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

jueves, 30 de junio de 2016

The only thing Casillas wanted to say is....

The only thing Casillas wanted to say with this video was.... :

a.- how much he loved his country.

b.- his days in the national team were over.

c.- his favourite actor is Sylvester Stallone.

What do you think? Watch the video and answer

As you have seen we have emphasized what the Spanish goalkeeper said by using a most interesting structure, that is to say, a CLEFT SENTENCE. But what is it? Here are a few links for you to see how cleft sentences work ( 1  2   3 ) and you can also do some exercises about this grammatical issue:  1  2   3  

Some examples:
  • It was 27th June when Italy defeated Spain in the Eurocup in France.
  • What I want you to do this summer is to watch New That's English episodes.
Article to read about Casillas:

Real Madrid try to repair Iker Casillas damage – but only make things worse (The Guardian)  



We will never forget you!!!

Listening exercise to do:

Who would you imitate? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 

Is perhaps Casillas your idol???

Del Bosque: I'm not nostalgic about the past (Marca)



sábado, 18 de junio de 2016


MORE BREAKING NEWS >>>>> CONGRATULATIONS TO Mª José García and Andrea Gutiérrez (4º ESO) for obtaining their B1 in English in the Official Language School!!!! In September I'm sure we'll have again better news when the rest of the students who entered the exam and didn' t pass all the parts have a second chance. Et félicitations à tous ceux qui ont réussi aussi dans leurs examens de français à l'École Officielle des Langues. COME ON , YOU CAN !!! Allez, vous pouvez!!!

BREAKING NEWS  >>>  Again congratulations to our non-bilingual students in 4º ESO for their projects on Braveheart as they have just been published once again in the ESL Times Magazine. Have a look at it!!!

It is true that our non-bilingual students could have done much better, but the results are incredible, especially in the level of 4º ESO.

Here are my recommendations for the summer:


We have just finished our final exams, the Selectivity exams, the Official Language School exams in French and in English, our Music School exams.... and it is time to come to some conclusions. Express them by using IMPOSSIBLE OR UNREAL CONDITIONALS. Let's revise how we make them and the two exceptions will be analysing next year in 1º Bachillerato. For further information on the comparatives you can visit my site.



They are based on impossible situations which we cannot change at all.
SITUATION: Not all the students in the level of 4º ESO studied enough and did all the things they should have done.
If Raúl had handed in his folder, some compositions and the projects of the readers he had to read, he would have clearly passed English in June.   BUT he didn't.

Exception number 2

Combination of a past fact that cannot be changed and a quality that you don't have, but that you could have (it is still not impossible)

Example: Rita said she would have passed English in June if Albert weren't so strict.

Exception number 3

Combination of a past fact whose effects are still permanent.

Example: Albert replied that she would not a have such a low level in English now if she had worked as hard as her friend María, but unfortunately she didn't.

Listening exercise to do: How to prepare for an exam (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

miércoles, 15 de junio de 2016

This world is going bananas!!!

Breaking news:

Jo Cox: grief and shock over death of 'Labour MP with huge compassion' (The Guardian)


This world is really going crazy!!!! Just a shame!!


Have a look at these articles and tell me your opinion:


What does a 'hooligan' mean? Is it a synonym for a 'supporter'?


Episode 160615 / 15 June 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: on high alert, paddling & range.

Expressing probability:

It's on the cards (The English we speak, BBC Learning English)


Listening exercise to do: Young and in business (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

jueves, 9 de junio de 2016

Eco-cooler, the cheap solution for the summer!!!

The gadget you won't be able to live without this summer  >>>  the ECO-COOLER and here's the way  how to make one yourself



Pay attention to the structure hightlighted in green and used in the first part and write sentences with the clues given and any other words you may need, bearing in mind that you will have to decide which tense to use:

 Example: Eco-cooler / gadget / live / without / this summer   >>>   Eco-cooler is the gadget you won't be able to live without this summer.

1. Peter / person / talk / to
2. Hotel Salobreña / hotel / stay / at
3. Albert's site / site / take / good examples / from
4. St Antonio's / patron saint celebration/ have a good time / at / next weekend
5. Alex / classmate / sit / next to / in class
6. Angelina Jolie / lady / dance / with
7. That sofa / place / have a nap / in
8. Harmony / song / listen / to / when you are doing your homework
9. Penny (The Big Bang Theory): "Leonard / nice / guy / go out / with"

Some articles to read:

TASK TO DO  >>>>  Now could you explain to me the process to make your own eco-cooler using the PASSIVE VOICE? 

miércoles, 8 de junio de 2016


The latest  >>>  Brexit: PM meets Euro leaders (News Report, BBC Learning English)

Breaking news:

Jo Cox: grief and shock over death of 'Labour MP with huge compassion' (The Guardian)


On 23rd June a referendum will be held in the United Kingdom in order to decide if they stay in the European Union or if they leave. For a start, let's just read this poem about John Donne. Analyse it bearing in mind the globalised world we live in.


'No Man is an Island' (by John Donne)

                No man is an island entire of itself; every man
                is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
                if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
                well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
                is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
                own were; any man's death diminishes me,
                the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
                because I am involved in mankind.
                And therefore never send to know for whom

Do these words remind you of any other prominent writer?

Yes, you're right, the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who wrote the famous novel For whom the bell tolls, which deals about our Spanish Civil War.

The issue in the press:

  What is your opinion about the whole issue? Do you think that it is good for Spain to stain in the EU? Write about the advantages and disadvantages of belonging to the EU.

lunes, 6 de junio de 2016

Lack of commitment in our society and bipolar disorder

What does 'commitment' mean? Now that we come to the end of the school year, rate your teachers, your parents, your friends...and obviously yourselves regarding the degree of commitment you show in your everyday life.

Some people, especially politicians, are very keen on saying:

"Do as I say, not as I do" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


This lack of commitment is the doom of our society, especially serious among our younger generations. 

Have a look around and you will see that those people who succeed in life have a high degree of commitment to what they do, such is the case of Muhammed Ali, Rafa Nadal, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela...

We have also seen this bipolar disorder in the book we had to read in 4º ESO for the third term Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. Remember that R. L. Stevenson wrote this novel probably thinking about  the case of Deacon Brodie. Where did he live? What other famous novel was written by R.L. Stevenson?

Article to read:

The Real Jekyll & Hyde? The Deacon Brodie story (BBC)


And here's a cartoon film to watch about the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  >>



Here's the link to the audiobook

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

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." by Muhammad Ali

How would you put this sentence into reported speech?

Muhammad Ali was not only one of the greatest boxers and athletes ever, but also a fighter in every sense.

Muhammad Ali's funeral (News report, BBC Learning English)

Related articles to read and watch:

News report: Superbug threat (BBC Learning English)


Article to read: World's longest rail tunnel to open in Switzerland under Alps (The Guardian)

And always remember Muhammad Ali's words: "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali
Read more at:
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali
Read more at:

When Muhammed Ali met Prince (BBC)