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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LONDON TRIP 2018

This is a screenshot of the news article that appeared in "La Voz de Galicia" this week, with information about the last trip to London organised by the English Department for the students of 3º ESO, which took place between the 1st and 6th of February.




 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SHERLOCK HOLMES

On the 19th of January, we took our 1º and 2º ESO students to see the play Sherlock Holmes in Santiago.


After the play, half of the students went to the Museo do Pobo Galego, where they participated in a treasure hunt, and the other half enjoyed a guided visit to the CGAC museum of contemporary art.
       
                                                                               
The day ended with a walk around the historic centre of Santiago and a stopover for lunch at a well-known mall before returning to Boiro at 6 pm.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE ART OF SWEARING IN SPANISH

   
Seven creative insults that actually teach you grammar. Click the picture below to find out how.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LONDON TRIP 2017

Once again, we took our students on a trip to London. This time the lucky ones were the two groups of 3º ESO. From 10th to 14th February, we visited the most popular landmarks of the British capital, where the kids were able to practice their English and do some school activities. Despite the work, they still had plenty of time to enjoy themselves.


Click here to view the whole photo album:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8VNlFSDoIl7SmlZalYwSW1iY2s?usp=sharing

Saturday, February 20, 2016

LONDON TRIP 2016

We have just returned from our annual trip to London, which took place from 12th to 16th February. This year, the total number of participants was 39, including three teachers and 36 bilingual-section students from groups 3º ESO-B and 1º BAC-A/C. 


             


Apart from having the opportunity to practice English and to visit the most important landmarks in this city, the trip coincided with the Chinese New Year celebrations at Trafalgar Square and the Soho area, and also with the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, both of which were held on 14th February. Needless to say that we all had loads of fun.



              






Wednesday, August 19, 2015

OXYMORONS

Two words that do not agree with each other but, strangely enough, make sense to most people. 



Thursday, April 30, 2015

CULTURE AND CUSTOMS EXHIBITION

Last Thursday, April 23rd, the English Department organised a series of activities as part of the Culture and Traditions Week that was held at our school. Three projects dealing with English-speaking countries were exhibited in different spots around the building. The students of 1º ESO had carried out some research on the culture and customs of the UK, the students of 2º ESO had focused on the former British colony of India and the students of 3º ESO had done the same with the USA. There was ethnic food, drink, music, posters, souvenirs and, above all, loads of fun.

Teachers Luisa and Lindsay at the UK stand

Indian handpainting

American teens for one day


You can see the rest of the pictures here: 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PEN PALS

The students of 3º ESO, groups A and B, are engaged in a penpal exchange with their foreign language colleagues at the Warwick Valley Middle School in the state of New York. 


The town of Warwick has a total population of 32,000 and it is located in the southwest of Orange County, only 70 kms away from New York City and 6 kms away from the New Jersey state border.


The penpal (or penfiend) email exchange is a great way to learn about another culture or language. We are positively sure that both our pupils and Mr. Andrew Sheets' Spanish language students will benefit from this interesting experience. In other words, we believe this might be the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR 2015

This year, the English Department was responsible for the organization of the annual trip to London, which took place from 3rd to 7th February. The total number of students was 38, including the three groups of 3º ESO and the bilingual students of 1º BACH-A and C. We visited the most famous landmarks and had the chance to live unforgettable experiences. In order to see a selection of pictures, click the image below.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IRREGULAR VERBS RAP SONG

How to learn the irregular verbs in English by means of a rap song. Get ready to have fun!




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HOW TO PISS OFF SOMEONE FROM GALICIA

A list of things you must never do if you decide to visit Galicia. Truly hilarious stuff.






MY COMPANY


The students of 4º ESO-A Julia Martínez and Rubén García were the winners of the contest called "My company", which was part of the activities included in the Comenius project "The teenager investment fund - How to take care of the future". As a prize, they had the opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Brussels and to present their slideshow in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, where they were hosted by their Dutch partners in the month of March. The following video reflects all the hard work and enthusiasm put into it. A well-deserved win indeed.





Friday, November 1, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

AMERICAN ENGLISH vs. BRITISH ENGLISH

An informal lesson about the differences between British and American English. A few basic words to start with. Have fun!



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

PREPOSITIONS

Useful worksheet to understand when to use the prepositions IN, ON and AT.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NEW CONVERSATION ASSISTANT

I am glad to inform you that our English Department has just been appointed a new foreign language assistant for the school year 2013-2014. Her name is Lindsay Myers, she is from Jacksonville, Florida, USA, and she will presumably be involved with conversation classes. Lindsay is somehow related with Galicia. As a matter of fact, this is not the first time she has applied for and worked at a school in our community. The former native teacher we had, Max Wolod, was also an American but from a different city, Chicago. We are looking forward to having Miss Myers here in September. So let's all get ready to give her a warm welcome.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

OLD ENGLISH

Hwæt, ic swefna cyst secgan wylle, hwæt me gemætte to midre nihte siþþan reordberend reste wunedon. þuhte me þæt ic gesawe syllicre treow on lyft lædan leohte bewunden, beama beorhtost. Eall þæt beacen wæs begoten mid golde; gimmas stodon fægere æt foldan sceatum, swylce þær fife wæron uppe on þæm eaxlegespanne. Beheoldon þær engeldryhta fela fægere þurh forþgesceaft; ne wæs þær huru fracodes gealga, ac hine þær beheoldon halige gastas, men ofer moldan, and eall þeos mære gesceaft.


Old English is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southern and eastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century. It is a West Germanic language closely related to Old Frisian and Old Saxon. Old English had a grammar similar in many ways to Classical Latin. In most respects, including its grammar, it was much closer to modern German and Icelandic than to modern English. It was fully inflected with five grammatical cases (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, and instrumental), three grammatical numbers (singular, plural, and dual) and three grammatical genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter).



The Norman conquest of England in the 11th century gave rise to heavy borrowings from Norman French, which brought English closer to Romance languages. Finally, the Great Vowel Shift that took place in the 15th century marked the emergence of Modern English from Middle English.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A WALK ACROSS EUROPE

This video is the final project that the IT (Information Technology) students of 1º BACH elaborated for a national contest whose topic is the European Union. The title that they chose is Un paseo por Europa (A walk across Europe) and, as its name indicates, the participants take us on a stroll along the streets of Boiro which begins at our school and ends at the town hall square, with a final surprise. 

The video is well worth a watch. There is a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved. You really deserve to win! 



You'll find more information in this blog: http://ticboiro2013.blogspot.com.es/

Saturday, May 4, 2013

NYC TREASURE HUNT TOUR

This is a game called Treasure Hunt, in which the students take a virtual tour of the streets of Manhattan, in New York City, to find a hidden treasure by using a set of instructions provided by their teacher, the help of Google Maps and a few questions they have to answer correctly at the end of each section. 

If you want to learn some interesting facts about the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, click on the blue markers and an info window will pop up with information and questions about those sites. The starting point is Times Square. Have a nice tour!




Ver NYC TREASURE HUNT TOUR en un mapa más grande


To get a wider view of the map, click on the blue link right above this line.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

WEBQUEST: VISITING DENMARK

The purpose of this webquest is to gather information about Denmark, as a previous step to the trip that the Comenius students of 3º ESO are going to make to that country at the end of May.



Sunday, April 28, 2013

GLOGGING WITH GLOGSTER

Glogster, another interesting tool for my English classes. It is a social network that lets you create multimedia posters called glogs. A glog can include a combination of text, images, photos, MP3 audio, videos, links and other features based on Adobe Flash elements, so it is possible for readers to interact with it. 

The following glog is an experiment I did to become familiar with the tool. I wish I had known about it when my 2º BACH students were working on their political speeches in December. That oral task was the inspiration that led me to do this. Things can only get better with experience. Or, at least, that's what I hope.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

JOKE OF THE DAY

A Swiss man, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting. “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” he asks. The two Americans just stare at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Français?” he tries. The two continue to stare. “Parlare Italiano?” No response. “¿Hablan ustedes español?” Still nothing. The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first American turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language.” “Why?” says the other. “That guy knew four languages, and it didn't do him any good.”

Friday, April 19, 2013

BLOG STATS

Not bad for a four-week old blog!!! I wonder what the American, Russian and German visitors have to do with this joint. I'm just as curious as they are.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MOSQUITO SOUND TEST

Our hearing ability ranges from 20 Hz up to 20,000 Hz. As we get older, the 20 kHz upper limit decreases. This phenomenon is medically known as presbycusis. Therefore, it is possible to generate high frequencies that are audible only to teenagers. Since these high pitched sounds are uncomfortable to withstand, they can be used -for example- to repel loitering teenagers in the street, as in the case of street-drinking parties, popularly known in Spain as botellones. In contrast, these sounds are also used as ringtones by a considerable number of youngsters who don't want their incoming calls to be detected by their teachers.

If you can hear this mosquito sound, it means you either are young or your ears are still in very good condition. So press PLAY and tell us about your experience!

                                       

Well, there seems to be a problem with the previous recording because even I can hear the noise, so now I'm including this second test which I'm sure most people won't pass. Turn on your loudspeakers and clean the wax off your ears. Ready? Here we go again...



Sunday, April 7, 2013

EXPERIMENTING WITH VOKI

Click PLAY to listen to my message.


As you can see, that is not my real voice, but it is possible to make your own recordings if you like.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

SUMMER COURSES FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS

The Xunta de Galicia has recently announced the concession of grants for students in public schools who want to improve their foreign language skills through summer courses.

            

These courses are either in English or French. They are held in Galicia for E.S.O. students and abroad (Canada, France or the UK) for Bachillerato and Vocational Training students. The duration varies from two to three weeks.

For further information, you can check both of these links:

Monday, April 1, 2013

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

Last Thursday, an English teacher was abducted by aliens as he was driving home from a procession in Boiro. Two witnesses reported to have seen his car being lifted in the air and swallowed by a U.F.O. which left the area at the speed of light immediately afterwards.

Two days later, the police found his car lying on the roof of an old barn two miles away. What’s more surprising, they received a phone call informing them that the teacher had arrived home. A medical check-up confirmed that he was in an excellent physical condition. The doctors, however, are not too sure about his mental state. They base their suspicion on their own observations and the information provided by the people who are closely related to him. They all agree that the man does not behave as he used to. Prior to his abduction, he was renowned for his strictness. “A real hard nut”, his pupils always say. “Impossible to get an A, or even a B, with such a bloke".

The teacher, whose name cannot be revealed to protect his family's request for privacy, now intends to make up for his stern past. In a recent chat with one of his colleagues, he stated: "I feel sorry for what I've done to those kids. The aliens made me listen to that goddamned song over and over again, till I finally realised what a pain in the ass I was. The time for me to change has come".

Here is the song. You can judge for yourself.