Saturday, December 5, 2009

2nd BATXILLERAT - On the Importance of Speaking

Dear students. Here's a very interesting article that I was e-mailed a few days ago from a teaching organisation called Scientific Learning. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Click here to read the article.

When you read it you can post your comments by telling your opinion about the theory discussed in the article.

By the way, there are some children in the picture: can you connect them with any of the stories in the article?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Evolution

Hmmm, the Simpsons... they have always been there!

Children See

Have a look at this video. You may like it. Your children see you, so teach the children well!


Black Hole

Have a look at this short film, you will certainly like it!

Enjoy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

2nd BATXILLERAT: On the Importance of Sleep


Dear students,

Remember that you must sleep all night even during the rush of final exams. You can read this very interesting article at the Science in School website.

Just drop a comment. Say if you found the article interesting, if you agree with the author and how you feel when do don't sleep all night.

Enjoy.

More: if you want to learn further on the topic click here or go to sleep.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bloomsday music



June 16th is Bloomsday. Visit this site to find out some details about James Joyce's Ulisses and the music connected with that novel. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2nd BATXILLERAT - Word Game: "Hidden Lands"


Hey! Here's a new challenge for you. Play the Hidden Lands game. You must find the name of the countries hidden in the sentences. Copy the sentences and highlight the country name in each sentence.

I got this game at the British Council's LearnEnglishCentral.

Once you finish, go to the BBC World Service and solve this crossword about capital cities.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

4th ESO COMPUTER ASSISTED ENGLISH - What a statue!


Our current activity is called WHAT A STATUE! You will have to surf the internet in order to find information that helps you go to the next step.

- Read the instructions you will find in the "Student's guide link". Have them in hand just in case you need any help.
- Start the activity.

Are you ready to begin? Just click on the icon. Enjoy yourself!

Use this worksheet to compile your work.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Presentations of "So, We'll go no more a-roving" by Lord Byron

If you want, you can see the presentations made by my 2nd Batxillerat students. They have made their personal interpretation of Lord Byron's poem "So, we'll go no more a-roving".

Here's a sample by Cristina Solé.


And the rest of them, are equally good. Check them out:
You can suggest you own preferences by dropping a comment on this post.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3rd ESO - MSC computer assisted task - 3


Go to the Macmillan Secondary Course web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

UNIT 5
PresPerfect: aff+neg1
PresPerfect: aff+neg2
PresPerfect: aff+neg3
PresPerfect: quest1
PresPerfect: quest2
PresPerfect: ever / never

Remember that you can use your book if you have any problems with the exercises. I'm sure you will find similar exercises there.

I will check your work on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009.

Friday, March 13, 2009

BATXILLERAT - A dangerous chimp.


Visit the "THE INDEPENDENT"'s website and read an article about chimpanzee who does unexpected things.
After reading the article, you can post a comment in my blog. Say things that answer these questions:

1. What does Santino do?
2. What is his objective?
3. Why is his attitude so strange?
4. Can you plan for the future just like Santino does?
5. Give an example. Start saying: One day I ...

Click here for the article.

Monday, March 2, 2009

2nd BATXILLERAT - "So, we'll go no more a roving", by Lord Byron


According to the Wikipedia So, we'll go no more a roving is a poem, written by (George Gordon) Lord Byron (1788–1824), and included in a letter to Thomas Moore on February 28, 1817. Moore published the poem in 1830 as part of Letters and Journals of Lord Byron.
It evocatively describes the fatigue of age conquering the restlessness of youth. Byron wrote the poem at the age of twenty-nine.

Alas! He seemed to be tired of love too!

But now, we can leave the poet alone and start working a bit on the text.

1. SOLVE THIS CORSSWORD. Click here.


2. Now that you know some vocabulary, PUT THE WORDS IN THE CORRECT ORDER. There has been an earthquake and they have been mixed up... well, that's not true, no earthquakes here. In fact, the words just swaped places. Can you put them where the poet wrote them initially? Fortunately, they were not able to jump from a line to another.

Click here and write the poem as best as you can. You can use a piece of paper or a word processor.

Remember that you know some useful tricks: the first word in a line has got an initial capital letter, adjectives go before nouns, sentences have a word order, prepositions precede noun phrases... and rhymes rhyme.

3. Now, it's time to CORRECT EXERCISE 2.
Listen to Leonard Cohen sing the poem here or Steven Crossley say it here. Or even the English tenor Gervase Elwes (1866-1921) sing it here.

4. Now, it's time to start UNDERSTANDING the poem by yourselves. The poem makes reference to two moments of night. Which ones? Justify your answer.

5. In lines 5 and 6, you can read these two verbs: OUTWEAR and WEAR OUT. Click here to read how the COBUILD diccionary defines WEAR OUT.

Do the two words mean the same?
Which of them fit best in the poem?

6. Now it's YOUR TURN to be creative. Make a powerpoint presentation of the poem. The title slide must have the following text:

Lord Byron’s WE’LL GO NO MORE A-ROVING

A presentation by NAME SURNAME

2nd BAT A/B

IES JOAN MIRÓ

CORNELLÀ DE LLOBREGAT

You can make your own designs, drawings or photos. Remember that if you take your pictures from the internet there should be a final slide with a list of sources. You can detail them like this:

Picture number #. Taken from WEB_SITE_NAME. http://www.xxxxxxxxx

Hey, I’m not asking you for something so much sophisticated as this, but you can get some inspiration.

7. Once you have finished your presentation, please, e-mail it to me before April 14th.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

4th ESO COMPUTER ASSITED ENGLISH - Magic Numbers


1. Go to this web site: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-word-games-archive.htm

2. Find the activity “MAGIC NUMBER”

3. Copy the chart on a piece of paper and give it to the teacher. (hey, no cheating allowed!)

4. Now visit this crossword.

Friday, February 6, 2009

3rd ESO - MSC computer assisted task 2


Go to the Macmillan Secondary Course web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

Unit 4

Comparatives
Superlatives
Compar. + superl. 1
Compar. + superl. 2

Remember that you can use your book if you have any problems with the exercises. I'm sure you will find similar exercises there.

I will check your work on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009.

Friday, January 30, 2009

BITESIZE: a web full of games


Visit this website and play. Try Questionaut toO, a journey through strange worlds.

Enjoy it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

3rd ESO - MSC computer assisted task 1



Go to the Macmillan Secondary Course web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

Unit 3

- Past Conti+PastSimp 1
- Past Conti+PastSimp 2
- Past Conti+PastSimp 3

Remember that you can use your book if you have any problems with the exercises. I'm sure you will find similar exercises there.

I will check your work on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A PIECE OF NEWS: Israel offers short respite from strikes


Click on this link to get the complete piece of news.

I took this picture from the CNN.com web site on January 7th, 2009.
This is a picture of Gaza. It is in Palestine. The people in the picture are running and hiding. They are very scared and hurt because their city has been attacked.
As you can see, there is a scared man with a bounded boy in his arms.
I don't like it because it reflects the fear of people. I'm against war and any kind of violence.

PIECE OF NEWS SUMMARY:
Israel's decided to open a "humanitarian corridor" into Gaza in response to mounting concerns about shortages of food, water and medicine in the territory. The military did not immediately say when the bombing would halt. Israel says the operation is aimed at halting the firing of rockets into southern Israel by Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007. But 35 rockets fell on Israeli territory on Tuesday, and five struck southern Israel by late morning Wednesday, Israeli police said.