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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.

martes, 12 de diciembre de 2017

sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2017

Basic Listening Task.

Basic Listening. Class Task.

Timeline Projects

Year Eleven Students have chosen a topic to make and present a timeline. Here you are the results:

sábado, 25 de noviembre de 2017

The Future Tense

domingo, 19 de noviembre de 2017

"You Need This" Project II Edition

A2 students (2º Bachillerato) are currently working on advertising . Therefore, they have read about different techniques used by companies: Insecurity, Bandwagon, Uniqueness, Association among others. As a final project, they have to make an advert of a product  of their choice (alternatively a movie trailer) under the slogan "You need this".

RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON!

Mind Mapping Vocabulary

Word lists are dull as hell. They lack any fun, creatvity or entertainment. However, just grouping those same words in categories can turn into a real challenge and  a plastic alternative learning strategy. We tried today with a PMAR 3 group and all the free time activities were organised their way... Not too bad, huh?


miércoles, 15 de noviembre de 2017

My Super School!

This is a PMAR end-of-unit project in which they imagine what school really should be like so that it was simply perfect: the right timetable and the right subjects according to them!

Hope you'll like them :D

Rocío's Super School

Alejandro's busy Super School

M&S Xmas Video starred by Paddington

'Tis a Season to be Jolly!

Here we go with the first Xmas advert that I have come across this year.


Contrast 1 Links: Unit 2

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)

lunes, 6 de noviembre de 2017

Gerund or Infinitive?

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
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 :)

domingo, 5 de noviembre de 2017

Halloween Photos and Videos 2017

FOR MORE TERRIFYING PICTURES, CLICK HERE
Pumpkins Video 


A Sweet Death indeed... More Cakes HERE

Models Video


Classcraft: The Role Game We Love

PMAR ESO3 is using the role game Classcraft along this academic year to make our English lessons fun from the begining to the end. We could say that we are using Gamificatio at its best. This video introduces the characters they have created and the countries they live in. Ask your teacher for some fun fun fun.
 

Lost Data: Apologies to affected students

Unfortunately, in an attempt to improve my very old intinial account, I updated it and changed it with a considerable loss of data from past academic years. I am especially sorry for the pictures and videos as they were unique moments and I do not have back copy of many of those. I will contact yahoo for a possible ammendment, but I would not be too optimistic.

I hope that those students with whom I shared 6 years of  class projects, exchanges and Comenius will treasure those dear memories nevermind the blog. You are definitely on my mind and in my heart.


miércoles, 1 de noviembre de 2017

Reported Speech Flipped Lesson

Before we do any work in Unit 2 about Reported / Indirect Speech, I want you to take your time to watch a video about the topic and BRING A MIND MAP that summarises the main ideas to the class and share them with the group ☺



Afterwards, we will do some practice in class to check not only our understanding, but also how practical reported speech is in our daily life. 
Movies clip  (KEY to the video HERE!!!)

Check out these famous people quotes. Can you report your classmates what they said?

martes, 31 de octubre de 2017

EXTRA MATERIAL for BACHILLERATO

Hello everyone! Here is the link to make the most of your English book: Downloadable grammar, vocabulary and listening activities.
¡Hola! Os dejo el enlace para sacar el mayor partido posible a vuestro libro de inglés: Un ejecutable de actividades de gramática, vocabulario y listening que podéis descargar en vuestro ordenador e instalar para trabajar sin conexión a Internet.



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 "Bachillerato1" / "Bachillerato 2" 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. Selecciona el enlace "BACHILLERATO 1/2 ACTIVITIES" de la sección Website ActivitiesDespués de la descarga, haz doble click en el archivo y pincha en "run".  Un icono llamado "English "Bachillerato1" o "Bachillerato2", según tu elección, aparecerá en tu escritorio. Haz doble click en él para abrir las actividades.

domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017

Correction Code for Written Assignments

This is an image that shows all the possible comments you may find in a checked composition. Use it to make the maximum of your work and my correction!


miércoles, 18 de octubre de 2017

Halloween 2017 is round the corner!!!

Here you are our Halloween registration form! Do not forget to participate and sing up in any, if not all!!!, the assorted and funny categories. 
ASK YOUR TEACHER FOR A FORM OR PRINT IT :D

Order of Adjectives: Mnemonic Help

Having trouble to remember the order of adjectives? I suggest this practical trick to remember it! Turn the info into a website so that, in either practice or in a test, you can solve the dilemma!

Determiner + Opinion + Size + Age + Shape + Colout + Origin + Material / Purpose + NOUN

Some students prefer to use the same trick, but with the letters in Spanish: DOTEF.COM 



martes, 17 de octubre de 2017

Ambassador School Programme: WE ARE IN!!!

We are very proud to inform that our school has been selected to participate in the Ambassador School Programme of the European Union. Both the Andrés, the History teacher, and myself, will become Senior Ambassadors of many Junior Ambassadors, students from both ESO (in Spanish) and Bachillerato level (in English). We will endeavor our efforts to do resarch and different activities related to the European Union in order to learn on the subject, spread the word and enjoy different and attractive prizes. You will hear from us all year long!!! 


lunes, 2 de octubre de 2017

Contrast Links: Unit 1

Here you are the link(s) from this unit:

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)

miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017

28 Boring Words Alternatives - Improve Your Writing

Please, start dusting the brain so that your vocabulary starts shining again!!! In case you may need help with that, here you are a wonderful inphograpic designed by Donna Norton that will expand your initial "boring" list so that you can shine even brighter!!!

28 Boring Words Alternatives - Improve Your Writing



viernes, 8 de septiembre de 2017

Back on track!!!

This is an old prank involving a little girl who wants her school to be demolished. I suppose so many kids are wishing for that possibility after a great summer hols... Not my case at all!!! Super happy to be back on track. Enjoy the little joke and the luvly accent ;)


 

sábado, 20 de mayo de 2017

PAU Instructions

Check out all the info in the LINK

ENGLISH PAU EXAMS WITH KEY  (Examenes Corregidos)


lunes, 8 de mayo de 2017

V Cake Contest...

Click HERE to access all the info.

Check out all the delis we were lucky to taste MmM



sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

Modal Verbs for A2 Levels: The flipped Classroom ;)

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 aout 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 :)

jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

Relative Pronouns Info and Exercises

Relative clauses are extremely useful in our everyday English. You must learn, first of all, the different relative pronouns. Once you master them, use them in relative clauses.

Video lesson about Relative Pronouns



Defining (specifying) vs Non-defining (non-specifying) sentences.


Video lesson for Advanced Learners



Some practice will be more than necessary. Here you are some and graded in difficulty :D
PERFECT ENGLISH caters for ordinary sentence construction practice.
OM EXERCISE includes definitions with relatives and sentence formation.
EGO4U includes explanation in English and activities.
AGENDAWEB offers assorted pratice including tests.
Explicación básica en español.

viernes, 24 de marzo de 2017

Comparatives and Superlatives: ESO LEVEL

It is extremely easy to use either the comparative or the superlative structure.
Do you know the EQUATIONS?
Comparison of Adjectives, by Victoria-Ladybug
Find this and other comparatives/superlatives exercises in English Exercises .org
As....As (Similes)
Play Super Similes GAME


martes, 21 de marzo de 2017

Body Language around the World

This is another PMAR ESO2 production! After reading about body language around the world, we decided to share everything we learnt using a video application! We hope you'll like it :D



lunes, 13 de marzo de 2017

Idiomatic Expressions: The real way to sound authentic

Do you want to use proper British expressions? Are you trying to insert Spanish idioms in your English lessons? Probably, you are making a few mistakes...Here you are my "Silly the Bean" blog" to help you out with some tricky translations:
Click HERE to get redirected to the Idioms' blog.

miércoles, 8 de marzo de 2017

What does it take to be...?

sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

We are into Mindfulness

ESO2A is practising mindfulness in the classroom. So far, they have enjoyed the experience a lot. We are going to try in English for the first time next week. Here you are our link to do so:

jueves, 2 de marzo de 2017

Thanks a Bunch!!!

lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017

Jane Goodall's message

Jane Goodall is an animal rights activitist especially known for her work with Chimpanzees as well as her current interventions in favour of sustainable development and fighting hard against unnecessary consumerism, animal cruelty and poverty. Hers is a courageous life worth knowing and admiring... I invite you to listen to her heartfelt and wise words.




domingo, 12 de febrero de 2017

#LoveDay17

Next Monday (13th February) we are collecting in the language lab DURING BREAKTIME all your messages and lollies in the different class boxes. All the collected goodies will be delivered on Tuesday just before breaktime. But for now, we can start sharing love and affection to our friends, teachers and special ones tomorrow!!! 

martes, 7 de febrero de 2017

Uses of WISH

lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

Conditionals for Bachillerato

 

domingo, 29 de enero de 2017

Conditionals for ESO level

Trip Around the World Project

ESO3B has been working on a cooperative and collaborative project related to travelling. They searched for information about a particular place and designed a poster including general facts, places to see, things to do and celebrities of the place. Finally, a cue card was written to carry out an oral presentation. Their contest-shaped oral test will take place in a week. Well done guys!

lunes, 23 de enero de 2017

Recommened Graded Readers

This post is the result of an extended-in-time activity. PMAR students have been reading and working on a chosen book and now that they are finished, they are willing to share their impressions in a video message. Listen to ther recommendation and opinion ;)