The students of 2º ESO “Bilingual section” wrote a very strange story to practise the past simple tense, you can read the story of one of them.
It was a common Friday morning, We were all working in silence. Suddenly we heard a blast and then a frightening scream. We all stayed in silence keeping our breath. My students stared at me horrified, wondering what we could do. I had no answer but I knew I should calm them down. So I invented a story about the old building and the central heating, trying to convince them that there weren’t any problems. “Everything was under control” . Suddenly there was another blast and everybody started screaming except my students that looked calm. We waited in silence. After five minutes, some students started to cry, pray and one girl began to call her parents. One hour later, the police and the firefighters arrived. Suddenly a firefighter opened the door and told us to escape, the building was on the point of falling down because there was an explosion on the central heating system. I couldn’t believe it, the story I invented to calm down my students was becoming real. But we couldn’t lose anymore time, we needed to leave the building as soon as possible. So I opened the window and they went down the ladder without being scared, but when it was my turn, I couldn’t do it. A firefighter took me in his arms and we went out of the building. When we were far away, the building collapsed.
The students of 4º year ESO B wrote the endings of some unfinished stories. I have chosen two of the most interesting ones. I have included the beginning of the story “The break in” and the ending by the students.
P.C. Small, the village policeman, always walked down the main street of Little Fontwell at midnight to make sure that everything was all right. He was especially careful to look through the Windows of Miller’s Antique Shop and Boyd’s the Jewellers.One night, P.C. Small was walking down the street as usual, when he saw a flash of light in the window of Boyd’s.He crept to the window and saw a man with a mask taking jewels from the safe. P.C. Small waited until the man had finished, and grabbed him when he carne out of the shop.The policeman pulled the mask off the thief. He was amazed. It was Mr Boyd, the jeweller.
What Happened Next?
Mr. Boyd started crying. P. C. Small asked him what had happened and he explained everything to him. “The shop wasn´t going well and the bank would close it if I couldn’t pay them. So I thought that if I stole all the jewells, the insurance would pay me a lot of money and so I could save my business. The policeman told him: “If you leave the jewells in the shop I will give you the money you need because as you know I am rich” Mr. Boyd accepted the offer and the policeman gave him the money to save his business.”
By Agustina Amenabar Lagos.
The policeman pulled the mask off the thief. He was amazed, he was Mr. Boyd, the jeweller. He didn’t understand anything, why was he stealing in his own shop? he needed some answers and he started to ask him. “Why were you stealing in your own shop? he asked. Mr. Boyd answered. “It’s a difficult situation and the police shoudn’t be here”. “This doesn’t make any sense to me” said P. C. Small. “You don’t have to understad, just let me go”. Mr. Boyd was nervous and looked in all directions. “I am sorry but this is my job and you were doing something illegal and you must go to jail” said the policeman. “I must return these jewells, they aren’t mine, they are stolen. They have my wife.” The policeman understood what Mr. Boyd meant and let him go in order to catch the real thieves. Finally the police caught the thieves and put them into jail.
Improve Everywhere is a group of people based in New York who stage events, or “missions” in public places. In this mission they stop moving and freeze for five minutes in a busy Grand Central Station.
Watch the video and check if you can understand:
“All right. Thanks for coming out, everybody. I’m really excited that all you guys are here. We’ve got a really exciting mission that we’re going to be doing today.”
“We’re going to be freezing in place on cue at the exact second. We’re going to hold that for five minutes and then we’re going to unfreeze and we’re out.”
STUDENTS FROM FIRST YEAR ESO HAVE CREATED SOME PRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ANIMALS THEY LIKE, INLUDING ALSO SOME INTERESTING IDEAS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECTING ANIMALS. YOU CAN SEE SOME EXAMPLES OF THEM.
Our students from first year ESO have read a very entertaining book entitled”Lost in the jungle”. It is a book of adventures, easy to read that students enjoy a lot. The students from third year ESO have read “The President’s murderer”, a book of mistery that our students really enjoyed. Some of our students have created projects about these books in collaboration with the “Library Project of the year about Mistery and Adventure” (Proyecto biblioteca del centro sobre libros de aventura y misterio). You can see the following slideshows from two students, one from 1º ESO B and other from 3º ESO D.
WE ALL LIKE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC. THERE IS A BRITISH GROUP CALLED “COLDPLAY” WHICH IS BEING VERY SUCCESSFUL AT PRESENT. LISTEN TO THE SONG “VIVA LA VIDA” AND GET READY TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION ABOUT IT.
NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. YOU MUST PREPARE A POWER POINT PRESENTATION ABOUT THE TYPE OF MUSIC YOU LIKE, THEN YOU WILL SHARE THE PPT AND ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS WITH YOUR PARTNERS.
You can listen to a radio programme about Londoners. Londoners are the grumpiest in the morning compared to anyone else in the country, according to researchers at the Sleep Council, who say nearly twenty per cent of people in the capital stay in a bad mood for up to four hours after waking up.
Before you listen to the radio programme, have a look at the vocabulary to help you understand the listening and then try to answer the comprehension questions below, you’ll hear the answers during the programme.
-to be grumpy: to be unfriendly and in a bad mood
-to be sullen/surly/sulky: to be unfriendly and miserable
-to be solemn: to be serious and formal
-to be chilled: to be relaxed and calm
1: What percentage of Londoners spend the morning in a bad mood?
2: What are some of the things that make them so grumpy?
3: Why does Judith think women are more grumpy than men?
4: What’s Mike’s advice to women?
You are now ready to listen to the BBC Learning English radio programme “Grumpy Londoners”. Listen to the programme by pressing the play button below.
One type of argumentative essay is that which gives advantages and disadvantages (for and against). It is a formal piece of writing in which a topic is considered from opposing points of view. A good essay of this type should consist of:
an introductory paragraph in which you state the topic. This means that you talk generally about the topic without giving your opinion;
a main body in which the points for and the points against, along with your justification, appear in two separate paragraphs; and
a closing paragraph in which you give either your opinion or a balanced consideration of the topic.
Points to consider
Make a list of the points for and against a topic before you start writing.
Write well-developed paragraphs in which the points you present are supported with justification, (i.e. reasons or examples).
Do not use informal style (e.g. short forms, colloquial language, etc.) or strong language (e.g. I firmly believe, etc.)
To introduce points: one major advantage/disadvantage of, one point of view in favour of/against
To list points: in the first place, first of all, to start with, secondly, thirdly, finally, last but not least
To add more points to the same topic: what is more, furthermore, also, in addition to this/that, besides, apart from this/that, not to mention the fact that
To make contrasting points: on the other hand, however, in spite of, while, nevertheless, despite, even though, although, it can be argued that
To introduce examples: for example, for instance, like, especially, such as, in particular
To conclude: to sum up, all in all, all things considered, in conclusion, on the whole, taking everything into account, as was previously stated
People migrate for many different reasons. These reasons can be classified as either economic, social, political or environmental:
Economic migration may involve moving to find work or follow a particular career path.
Social migration may involve moving somewhere for a better quality of life or to be closer to family or friends.
If someone is a political migrant they may be moving to escape political persecution or war.
Environmental causes of migration include natural disasters such as flooding.
Some people choose to migrate, eg someone who moves to another country to enhance their career opportunities. Some people are forced to migrate, eg someone who moves away from their home region due to war or famine.
Often those who are forced to migrate become refugees. A refugee is someone who has left their home and does not have a new home to go to. Often refugees do not carry many possessions with them and do not have a clear idea of where they may finally settle.
Push and pull factors are often used to explain why people migrate:
Push factors are the reasons why people leave an area, ie what pushes them away from their home. Push factors include: lack of services, lack of safety, high crime, crop failure,drought, flooding, poverty and war.
Pull factors are the reasons why people move to a particular area, ie what pulls them to a new place. Pull factors include: higher employment, more wealth, better services, good climate, safer, less crime, political stability, more fertile land,
lower risk from natural hazards.
Migration usually happens as a result of a combination of these factors.
The latest buzz word in the continuing debate about the environment is ’sustainable management’ - that means using plants and animals for our own benefit, but ensuring that enough are left alive to guarantee the survival of the species. This sounds good, but is it practical in reality? In spite of years of scientific research, no-one really knows how much damage human beings are doing to their environment. We know that they are responsible for many problems ranging from global warming to ozone depletion, and there is no doubt that they have a devastating effect on animal and plant life on Earth.
About 50,000 animal and plant species are becoming extinct every year. All species depend in some way on one another for survival. If you remove one species from this complex web of interrelationships, we have little idea of the repercussions on the ecosystem in general.
What makes things more complicated is the fact that unlike global warming - which, if the political will was there, could be reduced by cutting gas emissions - preserving bio-diversity remains a difficult dilemma.
An excellent way for the more advanced learner to increase his or her English proficiency is to read an English-language newspaper on a regular basis. Most people who read a newspaper do so selectively and skim through the pages looking for the most interesting-looking articles to read first. They usually make their choice on the basis of the headlines of the articles. And this is where the difficulty for the non-native speaker of English arises, since newspaper headlines are often extremely difficult to understand. There are two main reasons for this. The first reason is that newspaper headlines have to be brief and consequently use words that are rarely used in everyday speech or indeed in the rest of the article itself. (Probe for investigation, blast for explosion etc.) And the second reason is that headline writers, at least in British newspapers, look for every opportunity to include a pun -juego de palabras- in their headlines. It is this second aspect of newspaper headlines that we want to concentrate on in this article.
Popular British tabloids such as the Sun or the Mirror are notorious for the use of puns in their headlines, but even serious papers such as the Guardian cannot resist the temptation. What makes many of the headline puns even more difficult than the simple wordplay of puns used in jokes is that headline puns very often contain cultural references. Unless you are familiar with popular British TV programmes or advertising, the headline will be diffcult to understand. All the examples which follow were taken from the Guardian. See if you can identify the pun or make any sense of the meaning of the headline.
Burning questions on tunnel safety unanswered (About the possibility of fires in the Channel tunnel)
The pun in this case is in the words burning questions. The questions are about fires, hence burning questions, but burning question is another way of saying an important or urgent question.
Science friction (About an argument between scientists and the British government on the topic of BSE or mad cow disease)
Friction is a word used to describe tension or disagreement between people, in this case between scientists and the British government. The obvious reference here is to science fiction; stories that take place in the future or another part of the universe.
Return to gender (About a reoccurrence of sexual harassment in London post offices)
The term gender has to do with male and female; and the newspaper article in question deals with the return of tension in the working relationships of men and women in London post offices. The headline is a pun on the instruction Return to sender, which is stamped on letters that cannot be delivered and must be sent back to the people who wrote them.
A shot in the dark (About the murder of a Russian politician)
The Russian politician was killed by a gunman in a dark stairway; hence the headline. But a shot in the dark also means a gamble or a guess.
Click on the link below to visit the “Guardian newspaper” webpage, choose two of the headlines and read the articles.