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miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2011

St Andrew's Day

November 30th is St. Andrew's day. On this video you can listen a brief history of the saint and how he became Scotland's patron saint.

If you want to listen the history of the saint in a more serious way and with a Scottish accent, you may like to watch the Scottish government's video .

Summing up,here you are ten facts about St. Andrew.
1. Andrew was a Galilean fisherman working in the Black Sea before he and his brother Simon Peter became disciples of Jesus Christ.

2. He was crucified by the Romans on an X-shaped cross at Patras in Greece and, hundreds of years later, his remains were moved to Constantinople and then, in the 13th century, to Amalfi in southern Italy where they are kept to this day.

3. Legend has it that a Greek monk known as St Rule or St Regulus was ordered in a vision to take a few relics of Andrew to the ‘ends of the earth’ for safe keeping. He set off on a sea journey to eventually come ashore on the coast of Fife at a settlement which is now the modern town of St Andrews.

4. In 832 AD Andrew is said to have appeared in a vision to a Pictish king the night before a battle against the Northumbrians in what is now the village of Athelstaneford in East Lothian. On the day of the battle a Saltire, an X-shaped cross, appeared in the sky above the battlefield and the Picts were victorious.

5. The Saltire, or Saint Andrew’s Cross, was subsequently adopted as the national emblem and flag of the Scots.

6. Andrew was first recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland in 1320 at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath an appeal to the Pope by Scottish noblemen asserting Scotland’s independence from England.

7. The presence of Andrew’s relics in Scotland – a tooth, a kneecap, arm and finger bones – meant that St Andrews became a popular medieval pilgrimage site although they were destroyed in the 16th century during the Scottish Reformation.

8. In 1879 the Archbishop of Amalfi gifted Andrew’s shoulder blade to St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. Pope Paul VI donated further relics in 1969.

9. Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Romania, and Barbados.

10. His patronage extends to fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers. Facts taken from Michael T R B Turnbull (author of Saint Andrew: Scotland's Myth and Identity)

Many events will be held in Scotland and other parts of the world where you will see some men wearing the kilt.

Once in Scotland, you may eat some haggis.
Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made up of sheep's pluck (the heart, lung and liver) mixed with suet, oatmeal and seasonings and stuffed into a sheep's stomach. It is usually served with mash potatoes or "tatties".

Extra activities to celebrate St. Andrew's Day www.scotland.org

Teaching English by Fran | Burns Night
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lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2011


The most common future tenses studied in ESO are
1. Present simple for itineraries and timetables.
2. Present continuous for definite arrangements
3. Will for predictions, promises, spontaneous decisions and age.
4. Going to to state things based on the experience, plans and intentions.

You can revise them in the following links:,

1. English Page
2. English Tenses with Cartoons
3. Englisch hilfen
4. English Club
5. English Exercises
6. English Practice

This power point presentation will also help you to revise for your test

Remember the most common New Year's Resolutions are:
I am going to give up smoking
I am going to be fit.
I am going to learn English

What are yours????

Study hard and you will have a bright future!

Teaching English by Fran | Present Simple
Teaching English by Fran | Past Simple versus Past Continuous

martes, 15 de noviembre de 2011

British English versus American English

Many anecdotes can be told about the uses of a variety of English in a different English speaking area. If I feel brave enough, I will let you know some of them. So far, I am adding some webpages where you have a comprehensive list of vocabulary classified by topics to make a difference between British English and American English.

1. Masión Inglés
2. Woodlands
3. Saber Inglés: you can find a translation into Spanish too.
4. OM Personal: you can even listen to the words.
5. ESL About: you can find differences between spellings and even a translator from British English into American English and vice versa.
6. Learn English

The fantastically talented Hugh Laurie paid a house call to Ellen, and they played an exciting game of American slang versus English slang -- and the game was brilliant!

Do you know any more examples of differences between British English and American English? Let me know as a comment! Thank you!

Teaching English by Fran | Quantifiers
Teaching English by Fran | So, and, but and because 

lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2011


Using the topic Health, my students are revising medical vocabulary and the use of modal verbs. For instance, if we present a problem, they should find a quick solution by using the modal of giving advice should.

  On English Club webpage you find exercises on health and accidents.

Having good habits and eating proper food can help you to have a healthy life. You can do the following test on gerunds and infinitives and at the same time, reflect on healthy habits.

Dr.House will teach some common questions you might ask him when you visit his surgery. 

Remember if you want to learn English the best way is to do it always with a smile. Smile to a healthy life!

Teaching English by Fran | Food
Teaching English by Fran | Cancer Day

domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2011


We are dealing in class with the differences between countable and uncountable nouns. It is sometimes difficult to be understood, as you can make a distinction between eating some chocolate o having a few chocolates,  if it is the case in which you friend Braulio, came over home with a box of Milka. 
You can have a cheese sandwich where cheese is an adjective. If you feel like having a snack, you may have a piece of cheese, or go to Andalusia to have some tapas and eat some cheese. France is well-known because of its cheeses, but Spanish cheeses are also pretty good. At home we mostly eat Manchego cheese.
My students are also learning the uses of much, many, a lot of, a little and a few (Quantifiers).

Here you are some links to have extra home practice:

1. My English Page
2. English Exercises: a comprehensive list of worksheets including differences between too and enough
3. English Club
E.g. I am too short to reach the top shelf =
I am not tall enough to reach it.
I can't afford a convertible car. I am not rich enough to buy one. I am too poor to buy a convertible car.

 Here you are a song where you can learn the use of adjective + enough

To finish, another one where you can hear the use of verb + enough


Have you learnt enough of the quantifiers?

Teaching English by Fran | So, and, but and because
Teaching English by Fran | Food 

So, and, but and because

Here you are several links to revise these basic linking words: so, and, but and because

1. and, so, but, because, by atriara
Find this and other conjunctions exercises in English Exercises .org

2. SO,AND,BUT,BECAUSE, by Houda Benbrahim
Find this and other conjunctions exercises in English Exercises .org

3. Bradley's school
4. To learn English

If you are a students of 1st ESO, you should send me a sentence with each connector: so, and, but and because
Teaching English by Fran | Quantifiers
Teaching English by Fran | Holiday Cookies

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011

The Cathedral of Light/St Martin's Lights

Every 2nd February, day of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of Mary, the Virgin, and 11th November, festivity of St Martin of Tours, there is a special phenomenon of light in our cathedral. If you want to know more about these natural special effects, watch the following video or visit our cathedral.

Hope you have some spare time to visit Mallorca to enjoy The Cathedral of Light/St. Martin's Lights!

Teaching English by Fran | Easter 
Teaching English by Fran | The Sun Also Rises [St. Fermin]

lunes, 7 de noviembre de 2011

Olympic Games History

The Olympic torch, made by our Art teacher, who is a great artist by the way, will be visiting our class. Here is a brief summary of the history of the Olympic Games

Olympic Games History

The olympics
View more presentations from apple_madeline

Teaching English by Fran | Sport Relief
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sábado, 5 de noviembre de 2011

Bonfire Night

On 5th November, British people light bonfires to commemorate the Gunpowder plot. Do you want to know more about this tradition? Let's see what happened on a night like this in 1605. Nowadays, it's called Bonfire Night.

Task 1: Some questions on the power point:

1. Who was king James I's mother?
2. What was his religion?
3. True or false: 
   James VI of Scotland = James I of England.
4. What is the meaning in Spanish of the                     
   following words: "plot" "oath" and "puppet".
5. Can you explain the expression "a penny for the guy".

Guy Fawkes

It is said that Fawkes was a tall, powerfully built man, with thick reddish-brown hair, flowing moustache, and a bushy reddish-brown beard

Task 2: If you are a student of 1ESO or 2ESO, write a short description of your best friend in the class. I will try to find out who s/he is.

Task 3: If you want to have some fun while learning history, go to the BBC webpage and play the game visiting the old cellars of the Houses of Parliament. If you are a good searcher, you may avoid the explosion (4ESO activity)

You can also put these words in the correct order  in the BBC's game (3ESO activity)

Taks 4: these two videos will also help you if you are a 1st cycle student 

or if, on the other hand, you want to find more about the conspirators as a second cycle student

T.S Eliot even wrote a poem to honor them 

Have a nice Bonfire Night and get lots of pennies for the guy!

Teaching English by Fran | April Fool's Day
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jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2011

Present Perfect

Actions that show their result in the present, experiences of a lifetime, unfinished actions, all these aspects define the present perfect, a tense that starts causing problems to my students when it comes to remember the past participles.
Here you are some links to revise its uses and the differences with the past simple and the present perfect continuous:

1. Aufa Fácil: on this link you can listen to a lesson.
2. Ego4U: on this link, you can start comparing present perfect simple with past simple and present perfect continuous.
3. Saber Inglés: you can see a comprenhensive list of irregular verbs.
4. The Yellow Pencil
5. Englisch hilfen
6. Present perfect simple by Nancy Delgado
7. ESL lounge: past simple versus present 
8. Adele's ESL Corner
9. IES Boliches
10. English Grammar Lessons/English Grammar Lessons-.
11. English Grammar Secrets
12. English4U
13. English Bee
14. Auto English: present perfect simple versus present perfect continuous.
15. Using English
16. A4ESL
17. Learn for good
18. ESL About
19. English Tenses with Cartoons
20. English Club

Can you write down at least four of the six situations on the Present Perfect cartoons?

If after all these grammar links, you still have problems, you may want to watch the following video:

Now enjoy the music of U2 I Still Haven't Found  What I Am Looking For and pay attention to the use of present perfect and the position of the adverd still.

Teaching English by Fran | Future 
Teaching English by Fran | Past Perfect