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, 21 de enero de 2020

Let's sing along!!

Let's sing along The Coconut Song!!!  I hope you'll like it. You can send me any other songs you like in English:

... And now let's dance with Kiesza and her song: "Hideaway" !!!

Well, let's go back to work. Perhaps you are a 'microworker' and you don't know (The English We Speak, BBC Learning English)

Our students in 4º ESO will be reading 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' this term.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (Australia 2002)  >>  link to see the film.


Here are some interesting facts about Australia:

>>>>  Another interesting video:  Australia. Interesting facts about Australia.   

And now the latest and saddest news about Australia:

Australia fires: has the rain put out the bushfires and could they flare again? (The Guardian)

However, we have also got some good news from Australia. The Australian Open has just started and Rafa Nadal has already won his first match:



  • Episode 200115 / 15 January 2020    >>>  Australia fires: farmers face losses -    Language related to 'fire'.  Need-to-know language: flames, bush fire, burnt out & tinder dry.

Stories for Children >>> Little monsters (BBC Learning English)

viernes, 17 de enero de 2020

If things were different, ...


If our students in 1º Bachillerato followed my pieces of advice, they could get their B2 at the end of the school year. So, here's a quizz from BBC Learning English to revise the Hypothetical conditionals. And don't forget our EXERCISES TO DO on the Conditional sentences.   



Here's another piece of advice to improve your listening skill and have a healthier life  >>>   Could you give up booze for a month?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English in a Minute:  'RAISE' vs 'RISE'   (BBC Learning English)

Here are the options Lucy offered us in the previous post so as not to use 'DON'T LIKE' (those red-highlighted are harder than the blue-highlighted, which are milder):

1. I'm (absolutely) sick of something.
2. I don't appreciate
3. I can't stand
4. I'm not fond of
5. I'm not a (big) fan of
6. I'm not (so) keen on
7. I can't bear
8. I've had enough of
9. I'm not (really) into
10. (I think) I'll pass on (V-ing)
11. It's not my cup of tea
12. It doesn't tickle my fancy
13. It's not for me
14. I'm not crazy about
15. I'm more of a ... person   (I'm more of a cat person)

Possible solutions to the exercise in the previous post:

1. I can't stand/ I've had enough of / I'm absolutely sick of the behaviour of the students in 4º ESO at all, and I'm going to be tougher on them if they don't behave properly.

2. Heavy meals for dinner are not for me  /   I'm not fond of heavy meals, but I'll go to your birthday party if you insist.

3. I am not so keen on big cities at all, especially if I'm the one driving.

4. I am not crazy about travelling on my own. I prefer going with my family.

5. After my last experience at a disco, I think I am not so fond of going again to that party with you.


And here's something special for my 4º ESO students, especially who are always late for our English class: 

English in a Minute:  'On time' versus 'in time' (BBC Learning English)

Stories for Children >>> Nell's book (BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 200108 / 08 January 2020    >>>  Taking the stress out of surgery -    Language related to 'surgery'.  Need-to-know language: prepped, localised anaesthetic, sedation, operation table & undergoing.

martes, 7 de enero de 2020

Give it a go!!!

Are you ready? We are back to the trenches and the front line and this is THE TERM, the most decisive term this year. Why? Because it is the longest and after Easter we will just have a few weeks left before the end of the school year.

So, it is high time you find solutions for the mistakes you committed in the first term or those unsolved problems you can face with a good attitude and loads of effort from you. 

We all hope you, at least, will try studying more and try keeping the right path so as to pass all your subjects. I don't want to hear from you that you tried to study, work, pass... but you didn't manage to get your goals. 

GIVE IT A GO!!!!   (give it a go  = try something)


It is time for....

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS (Have a look at this post and think about the appropriate tense to use)

English in a Minute: TRY + V-ing or TRY + to-V   (BBC Learning English)

News Review: Joker leads Bafta film nominations (BBC Learning English) What is the most para

English with Lucy: 15 Smart and Polite Ways to Say 'I DON'T LIKE' - Do NOT be RUDE in English!


Here's an exercise for you to do after watching the video. You will have to replace 'DON'T LIKE' by any suitable option you learned.

1. I don't like the behaviour of the students in 4º ESO at all, and I'm going to be tougher on them if they don't behave properly.

2. I don't really like heavy meals for dinner, but I'll go to your birthday party if you insist.

3. I don't like big cities at all, especially if I'm the one driving.

4. I don't really like travelling on my own. I prefer going with my family.

5. After my last experience at a disco, I think I don't like going again to that party with you.


This exercise is very important because this term in 1º Bachillerato we are going to work a lot rewriting sentences using different structures. Here are two interesting links for you:

Rewriting and other exercises        Other REWRITE exercises.


Some English Listening Practice for you:

Learn English Through Story Rich Man Poor man  

Football:  Football’s Greatest  Teams .. AC Milan   


viernes, 3 de enero de 2020

FOLLOW ME...and I will drive you bananas!!


Have you driven yourself bananas (to drive someone bananas) yet with all Christmases coming at once (The English We Speak: "to have all your Christmases come at once", BBC Learning English)?

Some Brainless Tales.

I have just come across this SUPER ENGLISH COURSE I used to watch when I was a teenager:    FOLLOW ME   (and here's a link to my site where I will be compiling all the links to every episode and later some notes)


  And now follow Anabel to Britain:

Project about A Foreigner in Britain by Anabel Prados (1º Bach A)

In less than a week we will be coming back to our beloved rotuines and most of you will be feeling sleepy. Here's an interesting listening exercise for you of what may happen (I hope not) in our classes during the first days  >>>   Yawning: Why is it catching?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

News Review: Looking back at 2019 (BBC Learning English) What is the most paramount vocabulary we see in this episode?

mmmEnglish   >>>   How To Say Common English Expressions! | 💬 Small Talk PART 1


Friday phrase: to pat yourself on the back (BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 200101 / 01 January 2020    >>>  Your daily dose of cuteness: dog garden:   Language related to 'rehabilitation'.  Need-to-know language: sensory, stimulation, rehabilitate, enrich & socialise.

martes, 31 de diciembre de 2019

NATURE could be the solution

Ecotherapy could be the solution to some mental illnesses, especially in this stressful world we live. Have you ever tried going for a walk in the rain, or in the forest? How do you feel later? Can you have any negative feelings after such an experience.


What is ecotherapy?


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

And now listen to a podcast and do the listening exercise:


English in a Minute:  Comparatives to show progress (The bigger, the better)   (BBC Learning English)



When you don't do things yourself, what happens? In English you can always use THE CAUSATIVE HAVE

And here's a quizz for my 4º ESO students about the REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS. and for my 1º ESO students here's a revision of the QUESTIONS FORMS.

Tennis  >>>  What Happens When Nadal is Down 0-40 in the Most Critical Moment? (Mental Fortress)  


sábado, 28 de diciembre de 2019

Good time to take stock of the situation!!

Now that the year is coming to an end it is the perfect time to take stock of the situation, that is to say, to see all the things we have done this year, both achievements and failures or even things that could be improved. This way we will be able to make a progress in our lives and we will become more mature if we are conscious of our realities.


That is what I always think about myself, and what I ask my sons and students to do at the of the year, but especially at the end of the school year in June.


Listen to this song and have a look at the lyrics   >>>   Nelly Furtado- All Good Things Come To An End with lyrics on screen  


So you can write your comments answering basically these three questions:

  • What have you achieved this year? What did you do well this year?

  • Where did you fail? Talk about your failures or things you didn't manage to carry out.

  • Finally, there certain aspects you did well, but that you feel you could have done better.




English in a Minute: American English vs British English spelling   (BBC Learning English)


mmmEnglish >>>> Advanced speaking practice: English Imitation Lesson


BBC Learning English - Learners' Questions / The past continuous or past perfect continuous tense?   


  • Episode 191218 / 18 December 2019    >>>  Deep-sea mining:   Language related to 'mining'.  Need-to-know language: excavating, sources, rich in, on the brink & ventures.

Tennis  >>>  Rafael Nadal - 20+ Unique Shots That Will Impress You (Super RARE)  


miércoles, 25 de diciembre de 2019

Merry Christmas to you all!!!


There are many topics concerning Christmas that every year come to our minds when the year is about to end.


First, how are we going to decorate our house? or do we still decorate our houses when we get older? Do we use a fake or real Christmas tree?

Listening exercise to do: Fake or real: what's the best tree to have at Christmas? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)



Do we still believe in Santa Claus and its tradition? Do we prefere the Three Wise Men? When do we usually get our Christmas gifts? Do we buy presents for everybody or just the children? (Have a look at the LINGOHACK section below)

News Review:Meet a real-life secret Santa (BBC Learning English)

What about TV or films? Do we still like watching films related with Christmas such as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? What other things do we usually watch at Christmas?

A Christmas Carol - Part 1: Marley's ghost   

Why is Christmas a time of happiness? Is it so happy for everybody?


The English We Speak: The more the merrier (BBC Learning English)

And apart from all this, what about family gatherings? Do we still meet all the relatives? Where do we meet? At our grandparents' house? Who does all the cooking?


domingo, 15 de diciembre de 2019

This is English and these are our non-bilingual students from IES Mediterraneo

Here's a video some students (Lucía Espinosa, Lucía García, María González & Alicia Ortega) from 4º ESO A have just made  >>>>>


Well done!!!!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Maybe they can become teachers of English one day!!!


Here's a listening exercise for you to do: Why take a gap year?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

Do you know what 'a gap year' means?


Here's a game for my 1º ESO students about COUNTRIES AND NATIONALITIES (Another exercise).


English in a Minute: 'FINE' vs 'FINELY'   (BBC Learning English)


  • Episode 191204 / 04 December 2019    >>>  Victoria Falls: Is Zimbabwe drying up?:   Language related to 'disasters'.  Need-to-know language: drought, unsustainable, crisis, crippled & collapse.

Tennis  >>>  Rafael Nadal - Top 10 Reactions of Djokovic when he can't handle Rafa's Game  


viernes, 13 de diciembre de 2019

What is your ideal teacher like?

Teaching is not a particularly easy job to carry out. Actually, there are more and more cases of people who try it and give it up after a while. We have had some examples at school.


Not long ago remember we were talking about... More demanding jobs and stressful lives

It is true that it is a very demanding job as you have to be proficient in the subject you teach, you have to be highly motivating, you have to cope with students' misbehaviour in an appropriate way, you have to be a Super Teacher using ITC tools, there are more and more laws, changing every minute, you have to keep families informed... and so on.

What should teachers be like? Many students would prefer a super-teacher who would be telling jokes the whole time, giving high marks to everyone and not making them work (among other things). On the contrary, as you grow older, or when you miss chances in life because you are not well-prepared, you appreciate other characteristics, but perhaps it is already too late.

Before going on, let's just stop for a minute and see the difference between 'ADVICE' and 'ADVISE' (Learners' questions, BBC Learning English)


Anyway, here are some pieces of advice to become a good teacher.

The 10 Best Pieces of Teaching Advice for Every Educator    


Listen to this song

You Have Made A Difference - A Teacher appreciation song

and read its lyrics to see if you agree with it.


And here's some advice to become the best teacher of English. Unfortunately, the article is in Spanish. Do you agree with it?

Here's a most interesting TED talk about Education by Rita Pierson: "Every kid needs a champion"  

Revise the PREPOSITIONS OF TIME with Papa English

For my 1º ESO students, here's an important piece of news:

Let's read Sinbad   >>>>    SINBAD  

What can we do to improve our marks in 'Sinbad':

  • Prepare for the control we will have

  • Read aloud at home and listen to the reader (the audios are available in your pendrive)

  • Do the activities proposed in the book

  • Translate it into Spanish using your dictionaries (NO TRANSLATORS!!!!)

  • Make a comic


Here's a listening exercise for you to do: Chatting to new people  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) Can it be good for your mental health?


  • Episode 191211 / 11 December 2019    >>>  Discovering the code of all life:   Language related to 'life'.  Need-to-know language: teeming with life, biomedical sciences, DNA sequence, breed crops & decipher the genetic code.

Stories for Children >>> Milly and the Rainbow (BBC Learning English)


Tennis  >>>  What Awakened The MONSTER Inside Novak Djokovic?  


martes, 3 de diciembre de 2019

Xmas is round the corner!!!

Christmas is just round the corner!!! Probably the best time of the year, from the point of view of family gatherings!!! 


Christmas is one of the most frequent topics in this blog (you can click on the label Christmas ) and you may be able to answer some of these questions:

  • What kind of present would you like to have for Christmas?

  • Have you ever been to London or Cambridge, or Britain in general, for Christmas? Have a look at the video our Philosophy and Robotics teacher José Luis did when we went on one of our study trips and tell me if you would ever like to go.

  • What is your favourite Christmas carol in English?

  • What things do you usually do? What things do you have to do every Christmas that you like and that you don't like?

  • What words do you know about the topic: Christmas? 

And my students in 4º ESO must remember to make a comment in this post:

Dickens & Christmas

(Book online  for you to read)

Here's a listening exercise for you to do: How long can you hold your breath?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English in a Minute:  SEE, WATCH & LOOK   (BBC Learning English)

Rod Stewart - Christmas Live at Stirling Castle


6 Minute Vocabulary: More suffixes  (BBC Learning English)

The English We Speak: 'Dad dancing' - Get ready to be embarrassed! (BBC Learning English) Do you like the way your dad dances? Does he make any funny movements? What about your mum?