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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, 20 de diciembre de 2011

lunes, 19 de diciembre de 2011

The new look of our bilingual school

From the English Department we invite you to get involved in this amazing experience and make your contributions!!

domingo, 11 de diciembre de 2011

Vocabulary check unit 2, 1º bach

miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2011

A strange machine

lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2011


Hello dear friends!
It´s a pleasure to tell you that last October we celebrated Halloween in class with our 1st of ESO students.How did we celebrate it?
We decorated the class with some posters, we told spooky ghosts stories, we also learnt how to carve a pumpkin (by means of an interesting video that shows how to do it) and we watched a scary movie. It was great, they enjoyed a lot!!!!!!

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011

jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2011

Big Bang Theory fuels physics boom

Adapted from The Observer
Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory attracted more than 500,000 viewers on its return to Channel 4. Photograph: Channel 4
A cult US sitcom (situation comedy) has emerged as the latest factor behind a remarkable resurgence of physics among university students.
The Big Bang Theory, a California-based comedy that follows two young physicists, is being credited with consolidating the growing appetite among teenagers for the once unfashionable subject of physics.
One pupil, Tom Whitmore, 15, from Brighton, admitted that Big Bang Theory had contributed to his decision, with a number of classmates, to consider physics at A-level, and in causing the subject to be regarded as "cool". "The Big Bang Theory is a great show and it's definitely made physics more popular.

A Twitter debate on whether Big Bang Theory had played a role in encouraging more potential physicists provoked mixed reactions. PhD student Tim Green wrote: "I'd say it's more to do with economics and good science docs than sitcoms with only the vaguest relation to physics." Markela Zeneli said: "I think the show is hilarious, and it may make physicists seem nerdy and geeky, but what's so bad about that? "

miércoles, 9 de noviembre de 2011

Leonard Cohen, Prince of Asturias Prize

Veteran songwriter Leonard Cohen has won the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters for a body of work which has "influenced three generations around the world".
"Considered one of the most influential authors of our time, his poems and songs have beautifully explored the major issues of humanity in great depth" the jury said in its citation.
Montreal-born Cohen is known for his songs, including Suzanne and Hallelujah, which have been covered by dozens of influential artists.
His books include poetry collections Let us Compare Mythologies and Flowers for Hitler, and novels The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers.
In his emotional speech when he received the prize in Oviedo, he mentioned his personal interest in the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, whom he has admired for a long time. Cohen´s song "Take This Waltz" lyrics are, in fact, based on  the words of Lorca´s poem "Pequeño Vals Vienés" (“Little Viennese Waltz”). Moreover, One of his daughters' name is Lorca.
Here you can watch the video of the song.

IreneVilla talking about her daily life

It is worth having a look at this video in which Irene Villa tells us about her hobbies.

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2011

Pueblo is here at last!!

Don't miss the world premiere of the webseries Pueblo tonight at 10 in pub "El Trujal"

In case you can't go, here is the first episode.
You can follow it on their website (, on youtube, and even download it from itunes.

I hope you enjoy it the way I do.

Thanks Eve and Ben for this wonderful "masterpiece"

viernes, 15 de abril de 2011

Orienteering champions

Orienteering is a sport that combines both a physical and a mental element. The basic idea in orienteering is to proceed from course start to finish by visiting a number of control points in a predetermined order with the help of map and compass. In order to choose the best possible route, orienteers look at the characteristics of the terrain, and the winner is determined by the fastest time to complete the course. What is unique to orienteering is that an orienteer must navigate and make quick decisions while running at high speed. Orienteering is a low-cost sport suitable for both genders and all ages.
Some of our students are taking part in the Orienteering competition organised by the "Diputación de Jaén"
The two first races took place in Villacarrillo and Santisteban del Puerto and our students played an impressive role. The winners were  Estrella Fernández and Francisco José Robles.  Rocío Carpizo, José Roberto Pérez and Rosendo Vílches got to the podium as well.

The next event will be held in Siles on the 15th of May. Good luck to our winners!!!

miércoles, 16 de marzo de 2011

Why not stop smoking?

Our classmates Fco. José, Fco, Javier, Lílibeth and Constantin have released their new video hit on Youtube, and they have promised to translate it into English as soon as possible.
Here you can watch the Spanish version while they prepare the English one.

They hope you enjoy it,
Feel free to leave your comments, but write them in English, please.

How to use the future tense in conversations (1st bach)

lunes, 14 de marzo de 2011

How to write a formal letter (2nd Bach)

Have a look at this slideshow before you write your letter to apply for the job. (Unit 4 2nd bach)

martes, 8 de marzo de 2011

Women's international day

Today we celebrate the international day of working Women.
Collage made by Manolo and Julián to celebrate the month of WOMEN in the hall of the high school
 We are going to work on this webquest done by Elena González in IES San José. To go to the webquest click on the photo

Summer stays 2011. Ayudas del Ministerio

If you are studying first of bach and already have a grant, you can fill in the application for the help of the Ministry of Education to study English or French this summer. Click here

miércoles, 23 de febrero de 2011

How much do you know about Andalusia?

This is a quiz for you to show how much you know about your homeland. You have to answer these questions. If you need help, you can use Google or Wikipedia.Good luck!
Write your group answers in a document and give or email it to your teacher.

1. Where can you visit the Beach of Genoveses?
2.Who wrote our anthem?
3.Which is the closest town to Portugal?
4.Which is the biggest Natural Park in Europe?
5. Which rivers cross the city of Granada?
6. When do Malagueños celebrate their fair?
7.Where did Columbus started his journey?
8.Which is the typical dish Seville?
9.Where was the painter Murillo born?
10. How many varieties of olives are produced in Andalusia?
11.Who were the Roman Emperors born in Andalusia?
12. When did Muslims lose their last battle in Granada?
13. Name three famous poets from Andalusia?
14. What is the origin of the expression"irse por los cerros de Úbeda"?
15. What was the Roman name of our community?

Thanks to Patricia from "Valle del Guadalimar" high school for this post

martes, 22 de febrero de 2011

Prove that you know your town

Complete the quiz about your town and click on enviar to send your answers

miércoles, 9 de febrero de 2011

The answer is...

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Write your questions in the "comentarios" section.

If you don't have a Google profile, enter as anonimous and write your name under your question.
We'll vote for the most original one in class

martes, 8 de febrero de 2011

Siles caves

A new book about Siles has just come out. It's a book about the caves in Siles and it has been published by the group of Speleology in Villacarrillo.
Book cover. From
It will be presented in the tourist information center "el Sequero" next Saturday, 12th of February, at 7 p.m. 
If you want to know more about the inner nature of Siles, don't hesitate to come by,  they'll be waiting for you!!.

miércoles, 2 de febrero de 2011

Learn words with Madame Doubtfire

Here you have a new Answer garden in which you can add the most interesting words you have found in the book you're reading.

interesting words from "Madame Doubtfire"... at

When the garden is full of words, every group has to create meaningful sentences with at least 4 of the words and write the sentences in the "comentarios" section.

martes, 25 de enero de 2011

IF. Live curious. National Geographic

If you are, you breath. If you breath, you talk. If you talk, you ask. If you ask, you think. If you think, you search. If you search, you experience. If you experience, you learn. If you learn, you grow. If you grow, you wish. If you wish, you find. If you find, you doubt. If you doubt, you question. If you question, you understand. If you understand, you know. If you know, you want to know more… And if you want to know more, you are alive…

lunes, 10 de enero de 2011

Los Picarazos. Villaverde del Guadalimar

It is a very beautiful place in Villaverde del Guadalimar. You have a nice sight of the Sierras de Alcaraz and Segura from here. 

They are formed by big stones with form of feet and toes.

The Tejo stream is a tourist Paradise of Villaverde del Guadalimar. There is a centenary tejo that gives its name to the stream.
There are some  waterfalls and a small swimming pool.
Here we can have parties and some celebrations in summer. we can also swim in it.
It is two kilometers away from the village.
In its surroundings we can find the place where the Pernales was killed.

Written by Ángela and Carlos. 3º ESO

A tourist lost in Torres de Albanchez

This video was shot by Montse, Mª Isabel, Mirian and Carlos as a project for the English classes.
We want to thank the hotel "Zahara de los Olivos" in Torres de Albanchez because they lent us their reception desk to do this video.
 We hope you enjoy it.