!



And here is the karaoke version for you to sing alone. Have fun!

. . . and the Famous People Are . . .

Last month four of you wrote some descriptions of famous people and some of you sent comments with the possible answers. Here are the solutions:

1. Ismael's famous is Celine Dion.

2. Pilar's famous is Angelina Jolie.

3. Beatriz's famous is Kate Ryan.

4. María's famous is Jesús Navas.


What's the Weather like Today?

Have a look at this presentation and see what the weather is like in different cities where English is spoken. Then you can send a comment saying what the weather is like in these places.




Sunday, 11 January 2009

Units of Measurement in the USA

Last week you received the first letters from your American pen pals. They described themselves but in some cases there was some confussion regarding their height and weight. Here is a table with the equivalence between the Imperial Units and those in the USA. I'm sure it will help a lot!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Would you like to see an English pub?

These days we have been reading about a strange tale that takes place in an English pub. Here you can see some pictures of typical British pubs.









Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year!

How did you say goodbye to 2008? How did you receive the new year? Did you eat the twelve grapes? As you know, not everybody has the same customs and traditions. Would you like to know how people in New York welcomed 2009 in Times Square? Have a look at this video and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Would you like to see the Christmas lights in London?

If you want to see the Christmas lights in London, don't miss this opportunity. Get in my car and I'll give you a lift from Piccadilly Circus to Marble Arc. Meanwhile we'll listen to a song we can sing quite well, can't we? By the way, don't panic! Remember people drive on the left here!

Call for Songs

Dear students,

As you can see, I have included a new heading on the left of our blog: Our Favourite Songs in English. By clicking on the 'play' button you will be able to listen to music as you see the blog. Please send comments telling me which are your favourite songs in English and I'll include them in the list as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

All I Want for Christmas . . . is You!

Do you want a lot for Christmas? Well, here is a song that perhaps will help you be merry and happy . . .



And here goes the karaoke version for the artists!

Monday, 22 December 2008

Friday, 19 December 2008

I Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Today we begin our Christmas holidays. I hope you enjoy yourselves and have lots of fun. Here are some interesting online activities for you to review what we have learned and have a good time:

If you want to review some Christmas vocabulary by joining words and pictures, click here.

If you prefer to review what British people do at Christmas, click here.

Would you prefer something more challenging? Well, do this quiz on how people celebrate Christmas all over the world.

Here you can read and listen to a story about Christmas Day and here you can listen to a song about Santa. Go here if you prefer a story about his helper.

And now that you are an expert on Christmas, why don't you help Santa choose the best presents for some kids here?

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Last Christmas . . .

This week we'll celebrate Christmas in our English class. Among other things we'll review verb tenses by singing Last Christmas by Wham. Here is the song with the lyrics for you to rehearse before singing the karaoke version below.

Enjoy yourselves!





Sunday, 14 December 2008

-ed Pronunciation (Past Simple)


Do you find it difficult to pronounce regular verbs in past form? If you didn't have enough with the activities we did in class, click here and get further practice.

Past Simple

As you know, these days we have been learning the form and use of the past simple tense in English. In this site you'll find an interesting explanation of it, with links to activities. If you think you need to review the past form of verb 'to be', click here or here.

Still difficult? Well, you can always have a look at this website and read the explanation in Spanish!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Hi, students! Remember that our obligatory reader for this course is the adapted version of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, published by Burlington Books.

This is a quick post to remind you that you should have it by January 7, 2009. So don't forget to include it in your letter to the Three Kings!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The Start of Something New

Here is one of Consolación's requests, a song from High School Musical. And here goes my request: please follow the lyrics as you see the video and send a comment with:

1. Five verbs in the song in Past Simple.
2. Three verbs in the song in Present Simple.
3. An adjective in the song in comparative form.





And now, it's your turn! Click here and sing along! Enjoy the karaoke!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Who are these people?

Some students have described famous people for you to guess who they are. Read their descriptions and send comments with the possible answers.



1. She is a singer and composer. She has sold more than 200 million albums around the world. She has one of the best and more recognizable voices in the world. She began singing when she was 13 years old, but she reached great fame and international recognition with the song My Heart will Go on in Titanic in 1997. She took part in Eurovision Song Festival with the song Ne partez pas sans moi in 1988 and she won. Her most famous songs are My Heart will Go on, These are the Special Times, Don't Save it All for Christmas Day and Pour que tu m'aimes encore. She has got her own magazine in Canada. Who is she?
By Ismael Halcón Monje (3º D)


2. She is a famous actress in Hollywood. She is tall and thin. She has got f¡green eyes and long straight black hair. She worked in Tomb Raider films. She is married to Brad Pitt. Who is she?
By Mª del Pilar Pacheco Díaz (3º D)
3. She is a famous singer. She is tall and thin. She is attractive. She has got green eyes and short straight fair hair. Her song had a lot of success last summer. Her real name is Katrien Verbeek. Who is she?
By Beatriz Sánchez Monge (3º D)
4. He is a football player. He lives in Los Palacios. His team is Sevilla FC. He is tall and thin and he has got short, black hair. He is very handsome. He can run very fast and he can jump very high. Who is he?
By María Sánchez Guijo (3º D)

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Welcome to the Tower of London!

At the very beginning of unit 3 we saw that, according to legend, there are four famous ghosts in the Tower of London. They are the ghosts of Anne Boleyn, Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Becket and Lady Jane Grey.

Would you like to visit the Tower of London? Click
here for a marvellous tour of the place . . . and let me know if you meet any ghost!

And now, take a couple of minutes to see these beautiful pictures of London:

London For Ever


View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: london for)

Lists of pen pals

Hi, students! Here are the lists with the pals for the project:

3º B
Antoñi - Molly Jessica
Sandra - Molly Jessica
Mª Dolores - Kristina Dianne
Antonio Jesús - Marley Matilda
Aurora - Natalie Greta
Higinio - Alexandra Audrey
Alberto - Aaron
Cristina - Sean Robert
Cristóbal - Peter Jacob
Tania - Kelly Christine
Francisco Jesús - Kristin Linnea
Alejandro - Allison Ann
Isabel María - Francesca NMN
Anabel - Caroline
Lorena - Christina Marie and Francis Musgrove
Lucas - Kyle William
Andrés - Christopher Morgan
Mª Esperanza - Stephanie Tara
José Ángel - Madison Alexa

3º C
Liliana - Nicole Marie
Julio - Caroline Mary
Cristina Carrera - Katlyn Ann
Mª Dolores - Hannah Marie
Francisco José - Mitchell Lawrence
Marta - Caitlin Marie
Juan - Ashley Donna
María García - Steven Bentley
Lorenzo - Melissa Marie
Angélica - Taylor Marisa
Francisco Manuel - Eleni Nicole
Juan Diego - Pamela Nicole
Carmen - Juliana Josephine and Sharif Nabil
Virginia - Sarah Ann
Pablo - Brendan Ellett
Juan Antonio - Danielle Marie and Amy Kathleen
Cristina Romero - Sean Patrick
Cristina Rusiñol - Ashley Noelle
Miriam - Marisa Jasmine
Alejandro - Sarah Catherine
María Sánchez - Nicholas James
Isabel Mª - Marcelo

3º D
Alejandro - Sarah Rose
Virginia - Sarah Rose
Francisco Javier Bellido - Stephen Michael
Copnsolación - Devlan Leo
Inmaculada - Brienna Kristin
Ana - Brienna Kristin
José Antonio - Christopher Hines
Mª Mercedes - Elsa Elizabeth
Ángela Halcón - Elizabeth Anne
Ismael - Caroline Nicole
Pedro Pablo - Kyle Joseph
Francisco - Jeffrey Hughes
Coral - Steven
Ángela Moreno - Melissa Madison
Saray - Joseph Mitchell
Mª Pilar - Fenwick G.
Francisco Javier Rodríguez - James Andrew
Nicolás - Victoria Margaret
Cristina - Steven Taylor
María - Justin Merrill
Beatriz - Benjamin Earl

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

I came across this funny video. I know you like videos and songs, so here it is for you to listen and see!



And here goes the original song:

The First Thanksgiving Day

If I were you I wouldn't hesitate to visit this fantastic website. You will be able to experience what the voyage on the Mayflower was like. You will also learn about a typical day in the life of both Pilgrims and native Americans. Are you hungry? Well, you can always take part of the first Thanksgiving feast! At the end, you can even do a WebQuest and check your knowledge . . . Don't miss it!

Monday, 24 November 2008

A Thanksgiving Day Worksheet

As you know, on the fourth Thursday of November people in the USA celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Members of the family meet around a huge dinner where stuffed turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes play an important role. Americans also enjoy American football on TV and there is a famous parade along the streets of New York.

Here is the worksheet we have been working in class these days. I hope it helped you learn new things.


Thanksgiving