Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018

Congratulations to our teachers and students at IES Mediterraneo (Salobreña)

We have just received a distinction of good teaching practices for our project on Computational thinking and Robotics carried out by our teachers: Mr. José Luis Fernández y Mr. Gustavo Pretel.


Here are some articles appeared in the local press and the interview carried out on Radio Salobreña to Mr Fernández:

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2018

Objectification, a top issue

Objectification of human beings is supposed to be one of the problems our society must tackle as soon as possible. We must all stand up against this problem if we want a fairer society for our children.

In the world of advertising it is not all gold that glitters.







UN Women | My Story: End Violence against Women & Girls

And now you can create your own story by clicking here: My own story


TED TALK: The dark secret behind sexist advertisements by Natalia Ortiz Hazarian


Here are some interesting articles for you to read and you will discover that objectification affects both women and men:

And finally here's a listening exercise to do: Objectification (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Translate the following sentences into English:

1. ¿Con quién sueles ir al cine? Suelo ir con mis amigos.
2. Hay unos cuantos libros interesantes en la biblioteca, pero no son demasiados. 
3. El jersey es demasiado grande para tí y no es lo bastante bonito para tu novia.
4. Estábamos esperando el autobús cuando vimos el accidente.
5. No tenemos que llevar uniforme en el instituto


English in a Minute  >>>>   Remember to do something vs Remember doing something (BBC Learning English)



  • Episode 181114 / 14 November 2018    >>>  First woman Physics Nobel Prize winner in 55 years -  Language related to 'inventions'.  Need-to-know language: ground-breaking, devised, to get recognised  & in the field.

domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018

Chickens on the run

Chickens have always been presented as dull animals, but IS IT REALLY TRUE? What does the expression 'chicken on the run' mean?

Let's begin by reminding you of the famous film CHICKEN RUN. Did you see the film?

This film was based on another great film called THE GREAT ESCAPE, which is starred, among other famous actors, by Steve McQueen. Here's the official trailer of the film....

... and this film was based on a true story that happened during the Second World War (The Making Of The Great Escape. Part 1 of 4). Here is also an interesting documentary to watch:

However, going back to chicken, here's an interesting listening exercise to do: What can chickens teach us about organisation? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



Organizations are often run according to "the superchicken model," where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. You can watch this fascinating TED talk by Margaret Heffernan: "Forget the pecking order at work". By the way, what does 'pecking order' mean?



Here's another listening exercise to do: High-vis fashion (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English in a Minute  >>>>   Prevent vs Avoid (BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 181107 / 07 November 2018    >>>  Train of the future -  Language related to 'power'.  Need-to-know language: diesel, electrification, hydrogen, coal  & battery-powered.

martes, 6 de noviembre de 2018

Dumbphones and plastic

What do you mean by 'dumbphone? Is it a phone for dummies? What does a 'dummy' mean? What is the opposite of 'dumb'? These are all questions that can be answered by having a look at this:


The English We Speak: Dumbphone (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


What kind of mobile phone have you got? In the previous listening exercise there are certain expressions you should look up. can you tell me the meaning of them?

"I was getting addicted to my smartphone"  _____________________________

"I couldn't stop checking" _____________________________

"I got rid of it" _________________________

"There is no temptation to stare at this dumbphone in bed"  ______________________

"I'm sick of being bullied by my smartphone."  _______________________

"I could swap my computer for my typewriter."  _____________________________


And now changing topics, .....

Here's a listening exercise to do: Curbing our plastic addiction (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Related article you can read about the issue:

Plastic-eating enzyme could help fight pollution, scientists say (CBC)

And do you remember the difference between these two words:

English in a Minute: Been vs Gone (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


SOLUTION to an exercise in the previous post.
Answer these questions:   How do you call... ?

1 a strange-looking man    2 a young fair-haired girl      3 a badly-dressed lady       4 some well-made furniture

domingo, 4 de noviembre de 2018

Gen Z to take over

What do the terms: 'Gen Z' and 'take over' mean? Do you think you belong to this Generation Z? What are the main differences between Generation Z teenagers and teenagers of previous generations? How different did your parents used to be from you?

Here's a listening exercise to do: Describing Generation Z (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


These are some articles you can read about the issue:

News Review: 60% drop in global wildlife (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



MAKING SUGGESTIONS (Analyse different ways how to suggest first)

YOU: "I don't know what to do at Easter"    

ALBERT:     - "Why don't we go to York?"

                           - "Let's go to York"     "Let's not go to York"

                            - "Shall we go to York?"

                            - "How about going to York?

                            - "What about going to York?"

YOU:     "Great. I'd love to"      "That's a great idea!"    "Fantastic!"

                "I'm afraid I can't."      "I'm sorry, but I have to take care of my little sister."

                "All right, but you'll have to lend me some money."   "OK, but can you help me with my English homework?"    

1. YOU: "There is nothing on TV tonight."

2. YOU: "I am going on holiday to the north of Spain."

3. YOU: "I'm afraid I'm going to fail English."

4. Víctor: "10 kg of baggage is not enough for me."

5. YOU: "We would like to give a surprise birthday party for our History teacher."

6. YOU: "I don't know which kind of present we could give him."

7.  YOU: "We've still got 2 T-shirts and 3 sweaters left to sell. What can we do?"

8. YOU: "It's raining. We can't go out."

9. YOU: "I'm starving."

10. YOU: "The classroom is really untidy and messy. Albert is going to get really furious with us when he comes."      


  • Episode 181031 / 31 October 2018    >>>  Dogs could help detect malaria -  Language related to 'dogs'.  Need-to-know language: four-legged friends, on the scent, pooches,  & sniff out something/someone.

What do they mean by saying: "four-legged friends"? What is the word for young dogs?


A four-legged friend obviously makes reference to dogs. How would say in English: 'tuerto'?

Answer these questions using the same pattern:   How do you call...

1 ..... a man that looks strange?
2 ..... a young girl that has got fair hair?
3 ..... a lady that dresses badly?
4 ...... some furniture that has been made well?

martes, 30 de octubre de 2018

Clash of Titans

It is a well-known fact that I am a passionate of tennis. This very early rainy morning Youtube gave me the opportunity to travel back in time to my teen days when two of my favourite tennis players were on their summit of their careers. Surprisingly, you can come across some interesting pieces of information in this documentary, bearing in mind that Borg was supposed to be as cold as ice and McEnroe was known all over the world for his bad manners on court. I hope you will enjoy the video and that it is easy for you to understand it.

Here's a listening exercise to do: How creative should we be? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


You can read these newspaper articles about the issue 'CREATIVENESS':

The English We Speak: NO FEAR! (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What is the difference between 'even though' and 'even if'? Check it here in a new episode of English in a Minute.



domingo, 28 de octubre de 2018

Winter is coming and there are hundreds of snowflakes around!!!

First, check here the different meanings of the word 'SNOWFLAKE'. As you can see, there is a wide range of meaning from the litteral one to the latest one. So are you really a snowflake and get offended by literally anything? Everybody has to be so careful with all the words he uses when speaking so as not to get into trouble.

Related articles you can read about the issue:

What does the underlined expression in this sentence mean?

Political correctness is forcing more comics to delicately tip-toe around issues of race, class and sexuality.


Here's a listening exercise to do: Snowflakes and taking offence (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



QUESTIONS. Subject & Object questions and others.

1. Complete the questions according to the answers in bold.

1. What  ____________________________ at parties? I usually wear a short dress.

2. Who _________________ you to school yesterday? My dad drove me to school yesterday.
3. Who ______________________ us? Bill and Adam are calling us.
4. Who _____________________ at the park? I met Liz and Rose at the park.
5. How often ______________________ your bike? I ride it every day.
6. What ____________________ that strange noise? Our dog made that strange voice.

2. Write subject or object questions with the words below. Use the correct tenses. Then answer the questions.

1. Wh0 / ride / a horse / now ?

2. Who / eat / a lot of rice / in your family ?
3. What / fall / on the ground / yesterday ?
4. Where / Laura / go sailing / last week ?
5. Who / you / usually / do / your homework / with ?

3. Write questions according to the answers in bold.

1. _______________?  Emma flies to Paris every summer.

2. ______________ ?  Steve feeds his pets in the morning.
3. _______________ ? My baby sister cries every night.
4. _______________ ? The stormy weather changed our plans.
5. _______________ ? Al left work early because he didn't feel well.
6. _______________ ? I play the piano twice a day.

Solutions to PART FOUR in the previous post.

31. c    32. a    33. c    34. c    35. a   36. c   37. b   38. a  39. b   40. a

And now time to relax with Mark Knopfler....


  • Episode 181017 / 17 October 2018    >>>  Cookery classes for elderly men -  Language related to 'taking care of somebody'.  Need-to-know language: look after (someone), carer, relied on & take a weight off (somebody's) shoulders.

sábado, 20 de octubre de 2018

Further into fashion!!!


As it is said in one the articles below, "We regret to inform you that 'scumbro'  is now officially a thing"


Here's a listening exercise to do: 'Scumbro' fashion (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Related articles you can read about the issue:

Reign of the scumbro: the meaning of Justin Bieber’s ugly style (The Guardian)

Are You A ‘Scumbro’? – The Fashion Style Justin Bieber Is Currently Championing   (2 Oceans Vibe News)

Something about future tenses: What is the difference between the GOING TO future and the Present Continuous with future meaning? Here's an interesting presentation: Be going to vs Present Continuous 


Part four. Choose the correct option: 

31. You don't have to wear them in England,  .... ?   (A  must you   B  need you  C do you   D  can you)
32. I think everyone should wear them. Yes, ........  .    (A  so do I    B  I think   C   I wear   D   I do either)
33. Have you ever ........ in a car accident?  (A  being involved    B   be involve   C  been involved   D  involved)
34. The old lady needs ........... after her shock.    (A  to comfort    B   be comforted   C  comforting  D  comforted) 
35. She thought she .... her dog.    (A  was going to lose    B  was losing   C  lost   D   would have lost) 
36. She'll soon have to look ........ someone    (A  after    B  over   C  for   D  through) 
37. ......... her catch her dog.  (A  helping    B   to help   C  helped   D   who helping) 
38. She will go home without the dog unless she ............. someone.     (A  finds    B  will find   C  would find   D  found) 
39. Old ladies really .... have such big dogs.    (A  oughtn't    B   shouldn't   C  mightn't   D  shan't) 
40. But it's no use ........ her that.     (A  telling   B   you told   C  to tell   D  to telling)

Solutions to PART THREE in the previous post.

21. c    22. b    23. a    24. b    25. c   26. a   27. a   28. c  29. a   30. d

Be SUPER CAREFUL with these "ORDINARY" WORDS   >>>  English with Lucy

What is a homophone? (Give examples)
What is a homograph? (Give examples)
What is a homonym? (Give examples)


  • Episode 181010 / 10 October 2018    >>>  New hope for brain cancer patients -  Language related to 'medicine'.  Need-to-know language: vaccine, treatment, tumour, immune system & cells.

domingo, 14 de octubre de 2018

Virtual or real relationship?

Do you prefer a virtual or a real relationship? I mean, do you prefer to meet someone physically rather than using a dating app?

Here are some articles for you to read about the issue:

Here's a listening exercise to do: Dating apps: How our brains react (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

'especially' or 'specially'?   >>>   That is the question.


Part three. Choose the correct option: 

21. The cat will have to come down soon,  .... ?   (A  hasn't it   B  doesn't it  C won't it   D  mustn't it)
22. It will probably stay in the tree ........  the dog goes away.    (A  during    B   until   C whether   D   by the time)
23. The cat is ........ frightened that it cannot move(A  so    B   such   C  so that   D  such that)
24. The two drivers were both ........... the way home.     (A  in the    B   on the   C  under  D  at the) 
25. I expect their wives will be .... if they arrive late.    (A  put over    B  put back   C  put out   D   put up) 
26. Do you remember ever ........ a car accident?    (A  seeing    B  you saw   C  see   D   to see) 
27. I wonder ......... to stop in time.  (A  how the men managed    B   if the men managed   C  whether the men did manage   D   how the men did manage) 
28. Luckily, they had just been to the garage to ............. .     (A  having their brakes checked    B  having checked their brakes   C  have their brakes checked   D  checked their brakes) 
29. They would .... check their brakes than have an accident.    (A  sooner    B   better   C  prefer   D  more) 
30. Do you think they mind ........  seat belts?     (A  to wear   B   wore   C  to wearing   D   wearing)

Solutions to PART TWO in the previous post.

11. b    12. b    13. c    14. d    15. d   16. b   17. c   18. c  19. b   20. d

Here's an example of what you can do as a project with the books you have to read:

Project on England by Lucía Espinosa (3º ESO A)


English with Lucy >>>  22 Business English Acronyms & Abbreviations You NEED (spon) 



  • Episode 181003 / 03 October 2018    >>>  Zimbabwe's female rangers (All-female anti-poaching rangers) -  Language related to 'hardship'.  Need-to-know language: gruelling, a big ask, break, state financial assistance & blighted.

sábado, 6 de octubre de 2018

Montserrat Caballé, she had such a beautiful voice!

Long, long time ago Barcelona held the Olympic Games (1992) and here's the song Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury sang for the occasion.

Some articles you read about Montserrat Caballé, who died today:

Changing topics, nowadays you don't often see people taking photos with their cameras or using their videocameras. Instead, they use their smarphones, or even their tablets.

Here's a listening exercise to do: Are smartphones killing cameras? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Interesting: Three facts about 'The'   



Part two. Choose the correct option: 

11. It is trying to save .... by staying there.    (A  its self    B   itself   C  it   D  self)
12. It ........  very fast.    (A  had running    B   had to run   C  has been run   D   had ran)
13. The lady .......... the dog.  (A  needed stop    B   ought stop   C  should have stopped   D   ought have stopped)
14. The car drivers are very shocked. She is  .......... .     (A  either    B   neither   C  so  D   as well) 
15. Perhaps it .... raining by this time tomorrow.    (A  shall stop    B  will be stopping   C  would stop   D   will have stopped) 
16. There may be many accidents if it ........  on raining.    (A  kept    B  keeps   C  will keep   D  is keeping) 
17. It's time the dog ......... how to behave properly.  (A  is learning    B  learns   C  learned   D   to learn) 
18. If the lady had a smaller dog, it  ............. easier to control.     (A  will be    B   were   C  would be   D   is) 
19. It was lucky the cars stopped .... the dog.    (A  avoided    B   to avoid   C  for to avoid   D  avoiding) 
20. Will the dog let the cat ........ ?     (A  escaped    B   escaping   C  to escape   D   escape) 

Solutions to PART ONE in the previous post.

1. d    2. a    3. b    4. c    5. d   6. a   7. c   8. b  9. c   10. a


  • Episode 180926 / 26 September 2018    >>>  Stonehenge wants your photos   -  Language related to 'Memories'.  Need-to-know language: vividly, nostalgia, personalise & digital photo album.

viernes, 5 de octubre de 2018


Are you a fashion fan or fashion slave? (News about Britain, BBC Learning English)   >>>   News about Britain: what to wear?   Here I present you some articles for you to read and some stories for you to listen about the world of fashion.


Here's a listening exercise to do: Street food: Why is it becoming so popular? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Related articles you can read:


Part one. Choose the correct option: 

1. If the cars hadn't stopped, there .... a nasty accident.    (A  will be    B   won't have been   C  had been   D   would have been)
2. The old lady ........  worry. Her dog is quite sage.    (A  needn't    B   oughtn't   C  don't   D   shouldn't to)
3. The dog wanted .......... the cat.  (A  catch    B   to catch   C  to catching   D   catching)
4. She  ............. the dog for a walk when it saw the cat.     (A  was taken    B   has taken   C  had been taking  D   taking) 
5. The dog oughtn't to .... into the road.    (A  running    B  had run   C  ran   D   have run) 
6. Dogs are ........  cats.    (A  used to chasing    B   used to chase   C  used chase   D   use chasing) 
7. The car drivers are ......... what has happened.  (A  annoying in    B   annoyed in   C  annoyed at   D   annoying at) 
8. The dog made them  ............. sharply.     (A  braking    B   brake   C  to brake   D   to braking) 
9. The old lady wishes she .... such a big dog.    (A  didn't buy    B   had bought   C  hadn't bought   D  bought) 
10. The cat will not ........      (A  get down from the tree.    B   get the tree down.   C  get from the tree.   D   get the tree down from) 


  • Episode 180919 / 19 September 2018    >>>  End of the line for the VW Beetle?   -  Language related to 'design'.  Need-to-know language: incarnations, iconic version, rear-engine model, archaic & outmoded.

domingo, 30 de septiembre de 2018

Valverde, Women's basketball, Ryder's Cup... Our sportsmen and sportswomen have played a blinder today!!!

What a brilliant day in the world of Spanish sport we have had today!!!!  Do you know what the expression 'to play a blinder' means? Look it up here ( The English We Speak).


Read these newspaper articles and give us an opinion of the best result for you:

Here's a listening exercise to do: Fathers (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Interesting related article for you to read:

My partner didn't want children. I did. Then I got pregnant... (The Guardian)


  • Episode 180912 / 12 September 2018    >>>  Cycling for the elderly   -  Language related to 'old age'.  Need-to-know language: pensioners, contemplating life, loneliness, disability & carers.

viernes, 28 de septiembre de 2018

Ready for York??

Are you ready for our new adventure: YORK 2019???


SO FAR WE ARE 24!!!   >>  Joel Martín, David Chaves, Marta Chaves, Álvaro Molina, Sergio García, Raquel Peinado, Sara Peinado, Raúl García, José Corzo, Idaira Lozano, Alba Arellano, José Adrián González, Lidia Bautista, Susana Pérez, Nuria Díaz, Lucía Pérez, Sara Prados, Eva Almendros, Mª Jesús Burell, Rodrigo Cervilla, Helena Albertuz, Valentín Lahora, Cristian Ramón, José Antº Bueno Segura.

After our zero meeting last May and our first meeting last Wednesday (with an incredible attendance of more than 50 students!!!), we will be having our second meeting next Wednesday, 3rd October, in the Language Department during the break. We will see if there are enough people interested to form a group.

Remember that everybody is welcomed even if they decide not to come in the end!!!


Here's a link to a previous post with all the information about our trip and videos: 

York or Bath? That is the question.


and the link to the form to fill in if you are interested >>>> 



Here's a listening exercise to do: A tall story (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English Conversations: ASKING FOR and GIVING DIRECTIONS in English (Part II) by 7 E S L



  • Episode 180905 / 05 September 2018    >>>  Gaspard the friendly fox   -  Language related to 'friendship'.  Need-to-know language: unlikeliest of friendships, blossoming, befriended, become familiar with & trusting.