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.
Once again, we took our students on a trip to London. This time the lucky ones werethe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.