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

sábado, 30 de abril de 2016

Formal letter writing

You will be having shortly your B1 and B2 exams, here's a reminder for your writing skill  >>>   WRITING A FORMAL LETTER (for further information about this skill you can visit my site):

Formal letter writing

And here are some problems you can write about:
1. Write
Some examples:

Interesting link provided by the British Council:  ESOL Nexus  with very useful examples.

miércoles, 27 de abril de 2016

Years pass....sad anniversaries!

Chernobyl, Hillsborough...sad anniversaries. Years pass for people and even for Big Ben, a British emblem. Here are some interesting articles to read about:


Episode 160427 / 27 Apr 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: catastrophically, fall silent, scaffolding, glimpse & delivery.

By the way, how high do you think Big Ben is? Pay attention to the question and how you ask your measures in English. Can you measure LOVE? Listen to this song and tell me.



And here's the version sung by the Bee Gees >>>



lunes, 25 de abril de 2016


À la conquête de la France...




       A group of IES Mediterraneo students are leaving on Sunday, 24th April, for France with two teachers:  Reyes & Pilar. We wish them all the best!!!

viernes, 22 de abril de 2016

When doves cry :-(((((((

Prince in Heaven!!!

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston... and now Prince  >>  Drugs and music, so connected and usually ending the same way.

What a great singer he was!!!


miércoles, 20 de abril de 2016

Earthquakes!!! & Happy birthday, your Majesty!!

Notice the difference between the impact earthquakes have in two different countries: Ecuador and Japan. Compare the consequences in each case.

Read the articles about the issue:

Other interesting articles to read and listening exercises to do:

Episode 160420 / 20 Apr 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: to date, precious & released.

martes, 19 de abril de 2016

Validity of any certificates in any language

I have always been asked this question by my students and everybody else. Here's the answer. And this applies to any certificate (Official Language School, Trinity College, Cambridge exams, TOEFL...). I hope you will understand it when you watch later the scene from the film Braveheart.

How long are any results and certificates valid for?

That is to say, like in the film Braveheart, "I was wondering if you could do this when it matters, as it matters in battle. (...) you could? Then prove it!..." See this scene and then you will understand why.

domingo, 17 de abril de 2016

The king of clay is back!!!

Nadal wins at Monte Carlo for the 9th time!!!! (It is his 28th Master 1000 equalizing Djokovic in his 100th final) and his 9th Conde de Godó equalizing the Argentinian Guillermo Vilas as the player with the highest number of tournements on clay court ever.

He has just defeated Gaël Monfils in the final 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 in a really tough match.



Le match en direct (L'Équipe) 


Rafael Nadal sees off Gaël Monfils to win Monte Carlo Masters final (The Guardian)

The clay season is just awaiting!!!!

jueves, 14 de abril de 2016

Interstellar travel project and Yuri Gagarin's anniversary as the world's first spaceman

Read some articles about the issue and watch some news:

However, if we ever take this decision to send a spaceship into space, scientists will have to bear this in mind:

So we will have to start 'cleaning up the space' (listening exercise, 6 Minute English, BBC)


Episode 160413 / 13 Apr 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: ambitious, exceptional, triumph, the height of & winning hearts.

martes, 12 de abril de 2016

TRAINING, the key to success.

Training is essential in any kind of sport to have success. We've got examples such as Rafa Nadal in tennis, Pau Gasol in basketball... and this downhill mountain biker!!! Just amazing!!!

However, you cannot only train your muscles, but also your brain: BRAIN TRAINING (listening exercise, BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English). By the way, pay attention to the definition they give to the word 'bilingualism'. 


Health and wellbeing:  Five ways to improve your brainpower (The Guardian)


To achieve this goal, you must obviously wipe out any kind of distractors such as pointless strikes, hormones or social media ("Is social media a distraction?" >>> Listening exercise from BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English). 


domingo, 10 de abril de 2016

Students' diaries (Dublin 2016)

Our students had to write a diary during their stay in Dublin.

Here's the project done by Joaquín García (4º ESO B) >>>

Here's the project done by Alex España (4º ESO B)  >>>

Here's the project done by Alba Arenas (4º ESO A)   >>>>

Here's the project done by Andrea Gutiérrez (4º ESO B) >>>>

miércoles, 6 de abril de 2016

VI Study trip to the British-Irish Isles: EDINBURGH (Easter 2017)

We will be having our ZERO meeting next Monday, 11th April, in the Language Department during the break just to give you a rough idea of our proposal. Those students who have never participated in any of our experiences are welcomed!!!

  Take a look at Quirky Cottages* 





Have a look at the photos taken during our I Study trip to British-Irisn Isles in 2012  >>>





  And this is the video J. Luis Fernández (our Philosophy teacher) made for the occasion:

And here is the one made by ACTIVE GLOBAL ENGLISH HOUSE:



martes, 5 de abril de 2016

Scandals, scandals, scandals... everywhere!!!

What is happening in this world? There are scandals everywhere and honest ordinary people sometimes really feel stupid when they read about these pieces of news:

However, this is not only our main concern. There are other issues that make us doubt of our governments and rulers when we hear this:

Read about any of these issues and try to find articles in the press and then write a comment about any of them. You can also propose which issues concern you the most at the moment.


Episode 160330 / 30 Mar 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: driverless, choking, toxic, abundance & predominantly.

And just to end with a more positive attitude. Here's an impressive documentary on the evolution of cruising:

domingo, 3 de abril de 2016

Time to register for the B1 and B2 exams as freelance students at the EOI


I have just seen that you can register for the B1 and b2 exams as freelance student (estudiante libre) until 15th April.


  Módelos de pruebas de cursos anteriores 


Our students are ready