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martes, 26 de febrero de 2013

I Will Be

Claudia T. has chosen the delicious song by the Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, who started as a rebel and turned to be a romantic one. From arsonist to firefighter, the line is pretty breakable.

There's ______ I could say to you
Nothing I could ever do to make you see
What you ____ to me
All the pain, the tears I cried
Still you _____ said goodbye and now I know
How far you'd go

I know I let you down
But it's not ____ that now
This time I'll never let you go

I will be, all that you ____
And get myself together
'Cause you ____ me from falling apart
All my life, I'll be with you forever
To get you through the day
And make __________ O.K.

I thought that I had everything
I didn't know what life could bring
But now I see, ________
You're the one thing I got right
The only one I let inside
Now I can _______, 'cause you're here with me

And if I let you down
I'll turn it all ______
'Cause I will never let you go

I will be, all that you want
And get ______ together
'Cause you keep me from falling apart
All my life, I'll be with you _______
To get you through the day
And make everything O.K.

'Cause without you I can't sleep
I'm not _____ ever, ever let you leave
You're all I've got, you're all I want

And _______ you I don't know what I do
I can never, ever live a day without you
Here with me, do you see,
You're all I need

1. Fill in the gaps with these words:
Myself, want, never, breathe, gonna, around, nothing, everything, forever, honestly, mean, without, like, keep.

2. Give an example of future simple, present simple and past perfect that you find in the song.

3. Find two irregular verbs in its form.

Follow the sentence as you may like; I will be...

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lunes, 25 de febrero de 2013

Stay the Night

This song make us miss the summer. It's less that a month for spring to arrive and Phil said that we will have an early spring! Let's cross our fingers for it!
Josep S. has chosen James Blunt's Stay the Night.

Fill in the gaps.
Find two sentences with the present continuous, and two with present perfect. 

Goodbye / California / jean / man / nowhere / rain / dark / know / want / gold / tune / night / head / hope.

It’s 72 degrees, zero chance of ______
It’s been a perfect day
We’re all spinning on our heels, so far away from real
In __________
We watched the sunset from our car, we all took it in
And by the time that it was _______, you and me had something, yeah!

And if this is what we’ve got, then what we’ve got is ______
We’re shining bright and I want you, I want you to know

The morning’s on it’s way, our friends all say________
There’s nowhere else to go, I hope that you’ll stay the night

We’ve been singing Billie ____
Mixing vodka with caffeine
We’ve got strangers stopping by
And though you’re out of_____
Girl you blow my mind, you do
And I’ll say I don’t wanna say good ______
There’s no quiet corner to get to know each other
And there’s no hurry I’m a patient ____
Is your discover

Cause if this is what we’ve got, then what we’ve got is gold
We’re shining bright and I want you, I want you to _____
The morning’s on it’s way, our friends all say goodbye
There’s nowhere else to go, I _____ that you’ll stay the night

Just like the song on our radio set
We’ll share the shelter of my single bed
But it’s a different tune that’s stuck in my _____
And it goes…

If this is what we’ve got, then what we’ve got is gold
We’re shining bright and I want you, I ______ you to know
The morning’s on it’s way, our friends all say goodbye
There’s _______ else to go, I hope that you’ll stay the night

Heels: talones
Nowhere: en ningún lugar
Hope: esperar
Blow: soplar

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domingo, 24 de febrero de 2013

You Can't Say No Forever

La Sierra de Tramuntana is a place which the people who live in Mallorca are proud of. It was  awarded World Heritage Status on 27th June 2011.

As we are dealing with present perfect, Tomás R. has prepared the following activities:

Complete the gaps
There are still some things I'd like to say to you
Some things you should see
but since were not that close no more
I'm gonna have to let it be

Although it's really _______,
and is bugging me a lot
I'm just gonna be quiet,
and maybe you will work it out - but I doubt it

You cant say no _______, no no no,
sometimes you should let it slide, ah ah ah aaaah,
I know I'm not so clever, no no no no,
but you're not the picky _______

Sometimes when I call you,
I just feel like ______ up
You’re not getting any older
and it never seems to stop

Now if I was you're boyfriend/girlfriend,
I would tell you all of this
But since we're not together
I’m not saying anything at all

You cant say no forever, no no no,
you have to let me in, ah ah ah aaaah,
You are really _______, no no no no,
but in the end I always win

Order the two sentences/clauses:

-you when I call sometimes,
-be just I’m quiet gonna.

Find 1 verb in the present perfect, 1 in the future and a form of the verb to be.

Can you spot the mistake on the song's title?

Did you know that lacrosse is also a kind of game. Can you find you more about it? Tell your mates in class and you will be awarded with extra positive points.
Remember: You Can't Say No Forever.

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sábado, 23 de febrero de 2013

Your Love Is a Song

We keep on working with music in class. Music is peace for the spirit. I also want to echo the Brits Awards which took place a few days ago. You can find out about the winners in the different categories on the Brits Awards official webpage

Paulo D. has done some worked on Swithfoot's song Your Love Is a Song.

I hear you breathing in
Another ___ begins
The stars are falling out
My dreams are fading now, fading out

I've been keeping my ____ wide open
I've been keeping my eyes wide open

All Your ____ is a symphony
All around me, running through me
All Your love is a melody
Underneath me, running to me

Your love is a ____

The dawn is fire bright
Against the ____ lights
The clouds are glowing now
The ______ is blacking out, is blacking out

So I've been keeping my _____ wide open
I've been keeping my mind wide open

All Your love is a symphony
All around me, running through me
All Your love is a melody
Underneath me, ________ to me

Your love is a song
Your love is a song
Your love is a song
Your love is a song

With my eyes wide open
I've got my eyes wide ____
I've been keeping my hopes unbroken

All Your love is a symphony
All _____ me, running through me
All Your love is a melody
Underneath me, running to me

Your love is a song
Your love is my ______
Your love is a song

1. Complete the lyrics with these words.
Remedy, song, eyes, running, city, moon, mind, around, open, day, love.

2. Correct the errors of these sentences.
-Your love was a song.
-My dreams where fading now.
-I’ve been kept my eyes wide closed.
-The stars aren’t falling out.

3. Order the words to create a sentence.
- around/through/All/me/running/me.

4. Translate the next sentences.                                                                   
-All Your love is a symphony.
-The clouds are glowing now.
-I hear you breathing in.

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lunes, 18 de febrero de 2013

Presidents' Day

Last February 12 was Presidents' Day, a day to honour the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. February 22 will be George Washington one. President Nixon declared the third Monday in February as a day of observance honoring all past presidents. Nowadays, American have a long weekend.

Let us know a little about those Presidents' lives with a rap

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865)
Photo by Fran Muñoz
If there is just a word to define this president is Abolitionism. This movement stopped the spreding of slavery in America. Although everybody agrees that his first idea was avoiding the division of an emerging country. "A house divided against itself cannot stand"

When Lincoln ran for president in 1860, the southerners put forward a candidate of their own to oppose him. That was the trigger for the Southern states to start seceding.  Not long later, in February 1861, eleven states announced that they were now an independent nation, the Confederate States of America, known as the Confederacy.

The Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln noticed that the North would only win the war if he could arouse enthusiasm for its cause; therefore, in September 1862, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared that all slaves were to be made free. From that moment on, the struggle change its goal from preserving the Union to both preserving the Union and abolishing slavery.

Another important landmark in Lincoln's history was his Gettyburg Address, which I am reproducing entirely because it is seen as his expression of faith in the basic principles of democratic government.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation may live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

photo by Fran Muñoz
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth".

About his assassination, who can do it better than Whitman, who wrote this famous poem to express his grief and you may know after the movie Dead Poet Society.

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; 
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; 
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, 
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: 
But O heart! heart! heart! 
O the bleeding drops of red, 
Where on the deck my Captain lies, 
Fallen cold and dead. 

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells; 
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills; 
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding; 
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning; 
Here Captain! dear father! 
This arm beneath your head; 
It is some dream that on the deck, 
You’ve fallen cold and dead. 

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still; 
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will; 
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done; 
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells! 
But I, with mournful tread, 
Walk the deck my Captain lies, 
Fallen cold and dead.

George Washington was the first president of the United States. He fought for the American Indenpendence and one one of the "Founding Fathers" who signed on July 4th The Declaration of the Independence declaring that "these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states".

Washington Monument ph by Fran Muñoz
Washington won the war at the battle of Saratoga in northern New York in October 1777, where Americans marched the prisoners to Boston and after making them swear never again to fight against the Americans, they were put on board ships and sent back to England. 

Then in October 1781, Washington, leading a combined American and French army defeated Conrwallis's army on the coast of Virginia. 

In the Treaty of Paris (1783), Britain officially recognized her former colonies as an independent nation.

I will be talking more about this for my students before the academic year ends, in June. In the meantime if you want to pay a visit to Washington's House in Mount Vernon, just click here and if you want to play a jigsaw puzzle with Washington, just click here.

A summary of their lives could be seem in the following webpage.

Mount Rushmore

Some fun facts at the White House, which can be found @ 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
  • President George Washington  hated  New York, his first capital nor his house there. The brick house had ceilings so low that he had to hunch over and remind people that he was a man of six feet.   They were so low that the ostrich feathers in the headdress of one's of Lady Washington's guests caught on fire from a chandelier's candles.
  • Lincoln's son, Tad set up a lemonade stand in the entrance hall of the mansion. He also pulled the beards of gentlemen he disliked and even had a pet goat.
  • photo by Fran Muñoz
  • Lincoln has been the tallest president ever. His height was 1.93. This is why Mary Todd Lincoln ordered a 8 feet long and 6 feet wide bed to fit Lincoln's height. Children hold pyjamas parties in Lincoln's bedroom expecting his ghost to appear.

After a great man, there is a greater woman behind. 

As I don't know how to sing pretty well, let's Marilyn do it! Happy b'day Mr.President!!

Let's us celebrate Presidents' Day. By the way, what would you do if you were the President?

You may want to revise Second Conditional
or First Conditional.
More about A.Lincoln and his intervention in Mexico Independence, click on Cinco de Mayo.

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jueves, 14 de febrero de 2013

Valentine's Day

Everybody talks about Valentine's Day on a day like this. If you look around all shops will be decorated with red and pink stuff, hearts, cupids, cards, boxes of chocolate, but who really was Valentine? Do we know a lot about him? Check out my power point presentation:

Some messages you can add to your cards

1. I can be myself when I am with you. 

2. Your idea of romance is dim lights, soft music, and just the two of us. 

3. Because you make me feel like I have never felt before. 

4. I can tell you anything, and you won't be shocked. 

5.Your undying faith is what keeps the flame out of love alive.

6. You and me together, we can make magic. 

7. We're a perfect match. 

8. Thinking of you, fills me with a wonderful feeling. 

9. Your love gives me the feeling, that the best is still ahead. 

10. You never give up on me, and that's what keeps me going. 

11. You are simply irresistible.

12. I love you because you bring the best out of me. 

13. Your terrific sense of humor.

14. Everytime I look at you, my heart misses a beat.

15. You're the one who holds the key to my heart.

16. You always say what I need to hear (You are perfect). 

17. You have taught me the true meaning of love. 

18. Love is, what you mean to me - and you mean everything. 

19. You are my theme for a dream. 

20. I have had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. 

21. And, of course, your intelligence, 'cause you were smart enough to fall in love with me

We can do some activities on the following links DLTK, Apples for Teachers and Holidays Kaboose

The following video can be used with  your 1st cycle of ESO

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lunes, 11 de febrero de 2013

Nelson Mandela

Feb 11 Justice was made and Mandela was at last free. He is another important icon of the fight for Civil Rights and a defender of the philosophy of Non-violence
As we have watched Invictus in class, it is good to know a bit more about the peace leader.

You can read a short biography:

Nelson Mandela was born in a small African village called Ounu on 18th July 1918. At that time, many white people in his country were rich and powerful, but black people were poor and had no rights. When he was studying law at university, Mandela decided that he wanted to change this. He become interested in politics and when he finished university, he opened the country's first black law company. His family wasn't happy about this because they wanted him to be the chief of his village. Many white people were also unhappy and tried to close his company down, but they were unsuccessful.

In 1994, Mandela helped to start a political organisation for young people called the ANC Youth League. He really wanted to change the political system and improve eveyone's lives, black or white. The government thougth the ANC was a dangerous organisation. In 1960, they made it illegal to join the organisation. If you joined it, you could go to prison. 

In 1962, Mandela went to prison. The government said he could leave prison if he changed his political ideas, but he refused and became famous around the world. The political situation slowly improved and, in 1990, the government finally released him. In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1994, he became the country's first black president. 

Unfortunately, he passed away the 5th December 2013, leaving his inspiring life to all of us.

Thanks Nelson Mandela, thank you Mandiba for existing.
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jueves, 7 de febrero de 2013

Give Your Heart a Break

Love songs, aren't they lovely? Did you know that Demi Lovato fights for anti-bullying. Isn't it nice that teenager love singer at their age? Let's work on Give Your Heart a Break.

1.  Find the words: love, close, day, when, rest and fear in the Word search. Then, complete the song.


The _____ I first met you
You told me you never fall in _____
But now that I get you
I know _____is what it really was
Now here we are, so _____, yet so far
Having not past the tense.
_____ Will you realize
Baby imp not like the ____.

1.   Search the antonym of:

Brake                            Correct Answer       
Mistake                           Make
Wrong                             Correct                   

Past Simple
In the song there’s a lot of past simple phrases. We use the Past Simple to talk about actions that happened at a specific time in the past.
Forming a sentence in the past simple is easy. All you need is the subject of the sentence and the past form of your verb.

Quick Examples:
The day I first met you,
You told me you never fall in love.

The day I first met you
You told me you'd never fall in love
But now that I get you
I know fear is what it really was
Now here we are, so close, yet so far
Haven't I passed the test?
When will you realize
Baby I'm not like the rest

Don't want to break your heart (x3)
Want to give your heart a break
I know you're scared, is wrong
Like you might make a mistake
There's just one night to live
And there's no time to waste -to waste-
So let me give your heart a break
Give your heart a break
Let me give your heart a break
Your heart a break, oh yeah yeah

On Sunday, you went home alone
There were tears in your eyes
I called your cell phone, my love
But you did not reply
The world is ours if we want it
We can take it, if you just take my hand
There's no turn back now
Baby try to understand

When your lips are on my lips
Then our hearts beat as one
But you slip out of my finger tips
Every time you run

Because you've been hurt before
I can see it in your eyes
You try to smile it away
Some things you can't disguise
Don't want to break your heart
Baby I can ease the ache -the ache-
So let me give your heart a break
Give your heart a break
Let me give your heart a break
Your heart a break
There's just so much you can take 

The day I first met you
you told me you'd never fall in love

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miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2013


We need to say "I love you" every day, because there will be a day that those we love, won't be at our side.
María V. has done this work as neatly as she is used to doing her projects. Hurt is a example on how serious she does her work.

I would hold you in my arms, I would take the pain away

Thank you for all you've done, forgive all your mistakes
There's nothing I wouldn't do to hear your voice again
Sometimes I wanna call you but I know you won't be there.

Oh, I'm sorry for blaming you
For everything I just couldn't do
And I've hurt myself by hurting you


Would you tell me I was wrong? Would you help me understand?
Are you looking down upon me? Are you proud of who I am?
There's nothing I wouldn't do to have just one more chance
To look into your eyes and see you looking back.



1.Put the verbs in the correct tense in these sentences:
 -He always ______ (help) me to understand.
 -_____________(you/look)to me now?
 -I _____ (want)one more chance.
 -I ______(be/not)proud of you.
 -I____(be) sorry.

2.Correct the mistakes.
 -There are nothing on the table.
 -I were looking into your eyes.
 -It seem like it was yesterday.
 -I knowed the lesson the last day.
 -Last time I see you was two days ago.


Proud: orgulloso
Hold: sostener
Blame: culpar
Hurt: herir
Chance: oportunidad


How to use would:
-In afirmative sentences.
   Subject + would + verb + complement.
  -I would hold you in my arms.
  -I would take the pain away.

-In negative sentences.
   Subject + would + not + verb + complement

  -I wouldn’t do to have just one more chance.

-In questions.
   Would + subject + verb + complement.

  -Would you tell me I was wrong?
  -Would you help me understand?

Have you enjoyed Hurt as much as I have done?

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