DUBLIN - 2008

Domingo 18 Mayo 2008

As last year and the year before the Bilingual Section visited London, this year we thought it was time for a change and we went to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. No doubt it was a good choice! We had a very good time there and, most important, we all learnt a lot about this country, this city and all its history.

If you want to post some comment, with your opinion of this trip, telling us what you liked most, etc., please do it!!!

And to see some pictures:


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Domingo 18 Mayo 2008

Last March, our school took part in the International Youth Seminar in Aurich, Germany, for the 4th time and some of our bilingual students were there. This time the main topic was Gender Equality, but we also dealt with Immigration and Racism. All the work and everything we did there was very interesting and the students learnt a lot working together with other students from The Netherlands, Germany and England. There were different workshops: website, video, newspapers, collage, dictionary, music and drama. So everybody could choose according to their preferences. And you can see the results in the website of this year Seminar:


There you can watch the videos of the workshops, the newspaper, pictures and you can also take part in discussions and polls! Don’t miss it!

But apart from working hard we also had time to fun and travelling around. We could visit Groningen, the biggest city in the North of The Netherlands, with more than 45,000 students in its University; The Hague, administrative capital city of The Netherlands and where our partner school, The Hofstad Lyceum is, and it’s also there where the International Court is; Scheveningen, a tourist place and a beach in The Hague which was immortalized by Van Gogh and which name was used as a password in the Second World War to identified German spies because of its difficult pronunciation; and of course, Amsterdam, the official capital city of The Netherlands, where we could walk along the canals, visit the Dam, Rembrandt Square, the Tropen Museum, the Flower Market, and lots of other things.

Of course the experience was great and we hope to take part in the Seminar next year!

And if you want to see some pictures, use the link below. You know… copy and paste!


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WEEK CAMP - 2008

Viernes 16 Mayo 2008

Last March our students from the Bilingual Section took part in an activity called “Week Camp”. It was fun!!! They worked in different workshops, they practiced many sports and played a lot of games and above all they learnt a lot of English!!!

There was even a disco where they could dance a lot and also a very funny competition. The only problem was that the weather was terrible. It was rainy and very cold… and there was even some snow!!! But on the whole it was a great experience. So they are looking forward to next year again!

If you want to take a look at the pictures, use this link:


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Viernes 29 Febrero 2008

A craze is an enthusiastic interest in something that is shared by many people but that usually does not last very long. For example, in 1920s, pogo sticks were the latest craze. Nowadays this craze has finished but you can still buy pogo sticks, and even young people have heard of them and have even used them some time. Some other crazes were yoyos and Rubik’s cubes and nowadays some people are crazy about collecting cards or skateboarding. But there are many more crazes… Can you think of some more?

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Jueves 20 Diciembre 2007

Christmas is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. And we are all looking forward to that. Anyway, just before leaving, let’s learn something about Christmas traditions and customs and we will try to have some fun in the meantime. Why not? You will have to look for information on particular topics about the questions below. If you don’t know the answer, you can click on the same question to find out information about it.

But first, I want to congratulate karol, Alex, Rodrigo, Enol, Dylan, Íñigo, Fran, Marío López, Enrique, Marío Niño, Luis, Patricia, Lidia, David Ruíz, David Sánchez and Daniel from 1º ESO BILINGÜE, for their great performance of “JINGLE BELLS”! Sonriente

And of course, I also have to congratulate Pedro, Xana, Santiago, Rebeca, Andrea, Bárbara, Marina, Mireia, Diego, David Iglesias, Juncal, David Pérez, Pelayo and Fernando from 3º ESO BILINGÜE for their EXCELLENT performance of “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS”. You sing it wonderfully!!! And one more thing for all of you… Will you be quieter and not speak so much in the New Year???… PLEASE!!! Guiño

And now we’ll start. Ready?… Go!

1. On what day is Christmas celebrated in England?

2. What is the abbreviation for the word Christmas?

3. What is the start of the Christmas season called?

4. What takes place in most primary schools in England at Christmas time?

5. What is a traditional Bristish Christmas play called?

6. Which are the two traditional colours of Christmas?

7. Which three plants are used to decorate at Christmas?

8. When did Christmas trees first become popular in England?

9. What did people used to decorate their Christmas trees with during the Victorian times?

10. Name three things people use to decorate Christmas trees now?

11. When was the first Christmas card sent and who printed it?

12. What are the songs sung at Christmas time called?

13. Which is the biggest-selling Christmas song of all time?

14. Which country does “Silent Night” come from?

And this is specially for our chorus from 3ª ESO BILINGÜEGuiño

15. How many gifts were handed out in the Twelve Day of Christmas song?

16. When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

17. How did children use to send their letters to Father Christmas?

18. What colour was the traditional outfit of Santa Claus and what happened to it?

19. How is Santa Claus called in The Netherlands?

20. What is the traditional bird eaten on Christmas Day and who was the first person to eat it?



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Jueves 29 Noviembre 2007

Last Wednesday 31st October, we had our Halloween party at school and we enjoyed it a lot. We had lots of games and we had a “scary great time” :-)

We were all dressed up, even teachers, and we had some funny games. After the games, we also had a karaoke with lots of English songs.

Of course we know it was our special and particular party, because here in Spain we don’t celebrate Halloween. The fancy dresses and costumes are only typical at Carnival, which we will celebrate this year on February 5th. And we don’t go from house to house asking for sweets, we don’t carve pumpkins and put candles inside, etc.

But now… who knows anything more about Halloween and traditions connected to that particular celebration?Guiño 

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Lunes 16 Abril 2007

Tres alumnas de nuestro centro, del grupo de 2º ESO Bilingüe, son finalistas en Asturias de la XXVI Edición del Concurso Nacional ¿Qué es un Rey para ti? Las alumnas mencionadas son:

Marina Fuente García
Juncal Martínez Beiro
Mireia González Zurdo

Sus trabajos formarán parte de la exposición que tendrá lugar el próximo día 17 de abril en el Colegio Nazaret de Oviedo a las 12.00 horas. Durante el desarrollo del acto se entregarán los diplomas y se hará público el nombre del alumno o alumna que representará al Principado de Asturias en la Audiencia con S.M. el Rey.



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LONDON’S BURNING!!! - The Great Fire of London - 1666

Viernes 16 Marzo 2007

The Museum of London is showing a special exhibition on “The Great Fire”, the most famous disaster in London’s history, and how it shaped the city we know today. Based on the Museum of London’s special exhibition, London’s Burning is a website which features the objects, themes and people from the displays and tells the story of the Fire in depth:

Museum of London 

Search this site and try to find the answers to these questions:


1. Why wasn’t London a happy city? Give at least 2 reasons? 

2. Where did the fire started? 


3. Can you give some of the reasons why the fire spread so quickly and some of the causes for the fire? 


4. Write some of the consequences of the Great Fire: 


5. Can you think of something to do to make cities a better and safer place to live in and to protect it from fires?  FIRE-FIGHTING 

6. Why Londoners had to pay for their own burnt houses to be rebuilt? 


 El País article (Click here)

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Miércoles 14 Marzo 2007

¡Hola a todo el mundo!

Hello everybody!

Este va a ser nuestro blog, el blog de la Sección Bilingüe del IES Cuenca del Nalón. En él vamos a ir contando nuestra experiencia en esta aventura que es el aprender, en nuestro caso mucho más grande y más intensa ya que además es en inglés. No sólo aprenderemos inglés, sino muchas más cosas, y algunas de ellas, en ese idioma.

Ésta no es nuestra primera experiencia con un blog, ya hemos hecho uno y fue para un concurso, “Asturias y Europa 2006”, que además… ¡GANAMOS!

Os invitamos a que lo visitéis: http://www.nesestrelles.blogspot.com/ y sería estupendo que también contribuyerais con vuestros comentarios, en ese o en este que empezamos ahora. Así que…

¡Hasta pronto!

See you soon!  Sonriente

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