Saturday, 26 November 2016

Growing up black in America

Imagine strangers crossing the street to avoid you, imagine the police arbitrarily stopping you, imagine knowing people fear you because of the color of your skin.  

Watch the video. What experiences do they talk about. Try to write down some of them?






Monday, 7 November 2016

US ELECTIONS

Donald Trump becomes the new president of the United States.






But who is Donald Trump and what does he stand for?

Trump: 30 things he believes


Who voted for Trump? 





And what about you? Would you have voted for Trump or for Clinton? Why? LEAVE YOUR COMMENT and remember to mention your name!






Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Lamb to Slaughter


2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth in Cardiff, Wales. Dahl was a British writer famous for books such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The witches.

This month we are going to read a short story called

Lamb to Slaughter




What books or stories by Roald Dahl have you read? What is your favourite? Leave a comment.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Oral Presentations






Your assignment for this term speaking exam will be  a 5 to ten-10 minute oral presentation on any topic you choose. Make sure you choose a topic you know well and you think may be of interest to the class.
It is important that you use some visual aids to enhance your presentation.
Your presentation will be assessed not only by your teacher, but by your classmates as well.
Tips about giving presentations:
   
  • Explain the structure of your presentation at the beginning so that your listeners know what to expect.
  •  Use clear, simple language. Do not use too many technical words. If you do, write them on the board.
  • Make sure you understand everything you are saying and can pronounce all the words.
  • Use your own words and  DO NOT learn by heart.
  • Do not read from your notes.
  • Speak clearly and make sure everyone can understand you.
  • Use interesting material to illustrate your presentation, but do not overload your audience.
  • Be aware of your body language. Look audience in the eye. Stand up straight.
  • Breathe! (It helps you relax)
Here are some more tips to help you:




 


These are some of the points your teacher will be looking at:
  • Use of English: grammar / vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Clarity and fluency
  • Use of visual aids
  • Is your presentation well prepared and rehearsed?
  • Is it interesting? 



Watching others speak in  public is also a good idea. Ted Talks has hundreds of talks on every topic by adults and teenagers and even children. You can choose the topic, the language, whether you want to  watch it with or without subtitles... It is a great  site to practice your English.

Here are two examples:
A 12-year-old app developer



Gaming can make a better world

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Logical Song

The Logical song, one of Supertramp's biggest hits, from the album Breakfast in America



See how many adjectives - and a few adverbs  - you can hear

Thank you for suggesting it to me, Salvador

Lyrics

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Speak Truth to Power. Robert Kennedy Foundation.

Kerry Kennedy, from the Robert Kennedy Foundation, visited our school this morning to talk about Human Rights, as part of the programme Speak Truth to Power .

I'd particularly like to thank my students Mateo and Ella for their interesting questions.




What did you think of the talk ? I'd love to hear your opinion, so please, leave your comments below.




 I look forward to your presentations on Human Rights Defenders  next week (20th of May)

Keep working!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Human Rights




On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 


What are Human Rights?    


You can read a simplified version here.





Speak Truth to Power is a global initiative to educate students about HUMAN RIGHTS through the experiences of defenders from around the world. It is based on the book written by Kerry Kennedy, who is visiting our school on the 11th of May, and it is supported by the  Robert Kennedy Foundation.



Find out about human rights defenders here
Do you know any human rights defenders ? 





Saturday, 20 February 2016

The Imitation Game


Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. (wikipedia)




Alan Turing aged 16


 



After watching the film The Imitation Game, you will no doubt be interested in learning more about such a fascinating person.














For information about Bletchley Park, visit: BBC HIstory




 Joan Clarke plays an important role in Turin's life, but who was the real Joan Clarke?

The film depicts the life of Alan Turing, but how accurate is it?