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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Actually travelling

The 2nd Batxillerat group is travelling to London pretty soon, so I suggest this link to practise some of the most common travel English expressions and vocabulary in a series of intuitive multiple-choice self-correcting questionnaries on the most relevant situations.

London, here we come! Don't hesistate to take them several times.

The more the better. We call that "practising". 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Movies & Language

I have been pointed to this great great blog by a colleague of mine (hi, Helena!).

It is called Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals. Wow, that's a long title. Still perfectly explanatory of the object of the blog. It uses subtitled movie clips to illustrate specific points of the English grammar. It is an excellent tool for learning in a less conventional way.

I'm loving it. Really. Thanks Claudio Azevedo for such a great piece of work.

And there is more. Here, you can also find loads of material realted to the connection of movies and languages. Great suff indeed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Science for everyone

Here is a web site with scientific contents for the sci-geeks in you! It's called "Science Daily" and its great to be up-to-date with scientific research.

I particularly recommend the Videos section

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Documentaries we have watched

With 3rd year students we watched 2 great documentaries, one about the origin of our planet produced by the History Channel. You can watch it here.

Then we watched Super Size Me. An incredible journey to the center of the fast food world and its consequences on our bodies. Morgan Spurlock directs and appears in this risky but enlightening personal experiment.

Stay tuned. More coming up soon...

Movies, movies, movies...

Here is an update of our cinematic activity this first term at Vacarisses.

We have seen Pride & Prejudice, based on the wonderful novel by Jane Austen, with Keira Knightley. A powerful love story with social commentary.

We have also seen Remember the Titans, with Denzel Washington. A touching historic event about race, cooperation and resilience.

More coming up on the New Year...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Interactive maps

Se have a great resource at xtec.cat. Enrique Alonso has produced a wonderful set of interactive maps for geography students in several languages.

I would like to use this page to learn the name and location of the states of the USA.

And then, this page to practice them.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Readers - 1st of Batxillerat

This year we are going to have a look into the main English-speaking countries and cultures. So we are starting with a look at the USA.

To have a starting point, we are reading this Oxford Fact File which is an introduction to the USA.

  • Title: The USA
  • Author: Alison Baxter
  • Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780194233910

    1. Read the book.
    2. Write a dossier with the exercises at the end of the book.
    3. Comprehension test.

    1. Reading: start today.
    2. Dossier: first class after The USA week in December.
    3. Test: first class after The USA week in December.