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, 10 de julio de 2018

Drama & miracle in Thailand

A few weeks ago in Thailand, a teenage football team and their coach were reported to be missing after some heavy rains in the middle of a jungle. Eventually they were found alive in a flooded cave complex.  


Families were exposed to a wide range of emotions: anxiety, fear, drama, happiness, hope... It seems that this drama that could have ended in tragedy (actually, one of the divers died because of the lack of oxygen) may turn out to be a miracle if all the group is rescued safe and sound.


As you can see, football provides us with emotions not only in the World Cup in Russia, but also in ordinary lives.


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

 And eventually...

All 12 boys and soccer coach freed (CNN)

Here's a listening exercise to do: Are you excited about the World Cup? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

News Review: Missing Thai boys found trapped in a cave (BBC Learning English)

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

Learn about Modal Verbs with English with Lucy | MUST CAN WOULD SHOULD MIGHT WILL COULD SHALL MAY


Use as many modal verbs as you can in your comments!!!!



  • Episode 180704 / 04 July 2018    >>>  London's biggest air display   -  Language related to 'flying'.  Need-to-know language: flypasts, the RAF, air traffic centre, air space & aircraft.

jueves, 5 de julio de 2018

Women to set foot on Mars??

Who will be the first human being to set foot on Mars, a man or a woman? More and more women are setting foot on every field of work.

Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space

Here are some articles for you to read:


English Modal Verb TIPS 🔸PART 2🔸 Ability 💪🏼

Some exercises for you to do:  1   2    3   



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

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

McEnroe "Nadal was saved by the God of Roland Garros"


Rafael Nadal, the God of Clay


  • Episode 180620 / 20 June 2018    >>>  Saving the Mexican salamander   -  Language related to 'Animal conservation'.  Need-to-know language: critically endangered, wiped out, rearing (something) in captivity & sanctuary.

miércoles, 4 de julio de 2018

Again that damned plastic!!!


Microplastics, the great menace of 21st Century. Here are some articles for you to read about the issue. Further below in this post you will have some more information about it. It is such an important topic nowadays that it appeared in the Selectivity exam of English last June.


Important piece of news for my students  >>>>


Click on the link to see all the times for the September exams of all the subjects 

SEPTEMBER EXAM for ESO (Albert's students)

We will be doing our English exams on Monday, 3rd September   

2º Bach A - Time: 8.00-9.30  Classroom: 1º ESO B 
2º ESO   ENGLISH - Time: 10.30-11.30  (pero si alguien quiere empezar a las 9.30, yo estaré en el aula. Eso sí, no podrá abandonar el aula hasta las 10.45.   Classroom: 1º ESO B

TIPS for English Modal Verbs 🔹PART 1🔹 Possibility & Probability

Some exercises for you to do:  1   2    3  

Anyway, this summer has to be PERFECT!!!!  (Fairground Attraction - Perfect)

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



Other related posts in this blog:


And here's a Selectivity exam you can do: Rosa Parks: the woman who inspired a movement & Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic  (June 2018)

Relive the music of your childhood with:  The Nostalgia Machine 

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

McEnroe "Novak is not running for president of Serbia"


  • Episode 180613 / 13 June 2018    >>>  Antartica's plastic threat   -  Language related to 'The Environment'.  Need-to-know language: pristine, microplastics, airborne & contaminated.

lunes, 25 de junio de 2018

Food and food waste, a big world problem

Food is a big problem for some people. Hunger, starvation... are common problems in many places in the world such as Africa, India... However, we've got enough people for everybody. Actually, in some places such as USA they have so much food that they waste it.



Here's an article to read about the issue:

Tesco pledges to end edible food waste by March 2018 (The Guardian)


What do you do not to waste so much food at home? Read the following article and watch the video and tell me interesting words connected with the semantic field of 'food'. For instance, 'edible'. What does this word mean? Which verb does this adjective come from?


In your comment you can use QUANTIFIERS (Here's a video for you to watch and some exercises for you to do). For example: "At home we eat very little bread, so we do not buy much".


Here's some basic vocabulary for the World Cup 2018.

What is the Passive Voice? 😅 English Grammar Lesson


A couple of English exercises to do about the PASSIVE VOICE  >>>   1   2  


Now let's cook the PERFECT OMELETTE!!!  Watch this video and tell me how to make it using the PASSIVE VOICE. Here's a possible start:

Example: First of all, a frying pan is needed. Then three eggs are taken from the fridge.

Useful verbs you may need: stir, pour, fry, add, set, serve...


And obviously a good nose is required to cook  >>>  The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)  >>>  To have a good nose (for something)  


Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

Roger Federer's Replacement?




  • Episode 180606 / 06 June 2018    >>>  Using a smart bin to tackle food waste   -  Language related to 'Inventories'.  Need-to-know language: accurate records, keeping tabs on, adjust & catalogue.

viernes, 22 de junio de 2018


UNBEATABLE RESULTS OF OUR NON-BILINGUAL STUDENTS IN THE SELECTIVITY EXAM OF ENGLISH!!!! They already had an incredibly high mean of 7,6 in their marks in 2º Bachillerato and they have amazingly improved by 0,5 points as they have had a mean 8,1 in the Selectivity exam of English!!!!!

As I said some time ago, here's my challenge with my non-bilingual students' results: I don't ask you to beat, just equalize it and you will get the prize: BEING THE HAPPIEST TEACHER ON EARTH!!!


And they have all passed the Selectivity exams!!!


However, be careful as I am sure these splendid results will raise and provoke envies among us. Here's the anti-example  >>>  my colleague María Luisa has suggested this song ('Simply the Best' by Tina Tuner)for you:


Thanks, mate, for sharing these incredible moments our IES Mediterráneo students have made us lived.  

To be continued when I have more details about this superb masterstroke...

Present Perfect Tense | Simple or Continuous? | FOR & SINCE 🤔


Improve your Vocabulary: Stop saying VERY!


Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

McEnroe: Rafa Doesn't Want the Roof!

viernes, 15 de junio de 2018



Students in 2º ESO

  • Those students who failed in June will have to take the September English exam. Therefore, once you have your individual report, you should revise very well all the lessons studied all along the year (mainly the first 7) and the other aspects learned. THE SEPTEMBER EXAM WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE SIMPLIFIED VERSION SET IN JUNE, which could include a LISTENING or WRITING exercise.
  • OUR DIGITAL PROJECT  >>>>   Try to improve your sites and blogs. You can visit other sites and blogs, and add as many gadgets as you feel like to make improvements.
  • Those students who have passed are advised to do some activities to prevent summer language attrition during these holidays not only to keep everything we have learned, but also to be ready for 3º ESO:
-          Revise what we have seen this year regarding the entry test. As you can see the textbook that we are going to have next year  is Smart Planet 3 - Ed. Cambridge University Press. Have a look at the official list of textbooks for school year 2018-2019. (A pen drive will be provided this June with all the material > listening exercises, audio for the readers).
-          Work with the compulsory readers for 3º ESO (also included in the list).  You should listen to them and read them aloud to improve your pronunciation. If you read any other book of similar level, you can hand in a project (this project can be digital using programmes such as PREZZI, GLOGSTER, POWERPOINT PRESENTATION...) or fill in the READER CONTROL SHEET you can find in Files), which will be taken into account for your final marks. You can borrow all the readers from a relative or a friend, or even from the school library. And you could also do the activities at the end of the book. I have also included the audios for The Last of the Mohicans (Penguin Readers) as a voluntary reader for the summer. We have had this book for several years in this level, so many people you know may have it or you can borrow it from the library.
-          For the writing skills I would advise you to make comments in my blog (I will send you an email with the corrections, as usual). That would be perfect for your preparation for the B1 exams.
-          It is important to read a lot about different topics to improve your understanding skill. You can use this Google site, my blog, other web links here included (for instance, newspapers in English), etc.
-          In order to improve your listening skills, you’d better start watching films in English, listening to songs or doing listening exercises (remember there are some useful web links here where you can do listening exercises online and then get your corrections). YOU CAN ALSO WATCH SOME OF THE TV ENGLISH COURSES YOU HAVE GOT IN THIS SITE. I advise you to watch the first 4 modules of New That's English series or of Old That's English series.
  • There are activity books you can also do during the summer (students can have a look at samples we have in the language department).

I will keep a record of all the things you do during the summer time in the SUMMER SCOREBOARD, and I promise all of them will be taken into account for the next school year.



Click here to see the whole official list of textbooks for school year 2018-2019.  

The difference between FOR & SINCE

Here's an exercise you can do and then correct it yourself about FOR & SINCE.  


THIS THESE THAT THOSE | How to USE and PRONOUNCE in British English

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

"John McEnroe on Match Fixing in Tennis"

domingo, 10 de junio de 2018

Rafael Nadal Parera XI

So far Rafa Nadal has won 11 titles Roland Garros, an achievement that had never been seen before!!!!



Here are some articles to read and videos to watch:

And this is for those who love statistics:

The Present Perfect Tense | English Grammar Lesson


Put the verbs in brackets in the PRESENT PERFECT and fill in the gaps(...) with these words: FOR - SINCE - ALREADY - YET

1. I (know) __________ her ................... six months, but (you, meet) ________ her boyfriend ................?

2. We (not finish) _______ this exercise ........... and Albert (tell) _____ ................ _____ it is too late.

3. We (live) _______________________ in this house ...................... 1992.

4. We (be) ______________________ friends .......................... six years.

And here are some video sketches done by our students in 2º ESO:

>>>  Abraham, Benjamin, David & Matías (1º ESO D, 2017)

>>>  MOLVIZAR NEWS by Abraham, David, Matías & Salvador (2º ESO C, 2018)

Something for your B2  >>>  10 Phrasal Verbs with COME! English Lesson | New Vocabulary

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

Nadal Is a Small Detail, Cecchinato Is Champion!

martes, 5 de junio de 2018

Quiet football crowds


What do you think football crowds should be like?

Which are for you the best football supporters?

Article to read:

Premier League must fight the tide of increasingly quiet crowds (The Guardian)



Who do you think will win the next Football World Cup in Russia?



Here's a listening exercise to do: Football songs: why are crowds so quiet these days? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


You'll never Walk Alone -Liverpool-With Lyrics  




EFFECT or AFFECT? 🤔 English Mistakes that Native Speakers Make too!!



  • Episode 180530 / 30 May 2018    >>>  Scientists study dolphins 'happiness'   -  Language related to 'Animal welfare'.  Need-to-know language: dolphinariums, in captivity, human-animal bonds & in the wild.

And here are some video sketches done by our students in 2º ESO:

>>>  José Corzo, Álvaro Martín, Leo Maldonado & Cristián Ramón (1º ESO A, 2017)

>>>  José Corzo, Álvaro Martín & Leo Maldonado (2º ESO A, 2018)

viernes, 1 de junio de 2018


CARPOOLING is one of the trendiest means of transport, but what is it? Here's the definition. All that glitters is not gold (can you tell me what this expression means?), so in your comments you can let me know the advantages and disadvantages of using this means of transport.

Here are some related articles you can read about the issue:

And here's something you will probably like CARPOOL KARAOKE: Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke   & Will Smith    &     First Lady Michelle Obama   

Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Can you tell me the difference between these two sentences:

1.- He stopped smoking

2.- He stopped to smoke

Have a look at this English in a Minute episode and explain the difference. Try to do the online quiz too.

When sharing the same space we may have some problems such as the way you smell. Here's a listening exercise to do: Perfume: what your smell says about you (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

"Let's Make Tennis Great Again"


  • Episode 180523 / 23 May 2018    >>>  Amsterdam tackles child obesity   -  Language related to 'Health and fitness'.  Need-to-know language: put through their paces, dieticians, getting fit, learner & burning calories.

lunes, 28 de mayo de 2018

York or Bath? That is the question.


Latest news on our possible VII Study Trip to the British-Irish Isles  >>   we have been offered a brand new destination with better conditions (YORK), so we will be having another meeting next week on 6th June (Wednesday) to talk about it.




Activities for my 2º ESO students:  Can you locate the cities of Bath and York? For example, Salobreña is a village in the south-east of Spain. Now have a look at the two flyers and tell me differences between the two destinations using the comparatives and superlatives: BATH & YORK.

Note that these prices are not updated and that Bath includes a trip to Oxford.

Here are two videos to watch about these two cities:

Bath >>>

Other related videos you can watch:


York >>>

Other related videos you can watch:

Lucy tells us about Modal Verbs: MUST, CAN, WOULD, SHOULD, MIGHT, WILL, COULD, SHALL & MAY


Here's a listening exercise to do: Is the internet good or bad? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Another funny episode of John McEnroe talking about tennis in "The self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis":

GOAT or Croatian Shepherd?


  • Episode 180516 / 16 May 2018    >>>  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's romance   -  Language related to 'Love'.  Need-to-know language: whirlwind romance, tying the knot, blind date, fell in love  & engagement.