Wednesday, December 30, 2009 I suppose you'll be studying hard for your exam in January...

...I give you here a song that will both encourage you to study and present a few examples of the present perfect in action... ;-)

...and happy new year!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Remember you can look up the words you don't know in the dictionary.

Enjoy the holidays, rest, have fun and come back charged and ready for the next term!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The present perfect

Here is a presentation about the Present Perfect for the students of PRIMERO de Bachillerato. If you are on a lower level, you might find it a bit difficult...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Riding out the recession

Last Friday, our school received an interesting visitor. His name is Sean, he is 21 years old and comes from Cornwall, England. He wants to ride a bike all the way from Cornwall to Cape Town, in South Africa! He is doing it to help some charities. While he was riding accross Madrid, he got lost and stopped here to ask for directions, and we were talking with him for a while. Later Antonio drove him to Pinto, and there he continued his trip.

If you want to know more about his project, you can click on There you can donate to the charities he is supporting, too.
You can also see what he is doing by following him on Twitter:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Not a lot of work this time... just enjoy the video!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Summer Cat, by Billie the Vision and the Dancers

On this youtube video you can listen to the song and read the lyrics

The Summer cat title refers to the fact that many people abandon their pets (cats or dogs, usually) when the summer comes and they go on holidays. This songs talks about a man whose girlfriend leaves him after the holidays, probably because she's going back to her home.

Read this USEFUL VOCABULARY before you listen to the song:

Hold so close abrazar tan fuerte

Wanna want to

chilly wind viento frío

whip golpear (a veces también significa batir)

cheeks mejilla

gonna going to

wave my hand — mover la mano

Worn out hat sombrero viejo

broken hearted con el corazón roto

break into entrar en un sitio por la fuerza (e.g. para robar)

whisper susurrar

instead en vez de (hoy)

clouds nubes

naive ingenuo

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chocolate Cake, from Nigella Feasts

Nigella Feasts is a TV program with celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. On this Youtube video she's going to cook a chocolate cake. Watch the video and the slideshow and answer the questions:

What do you think of the cake? Would you like to bake one?

Would you like to share any recipes yourself?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Life in Britain

Here are some details about life in Britain. Find out the following details:

1) When do men usually get married in Britain?
2) What is the most expensive type of house in Britain?
3) Does the traditional English breakfast have eggs?
4) Is Indian food easy to find in Britain?
5) What is a kilt?
6) Who is Vivienne Westwood?
7) Give the name of ONE member of the Beatles.
8) Give the name of ONE song by Oasis.
9) What is Hogmanay?
10) When is Guy Fawkes' Day?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Class pictures

Dawoud Bey is an American photographer and a professor of photography at Columbia College, Chicago. He was born in Queens (New York City). One of his specialities is making photographies of teenagers. On his site,, you can find many examples of his work. Today we are going to focus on his most recent work, Class Pictures, which was reviewed by Time Magazine. Each of the picture has a few sentences about what the subjects think that defines them -- their personality, interests, family or everyday life. Follow the link to answer these questions. You can work in groups and use the dictionary:

  1. Why does Simone think she's part of a minority?
  2. Why does Kevin think his father's death had a positive side?
  3. What does Ziarra want to study when she's older? Why?
  4. What is Austin's favourite sport?
  1. Is Danny always outgoing and outspoken?
  2. What did Marieke do at dinner when she liked a book?
  3. What does Omar think people notice first when they look at him?
  4. How has Christopher's cancer changed his personality?

  1. Does Sarah think being "Normal" is important?
  2. What's special about Jordan's family?
  3. What attitude does Isabel hate?
  4. What motivates Rasec?
  1. How many languages does Usha speak?
  2. Does Alejandro want to have a brother or a sister?
  3. When is Robert getting married?
  4. What does Shalanta want to study when she's older? Why?

As an extra work, you can take a picture of yourself and write a text about it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

online exercises with comparative adjectives

Here's a compilation of websites you can use to practice comparative and superlative adjectives.

English Zone

Better English lessons (1)
Better English lessons (2)

Interactive Workbook (Pedro F. de la Iglesia)

Study Zone

Eric Squire's web