Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas decoration

Hello to everyone! As these days you must be terribly busy, I've been looking for some interesting sites to help you decorate your classroom. I'm sure you'll find them very useful.
Christmas decoration 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
Just for fun  1  2  3  4  5

Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas traditions

Hi to everyone!
These days, we are very busy in our high school with the preparations for the next Christmas exhibition. All of you can also participate with the decoration! Just have a look at these links and have fun!
Christmas in English speaking countries 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Friday, November 15, 2013

Let's go to the museum

Hi!! As I promised, I leave you here some useful links for your next artistic presentation.
Pictures from top to bottom, The red room, by Paul Cézanne; Bayeux Tapestry (Detail); a graffiti in El Ejido, Almeria (Unknown artist).

Picasso Museum (Málaga)
El Prado Museum (Madrid)
Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)
Louvre Museum (Paris)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Revising phonetics

Today I've found this great interactive chart to help you with your pronunciation. If you are interested in improving it, just click here.
This reminds me of Pygmalion's myth to read.
Below, George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1913). His play was successfully filmed in 1964 by George Cukor. This new version turned into the famous musical My Fair Lady. If you want to watch it, just play the following video. (Moisés Antón's courtesy on YouTube for pedagogical purposes).


Prepare the best Halloween outfit

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reading-3rd ESO. Group D.

This is my present for my students in the third year of CSE. Continue the story. Deadline:24th October
Picture on the left. Fishermen at sea (1796) by William Turner.

My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening.(...)
"Hold your noise!" cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch. "Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!"
A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.
"O! Don't cut my throat, sir," I pleaded in terror. "Pray don't do it, sir."
"Tell me your name!" said the man. "Quick!"
"Pip, sir."
"Show me where you live," said the man. "Point out the place!"
"Once more," said the man, staring at me.(...)
"Now look here!" said the man. "Where's your mother?"
"There, sir!" said I. (He did so, pointing out to his mother's tombstone).
"Ha!" he muttered then, considering. "Who do you live with ?"
"My sister, sir - Mrs. Joe Gargery - Joe Gargery's wife, the blacksmith, sir."
"Blacksmith, eh?" said he. And looked down at his leg.
"Now look here," he said, "the question being whether you're to be let to live. Do you know what a file is?"(...)
"Get me a file." He tilted me again." "Bring it to me." "Or I'll have your heart and liver out." (...)
"Yes, sir."
Adapted text taken from one of Charles Dickens'  most famous novels. Do you know its title?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Reading-2nd ESO. Group B

Hi to everyone! As I promised I've found the perfect activity for your "break" time. It's an optional activity, but it always scores =)
I'm sure you'll love it. Choose only ONE of them. Have fun and remember...

1-Abbey's daily routine is very busy, but she hasn't got too healthy habits. Continue her story, suggesting new ones.

Abbey gets up at 7:00 am, feeds the dog, and

has cereal and a glass of juice for breakfast.
She walks to school with her friend, Julia.
She has a package of chips for a morning
snack. She drinks some water from the water fountain,
and she has a chicken and lettuce sandwich with
a banana for lunch. She likes playing soccer
with her friends at lunch and morning break
time. She walks home with Julia and there she has some
crackers with cheese and fruit juice for
afternoon snack and she plays with the dog for a
while. She plays computer games for an hour
or two before dinner. Later, she has a shower and she
does her homework. She watches her favourite
television show for an hour; then she usually goes
to bed at about 9:30 pm.

2-Create your own comic strip and share it with all of us. The topic is "daily routine".This is an optional activity. Do you accept the challenge? If so, please click on this link and follow the steps. Then, print it and hand it in.  The deadline will be due 24th October.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Revising sounds

As some of you have asked for extra help, I've been surfing the net, and finally, I've found several videos that may be really useful to improve your pronunciation. Now, it's up to you! Take your time and practise.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Passive voice

Exercises 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
Right, Meeting at the library, painted by Deb Adams.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Verb tenses

Present Simple & Present continuous 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
Present v. to be+going to+v (base form)  1  2  3
Past Simple exercises 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Past Simple vs Present Perfect 1  2  3
Imperative form (Giving instructions) 1  2 
Dialogues: at the restaurant 1 2 3 4
Modal verbs 1 2 3

Monday, March 11, 2013

At a restaurant

Click here to listen to the reading of this menu.

Sources:Professional English. Hotel and Catering. Penguin English Guides &

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cassava cake


 There are many versions of this classic Philippine dessert on the net, so I've chosen the simplest!

  • 1 tin of coconut milk (400 ml)
  • 2 packets of grated cassava (you may find this in stores which carry Asian products)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or margarine.           Yummy!!!!
You will also need the following kitchen utensils:
  • A bowl
  • A chef's knife
  • A wire whisk
  • A baking dish
  • A silicone brush
  • A grater

-First, preheat the oven to 350F.
-Crack and beat the eggs and mix all the ingredients, except the melted butter/margarine, in a bowl.
-Next, pour the mixture into a greased baking dish (9x13'') and bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
-Then, remove from the oven and brush melted butter on top of the cake and 
bake it for another 15 to 30 minutes until the edges are golden brown and a knife inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
-Finally, let it cool down and and the cake is ready to be served. Enjoy!

Cassava Cake is soft, chewy and aromatic. If you have a sweet-tooth, this is your recipe.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tastes and Texture

Read the following conversation between Peter and Juan in a restaurant in Yorkshire. Peter is describing the different tastes and textures of the dishes on a menu. Focus on the words/phrases in BOLD and think about their meaning.
Peter: 'So Juan, what do you fancy having?
'I'm not sure. There's lots of food and dishes from around the world on this menu. You've eaten here before, what's the chicken vindaloo curry like?'
'It's very hot. The last time I had it, my mouth was burning for about 15 minutes. To be honest, it's a bit bland, it doesn't really taste of anything. If you want to have a curry, I would recommend the tika masala, it's spicy, they use about 15 different spices in it, but it's not hot. I like it, it's really tasty.'
'I'm not sure I want Indian food. And the fish and chips?'
'Although I'm English, I don't like it, it's greasy. It's covered in too much oil for me.'
'What are the salads like here? They have a Caesar salad, is it ok?'
'Well, yeah. I had it a couple of years ago. They use fried bacon in the salad as well, which is strange. The iceberg lettuce and the bacon were very crispy, they make a noise when you first chew them. It has fried croutons, which were so crunchy, it was almost like eating a savoury biscuit. But for me, the Caesar sauce was too creamy, they used too much cream. There's another salad that I had the last time I was here, called the Naples salad. It's got so many different things in it, it has anchovies that are very salty, but it also has small pieces of lemon that gives the salad a bit of a sour taste. Because it's in theory Italian it also has pieces of parmesan in it, the hard cheese that they grate on top of Italian pasta. It doesn't sound good, but the combination works very well.'
'I'll order that. Have you looked at the desserts? They have a coffee cake, I like coffee, but the last time I had one was in Spain and it had a very bitter taste, it was like I was eating coffee without the cake.'
'I don't know. I've never tried it. I've had the toffee ice cream, which was really good. The ice cream is very creamy and it has small pieces of toffee in it, they are really chewy, they get stuck in your teeth. There's also the butter croissant, which is really flaky and it comes with a smooth raspberry sauce.'
'And the chocolate cake?'
'It's very rich, it's almost like you're eating a bar of chocolate.'

Source: This dialogue has been taken from:

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Present simple vs Present continuous Exercises

To be+going to 1  2  3