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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.

miércoles, 25 de diciembre de 2013

miércoles, 13 de noviembre de 2013

Movie posters and monsters around Doctor Francisco Marín School...

After learning some specific vocabulary, our 3º ESO- A students created and developed their own scary movie poster. The children made some class wall posters of the story, they drew the main characters and shared them with the rest of the educational community. Finally we decorated the walls with the posters and chose the winners... here are the results:

And this one was 2nd place (Ana and Sofía)

Thanks to Elena, Sandra,3ºESO-A class and congratulations to the winners: 
Sandra García Plantón and Iván Peña Abío.


Meanwhile...the entrance was full of monsters...they were our 2ºESO's creatures but only one was the most outstanding, the winner: Javier González García.

Popopu (the one on the extreme right)

martes, 12 de noviembre de 2013

A sweet Halloween!!!!!

A sweet Halloween!!
Two weeks ago our 1st ESO students celebrated Halloweeen by baking and decorating some special coookies.

First Steps...


Result: Creepy witch fingers...
They had a blast!!!
Many thanks to Sandra,  Marta and her kitchen team of students.

jueves, 24 de octubre de 2013

Today's Halloween traditions

    The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and
families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighbourhood and be given ale, food, and money.
     The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots.
Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Write on your notebook the following exercise and show it to your teacher in class

Find the words in the text that mean:
1.To stop something from happening or someone from doing something ________
2.Happening in or related to this world and this physical life _______________
3.To prevent further disagreement in arguments or war by giving to the other side an
advantage that they have demanded __________________.
4.A food made from a mixture of flour, flat and water and which is baked_______
5.To have existed a particular lenght of time or since a particular time____________
6.Moving about or travelling, especially without a clear idea of what you are going to
7.Any of various type of beer, typically one that is dark and bitter______________
8.To start doing a particular activity _______________

Now you can have a look at the slideshow Sandra has done to show us how American people celebrate Halloween.  

If you want to get some extra listening practice, visit this link and learn more about Halloween.

Finally, why don't you try this game to prove you know how to spell difficult words.

viernes, 31 de mayo de 2013

Using ICT in class

martes, 28 de mayo de 2013

UK culture class by Burlington

Jon talking about the kilt
We had an interesting lesson in our school yesterday. An English gentleman from Burlington books met our students from 1st of post compulsory education.
He taught our pupils interesting aspects of the English culture, such as their flag, the Royal family and stereotypes, like tea, double- decker buses,etc
 He also wanted to find out the level of knowledge our students had about UK culture. Therefore, they carried out a quiz show called "who wants to be a millionaire?"
Playing "who wants to be a millionaire"

Our students had a really interesting experience thanks to the outstanding teaching skills of Bob.
 From this blog we would like to thank him and Burlington books for his visit.

miércoles, 15 de mayo de 2013

Anglosaxon Dessert Competition 2013

Over the past month the ESO students at IES Doctor Francisco Marín have been studying the food culture of English-speaking countries and vocabulary related to food and cooking.  They have done a variety of activities related to this subject. In April, the students had a firsthand experience with a hearty American breakfast and prepared pancakes in class.  Later, they studied the verbs related to cooking and the preparation of meals.  In addition to this, they studied words and phrases related to restaurants and restaurant menus. With this information, the students then transformed their classroom into a restaurant and performed  restaurant roleplays. Finally, the students chose English recipes to translate into Spanish with which created a mini bilingual cookbook. At the moment, many of them are refining their cooking skills and are practicing preparing their recipes at home. During the final week of May, the students will bring their desserts to class where their hungry teachers and classmates will judge the quality of their desserts.   A representative from the English Department and another from the Culinary Program at the school will taste the prepared desserts and decide which one is the best.  The judges will award three prizes to every group. Once the decision has been made by the judges, all the English students are invited to try the wonderful desserts of their classmates.

jueves, 9 de mayo de 2013


1st ESO students listening to the guide's explanation

On Monday the 6th and on the Tuesday the 7th, our students from the first of ESO and second of ESO, carried out an activity to learn about the history of their village.
At 11:30 am, the tour guide came to our school and from there we started our visit.
First of all, our guide took us to "the Loma" where he explained the battles between the Christians and Muslims which took place in this part of the village, which was a real battlefield.
From this point we could observe the structure of the original village as well as the medieval wall.  We also discussed "the cube," the only one of the four towers which still remains.
After going into the historic area through the arc of the Malena, we visited the church of "La Asunción ".
Then we went to"Water Square" where we learnt about the importance of its fountain for the inhabitants of this village.
2nd ESO students in San Roque hermitage
The visit continued through the village until we arrived at San Roque hermitage.
Finally we visited "La Glorieta", which was formerly a bullring.  From this beautiful square we were able to enjoy some impressive sightseeing. Here the tour guide explained the main characteristics of the landscape in "La Sierra de Segura." He also taught us how to identify the different species of pines by examining their size.
We would like to thank our tour guide Enrique for making our visit enjoyable!

viernes, 18 de enero de 2013


On the third Monday in January the United States celebrates Martin Luther King day. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was an important person in the American Civil Rights movement. He believed in non-violence.
At that time there was segregation in the southern states of America.  Black people could not use certain types of public transport and go to the same schools and churches as white people. Dr King did not agree with this and he protested in public. The police arrested him several times.
In August 1963 Dr. King helped to organize the Civil Rights march on Washington, DC. On that day he gave his most famous speech: everybody knows the phrase "I have a dream".
In 1964 America passed the Civil Rights Act. This changed the lives of African-Americans forever. In this year Dr King won the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 4 April 1968 a man called James Earl Ray assassinated Dr King in Memphis.
Every year American remember Dr King's work by celebrating this national holiday. People try to help someone on this day.

1.When is Martin Luther King day celebrated?
2.When was he born?
3.What does "segregation" mean?
4.What is the most famous sentence he said in a speech in 1963?
5.When did he win the Nobel Peace Prize?

miércoles, 9 de enero de 2013

New Year's resolutions

We all make promises to improve ourselves at the beginning of each New Year.

The beginning of every year brings in new hope and enthusiasm. We look forward to a new beginning and hope things to improve from the last year.

New Year brings in new promises. Hence, it can’t hurt to plan ahead for your 2013 New Year resolution which will help you make a better person. 

The problem is that sometimes we can't keep  the promises we do,  then we feel dissapointed,and therefore the success rate with New Year resolution is actually poor. In order to make your New Year's resolution a success, try to make a realistic promise and set small targets at first.
We invite you to write your New Year's resolutions in the comments sections and try to keep them all along the year.