Friday, 18 October 2019

My favorite photo

My favorite photo is when I went with my family last year to Lisbon, Portugal. It is a photo of the Jeronimos monastery, it is one of the many places I visited, and I liked it a lot.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

My Favourite Photo

   
                                            MY FAVOURITE PHOTO

  This is one of my favourite pictures beacause it's a picture of my dog, Wyat.
This picture  was snapped in winter of 2014, when my dad and I were walking my dog in the park somwhere around 11:00am.
     In the photo you can see my dog sitting down quietly. But at that moment I was playing with my dog around all the park and he was picking up some rocks and sticks to play with, all of a sudden my dad had the great idea to take a pictutre of my dog.
     I love this photo because it reminds me of this wonderful memory with my dog in a really beautiful picture.




MY FAVOURITE PHOTO

MY FAVOURITE PHOTO 


That is one of my favourite photos.I was on holiday with my family last year in Ibiza and we went to a "cala".My mom didn't go inside the sea.My mom's partner and i went into the sea, to swim and we arrived at the buoy, so my mom took the photo.

I don't know how it was taken nor what was happening because i was in the sea.The photo is on the phone.

I like the photo because it shows the love that I have for the sea.

My favourite photo_Mario



                                                     My favourite photo

This is my favourite photo. They are decks of cards. I took the photo two years ago when I was fourteen. I sent it to my best friend when we loved magic.
In this picture there is a lot of money even if it doesn't seem like it, because each deck of cards costs approximately twenty euros, and those in the center of photo cost fifteen euros because they are tricked. There are two coins that I bought in Paris.
I love this photo because it remainds me of the bests moments with my magician friends and teachers. For that reason I save this picture very well. This photo shows that I was working hard to become a magician.



My favourite photo


My favorite photo has got to be the one you're seeing right now. It's of my cousin (Iván) and I doing... something. I took while I was on holiday in Galicia last Summer with my family. Super fun time, let me tell you.

Some context: This was my last day there, and we wanted to take as many photos as we could. We're basically best friemds, y'know. Out of all the pics we took, this has got to be one of the funniest ones: it truly shows what we are like (Idiots). I'm pretty sure I placed the camera and timer while Mery watched our stupidity unfold. She knew we were gonna be annoying that day so she wanted to stay far away from us.

I absolutely adore this photo. This was the best summer of my life and the year where Iván and I were the closest we've ever been. I keep it on my phone but damn if I should print it.

My favorite picture






I think this is one of the pictures that I like the most. it's the Eiffel Tower behind the Sena. I took it in 2019 in Paris, in the final course trip.

Paris is the capital of France, and it's full of art pieces, but from all the pictures I took this is my favourite. It's such a simple photo that is so attractive. That day it was rainy, even though it still seems nice.
The thing that fascinates me more is that I took it spontaneously, while I was walking. I didn't even see it until I got into the hotel.
It remained as my phone wallpaper for at least a couple of months.

Monday, 14 October 2019

MY FAVOURITE PHOTO

MY FAVOURITE PHOTO



This is one of my favourite photos. It's a building. I took this photo last summer when I was at the end of the school year. I took the photo in Barcelona, at the Barceloneta beach.
The building of this photo is named "L'Estel Ferit" and a lot of photographs go there to take a picture for their networks.
I love this photo because it was one of my first sunset photos, and I had to go there and take the photo for a long time.
The composition of this photo reminds me of when I go with my dad with the bike. I have it as the background on my mobile.

My favourite photo (Marc.M)


This is one of my favourite photos. It's a snake bite. I took the photo in the summer of 2018 when I was on holiday with my family in Alcanar, in the soth of Catalonia.
My grandparents have a house there, so every summer we go there. The house is in the middle of the field, so there are many animals: rabbits, birds, snakes, hedgehogs... I like to take pictures of animals, especially if they are difficult to see, for examle snakes. In Alcanar there are many snakes, and they aren´t very difficult to find, but always when I see a snake, it's amazing. This snake is poison is practically harmless to humans.
I love this photo because  I caught this snake with my hands, and I can't always do it. Water snakes are easier to catch, but land snakes are difficult to find, and I can't always catch them because of their size.

My favourite Photo


MY FAVORITE PHOTO


     My  favorite photo is a very nice picture of the atmosphere and the half moon. I snapped this picture somewhere around 6:30am on the 26th of September, on my way to the dentist.
     I captured this sight because I’m a very great fan of nature, meaning the natural things of features of the world just fascinated me. And because I want to make a big album in like a year’s time.
     I love this picture because it’s a very unique one, because it has a sum of different colours and different shades due to the dark tones of the sky, which I always associate it with the beginning of a new day and new experiences.

A holiday I really enjoyed

Tell your partner about a holiday you really enjoyed.
Ask and answer these questions.


Where did you go on holiday?
Who did you go with?
How did you travel?
Where did you stay?

What activities did you do?
Did you meet any interesting people? Did you practice your English?
What was the weather like? What was the food like?

Have you got an anecdote about that holiday?

Who did it?

You're all staying at the Empire City Hotel. Sophie Hatcher, a famous model, is staying there too. At 3.55p.m., Sophie left her room. She didn't close the door. She came back at 4.45p.m. and her purse with all her money and credit cards wasn't there! She called the manager of the hotel and he has put everyone who is staying in the hotel in this meeting room. One of you stole Sophie Hatcher's money! Help the police find out who it was.

What's your name?
What do you do?
Why are you in the hotel?
What were you doing and 4 p.m.?

Friday, 11 October 2019

Friends

Can you classify these adjectives into those with positive, neutral and negative connotations?

cool, sincere, clumsy, dull, tactless, intelligent, adventurous, sexy, 
fun person, optimistic, romantic, mean, vain, wise, competitive, creative, generous, imaginative, snobbish, tactful, stubborn, impulsive, serious, ambitious, cruel, lively, hard-working, sympathetic, naive

Which of this qualities is more important for you in a friend?
Which of this qualities is more important for you in a partner?


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Alexander's Essay

Hi everyone! My name's Alexander.
I live in Badalona, Spain. I enjoy the beach and I like to bathe on the sea.
I spend my free time (which I have, I think, enough) watching YouTube videos or hanging out with friends.
I have three pets; My cat, which is nine years old; my other cat, which is my oldest cat' daughter and she is six years old; and my ferret which is five years old.
I like to ride my bike and I like to do bunny hops (which is a kind of jump on the bicycle) and some kinds of stuff.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

MY LIFE




Hello, my name's Parag Pathak. I am 16 years old. I'm from India, and I live in Spain, Badalona.
I'm at Batxillerat (A levels), I'm studying physics. I live with my parents and my sister.
I have black hair and black eyes. I have a big nose and I'm tall.
I'm a positive person and I'm funny. I like very much play videogames and watching series, especially action and science fiction,but as class have started I don't have free time, only on Saturdays and Sundays. My hobby is drawing, i like it very much.

Describing myself

Hi, my name is Natalia Agudo Contreras and I am 16 years old.
I'm Spanish and I live in Barcelona.

I'm going to tell you aboute myself. I'm at senior year of high school. I'm studying at a levels high school. I live with my parents in a flat in Badalona. I have a dog, a schnauzer- I'ts name is Wyat.
Now, I'll tell you about my physical appareance. I have brown eyes and brown long hair. I had brackets and now my teeth are perfect! I think I'm a positive person. My friends say I'm funny and crazy and It's true. I like being happy with people I love.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and friends by watching movies, but what I love doing most is reading books. Why? Because I practise my imagination with something really simple. With letters.

About me:

What's up? My name's Rubén and you shall call me that. I'm 16 years old but give 3 more months and I'll be 17. I live in our glorious Spain, specifically in Catalonia.


You really wanna know about me? Oh well. Basically, I'm studying technology at A levels, and it's kinda hellish. I'm living with my parents and our house is pretty nice, I guess.

I have extremely brow hair and some weird-ass eyes. As in, they're either brown or green depending on how they're feeling. I also have a pretty muscular physique (I'm two barn-doors wide).

I try being funny and positive. Yeah, ok, I fail at both, but I try. I'm also pretty chill... most of the time.

My hobbies are pretty generic: I like playing videogames, working out 24/7, reading and listening to head-bopping music, when I'm not doing homework, of course.

Ricardo Popenta

Describing myself

Hi! My name's Ricky, it's Ricardo but everyone calls me Ricky. I'm sixteen years old. My family is from Romania but I'm born in Spain.
I'm going to tell you some things about myself. I'm at "Bachillerato" and I study physics.
It's my first year and it's quite difficult but I want to pass it. I live in a small flat with my parents in Badalona. I have a dog and his name is Bob.
I have a blond hair and brown eyes. My father always say that I'm similar to him and he's right.
I think I'm a positive person, I'm always laughing and sometimes I can't be serious.
I don't have so much free time, but when I can I like to playing videogames and watch videos on the internet. Some of the videos I watch are in English and I think this helps me a lot.

Mario Maldonado

Hi. My name’s Mario. My family and some friends call me “gitanillo”, because my family is of gypsy race. I’m 16 years old. I’m gypsy and I live in Barcelona.
I’m at high school. Now I’m studying science. When I finish it, I would like to study to become a police officer. I live with my parents and brothers in a small flat in Badalona. I have a brother and a sister older than me and a twin sister. I’ve never had pets.
I have brown hair and brown eyes. Also I’m slim and I have a big nose, but I don’t think about it. I don’t consider myself very tall compared to my friends.
I think that I’m a strong person. My family says I’m funny and bold. I’m consider myself a clever person and sometimes very serious.

Now i don’t have much free time because I study every day. When I have free time I like playing a computer games, football and basketball with my friends in the street or the park.



Marc Martos

Hi, mi name is Marc. Some people call me Marquitos, I like it. I'm16 years old. I'm Spanish, and I live in Badalona.
I'm going to tell you about my self. I'm  at high school.I'm studying science,i'm not sure yet,
but I would like to be nutritionist or biologist. I live with my parents in a flat. I have two sisters, a twin sister and an older sister. I have curly brown hair and green eyes. I'm quite tall and thin. My family says that I have monkey ears, I agree with them. I think I'm a positive and funny person. I like making people laugh. But I can be serious too when I need to be.
I don't have much free time because I study hard. But when I can, I like to do sport. I'm good at playing soccer, basketball, ping pong,... . When i was younger, I played on a soccer team. I had a great time, but I left it for studies.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Describing myself

Hi, my name is Natalia. Some people call me Nati, but I hate it. I am 16 years old and I have been living my whole life in Badalona.

Here you have some facts about me: I am at "bachillerato" studying sciences. At the moment, and I think for many years, I am living with my parents in a cute flat. I do not have any pets, however, when I can live by myself I will adopt a cat.
I am in love with my hair, it is curly and brown, my eyes are brown too. In comparison to others, my lips are a bit thin.

If I had to describe my personality, it would be impossible for me. Some people say I am funny and love my laugh and others hate me. Being sarcastic is not the best option sometimes to make friends.
I spend all my little free time watching TV dramas or playing the transversal flute, and I try to take care of my Tamagotchi.

Myself

MYSELF 

My name's Evelyn, but everyone calls me Sara.I'm 15 years old. I'm from Colombia but now I live in Barcelona.

Now I'm going to tell you about myself, I'm studying at high school La Pineda, I'm doing (bachillerato). I'm living with my mother and her partner.

Now I'm going to tell you about my appearance. I'm thin, I have brown eyes and brown long hair.
The two things that stand out of my personality, is that I'm shy and kind.

My hobbies are swimming, singing and playing the guitar .

Describing Yourself

Hi, my name is Melanie, but almost everyone calls me Melito, well more specific my family and close friends. I’m 16 years old. I’m Spanish and I live in Badalona.

I’m going to tell you about myself. I’m in high school, I’m studying sciencies and I like it. I live with my parents in Gorg, Badalona. I have two dogs, they are very cute.

I have Black wavy hair, low height if compared to other people, brown eyes, and my skin is something brown - light.

I think I’m a funny person, although more sociable with trustworthy people, maybe other people think that I’m serious because my face is of I will kill you.

I like singing in my free time, go to shopping, eat ice cream or I usually play with my cousins to the Barbie’s but with the homework I don’t have a lot of free time.

Writing about me

writing about me

1- Hello my name is Meritxell but everyone calls me Meri . I'm 17 years old . I'm a Spanish girl eho lives in Badalona.

2- I'm going to tell you about myself . I go to high school . I'm studying science . I study because I want to be a nurse and I love biology . I live in a house with my parents and my 9 brothers.

3- I'm a girl with brown hair and dark eyes , the typical spanish stereotype . My mom always says I have big eyes and she's right.

4- I know that I am an open person , my family and my friends always tell me. I'm proud of it .

5- I don't have much tree time because when I'm not in class  I'm doing homework . But when I can i play the guitar and sing.



Ruben's question:
- I wish you exceptional more detail about your nine brothers.
Well, what to say Rubén ... I am the 4th of my 9 brothers:
Pablo with 24 years, married and studying law.
Esteban: with 23 years also studying law.
Yael: with 21 years , she study primary education.
Andrea: with 15 years studying 4th of that at the institute.
Gabriel: With 14 years, he studies 3rd of high school.
Carmen: with 12 years, studies 1st in the institute.
Ruth: with 10 years, studies 5th grade.
Marcos: with 8 years, studies 3rd grade.
Esther: With 7 years, study 2 of primary.
We all get along great, we help each other, but we have our differences, sometimes we fight, we still love each other and we all get along.

MYSELF

   My name’s Francisca, but most people call me Franca, Francis or Xesca. I’m 16years old. I’m Ghanaian, but I was born in Badalona and went to live in Ghana, now I live In Spain (Barcelona) or Badalona to be precise.
   I’m a science student at Institut La Pineda, I just begun my senior year in high school. I stay in a flat with my mom and sometimes my brother, because he doesn’t always reside here in Badalona but rather in Germany.
   I’m dark in complexion, I have a brownish black hair, it’s mid length, curly and very stringy as most Afro hairs and to end with my physical description, I have dark brown eyes, and there are a little bulge, but not that much.
   I’m a very logic person full of curiosities and lots of interests concerning the nature and many more. I love singing, watching movies and just being silly or said in a colloquial way “fooling”  to release stress.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Composition Mistakes

Spanglish:
....and I have fear.
I'm agree with them.


I lived for a long time in Spain.
When I will finish it, I ....
blond / blonde

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Peer-evaluation Workshop 1

For those of you interested in taking the PAU exam by the end of next year-course, you should know that the writing mark consists of four parts.
  • 1 point for Grammar
  • 1 point for Vocabulary
  • 1 point for Text (connectors and paragraphs)
  • 1 point for Maturity (content, creativity,  humour, details, anecdotes, arguments)
Now let's do some co-evaluation and reflect upon maturity:
  1. Swap compostions with a fellow student.
  2. On a yellow post-it, write down some feedback to help him/her improve his/her content regarding interest and maturity. 
    • I would like to know more about your  ...
    • I wish you explained more details about ...
    • Could you futher explain what kind of ... you like most?
    • Why is ... your favourite ... ?


Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Unit 1 + 2 Exam

Sudent's book + Workbook:
from page 8 to page 31

Vocabulary Bank: (click on the link for a list of all the vocab. in each file)
page 236: Describing people
page 237: Things you wear
page 238: Holidays

Writing:
page 199: Describing yourself
page 200: My favourite photo blog

Grammar Bank: 
pages 212-213: File 1
pages 213-214: File 2

page 250: Irregular verbs!!!

English File Online Practice:
Go online to review the lessons and check your progress (use your access code to register)
englishfileonline.com

Pocket Book (for speakers of Spanish)


Good luck!

Don't say "Yes" or "No"

Objective: practice of interrogative sentences. 

Whole class or team competition.

Each team prepares as many "yes/no questions" as you can. You can use all the different verbal tenses.

Each question must be answered without delay and without the use of "yes" or "no".
The team which answers the most questions in this way wins.

Alternative answers to "Yes" or "No" could be:

I might go.                          Obviously                      Obviously not.          
Maybe                                 Sure                                No way.
Perhaps                              Of course.                      Of course not.
Probably                             I hope so.                        I hope  not. 
Possibly                              I think so.                       I don't think so.     
                                            Absolutely!

                                            Of course I will.             Of course I won't.
                                            Of course I did.               Of course I didn't. 
                                            I definitely will.               I definitely won't. 
                                            I definitely did.               I definitely didn't. 

You never know.                  
It depends.                    
Who knows!                         
Why not?
I have no idea.  
I haven't got a clue.
I would rather not answer. 

Idea taken from Penny Ur's book, Grammar Practice, Cambridge, 1990.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Monday, 16 September 2019

Diagnostic test


  • Write an essay describing some of your English learning experiences at school and / or outside the school. 
  • Describe the way you study it, your style of working. 
  • Mention things that have helped you learn English and things that you have missed in the classroom. 


Happy writing!


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Expert


Each of you thinks of 6 topics which you are an expert on.

Number 1 is the topic which you know more about and number 6 the topic which you know least about.

In pairs, you will have to speak for the amount of time set below on each of the topics you have chosen.

This is not a conversation!! To stop somebody say: “Thank you very much”.


6- _________________________   15 seconds              = 15 points
5- _________________________   30 seconds              = 30 points
4- _________________________   45 seconds              = 45 points
3- _________________________   60 seconds              = 60 points
2- _________________________   75 seconds              = 75 points
1- _________________________   90 seconds              = 90 points

                                                                                  Your score:  ______ points

You can exchange partners now and see how your fluency improves.



Student challenges:

-          Coming up with the list of topics
-          Improvisation (not much time to prepare)
-          Developing strategies (using words you know to explain words you don’t know)
-          Speaking alone (body language feedback of person listening)
-          Time limit pressure: gradual progression for extended speaking practice

Sunday, 27 January 2019

The importance of English

The importance of English

English is currently considered the most important language worldwide. The English language is present in almost all the world and is considered the main element of communication amolng very diverse cultures that share few or no common traits.
English is important because it allows us access, on the one hand, a more comprehensive, complete and quality education, which in tum translates into a greater possibility of finding work, and that this of higher quality. In most job English command gives you more points in your favor.
Furthermore, learning English, a universal language, is very useful in your day to day, since English allows you to travel to many places without having to worry about if you get lost and can not ask anyone or be fooled or robbed.
In conclusion, it is important to learn English because it allows you a formation and education of quality to travel to several countries without worrying and also, helps you to know and communicate with new people.



Ted conference

Ted conference

The talk of Anindy Jundu has made me think s lot. His talk speaks about the difficulties that students have. Some of them, have difficulty studying for money, others for addictions... He has talked about two specific cases: Tyrique and Vanessa.
Tyrique was arrested for armed robbery, but in prision, he began to work hard, he took university courses and when he got out of prision he achieved a master's degree and today he is a manager of a non-profit organization.
Vanessa, had to move around a lot as a kid, she was raised primarily by her extended family because her own mother has a heroin addiction. At age 15, Vanessa hat to drop out of school because she has a son of her own. But eventually, she was able to go to community college, get her associat's and then go to an elite college to finish her bachelor's.
Listening to these stories has made me understand that despite the difficulties that a person may have, you can get what yo want with effort and dedication.

Advantages and disadvantages of online shopping

Advantages and disadvantages of online shopping


Throughout the years, the development of technology has facilitated many things to us, thanks to the mobile we can communicate with many people, thanks to the internet we can know what happens in different countries without need to be there and now we can also buy things online, the question is, is this an advantage or a disadvantage?

Shopping online has many advantages, firstly, you can buy from your house without the need to move from your house if you do not want. Besides, a shops online are opened 24 hours 365 days a year so you can buy what you want at any time.
Secondly, you do not have to do the long queue to pay in cash and thirdly, you can buy products that would not be physically available, such as clothes from American stores.

In spite of the fact that shopping online offers many advantages, it also has disadvantages. One of the disadvantages of buying online is the lack of communication and personal relation that exists among  the manager and the client, it is not the same thing when you are assisted by a person to what a machine does.
Shopping online does not allow you to see the product either, therefore, you wouldn’t know what you have bought until it comes to you to house. This often to causes many problems, since people often do not receive things as they see them on the computer.

To sum up, shopping online has its advantages and disadvantages. Which is better? It  depends on the client.

Hey science teachers- make it fun

Hey science teachers- make it fun.


I have seen Tyler Dewitt's talk entitled "Hey science teachers- make it fun" and I found it very interesting. Besides showing different ways of teaching science, it has made me see the importance of convincing people that what we are saying is important, as he says "We have to convince our audience that what we’re talking about matters, but just as important is knowing which details we should leave out so that the main point still comes across”.
I think the most interesting thing about the conference is the way in which it has exposed the problem of teaching science to youth.
In science books, in addition to having very specific words for a term, there are often definitions that are difficult to understand. And I ask myself, is it necessary for teenagers to learn them? That is, some, very few, will study a science career but others will not. So, why do you need it?
In conclusion, a detailed scientific communication between experts is important, but when trying to teach young people it is necessary to simplify this detailed information so that they can learn in an easier and enriching way.

Monday, 7 January 2019

More about relative clauses: WHAT


Use "what" as a relative pronoun to mean "the thing(s) that".

I don't understand what you are saying (= the things that).
What most annoys me about him is that he's selfish. (= the thing that most annoys me).

Adverbs Bingo

We are going to play a game to practice adverb meaning and position.


absolutely           especially           late           probably     
actually           eventually           lately           rarely
always           fluently            luckily            seriously
as well           gradually            much            slightly
at once           hard            nearly            terribly
carefully           just            often            very
basically           hardly            nowadays            unfortunately