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

lunes, 26 de diciembre de 2011

Learning English by means of a TV sitcom

Here is a video my colleague Victoria has got in her blog, REALLY FUNNY!! Don't you think? Hw
Why don´t you watch the following video from Mind Your Language, a TV sitcom from the 70s. I´m sure you´ll get a good laugh. 


What are New Year's resolutions? 
Make a guess and then look up what they are about.

Have you made any yet? Could you tell us some of them?

...and how many of them did you make last year and how many of them did you really keep?

lunes, 5 de diciembre de 2011

Christmas is coming!!

Maria Navas has just reminded me that Christmas is coming. Tell us what Christmas means for you. Remember that our main goal is to write in English, so write whatever you feel like about this holiday.
 Listen, as well, to our new soundtrack song and check the lyrics in my site (it was one of the first songs I uploaded at the very beginning of the year).


And here are some gifts for the students who made 10 comments:   1   2   3

Spain Defeats Argentina to Win Its 5th Davis Cup

Read this New York Times newspaper article about Nadal's final victory over Del Potro and apart from making any comments on this wonderful piece of news, give me examples of interesting word formation cases.


What do you reckon about this hit parade?
  • Laura Leliugaite     1   2   3  
  • Enrique García 1 
  • Fermín García  2   
  • Laura de la O    1  
  • María Rodríguez    1   2  3      
  • Marina  1 
  • Ignacio Castilla   1   
  • Ana Béjar & Aurora  1      
  • Aurora  1  
  • Julie  1    
  • Javier Pulido   1    and the one dedicated to Albert's swimmin style 2  
  • Ray Look   1   2    
  • Mª Gloria Lozano    1   
  • And here comes María Navas with her favourite songs:  

    1 ~Welcome to my life of Simple Plan, it's a bit sad song but I like rock and pop, and the voice of the singer, this is why I like it very much, also in my personal opinion the videoclip is amazing.
    2 ~This is one of my favourite groups so I don't know if this song is my favourite because there are more that I like, but I've chosen this one because it is a love song full of energy.
    3 ~And this is my contribution for Christmas!!... 

Which one do you like the best? And send me the link for your favourite song.

miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2011

How bizarre!

Listen to the song, watch the video clip and give me your opinion. You can also have a look at the lyrics in my website.

sábado, 26 de noviembre de 2011

Brand new song for our blog

Try to guess what I mean by uploading this song writing your comments.

Later click here to see what I really meant. Did you get it?

miércoles, 23 de noviembre de 2011


Tomorrow it is the last Thursday of November and Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in North America, that is to say, Canada and the United States. Read a bit about it and make any comments you wish.

Have we got something similar here in Spain?

Click HERE and read about this festivity.

domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2011

Would you buy a Mac or a PC?

Here are some ads J.J. Rovira (1º Bach A) has just sent me. Watch them and tell me if you can get something clear out of it?

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011

Christopher introducing us to classical music

Yes, we have just hired an expert on classical music for our blog and this person will be Mr Christopher Tarifa from 1º Bach A. 

Stand up and let's give him a big round of applause.

OK, and now our first lesson: Listen and watch this till the end!

Lesson number 2 by Mr Tarifa and many more:  1 

And Ana Megías has just recommended this masterpiece by Vivaldi.

Write your comment about your feelings and mood you are after listening to the whole piece.

martes, 8 de noviembre de 2011

And what about our ÑBA players?

Yes, what about our Spanish basketball players playing in the NBA? Read about them (Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernández, Calderón...)

Fly like an eagle or just...the magic?

Which of these two incredible basketball players do you prefer? Or perhaps both?  Who are they? Write a comment about them and your opinion after watching the videos.


Fly like an eagle with Michael Jordan   >>>>


10 reasons why Magic Johnson is the greatest basketball player ever  >>>


10 reasons why Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever  >>>



jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2011

Electric cars

An article sent by Carmen Presenta about electric cars. Here's the link.
Can they be a solution for the future? Give me your opinion.

miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2011

London riots: Dozens injured after Tottenham violence last August

Here you've got  a newspaper report about the riots in London last summer. Please, watch the TV reports as well.
And some other reports:   1  2  3     

lunes, 24 de octubre de 2011

Is it really true? Is Albert really going to organize a study trip to the UK?

 We all know that our English teacher is always boasting about his trips around the world, but is it really true???
Last year some students challenged him to take them to the UK. He is getting old and he is a bit slow, so he didn't answer straight away but the German machine he has got in his brain began to work.
Time passed, the school year finished, the new school year began... and he didn't say a word. But guess what? He has just worked it out!!!! You have got some of his discoveries in his site

ARE YOU READY TO FIGHT, MEN OF SCOTLAND??? (as William Wallace said)

 Just have a look at the different possibilities and let me know your opinions.

sábado, 22 de octubre de 2011

Get down on it!

How would you translate the name of our new blong soundtrack song? Make a guess, come on!

martes, 18 de octubre de 2011

The girl who silenced the UN for five minutes.

Julia Romero (2º Bach A) sent me this video about a girl talking in the United Nations. 
Can you understand it? 
What do you think about what she tells them?
How much vocabulary do you know?
You can make a summary of the vocabulary and expressions used as part of your comment. Thanks!

viernes, 7 de octubre de 2011

STEVE JOBS, an example to follow.

Let's begin with an Apple commercial.

Have you ever heard of Steve Jobs? He has just died. Let's begin by reading something about him.

And now two news reports about his death:
CNN     The Guardian

Here are some of his quotations. You can make a comment about any of them.

And finally listen to his amazing speech (part 1 and part 2) at Stanford University (Spanish subtitled version).

Another good opportunity to listen to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: part 1 and  part 2.
To end, let's listen to Steve Jobs' funniest joke.

martes, 27 de septiembre de 2011

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME. Some secondary school students singing in English

These are some secondary school students singing in English. What is your opinion about it? Do you think you could do something similar? Click here to watch the video clip.
And now watch the original version by Louis Armstrong:

domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2011

sábado, 10 de septiembre de 2011


How would you understand, interpret the title of the new soundtrack song I have just uploaded for the beginning of the school year?

jueves, 8 de septiembre de 2011

Oh, my God! We did it again!!!

A big round of applause for Javier Pulido (1º Bachillerato), Andrea Moreno and Águeda Muela for having passed the Language School Exams. They deserve it! I told you: "können is wollen" (querer es poder). 
Two expressions in English:
  • "Nothing is impossible to a willing mind"
  • "Where there's a will, there's a way"

miércoles, 29 de junio de 2011



Three songs, three versions, sung by three different singers. Which one do you prefer? 1  2  3


Once again it is time to cheer up because four of our students in 2º Bachillerato (Irene, Lisa, Miguel Noguera & Trujillo) have passed the Language School Exams >>>> GOOD EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW IN THE COMING YEARS.

jueves, 23 de junio de 2011



Have a look at 2º Bachillerato page in my Google site!!!

viernes, 10 de junio de 2011


This is the newspaper's making off. A group of students and their enthusiastic Science teacher decided to make a newspaper for EL PAIS DE LOS ESTUDIANTES and this is the making off. Have a look at it!

Click here!

Good job.


martes, 7 de junio de 2011


Stay alert and have a look at my Google site, because in a few days' time I will upload some recommendations for my students, both those who have passed and those who haven't.

Here you can also have a look at the textbooks and readers that we will have next year.

miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2011

Javi's hint

Javi would like you to have a look at this video:

Spain Taken the street for a TRUE DEMOCRACY - May 15th 2011 - 

And more about the issue by Javi (19th May, 2011):

Very interesting vocabulary to look up.

The Comparatives by Mariano

Ladies and gentleman, would you like to revise the comparatives? Well, Mariano, a student in 1st of Bachillerato 2nd language sent me this song (lyrics). It's quite funny!!!! I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks, Mariano, for helping me improving my blog.
CU soon  

lunes, 16 de mayo de 2011


Listen to the new songs I have just uploaded into my Google site by Phil Collins, Genesis, Marvin Gaye... Have a nice time listening to them and feel free to make any comments, but please try to write at least a paragraph.

sábado, 14 de mayo de 2011

2º BACHILLERATO STUDENTS. Write your comments!!!

Remember you can also visit TEXTS TO READ in my Google site (the page where I uploaded the texts you sent me), read one of the articles mentioned and write your comment and send it to my e-mail address. But, please, try to write a paragraph at least (or even a kind of composition). It will help you for the exam we have next Wednesday.
Good luck!!!

miércoles, 11 de mayo de 2011

Seve O'Kelly. Who is he?

One of Grandad's old stories

  Long, long time ago when I was young and I had finished university, I decided to spend a year in Britain. I searched and I found a course in the University of Salford, which is just next to Manchester, in Advanced English and Translation and Interpretation.

  Well, I wanted to get the most out of it, so I went to the accomodation office in order to find a British family that could offer me a place to live because I didn't want to live in the university halls of residence with the other Spaniards. That is how I came to the door of a detached house, rang the bell and a two-metre bearded fellow opened the door. I had the address of a Mrs Kelly so I asked nervously trying to use my best English: "Could I please talk to Mrs Kelly?" and he replied in a rather loud way: "Do I look like Mrs Kelly?".
In fact he was Mr Kelly. He was Irish and quite fond of golf, so when I explained the purpose of my visit and that I came from Spain, he immediately invited me to an Irish coffee and re-baptized me with the name of SEVE in honour of SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS, who was really well-known in the 80s in Britain because he had won the British Open, the US Masters...
    After that Irish coffee, meeting Mrs Kelly and the rest of the family, being invited to a huge dinner and being taken to the pub The Fox, where we had to leave the car because we were not in a very good state after a few pints of lager and Guinness, I decided I would stay with the Kelly's. That's why some time later I began to call myself SEVE O'KELLY (which was even my nick name at the school where I worked before because I also told my students about this story).

    So you can make comments about SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS (you can also read something about him), or about the story I have just told you, or about how to make an Irish coffee.

    Or anything you like, as for example the experience of living or travelling abroad, Manchester, Ireland....

Osama Bin Laden's death

Read about Osama Bin Laden's death and listen to US President Obama. Write your opinion about it or tell us anything about the vocabulary used. You can send me links with other interesting articles.

miércoles, 27 de abril de 2011

Woman by John Lennon

Listen to this beautiful song  (Woman) in Powerpoint. Enjoy it and pay attention to the word formation. Write down every word that you find useful from the point of view of word formation.

jueves, 14 de abril de 2011

Some advice for your fellow students

Some advice for your fellow students??

The school year is coming to an end and I would like you to give some advice to the students that will follow your steps. Try to be sincere and, using appropriate advice structures, tell them what they should do. Include the level you are referring to at the beginning of your comment.

For example, here's Albert's advice to all of you: "You should listen to the teacher and follow the advice he will give you at the beginning of the school year in September".

viernes, 1 de abril de 2011


APRIL FOOLS' DAY  Be careful today!

Read about April Fool's Day and write about any tricks you played on someone.

jueves, 31 de marzo de 2011




miércoles, 16 de marzo de 2011

Love will find a way

"Love will find a way"  Two songs, two styles. Which one do you prefer?     Lionel Richie's     YES'   Perhaps both of them, like me.

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan & Lorca (Spain)

ENVIRONMENT: Read these articles about these issues:
  1. earthquake 
  2. and tsunami in Japan
  3. Nuclear energy and crisis
  0   1    2   3   4   5    6    7    8

and reply to the articles read making any comments about the news or the specific vocabulary used.

In addition, Miguel Figueroa has just sent me this article about the earthquake in Lorca.

It's time for you to answer!!!

lunes, 14 de marzo de 2011

Useful link for Bachillerato students

Oxford University Press has sent me this link for you: (the username and the password are in my Google site). Make comments here of the things you discover or interesting exercises you have done. I hope it will be useful for you.

viernes, 11 de marzo de 2011


Just to begin I recommend you to visit my Google site and the webpage of the English Department of Salobreña in Helvia.