domingo, 20 de enero de 2019


In January 2012 the Guardian newspaper published an article about European stereotypes. In the article, writers from five leading European newspapers in France (Le Monde), Germany (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Italy (La Stampa), Spain (El País), Poland (Gazeta Wyborzca) and the UK (The Guardian) responded to their respective national stereotype. Click on the picture to read the article and consider whether the stereotypes have changed much since then.

sábado, 22 de diciembre de 2018


Some weeks ago I promised I would post what we did about the environment last year. I never seemed to find the time to do it, but I finally did. So here it is. I hope you like it.

And you also have the exercises I told you we were going to do in January, when you get back after the holidays. I leave them here in case you have time to have a look. Remember it's not Christmas homework, it's what we 're going to do when we meet again.  Meanwhile, enjoy your free time.


domingo, 16 de diciembre de 2018


How many species can you name that are on the verge of extinction?
And how many of the ones below are you familiar with? Do the exercise and find out. It's a drag-and-drop activity. You only have to drag the name and drop it on the picture.

miércoles, 5 de diciembre de 2018


        One of the challenges I face every school year is to make my students use the vocabulary they learn. I know they study the new words and try to use them but they're so reluctant to come out... No matter how many exercises we do, when they have to speak, it's only the words they are familiar with that seem to be there to come to their rescue. I rack my brains to try and find new ways to encourage them to use newly-learned words and expressions, but I am never successful.
        I  refuse to give up, but some help would be welcome. I mean, if you know of something, anything that works for you, please let me know. Meanwhile I have done the two exercises below to revise the vocabulary related to travelling that is in our textbook.

EXERCISE 1. Click on the cards to turn them round and form pairs, for example 'local delicacy'.

EXERCISE 2. Fill in the gaps with the right preposition: away, around, down, in, of, off (x2), up (x2).

domingo, 2 de diciembre de 2018


Is there anything you feel is under threat or on the brink of extinction that you would like to protect? Just write it down or leave an image and be ready to explain why in class.


martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018


You already know that from this year on you have to add a new competence (or language activity, as they prefer to call it now) to the ones you are already skilled at, I mean, listening, reading, writing and speaking. This new skill is mediation. I do not think it is as new as they want to make you think, that's only to scare you away. You have been mediating all your life, at home with your parents and your children, when you go out with your friends and also in the EOI when you are told to do those exercises in which you have to read something and tell your partners what you have read.
Maybe the only difference between what you did in the past and what you have to do now is that the text you have to read/listen to will be in Spanish.
We've already done a mediation exercise in the classroom, which, by the way, you did great. You can find it HERE.
I leave another one below, after the cloze test exercise that I have done to familiarise you with mediation. I encourage you to do both exercises and give me the written one in class.

Try THIS ONE about the labour market in Spain.