Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Reader assignment : The secret diary of Adrian Mole

The assignment should have a minimum length of 250 words.
Choose ONE of the options below. In the assignment, you must show that you have read and understood the story and the vocabulary. I will value your creativity and your ability for reaching conclusions about the story. You should try not to copy directly from the book.

Drama Activities:
  1. You are a social worker going to visit Bert Baxter. Write your interview and /or act it out in front of the class.
  2. Write and act out the conversation that might have taken place between Adrian’s grandmother and Barry Kent on Thursday, 21st of May.
  3. Write a phone conversation between Adrian’s mother and Mr Lucas after she returned to her family. Act it out in front of the class.

Writing suggestions:
  1. Write a letter from Pandora to Adrian, telling Adrian that you and he are getting too serious and explaining why.
  2. Write a diary entry from Adrian after the last one in the book.
  3. Write a poem that Adrian wrote to Pandora in his Valentine’s card to her (page 55).  
  4. Write your own diary for a week or more.

Challenge to think:

What were Adrian’s main objectives in life and what did he do to achieve them?
What do you admire and respect about Adrian? What weaknesses do you think he’s got?
What kind of adult do you think Adrian will end up being?

Chapters 4-6 Activities

Activity 1
1. wealthy
2. pleased
3. suspicious
4. deaf
5. charming
6. dead

Activiy 2
1. F (A headmaster works in a school)
2. T
3. F (A bill tells you how much money you will pay)
4. F (A sign is something you see)
5. T
6. F (You can teach your pets to sit and roll over)

Activity 3
1. Mr Mole
2. Mrs Mole
3. Mr Lucas
4. Adrian
5. Adrian
6. Mr Mole

Activity 4
1. Mr Lucas came for dinner and ate three pieces of Mr Mole's favourite cake. When he arrived home, he was angry. He threw the cheese sandwich on the wall and Adrian's mother started to cry.
2.  Pandora lives on Elm Tree Avenue, a wealthy street. Adrian discovered this while he was delivering newspapers on her street.
3. When he heard his father telling his grandmother in the kitchen.
4. Because he found a note from Mr Lucas.
5. Because Adrian's father hit him and he couldn't see out of his black eyes.
6. Because he was afraid his father was suicidal.

IF Animation

Poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling

Definitely one of my favourite poems! Full of wisdom!

You've probably heard of this writer because he's the author of the very well-known book "The Jungle Book". He was born in Bombay and he won the Nobel Prize of literature in 1907.
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in English, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Two lines of the poem are written on the entrance wall of the British tennis tournament Wimbledon. Can you guess which two lines they are?
The poem was read in a promotional video for the Wimbledon 2008 final by Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

In the first video below you can read and listen to the poem by a very attractive voice. And the second one is Federer and Nadal's video. I hope you like them! 

I have also copied below a beautiful Spanish translation of the poem for you to enjoy it fully. 
Tell me what you think about it.What's your favourite line?


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,          
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!


Si puedes conservar la cabeza cuando a tu alrededor
todos la pierden y te echan la culpa;
si puedes confiar en tí mismo cuando los demás dudan de tí,
pero al mismo tiempo tienes en cuenta su duda;
si puedes esperar y no cansarte de la espera,
o siendo engañado por los que te rodean, no pagar con mentiras,
o siendo odiado no dar cabida al odio,
y no obstante no parecer demasiado bueno, ni hablar con demasiada sabiduria...

Si puedes soñar y no dejar que los sueños te dominen;
si puedes pensar y no hacer de los pensamientos tu objetivo;
si puedes encontrarte con el triunfo y el fracaso (desastre)
y tratar a estos dos impostores de la misma manera;
si puedes soportar el escuchar la verdad que has dicho:
tergiversada por bribones para hacer una trampa para los necios,
o contemplar destrozadas las cosas a las que habías dedicado tu vida
y agacharte y reconstruirlas con las herramientas desgastadas...

Si puedes hacer un hato con todos tus triunfos
y arriesgarlo todo de una vez a una sola carta,
y perder, y comenzar de nuevo por el principio
y no dejar de escapar nunca una palabra sobre tu pérdida;
y si puedes obligar a tu corazón, a tus nervios y a tus músculos
a servirte en tu camino mucho después de que hayan perdido su fuerza,
excepto La Voluntad que les dice "!Continuad!".

Si puedes hablar con la multitud y perseverar en la virtud
o caminar entre Reyes y no cambiar tu manera de ser;
si ni los enemigos ni los buenos amigos pueden dañarte,
si todos los hombres cuentan contigo pero ninguno demasiado;
si puedes emplear el inexorable minuto
recorriendo una distancia que valga los sesenta segundos
tuya es la Tierra y todo lo que hay en ella,
y lo que es más, serás un hombre, hijo mío.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Chapters 1-3 activities

Activity 1

Activity 2
1. cover
2 skin
3. trouble
4. shape
5. profit
6. pain
7. marriage

Activity 3

Activity 4
1. Adrain doesn't want his father to discover that he broke the stereo.
2. He is trying to win her attention because he is unhappy in his own marriage.
3. Nigel wants to discourage Adrian from liking Pandora since he is also interested in her.
4. He doesn't want to tell anyone that he only received one card which was from his mother.
5. He needs money to pay Barry Kent who threatens to continue hitting him.


  • Do you think Adrian is loved by his family? Give reasons for your answer. 

Monday, 12 March 2018

A Foreigner in Britain

To get started, from this book I have learned the importance of travelling around the world, it makes you learn by watching the world, knowing new languages, new costumes and new cultures. I learned and understood that traveling makes you grow.

It's amazing to ser so many similar and different parts at once of United Kingdom, with its diferrent monuments and sites. You discover enough gastronomy, many curious food dishes, but at the same time, they seem strange to me, since I consider myself delicate to eat.

During my stay in London, in the end of course trip, with only sixteen years, it was the first time I had left the country to go to a different country. If was a new and unforgettable experience, I learned thing about their culture and place, but being there made me think and realize that I still need my parents and I missed them, I was far from them, I looked towards the horizontal and they weren't there, that experience made me grow and learn.

From this boom I hace also learned new words that I didn't know, and reading in English has helped me improve my ability to understand.

The teenage years are the most important years of your life. Do you agree?

In my opinion, the teenage years are the most important years of our life because it is the phase in which you develop completely and you are able to find meaning to many situations.

Also, personally I think that you live and you face new situations that make you think things throught. It is a phase of new situations, sensations and emotions to overcome and especially, I strongly believe which is a phase of selfknowledge, to know yourself more and be clear about what you want ti choose.

Without a doubt, the teenage years is a phase in which you discover many things, you learn new lessons that you will remeber forever and that makes you be brave.

Finally and most important, you will end up learning who are your true friends, who loves you, who supports you, who helps you and most important still, you will know who you are and who do you want to be.

The place where I live

I live in Seoul, it is the capital of South Korea. It has a population of more than 1 000 000 people.

Seoul is considered a global city for its explosion of economic growth. There are many tourist places like The National Museum of Korea where it is shown the culture and history of its people. 
The Changdeokgung Palace, which was built in inspiration to the environment by King Taejong. The Gyeongbok Palace is the most beautiful and was built during the Joseon Dynasty. 
There is also the Buddhist Temple Bongeunsa and the Lotte World which is  an amusement park.

The weather in Seoul tends to be generally warmn wiht humid summers, and winters are really cold and snowy.

Seoul is famous for its architecture and its great Internet connection is faster than any other country, also for its gastronomy and its celebrities.

What I like most about Seoul are its tourist places, ist gastronomy, ist culture, ist shopping centers and ist celebrities.

The Changdeokgung Palace                                               The Gyeongbok Palace


        The Buddhist Temple Bongeunsa

      Lotte World