Sunday, 10 April 2016

Our Project on Shakespeare at XVII Jornadas CETA

Yesterday the XVII Jornadas CETA were held in the wonderful city of Córdoba at a really beautiful venue, CEP Luisa Revuelta. Our new project "We, We, We, Will Shakespeare" was featured with a workshop on one of its activities, the online journey to the Globe Theatre in London. The attendees were able to find out why online journeys are activities that let the students improve their English and learn cultural facts in English as they browse on the internet, something which is quite appealing and engaging to them. Our main goal with the session was to get the attending teachers inspired to create their own online journeys and put them into practice in the English class.

Before closing this post we would like to thank and congratulate the meeting's hosts, CEP Luisa Revuelta and CETA. Once again they have worked really hard, planned everything and treated their guests to a successful event, which included a marvellous lunch at a nearby hotel. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Students' Arrival in London

The 4th Year ESO students have already started their virtual trip to London in order to improve their English at a language school and enjoy all kinds of places and events around the city.

On the first stage of their trip the students pretend to fly to Heathrow airport. When they arrive there they need to ask for information on how to travel from the airport to their language school in north London. The school is called The Wembley School of English and it is near North Wembley Underground station on the Bakerloo line.

The students have worked in teams to create role-play stories depicting the situation above and act them out afterwards. First every team was given colour stickers to represent each of the lines within London Underground network. Then the students wrote the role-play stories. In the stories some pupils play the roles of the Spanish students just arrived at Heathrow airport; the other pupils play the roles of the information assistants who help the students find out the best way to get to their language school from the airport.

When the students say that the school is near North Wembley Underground station, the assistants show them how to travel to their school by Tube. They are told to take the Piccadilly line eastbound at the airport and when they get to Piccadilly Circus station they must change for the Bakerloo line and travel northbound to North Wembley station, which is near the school.

Next the students prepared several resources to make the scenery of their performances resemble an airport terminal and its information office. Finally every team acted their stories out in front of their classmates. Most students said they loved doing this activity. They also think the project helped them improve both their language and acting skills.

The students are already in London and very soon they will start visiting places of interest in the city. We hope they will keep on enjoying these great virtual journeys.

If you want to see some pictures of the resources and performances above, just check out our Flickr page. Thanks!!! 

Monday, 29 February 2016

We, We, We Will Shakespeare

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. In order to celebrate such an important event we have created a project called "We, We, We Will Shakespeare". It will feature an outstanding range of activities which will let our students find out and learn about the Bard's life and work in a fun way. The new workshop also aims to inspire other English teachers to introduce the world of Shakespeare to their own pupils. We will keep you updated on everything regarding this adventure. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

My Last Weekend

Hi you all friends! I'm Bus and right now I'm going to tell you what I did last weekend.

Last Saturday morning I got up at 9:00. First I had breakfast -I ate churros and drank hot chocolate for breakfast- and then I cleaned the house. In the afternoon I cooked and ate lunch and next I watched Chelsea's match on TV. Later, on Saturday evening, I had a shower and then I went to the cinema with a friend -the film was wonderful-. At night I arrived home at 11:00. I ate a sandwich and some fruit for dinner and finally I went to bed at 12:15.

On Sunday I didn't get up early. I had breakfast and then I read the newspaper -I love reading the newspaper on Sunday morning-. In the afternoon I ate lunch at Antonio's house. Later I drove his children to the park and played games with them. On Sunday evening I did my homework -I take Spanish classes twice a week- and next I had a shower. At night I had a light dinner. Then I watched TV for a while and finally I went to bed at 11:30.

Yeeessss, I had a great time last weekend. What about you? What did you do? Did you enjoy? I am looking forward to listening to your presentations in the English class.

PS: In the picture above you can see me reading the paper last Sunday morning.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Animals on the Underground

Yesterday Animals on the Underground, the hidden world of animals within the iconic London underground map, were introduced to the current 4th Year ESO students at Cardenal Spínola School. 

On Wednesday the students had been given a closed envelope with a gift and a secret message within. They had been told not to open the envelopes until they were at home and not to speak to each other about the message. The present was a London tube map and the message asked them to bring the map to the next English class with an animal inside.

Yesterday the students brought the maps with lovely drawings and pictures of several animals. First they showed each other their animals. Next I told them the story of Paul Middlewick, a man who found an elephant within the London underground map while he was waiting for the train on the platform and staring at a large tube map. I said the elephant was the first in a long list of animals  within the map, the Animals on the Underground.

Finally I displayed the Animals's website on the classroom's screen and let the students check out all the animals. I am pretty sure our friends Nick and Paul will love to know the students were more than excited and started a joyful applause as they were carefully watching the animals. When I told the pupils it was great they had enjoyed the Animals so, they said "Thanks teacher for this wonderful activity. We have never heard such a beautiful story as Paul's"

If you want to see more pics with the animals that the students brought within their tube maps, browse our Flickr site.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Poppy Day at Cardenal Spínola School

The 11th of November is a very important date across the United Kingdom; it is a day to remember and honour all the soldiers who have died in the line of duty. Ceremonies and silences are held everywhere: people are asked to stop what they are doing to remember. The day is called Remembrance Day and also Poppy Day.

Why Poppy Day, you may wonder. When World War I finished thousands of poppies bloomed across the worst battlefields: they became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war. That's why every 11th November everywhere and everything around the country is decorated with poppies: all kinds of public places, the different means of transport or monuments and memorials. Many people wear poppies too in order to show respect.

In the 4th ESO English classes at our school we have done a couple of special activities. First our London friend Uly sent four tweets telling the students about Remembrance Day. At home the pupils wrote the messages down in their books and then, yesterday 11th November, we read and reviewed them in class so that the pupil would find out what Poppy Day is meant to be and why it is so called.

Second, handcrafted poppies were made for each student at 4th ESO. After reading Uly's tweets in the English class the students were given the craft poppies and they wore them during the whole school day.

Browse our Flickr page for more photos on these activities.

Mind Mapping Emily Fry 2

The first unit at English 1st year ESO lets the students find out about a few teenagers around the world. First they read two texts on Piret, a girl from Estonia, and Emiliano, a boy from Argentina. Then they discover about Susanwho is from Liverpool, and Kevinwho is from Manchester -both cities are in the north of England-. Finally the students read an e-mail from Emily Fry, a 14 years old girl from Brighton: it's a city in the south of England.

After reading and working with Emily's e-mail the students are work in teams in order to make mind maps on her. They use different resources to show all kinds of ideas on Emily Fry.

First the pupils place the topic -Emily Fry- in the centre of the map. Then, they make branches off the topic: each brach shows a few ideas and has its own colour and lots of picturesWhen the students finish their mind maps they prepare and give their presentations. The students speak about Emily Fry and also about the design of their mind maps.

Browse our Flicker page and see many pics on this activity. You will like them!