Thursday, March 21, 2019

Short films in English

Here's a way to practice your English that is less stressful than watching a long film.

In this twenty-minute story, two young astronauts fall in love. Stop at minute 8. What do you think will happen in the end?

In T.I.M., a social service robot is assigned to a problematic young man. Do you think they'll get along? How do you think the robot will help him become a better person?


Monday, March 11, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Brief History of the Oscars

It's Oscar time again!

Watch the video and answer this question:

Who created the Oscars? Why?

Test your memory. Do you remember:

1) When were the Oscars created? Why is that date important?

    1919 ♦ 1925 ♦  1929

2) How many guests attended the first ceremony?

    517 ♦ 217 ♦ 270

3) How many awards were given on the first ceremony?

    15 ♦ 19 ♦ 5

4) What is represented on the pedestal of the Oscar statuette?

    The 5 branches of filmaking ♦ The 5 Masters of Film ♦ The 5 continents

5) Who has the record for most Oscar wins?


6) When was the first TV ceremony aired?

    1963 ♦ 1953 ♦ 1948

7) How many times has Bob Hope host the Oscars?

    9 ♦ 19 ♦ 15

8) How many people watched the ceremony in 1998?

    55 million ♦ 1.6 billion ♦ 105 million

Watch the video again and check if you were right!

Who were the Oscar winners this year? Which was your favourite?

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement was one of the most important events in US History. During the 1950s and 60s, African-Americans fought for equal rights to voting rights, education, healthcare, justice and more.
Before we watch the video, can you think of people and events that happened during this period?

Look at the infographic. Which events on the video are mentioned in the image?

On the third Monday of January every year, the US celebrates the birth of one of the main leaders of the movement, Martin Luther King, who was born on the 15th of January.

What do you know about MLK? Watch the video and check if the facts match what you believe. Who else is in the video? Why do you think that is?

Martin Luther King was a great speech writer. His best known speech is probably the "I have a dream" speech, which he gave during the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963. It is believed that 250.000 attended this protest.

The speech is so famous that it has been put into song by rapper Common for the soundtrack of the film Freedom Writers.


Another famous film about the Civil Rights Movement is the film Selma, which received an Oscar  nomination for Best Film in 2015. The main soundtrack song, Glory, received the award for Best Song on the same year.

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Selma deals with the difficulties the black population in the American South faced in order to register to vote and participate in elections. Here's a fragment of the film. What do you think about how the two people in the clip behave? What conclusions do you draw about the situation in the 1960s in the US?

Finally, February is Black History Month. Do you think it's still relevant to celebrate this month? Why?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Formación Profesional // Orientación para la universidad

Por una vez os pongo un post en español:

Os dejo unos cuantos enlaces para la tutoría del viernes. En primer lugar, toda la información sobre FP la tenéis en estos dos enlaces:

Formación profesional en la Comunidad de Madrid

Formación profesional a nivel estatal --familias profesionales 

En este enlace os dejo un buscador de centros educativos en la Comunidad de Madrid.

Por último, os recuerdo que el Departamento de Orientación tiene una sección muy completa en la web del instituto:

Dentro de esta sección hay varios tests que podéis hacer para ver posibles opciones de cara al año que viene. Me interesa que echéis un vistazo especialmente a los siguientes:

1) Test de intereses en Formación Profesional.
2) Test de intereses de cara a bachillerato.
3) Test de intereses universitarios. 
4) Ranking universitario (muy útil para descubrir grados y universidades por toda España)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"Leaving home at 10", by Harry Garuba

This poem was published on The Guardian newspaper on the 11th of June 2018.  It is written by Nigerian author Harry Garuba and deals with a young boy going to a boarding school for the first time.

  • I have removed the past tenses. Can you reconstruct the poem?

Leaving home at 10
It ___________ (be) an old Peugeot 403
They don’t make them anymore
Tyres inspected, engine oiled, brakes checked
All in order as only an old Peugeot can be.
Its creaking body ____________ (hold) together by care,
My father _____________ (drive) me to the boarding school
In a small town one hour away from home …
My tears and the car _____________ (hold) through the journey
Through the pothole in my heart and the tear on the road
Through the window, I ___________ (watch) the world rush past
The houses and the trees and the streets and the names
I had known and loved, all running backwards, with
No time to pause for a goodbye, no time to wave
To the departing son leaving the embrace of home and hearth
We _______________ (arrive) over an hour later, father and son,
driving through the school gate to the dormitory
that was to be my home for the next five years.
Then my father ____________ (leave)… and, averting my eyes, I _________ (cry).
On initiation night I _______________ (recite) the prescribed words:
“I am a fag, a rotten green toad. I promise
to give up all my rustic and outlandish ways
and to become a true student of Government College, Ughelli.”
Soon after I _____________ (lose) the language of guavas and spirits
And ever since I have been boarded up in a new home,
A new language with neither spice nor bite.
I miss all the coarse and colourful words I can no longer use
The power and potency of the curse uttered with a gob of spittle
Let loose in the language of the body and the spirit
I miss the language that once _____________ (live) in my body.

  • I have removed the past tenses. Can you reconstruct the poem? 
  • Look at the expression was to be. Do you think  this expression refer to the past or the future? Do you know what it means?
  • Why do you think  the protagonist of the poem does not cry in front of his father?
  • What is the significance of the language in the poem? How does it connect to the history of Nigeria?
  • Think of other examples of going to boarding school in literature. Are they similar or different? Why do you think that is? 

Monday, June 11, 2018


Watch this video from the movie "Frankenstein" (1931) until minute 1:00.
What do you think will happen next? Write three sentences, then check if you were right.

Bonus: if you have watched "Guardians of the Galaxy", does this scene remind you of something?