ESO4: London Fashion Week!


Welcome to London! Have a look to this video: a girl is arriving from the United States to visit her friends in England and they go on a typical double-decker (a bus with two floors) tour.

CULTURE: Task 1 proposed by the British Council webpage: what sights can you recognize? (Number them on your map at the end of your dossier!)

Optional: Task 2 and 3. LISTENING
Watch again and notice the clothes these four youngsters wear.

1-What are they wearing? 
2-How would you describe their style? Formal, casual, old-fashioned, trendy...

Pay attention to the "missunderstanding" on their clothes: in the UK "Pants" typically refers to underwear. In other parts of the world, notably the USA, "pants" refers to trousers.

Let's learn more about fashion in the capital of England: CANDEM TOWN, the birth place of Punk! 
Have you ever heard of this part of London?

Act out a dialogue going shopping for some clothes or footwear. You can also bargain on the price! Reference: and language focus. Try to include: 
-Can I try this on? 
-Can I have it in ... size? (sizes: S M L XL) [small, medium, large, extra large]
-Do you have it in blue (colour)?
-How much is it? 
-Is there any discount?

Make teams and organize your own catwalk and fashion show! You can have some tips here:

Get some magazines, choose your models and describe their physical appearance and what they are wearing in detail. 

VOCABULARY REVISION: Can you add more clothes? Footwear? And complements? 


ALL: Volcanoes! Activities before our visit to Olot.

We are visiting the volcanic area of Olot this year and that is why we are going to learn about volcanoes!

ESO 1 & 2: Watch the video. True or False?
1-There are different types of volcanoes
2-Hot melted rock is called magma outside of the volcano
3-The Ring of Fire has 75% of volcanoes on Earth
4-There aren't volcanoes in other planets
5-Pumice is a rock that can float on water

ESO 3 & 4: Watch the video. True or False? the past, volcanoes were believed to start in the Core of the Earth.
2-Magma is found between the Upper Mantle and the Lower Crust
3-Heat and gases always press the magma up gently, not violently
4-Lava is what magma is called after it comes out of the volcano
5-The biggest volcano on Earth is Mauna Loa, on the biggest island of Hawaii

PUNS: one apple a day keeps the doctor (volcano) away; eat around the crust (sandwich); can you give me a hand?; it's as easy as pie.


Check the link above and answer the worksheet your teacher will deliver to you. Have a look to the parts of a volcano:

ESO 1 & 2: Three categories of volcano: ACTIVE, DORMANT and EXTINCT

Find the answer!
-How does a volcano form?
-Why does a volcano become extinct?

ESO3 & 4: Types of volcanoes:

What does the animation show? What do they have to do with volcanoes?
Continental Drift
What countries are totally (or mostly totally) affected by the Ring of Fire?
Have you ever visited a volcano before? Would you be scared if you lived near one? Explain to the class and write about this.

1-Where are these famous volcanoes? Name the continent and the country. Locate them on a map. What category and type of volcanoes are they?
Cruscat, Teide, Kilimanjaro, Fuji, Vesuvius, Rotorua, Diamond Head, Pacaya, Hofsjökull, Krakatoa.
2-Interactive activity: create your own volcano!

Team work-Display ideas:

Ideas for teachers and students:

Project: Create a foldable book with al the facts you have learnt about volcanoes! Look at this beaautifu example from


ALL: Welcome! 2014-15

Hello! Get ready for an exciting academic year where we will test your erupting creativity and your English skills will improve! Why? Because we are visiting the volcanic area of Olot and the Jordan beech! This is our "Getting to know Catalonia" project but many ore surprises await for us. Moreover, get ready to travel all around the world in each unit throughout the course to discover amazing cultural facts of the English-speaking world!

If this is your first year in our school, WELCOME! This is your English blog for the year where notes, videos, games and extra activities will be uploaded every now and then to motivate you in your English learning whole experience.

This year you will be challenged by the Euroscola contest, where team work is essential and you can win a trip abroad. Furthermore, we will have the chance to develop our speaking skills through dramatization in our split group hours so don't be shy and be up for rehearsing!

This is your last year in our school (hopefully!) and the external exams are ahead... but we want it to be your best year ever so many projects are ahead and an end-of-year trip abroad, festival and much more. We will help you deciding about your future path and we will have time to develop these matters throughout the year, it is the time to do your best!

And for teachers... and students too, this video about experienced teachers on their first day at school... as teachers!


  • 30% Procedures: homework/dossier, compositions, reading
  • 40% Contents: tests (speaking and written: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing)
  • 30% Attitude: punctuality, participation, politeness

For speaking tests:
25% Accuracy
25% Fluency
25% Pronunciation
25% Acting/Originality

For compositions:          
20% Accuracy (Acc):  grammar, spelling...
20% Fluency (Fl): word orther, connectors...
20% Structure (Str): title, number of paragraphs, separations...
20% Presentation (Pr): neat and polished, extra requiremets: image, map...
20% Originality (Or): you research and use your own ideas beyond the model

IMPORTANT!! Plagiarism (copying) and atomatic translation (e.g. Google translation) will result in an UNQUALIFIED composition (i.e. 0), check and other online or print dictionaries.

For reading papers:
Choose the book you like according to your level and complete the reading worksheet. Share your comments with your colleagues and complete the aactivities in the book.

Remember you have graded books to enjoy reading in English at the Languages Department and you can ask for books as many times as you want as this will help you develop your vocabulary and your reading comprehension.

So have a look to this video from Kid President to start up!


We will use a digital book, Switch (Oxford University Press) Students and Workbook, so you will need a laptop or netbook.

You will also have materials from other sources.
In the absence of your teacher check your email inbox for instructions and this blog. If there are problems with the Internet connection you wil have printed materials delivered by the cover teacher.


Diary (homework and exams)
White sheets (better recycled!)
Plastic pockets (to keep your dossiers)
Pens (blue/black for notes, green for self-marking, red for marking)
Coloured pencils, scissors, glue... (for different projects)
Earphones (some listening activities will be on your own)

Match! (Interactive board activity): write the name of the objects:

Proposed heading for CC English (Common Credit English):

CC English                      Tuesday, 16th September 2014
UNIT 1                                     Name Surname Surname

Activity 1:



Summer is back! And... ESO4 students: Congratulations! You have already graduated. This is an ending and this means a new beginning: the best of luck to all of you and keep practising your English eagerly!

LISTENING: For the other summer hits to listen and dance...

VOC AND GRAMMAR: If you want to revise while playing, here you have a loooong list of games, from vocabulary to greetings, or from simple present to all conditionals.

READING: Try to read another book in English this summer too! You can also try:
-FREE online books here:

SPEAKING! And flirt in English ;) Don't be shy and speak up to break the ice!
  • If I could rewrite the alphabet, I would put U (you) and I together
  • Do you have a twin sister/brother? No?  Then you are officially the most beautiful girl/boy in the world.
  • I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?
  • Is your name Summer? Because you’re so hot you’re burning me up.
Finally, WRITE a postcard in English about your summer!


ESO4: Campaign for a cause (2)

Who is this girl? Where is she from? How old is she? What's her campaign about? Why is it so important? into groups of 3 to 5 students, choose a cause and design a campaign.
Suggestions: ENVIRONMENT (endangered species, recycling, carbon footprint, global warming/climate change); GLOBAL ISSUES (poverty, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, bullying...).

First of all, decide who are you addressing the campaign to. Think of the content (problem, causes, consequences, how we can help) and the form of advertising (posters, leaflets, radio announcement, ...). You may want to use the Internet for your cause (virals, meme,, Tweeter hashtags...). Use language creatively (puns, rhymes...) to get your message through!

Comment the aspects of communication in the following campaigns: and identify the source ("emisor") and the addressees ("receptor"), code (language), channel (image, text, video, poster...), and the message itself:
 a) "Give a hand to wildlife"
b)"What on EARTH are we doing to our planet"
c) "Be like a Panda"
d) "Discrimination. The end is in your hands."
e) Poverty Puzzle- Oxfam

f) #bringbackourgirls

g) Human Rights defenders -Amnesty International

h) Give food for poor people
Fotos de La publicidad toma las calles

Other ideas from, even from "guerilla marketing":

For more ideas on guerrilla marketing (VOC: Guerrilla Marketing is an advertising strategy that focuses on low-cost unconventional marketing tactics that yield maximum results):

EXTRA: Study the communication context and reflect on communication nowadays the following with the following diagrams. Relate them to your campaign in context.

ESO2: Food pyramids

Starter: fun video about food. What are we going to talk about today in class? How many servings per group they recommend? What's the corresponding group of GRAIN in the pyramid below?

Have a look to the standard food pyramid. How many food groups are there? How often do we need to eat from each group very day? How many items can you include in every group? Work in teams and do the most of it!

Did we forget anything? OF COURSE! WATER! Where will you place it in the pyramid? Up in the apex? In the middle face? Or down at the base? (Remember that in this pyramid the most important things are at the base, not like in the social pyramid of the Middle Ages you are studying in Social Sciences!). Have a look!
Iku Food Pyramid

Now draw your own food pyramid drawing some of the items and include the frequency adverbs: HARDLY EVER (fats, sweets), SOMETIMES (dairy and meats/fish/beans), OFTEN (vegetables and fruits), USUALLY (cereal group) and don't forget to add ALWAYS (for water, in the base of the pyramid). Would there be any food you NEVER should eat? (e.g. poisonous mushrooms, or if you are allergic to nuts, for example). Label the food and write sentences giving advice: "You should eat fruit often".

Here you have alternative food pyramids. What are their characteristics? Who are they addressed to? Which one is ironic?

What does this pyramid refer to? Test your vocabulary!

Have a look to the 5 A DAY campaign to have a healthy diet. It refers to the servings per day of what group? A. Cereal  B. Fruits and vegetables C. Meats and fish  D. Milk and dairy  F. Fats, oils and sweets.

Getting your 5 A DAY is easy. There are plenty of ways to add more fruit and vegetables to your daily meals.
Here are some ideas to get you started. From  (LISTENING available).

5 Ways to Get Your 5 a Day

You may have heard that you should eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day - which works out to a total of about 2 1/2 cups. But experts actually recommend getting even more than that amount. are no limits on the quantities of tasty fruits and veggies you can enjoy - unless, of course, you load 'em up with butter or dressing, or deep-fry them! But many of us still find it hard to fit fruit and veggies into our meals.
Here are some ideas to help you get into the 5-a-day (or more!) habit:
  1. Start with the first meal of the day. Plan to eat a serving or two of fruit with breakfast every day. Mix it up so you don't get bored. Half a grapefruit, an apple, or a handful of berries on your cereal are all good choices. Continue this pattern by eating vegetables at lunch and at dinner.
  2. Get extra energy from fruit or vegetable snacks. The carbohydrates in fruit and vegetables are great sources of energy. Combine them with a serving of protein - such as a piece of cheese, a cup of yogurt, or a tablespoon of peanut butter, and you get staying power too. Ants on a log, anyone?
  3. Double up on fruit and veggie servings. Recommended servings of fruit and veggies can be small. Unlike other foods, it's OK to double the serving size of fruit or vegetables. Serve yourself a 1-cup portion of broccoli or tomatoes instead of the standard serving of 1/2 cup.
  4. Use fruit and vegetables as ingredients. Enjoy bread? Bake up a batch of zucchini bread and get your veggies along with your grains! Use applesauce instead of oil in your baked goods. Chop up veggies (peppers, carrots, celery) and toss them into your favorite chili recipe. If you don't like vegetables much, sneak them into foods you do enjoy (like grating carrots into tomato sauce or, again, zucchini into bread). It's a great way to get your veggies without having to taste them!
  5. Try a new fruit, vegetable, or recipe each week. Our bodies like variety. So set a goal to try something different each week. You may find a new favorite. One good way to get variety is to eat the fruit and veggies that are in season in your area. They usually taste better than the bland fruit salad or shriveled apples you're used to seeing in the cafeteria.
 Examples of portions:
Now, plan your healthy menu! EXTRA: Shall we make a campaign at school? Look at the images and get ideas!