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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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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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!!!


Biographies

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: http://www.biography.com/