Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peter Gabriel sings "In The Neighbourhood"

I've been a fan of Peter Gabriel for a long time. I also love the music of Tom Waits. So, here's Peter Gabriel's version of Tom Wait's In The Neighbourhod.


Peter Gabriel » Tom Waits from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

4th ESO - "Dialogue builder" comic stripe

Take this conversation from the book

Catherine McBeth. (2009). Voices - 3. Student's book. Macmillan. Page 15.

and use it to make a comic strip. You can use one of these creative tools: Stripgenerator or Dvolver. When you finish, you can use your work to make a new post for your blog.



Here are some examples made by my students:
By Marc
By Marçal
By Naima
By Patri
By Félix

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Black Hole

This time I recovered this post from Oct 2009. Have a look at this short film, you will certainly like it!

video

Once you have watched it, drop a comment. Say whether you like it or not and say which scene is the best. Of course, do not forget to say the reasons why.

Submit your comments before April 5th 2011.

2nd BATXILLERAT - 10 Top Regions for 2011


Photo by Jane Sweeney. Africa, North Africa, Egypt, Mt Sinai
Visit the post titled Lonely Planet's top 10 regions for 2011 and drop your comments. This time you have to choose 2 possible destinations for your holiday next summer and say why you like them. So at some point in your post there should be a sentence that starts One of the places i like most is PLACE. I like it because...

Submit your comments before April 5th 2011

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

4th ESO - MSC computer assisted task: Unit 3

The elephant is too big, the door is not big enough.
Go to the Macmillan Secondary Course web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

GRAMMAR:
Compar. + superl. 1
Compar. + superl. 2
Too and not enough 1
Too and not enough 2
Relative pronouns 1
Relative pronouns 2

VOCABULARY:
Adjectives describing products
Money verbs

READING:
Teenagers and money in Britain

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, Jan 26th, 2011.

I borrowed the picture from zorger.com.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

4th ESO - A Strange Piece of History

It was 6:10 and I was waiting for the bus...
I borrowed a wonderful activity from Colin Granger (2002). Imagine English - 3. Macmillan-Heinemann. A brave woman called Rosa Parks tells us the terrible experience she suffered one day when she was going back home from work.

We spoke quite a lot telling and retelling the strange piece of history of a woman who was asked to leave her seat to a "gentelman".

Then we did an oral exam.

Next, my students wrote their own strange story. Click on the COMMENTS link to read some of their work.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Conditional sentences

Here's the presentation for our lesson on Conditional Sentences. Of course, improvement suggestions will be welcome. So feel free to drop a comment on this post if you'd like to.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Writing a narrative

Here's the topic for the first composition this year. The assignment is writing a narrative but, for the moment, I don't want you to invent your own story. Instead, watch the Time Machine: An Interactive Adventure which I got from Chad, Matt & Rob. Then, tell me the adventure you saw, the decissions you made and the effect they had.



Remember to use time expressions to introduce the action (one day, last week, etc.) and sequencing words to show order of events (first, then, next, afterwards, later on, etc.).

Remember as well that, since you are telling a story, you must use past verb tenses.

If you need help you can follow the pattern suggested in:
- Wheeldon and Campbell. Get It Right - Student's Book. Oxford University Press, pages.10-11.
- Thacker. Get It Right - WorkBook. Oxford University Press, page 118.

Well, I hope you enjoy the film and write a nice composition. By the way, I will collect your essays next Friday, Oct 8th, 2010.

Monday, September 20, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Angst

Hey, I have just found this short film. Whatch it and enjoy yourself.



Once you have watched it, drop a comment. Say whether you like it or not and say which scene is the best. Of course, do not forget to say the reasons why.

Click here if you want to know what the meaning of ANGST is.

4th ESO - MSC computer assisted task: Unit 1

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

GRAMMAR:
Present Simple
Present Simple + Present Continuous 1
Present Simple + Present Continuous 2
Subject-Object Questions 1
Subject-Object Questions 2

VOCABULARY:
Teen Topics
Helping Good Causes

LISTENING:
Mobile Conversation

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, Oct 20th, 2010.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Unspoken communication

See this comic stripe by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman. When you do so, write a comment with your opinion.




You must write a paragraph answering these questions:

Do you agree?
Do you think there is any difference between boys (men) and girls (women)?
Do you behave as the characters in the cartoon?
Say WHY in each case.
.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Get Back In Your Book

Hey, are you getting back in your book? Sure you are! I hope you have a nice school year and do not get "too much" in your book.

I took this picture of Alice at Lissy Elle's website. Click here to enjoy more of her pictures.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hear Roger Waters singing "We Shall Overcome"

I've been a Pink Floyd (and Roger Waters) fan for ages. Here's his rendition of the traditional North-American song We Shall Overcome. Enjoy it.



You may also be interested in reading this article from the BigO-zine. You will also find interesting discussion there.

If you want, you can have a look at some further interpetations of the song here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Michael Moore

A few years ago, I read the book Idiot Nation written by Michael Moore. I found the whole book really interesting, but I was delighted to hear someone say positive opinions about my profession. This is why I reproduce them here.

Just read the text and drop me a comment. Just tell me two things:
1. Can, in your view, any of Mr Moore's comments be applied in our country?
2. Do you agree with him?

OK, here it goes:

Sure, there are a lot of teachers who suck, and they’d be better suited to making telemarketing calls for Amway. But the vast majority are dedicated educators who have chosen a profession that pays them less than what some of their students earn selling Ecstasy, and for that sacrifice we seek to punish them. I don’t know about you, but I want the people who have the direct attention of my child more hours a day than I do treated with tender loving care. Those are my kids they’re preparing for this world, so why on earth would I want to piss them off?
You would think society’s attitude would be something like this:

Teachers, thank you so much for devoting your life to my child. Is there ANYTHING I can do to help you? Because you are helping my child –MY BABY – learn and grow. Not only will you be largely responsible for her ability to make a living, but your influence will greatly affect how she views the world, what she knows about other people in this world, and how she will feel about herself. I want her to believe she can attempt anything –that no doors are closed and that no dreams are too distant. I am entrusting the most valuable person in my life to you for seven hours each day. You are thus, one of the most important people in my life! Thank you.

No, instead, this is what teachers hear:
  • “You’ve got to wonder about teachers who claim to put the interests of children first –and then look to milk the system dry through wage hikes.” (New York Post, 12/26/00).
  • “Estimates of the number of bad teachers range from 5 percent to 18 percent of the 2.6 million total.” (Michael Chapman, Investor’s Business Daily, 9/21/98).
  • "Most education professionals belong to a closed community of devotees… who follow popular philosophies rather than research on what works.” (Douglas Carminen, quoted in the Montreal Gazette, 1/6/01).
  • “Teachers unions have gone to bat for felons and teachers who have had sex with students, as well as those who simply couldn’t teach.” (Peter Schweizen, National Review, 8/17/98).
What kind of priority do we place on education in America? Oh, it’s on the funding list –somewhere down between OSHA and meat inspectors. The person who cares for our child every day receives an average of $41,351 annually. A Congressman who cares only about which tobacco lobyyist is taking him to dinner tonight receives $145,100.
(Michael Moore. (2001). "Idiot Nation" in Stupid White Men. Penguin Books)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Edward Gorey

Here's one of my latest findings. Believe me, as a book illustrator, Edward Gorey was a great artist. You can find out more about him at the Edward Gorey House.

The Gashlycrump Tinies is the first book I saw. A dark morality alphabet. Every letter is illustrated by a child's misfortune.

Now, watch the presentation below. Your comment this time must have two parts:
1. General comment. Did you like the presentation?
2. Discuss two of the stories. One must be the most beautiful and the other must be the saddest.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Food for thought

"We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way - everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want... The fourth is freedom from fear."

(Franklin D. Roosvelt, Message to Congress, 6 January 1941, in
Public Papers vol 9)

ASSIGNMENT for the oral exam Fri, March 4th:
1. Choose one of these 4 rights and find arguments to support it. Use expressions like: Roosvelt said that..., In my opinion..., I (don't) agree with..., He is (not) right when he says that...
2. Learn the quotation by heart.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stop motion project

See some examples of "Stop motion" animation. The sensation of movement is achieved when you see a sequence of 24 images per second. See some examples here...




... and some more here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Letter Poetry

Here is inspiring activity that pays attention to a number of painters.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2nd BATXILLERAT - Travel trivia


Visit the post titled Travel trivia: 10 geeky facts from around the globe and drop your comments. This time you have to choose 2 geeky facts and say why you liked them. So at some point in your post there should be a sentence that starts One of the facts i like most is FACT. I liked it because...