Sunday, 1 December 2013
Today is December 1st. A new month begins and very soon, another year will end. What does December mean for you? For me, it means lots of work until the 20th, but after that, it becomes family time. I'm looking forward to it!
What does December mean for you?
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
I'm back. Now that my students from last year are at university, I feel I have to give some food for thought for my younger students. As I tell them, they were born with the internet, they are technological children. So I want to make the most of it. I hope they like this blog and that they write from time to time. I want to know what they like doing, what they love doing and what they hate doing.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
this video know very well what's important in life and what's not. With this video, they encourage the rest of us to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion and community. Biking is their passion and they will change everything to make life simple and to adapt it to their needs. Have a look and tell me what you think. Do you agree with everything? Is there anything you wouldn't do? Enjoy...
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
Monday, 17 December 2012
bbclearningenglish is a very useful tool to improve your listening skills. Surf and enjoy.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
A Magazine story on Sunday explored the curious fact that countries where chocolate-consumption is high tend to produce more Nobel Prize winners. Readers supplied possible explanations for the link - here is a selection.Michael Johnson, Manchester As an inventor myself, I find my most creative ideas come out when I have some time to myself, either relaxing or pacing up an down pondering about something. As chocolate is not a necessity product but rather more of a luxury product you might eat for enjoyment. It may be that people who have more time to relax and ponder, rather than worry about work or necessity of life... are most creative.
Liz Pearce, Cardiff I had my IQ measured by Mensa a few years ago and it came out at 159 which is apparently in the top 1% of the population. I am also well known for my chocolate addiction and once ate 23 Cadbury Creme Eggs at one sitting. (I felt a bit sick afterwards though.
Does chocolate make you clever?It might not surprise you that Switzerland came top of the chocolate-fuelled league of intelligence, having both the highest chocolate consumption per head and also the highest number of Nobel laureates.
Sweden, however, was an anomaly. It had a very high number of Nobel laureates but its people consumed much less chocolate on average.
Ayub Ayub, Amman, Jordan Chocolate is full of minerals, is a stimulant, and is expensive. People who eat it, especially from an early age, will develop better brains, be more alert/sharp minded, and because they come from richer countries will have better education, a richer environment and more stable/easy life (they can ponder more), and will have more resources hence making them better achievers.
George Chilton, Salisbury, UK Chocolate is consumed in greater quantities in colder climates as it's a comfort food, and doesn't melt quite as much. Looking at the countries in the chart, we can see that they are highly affluent, and Northern. The combination of cold weather and money means people sit and work, rather than sit on the beach. Who wants to use their brain when it's 35 degrees [C] outside? I currently live in Spain. There aren't many Nobel prizes being won here, it's mostly because we're all at the beach, not because we're not eating enough chocolate.
Andrea Valdes Veracruz, Mexico You must consider that the Mayas, who probably domesticated cacao, used to drink a lot of chocolate and they were capable of amazing discoveries in astronomy. Was chocolate the reason for their intelligence?
Marta Sandberg, Bridgetown, Australia I don't care if this is true or not - I will use it as an excuse anyway.
William, Halifax, Canada If you look closely at the flags on the graph you will see that it makes the outline of Cornwall, UK. This Cornish connection ought to be pursued - and can I have a Nobel Prize now?
Brian Makin, Bassersdorf, Switzerland The explanation is obvious. The Swiss make the best chocolate!
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
A couple arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of killing their 15-year-old daughter with acid say they carried out the attack because she looked at a boy.
Monday, 15 October 2012
Friday, 5 October 2012
- a verb + preposition
- a phrasal verb
- a verb + object + infinitive
- an example of an expression we have recently revised (UofE)
- a regular verb in the past pronounced /id/
- a regular verb in the past pronounced /d/
- a regular verb in the past pronounced /t/
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
we're back! It's been two months and a bit since we last met. A new course, new teachers and new subjects for some of you. In a few months you'll be leaving again, this time for good. Only those who work hard will succeed...
And our blog is back too. I hope that you will use it well and often, don't let me down...
In our first post this course I want you to remember the best things that happened to you last summer and also, tell me what your expectations are for the new academic year.
I'm looking forward to reading your comments.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
the course is over! We've worked really hard and now it's time to relax. Where are you going this summer? Are you going to the beach? Are you doing anything special? Enjoy yourselves a lot and relax as much as you can. Remember to watch TV in English a little bit every day. See you in September!
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Saturday, 7 April 2012
I wish I could have taken all my 1st of Bachillerato students with me but it was not possible. They would have enjoyed themselves so much. Now I hope the 11 students that actually came tell us everything they can about this trip. I'd love to read all their comments and anecdotes about the airport, the planes, the families, the food... so many things to talk about...
By the way, they behaved REALLY well, they were an adorable group and I will always remember this trip. Thanks a lot to Alberto, Angel Miguel, Antonio, Aitor, Esther, Gonzalo, Laura, Marta, Pablo, Sandra and Sara.
Friday, 9 March 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
we haven't written for a long time. You've been busy, I've been busy. I know that most of you like this singer, Adele. She is very young and she is from London. She has conquered the world with her wonderful voice. What do you know about her? Which is your favourite song? I like Someone like you, it's a bit sad, but I get goosepimples when I hear it!
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
This post is dedicated to Esther.
Monday, 23 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
we have started a new year: 2012 (two thousand and twelve or twenty twelve, both are correct). Many people think the beginning of the year is the perfect moment to stop smoking, to lose weight or to start learning a new language. These are known as New Year's Resolutions. Is there anything you have decided to take up from January 1st? Maybe you would like to go to the gym more often, or to watch a film in English from time to time :-)
I'm really nosy and I'd love to know...
Monday, 19 December 2011
we still have a few days left and a few more exams to sit... but in less than a week it will be Christmas! For me, it means time to spend with my family and to relax after so much work in December... How about you? What does Christmas mean to you? What is traditional in your house? Do you get many presents for Christmas? There's a new film released specially for this time of the year. Watch the trailer and tell me what it is about.
By the way, Merry Christmas!!
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
Jamie Oliver is a well-known English chef. He's famous for his television shows, cookbooks and, more recently, his campaign to improve unhealthy diets and poor cooking habits in the United Kingdom and the United States. To be honest, this is really difficult to understand, so you'll need to listen to it many times. Jamie's a real challenge for you, you need to get used to the way he speaks because he speaks very quickly. I want you to write down at least 15 words he says and how old he is. Good luck!
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
I know that some of you have read The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Most of you have seen the films. What do you think about the story? Is it believable? Does it matter? Is it for girls only? What is there that makes it so exciting that you can't stop reading? Why are there so many fans around the world?
This is the link to the Breaking Dawn official trailer.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Fawlty Towers was a very popular British sitcom during the 1970s. The series is set in a hotel called Fawlty Towers, run by Basil Fawlty, the hotel manager/owner. Most funny situations happen due to communication problems with Manuel, the hotel waiter. He is Spanish and his English is not very good. In this episode, we listen to the hotel receptionist saying where Manuel is from. Can you tell me the name of the city? How would you describe the behaviour of Mrs Richards?
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Talking about travel, have a look at this and tell me what you think. Is it a sport or a way of travel? What equipment do you need? How far can you go? Can you take luggage with you? Is it environmentally friendly? How do you think it feels? Have you ever tried it? If not, would you like to try?
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
You can watch them as many times as you want and I'd love to read what you think about them.
By the way, the boy is Australian, not American...
Click here to watch MOVE
Click here to watch EAT
Click here to watch LEARN
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
I know you're really busy this week because you have an English test (among other things), and we're not working much on the blog. But you know it will be Halloween next week and I think we should talk about it. We didn't use to celebrate Halloween in Spain, but we do it more and more. People dress up and wear costumes, empty pumpkins, decorate their houses... and have parties!!
So tell me if you are doing anything special for Halloween this year. Are you going to dress up? Are you going to go trick or treat? Or are you just going to hang out with your friends?
In the meantime, watch this video from my favourite TV series of all times, Friends. I hope you enjoy it!
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
I first noticed this advertisement (BrEnglish)/commercial (USEnglish) because of the song. I thought it was a beautiful song and it caught my attention. What do you think? Do you like it? Do you know who is singing?
Monday, 17 October 2011
The autumn is about to arrive. We’ll have to get used to shorter days, colder evenings, leaves falling from trees… We’ll soon get used to wearing coats, boots, scarves and gloves.
Now we are used to wearing t-shirts, even shorts! And it’s October 17th. It’s unbelievable! Get your warm clothes ready because you will need them…
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Last weekend, I did lots of things. On Friday afternoon I went for a walk with my family. Later, we had pizza for dinner.
On Saturday morning, I woke up later than usual. While I was having breakfast, I watched the news. After that, I went shopping with my children. We had a nice day together. We went to the park, we met some friends and baked a chocolate cake. We went to bed quite early because we were very tired.
On Sunday morning, we had our chocolate cake for breakfast. It was delicious! Then we had lunch with friends and spent the afternoon with them. In the evening, we got everything ready for the next day, a school day.
How was your weekend?
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
I love going for long walks with my family.
I love reading a good book.
I love watching a good film.
There must be lots of things you love doING...
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
When I was a child, I used to play a lot in the streets with my friends; we especially enjoyed hide-and-seek. We didn't use to play computer games, because no-one had a computer those days. What did you use to do and didn't use to do when you were a child?
I feel like hanging out with my friends on Saturday evenings
Monday, 10 October 2011
welcome to my blog. I hope this is a place where we can share information, talk about interesting topics, say what we like and what we don't...
I'm not very good at computers, but I would like to improve. That's why I have started this blog, as a challenge. You know I always tell you to watch TV in English or listen to music in English. That will be your challenge for this term.
Try to change the audio in your TV set and tell me how you are doing. Is it difficult? Boring? Exciting?
I would like to read your opinions. Good luck!