15 January 2016

Promoting Ecology Year 2

Year 2 students from Colegio San Gregorio (Aguilar de Campoo) were learning about natural life. Along this topic we have learnt about food chains and how we can classify the animals depending if the can live with us or not, or if we can get products from them. 

This is the #visualthinking mind map we got at the end of the topic. 



At the end of the topic we focus our attention on Ecology and what things we can do to take care of the enviroment. 

We mixed this part of Natural Science with our subject on Literacy and we learnt how to express a rule using HAVE TO... 

On the blackboard we wrote down different ideas the students thought were important to take care of the enviroment. And then we say them as if the were rules. In our cooperative groups we created posters in which we say the rule and ilustrate them with a picture. 


We also practised our speaking skills to spread our posters. You can wacth it in the following video. 


WE HOPE YOU LIKED

Year 2 students from @colsangregorio 

22 December 2015

WE WISH YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The ESL TIMES team board wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We will do in an original way. The Year 4B from San Gregorio School has created "Acrosport & Gymnastics skills" performance to the end of 1st term. The topic has been the Christmas.

Below you can find a youtube's list with the three videos.



We hope you like it.

Have fun and enjoy!

4 December 2015

Reading the classics is not boring. The picture of Dorian Grey

From IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia), Inmaculada López, the English teacher, tells us about the interesting work her students have done in class.
Who says reading the classics is boring? The way I see it, it all depends on how you present literature to your students. One more year, and I guess under my influence (I have been their teacher for 3 years now), students from 4º ESO made a wise decision and for one of their readings chose the only novel by one of the greatest writers in the English language (and probably in universal literature), Oscar Wilde.
Keats and Yeats are on your side, but Wilde is on mine (Morrissey)
Keats and Yeats are on your side, but Wilde is on mine (Morrissey)
How could I present such a complicated novel as attractively as possible … and in English? Easy, let’s go back in time and try to understand the period in which he lived, Victorian England, and the morals of his time, what was accepted and what wasn’t. To such an aim, at the moment students are working on several tasks related to Victorian crime, Victorian fashion and Victorian entertainment which will be shared on different social networks as soon as they are ready … no rush. They are having fun, they are using English, they are learning! Therefore, why worry about time?
In the meantime, they have been reading a B1 adaptation of the novel and actively participating in literature talks which you can listen to by clicking on the photo:
Literature Talks
Literature Talks
In addition, they have all collaborated on these Google presentations in which 4ºB had to write a short description of Dorian Gray from the point of view of a young gentleman who wants to copy Dorian while 4ºC’s description had to be written from the point of view of a respectable Victorian gentleman who refuses to mix together with Dorian in London fashionable parties.
4ºB
4ºB

4ºC
4ºC
All in all, reading this novel has been a great experience and working these tasks a way to show that reading the classics doesn’t have to be a difficult, boring, impossible task.
Once more, I am super proud of my 4ºESO students for their hard work.

23 November 2015

What freaks you out?

An interesting project from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). We hope you like it.
This year, students from 1º bachillerato A/C are going to be working on a project called “1º Bachillerato in shock”.
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Why this title? Well, because they are going through a series of changes in their academic lives which might cause them some stress … or not. It all depends on how you look at things and how you take them. As they say in English, always look at the bright side of life :-)
Anyways, for the first task of this project they were asked to think about what freaks them out, prepare a presentation and talk about it in class. We all have our weaknesses and things that we’d rather not talk about, although really it’s better if you talk about them and so here is some of their fantastic work:
Javi, Fran, Moisés and José Manuel Ortega
Javi, Fran, Moisés and José Manuel Ortega
Encarna, Clara, Nuria, Nerea and Teresa
Encarna, Clara, Nuria, Nerea and Teresa
Alejandro, Ricardo, José Manuel López and José Manuel Nicolás
Alejandro, Ricardo, José Manuel López and José Manuel Nicolás
Onofre, Alfonso, Mª del Mar, Laura Carrillo and Juanjo
Onofre, Alfonso, Mª del Mar, Laura Carrillo and Juanjo
Laura Vidal, Laura Palazón, Julián and Luis
Laura Vidal, Laura Palazón, Julián and Luis
Isabel. Jesús, Cristina, Andrea and Lucía
Isabel. Jesús, Cristina, Andrea and Lucía

Once they finished their awesome presentations, students were asked to collaborate on a digital wall in which they had to give solutions for stressful situations. Have a look at some of them. They might come in handy at some point in your life, you never know!
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18 November 2015

A sports meal play (Year 6) 2015/16

Today we would like to introduce the final products of the task A sports meal play (Year 6) 2015/16
This task we have been done by the pupils of Year 6 at San Gregorio School in Aguilar de Campoo.

You can watch the plays at this list on youtube:


These posts have been published in Year 6B digital portfolio:



Below, you can read the posts which have been created by Year 6 B pupils.


16 November 2015

Syrian Refugees

From IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia), the students at 4º ESO have been working in class about a currents news: Syrian Refugees. 
Inmaculada López, the English teacher, tell us:
This year in 4º ESO we decided we were going to start the English classes not with the usual revision of Present Simple, Present Continuous, Past Simple, blablabla (boooooring!!!!), but talking about something which has been making us think how lucky we are to have such a good life in a country where, fortunately, we don’t have to hide what we think or escape because there is a war which is finishing with everything we’ve known since we were born, including friends and family.
We thought it would be nice to show our respect towards Syrian refugees by dedicating a few of our classes to reflect on everything they have been going through and thus 4ºB were asked to prepare a poster, using Canva, about prejudices we have towards refugees and immigrants in general. They were also asked to think about possible ways to aid them. Click on the photo to have a look at the posters:
Give me shelter
Give me shelter
4ºC, on the other hand, had to put themselves in the shoes of the Syrian families who have been forced to leave their country in search of better life conditions. As such, they recorded radio programmes in which the interviewer had to interview the family on the radio. To do this, they first wrote the script on a Google document which they shared with the teacher and then they uploaded their programme to Spreaker. I, the teacher, have uploaded their programmes to Ivoox for practical reasons. You can listen to them here:
Syrian Refugees
Syrian Refugees
We would have preferred to talk about more pleasant topics, but all in all it has been a good way to start this academic year.

10 November 2015

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Here’s the first post from IES Mediterráneo in  Salobreña (Granada). It is a project done by María Bejar, a 4º ESO student, about the compulsory reader they have for the first term: Rabbit-proof fence, a most interesting book which deals with the situation of the Aborigines in Australia and how white men dealt with all half-caste children. 

Here’s the link to the student’s blog: http://mariabejarrodriguez.blogspot.com.es/

I hope you like this great work she published with emaze


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