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

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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!