This term our cross-curricular project will consist of an oratorical contest in English and Spanish. You will work in groups of six students. Each member of the team will perform one of the following tasks.
- Recitation of a philosophical speech. (2 minutes maximum)
- For and against speech about issues affecting our world today. (2 minutes maximum)
- Sale of an object. The student will choose an object from a box. They will have to convince the audience about the need and benefits of that object. (1 minute maximum)
- Defense and attack of two fictional characters. Students decide which character they are defending or attacking. (2 minute maximum).
- Persuative speech. Students will try to persuade the audience to take action. (2 minutes maximum).
- Recitation of a literary text. Students will a poem or a literary text. (2 minutes maximum)
The final score for all the speeches will be given according to the following criteria:
- Content of speech (clear, meaningful and relevant information)
- Presentation of speech (volume, emphasis, fluency, gestures, eye contact, appearance, eloquence)
- Structure of speech (cohesion and coherence, linking words)
- Persuasion (ability to persuade)
- Use of English (accuracy in vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation and grammar)
Time penalties: for each 10 seconds over or under the given time.
Here is the video of the final of the contest organised in Madrid.
Here are the different tasks:
Here is the text in English: ORATORICAL CONTEST IN ENGLISH
Here are the audio text for the literary texts:
1. When we two parted
3. The Raven
4. Hunger games
5. To be or not to be
The Book Thief
On this post we will learn about the parts of the house: furniture, objects and rooms.
Activity 1: Read this interactive book about the description of houses.
Activity 2: Now learn more about the parts of the house with this presentation.
Activity 3: Describe this house.
- The rooms: There is a big bathroom upstairs.
- The objects, furniture and gadgets in each rooms: In the bathroom, there is / are …
- Adjectives before the nouns: colour, big, small, comfortable, modern, etc. There is a comfortable bunk bed in the bedroom.
- Prepositions: next to, near, on, in, between, in front of, etc. There is a washing machine next to the oven.
- The objects and gadgets that did not exist in the 16th century: There wasn’t / there weren’t …There weren’t any plastic chairs. There wasn’t any electricity.
Project: We will create a presentation with a description of a house in past. Choose a house in history using THERE WAS / THERE WERE.
Oral presentation: Study the description of your house. You cannot read the text on the screen.
House 1: Visit this castle
House 2: Visit Aston Hall
House 3: Visit Blakesley Hall, a Tudor house.
House 4: Visit this Victorian house.
House 5: Visit this house at war.
The new film we will watch in class is “Life of Pi”, which is based on the book written by the Canadian writter Yann Martel. Here are some book trailers.
Here is the script of the play we will perform this year.
Romeo and Juliet
To learn the pronunciation of your part, insert your lines in the box of this application. Choose the voice of a woman or man from UK and then click in Say it to listen to the text.
On this post you will find a review of modal verbs in English.
Activity 1: Pay attention to this unit about modal verbs in English.
Activity 2: Play this game to review the modals we have learnt. In your notebook write a list with the possible functions for each modal:
In English we can transform the two objects a verb can have.
Activity 1: First, watch this video about the passive voice.
Activity 2: Pay attention to this explanation.
Activity 3: Now practise the passive voice with these interactive activities.
Activity 4: Finally complete these activities on-line.
On this post we will learn about the popular sports and schools in Britain.
Activity 1: Watch this video about sports in Britain.
Activity 2: And now watch this video about schools in Britain.
Homework: You will watch the videos at home too and answer the questions.
Go to the website EDpuzzle and sign up as a student. Include the class code dJyn7P to jon or class and watch the two videos presented.
On this post you will see the difference between daily routines and actions that you are doing at the moment.
Activity 1: Pay attention to this interactive presentation. Complete the activities on-line.
Activity 2: Group the sentences in present simple and present continuous.
Activity 3: Now learn the formation and uses of the present continuous.
Activity 4: Now let’s play a game.
Activity 5: Finally, let’s listen to a song. Write down all the verbs you can find in the present continuous.
Here is the original song “Lemon Tree” by Fool’s Garden on Youtube:
On this post we will continue talking about actions we are doing at the moment.
Activity 1: First, learn the rules to form the -ING form of the verbs in present continuous.
Activity 2: Learn the vocabulary and expressions on this interactive book.
Activity 3: Now let’s watch a beautiful lyrics video where many verbs in present continuous appear. This song is “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift. Write down all the verbs in this tense that you can see.
Here is the video clip of this song that appears in the film “The Hunger Games”.
Activity 4: Finally, watch the trailer of this amazing film “The Hunger Games” so you can understand the meaning of Taylor Swift’s song.