Wednesday, January 28, 2009

30th January, School Day of Non-violence and Peace

1st of all, some Grammar:
Lots of exercises for you to practise
Reported Speech in this previous entry.
3 other very easy ones : 1, 2, 3
And Reporting Verbs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

On a day like this you ought to take a look at Click'n'learn.
Once there go to Menu > 2ºBac > Issues > WAR.

Practise summarising and identifying the main ideas in a text
 in this Interactive Lesson.

What about these tests: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Next, a listening activity: 1 (Pre-listening), 2, 3, 4

You have recently read a text about Bob Marley
If you want to know more about his life,
here is a short Biography, some photos
and a Quiz to test your knowledge about him.

And finally, a trailer of one my favourite films for the Oscars
and a must-see this year:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy New Chinese Year

Do you know that half of the world has just celebrated New Year?

The Chinese name their years after twelve animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar (Pig). This is the Year of the Ox.
To see more photos of the Celebration that has just taken place (January 26th) all over the world, click here:

You can read more about it (it's very easy): 1,2, 3

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Do you like games?

Then here is one for your free time:

"Life's tough in the StoneAge. To make things worse our man Sam isn't really known for his smarts; left to his own devices he probably wouldn't last a day! However, although he may be all brawn, fortunately he's got your brain to help him out! And he'll need it too as he's got to find food, make weapons, survive sabertooth tigers, capture wooly mammoths, evade hungry crocs, drive off enemy tribesmen and to top it all off, keep his girlfriend Lucy happy! So let's get prehistoric and help Sam use his noggin in this crazy point-and-click adventure."

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

At last

B.H.Obama is the 44th President of the U.S.A.
Read his inaugural address by clicking on the photo:

And you can watch him (and Michelle) dance to
Beyonce singing the beautiful classic "At last":

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

1ºESO: Follow me and let's do some activities!

(When you have a photo, press mine and create a Video with You as The Superstar!)

First, some Simple Present : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
And How good are you at Pronouns?

Remember and practise with The Big Challenge.

Next, Vocabulary:
At Languageguide, you can see and listen to the names of animals, body parts, etc.
And some exercises:
1) Daily Routines: 1, 2, 3
2) Animals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
3) Body Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
4) Family (against the clock!)
Complete this text about The Simpsons.

Read, listen, pronounce & have some fun: What things can you do? , Bird Riddles

Game: How about creating your own POPSTAR and his/her hit song?

Watch this scene from The Simpsons with or without the script

And, finally, another video Here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The "Xunta" Grants for English Summer Courses

ESO and Bachillerato students in Galician schools can apply for a Summer course in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland or France and Summer camps in Spain (for 1ºESO). Applications and all the details here. Why don't you try? (Deadline: February 9, 2009)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I've left this most typical tradition for the end of the Christmas season, ...
New Year's Resolutions:
"New Year's Day is a time of new beginnings, so people often make new year's resolutions---promises or goals they hope to accomplish during the coming year. Such resolutions often include losing weight, getting in shape, or eating a healthy diet. Other resolutions might deal with improving one's relationship with a family member or friend. Sometimes, these resolutions are short lived, that is, people don't follow through on their plans. However, the new year gives people opportunities to change and improve their lives." (from dailyesl)

Let's find out more about them:
The Top 10 Resolutions for the "Exercise Impaired" (= lazy ones)
You can listen to people talking about them:
1 , 2, (intermediate) 3 (advanced)
And this song is about them too, there's an exercise about it.
The Learning English BBC series "The Flatmates"
 has a chapter about Resolutions too.

Are you ready to make your own resolutions?
Then see different ways to do it
apart from the typical phrases "I'm going to..." or "I will ...".

Finally, some of you are going to watch the
Friends Episode "The one with All the Resolutions"
and we'll do these activities about it.

So, Happy New Year (again!) and Be brave...
Keep your Resolutions!

Slam Dunk Poll

Do you like basketball?
Then you may want to vote at the NBA site. You can even vote a Spaniard, Rudy Fernández, who asks for our vote in these videos:

"Spain celebrates Epiphany"

This article appears at the BBC News website together with the video.
I love the geese at the end. I didn't know they were so good at parading!
"Thousands of people have filled the centre of Madrid to watch the annual Three Kings Parade which celebrates the visit paid by the three wise men to the newborn baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
Children in Spain traditionally receive presents on Epiphany - the day after the procession - and participants in the parade threw gifts of sweets to children in the crowd."



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