HOMES

13 02 2012

Most people in Britain live in urban areas. Towns and cities are spreading into their surrounding environment to cope with the increase populations. The main types of houses in The UK are:

  • Detached (a house not joined to another house)
  • Semi-detached (two houses joined together
  • Terrace (several houses joined together)
  • Flats (apartments)

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A STRANGE STORY

5 02 2011

 A STRANGE STORY

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.

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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.

By Jose Luis Cagigal Bedia



“THE BREAK IN”

15 01 2011
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.

 The break-in                           

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.
 By Laura Menendez Villar


FROZEN GRAND CENTRAL

8 12 2010

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.”



THE MUSIC WE LISTEN TO

22 04 2010

Some of the students of the bilingual section have created presentations about the music they like listening to, they have used them to prepare a short talk about this topic

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ANIMALS I LIKE

21 02 2010

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.

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MULTICULTURALISM

26 09 2009

This video will help you to understand the meaning of multiculturalism

After watching the video, describe the scene and explain the richness of multicultural exchange and the joy of sharing one’s identity and experience with others



STUDENTS’ PROJECTS

19 02 2009

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.

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THE MUSIC YOU LIKE

2 11 2008

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.



GRUMPY LONDONERS: A RADIO PROGRAMME

26 08 2008
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.
Vocabulary:
-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 
Comprehension questions:
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.

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You can also read the script of the radio programme in the following link: londonlife_061108_grumpy_london.pdf