Watch out 2nd Bachillerato students!

7 05 2012

Check this presentation with good advice and hints to especially improve your writing assignments. Good practice for final exams and PAU preparation.

We hope you find it useful.

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Some of my favorite works of graffitti

31 01 2012



These are some photos from the lesson on American graffitti and public art.  I decided to post my favorite ones, and hope that you guys can continue with your awesome comments and ideas about them.


Learning about our countries

21 06 2011

Students in 3B also had their chance to do a writing project together with the students from Kandinsky College. This time they did the typical pen pal writing activity. They wrote a couple of letters to their Dutch partners telling about themselves, their hobbies, their town…

In one of the letters teachers asked them to include 10 questions about their own country so that their partners had to make some research to find out the answers and, at the same time, learn quite a few interesting things about Spain, The Netherlands, Mieres and Nijmegen.

To finish up this project, they showed part of what they had learnt on the posters you can see by clicking here.

Collaborative creative writing

21 06 2011

Here we are once again to share one of our SKILL projects with you. This time it has to do with writing; no doubt a skill that takes time and effort. That’s probably why some students are so reluctant when it comes to carry out a writing task.

This time, however, it was more fun than usual. Our students had to make up short stories and leave out the ending so that their Dutch partners could finish them up. Students from Kandinsky College, on their side, did exactly the same.

At the end of this activity, students compared the two final versions and shared their impressions about the results: were the two endings completely different? Did they share any similarities? What about the language used? Which shows a better command of English? What were the most common mistakes?…

We encourage you to read the following selection of the stories written by students in 4B. Now that summer holidays are round the corner, reading is a good way of making the most of your free time. ENJOY READING!!

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Check our school magazine enLASTRA2

28 02 2011

Hey, we’ve reached number 3 of our school magazine enLASTRA2. Our reporters have done an excellent job. You can check yourselves. So many interesting things going on inside and outside the classrooms…

Now we are getting ready for a special day on March 17th. Students of ESO will have the chance of taking part in different workshops and activities.


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Useful hints for reading activities

19 01 2011


Here are a few things to bear in mind: 

  1. READ THE TEXT CAREFULLY. You might need to read it more than once in order to understand the content (always depending on difficulty: structures, vocabulary, how familiar you are or are not with the topic…)
  2. READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY. It’s absolutely essential to make sure you understand what you are being asked.
  3. IDENTIFY RELEVANT INFORMATION IN THE TEXT FOR EACH OF THE QUESTIONS. Find parts directly linked with the question you are trying to answer. You can use underlining as a useful strategy at this stage.
  4. PUT ALL THE INFORMATION TOGETHER AND WRITE OUT YOUR ANSWER, taking into account the following advice
  • Don’t forget you should use the same verbal tense in both question and answer.     
  • Don’t copy directly from the text. Try to explain those ideas using your own words.
  • Be careful with grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Comprehension and accuracy of your answers will depend on that.  
  • Use linkers to connect different ideas included in your answer (check MATERIALS for some interesting notes on this)
  • REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR ANSWER SIMPLE AND CLEAR. Don’t write terribly long and impossible sentences. THINK FIRST AND THEN WRITE. 
  • Try this and see if it works. We hope it is useful!!!

Stalin’s Death Squads

3 10 2010

We are analyzing in our Unit “Free Citizens” in 4th ESO Bilingual two political systems: Democracy and Totalitarianism. One of your tasks consists of watching the following video and answer several questions about it.

Watch the video here and complete the activity on your copies.

To finish up the unit,  share your conclusions here: How can we contribute to improve our country’s level of democracy?

Working plans third term

18 04 2010

 Students from 2B, 3B and 3C can check their working plans and get copies of them in the section of Materials.

Remember you also have Portfolio templates available for downloading. Save them in your own PC and print out as many copies as you need.

 Organizing your work will make a difference and will enable you to improve as a learner. So don’t give up and keep on trying!!

Moving, Sánchez Lastra moving…

16 02 2010


 Following this popular song, yeah, there’s no doubt our school is moving. In fact, it seems we never stop.

 Here are two very good examples of all the good work accomplished by students and teachers. Click on the images to read through our school newsletters: Bilingual Section and Communicative Competence. What do you think about these two iniciatives.

 Newsletter. Bilingual Section

Please leave your comments. Thanks a lot!!


1 02 2010

  This is the last project our Language Assistant Sarah has proposed to our pupils in 2nd and 3rd of ESO. Students have to choose a relevant character, find information about him/her, research his/her historical context and put all that information together on a poster.

If you need some inspiration to choose your celebrity, try this website: