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sábado, 28 de abril de 2012

miércoles, 25 de abril de 2012


ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during WWI. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.
Can you answer the following questions following 
the Australian Government webpage. 

  1. What is ANZAC Day?
  2. What does ANZAC stand for?
  3. Why is this day special to Australians?
  4. Can you explain what happens at the ceremony?
Those memorial activities are to remember that we should live in peace, this is why, there is a monument to the ANZAC's soldiers in Turkey with a poem:

If you want to hear the history in a rap version, here you are:

Nevertheless, I will be using the following video for my first cycle of ESO. (You can also make your students choose)

Photo by BBC

Soldier's biscuits were created by mothers and other relatives of the soldiers in search of sending them all the nutrients they could need. After the landing in Gallipoli, they were renamed as ANZAC's biscuits. 
For the recipe, just click here.

Teaching English by Fran | Waitangi Day

Teaching English by Fran | Australia Day


It's time to celebrate "Nada malo va a pasar", Things can only get better.

This poem is for those who know what love means; on these dates, it couldn't be other that one of our beloved Bard.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle's compass come: 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
In general, pleasant poetry is about Love, 
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


lunes, 23 de abril de 2012

St George

St George is England's patron saint.
The myth of St George and the dragon is not any other thing than the eternal fight between good and evil, where George represents the Church which defends a maid, the people, from the dragon (snake in Genesis) or evil, expeling fire as Hell.

St. George is believed to have been born in Cappadocia in the year A.D. 270. He was a Christian. At the age of seventeen he joined the Roman army and soon became renowned for his bravery. He served under a pagan Emperor but never forgot his Christian faith.

When the pagan Emperor Diocletian started persecuting Christians, St. George pleaded with the Emperor to spare their lives. However, St. George's pleas fell on deaf ears and it is thought that the Emperor Diocletian tried to make St. George deny his faith in Christ, by torturing him. St George showed incredible courage and faith and was finally beheaded near Lydda in Palestine on 23 April, 303
St George's symbol, the red cross with the white background was originally adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.
Nowadays people will wear the red rose, the national flower on their button hole.

For your first cycle of ESO, you may want to watch this video

If you want to try some very British with a tasty tea, don't miss Manu Catman's recipe on Battenberg cake. However, he made it with his corporative colours, whereas British mostly eat it with the white and red colours.

Uccello's St George and the dragon @ National Gallery 


On a day like this, people who love literature are on celebration. It's Books Day, and the main reason why this day was chosen was because of the commemoration of the death of the genius of literature in Spanish Miguel de Cervantes and the genius of literature in English, William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is mostly known for his quote "To be or not to be", which in my modest opinion has never been perfectly translated, or at least clear into Spanish language. "Ser o no ser" is pretty philosophical, while "Existir o no existir" gets more in the spirit of doubt that surrounds Hamlet.

In our presentation on Valentine's Day, we mentioned Romeo and Juliet, as one of the most famous couples in literature. The topic of love and two families who are enemies does not belong to Shakespeare, but that is not a debate I am dealing with on this entry. Probably rather popular among people and Hollywood, but just the 4th one in the ranking of Shakespeare plays.
1. Hamlet
2. Othello
3. Macbeth
4. Romeo and Juliet
5. The Tempest

No comedies on the list, but the most relevant of them should be Midsummer Night's Dream whose topic is pretty much entangle with the Mediterranean Nit de Sant Joan
Some of Shakespeare's characters represent a type, i.e.

  • Hamlet is the doubt
  • Romeo and Juliet are passion.
  • King Lear is the foolhardy character
  • Lady Macbeth is the ambition
  • Othello is jealousy.
  • Brutus is idealism

Shakespeare is also well-known for his poetry. My favourite sonnet ever can be read in my World Poetry Day entry, Sonnet 116.

In you are a second cycle of ESO students, you are supposed to do the following webquest about Will. 
  1. In which century was he born?
  2. When was he born?
  3. In which town was he born?
  4. Which river is associated with Shakespeare's birth place?
  5. Shakespeare lived during the reign of which English monarchs
  6. Why is Shakespeare's nickname the Bard?
  7. How many plays and sonnets did he write?
  8. Who said "O, Romeo,Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo"'
  9. The line "To be or not to be" comes from which play?
a) King lear
b) Richard II
c)Julius Caesar

10. Was the Globe.....
a) A Roman Amphitheater
b) An Elizabethan Theatre
c)An Elizabethan sports stadium
d)A famous map of the world.

12. True or False:
Was Shakespeare an actor as well as a poet and playwright? 
13. True or False:
Was the movie "Shakespeare in Love" a true story? 
14. Did he invent words?
15.When did he die?

Besides learning Shakespeare's life and most important plays, we are going to watch a video in class about the modern Globe Theatre.

If you want to have fun playing games just click at Folger's webpage, where you will find crosswords and colouring pages among other stuff.
To present some of the places of Shakespeare's life with are going to use the following web.

domingo, 22 de abril de 2012

Earth Day

The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. For more information, just click here.

I am going to use the ten principles for my 1st cycle of ESO. Hope you enjoy it too!

The 5 Rs

For some activities, DLTK and and Holidays Kaboose
We are also going to watch sections of the documentary film Earth.

sábado, 21 de abril de 2012

Queen Elizabeth II's birthday

The Royal Navy has fired a 21-gun salute to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 86th birthday.
The queen is traditionally given gun salutes on her birthday at military bases around the country. Saturday's main gun salute was fired at Portsmouth Harbour on the south coast of England.
The queen celebrates her birthday twice, with smaller family celebrations on her actual birthday and a second, grander celebration at London's Buckingham Palace on her "official" birthday, which falls this year on June 16.
This year the queen will also celebrate her Diamond Jubilee to mark 60 years on the throne on the weekend of June 2-5.
Published: Saturday, Apr. 21, 2012 - 5:41 am

We are following Project Britain in class to learn some more information about the Queen.

As you can see, it's all about shooting! Can't they live without shooting? It doesn't seem so, as the Spanish monarch, also loves shooting, specially endangered species, such as the African elephant. 

Sorry for the picture, poor elephant! What's more this man if the President of Honour of WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Shame on you!
Two beasts after having shot an elephant

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/21/4431628/uk-marks-queen-elizabeth-iis-birthday.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/21/4431628/uk-marks-queen-elizabeth-iis-birthday.html#storylink=cpy

martes, 17 de abril de 2012

Save the World

Save the World
Is the world turning crazy? Are we not safe anymore of our own peers? Does violence generate violence? Is it better to turn up the other cheek? Within the Easter spirit, Margalida V. has proposed us to listen to this song and do the following activities

1.         ;Listen the song and complete the gaps  with the correct words.
Into the streets, we’re coming ____
We never sleep, Never get tired
Through urban fields, and suburban life

Turn the crowd up ____ , We’ll never back down
Shoot down a skyline, watch it in primetime
Turn up the ____ now, listen up now, turn up the love

Who’s gonna ____ the world tonight?
Who’s gonna bring you back to life?
We’re gonna ____ it, you and I
We’re gonna Save The ____ tonight

Ohoh oh oh, oh oh ohoh oh [x9]

We’re far from home, it’s for the ____
What we ____, it’s all that matters
We’re on our way, ____

Turn the crowd up now, We’ll never back down
Shoot down a ____, watch it in primetime
Turn up the love now, listen up now, turn up the ____
Who’s gonna ____ the world tonight?
Who’s gonna ____ you back to life?
We’re gonna make it, you and I
We’re gonna Save The World ____.

Ohoh oh oh, oh oh ohoh oh
Who’s gonna save…?
Who’s gonna bring…?
We’re gonna make the world tonight?

2.Put this questions in the correct order.

  • world /Who’s/save/tonight/the/gonna?
  • back/to/bring/you/Who’s/gonna/live?

3.Translate these words:

4.Correct the mistakes.

  • We’s far from home, It’re for the better.
  • Turn up the crowd now, We won’t never back down.

 Debate: Has the human being committed so much "hybris" so that mankind is not on the top of the range of intelligence anymore? I have recently read The Swarm by Fran Schätzing, where this is analyzed.  Have you read it? Have you any other information about the topic you would like to share? Are we represented by someone who does not even respect the endangered species?


sábado, 14 de abril de 2012


Titanic anniversary: A maiden voyage that ended in tragedy

On 10 April 1912 the Titanic set sail from Southampton dock, heading for New York with thousands of passengers and crew on board. No one could predict the disaster about to befall the 'unsinkable' ship.

RMS Titanic, then the largest ship in the world and widely believed to be unsinkable, left Southampton dock on 10 April 1912, bound for New York with more than two thousand passengers and crew members on board.

Tickets ranged from £7 15s for steerage to £870 for the most impressive suites, which included two bedrooms, sitting room, private bathroom and a room for the servants, as well as a private balcony, the latest thing.

Titanic's provisions for the journey included 75,000 lbs of fresh meat, 35,000 eggs, 40 tons of potatoes, 1,000 lbs of tea and 15,000 bottles of ale and stout.

The day after the Titanic set off on her maiden voyage, the Guardian's leader writers marvelled at how far removed such first class travel was from 'old-fashioned people's ideas of a sea voyage'. Titanic was fitted out with luxurious lounges, squash courts, top restaurants and concert halls

One survivor, a Mr. Beesley, told the Press Association when he reached New York that 'there was no panic or rush to the boats, and there were no scenes of women sobbing hysterically, such as one generally pictures happening at such times.

The British inquiry held in the wake of the disaster found little fault with the Titanic's Captain, EJ Smith; though the ship was travelling at too high a speed they determined he was merely following an accepted method of navigation that had, until then, resulted in no loss of life.

The inquiry did however criticise Stanley Lord, then master of the Californian, for failing to respond to Titanic's distress signals, suggesting that his ship may have 'saved many, if not all, of the lives that were lost' if he had done so. Lord was dogged by the accusation for the remainder of his life.

For some more facts, just click here

domingo, 1 de abril de 2012

April Fool's Day

Photo by Manu Catman

What is possibly the first reference to April Fool’s Day can be found in the work of Chaucer. Unfortunately, the reference is so ambiguous as to be worthless as historical evidence.

In the Nun’s Priest’s Tale (written around 1392), Chaucer tells the story of the vain roaster Chauntecler who falls for the tricks of a fox, and as a consequence is almost eaten. The narrator describes the tale as occurring:

"When that the monthe in which the world bigan
That highte March, whan God first maked man,
Was complet, and passed were also
Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two"

However, some people, even traced it before in legend, after the  "fool's errand", that is the myth of the two goddesses that you can read here.

Ancient cultures including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1.
The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis.  It closely follows the vernal equinox. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
 Gregory XIII celebrating the new calendar 
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan 1st That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

Problems With This Explanation

There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn't fully account for the spread of April Fools' Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools' Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.

Constantine and Kugel

Another explanation of the origins of April Fools' Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.

After having read the story of April Fool's Day, let us play with the the Museum of Hoaxes. Could you invent your own hoax?

1st cycle of ESO

You may like to read the following text with your 1st cycle students and do their quiz