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“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”

Welcome to the English Holly (el acebo), the English department blog in Siles, welcome to your blog.

martes, 21 de noviembre de 2017


 To know more about Thanksgiving, here you have a rap and a text with some questions you have to answer in your notebooks.

Macy's Parade in New York

Americans of all religions celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Children do not go to school,, and most businesses close for four days. People in Canada also celebrate thanksgiving, but they celebrate it on the second Monday in October.

The tradition started with the “Pilgrim Fathers”. They were the founders of a colony in North America. These people were Puritans. They were against the Church of England, and suffered persecution in England. They wanted to start a new life in a new country.
Eventually, on 6 September 1620, 102 men, women and children left Plymouth in south-west England on a ship called the Mayflower. The voyage was difficult: two Pilgrims died, but two were born. On 11 December 1620 they landed on the north-east coast of North America. They called this area Plymouth. It was almost winter and there wasn´t much food. They immediately built small houses, but it was too late to grow crops. The winter was very long and cold and half of the Pilgrims died.
In the spring a native American called Squanto helped the Pilgrims. He taught them how to grow corn and how to hunt and fish. Soon the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag native Americans became friends. The Pilgrims grew crops and the summer harvest was excellent. By November 1621 everyone had food and a home.
There was hope for the future.
William Bradford was the governor of the Pilgrim´s colony. He decided to celebrate with a dinner for the Pilgrims and about ninety native Americans. He wanted to thank God. This was the first Thanksgiving dinner, and it continued for three days.

Today the traditional Thanksgiving meal is similar to the first. People eat roast turkey with cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn and pumpkin pie. Vegetarians don´t eat meat, but they still celebrate Thanksgiving with other foods, such as soya products, rice, fruit, vegetables and big salads.
New York City celebrates with Macy´s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy´s department store organised its first parade in 1924. This parade is very famous, and more than two million people go to see it every year.

Are the following sentences true (T) or false (F)?
  1. Canadians do not celebrate Thanksgiving.
  2. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Tuesday of November.
  3. The tradition of Thanksgiving started with the Pilgrims.
  4. There were only fifty people on the Mayflower.
  5. Their first winter in Plymouth was very difficult.
  6. The native Americans did not help the Pilgrims.
  7. The first Thanksgiving dinner continued for three days.
  8. The famous Macy´s Thanksgiving Parade is Los Angeles.

    Adapted from British and American Traditions  Gina D. B. Clemen

jueves, 26 de octubre de 2017

Guided tour around Siles

On October, 17th , the students of 4th of ESO prepared a guided tour to show Sarah the main landmarks of our town.
Here is what Sarah wrote after the visit, some pictures and the video Lola did. We hope you like them.

After my tour of Siles on Tuesday, I can confirm that fourth of ESO could all have a successful career in tourism in the future. The helpful and friendly tour has informed me about all the main sites in Siles such as El Cubo, the church and La Glorieta. Different pupils told me some interesting facts, some history and a personal anecdote for each site. For example, did you know that if you stand in the middle of the Glorieta you can hear an echo?! Also, before going on the tour, I had no idea that El Sequero or La Iglesia de San Roque even existed! A truly beautiful town shown to me by a great group! Thanks fourth of ESO for showing me around!

miércoles, 11 de octubre de 2017

Academic year opening ceremony

On the second of October, we celebrated the traditional opening ceremony at the assembly hall. Here are the summaries some students wrote about it in 2nd of Bachillerato.

Last Monday, at Doctor Francisco Marín high school, it took place the school year opening speech, given by Irene Carrasco García.
She studied here nine years ago. Later, she graduated in Medicine at Seville University. Currently, she is working as an oncologist at Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville.
In her speech, she explained the illness of cancer: What it is, how it reproduces and how to fight it. She also insisted on the importance of having healthy living habits in order to decrease the possibility of suffering from cancer.
In the end many students asked some interesting questions about the topic.
                                                                      Álvaro Zorrilla Carriquí. 

In my opinion, this lecture was really interesting, specially for me, since I want to be an oncologist in the future. It was worth watching it. 
                                                                       Alicia Jiménez Campos. 

In my opinion it was very practical because she showed us how to prevent the disease. Moreover, before the lecture finished, there was an intense debate. 
                                                                       Juan Cano Jiménez. .

She told us many interesting things, but I heard a sentence that caught my attention: "If you want to do or be something, you should chase it until you get it, this way you will never regret it".
                                                                       Carmen Quílez. 

jueves, 28 de septiembre de 2017

Guess who?

At last, next week we will enjoy and learn more about English culture, Ireland and many other treasures to be discovered.

Hi! My name is Sarah Bolton and I´m the English language assistant this year in Siles. I am so excited to be here! I am from Northern Ireland where I am studying French and Spanish at Queen´s University in Belfast. So if you would like to help me to speak Spanish, I would be very appreciative! I look forward to getting to know some of you over the next year. I already love your beautiful village!

 Welcome Sarah!!!

Welcome students and teachers.

Hi!!! Here we are again full of energy  and ready to accomplish a new academic year. 

miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

Differences between SAY and TELL

We are studying Reported Speech in class, so it would be a good idea to have a look at this video which explains the differences between SAY and TELL.
Pay special attention to the RAP at the beginning of the video.

Reported Speech