"Learn to imagine, imagine to learn" with the Bilingual Program at I.E.S. Albert Einstein"

Onscreen declarations of love

To celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day this year we will look for your favourite love declaration on screen.

Go to this board, add an image of the film, insert the quote, but don’t say the title of the film. Let’s see how much we know about love films!!! In the chat participate using your name and surname and include the title of the film and why you have chosen your quote. You can also recommend the film.

You can also vote for three of your favourite declarations, including yours if you want. In class we will watch the videos of the most voted scenes.


DEADLINE: Friday the 12th to post your image and declaration. In class we will try to match the films and quotes the following week and watch the love scenes of the most votes declarations.

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Creating history timelines

We will learn what a timeline and learn how to order events along a timeline.

In pairs you will create a game to order important events in the different ages of history. You will use the on-line application:

Step 1: The first step is to create an account in the application of LearningApps.org. Then go to the class of 1 ESO BILINGUAL and create your game!. Only one student has to create an account and log in.

Step 2: The language you should use to create this game is English. Select the UK flag on the menu above.

Step 3: You are going to create an App. In the Sequence section, choose the activity Number line. For the students working on the Prehistory timeline and the Ancient Age timeline, choose the option Sequence and Order.

Step 4: Study well the events on your timeline so you can present your project showing all that you have learned.

Here is a game to order events in Prehistory:

Sequence and order game


This week your teachers will give you the events and the timeline for each group so you can start working as soon as possible.

Here is the evaluation criteria for this project in pairs. Pay attention so you can all create the best games!!!




Creating timelines

This week we will learn what a timeline is and how to order events along a timeline.

We will start with the timelines of famous people in history. Complete these tasks in groups of three.

ACTIVITY 1: Click on the image of each famous person and complete the information on this worksheet.

  1. Isambard Kingdom BrunelHe was a famous engineer. He was born in 1806 and he died in 1859.
  2. Christopher Columbus
  3. Elizabeth Fry
  4. Henry VIII
  5. Edward Jennel
  6. Florence Nightingale
  7. Samuel Pepys
  8. Pocahontas
  9. Mary Seacole
  10. George Stephenson

famous people

ACTIVITY 2: Go the section called JOURNEYS. Every group will work on a famous person. Read and listen to the life of a famous person. On the timeline diagram in the worksheet, write the important events in his or her life.


ACTIVITY 3: Now go to the section TIMELINE and write one important event for each date on the worksheet. 



Short of the week


This term we will show short films or segments of film or TV series including:

  1. An introduction about the film: summary of the plot, information about the director, actors, etc.
  2. Questions before watching the film
  3. Questions while watching the film (optional)
  4. Discussion questions after watching the film
  5. Final conclusion

You must include interactive activities to work in pairs or small groups.

You can also include a game to play in class about the short film using the following application: learningapps.org (order the sequences of events, multiple choice, etc).

Here is a collection of websites where you can find excellent short films and the presentations created by my students last year. Create a Drive document including the links and discussion questions.


Short films on Pearltrees

Here is the evaluation criteria for this project in groups: Video presentation rubrics

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Short of the week

Here is one more interesting short video presented by Rocío, Marta and María.



This short film is about a lonely boy who starts communicating with a cute girl in opposite building using written signs and eventually they met each other. Love doesn’t always talk, it sometimes might be expressed even from a piece of paper. In a world of social networking and cellphone, signs are still powerful as long as they mean a lot.

Activity 1: Answer these questions before watching the video

  1. Read the title. What can you imagine this short would be about?
  2. What you think will happen in this video?
  3. This video tells a story about love, What do you think will end well? Why?
  4. Have you ever felt in love in a strange way?

Activity 2: Now watch the video

Activity 3: Finally answer these questions after watching the video

  1. Do you feel identified with any characters in the short film?
  2. When the girl says to the boy that she had a secret, what did you think this secret was?
  3. Have you ever fallen in love in the school?
  4. Di you believe in love at first sight?
  5. What did you think was going to happen when the boss calls the girl?
  6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of falling in love with a classmate or workmate?
  7. Have you ever seen the moment of giving the first step with a girl or a boy and you haven’t given it? If you didn’t give it, did you regret it? If you gave it, did it work?
  8. Did you like this short film?
  9. What do you think will happen after this end?
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Christmas in Britain and the USA

Here is an interesting video about how British people celebrate Christmas.

Activity 1: Pay attention to this video and answer the questions.

  1. How old is Sally?
  2. What do they make and write?
  3. Who is Jack writing to?
  4. What is his message?
  5. Who is Sally writing to?
  6. What is her message?
  7. What does Sally and Jack’s mum cook for Christmas?
  8. What do they do on Christmas Eve?
  9. When do they open their presents?
  10. What time do they have a special lunch on Christmas Day?
  11. What do they eat for lunch?

Here are some videos about they celebrate Christmas in USA:


Advertising Christmas

Here are some amazing commercials created for Christmas.

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2012 The Journey

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 The Bear and the Hare

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014 Monty the Penguin

Happy Holidays from Coca-Cola

Sainsbury Christmas Advert 2014


Ikea Advert

Sainsbury Advert 2015

John Lewis Advert 2015

Macy’s Advert 2015

German Edeka Advert 2015

Dad Supreme 


Oratory contest in English and Spanish

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.


  1. Presentation of a thought experiment. (2 minutes maximum)
  2. For and against speech about issues affecting society. (2 minutes maximum)
  3. 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. (2 minutes maximum)
  4. Defensa de un escritor. (2 minutos máximo)
  5. Discurso motivador. Los alumnos intentarán persuadir al público para que actúen. (2 minutos máximo)
  6. Declamación de un poema. (2 minutos máximo)

Here is the video of the final of the contest organised in Madrid.

Here are the different tasks:

Here is a sample of a for and against speech in English.


Do you want to sound smart in your speech, watch these videos!

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Christmas Cards Using Recycled Materials

Creating Christmas cards doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. It is possible to make cards in a simple and ecological way!

And here are some Christmas cards made from construction paper, paint, newspaper, an old Christmas card, a cardboard box, raffia, and buttons!

We are going to make Christmas cards recycling and reusing materials that we can find around the house. During next week, take a box and throw in anything that can be useful: paper scraps, fabric scraps, food packaging, envelopes, calendars, old Christmas cards, advertisement leaflets, magazines, newspapers and so on. Be creative!

What to use for the card part of the card:

  • Paper supermarket bags
  • Used file folders
  • Thin boxes (such as cereal boxes, some mailing boxes, thick envelopes)
  • Construction paper

What to use to decorate the card:

Look around your house and you will find some useful materials hiding in there!

  • Scrap paper
  • Scrap fabric
  • Old clothing that can be cut up
  • Wool
  • Buttons (we all have a collection of them somewhere!)
  • Magazines and newspapers – cut shapes from colourful pages. Cut strips and glue onto card or cardboard for background.

Information adapted from this website.



You have to create a Christmas card to send to a classmate. You must include:

  1. The card decorated using recycled materials.
  2. A message in Spanish, English and French for your classmate, not necessarily the same text.
  3. Write the sender and receiver’s address on an envelope in Spanish. Put an envelope and send it to your classmate.


Creating and sending card with a Christmas wish is the ideal way to share your feelings and happiness with a classmate. Here are some beautiful wishes you can use for your card.

  1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  2. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
  3. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  4. Have a wonderful Christmas.
  5. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
  6. May peace, love and prosperity follow you always.
  7. May Santa Claus grant you all that you wish for this Christmas. 
  8. May this Christmas bring your way plenty of reasons to smile.
  9. Peace, Love and Joy to you and your family!
  10. May all your wishes, dreams and desires come true this Christmas.

Click here to find messages in French: Messages Joyeux Noël


Christmas cards rubric

Here is a video presentation with the Christmas cards our students created last year!


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Describing a picture

For the oral test you will have to describe a picture in English in pairs. Here are some structures you can use for this oral test taken from the British Council website.

What is in the picture?

In the picture I can see …
s / There are …
There isn’t a … / There aren’t any …

Say what is happening with the present continuous

The man is …ing
The people are …ing
It’s raining.

Where in the picture?

At the top/bottom of the picture …
In the middle of the picture …
On the left/right of the picture …
next to    near
in front of    in the background   in foreground

in the background / in the foreground

If something isn’t clear

It looks like a …
It might be a …
He could be …ing
Maybe it’s a …

Comparing and contrasting pictures

  1. Both… and…/ … and… both
  2. The common theme is …
  3. …, whereas…
  4. …, but…
  5. …. In contrast,…
  6. Unlike…,….
  7. A/ One difference/ similarity (which stands out) is…
  8. One thing that… and… have in common is…
  9. One of the (few) similarities/ differences between… and… is…
  10. Another/ An additional difference/ similarity (which is instantly apparent) is…
  11. The most obvious/ important/ apparent similarity/ difference (for me) between… and… is…
  12. A striking similarity/ difference is…
  13. … and… are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different, for example…
  14. … and…. are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different in terms of…
  15. … is different/ similar, in that …
  16. … and… have a lot in common, for example…
  17. … and… don’t have much in common, but…
  18. There are more similarities than differences between… and… For instance,…
  19. The main similarity/ difference between… and… is…
  20. The only difference/ similarity between… that I can see is…
  21. In comparison to…,…
  22. Compared to…,…
  23. A/ One contrast between… and… is that…
  24. … is (slightly/ a bit/ somewhat/ quite a lot/ a great deal/ substantially/ a lot/ much/ far/ much much/ far far) … er/ more… than
  25. …. In a similar way,…
  26. Contrasting… and…,…
  27. The most apparent difference/ similarity between… and… is…
  28. … and… share…
  29. A more subtle difference is…
  30. … differs from… in that …

Click here to see a video from the Bristish Council.

Here is a listening from Elllo website.
Here is another website to practise describing a picture.


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