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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.

jueves, 24 de diciembre de 2015

Happy Holidays!!!

jueves, 10 de diciembre de 2015

ESO1 project: MY PET

LUCKY is Raquel's Pet :) TICA is Alejandra's Pet =) And let me introduce you to Inmaculada's Lady Catherine, a very glamorous kitty cat :))) Beatriz Cabrera also has a cat as a pet. She is proud to introduce you to her:

Xmas is in the air!!!!

Mog's Christmas Calamity, a kitty perspective of what is Christmas time about ;)

sábado, 5 de diciembre de 2015

We live in the UK

I tend to post activities for intermetdiate and advanced learners, but I guess that I should try and balance my proposals by including more basic English for those with an elementary level (ESO1 & 2).
Click here to start
I found this listening excercise about the UK for those willing to do some practice!

WE LIVE IN THE UK was designed and posted by the British Council. You'll have to watch a short clip and then answer some questions. After that, vocabulary and grammar related to this topic will be delivered.
  
Ready for the challenge?  

jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2015

School Trip London

We are preparing our second linguistic immersion in London.
Please, CLICK HERE to test your level of English
Have a look at last year's pictures!
In two weeks, we will know whether we are a group of 15 students or more to go!!!

lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015

Imaginary Land Project. II Edition.

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.
Passage Way to South Seas by   
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.

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015

Daily Routine

ESO1 is learning to talk about their DAILY ROUTINES. To help them with that, we will watch the following video in class and then we will exchange information about our routines and habits. It will also be helpful to revise how to tell the time!!!.   


martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Activity for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

To be directed to the song click here
For the Activities pdf link click here


Key

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Americans are about to celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday which is a kind of pre-Xmas due to the gathering of family and friends. However, its original purpose was to give thanks. Why? Get to know this celebration better with the following video and show your understanding by answering the questions! 1)Name 5 things that are typical in a Thanksgiving Day.
2)Who was travelling in the Mayflower?
3)When and where did they land?
4)What happened after they arrived?
5)Who helped the Colonists?
6)What did the first harvest include?
7)Who is Sarah Josepha Hale?
8)Who declared tha last thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day?
9 What sport is associated to Thanksgiving Day?
10)So... when is Thanksgiving celebrated NOW?

miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2015

ESO3 RECYCLING PROJECT III Edition

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)
ESO3B

ESO3B

ESO3A and Javi's thumb up!

lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2015

Oh Poppy 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.

Verb + Gerund, Infinitive (Stop, Remember, Forget)





miércoles, 4 de noviembre de 2015

Halloween 2015 photos and videos

CLICK HERE TO SEE HALLOWEEN 2015 PHOTO ALBUM 



martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015

ED PRONUNCIATION

You may find all this info on "-ED" Pronunciation useful ;) Now, do some practice using this WORKSHEET

Bonfire Night, Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes Day or other ways of saying Fireworks!

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Video and Activities on the festivity Bonfire Night

Some info on the festivity here

Adjective + Ed or Ing? This is confusing...I am confused!

Students usually find the difference confusing, but the truth is that grammar related to this aspect of adjectives is actually very simple. Take your time to read and listen the explanation offered in this link:
hablamejoringles.com (read the explanation and LISTEN to the audioclips embedded). Then use the pictures to help you with analysing and learning the topic.


miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2015

ESO1 Halloween Happy Hour

On today's ESO1 Happy Hour, We watched Meg and Mog's Halloween Episode, played with a Halloween Booklet full of games and listened to some halloween songs. we had a great time!!!!

martes, 27 de octubre de 2015

Countable & Uncountable words + Irregular Plurals


Irregular Verbs with songs and games.



Are you into RAP MUSIC!!??
Try this alternative funky way to study / revise the irregular verbs too ;)

List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4 

It is always so much better to do revision while having fun!!!
Irregular verbs competition
Stepping Stones Game
The Verb Wheel (all verbs forms revised)
Sentence Monkey Game
Clicknlearn  (3º ESO -> difficult-> verb catch and -> (irregular pasts) (4º ESO --> easy --> verb tree)
IRREGULAR VERBS IN GROUPS
Memory Game


lunes, 26 de octubre de 2015

50 sites to improve your English.

What's your excuse now? I don't like "this" website? You have 49 tip top options more to choose from!!!


CLICK HERE TO ACCESS WEB

sábado, 24 de octubre de 2015

How to carve a Pumpkin by Lorraine Pascale





viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015

The Complete guide to...Gerunds & Infinitives.

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)
Verb + Ving
Gerunds and Infinitives Part 3 (explanation + exercises),
Extra Practice at
ego4you.com,
englishch-hilfen 
englishexercises

Grammar Picture 1  Grammar Picture 2

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


V + inf or Ving with change  of meaning


Contrast Links 1: UNIT 1 & UNIT 2

Here you are the UNIT 1 links:

THE LONG WALK TEXT: Ed Stafford walks the Amazon river (BBC article)
SCOTT OF THE ANTARTIC (You tube video)
PHUKET, PARADISE ISLAND (You tube video)

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

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE TEXT (You tube video)
DRAMATIC RESCUE AT SEA TEXT (You tube video)

martes, 20 de octubre de 2015

BOO!!!! Halloween 2015 is coming!

Ready for this year's spooky celebration at school? Once more, we need your collaboration and participation to make this Halloween special. The countdown has started!!!!


Ask for a registration form to participate or download it from here ;)



lunes, 19 de octubre de 2015

ESO1 VOKI PROJECT

ESO1 students have created assorted avatars in their assigned VOKI PROJECT:
Student 1: trotuman Student 2: Africa Student 3: Dreams' Fairy

martes, 6 de octubre de 2015

Mind Mapping

According to Tony Buzan, mindmaps will help you remember thousands of words and phrases mainly for two reasons: 1) They group related concepts together and that mirrors the way in which your brain organises and stores new inforamtion. 2) They are visual, which helps you recall all information, especially language. That makes them idieal for learning and revision.

martes, 29 de septiembre de 2015

ClicknLearn: Interactive and Fun Revisions!!!!

It is already a classic in my lessons CLICK 'N LEARN is an interactive game-based site to practise and revise English. Click "Enter Site" button and get started!!!! TRY MY BODY GAME!!! (ESO1 students) TRY FOOD (ESO3 students)

lunes, 21 de septiembre de 2015

To be and Have got: Basic info about form and uses

jueves, 17 de septiembre de 2015

Your English Book has a lot to offer!!! Click STUDENT ZONE :)

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 
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)

ENGLISH WORLD ESO1
ENGLISH WORLD ESO 3
ENGLISH WORLD ESO 4


CONTRAST BACHILLERATO 1
CONTRAST BACHILLERATO 2

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.

jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2015

Along came September!!!!

Do you remember this popular post!!!??? Are you on English learning mode on? If you have resolved (like every September or New Year) that you are going to go for it, let me help you with this video clips ranging from 5-15 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

sábado, 27 de junio de 2015

Happy Summer Holidays Everyone!!!!!

lunes, 25 de mayo de 2015

III Cake Contest Gallery

After a hard and complicated jury deliberation (there were 24 cakes!!!), we have the winners' list! Most voted cake: Lemon Cake Second most voted cake was ESO1 Three Chocolate Cake
Third most voted cake (and my favourite!!!) was a Nutty crunchy heart-shaped chocolate cake.
We could conclude by saying we are a bunch of sugar addicts and declared chocaholics.
I know this is evil of me, but here you are the delis we tasted. 
THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING!!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE ALBUM



lunes, 11 de mayo de 2015

III Cake Contest is back!!!

BAKERS!!!!! Get the oven ready for the coming Cake Contest!!!



You've been asking for it and your wish is our command!
Looking forward to tasting this year's lovely cakes. You have proved yourselves great cake chefs in the past. Thus, this year will be no exception. Everyone is truly excited, especially the jury, who are counting the days for the fingerlicking moment of truth :)

lunes, 20 de abril de 2015

The Human Body: Extension

Here is some fun and interesting stuff to consider when dealing with this topic.

Human Body Pics





The Human Body: INTRO

Unit 8 is about to start!!! Let's do it with an easy activity to put us in the picture.
1) Study this image containing the different body systems

2) Watch THE HUMAN BODY video

3) Now, put in order those systems which are shown in the images.

4) BODY PARTS Game

sábado, 11 de abril de 2015

School Trip to London 2015

SEE THE ALBUM
You can watch it as a story aswell, a pretty cool google application ;) CLICK HERE

martes, 31 de marzo de 2015

Car Boot Sale

Have you ever been told about a different and funky type of market such as Car boot Sale?
You can find them in places ranging from tiny villages to big cities. They are markets on wheels and run by private sellers. They very much look like spanish "mercadillos", with two main differences: the seller profile and the stuff sold. In Car boot sales, you will find proud (or tired) owners of a wide selection of products such as houseware, antiques, collectables, books, toys, shoes, music...you name it!. This is also intimately connected to a common practice in the UK: charity / second-hand shopping. You can find a considerable amount of second-hand shops in the high street of even the smallest village you can think of. It is a cultural thing and there is a great business niche based on ethical, social and environmental grounds.
As for where to go to participate in this kind of "open air recycling-based shopping", the sales take place in particular places and under particular permissions. Actually, there are some directories guiding your options when considering this type of purchase: Car boot junction  is a general UK directory, while Time out is a more specific site devoted to London. 



viernes, 20 de marzo de 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!

Here you are some videos about Saint Patrick's Day:



lunes, 16 de marzo de 2015

Nelson Mandela and Apartheid, a racist policy.

During today's lesson, AS students have been led to the amazing story of Mandela's role in the history of South Africa. They have read and felt curious about his biography as a president and his key role in the fight for rights for the black comunity, ruled by a white minority.

Here is a link to those who want to learn more on the subject ;)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

domingo, 15 de marzo de 2015

This is Britain!!!

A new Cooperative and Collaborative unit has just been started by ESO3A: THIS IS BRITAIN
We are very excited about the interesting content of this unit. We will focus on all aspects of British culture: geography, politics, monuments, food and traditions. So much more fun than grammar!!! 
On our first session blurred concepts such as Great Britain, The British Isles, The UK and England were eventually defined and learnt thanks to the first 2 minutes of this video :)


For the final project, you will use the following links to do research about your country and the final test for the other groups!!! Read carefully and design the perfect questionnaire :)))


lunes, 23 de febrero de 2015

Leonardo Da Vinci, the Renaissance Man

Today's lesson was full of interesting questions about who Leonardo Da Vinci was and why his Mona Lisa was so important??!! Students should always know how tricky is to ask a teacher a question :P We are going to learn more about this Renaissance Man.

miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2015

#LoveDay15


MAKE EVERYDAY A LOVE DAY



jueves, 8 de enero de 2015

Think Green! Some interesting videos :)