Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving directions

Lugares de interés en Hastings
picture by Ramon Cutanda, Flickr

We've been reviewing how to give directions today in class. I stumbled upon this fantastic site from the BBC World Service that sums up all the points really well. It's got listening and vocabulary exercises as well as the language you'll need  --go check it out!

Giving directions

Ps. The video we watched about Stockholm belongs to this Youtube Channel:

As I said, it's a very nice way of seeing the actual experience of a tourist on a cruise tour and see some Baltic highlights :-).

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart is one of the most famous short stories by the American writer Edgar Allan Poe. In 1953, Columbia Pictures adapted the story into a very scary animated film. There are many versions on Youtube, but I chose this one because it is subtitled in Spanish :-)

I think it is a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

News resources for intermediate students

We have been discussing today a few resources for reading news that you can use if you are at an intermediate level (I will update this  if I find more) Monthly topical news lessons from The Guardian.  These are reading exercises based on news adapted from the UK newspaper The Guardian. They have three different levels: elementary, intermediate, and upper intermediate. There are teacher's notes and answers.

Inside Out e-lessons offers a weekly reading e-lesson, which is often based on current news as well. The level is different every week, and it ranges from pre-intermediate to upper intermediate so be careful. There are teacher notes, answers and a glossary.

Despite the old-fashioned design, has very complete lessons based on current events, complete with an MP3 file that you can use for listening practice.

That's all for now! Again, I'll update this if I find more info.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Useful links for tourism students in Madrid.

This year I'll be working at a school of hospitality and tourism with adults, so I'm going to share a few links that may come handy:

aéroport Madrid

(by Tagon

1) Groups for language exchange in Madrid.

(To my high school ex-students, please note that these are intended for adults!)

Both groups have facebook pages associated to their websites. Apart from meeting regularly in Madrid for exchanges, dinners, visits to the movies and parties, they sometimes organize trips to different areas in Spain. For obvious reasons, this is great practice for students of tourism!

2) In Madrid newspaper. 

 Great for finding one-to-one language exchanges and for general information about news and events in Madrid, as well as stories about everyday life for expats here. You can get the newspaper in most Irish Pubs along the city at the beginning of the month. It's free so you need to hurry, they run out really fast! If you can't get hold of a copy, you can always check their website:

Mboro sur mer

(by Tagon

3) A few travel sites I like:  A nice travel site full of interesting articles about little known sites and events. This is a travel site for backpackers mostly, but it is packed with information and you can do a lot of research on real questions and problems that occur to tourists through their forum, the Thorn Tree section.  follows the wikipedia structure to give information about countries and cities, specifically oriented towards travelers. is a website that compiles traveler experiences in different countries and cities. It's great to find information about off-the-beaten-track attractions.

Fevered Mutterings  is a blog by a friend of mine, Mike. He's currently working at and, being an experienced globetrotter, he's my main source for travel advice so you might want to check these sites out, too. You might want to look at his huge blogroll for more inspiration, too :-)

4) A few English as a Second Language sites you'll need to use: THE online dictionary. You can also download an application to check the dictionary on your phone via Wi-fi or 3G. Great for having a lightweight dictionary always available.  A pronunciation dictionary, especially useful for proper nouns and other words that may not be in a dictionary. Real native speakers record the words so you can listen to how they are pronounced. You can also contribute to it on the Spanish section. is the simplified English version of Wikipedia. It's good for English learners who might feel a bit overwhelmed by the main English Wikipedia.

And, last but not least, is a great site to look for general English practice, especially grammar exercises. It compiles activities from a large number of ESL websites all over the internet.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Relative sentences (repost)

As promised, this is the presentation about relative sentences that we saw today at 3ºA.

Monday, April 11, 2011

the Fukushima accident

We have been talking about the Fukushima accident in class today. This video explains what happened very well:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Exercises for 1st ESO

These are the exercises you can try for today:

Review on this website:

(especially the CAN exercises in green)

Practice the possesive adjectives AND the possessive pronouns
(start with the green exercises)

Practice the vocabulary of the house

Practice the vocabulary of animals

Remember: there are things that will go in the exam we cannot practice today. Remember to study them anyway!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

How to motivate kids to learn science

(Borrowed from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a comic blog. I thought it is absolutely right :-) )

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The present simple

A beginners presentation, for my students of 1st of ESO.