Thursday, December 19, 2013

I NEED A REST, YOU NEED A REST and THEY NEED A REST TOO

Jiyuseki. Take a rest. Taken from CreativityFuse.
You can have a look at this article about the The Benefits of Downtime: Why Learners’ Brains Need a Break. I read it at the Scientific Learning blog.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

4th ESO - HYPNOTOAD

Don't miss the best TV show ever come directly from FUTURAMA. Beware, don't watch it for too long, you might get addicted or hypnotised.


Now tell me, what was your reaction when you saw it? What do you think? Can you see the metaphor in the author's intention?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4th ESO - Going Ape (ii)

Hey, are you a liar? Have you got that instinct to deceive? Here's a new Going Ape video I took from the National Geographic Channel. Do you still think that humans are not so different from apes?


Look at these children, aren't they cute? What do they do? Do they help decorate the cake or not?
Tell me, what was your reaction when you saw the video?

Monday, December 2, 2013

3rd ESO - Voices-3 Computer Assisted Task: Unit 3

Picture taken from funfive.net.
This man is taller than the Eiffel Tower, do the execrices to practise sentences like this one.

Go to the Voices web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

VOCABULARY:
Verbs related to money

False friends
 
GRAMMAR:
Comparative adjectives
Superlative adjectives 
Comparatives and superlatives 1
Comparatives and superlatives 2
Too and not enough 1
Quantity: some, any, much, many, a lot of

 READING:
Lucky sort

VIDEO:
Working at the weekend


I will check your work on Monday, Jan 13th, 2014.

3rd ESO - Where the hell is Matt?

Just watch this really optimistic and strangely moving video.


Someone suggested several things to look for:

0:38 Two crabs getting it on by the rock
0:41 Dog trying to dance like Matt
0:54 A French (or dumb tourist) guy slipping epically in front of Matt
1:09 Guy in on Right is so good at dancing
1:25 Boy in front of camera thrusts twice, if you're into that
1:53 Korean guard wondering why the hell they let this guy in
3:21 Guy/Girl in pink shirt humping water
4:00 COMPLETELY AWESOME GUY DOING SOME WHEELCHAIR MOTIONS!
4:09 Dog wondering what they are doing, and if they have food

Can you suggest further ones? Just drop a comment like the ones above. Your comment must have the following format:

Min:Sec SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING. As in the example below:

1:53 Korean guard is wondering why the hell they let this guy in

If you still want more of Matt's videos watch his outtakes. You can see his other videos here.

Monday, November 11, 2013

3rd ESO - Voices-3 Computer Assisted Task: Unit 2

"While I was going back home, it was raining cats and dogs" or so they say when it rains very hard.
Taken from http://theinterpretersfriend.org

Go to the Voices web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

VOCABULARY:
Crime and criminals


GRAMMAR:
Past simple and past continuous 1
Past simple and past continuous 2
Past simple and past continuous 3

READING:
Stupid robbers

VIDEO:
Teen culture

I will check your work on Wednesday, Dec 1st, 2013.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

THE OFFICIAL CRIB


Picture by Tiffany Budd. The cutlery drawer.
A sentence is like the cutlery drawer, every thing must be in the correct place unless you don't want to get lost. If you want every fork and knife in the corresponding slot, why shouldn't you want every word in their place.

Here's a handout called the official crib, I hope you find it helpful. Print it and post it wherever you want (but let it be visible).

Monday, October 21, 2013

4th ESO - THE SMILING MAN

I'm not much interested in Halloween but I found this scary movie for you to watch. Sepend five terrifying minutes and send me a post comment following the questions bellow.



There is something that makes it petrifying, can you say why? Did you like it?


Friday, October 18, 2013

4th ESO - STRANGE PIECE OF HISTORY

I borrowed this 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.

Click here to download the handout. 
Click here to hear Rosa's story.

Monday, October 7, 2013

4th ESO - Going Ape (i)

We all know that we are closely connected to apes. However we are not usually aware of how strong the connection is. You will watch a simple experiment that tests if humans are hard-wired to do something irrational just to fit in. This is called Norm Conform and I took it from the National Geographic Channel.


Did you watch it? If so, you are ready to post a comment in the blog. Your texts must answer these questions:

Were you surprised when you watched the video? Why?
Do you remember any experience of yours in which you said hm, we're just like monkeys?

Your post must have been sent by October 28th 2013.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

GET INTO BOOKS AGAIN

Picture taken from Dancing Tree

So, here we go again. Let's try to do our best as we get into the books again. Have a nice trip.

Monday, June 17, 2013

SO, WHERE'S THE DIFFERENCE?

I ask myself time and again where the difference between them and us is. Have a look at this video I borrowed from the TIME magazine, perhaps you will ask yourself the same question.



Anyway. This is an end-of-school-year post. Enjoy your holiday: I thought you might have five minutes to watch the video, and five more to drop a comment.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BUY SECOND (or first) HAND!!



Believe it or not, you may have a social impact when buying books. For example, the BetterWorld Books organization donate one book to someone in need everytime you buy yours. It isn't a bad deal, is it?
If you are either a student or a teacher of English, here's an oportunity of getting English books at (more than) a reasonable price. Visit their website to learn about them and buy your next book!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

3rd ESO - Computer Assisted Task: Voices 3 - Unit 8

Image taken from Dribble.

Go to the Voices web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

VOCABULARY:
Household chores
Words that are VERBS and NOUNS

GRAMMAR:
Have to/don't have to 1 & 2
Obligation and prohibition 1 & 2
Permision 1 & 2

READING:
Tips for doing household chores

LISTENING:
Adventure walk rules

I will check your work on Wednesday, June 8th, 2013.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2 Bat - MORGAN (HANDMADE) CARS

Image from http://www.morgancars-usa.com/

Go to the OxfordPlus website and find a video exercise about the Morgan cars. You will be asked to watch a short documentary and do some comprehension exercises.

Friday, March 29, 2013

2nd BATXILLERAT - Angst

Some years ago, I 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.

2nd BATXILLERAT - A MOMENT OF SILENCE

From Shutterstock
Some people say that a moment of silence is when you are walking in the country and the only thing you can hear is your own footsteps crack, the wind blow, a nearby river rush, and the birds sing.
For me, a moment of silence takes place just ten seconds before the train arrives at the underground station: all conversations, readings, and thoughts stop and all the eyes concentrate on the tunnel's black mouth until the train appears with a thundering noise.

Now, tell me: What is your moment of silence? What describes it?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

3rd ESO - Computer Assisted Task: Voices 3 - Unit 7

From It's a Mummy's Life.
If I had a bad day, I would cry.

Go to the Voices web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

VOCABULARY:
Global Issues
Get 

GRAMMAR:

Second conditional 1
Second conditional 2
Second conditional 3
Adverbs of possibility

READING:
Child poverty

LISTENING:
World problems

I will check your work on Wednesday, April 15th, 2013.

Monday, February 11, 2013

2nd BATXILLERAT - Art Inspiration (2)

Let's get some inspiration from a few paintings.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LET'S WRITE A CALLIGRAM

Here's a presentation on how to write a calligram. This activity is suitable for all levels.
Enjoy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2nd BAT - The land of volcanos and ice

Image taken from Big Earth
Go to the OxfordPlus website and find a video exercise about Iceland. You will be asked to watch a short documentary and do some comprehension exercises.