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:

London trip

1 02 2010

    Does this image look familiar to you? Students in 3rd B will have it in front of their eyes very soon. In March they will spend a few days in London, exploring the city, practising their English, learning while having a good time with their partners and teachers.We have proposed the following project work: make their own programme for the trip.

 This is also part of our Comenius project SKILL. Dutch students are doing something similar as well. When it is all finished, we’ll be able to compare the results and, as usual, learn from others.

For a detailed information about this project, click on the image below.

How to study English

15 03 2009

  Organizing contents, bearing in mind what you have practised in relation with the different skills, making it as visual as possible, reflecting on the things that help you improve your performance, scanning all materials where you can find examples of the tasks you’ve done in class and at home,… They are all very useful strategies to help you study English.

Check the Materials page and you’ll find some self-assessment worksheets to work on your own and get ready for your tests. Worksheets are available for 1st, 2nd and 4th of ESO and 2º BACH. There is also a template to help you create your own self-assessment worksheets. Try it!

Thanks, Mister Duncan

8 03 2009


 Wink This is a really wise piece of advise!

Improving our writing

25 01 2009

Some students find writing a really hard task. And it is, in fact. If you want to improve, maybe these few hints will help you.

Plan your writing.- Before getting started, think about what you are going to write and how you are going to organize your text. It is not a question of writing anything, just to finish quickly and go. Bear in mind this: WRITING TAKES TIME. So please do take yours!

Link your ideas and paragraphs properly.- All teachers insist on how important it is to use suitable connectors. Writing is not just putting words together. We are dealing with more complex material: ideas that need to be stated in a coherent way.

Write a draft first.- It will be very helpful. It makes you be aware from the very beginning that your writing won’t be complete until you check it again and write your final revised version.

Try to use suitable vocabulary.- Writing tasks are always related to unit topics and vocabulary. Try to turn all those words you’ve seen in class into active vocabulary (not just the words in your textbook, but also all that vocabulary that the teacher points out in class). That’s the only way you will enrich your vocabulary. And, please, don’t invent words. Any doubts you have, go to a dictionary!

Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar.- There are so many stupid mistakes you can avoid. Remember how many times you get your writings back and you say: “Gosh, how stupid!” Well, you have a very easy way to prevent this: have a second look at your writing to consciously find any possible mistakes you haven’t noticed so far. You’ll get surprised at how many little things you will see in a detailed revision.

Watch tidiness.- The way you present your work is also very important. Don’t forget!

This can all make a difference. Why don’t you try?


18 01 2009


This is a key element if you really want to take profit of your classes and be an active learner. It’s not just a question of having a notebook, but of being able to organize it the best way to help you in your learning process.

So here go a few hints that you might find useful:

diario-de-clase.jpg1. Keep a CLASS DIARY. This is a very simple way of having a record of all the different activities. You’ll get surprised at how many different things you do in class every day. In the MATERIALS page, you will find a useful list of expressions to write it. In addition, keeping a class diary is a very efficient way of practising your writing on a regular basis. Just put the date in your notebook and write a few lines describing the previous class. THAT SIMPLE!!!

vocabulario.jpg2. Make the best out of new vocabulary. Don’t miss the opportunity to take note of new words and expressions that appear in written and oral exercises and those that your teacher points out to you and writes on the blackboard. When you write a new word, don’t forget to label it according to its grammatical category (is it a noun, an adjective, a verb?…), write a definition and/or a translation of it and a sample example using it in context.

E.g.: COMMUTE (v) Travel back and forth from work or home  I live 40 kilometres from work, so I have to commute by  car every day.

3. Take notes and write exercise answers in your notebook instead of your book. It will be much better. This way your notebook will turn into a real learning tool. You’ll have in it all you need to check, revise, study,…

4. Try to keep it tidy. That really makes a difference! Customize your notebook and divide it into different sections, for instance. All notebooks do not necessarily have to look the same, but they all should be useful. Think about the best way of organizing yours.