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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, 26 de febrero de 2014

My favourite song

During this long weekend we can have a moment to have a look at some of our favourite songs and write a new project about one of them.

You have a model for your project here

In addition, if you want to have a look at a real example here you have one.

Don't forget that the three best projects will be used in class.

lunes, 17 de febrero de 2014

Our digital posters with Glogster

We have been using Glogster to create posters about important people for ourselves, we invite you to visit our work.

A very interesting poster about the Beatles created by Paula Castillo.
Do you want to know why Jennifer Pareja is the best waterpolo player in the world? Visit this glogster by Matías Arroyo.

Did you know that "el pequeño ruiseñor" was born in Beas de Segura? Learn more about this with the poster created by Jesús Luna.

Do you know the British group KEANE? visit this glogster to learn more about them. It has been done by María Jesús Morcillo.

If you're a football fan, you may like this glog about Cristiano Ronaldo. It was created by Ángel Suarez.

If you want to know everything about Bruno Mars, visit this glog by Ángel Fiteni.

Do you know Jorge Salan? Learn more about him in this poster by Fran Galdón.

A very nice poster about Hayley Williams created by Mari Carmen Rodríguez. Visit it here.

Justin Bieber, a poster by Elena Gr. Salas. You can see it in this link.

No doubt grandparents are the most important people in our lives. Learn more about this in this poster by Cristian García.

A poster about Abraham Mateo, created by Jorge Sánchez. Have a look at it here.

Did you know that Dani Jarque's grandfather was from Riópar? Learn more about it in this outstanding poster created by Beatriz Segura.

Andrés Iniesta scored the goal that gave Spain the World Championship. Have a look at this poster by Carmen Gutierrez.

Smiley is a Rumanian singer and actor. You can know more about him in this poster created by Adrián Badila.

Ellie Goulding is a famous British  singer. Learn more about her in this poster by Antonio López.

lunes, 10 de febrero de 2014

A love song

This is a  romantic song

A romantic story for St Valentine's day.

St. Valentine's Story
Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.
Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law!
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favorite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies -- secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.
One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.
I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.
One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love from your Valentine."
I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that love can't be beaten!

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.- Read the text again and answer to the following questions according to the text:
1. When and where did St Valentine live?
2. Who was the emperor at that time?
3. Did St. Valentine like him?
4. What did St. Valentine do? What was his job?
5. Why didn’t Claudius like men to get married?
6. Why was St Valentine caught and put into prison?
7. What was the punishment that the Emperor ordered for him?
8. Who visited him when he was in jail?
9. When did St Valentine write a note?
10. Who did he write the note to?
11. Why did he write it?
12. When did St Valentine die?
13.Why is St Valentine a symbol of Love?
.- Match the following words from the text (left column)with a synonym or a definition in the right column:
Sign up
Have the same idea
Happy and joyful
Take a particular attitude