viernes, 11 de marzo de 2011

March, 11, 2004, Madrid train bombing

It was Thursday.
I was working in Getafe.
I passed by Atocha ten minutes before the bombing.
That day I was earlier than usual.
A colleague at work was travelling on the same wagon where one of the bombs failed to explode.
That day changed my life in different ways.
The next day at school we were singing this song at school.

martes, 8 de marzo de 2011


Have a look at the following data.

Can you guess what they are about?



19 March 1911







100 years ago, the first international women´s day was observed.

19 March 1911 was the date of that celebration in Europe.

100-140 million girls in the world suffer from FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.

Women EARN 26% LESS THAN MEN doing the same work in SPAIN.

14 is the number of WOMEN KILLED IN SPAIN IN 2011 so far.

(The victim number 14 happened to be YESTERDAY in FUENTE EL SAAD DEL JARAMA, about 20 kms. from ALCALÁ DE HENARES, MADRID)


More information on IWD: wikipedia
(Notice how the words "Women´s Day" have been replaced by "Make a sandwich Day";
Is this a mistake or a joke or none of them ¿?)
Terry´s selection of webpages here


lunes, 7 de marzo de 2011

Progress Check Unit 6


Exercise 1

1. d; 2. b; 3. h; 4. g; 5. f; 6. a; 7. e; 8. c

exercise 4

1 racism, 2 hate, 3 sexism, 4 nutrition, 5 dignity, 6 harm, 7 medicine, 8 war, 9 education, 10 rights, 11 respect, 12 care, 13 family, 14 prejudice and 15 violence

Exercise 5
2. hate
3. education
4. nutrition
5. sexism
6. war

domingo, 20 de febrero de 2011

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

The life of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller is fascinating.
Both are an example of courage
a model to the idea of teaching and learning in spite of our own limits.
You can visit links I´ve found interesting about them here.
Enjoy them!

sábado, 12 de febrero de 2011

What? Me? A Racist?

This is the link to an interesting comic in English.
It´s got different stories, all of them related to Human Rights.
Suggested activity for my students:
Read some and choose one of them.
Do a powerpoint presentation including:
1. Interesting vocabulary.
2. Grammar you can learn or revise.
3. Main topic (racism, women discrimination, no tolerance...)
4. Human Right/s it deals with.
5. Connection with your real life:
"I´ve chosen this chapter becuase ...";
"I know someone who... ";
"I´ve experienced something similar when...";
"I know this is happening in my family/neighbourhood/school/city/country..."

lunes, 31 de enero de 2011

Workbook Unit 5

Lesson 1


Exercise 1

2. Yes, probably; 3. What about you?;

4.What are you going to do?; 5. One day, I want to open my own restauorant.

Exercise 2

1. beautician; 2. chef; 3. musician; 4. actor; 5. reporter; 6. nurse/ doctor; 7. taxi-driver; 8. waiter; 9. teacher; 10. scientist.

Exercise 3

Susanne: farmer, farm in the country, farm, parrot, sell eggs and milk.

Megan: taxi driver, flat in the city, in a city, dog, drive car around the city.

Paul: nurse, house in a small town, hospital, cat, look after people.


Exercise 1

1. Julie is going to buy the food for the party.

2. Michael's going to buy the drinks for the party.

3.They're going to have the party at Louise's house.

4.Because Ian is moving to another city.

5.Michael and Julie are going to take Ian to Louise's house.

Exercise 2

1. She will take them to her room.

2. She will show them her new PC.

3. They will take him to the basement.

4. They will turn on the lights and say "Surprise!"

5. They will give him some presents.

Exercise 3

(Your own answers)

Exercise 4

2. meeting Jamie Donaldson; a lecture;4.going to the dentist;5.visiting Mum and Dad;6.having dinner;7.visiting uncle Ben and getting tickets for a rock concert.

lunes, 24 de enero de 2011

The Picture of Dorian Gray: suggested links and activities

* In this link you have got a 4-questions quiz.


These are Penguin´s activities (sheets for teachers to be used in class).





If you enjoyed the short version and would like to read the whole version, try this link, where you can find an e-book. (Teachers can compare one chapter from the original version to the adapted versions)


Oscar Wilde Quotes, from different Wilde´s sources


* A and B from this page to revise content and vocabulary.



MAKE YOUR OWN LIST OF QUOTATIONS from the version you are reading. Don´t forget to mention the chapter and page it has been taken from.


* These are ready-to-use activities


Extra links on Oscar Wilde here.


4th C
Diana´s tightest trousers are black.
Laura´s most comfortable trousers are big.
What colour are your tightest trousers?
4th A
Cristina´s folder is the most beautiful one in the class.

Progress Check Unit 4

Exercise 1
1.c.; 2.g.;3.e.;4.f.;5.a.;6.d.;7.b
Exercise 2
2. coolest; 3. smarter; 4. baggy; 5. more comfortable;
6. nice; 7. more fashionable; 8. nicer
Exercise 3
3. you eat too many hamburgers; 4. They had too many cakes;
5. She drinks too many glasses of cola; 6. She/He doesn´t eat enough fish;
7. We don´t eat enough cornflakes
Exercise 4
2. tinned vegetables or fish; 3. semi-skimmed milk; 4. balanced diet;
5. fresh fish or vegetables; 6. brown bread
Esercise 5
2. nice; 3. short; 4. formal; 5. cool; 6. tight; 7. baggy; 8. fashionable;
9. comfortable; 10. beautiful; 11. trendy; 12. medium; 13. small; 14. big

Workbook EZ4 Unit 4

Lesson 1
Exercise 1
2. Try a bigger size; 3. That dress suits you; 4. These trousers are too tight;
5. These trousers are too big; 6. I´ll take the top and the dress.
Exercise 2
2. trousers; 3. suit; 4. T-shirt; 5. trainers; 6. shoes; 7. shocks; stockings
Exercise 3
2. Sophie´s skirt is shorter than Vicky´s but it´s not as/it isn´t as short as Chloe´s
3. Bruce´s sunglasses are more expensive than Sarah´s but they´re not / they aren´t as expensive as Naomi´s.
4. Jack´s shirt is cooler than Samantha´s but it´s not as / it isn´t as cool as Claire´s.
5. Nick´s jeans are tighter than Paul´s but they´re not as / they aren´t as tight as Steve´s.
6. Sophie´s dress is longer than Chloe´s but it´s not as /it isn´t long as Vicky´s.
Lesson 2.
Exercise 1
2. fruit; 3. saugages; 4. rice; 5. eggs; 6. cream; 7. pasta; 8. chocolate; 9. beefburgers;
10. dried fruit; 11. meat; 12. sugar; 13. fish; 14. vegetables; 15. cereals;
16. juice; 17. lentils; 18. cheese; 19. milk; 20. potato
Exercise 2
Diary products: eggs; cheese; milk
One third: rice; pasta; cereals; lentils; potato
Five portions: fruit; dried fruit; vegetables; juice
Moderate amounts: saugages; beefburgers; meat; fish
Small amounts: cream; chocolate; sugar
Exercise 3
2. enough; 3. enough; 4. too; 5. too; 6. enough; 7. enough; 8. enough;
9. too; 10. too; 11. too
Exercise 4
2. too many eggs; 3. enough cola; 4. enough pasta; 5. too many people;
6. enough knives and forks
Lesson 3
Exercise 1
2.d; 3.e.; 4.f; 5.a.; 6.b
Exercise 2
1. It was unbearably hot and humid. There were storms sometimes.
2. Ants, spiders and insects.
3. Because she doesn´t like insects.
4. Because she destroyed the girl´s food.