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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.

sábado, 20 de diciembre de 2014

Xmas Decoration Project ESO3

ESO3A has actively participated in this year's Xmas Decoration at school. While some were working on a nice Xmas Wall, two groups designed and set up two beautiful Xmas doors :)

Which is your favourite?? 
Congratulations for those fantastic results :D

jueves, 4 de diciembre de 2014

Xmas Prep!!! Christmas Doors and Walls

ESO3A are working hard to impress their classmates with flashy Xmas doors and wall decorations.

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Imaginary Land Project. Constitution Day.

As we are about to celebrate Constitution Day in Spain, what better project than designing your own country??? You can't get any cooler than that! In groups, we will design a brochure to present an Imaginary Land with the following info:
Page 1: Name of the country & Flag.
Page 2: Members of the project
Page 3: Index of Contents (as detailed next)
Page 4: Description of the country
Page 5: Description of the capital city.
Page 6: Map including distinctive geographical aspects.
Page 7: Inhabitants and Nationality.
Page 8: Flora and Fauna
Page 9: Language 
Page 10: LAWS. 
This last point will be the perfect excuse to start a debate about the importance of a constitution, moving to ours in particular. They must reflect not only on people's rights, but also on their duties and responsibilities. Also, key aspects such as monarchy, presidency, religion and police forces will be questioned to be present or absent in each group's proposal.

FINAL PRODUCT (most voted group)

martes, 25 de noviembre de 2014

Gerund or Infinitive??? That is the question ;)

Here you are a complete tutorial about this grammatical aspect.
Read the explanations, do the exercises and check the pictures to help you memorise all the info.
Remember all the information is also available in your students book (Contrast 1) in pages 128-129
Gerunds and Infinitives Part 1 (explanation + exercises)
Gerunds and Infinitives Part 2 (explanation + exercises)
Gerunds and Infinitives Part 3 (explanation + exercises),
Extra Practice at

Grammar Picture 1  Grammar Picture 2

Test yourself here with Perfect English or here with OUP via super fast testing exercises :)

sábado, 22 de noviembre de 2014

Br. English vs Am. English

Here you are two images showing the differences, spelling and vocabulary wise, between Br.E. and Am.E.

jueves, 20 de noviembre de 2014


Unit 2 was about recycling. We have learnt how important recycling is for present and future generations. In order to prove we are on eco-mode, our project requieres some active action from our side.
Option 1: Bring a recycled object from home that you usually use. Say what it is, what it is made of and why you use it.
Example: coconut bag. It is a bag made of coconut. I use it because it is perfect for small things such as mobile, keys or change. It is very handy to go out in summer.
Option 2: Create your own recycled object. Show the class how we can create things with our own hands and using materials we have at home.
Example one: corner bookmark (video tutorial in Spanish)
Example two: a butterfly bookmark (video tutorial in English)

2014 Project Results

viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2014


Jon, from Burlington Books, visited our school today and shared his culture presentations with much sense of humour and not less patience :)

He explained all ESO and AS (1º Bachillerato) groups facts and curiositites about British culture: food, music, the Royal Family, flags, symbols, currency, why people drive on the left, the city of London and much more! The groups participated actively, especially when "who wants to be a millionare" game was played. The brave and lucky ones got some gifts and prizes ;)
We hope students have enjoyed the Culture Class.


domingo, 9 de noviembre de 2014

11th November is Poppy Day / Remembrance Day.

Remembrance or Armistice Day is also commonly and popularly known as Poppy Day. If you want to learn about the story behing the Poppy, watch the following video with a delicious Scottich accent.

Over a million men and women from Britain and the British Empire were killed during World War I. The poppy is the most popular symbol to remember them and honour them. This year, a field of ceramic poppies has been exhibited at the Tower of London. A beautiful and plastic image of all the blood shed in conflict.

Paul Cummins: Poppies The Tower of London
From the website Poppie Appeal, you can obtain all the past and current information about this day. You can get involved in Remembrance Day actively by taking a "Poppie Selfie" and posting it on twitter or instagram and sharing it with @PoppieLegion or @RoyalBritishLegion with the hashtag #poppieselfie. Alternatively, you can simply learn how to wear your poppy properly for next year in this unusual tutorial ;)

viernes, 7 de noviembre de 2014

The Irregular Verbs PROJECT

My students are currently facing one of the most feared grammar aspects: Irregular verbs!

we decided to stand up for a meaningful learning of these troublesome friends. We will analyse them, classify them depending on their form and group them in colours for a better memorization.
a) Pair work: write down the different groups we are able to spot.
b) Group work: discussion to reach a consensus and stablish a given number of groups.
Our proposals were:
Vowel Change
Same form for the three verbs
Same base but different past and past participle
Different base but same past and past participle
All three forms are different.
Students try to classify all the verbs in their workbook list using the grouping suggested. We will see how effective or defective our proposals were.
a) Group work: After adjusting any deficiencies, the class will list irregular verbs into separate pieces of paper according to verb behaviour and will assign one given colour to each group.
b) Individual work: Students will highlight each verb on workbook list using the chosen colour.
a) Each group will design a 3-dimensional flashcard to revise irregular verbs in the future.

For quicker lesson plannings, you can present this lesson by espressoenglish ;)

miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014

Contrast 1 Links from Unit 2

Another chance to listen to REAL english!
Unit 2 links are as follows:

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE TEXT (You tube video)

sábado, 1 de noviembre de 2014

Massive Halloween Celebration at school

School celebration of Halloween. Very proud of a really impressive participation. More than 30 pumpkins and 20 posters fought to win the first place in a contest of high quality and creativity. Some students were brave enough to dress up (teachers were even braver as one third of the staff went all crazy wearing spooky costumes). 
A big thank you to EVERYBODY and a special mention to those who were corageous enough to dance and sing in front of the school community. YOU ARE GREAT!!!! Looking foward to next year!!!

Click here to see my HALLOWEEN ALBUM

martes, 28 de octubre de 2014

Audiovisual Workshop at IES Fernando III (Martos)

What started as a short film-related project turned into a really interesting audiovisual workshop hosted by IES Fernando III in Martos last 27th October. Steps in the right direction have been taken for a future collaboration after this first contact and socialization of our students. We could either film a short film, as it was intended originally, or we could try a documentary or music video, who knows? Looking forward to a visit from IES Fernando III students!!!!!

Click here to see the ALBUM

miércoles, 15 de octubre de 2014

Get-Together Day at School!!!

Tomorrow we will enjoy the school's  Get-together Day again! Both students and teachers alike will go together on a day out filled with sports and fun activities!. We are looking forward to this informal, relaxed and  unique school community meeting with picnic included :)


domingo, 5 de octubre de 2014

Halloween 2015

One more year, we are ready to make the most of this spooky celebration at school. We need your collaboration and participation. Ask for your registration form to your teacher and make it happen!

viernes, 26 de septiembre de 2014

Personal Map Project

Image taken from @MacmillanELT's TL
ESO3A students have their skates on, rolling to a sweet and a very curious destination: PERSONAL MAP PROJECT. 
They are expected to 
1) choose the silhouette of something they like or identify themselves with. Once that is done, 
2) the inside is to be filled with adjectives about their personality and appearance together with nouns of the things that bring positive feelings for them. 
Let's see what they have to offer!!!!
The only reference they have is this musical map I found in twitter;)

martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014

Burlington Books STUDENT ZONE, online help and materials.

Hello everyone! Here is the link to make the most of your English book!!!

  • MP3 recordings of the reading texts
  • Culture Kit texts
  • Workbook listening exercises and dictations 
  • Downloadable grammar and vocabulary activities

¡Hola! Os dejo el enlace para sacar el mayor partido posible a vuestro libro de inglés. (Grabaciones MP3 de las lecturas de las unidades, los textos de la sección de cultura, los listenings y dictados del cuadernillo así como actividades de gramática y vocabulario que podéis descargar)


Download instructions: The activities may take some time to download - please be patient!After downloading, double-click the file and then click "Run". A shortcut named "English World 3"/ "Bachillerato1" will appear on your desktop. Double-click it to open the activities.

Instrucciones de instalación: Las actividades pueden tardar en descargarse. Ten paciencia, por favor. Después de la descarga, haz doble click en el archivo y pincha en "run". Un icono llamado "English World 3"/ "Bachillerato1" (o el elegido) aparecerá en tu escritorio. Haz doble click en él para abrir las actividades.

domingo, 31 de agosto de 2014

The blog is 7!!!!!

7 years of learning, fun and hard work and many more to come!!!

Big Thank You to each and everyone who visits the blog, studies English with my posts and links and spreads the word about its existence, especially to my students!. Without your support, trust and active participation, this blog would not have any meaning....
Thanks again!!!!

viernes, 22 de agosto de 2014

September is around the corner....

Yes, you may have already started to hum the tune, even unintentionally!, but the feeling is there, at the back of your mind....DO NOT PANICK! You still have time to make the most of the remaining summer days. I would like to suggest some great fun sitcoms which are perfect for revising with a smile on your face =)
Everybody knows "The Big Bang Theory", yet not everyone has dared to watch it. Go on! It is truly hilarious and once you get to know all the characters, you will fall in love with these adorable geeks. From the same executive producers, "Mom" will take you to the complicated, while superfun, life of a single mom who has to deal with personal addiction problems, motherhood issues and take care of her own  mother, also a recovering addict. Give it a chance as it is fantastic.

Now, for true British humour, you must not miss my two proposals: "The IT Crowd" and "Spaced". These are a bit old, but I prefer to call them classics.

lunes, 30 de junio de 2014

Happy Summertime =)

miércoles, 11 de junio de 2014

Did you hear? Summer Holidays are Coming!!!!

With the very much desired and well deserved holidays round the corner, I can't think of a better time to share this podcast about SUMMER...

martes, 13 de mayo de 2014

¡Los doce mejores vídeos de youtube para aprender inglés!

It is one daring title!!! I was browsing the internet when I came across this captivating info. I clicked and here is what I found: video clips ranging from 5 - 10 - 15 minutes instructing about several aspects of the English language: daily expressions, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary and listening tips, accents, reasons why you may be failing in the challenging task of english learning, how to ask and much more!!!!
Feeling tempted and courious about it? Nothing to lose and much to gain =)
Info Credits to @InglesSila.

Click here to access the article

domingo, 4 de mayo de 2014

IES Fernando III and IES Puerta de Arenas are working together!!!!

Excellent news!!!!
We are already working with students from I.E.S. Fernando III (Martos) and in collaboration with their English teacher, Mr. Francisco Gascón, on this English Movie Project.
We are in the initial stage of the project and our first activity is being done by posting on twitter under the hasthag #hellocorto something about ourselves. Some people have already participated, but many more comments need to be added.
Come on! Be original, use anything that comes to your mind (text, photo, video, music) to introduce yourself to our new colleagues. Above all, DON'T BE SHY!!! Ready for some fun?
Image created by Francisco Gascón

domingo, 27 de abril de 2014

#mycause Project

We all have a cause we worry about or fight for that makes us take action. It could be education, child labour, wars, animals, pollution, you name it! It is your time to shout out about your concerns and raise awareness on them. Join the project in twitter using the hashtag #mycause.

Follow #mycause on twitter

jueves, 24 de abril de 2014

Upon specific request, let me introduce you to my ESO3B students.

ESO3B Students want to be introduced to the world. Upon specific request, here you are a group picture to greet you all. I must say this group is special as I have put into practice with them, for the first time in my teaching carreer, cooperative and collaborative activities. Together, we have experienced a new methodology and together, we have learnt to work in a new and very interesting way.

Group Video

martes, 8 de abril de 2014

"This is Britain" Project

Hello ESO3C.
This is your project about Britain.
After Unit number 7 + test, some fun is welcome!!!!
As you know, tomorrow you are supposed to bring the following items to class:
1) MATERIALS: COMPUTER, Colours, felt tip pens, rulers and glue.
(5 groups of 4)
  • Flag and symbol of the country.
  • Main facts  and Landmarks about the country in general + pictures.
  • Main facts and popular monuments of the capital city + pictures.
3) BRITISH FOOD: main /national dishes (group of 3)

HOW TO: Pupils work in groups. Their source of information, layout, presentation and little details are controlled, paced and managed by themselves. Once the main product is finished, groups take turns to explain the class their findings. To check understanding, a set of questions is delivered and those answering a correct aswer win a point. In case of failure, the asking team wins the point. In the mood for a challenge??? Try this funny project!

domingo, 6 de abril de 2014

Reported Speech for Bachillerato Level

Open publication - Free publishing - More speech

You may prefer this grammar information in Spanish:

Here you are a complete page for full practice on statements, questions and commands. Download or copy on your notebook. Happy reporting!


Easter Around the World

Easter-based cooperative and collaborative task for second cycle of ESO. 
Read the information provided, complete the aswer sheet handed out in class and above all, have fun while learning!!! 
Easter Around the World article.

viernes, 4 de abril de 2014

Cambridge's English Movie Contest

If you are a ESO4 or a Bachillerato student, you may find this interesting and worth a try ;)
Many options are being considered. Be alert and ask your teacher about it!!!!

miércoles, 2 de abril de 2014

If you missed the Aquarius Musical :(

Photo taken from http://bohemiannieart.blogspot.com.es/
You can still make up for your absence by choosing one of these options:
A)Choose ONE of the songs of the musical:
1) Make a small introduction of the band / solist.
2) Explain the meaning of the song in the time it was written.
B) Study the time of the New Age:
1) Make a brief introduction of the revolutionary changes in the 60s and 70s.
2) Explain in a simple way what is the Age of Aquarius.

II Cake Contest Photo Album

Click here to see the album

domingo, 23 de marzo de 2014

Romantic Women Writers

Bronte Sisters Haworth
Jane Austin's Biography
Romaticism info

Sweet Times are coming: II Concurso de Tartas

You've been asking for it! 
One more year, we are ready for some sweet time. Hoping your ovens are pre-heated, your recipies chosen and your hands ready to create the best of cakes in due time. We will be happy to taste all your creations and vote for the winner.
Prepare for a SWEET 3rd April .

lunes, 10 de marzo de 2014

AQUARIUS: The musical about the New Age. Don't miss it!!!

The Age of Aquarius!!!
Do you know about  the 60s? the 70s? High time!!! Come and join us in this interesting and cool MUSICAL.
Venue: Casa de la Cultura (Campillo de Arenas)
Date: 1st April 
Time: Leaving from school at 9:15. Show starting at 10:00
Price: 4 Euros
Deadline for inscription and payment: Next 14th March.
If you look in Wikipedia about the Age of Aquarius or New Age, here is a summary of what you get ;)
"The expression Age of Aquarius in popular culture usually refers to the heyday of the hippie and New Age movements in the 1960s and 1970s."

England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Britain, The British Isles, the UK and other confusing aspects....

Many people, more people than we think, find all these concepts cofusing, blurry when not the same thing!
There are many alternatives to find peace in this aspect. You can either watch some images, read an article or watch and informative video. Just go for your favourite ;)

viernes, 21 de febrero de 2014

Modal Verbs for ESO level

Modals' wiki
Interactive modals practice 

miércoles, 19 de febrero de 2014

The Impacts of Technology

ESO3 are focused on unit 6:"Mad about Mobiles". Regarding this attractive issue:
1) We will discuss some pictures and video clips related to the positive nad negative aspects of this topic.
2) We will use modern techonologies inside the classroom in an active way by sending tweets to the teacher or by simulating text messaging in a Padlet wall.
3) We will reflect on our good or bad use of technologies in our lives.
Here is some food for thought.

lunes, 17 de febrero de 2014

"What to see and do in my village" project (ESO3C)

Dear ESO3C students,
to conclude Unit 5, you are required to do a project about the main attactions in your village.
High achievers: Use Glogster to produce an interactive poster.
Medium difficulty: Use padlet to present your village:
Campillo, Noalejo, Cárchel and Carchelejo.
Low difficulty: Follow the students' book instructions.
Juani Amaro's 
Jesus', Bea's, Rocio's and Fran's 
Thank you for  your hard work :)

viernes, 14 de febrero de 2014

Love Day 2014

Fantastic, massive and love-filled day at school today. A big THANK YOU to all students for their active participation in Love Day. Your contribution was amazing!!!! Literature prizes for short story, love tweets and haikus were also given during break time.
Congrats to all the winners. :)

lunes, 10 de febrero de 2014

GLOGSTER: Tutorial in Spanish

ESO3 students may find this video tutorial useful for their next project: A Glog about their villages :)

Love Day Prep II

Next Thursday (13th February):
1) Remember to bring your heart-shaped lollies to the English Lab (ESO3 or AS level) or Library (ESO1, ESO4 and A2 level)  during break time. Class captains will be collecting them in nice baskets so that they can give them out the following day.
2) Stick on them the name and the class of the person receiving it.
3) Friday 14th February will be distribution day!!!!