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European Day of Languages: Our T-shirt Day

Last “super” Friday we celebrated the “European Day of Languages” at our school. Our students were wearing t-shirts with messages in English and French. Here is the result of the videos your English teachers have created.

Did you like the songs included in these videos? Here are the lyrics videos:

“Hall of Fame” by the Script

“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley

“Elle me dit” by Mika with English and French subtitles

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History of the English language

Today we will learn about where the English language comes from.

Activity 1: First, watch this video about the different periods in the formation of English. Write at least three words for the different chapters:

  1. Anglo-Saxons (410 AD)
  2. Norman Conquest (1066-1453)
  3.  Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  4. The King James Bible (1611)
  5. The English of Science (late 17th century. Age of Enlightment)
  6. English and Empire (16th century. British Empire and the Age of Discovery)
  7. The Age of the Dictionary (Dictionary of the English Language 1746-1755)
  8. American English (1607 Pilgrims to America)
  9. Internet English (1991)
  10. Global English

Activity 2: Now, let’s listen to another story of the English language with more details. Answer the quiz that appear on-line.


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European Day of Languages

Next Friday 26th we celebrate the European Day of Languages to promote the importance of learning foreign languages.

Activity 1: First, watch this video about this event.

Activity 2: Click on the map of Europe and learn about the different languages spoken in this continent.


 Activity 3: Answer these questions:

  1. What language do French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and Italian descend from? Greek or Latin
  2. Which family do they belong to? Romance language family or Slavic family
  3. Whichtwo  languages belong to the Germanic family? Spanish / English / German / Portugal
  4. Which family do Russian, Polish and Czech belong to? Romance family / Slavic family
  5. Which family do Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh belong to? German family or Celtic family
  6. Which two languages belong to the Finno-Ugric family? English / Finnish / Hungarian
  7. Where is Basque spoken?

Activity 4: Now  let’s learn more about ten language spoken in Europe.  Click on the map and find out ore information about these languages.

  1. Which are the ten languages spoken in Europe that appear on the map?
  2. Where are they spoken?
  3. How do they say Hello and Bye-Bye in these different languages?

Activity 5: Now let’s learn more about languages in general. Pay attention to the following language facts.



Activity 6: Finally, let’s try a language quiz to check what you have learnt!



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Starter Unit: Alphabet, Days of the Week, Months and Classroom Language

Watch these videos and learn the pronunciation of the alphabet, the days of the week, months, some time expressions, colours and classroom language.


Activity 1: Pay attention and learn the letters of the aphabet in English.

Activity 2: Now sing along this hip-hop song:


Activity 3: Let’s learn the days of the week

Activity 4: Now revise the days of the week singing a rap song:


Activity 5: Learn the months of the year

Activity 6: Practise again with a song:

Now in a rhyme:


Activity 7: Now revise how to tell the time in English with this video.


Activity 8: Practise  the time with this video.

Here is one more video:


Activity 8: Let’s revise the colours too.

Activity 9: Complete this interactive activity on-line,


Activity 10: Let’s complete these interactive activities about colours.


HOMEWORK: Listen to all the videos, repeat the words. Then write down the words of the days, months, time expressions and colours in English in the vocabulary section of your notebook.


Today we will also revise the language we use in the classroom.

Activity 11: Listen and pay attention. Complete the activities on-line.



Our Bilingual Program

Welcome to all new students in the Bilingual Program. Here is a presentation about our interesting project so you can learn more about the subjects we teach in English, our methodology and a few tips to have the best results.


In our classroom we will follow these simple rules:

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Welcome to a New School Year!

Welcome back to school! A new school year will start soon and I wanted to share a video with you all to make it easier. 

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Our Interesteen Magazine

Durante este curso los alumnos de 4º ESO y 2º Bachillerato han llevado a cabo un proyecto integrado participando en la plataforma de trabajo colaborativo con centros de países europeos en la realización de una revista digital para el intercambio cultural. Los centros participantes y los profesores implicados en este proyecto fueron los siguientes:

  1. Carmen Mellado – IES Albert Einstein, Seville (Spain)
  2. Isabella Zeli – Liceo Statale delle Scienze Umane “S. Anguissola”, Cremona (Italy)
  3. Euripides Hatjiparaskevas – 3o Geniko Lykeio Mytilinis (Greece)
  4. Suzan Pıçakcı – Burak Bora Anadolu Lisesi, Istanbul (Turkey)
  5. Claudine Coatanéa – Lycée Michelet, Vanves, (France)

El principal objetivo de este proyecto ha sido mejorar la competencia comunicativa y el intercambio intercultural entre jóvenes de diferentes países europeos. Los alumnos han aprendido a trabajar colaborativamente con sus propios compañeros del centro y con otros alumnos del extranjero. Otro objetivo cumplido ha sido la mejora de la competencia digital de alumnos y profesores. También quisimos educar a nuestro alumnado fomentando la investigación con una visión crítica de los medios de comunicación, especialmente Internet. Este proyecto además ha sido reconocido con el Sello de Calidad a nivel nacional de eTwinning.

Y éste es el inmejorable resultado de nuestro trabajo:


Interesteen May 2014 Issue pdf version

¡Enhorabuena a todos los participantes en el proyecto! El año que viene continuaremos con nuevas ideas.  ¿Quieres colaborar con nosotros? Elige los proyectos integrados de “English 4 Easy Writing” en 4º ESO o “Internet and Magazines” en Bachillerato. 

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Song of the week: “We are One”

These days it is football time and it’s more special because it is a cup in which all the world join together and as this song says in the world now  “WE ARE ONE”.

“We Are One (Ole Ola)” The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song by Pitbull, Jennifer López and Claudia Leitte

First watch the official videoclip:

Now sing along with the lyrics video:

Answer the following questions about the song:

  1. Do you think football can join people or maybe it can cause more problems among them?
  2. What do you think this song wants to tell us?
  3. Do you think that a world cup is a good opportunity to join people from different nationalities?
  4. The song says “we are one”…do you think that we can be really “one”?
  5. Is a world cup good for the country where it is celebrated or there are more problems?
  6. Do you think that people really travel to Brazil to see the football matches or they only look for the parties?

Here is the game on Lyrics training:


And finally let’s all dance together:

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Short of the day

Today we will see another short film presented by Rafa and Manuel. The title of the short is “She and her cat”.

First watch the video:

She and her cat

Answer these questions before reading the summary:

  1. What do you think this video is about?
  2. Do you have any pets?

This is the summary of the short film:

This short is made by Makoto Shinkai, a famous Japanese film director. Some of his films are “5 centimeters per second” and “The garden of words”. The short occurs over the span of a year. It’s about a woman (She) who picks up a cat (Chobi) during a rainy spring day. The cat falls in love with his owner because of her kindness and beauty. During the summer Chobi gets a girlfriend (Mimi), but he refuses to marry her. On an autumn day She has a conversation over the phone. After it, She cries and becomes depressed. Chobi doesn’t understand anything, so he stays with her. In winter, She continues her normal life. She and Chobi are happy together.

Answer these questions before watching the video:

  1. Do you feel any relationship with your pet?
  2. Would you be sad without it?

Answer questions after watching the video:

  1. Have you ever picked up an animal from the street?
  2. Have you ever thought about how pets feel the world?
  3. Would to like to know the thoughts of your pet?
  4. When you feel sad, do you stay with your pet?
  5. What do you think the phone call was about?
  6. At the end, She and Chobi say “This world, we love it”. In the original Japanese short, the end has a different translation: “This world, I think we like it”. What could this quote mean?
  7. Why do you think the director made the short in black and white?
  8. How do you think the story could continue?

And now we are going to watch another short film presented by José and company.

  1. Do you think having friends can help you to be succesful in your life?
  2. Have you got a best friend?.. Why is him/her your bestfriend?
  3. Would you betray a friend for your own ambitions?
  4. Some people say that ”Friends are the family that we choose”. Are you agree?
  1. Make a summary of the short “Friendsheep”.
  2. Why was everyone frightened when the wolf started to work in the officine?
  3. Do you think that the wolf is regretful about the thing that he did?
  4. This short is an example of: The things aren´t going well always . The sheep had became in his friends, why do you think that he did it?
  5. At first, why did the wolf want to work in the office?
  6. Why do you think that only one sheep tried to help the wolf?
  7. Sincerally, do you think that the wolf feels anytime the feeling of friendship with the sheep?
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Two more short films of the week!!!!

Here are two more short film to discuss in class. The first one is titled “The Black Button”, a film about moral dilemmas, which will be presented by Pepe and Alejandro.

Answer these questions before watching the video:

  1. Would you kill for money?
  2. How would you feel if someone died because of you?
  3. Do you think the money buys happiness?
  4. Do you think that money is the root of all evil?

Now answer these questions after watching the video:

  1. Would you press the button? Remember that he can be a new Hitler or a good person.
  2. If you knew who is going to die, would you press the button?
  3. Now imagine that you are the father or the mother of a family with severe economical problems, and if you press the button you can solve all the problems of your family and also save other people helping for example in hospitals with your money, in that case, would you press the button?

The second short film for today is an animation film titled “Steadfast Stanley”, which will be presented by Esther Gónzalez & José Manuel Grande.

Answer these questions before watching the short film:
  1. Do you have any pet? which one? if you don’t… which pet would you like to have and why?
  2. Did you know any case of pet abandon?
  3. Do you think that pets love their masters forever?
Description of the short film:
This short video shows the loyality, honesty of a dog towards his master.
The dog rescues his master in the middle of an zombie apocalipsys, but before of that he goes through some adventures.

Now answer these questions after watching the short film:
  1. Do you understand the position of the mother?
  2. How would you if the dog were yours?
  3. And if you were a dog, would you take care of your master on that situation?
  4. How do you would survive in a zombie apocalypsis?
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