Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stereotypes: can we judge a book by its cover?

Stereotypes surround us, they are involuntarilly stick to our minds. For example, the Bristish are said to be extremelly polite.

Can you name some other national stereotypes? What about the Spanish? An article written by a British about "how to be Spanish" has been recently hardly criticised by Spaniars. What is your opinion? Read these more pleasant ones: 1, 2, 3

Therefore... can we judge a book by its cover? Can we rely on racial, gender, religious or any other kind of stereotypes? Children are undoubtelly certain we are all equal. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Brave "New" Technologies

New technologies have revolutionized the way we live. In many ways, our lives have improved, but... maybe we should be carefult, don't we?

The importance of sleep in your brain.

Save the Earth!

There are so many things to talk about when we discuss enviromental issues... Shall we start by watching and commenting this video?

Watch this video about recycling plasctic.

Prefixes and sufixes

Do you think learning word formation is difficult? This girl tells us about a very common suffix, which is kid of easy to use... kindda prolific!

Here we have a game to practise word formation: prefixes and sufixes, and here two with prefixes and their meanings. Finally, a compilation in this website.

Girl Power! Fight for equality.

Do you think we still live in a sexist society? Are we trapped by sex estereotypes? Do you know the meaning of the word "feminism2? Watch Emma Watson's speech (the complete version with Spanish subtitles here).

Don't you believe there women are still treated differently? Look at this infographic, or the one below:

Do you know who the suffragettes? Whatch these videos.

What did the women suffragettes do for you?              When did women win the right to vote?  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Future in Our Hands

Back in the 80's, some people imagined the furture as a place where cars would fly...
Have you ever heard of the film Back to the Future? Investigate it's wiki! It depicted life in... 2015! They got some things right.... curious? Read this  CNN article and watch the videos.

"He was never in time for his classes... He wasn't in time for his dinner... Then one day... he wasn't in his time at all."17-year-old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early."
—Tagline for the film  Back to the Future.

And we keep talking about films... or shall I say TV series and even novels? Many have imagined our future with not very positive views.... Distopias are the opposite to Utopias: an imaginary world were life is not as we would wish... 
Some examples of distopian stories are The Divergent Series, The Hunger Games, The Handmaid's Tale, Blade Runner, 1984 and it's "Big Brother", The War of the Worlds (featured in The Simpsons), Black Mirror... Do you know them? Let's investigate a little! You'll share your information with the class. 

One of the most prolific distopian authors was Isaac Asimov, and the film adaptation of I, Robot offers a lot to talk about (here). 

In order to speak about the future, sometimes we use Time Clauses. Revise their form and use with this slide, and then do these interactive activities (and some more on this link).

You may also want to revise future tenses, including future continuous and future perfect. Activities on this link, and slide next. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Amazing lifes: people who changed the world.

Would you like to change the world? How does it need to be improved? Can little actions make a different? Listen to Michael Jackson's opinion.

Go through the activities in these wikis in order to find out more about what needs to be changed.

Do you know people who changed the world for good?

Which was Martin Luther King's dream? What did he fight for? (Whatch full speech here).

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Power of Education

What is Education for? From my point of view,

So... why is school important? What about the Educational System? Do you know about homeschooling, or any other systems or types of school? Theres a lot to talk about... watch these videos, read the article about technology in education, and discuss. 

Finally... what about technology in the classroom? Will teachers be replaced by Instagram? 

But then... what is intelligence? What is important in order to learn? 

Are you still gritty about watching more on education and learning, there is a set of Ted Talks here

Why learn languages? 

Read this article and watch the video, The benefits of a bilingual brain

The importance of speaking properly: Word Crimes

Please, check this padlet created to celebrate The European Day of Languages, and add your favourite word in three languages (one should be English, please!).

Reflecting on our learning and learning a bit more with jokes.

Are you good at learning languages? Have you already found your best strategies? Take the following quiz (the  same one in this new link) in order to know you a bit more, or find more quizes and tips in this blog entry. You can also have a look here for tips on learning a language.

One of the best ways of learning is by having fun! So, why don't you visit the following page, with jokes in English? Moreover, you can try to learn some riddles or tounge-twisters, they're great to practice pronunciation and vocabulary!!!

Why don't you check these videos with tips in order to think in Enlglish: 1 and 2.

By the way... have you heard about multiple intelligences? Check this link to watch a video and find your strong points! It comes from the website Best Carreer Match, which helps you find the career that suits you. Why don't you take this test for advice?

After such an intense debate... let's have a laugh with "Taking Exams"!

Please, share your findings in this Padlet about Education

What makes you happy?

What is happines? What makes you happy? This is one of the most discussed questions, right?

Let's Google read some quotes about it, choose yours and then post it here, in our Padlet.


Listen to this touching, beautiful song. I hope you love it: I lived, by One Republic. (short version here

Let's laugh together! I'm sure you'll move with Pharrel Williams' Happy

After discussing about the meaning of happiness, why don't we go through this webquest to deepen on it? 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Magic of Idioms

Idiomatic expressions show how a society thinks, am I right? That's the reason why they're so important: they show you different perceptions of reallity. Check the following article about idioms in different languages that cannot be translated.

Look for some idioms in your mother tounge, for example... do you believe they can be understood if you translate them literally? Which message would be lost? This article analyzes why Spaniards "shit in the sea", and the following one shows us the corresponding idioms in English and Spanish.
The entry "las mejores peores traducciones del español al inglés" is a must-read, too. Yet undoubtedly, my definite favourite translators of Spanish idioms are "Súper Británico" and the creators of "From Lost to the River".

In order to learn idioms and metaphorical expressions, it is sometimes useful to visualize the literal image, which might be hilarious! and, therefore, useful in order to remember. Check this article with some English expressions illustrated.

And finally... why don´t you try to learn a few of the top 100 idioms in English?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Magic Words: Phrasal Verbs with Game of Thrones, prepositions, collocations...

Terrific Phrasal Verbs. 

Wether you are a GOT fan or not, you are going to love this entry! Check it!! You'll also enjoy the funny combinations with animals... have a look, don't chiken out!

Are you willing to check your knowledge on Phrasal Verbs? Take these quizzes! 1, 2, 3.

Prepositions and collocations. 

If you're queen o quizzes, why don't you keep testing prepositions? 1, 2, 3, 4.. and Advanced!

All the quizzes are from the website ESLBuzz, where you can also find an extensive list of common preposition collocations.

Words created by Literature. 

Shakespeare alone coined thousands of words that we still use today (many of them, awesome insults XD). But, do you know where the word "Yahoo" comes from? Have a look at the following article

Idioms and expressions. 

For the magic of idioms and expressions, check my entry on the topic. But just a bite to light you up... here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Conditional Sentences

Practice the Second Conditional and your listening skills by learning Beyonce's If I Were a Boy a really interesting song about sexism, so further discussion is advised. You can also try the awesome Lyricstraining verision here.

You can also work with some activities on What If, by Coldplay, here.

Speaking activities:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Modal Verbs

There it goes! Extra practise on Modal Verbs.

Activities to revise have to, must/ musn't, musn't/ don't have to.
Some more theory and activities:

Listening activity: how much can you learn in a month?

And a couple of songs:

Gerunds and Infinitives

Here you can find the presentation to revise the use of Gerunds and Infinitives, and activities to practise it.

Activities to revise the use of infinitives123 and 4.
Activities to revise the use of gerunds: 12 and 3.
Gerund or infinitive? 1 and 2.

Listening activity: the sound of music 1 and 2.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Comparative and superlative adjectives + travel. As and like.

In order to revise Comparative and Superlative adjectives, here you have the rules and some practice.

Activity 1: comparatives and superlatives.
Activity 2: comparatives.
Activity 3: superlatives.
Activity 4: comparative or superlative?
Some more funny activities: The biggest and the best.
And here you have a little game about your knowledge of the world: Sentence Monkey and the Natural World. 

And a couple of songs: 

A very old-fashioned but funny one:

And one from the official Shreck soundtrack:

Travel, describing places.

Describing a place.
Project: my city now and then.
Would you like to visit London? Do you already know it and want to see it again? Have a look and the following video and listening activities. I'm sure you will feel like being there!

As and like. 

In order to revise a problematic point, that is, the common mistake when using "as" or "like", go through the following theory and activities.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Revision of tenses

Play the following game in order to revise all the tenses we have been working with. In the same webpage there are plenty of games to revise and learn vocabulary and grammar. Have a look!!!!

Why don't you listen to the following song? It's really beautiful! We are the world.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Present Perfect, Clothes, Revision units 4A and B, 7A and B.

I know you are experts on the Present Perfect, but you can revise it a bit with the following presentation and activities, as well as the vocabulary on clothes and the listening activities from units 4A and B, 7A and B.

Just, yet, still, already.

And here you have a wonderful song to practise the Present Perfect:

U2 — Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For from Adam Fromm on Vimeo.

Do you think you know the lyrics? Try the following game, really fun!

 And click on the following link to watch a nice video with some activities to revise the vocabulary on clothes. Enjoy it!

Finally ... why don't you do this awesome quizz on Fashion?

Friday, January 3, 2014


Do you think English pronunciation is difficult? You are not the only one...

Even though this guy does not agree with us... 

Listening activities are really useful in that sense, but practising a bit with the phonemic chart is also necessary. Have a look!

BBC Learning English also contains a phonetic chartlearning tips and quizzes.

If you want to know even more resources, this webpage contains links to many more. Take your time, investigate a bit, and share the best you find!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Talking about the future - revision on Unit 3

Revise the theory with the following presentation:

And if you feel you need more practice, why don't you do these activities?

Activity 1: some examples.
Activity 2: use.
Activity 3: more detail about use.
Activity 4: "Will" or "Going to" 1
Activity 5: "Will" or "Going to" 2
Activity 6: "Will", "Going to" or Present Continuous? 1
Activity 7: "Will", "Going to" or Present Continuous? 2
Speaking activitiy: "going to" for predictions. What's going to happen?

And here you have a really funny song which uses the futures:

To hear a really nice one with a fill in the gaps activity, click this link.

And still one more, but this one is a bit sad...

As you know, you can also revise the vocabulary and the listening activities we've done in class here.