lunes, 7 de marzo de 2016

Cervantes vs Shakespeare





To mark one of the most important commemorations of this decade in the literary world- the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare- several activities are being taken place. 

Last Thursday, students from our school attended a live performance with live music entirely in English at Palacio de Festivales. The play tried to make them think about the impact of the personal image on young people`s attitudes leading to eating disorders and gender equality. 

If you go on the following links, you will have the chance of working a little bit on the play. The activities include 3 different levels, being the hardest level "level 3". Then, tap the links and explore the material available.


jueves, 21 de enero de 2016

A LITTLE BIT MORE PRACTICE: ENGLISH WORKSHOP(4ºESO)

Hi guys,
Today`s lesson has been designed for you to develop some writing and oral skills.
Read each task very carefully, take a piece of paper and  prepare for both the writing and speaking activities. There are some prompts to help you get started with ideas for being creative and doing the activities correctly.  They will be revised during the following session.

NEW YEAR, NEW WISHES

jueves, 17 de diciembre de 2015

WE`VE ALREADY STARTED TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS!


Christmas is coming and here, at school, we are doing some activities like singing carols. Today, some students have read and sung "All I waant for Christmas is you" from Mariah Carey. We had lots of fun and loved the song!

sábado, 7 de noviembre de 2015

Remember, remember!

Last Thursday,  some students were celebrating 'Guy Fowkes Day' through some activities and games.

Watch the video and do the exercises:




Exercise 2º ESO

Match the questions 1-5 with the paragraphs A-E

1. How was Guy Fawkes discovered?
2. What happened to Guy Fawkes in the end?
3. Why did Guy Fawkes want to kill King James 1st and the king’s leaders?
4. Why and how do people celebrate the event?
5. What was the plot?

A...........................................................................................

When Queen Elizabeth 1st took the throne of England she made some laws against the Roman Catholics. Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. For example they had to practise their religion in secret. There were even fines for people who didn't attend the Protestant church on Sundayor on holy days. Catholics hoped that King James 1st would change the laws, but he didn't. What's worse when Jameslst became the king he even passed more laws against the Catholics.

B............................................................................................

Guy Fawkes and a group of men led by Robert Catesby, planned to kill King James and blow up the Houses of Parliament, the place where the laws that governed England were made.
The plot was simple - the next time Parliament was opened by King James l, they would blow up everyone there with gunpowder. The men bought a house next door to the parliament building. The house had a cellar which went under the parliament building. They planned to put gunpowder under the house and blow up parliament and the king.

C............................................................................................

Guy Fawkes was given the job to keep watch over the barrels of gunpowder and to light the fuse. On the morning of 5th November, soldiers discovered Guy hidden in the cellar and arrested him. The trail of gunpowder at his feet would never be lit.

D............................................................................................
He was tortured and questioned about the other plotters in the Tower of London. To start with he didn't tell the soldiers anything about the plot. But, eventually he started to tell the truth.

E............................................................................................
King James survived and ordered that the people of England should have a great bonfire on the night on 5th November. The event is still commemorated annually in England on 5th November by fireworks and burning ‘guys’ (effigies) on bonfires.


Exercise 2ºESO

Watch a video about the Bonfire Night celebrations in the UK. Put the numbers in order as you hear
them.

hundreds      20,000       7:15pm      4,000       7:45pm       5th November
180                    6pm                         400 years ago

1. ....................................
2. ....................................
3. ....................................
4. ....................................
5. ....................................
6. ....................................
7. ....................................
8. ....................................
9. ....................................


Exercise 2ºESO

Watch the video again and write more information about each of the number in exercise 3a.


Exercise 3º-4º ESO.

Answer the following questions with your own words:

1. Why do English people gather around bonfires on November 5th?
2. Who is Guy Fawkes?
3. How was Guy Fawkes discovered?
4. What happened to Guy Fawkes in the end?
5. How do English people celebrate this festivity?







I suppose many of you have already watched "V de Vendetta", a movie based on the story of Guy Fowkes and his group. This event also makes us think of a very well-known poem from the XVIII in the UK.





English Folk Verse (c.1870)

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England's overthrow.
    But, by God's providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James's sake!
    If you won't give me one,
    I'll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!

    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save 

miércoles, 4 de noviembre de 2015

Do you fancy a movie next week?


Because learning through movies can be exciting!


The movie week is coming soon and we can`t wait to tell you the movie we have chosen for you. 
All secondary students are invited to come and enjoy "Matilda", an inspiring and entertaining story of a very young and smart girl who struggles against her abusive parents and cruel school principal.We`ll see you at the school hall, first floor, from 9th to 13th November, at break time.


                                We hope you enjoy it!                 
                   



     

domingo, 25 de octubre de 2015

AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINALS

Last week, in 3º ESO we read a text related to ancient traditions of indigenous Australians (these people have strong spiritual connection to the land, they share stories through dance, art or music from generation to generation,and they celebrate male and female rituals as that one which marks the passage from childhood to adulthood).

But do you know about the reality of these people? This video will help you to understand some aspects about Australian history and the British civilization.



Settlers were not particularly happy to be taken there, to call that place Home.

In 1788- First settlers in Australia arrived.
1901- Independence.

It took them almost a century to accommodate the language to the Australian reality. Sometimes they borrowed terms from the aborigins.

It was a land where time did not exist: timeless land. The aborigins had a completely different view of life: circular, never ending..."the dreamtime": no linear time past-present-future.

Then, it became a weird place, it was immense, unknown, but it was also a place where there was no real time, desert, nothingness, scary, unknown, timeless... huge land that meant a test for people that were not used to be threaten by the unknown, vegetation, animals... 

Botany Bay was the first settlement on the shore, when the first fleet arrived there by Captain Cook; they discovered a gap that nowadays is Sydney Harbour (port Jackson). The first fleet arrived at the end of January (there was summer) very hot and humidity. People crossed the Blue Mountains, the river and flew into the centre of the country. Australia was maybe a paradise, to change the views of the country. 

The country didn`t belong to the settlers; they were just observers at first. The Europeans were not ready to adapt to that land, but in fact the land was full of possibilities.


Activity:

Listen to the apology of the Prime Minister of Australia and  discuss these questions with your classmates and teacher.

a)      Did you find the video interesting? In what way?
b)      Did you know anything about Australia? Has anything made you change your mind about it?
c)      Did you find any similarities or differences with your own culture? Did you feel united to the new culture? In what way?
d)     Did the British show a respectful attitude towards Australian culture?
e)  Does this matter remind you of any cultural matter from your own country? Are we so different? Why?

Looking forward to seeing your comments!