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12th to 23rd October Weekly summary (5)

0511-0908-2515-5718_teens_streaming_out_of_their_classroom_clipart_image4Weekly summary: 12th to 23rd October

This summary covers two weeks for two reasons: 

1. You had your first formal examination, so you spent one session taking the exam  and another one correcting it.  

2.  Monday the 11th there was no school, so we only had 3  hours over the 2 weeks to see new contents.

What did we do these 2 weeks? Write a tick next to the things you did. Check in your notebook if you have notes on all the aspects included in the summary.

Week project: Old shops and business city hunt.

 On Friday, we organised the groups to do the power point presentations and discussed how to do it . You will work in groups of three. See the instructions published on th blog on the 12th of October under the heading City life explorers project (1): Old shops and business hunt


We took the exam and corrected it.

We completed the gaps from two songs “Penny Lane” and “Gone”.



pronun1Phonetics and pronunciation:

This week we did a lot of pronunciation practice using songs.

We learnt to memorize words using rhyme and catchy music.

We became ” walking words” and moved around the classroom telling  our classmates what we were in our new life as new words.

We sang  and learnt to pronounce words and shorten them following the music.


  • ·            Old shops city hunt project  (Penny Lane)

Learnt vocabulary connected with cities: road, lane, avenue, roundabout, traffic light, traffic sign, suburban.

  • Rap “gone”

Learnt vocabulary connected with  urban culture: rap, graffiti, bling, gear, whip, material, soul, heart, rich, content.

Learnt some common slang words that appear in songs: ain’t, yo, wanna, gonna.

Learning to learn :

  • We went over the exam questions and learnt how to study next time.
  • We learnt that the blog is our “virtual” book  and have to visit it and use it to learn, express ourselves and also to prepare exams.
  • We learnt that in the blog we can find guidelines and links to help us do our tasks.
  • We learnt that our notebook is essential to organise our learning.

Homework for Monday :


  1. Go over the dossier to complete the parts of the exam you did not answer, for example Chaplin’s biography.
  2. Go over the  vocabulary matching exercises handouts and tongue twisters handouts  to answer the exam correctly.
  3. Use the blog to answer and correct the exam : sounds, vocabulary.
  4. Copy in the notebook the narration of the fragments of Chaplin’s film.


 Post in the blog your opinion on  two current debates:

  1. Should female icons be present in traffic signs?
  2. Is graffiti a form of art or pure vandalism?


What are the key ideas/words of the song “gone” . Write them in your notebook.  Two or three sentences. No more than 25 words.

FOURTH: PREPARE YOUR OLD SHOPS AND BUSINESS CITY HUNT MATERIALS to work on the computers with your group on Monday.

25 Octubre 2009 Posted by | resum | , , , | Deixa un comentari

Walls, muros, murs, murs, Mauern…what are they good for?

Another question for our city explorers

Pink Floyd was a very famous group in the 70’s. This song is still meaningful. WHY?

Read the lyrics  and think:

What are walls good for?

Is there any relation between education and walls?

We don’t need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

We don’t need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.


Have we got of any famous walls in our city?

In Europe?  What happened 20 years ago on the 9th of November?

22 Octubre 2009 Posted by | debats, lenguas | , , , | 18 comentaris

Latest news from Santander and some questions for you



Hello everyone!

As promised, some news from the North. Yesterday, while you were learning about Google earth with Emili, I was flying over your heads.  When I arrived in Santander it was not pouring rain but sunny and very  windy. The beautiful beach of El Sardinero was low tide and empty; we could only see a few surf gliders enjoying  the heavy wind.

I’m learning a lot of things about other schools with European Sections and I want you to learn new things too. Some questions for you to think about. Look at the photographs and investigate a bit. Then, post the answers to the blog.

  • We use compass points for orientation. Is El Sardinero  West or East of the city of Santander? Use Google maps and write the answer in your notebook. Let’s see who is the first one to post the answer to the blog.
  • We are comparing old shops and buildings to new ones. Have you started looking for old barbers shops in Palma? In Santander I haven’t seen any so far but there is an old Casino. How old is it? Does it look similar to the Casino in Palma?
  • Is the beach in the photo low tide or high tide? I’ll try to take some other shots, so you can see the difference. In the Mediterranean there are not  not noticeable tides. but in Santander the differences are noticeable. Why?

I have to go now, study for your exam tomorrow and enjoy the walk around Palma with Bernat. Send me some news. I’ll send you more pictures too.

15 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, noticies | , , | 11 comentaris

Latest news from Portland, Molly’s city

Beer, pizza, music and Portland spirit, all on one bike!! The real party bike.

click on the link if you want to know more. Do you think it is a good idea?



13 Octubre 2009 Posted by | blog quest, noticies | , , , | 4 comentaris

City life explorers project (1): Old shops and business hunt

collage10On Friday you will go with Bernat for a short walk in the city to learn more about its history. In English we are going to investigate other aspects such as shops and small business.

Shops and small business  tell us a lot about city life and people’s habits. The Beatles are a good starting point to investigate our city, why not?Let’s start with barber shops, as the one that appears in Penny Lane. Look at the images of Penny Lane and  of the Barber cutting the little boy’s hair.

What do these images look like? Tick the appropiate adjective:

  • modern
  • busy
  • old fashioned
  • quiet
  • backward
  • fast
  • sophisticated
  • high-tech

In the next two weeks  you will be  city explorers and your task will be to discover old business and shops and to investigate if life and habits have changed a lot.

FIRST TASK:  explore hairdressers and barber shops:

Are there any old barber shops left in Palma?

What are their logos?

How are they called?

Do women go nowadays to barber shops to have their hair cut?

Do all men go to unisex hairdressers?

What about you? Where do you go to have your hair cut?

What about your parents?

Do you go to a modern hairdresser salon or to an old-fashioned  one?

There are other shops and business other than barbers. Think and keep your eyes open wehen you walk in town.  You can ask your parents and grandparents for help, they might know what to look for. You have 2 weeks, until the 26th of October to search the town.

1. Take photos of your findings

2. Mark in a map the place where the business is situated

3. Write a fact file with information:

Type of business
What does it look like?
Why do people go there?
Interesting features

If possible, interview the owner or one of the people working  there. You can also look for information in the net or in the library.

4. Look for a modern version of the business and compare it to the old one

We’ll give you more instructions on how to present and organise your work, but you can start thinking about it and, above all, keep your eyes wide open when you walk around! Look at this picture. Anything can happen if you are on alert and look at things with different eyes.


12 Octubre 2009 Posted by | projects, sortides, treballs | , , | Deixa un comentari

City music from Liverpool: road, street, avenue, boulevard, alley, lane, Penny Lane.

Welcome Paquita!

It’s great to have you with us, you bring music to our blog. You reminded us of  a another pedestrian crossing in Abbey Road;  The Beatles made it famous all overthe world. The Beatles were from Liverpool and they wrote many songs about their life as young people in their hometown. This term we are working with cities, that is one of the reasons why we know a lot about cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings.  Now we’ll follow the Beatles into a small street in Liverpool, a lane, a narrow passage between houses, called Penny LaneHere follows the lyrics, but some words are missing. Look at the images, they might help you find the correct words to fill the gaps. Some words are repeated:

ears, laugh, barber, fireman, poppies, hello, queen, pouring rain, skies, pies


Enjoy the music!

In Penny Lane there is a ________ (1)showing photographs
Of every head he’s had the pleasure to know
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say____________ (2)

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar
The little children ______(3) at him behind his back
And the banker never wears a mack
In the_________ ­ ____(4), very strange

Penny Lane is in my___________(5) and in my ___________(6)
There beneath the blue suburban ___________(7)
I sit, and meanwhile back

In Penny Lane there is a ___________(8) with an hourglass
And in his pocket is a portrait of the ___________(9)
He likes to keep his fire engine clean
It’s a clean machine

Penny Lane is in my ___________(10)and in my ___________(11)
A four of fish and finger___________ (12)
In summer, meanwhile back

Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout
The pretty nurse is selling ___________(13)from a tray
And though she feels as if she’s in a play
She is anyway

In Penny Lane the ___________(14)shaves another customer
We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim
And then the fireman rushes in
From the  _________ ­ ____(15), very strange

Penny Lane is in my ___________(16)and in my ___________(17)
There beneath the blue suburban___________ (18)
I sit, and meanwhile back

Penny Lane is in my ___________(19)and in my ___________(20)
There beneath the blue suburban ___________(21)

Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon

12 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, lenguas, música, vocabulari | , , , | 2 comentaris

Another pedestrian crossing, this time a portable one.

zebraLaptops are not the only portable invention.

What do you think about this portable zebra crossing?

Would you feel safe using it to cross a busy street such as Les  Avingudes?

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | lenguas, vocabulari | , , | 2 comentaris

Vocabulary Matching exercise (1)

Vocabulary matching exercise 1


In just a month we have learnt a lot of new words, some of them very difficult. If you look at the list that follows you will be surprised! When you hear them in class you understand them better because they appear in context. Let’s see if you remember some of them.

Match the words with their definitions and write your answer on the left hand column.

Number1, whisper,  has been done for you.You must do 34 more.  Good luck and take a break if you get tired.

You can copy and paste the grid in a word document and keep it in your notebook. It will be a good way to study for your exam.

1=h 1. whisper a. The act of speaking. A public address. Obama is good at making them.
2. speech b. A person who speaks two languages.
3. phonetics c. The key aspects of a book, text, work, class; the main points without attention to details. You have to do it everyday after lessons.
4. tongue twister d. Brothers and sisters.
5. quorum e. The minimum number of people who must be present for valid voting.
6. bilingual f. When the rubber cover of wheels gets damaged and loses air.
7. bicycle g. The person in a group who is responsible for transmitting the opinion of the group.
8. softball h. A very soft sound that people make when they talk close to your ear. A soft, rustling sound like that of whispering made by water, wind, leaves.
9. cane i. A tube-shaped white thing used for writing on the blackboard.
10. bowler hat j. The most famous character created by Chaplin.
11. tramp k. A means of transportation that does not pollute and does not use gas.
12. moustache l. A sport similar to baseball,very popular in the USA.
13. gurgle m. A sentence which is tricky to pronounce because it contain similar or difficult  sounds.
14. swha n. A circular object that rotates.
15. gutter o. A secret sequence of letters and numbers that identifies a person to prove their right to access, information, etc.
16. password p. Facial hair on top of your upper lip. Chaplin had a toothbrush one.
17. wheel q. A poem in in which the first letter or syllable of each line,  spells out another message.
18. flat tire r. The type of hat Chaplin used to wear.
19. onomatopoeia s. An unstressed neutral vowel The most common sound of English. It is like the “e neutra” in Catalan.
20. chalk t. A word  or a grouping of words that imitates the sound it is describing.
21. spokesperson u. Excrement.The act of defecating.
22. summary v. Gene Kelly did it in the rain.
23. acrostic w. Part of a house that collects the water when it rains.
24. helmet x. A set of lights used in cities to control traffic.
25. tap dance y. A stick which is used to help you walk.
26. sibling z. Actors technique that uses body language and gestures to convey meaning.
27. zebra crossing aa. The study of speech sounds and their transcription.
28. cage bb. The part of a bicycle where you place your hands.
29. handlebar cc. The part of the roads that can only be used by bicycles.
30. love handles dd. The broken sound made by water flowing.
31. poo ee. A tool used by Chaplin in Modern Times to fasten nuts.
32. spanner ff. Fat around the waist.
33. pantomime gg. A metal structure where animals are kept
34. traffic light hh. Something you wear to protect your head in case of falling down.
35. cycle lane ii. A set of white stripes painted on the road that gives preference to pedestrians. Vehicles must let pedestrians cross.

How many did you get right without  looking it up in the dictionary?

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, vocabulari | , | 5 comentaris

City life on-line activities (1)

Pedestrian Crossing or Zebra Crossing? Both are correct.

Images help us remember words. Do you like this one?zebra

In September, we started our journey together PedestrianCrossingwith a walk in Palma, guided by Bernat and we learnt some interesting things about buildings in Palma. With Emili, during Spanish lessons, you investigated your sense of direction and you drew a map of the city to get from the Ramon Llull to the Cathedral. You also learnt how to use traffic signs to remember certain ortographic rules in Spanish and their differences with Catalan.Street Signs on Cones

We all talked about the pros and cons of bicycle lanes bicylehtand followed the new cycle tracks debate on the local press. In Catalan, you used your imagination to write about a city under heavy and persistant rain. With Sonsoles, Molly and María, you used Google earth to investigate towns from a different perspective zooming out to get a satellite view of the city.

Next Friday, with Bernat, you will  investigate another part of the city and,  in the coming  weeks,  we are going to carry on learning more things about the city around us.  During English lessons we are going to

  • zoom in and out city life.
  • use compass points to locate landmarks on a map
  • learn more vocabulary to talk about the things we find when we walk around the town
  • describe buildings, streets and city life
  • give and ask directions
  • find our way using a street plan
  • compare different cities, streets and neighbourhoods
  • identify landmarks and most popular citysights

To help you talk and write about your city we looked for  funny and varied on-line activities. images (3)

homework-704470-704529You must do all of them and write down in your notebook the new words you learn.

1.  Practice pronunciation of some basic city words

2.  Listening:  town directions

3.  Find your way in an American town and check the prepositions of place.

4.  Read this text about Springfield, Bart’s hometown and do the fill in the gaps exercise

5.  From an American city, to a typical English High Street. There are six different exercises in this address (reading, writing, and listening)  with plenty of vocabulary.

6.  Listen to a person giving directions in Barcelona and do the exercises.

This is the first set of on-line activities we posted in the blog. After doing the activities, we need your feed back.  Post your comments to these questions

  • Did you learn new words?
  • Is it helpful to have audio to learn pronunciation?
  • Did you find them difficult or easy?
  • Which ones did you prefer?
  • How long did it take you to do all of them?
  • Would you like to have more on-line activities grouped by topic on the blog?
  • Thank you for your feedback!

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, on-line exercicis | , , | Deixa un comentari

“puenting”= bungee jumping / “footing”= jogging

I love learning new words and Bernat is very good at making new ones! “Xiuxiguera”


I like this “xiuxiguera” and I will sponsor it as one of my 1eso E favourite words.

Emili uploaded a fragment of El Quijote in Spanglish some weeks ago, have you read it?

Well, in Spanish there are some words that look like English but, in fact, they are not.

One of them is “puenting”. In English we say bungee jumping.

Watch a video of a bungee jump, off a bridge, 216 meters above a river in South Africa.

Bungee Jumping is considered an extreme sport.

  • Do you think it is a sport?
  • Would you like to try?

There are other words that look English but as “puenting” are Spanglish

We learnt lots of meanings of the verb to run, but we also can use other words that mean  to run .

  • Do you like jogging?

it is good for your health and it is not an extreme sport.

In Spanish we say footing” In English jogging

10 Octubre 2009 Posted by | lenguas, video activity, vocabulari | , , | 1 comentari