jueves, 27 de octubre de 2016

Halloween Cupcakes


You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2016

Social advertising:Global warming

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Cannes Lion Award-Winning "Three Little Pigs advert"

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Social Justice Themed Videos

  1. All But Name: I first read about this 6-minute documentary in an amazing article about social justice movies from Teaching Tolerance. This video chronicles the story of an undocumented man struggling to pay for college because he’s ineligible for financial assistance. Frisly Soberanis stars in this short film to share his story of what it’s like to be raised in a community, have roots in a city, and yet be totally overlooked because of citizenship status. Not only does he not qualify for financial aid, but Frisly’s undocumented status also leaves him without the chance to get a job that requires documentation. This video would work well with these lesson ideas on immigration reform from PBS Newshour.
  1. Occupy Bakery: This 7-minute short film is adapted from the documentary, The Hand That Feeds. This film tells the story of Mahoma López, an undocumented worker who was fed up with being exploited by his bosses at a popular New York City bakery. In the video, López talks about the constant stress and fear of working for someone who hires undocumented workers, fully aware of their legal status, and holds that knowledge over them—never offering fair wages or adequate time off. Mahoma reached out to the directors during the Occupy Wall Street protests and they chronicled his story of organizing other workers to take the steps toward forming their own independent unions. You might want to watch this video with your students while studying labor unions.
  1. Mo’ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl: Directed by Spike Lee, this 16 minute video features 13 year-old, baseball world series star Mo’ne Davis. She wowed sports fans in the summer of 2014 with her 70 MPH fastball. She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and her story was highlighted on ESPN. This film shows how her family supports this humble athlete who defies gender stereotypes as a baseball, football, and basketball star, all while maintaining a straight A average in school. Mo’ne’s story would be a great introduction to a larger unit on gender equality. Use these Unicef resources to get started!
  1. The Beast Inside: Tilwan, a homeless teenage, raps and sings, as well as tells his story over the captivating hand-drawn graphics in this 4 minute animated short. The film is part ofSeattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness. In the film, Tilwan recounts an experience of not being able to get a job based on his appearance; the manager of a fast food restaurant tells him he looks like the kind of guy who would steal. Tilwan then leaves the interview and gives the shoes on his feet to a family worse off than himself. Use this film, along with resources from the Poverty Education Center to create a unit on poverty and homelessness.

it does not get better

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Empathy. It is happening now


lunes, 24 de octubre de 2016

English Phrasal Verbs about Socializing: English Vocabulary Lesson

Phrasal verbs for socialising in English.

HANG OUTPhrasal verbs! Your favourite, yes? Hmmm… many students complain about having to study phrasal verbs. There are sooo many! And it can be very confusing and overwhelming. But the truth is if you really want to be a fluent English speaker and understand native speakers, you will have to make phrasal verbs your friend. J Why? Phrasal verbs are very common in conversational English. We use them more than formal vocabulary.
 Today I’m going to teach you some very useful phrases you can use in social situations using the word…….


When we “hang out” with someone we spend time socially with him/her. This phrasal verb has become very common in everyday English speaking. It’s informal for “spend time” with someone.
Let's hang out
 “I’m going to hang out with my friends at the beach this weekend”
“Tom and Sarah have been hanging out for quite a while”
“Would you like to hang out with me this Saturday night?”
 Hanging_Around#2) HANG AROUND
If we “hang around” it means that we spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing in particular.
You can hang around a person or a place.
“I’ve been hanging around the city all day waiting to buy tickets!”
“Jack keeps hanging around me all the time. I don’t like it”
“You shouldn’t hang around here. It’s dangerous!”
I’m really hanging out for a holiday! Are you? When we “hang out for something” it means that we really want it. Usually something we have not had for a long time.
“I’m hanging out for a pizza right now!”
“I’ve been hanging out for a holiday all year!”
“Sarah was really hanging out to see Toby at the party”
We can also say this without the “out”.
“I’m hanging for a pizza right now”. This way of speaking is quite common in the US English.
The phrase “hang in” means to be patient and continue when something is difficult or challenging. We often say this as a way of encouraging someone to keep going with the task.
If someone is telling you about how difficult it is to find a job, or to study his or her course at university, you can say:
“Hang in there” as a way of supporting the person.
“My girlfriend and I are having a really bad time at the moment” “Just hang in there. I’m sure things will get better soon”
“This Master’s degree I’m studying is so hard! I guess I’ll just have to hang in until it’s finished”
When we get really worried about something we can say we get “hung up” on it. We can get ‘hung up’ on problems we have. This means we are constantly worried about them and can’t stop thinking about the problem.
It also means to be obsessed with something or someone.
“Sarah is so hung up on getting everything right”
“I sometimes have a problem with customers at work, but I don’t get hung up about it”
“He’s hung up on modern art these days”
And there you have 5 common phrasal verbs you can use when chatting with your friends. But you should take action! Write them down in your journal or put them on cards and pin them around your house. Make sentences! Then try to listen to conversations around you, or watch films and TV shows and see if you can hear the phrases.
🙂 Happy English learning!

National Libraries Day: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Libraries in the UK are loved, valued and were visited an astonishing 265 million times last year! Libraries are a vitally important public service, and each year hundreds of events are held to celebrate them on National Libraries Day in the United Kingdom. That National Libraries Day ( #NLD16 ) was on February 16. As for Spain, we should announce that in Spain Libraries Day is celebrated on 24th October every year. To commemorate it in IES Turgalium, we are going to watch a short animated film:  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I hope you enjoy it!

viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016

Office Equipment - Business English Vocabulary

Learning Pronunciation: Phonetics

Learning pronuntiation

Learning pronuntiation


Are you ready? Try your best!

how to say 50 words in British English?

The Importance of Phonetics in English

2º Bachillerato: REVISION

2º Bachillerato

Introduction & basic revision

  • List 1
  • Irregular verbs list (+ meaning in Spanish) 1  2 
  • Irregular verbs exercises - 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12
  • Irregular verbs tests - 1  2  3  4  5
ADJECTIVES (Comparatives & Superlatives)

    Check these links (explanations + exercises): 1  2  3

    Contents to review:  
    • Use of the article: a/an, the, 0 article.
    • Demostratives: this, these, that, those.
    • Pronouns: personal, reflexive.
    • Question words (Who?, Where?. etc.)
    • There is/are, There was/were, There will be.
    • The Saxon genitive (Peter's CD, etc.)
    • Vocabulary: parts of the body, feelings, entertainment, travel, etc.

      Getting Started

      Contents to review:
      •  Present Verb Tenses: present simple & continuous.
      • Past Verb Tenses: past simple & continuous.
      • Perfect Verb Tenses: present perfect simple & past perfect simple.
      • Future Verb Tenses: present continuous, be going to, future simple, future continuous, future perfect.
      • Vocabulary: Student's Book, page 5.
      Check these links (explanations + exercises): 1  2
       Revision exercises (download)

      Unit 1


      • Topic: Words from the text (good-natured, sign, degree, etc.)
      • Topic: Noun & Adjective suffixes (-ment, -tion, -ful, -ible, etc.)
      • Topic: Language: (bilingual, mother tongue, etc.) & Phrasal verbs (talk sb out of, talk sb into, talk down to sb, talk back, talk sth over).
      • Topic: Communication: (whisper, have a heart, etc.)
      • Present perfect simple and continuous
      • Past perfect simple and continuous
      • Future perfect simple
      • An informative essay (Student's Book, pages 159-160)
      • Connectors of cause and result (Due to, since, therefore, etc.) (Student's Book, page 158)
      • Strategy: Identifying the main idea (Identificar la idea principal de cada párrafo)
      Revision exercises (download)
      More exercises with key for self-study (download) 

      Unit 2


      •  Topic: Words from the text (advertising, spectator, etc.)
      • Topic: Verb Collocations (Keep & Pay)
      • Topic: Finances (decrese, improve, etc.)
      • Topic: Describing adverts (effective, brilliant, etc.)
      The Reported Speech

      • Reported Statements
      • Reported questions
      • Reported orders & requests
      • Reported suggestions
      • Reporting verbs
      • A FOR and AGAINST essay (Student's Book, page 161)
      • Connectors of addition & contrast (but, moreover, etc.) (Student's Book, page 158)
      • Strategy: Identifying the author's purpose (Identificar el propósito del autor)
      Revision exercises (download)
      More exercises with key for self-study (download)

      Unit 3


      •  Topic: Fame and celebrity (rumour, scandal, wealthy, etc.)
      • Topic: Live entertainment (unknown, costume, huehe hit, etc.)
      • Topic: Phrasal verbs (keep at, live up tp, call off, etc.)
      • Topic: Prepositional verbs (listen to, deal with, provide for, etc.)
      The Passive Voice

      • Form
      • Use
      • Changing fron active to passive / passive to active
      • The passive with modal verbs
      • Verbs with two objects
       Causative verbs (Have/Get something done)
      •  Form and use
      • A description of an event (Student's Book, page 162)
      • Adjectives and adverbs (Student's Book, page 158)
      • Strategy: Guessing meaning from context (Adivinar el significado de una palabra por su forma y contexto)
      Revision exercises (download)
      More exercises with key for self-study (download)

         Unit 4

          UNIT SUMMARY:

        •  Topic: Words from the text (guilty, activist, charged with, etc.) 
        • Topic: The Environment (waste, global warming, landfill, etc.)
        • Topic: Environmental awareness (supplies, damaged, disposed of, etc.)
        Conditional clauses  
        • Form
        • Zero conditional
        • First conditional
        • Second conditional
        • Third conditional
         Wish clauses
        •  Form and use
        • A summary. (Student's Book, page 163)
        • Paraphrasing (Student's Book, page 55)
        • Useful words: unfortunately, although, during, obviously, etc.
        • Strategy: Identifying fact and opinion
        Revision exercises (download)

        More exercises with key for self-study (download)

          Unit 5

           UNIT SUMMARY:

          •  Topic: Works and Jobs
          • Topic: Personal characteristics
          • Topic: Idioms
            Relative clauses

          • Relative pronouns
          • Defining and Non-defining relative clauses
          • Formal and Informal structures
          • A Formal letter. (Student's Book, page 164)
          • A Curriculum Vitae (Student's Book, page 166)
          • Connectors of Purpose (to, in order to, so that, etc.)
          • Strategy: Making Inferences
          Revision exercises (download)

          More exercises with key for self-study (download)

             Unit 6

             UNIT SUMMARY:

            •  Topic: Driving
            • Topic: Road safety
            • Topic: Phrasal Verbs
              Modal verbs

            • Verbs and uses in the Present
            • Modal Perfects
            • An Opinion Essay (Student's Book, page 165)
            • Connectors of Contrast (however, although, etc.)
            • Strategy: Scanning for Information
            Revision exercises (download)

            More exercises with key for self-study (download)

            jueves, 20 de octubre de 2016



            Complete the sentences with a suitable reflexive pronoun or each other.

            1.- She looked at _________ in the mirror.
            2.- John cooked ________ a meal and then he read a book.
            3.- I’m sure my daughter will enjoy ______ on her trip.
            4.- My uncle hurt __________ when he was playing
            basketball at school.
            5.- They spent the whole evening arguing with _________.
            6.- We didn’t buy it _______. My neighbour bought it for us.
            7.- I met my wife in October, but we didn’t see ________
            until Christmas.
            8.- Susan and Maria took photographs of _________ while they were
            on holidays.
            9.- My cousins’ house is very beautiful. They designed it _________.
            10.- Don’t ask me to help you. You must do it _________.
            11.- We are working in the same school now, so John and I see
            _________ every day.
            12.- My aunt makes all her clothes ___________.
            13.- Did you paint the kitchen _________? Yes, it
            took me two days.
            14.- They are a very successful band. They write all
            their songs _________.
            15.- I hope you like the present. I chose it ________.
            16.- Last night I could hear two people shouting at
            ___________. I called the police.
            17.- Nobody helped us and although we were very tired we carried
            the luggage _________.
            18.- Did you enjoy ________ in Paris? Yes, we had a great time.
            19.- At the end of the play, Juliet kills ________.
            20.- Let me introduce _________. I’m Jose Angel.
            21.- While my mum was picking up the broken cup, she cut _______.
            22.- Our English teacher told us to stop shouting and to behave
            23.- My brother and I gave _________ the same present
            at Christmas.
            24.- Look at __________. You’re covered in mud.
            25.- Mary found _________ a new boyfriend.
            26.- Once they were friends, but now they don’t like __________.
            27.- Who did your homework for you? No one. I did it _________.
            28.- The heating turns _________ on at night.
            29.- We enjoyed __________ a lot at the party.
            30.- John and I are very good friends. We see _______ every week.
            31.- Can your children look after ________ while you’re in Paris?

            32.- She’s very selfish. She only thinks of _________.