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I am a secondary teacher of English in Southern Spain. I studied MFL in Jaén and I got a DPSI certificate in Law in England. I started my teaching career in Newcastle back in 2000, where I lived for 3 years. Once I returned home, I taught in a public school and got ready to sit the "oposiciones" exam, which I passed!!! Currently, I am teaching in Jaén, which has become my definite residence in Spain since 2004.

lunes, 12 de febrero de 2018

Beatrix Potter Project: Final Products!

After working on Beatrix Potter Project, we can proudly share today our final product. We spent two sessions watching the movie and three of them working on the Webtask. Eventually, we decided to put in a mind map some remarkable facts and data about this famous writer and illustrator.
Ready for the next challenge!!!

Some Final Products in pictures:

viernes, 2 de febrero de 2018

Ver las estrellas = to see stars*

To be in pain after hitting yourself with something.

Usually, it is the result of an accident and it refers to the fact that you may see flashes of  light as a result of the impact.
"Se dio un golpe que le hizo ver las estrellas" .
"Al chocar con el cristal, vio las estrellas".
"Te voy a dar una torta que vas a ver las estrellas".

DID YOU LIKE THIS POST? You can see more in SILLY THE BEAN blog to learn  typicalspanish expressions in English!


viernes, 26 de enero de 2018

How to use WISH in English

sábado, 20 de enero de 2018

Modal Verbs: A-Levels (Bachillerato)

Hello class!

The first video you will have to watch is the presentation of MODAL VERBS: What are they and how they are used in sentences. Pay special attention:
As you have already seen in the video and just like you studied last year, modal verbs can express different meanings. Even the same modal verb can mean differen things! I will post now a very short video lessons to illustrate that:
Modal Verbs can be used in their PERFECT FORM, which includes the following structure: 
S + MODAL + HAVE + V3 (past participle) + COMPLEMENTS. This funny guy will explain much better than me :D

Finally, to help you out with a different point of view, I will post a presentation where modals are grouped by their meaning. Right after, you will find links to practice all the grammar you have been studying.

Click here to practice modal verbs in different groups + tutorial.
Click here to learn about modal verbs + exercises in Spanish.
Click here to practise all modal verbs mixed up in sentences
MODAL VERBS TEST1 for further practice (English Grammar Course)
MODAL VERBS TEST2 to check your progress :)

martes, 16 de enero de 2018

Recommended Graded Readers II

domingo, 14 de enero de 2018

Contrast 2 Links: Think Green

We have read about the controversial activist Tim DeChristopher. You can learn more about him and his cause.

Online Dating: Reading, Writing and Speaking Tasks

Here you are an article about Online Dating from The Telegraph Newspaper.

In GROUPS, you will have to:
1) Read the article and write a summary.
2) Do research about the most popular online dating webs or apps that you know.
3) Share your findings with the class.
4) Present a "new online app" you propose.


martes, 9 de enero de 2018

Contrast 1 Links: "Between Us"

"Between Us" is the name of unit 4 in my AS level students' book. It deals with relationships with people, either romantic, friendly or family-based. Given that 14th February is round the corner, we will set on the mood by reading about and listening to two amazing love stories.
READING: BBC News article Happy Ending for love letter pair. A true story.
LISTENINGYoutube video (with subtitles in Spanish) in which we are told how old Fred Stobaugh wrote such a sensitive letter to her wife, who had just passed away, that the moving words turned into the lyrics of the song "Oh Sweet Lorraine". Green Shoe studios were looking for a good songwriter. They definitely didn't get the singer out of Fred, but made the most out of his writing. Enjoy his story.