Archive for 2015

Christmas around the world

How is Christmas celebrated around the world? How do you say "Happy Christmas " in different languages?
Choose a place and make a poster. We'll pin them up on the bilingual board! Be creative and original!

http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/photos/christmas-around-the-world

http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/languages.shtml

By the way,
            ¡¡Felices Navidades!!
         
          Happy Christmas!!!

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Taking orders




(By María Cuevas,Irene García, Ana García and Eva Jurado)

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Social Media


While some may argue that social networking tools, like Twitter and Facebook, are a waste of time, and others consider them to be innocent fun, there are a few people who would say these innovations are so much more. For example, one woman saved her friend from home invaders after seeing a plea for help on Facebook, while another was rescued by emergency personnel after tweeting for help when she was injured and lost in the woods. Learn about seven real-life cases where a tweet, status update or an application was a lifesaver.

How important are social media to you? How do you use the internet and social media? Leave your answer in the comments below.

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IES La Rosaleda Bilingual Blog

I'm going to coordinate the Bilingual program at my school and this is the blog we have created as a meeting point for teachers and students in order to share experiences, resources and useful information. We really hope it can be of help and interest to all of us and we encourage you to drop by. Any suggestions or feedback will be very welcome!.

http://proyectobilinguelarosaleda.blogspot.com.es/

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Free time activities

The beginning of the course has been very eventful and a bit stressful, but here I am, again, looking forward to blogging!. Let's start with some posters the students have made recently concerning leisure time.
 
(Nacho del Arco)

                          (Nacho del Arco)                                                        (Amanda Peña)

                                        
                                                         (Sebastián Puche)                                                                             

Images taken from Wikipedia and Flickr

By the way, welcome to a new school year!

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Lip synching

In order to say goodbye to Kerry, I told my students to lip synch to a song and make a video about it.
Have a look at some of them!!









Cool, aren't they?

Well, I'm going to make the most of this post to say goodbye to you as well...

 See you in September!!

Have a nice summer and ... take care!

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Literature in the time of WhatsApp

My friend and college, José Luis Gamboa and I have been working together on another project concerning  English and Spanish literature (how strange!) during the last term of our school year.


http://proyectorosaleda5.blogspot.com.es/


The main aim of this project has been not only to encourage imagination and creativity but also to improve reading, writing and speaking skills.
As far as we are concerned, we have been reading about The Brönte family, Charlotte, Emily, Ann…but on this occasion the students have played the role of the different characters; they have been able to express their feelings and emotions and the story about their lives has been retold from their own point of view.
We have been using WhatsApp and Twitter, social networks that are familiar to all of us, WhatsApp for the project, Twitter to communicate with one another.
In short, we wanted them to get involved in the knowledge creation process by working together and go a bit further so as to achieve meaningful learning.



Very proud of our students since our project was considered to be an example of good practice and a poster about it was displayed at The Official Doctors School in Málaga during a course on "Good practices at school"

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An opinion essay

When writing an opinion essay, we present our point of view on a particular topic and try to convince the readers that our opinion is the best one. That's why we must include reasons and examples that support our view.

Paragraph plan


Useful language

In my opinion, ... / In my view.../ From my point of view
It seems to me that ...
I think that ... / I consider that .../ I believe that ... /I feel that ...
As I see it ... / As far as I'm concerned ...
Personally,...
I  (strongly/ completely) agree/ disagree with ..
As for ...
It's clear (to me) that / It's obvious that ...
If you ask me ...
I'm sure/ convinced that ...

Linking words and expressions

Use them in order to connect your ideas and show how they are related to one another.




Example

                                                          Studying languages at school   

Studying languages at school is very important from my point of view.

English and French, for example, are different from subjects like Maths or Chemistry. As I see it, they are funnier and more dynamic.

Some people think that languages are boring or useless. Maybe, they are just not interested, and that’s the point. It seems to me that you have to be motivated to learn, and that happens with everything in life.

It’s clear that learning languages gives you a lot of opportunities in your life. In my opinion, it’s very useful. For example, if you can speak English you’ll have more chances to get a job here in Spain, or maybe you can apply for a job in the UK or the USA.

Personally, I believe that the teachers should use games and funny activities related to languages to motivate the students.

In conclusion, studying languages is essential for our future and, at the same time, we can have much fun.

(By Luis Blain)

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A for and against essay

In this kind of composition, we write about the pros and cons of a topic, which is considered to be controversial, and conclude summarising the main arguments and/or giving our personal opinion  by supporting one of the sides.

Paragraph plan


Useful language

On the one hand,...
On the other hand,
There are arguments on both sides...
There are several arguments in favour of ...
The question is ... 
One advantage of ... Another advantage is ...
In theory, ....; in practice ...


Linking words and expressions

Use them in order to connect your ideas and show how they are related to one another.



Example 

                                                 Living up to 100 years old of age

More and more new products are being invented to reduce aging. But, can we really slow aging?. I think that living up to 100 years of age has more disadvantages than advantages.

On the one hand, when you are old, everything is more complicated and you tend to get sick easily.
It is also possible for us to be present at the death of other relatives. This is very sad.

On the other hand, living up to 100 years old also has advantages, you are part of the oldest people in the world!. In addition, you could meet most of your family such as your great-grandchildren.

In conclusion, it would be interesting to live more than 100 years old as long as you can have a good physical and mental health.

(By Salvador Muñoz)

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The power of kindness

We can make the world a better place by spreading kindness. Do you agree?
Let's watch the video and talk about what people do and the positive effects of their actions. 


Now, think about yourself and tell us about the last time you did an "act of kindness". What happened? What did you do? How did you feel after ?.

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Debates in class

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Useful vocabulary

Starting the debate

First of all, I'd like to say that...

To start/ begin with....

As everybody knows ...

It is widely known ...

Many people think ...

Giving your opinion

I think/ believe...

In my opinion...

Personally I think...

As far as I'm concerned...

As for me,...

As I see it, ...

Agreeing or disagreeing

I  agree with you.

Yes, that's true.

I think so, too.

You are right...

I see exactly what you mean...

You may be right, but ...

I don't (really) agree.

I disagree with you.

I don't think so, because...

I don't know, actually, I think...

I know but in my opinion...

I see your point,  but I think...

That's all very interesting but the problem is ...

Yes, I understand but my opinion is that...

I'm afraid I can't quite agree with your point  because...

The problem with your point of view is ...

On the contrary! /Quite the contrary!

It's just the opposite.


Interrupting to say something

I'm sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to say that...

Excuse me, but that's not quite correct...

I'm sorry, but you misunderstood me/my point...

Sorry, I just have to disagree with you...

If you don't mind, I'd like to ...


Finishing the debate

  To sum up, here are the main points …

  Let us recap the main points…

  Let us summarize our position in this debate...

 
In summary, we want to point out that…




  

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Mr Loveday's little outing

Last year, my students from the VTC in Sign language carried out the staging of  Mr Loveday's little outing, a story about madness written by  Evelyn Waugh, a British satirical novelist who was born in London in 1903. 
An awesome project in which they used three languages: English, Spanish and Sign language.
Here you are all the activities we did :
3. Dress rehearsal and Sign Language.

An unforgettable experience...

My sincere thanks to Emilia Díaz García for her great contribution and help. 

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The making of Mr Loveday's little outing



Background music: Balad 1 by Van Syla from Jamendo

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Premiere at the School Hall




Many thanks to Elisabeth Ramírez (live music), Miguel Guerrero (sound and lights ) and Miguel Ángel Moya for helping us to make our project come true.


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Mr Loveday's little outing Act III


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Mr Loveday's little outing Act II


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Mr Loveday's little outing Act I


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Adapting the story to stage it

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Mr Loveday's little outing Audio



(By Víctor Rosado) 

Background music: Resignation by Galdson from Jamendo 

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"My wardrobe"

After talking about fashion in class , students were asked to make a video about "their wardrobe".
Here you are the one made by Lucía Navarro.


Great job, Lucía!

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Fashion and shopping



(By Kerry Wilkin

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Making a decision


Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree.

Agreeing

I (totally/ completely) agree with you.
Right!.
Yes, OK.
Yes, that's true.
I think so, too.
So do I/ me too.
Neither do I/ Me neither. 
That's a good idea!
That's sound great!
You are right!.
Absolutely!.
I see exactly what you mean.

Disagreeing

I don't (really) agree.
I disagree with you.
That's not true...
I don't think so, because...
You may be right, but ...
I don't know, actually, I think...
I know but I ...
I see your point but ...
I think I'd rather...
I'd prefer to ... 
I think it would be better to ...
I'm not sure about that.

Now, it's your turn:

You and your friend are planning a night out together. What do you decide to do?
( Don't forget to justify your opinions. Give reasons!)




Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree - See more at: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/agreeing-and-disagreeing#sthash.ld6jeixU.dpuf
Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree - See more at: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/agreeing-and-disagreeing#sthash.ld6jeixU.dpuf
Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree - See more at: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/agreeing-and-disagreeing#sthash.ld6jeixU.dpuf
Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree - See more at: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/agreeing-and-disagreeing#sthash.ld6jeixU.dpuf
Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree - See more at: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/agreeing-and-disagreeing#sthash.ld6jeixU.dpuf
Here are some expressions you can use to agree and disagree - See more at: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/agreeing-and-disagreeing#sthash.ld6jeixU.dpuf

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P.S. I love you



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P.S. I love you  is a terrific love story about Holly, a woman who must continue her life after Gerry´s death, her husband .

Directed by Richard Lagravanese, the cast includes, as leading characters, Hilary Swan, who plays the role of Holly and Gerard Butte, who plays the role of Gerry.

The story begins when Gerry dies. Holly leaves her job and spends some months in her house because she doesn´t want to go out. But, three months later, on Holly´s birthday, she gets a letter in which was written: to Holly by Gerry. As soon as Holly reads this, runs towards the door to know who has left the letter, but she doesn’t see anybody. In the letter Gerry says to Holly that she must learn to be happy without him. Since then, she gets a letter once a month for a year, and all of them finish with these words: P.S. I love you.

I like when she reads the letters because while she is reading them, she recalls the different moments they had spent together. My favourite part is when she recalls how she meets Gerry because it´s really funny, and something I love about this film is that although it seems a sad film, there are a lot of funny moments.

For me, it´s a brilliant film with a gripping plot full of emotional and funny moments that makes the audience have special feelings and makes them think that true love never dies. Maybe, for this reason this film was a box office hit.
I thoroughly recommend the film P.S. I love you, especially for people who like romantic stories and make people pay attention until the end of the film. It´s well worth watching this film.

(By Maribel Muñoz)

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