miércoles, 29 de abril de 2015

II Edición del Día del Libro en el I.E.S.Torre de los Espejos

El pasado día 21 celebramos en el I.E.S una jornada cultural con motivo de la celebración del Día del Libro. Además del tradicional punto de venta de libros en la que todos pudimos adquirir libros a un precio más reducido, los alumnos y profesores tuvimos la oportunidad de escuchar y asistir a unas charlas muy interesantes a cargo de escritores y ponentes destacados en distintos ámbitos cuturales y profesionales- los escritores Antón Castro y Juan Bolea, José Ignacio Canudo-paleontólogo-, Pedro Miana y sus cortos matemáticos, o Mariano Pinós, escritor y cámara de la Agencia Efe.
Por otra parte, las profesores del departamento de Lengua Elisa Gonzalez y Ana Gómez organizaron una actividad de Poesía en el Aula, y los alumnos de 3º ESO B representaron en inglés el acto V de la obra de William Shakespeare, Sueño de una Noche de Verano antes el resto de sus compañeros de 3º ESO.
Esperamos cada año poder mejorar y enriquecer cada vez más esta jornada dedicada al libro y la lectura que tanto valor cultural tiene en el ámbito educativo

VID-20150422-WA0009 from Isabel Mariñosa Vela on Vimeo.

miércoles, 22 de abril de 2015

Shakespeare on the Book Day at the I.E.S. Torre de los Espejos


Last Tuesday 21 April, we celebrated the Book Day at the high school. This year we have focused on Shakespeare as the major figure in the development of English language and literature.
In the school's library we displayed a little corner devoted to Shakespeare's works and books.

3rd years have paid  homage to Shakespeare by performing a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in front of their classmates.
The scene chosen is the final act of the play which enacts the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, whose tragic story forms part of Ovid's Metamorphoses , the story of two young lovers who are forbidden to love each other due to their parents' rivalry.
We all had a great time rehearsing, practising, arranging the stage and watching the play, and above improving our English through public speaking and listening.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Pyramus and Thisbe from Isabel Mariñosa Vela on Vimeo.


A Midsummer Night's Dream: Pyramus and Thisbe from Isabel Mariñosa Vela on Vimeo.

Here you have a photo sequence of the performance.


lunes, 20 de abril de 2015

Shakespeare's English phrases

We have already seen that Shakespeare was the creator of almost 2,000 words and expressions  which have become part of modern English use. Watch this video in which you will recognise some of these expressions through a modern Shakespeare's singing performance.


sábado, 18 de abril de 2015

History of pop music mimed in the car

This video revises very briefly the history of music through bits of unforgettable songs mimed by The Australian girls Sketch She in a car .  I hope you enjoy it. The hits' list , of course, is incomplete.

Which present and past song(s) would you add?


    1. The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy- ( 1941)
    2. Elvis Presley - Hound dog (1956)
    3. The Beatles - Help!( 1965)
    4. Queen - We Will Rock You ( 1977)
    5. Michael Jackson - Beat it ( 1982)
    6. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( 1987)
    7. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit ( 1991)
    8. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg - Next Episode ( 2000)
    9. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time ( 1999)
    10. Eminem - The Real Slim Shady ( 2000)
    11. Beyonce - Single Ladies ( Put A Ring On It) ( 2008)
    12. Gotye Feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know ( 2011)
    13. Maklemore- Thrift shop- 2012
    14 Miley Cyrus -wrecking ball - 2013

domingo, 12 de abril de 2015

Shakespeare and the English language

   Watch this short video on the influence of Shakespeare on the development of the English
   language, especially as a creator of many of everyday contemporary English words.

     Lee este interesante artículo en español sobre las palabras inventada por Shakespeare: Ser o no ser

    A detailed analysis of the teaching of Shakespeare in the classroom by Natalia López's blog
    "Competencia linguística y comunicativa" of Cife "Juan de Lanuza"-Shakespeare in the classroom

viernes, 10 de abril de 2015

Micro-fiction contest

                                                       source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

    As Shakespeare defined "brevity as the soul of wit", we would like to foster wit and creativity
    through a micro-fiction contest.

My liege, and madam, to expostulate
What majesty should be, what duty is,
What day is day, night night, and time is time,
Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief. Your noble son is mad. . . .
                      Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 86-92

     What is micro-fiction and how should I write it ?: 
  • It is a different medium of expression from short stories o tales, it is a briefer story ,normally told in no more than 300 words .
  • Tips for writing micro-fiction: as a narrative text, it contains the main features of stories but they should be SMALL: few characters in one or two settings, happening in a short period of time. The key to microfiction is economy of language and brevity, avoid personal judgements, explanations or abstract descriptions. Stories are brief but intense, include only what is essential. Microfiction is SMALL but with BIG meaning. Do not summarise a story, this is  bad micro-fiction.

      Write a 60-word micro-narrative ( without including the title) based on BOOKS & READING.
       Deadline: Friday April 17

       The jury are the English teachers and will take into account the micro-story's creativity and
       originality. The winner will receive a purchase Fnac card  ( as long as there is enough quality in             the stories presented ).
       The best  micro-stories will be published on the department's blog.


Pruebas libres de certificación EOI- Inglés B1

Para todos aquellos que estéis interesados: os recordamos que desde este curso, si queréis inscribiros en las pruebas de certificación de cualquier idioma y nivel (alumnos libres) de las EE.OO.II. de Aragón, debéis realizar preinscripción, del 7 al 13 de Abril.

En el caso de la prueba de certificación de nivel intermedio para alumnos de centros bilingües o POLE, la matrícula se realiza directamente en nuestro centro, sin preinscripción, del 7 al 13 de Abril (BOA, punto cuarto, página 2)

Aquí os dejo modelos de exámenes del nivel intermedio para practicar aquellos que os vayais a presentar

Modelos de exámenes de nivel intermedio de EOI Aragón

Modelos de exámenes de EE.OO.II de todas las CC.AA

miércoles, 8 de abril de 2015

Present Perfect mind map

Here you have a useful mind map with the main uses and examples of the present perfect in English


Text language

In 3rd year ESO we are now dealing with the impact of mobile phones on people and language.   Written English has been affected by our need to text short messages anywhere, therefore new acronyms have arisen in order to communicate more words in less space and time.

Acronyms are a type of word formation in which new words are formed from the inicial letters of a  word, phrase or expression. Have a look at this presentation with plenty of examples of text language and acronyms, really useful in everyday communication especially among teens.


jueves, 2 de abril de 2015

Shakespeare's Time Line

Here you have a time line of some of the most relevant data of Shakespeare's life. Do not miss this interesting video made by the "Shakespeare in Love" staff who give insight into the reasons for Shakespeare's literary greatness, universality and his deep understanding of human nature.


Brief history of Shakespeare's life

source: http://i-caught-myself.deviantart.com/
We are already in April, the month of the World Book Day, a worldwide celebration of books and
reading. The date chosen, 23rd of April , corresponds to the anniversary of the death of William
Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, two the greatest literary men of two of the most spoken
languages in the world, English and Spanish. This is also St. George's Day, Aragon's patron saint
and in Catalonia it is also the Day of the Rose, on which people have the pretty custom of giving
away a book and a rose.

This year we are going to celebrate this month by taking a closer look at William Shakespeare, the
greatest English poet and playwright and author of universal characters like Hamlet, love stories such
as Romeo and Juliet and creator of many of the words and expressions used in everyday English
Shakespeare trascended his time and home country because of the universality of his
themes appealing to human feelings and emotions. As Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary
playwright, once defined him, "He was not of an age, but for all times"

Click on the image to read a brief history of Shakespeare's life


After reading Shakespeare's details of his life, take part in the following Shakespearean quiz,
answer the following questions related to Shakespeare's life and works. Do not forget to type your name and class. The winner will be the pupil who gets the most questions right. In case of a
draw, the winner will be the one who answered earlier in time.
Deadline : 20th of April
Good luck!

miércoles, 1 de abril de 2015

April Fool's Day

  On the 1st day of April people play prank on each other and the victims of these pranks are called
  April Fools.This custom of  is very ancient, Chaucer already mentioned it in his Canterbury Tales
 ( 1392) and popular everywhere. In France this day is known as poisson d’avril ( April fish).

   In Spain the equivalent day is celebrated on the 28th of December, but it has a more religious
   tradition as it is a Christian celebration called "Day of the Holy Innocents"- the innocent
  ( or"gullible") is the victim of the pranks.

   Watch a hilarious prank played by a student on her teacher in the classroom.The teacher
   made them turn the speakers on when their mobile phones rang during the class, and this is what

   Happy Fools' Day!!!