English Department's Season's Greetings! + Xmas Games

Xmas games:


ESO4: Irish music and 20th c. history

Here you have the videos of the two events we are dealing with in the English lesson about Irish History.

ZOMBIE, by The Cranberries
Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
When the violence causes silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taken over.
When the vi'lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...
I can't believe the news today
Oh, I can't close my eyes and make it go away!

How long?
How long must we sing this song?
How long?
How long?

'Cause tonight...we can be as one

Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across the dead-end streets
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up, puts back up against the wall!

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
All right lets go!

And the battles just begun
Theres many lost but tell me who has won
The trenches dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart!

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

How long must we sing this song?
How long?
How long?

'Cause tonight...we can be as one
Tonight (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Tonight (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Come get some!

Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Wipe your tears away
I wipe your tears away (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
I wipe your blood shot eyes (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Here I come!

And it's true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die!

The real battle yet began (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
To claim the victory Jesus won (Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday...

Karaoke version with real footage of the Anglo-Irish conflict:

 Your turn:
1. The Cranberries' song mentions 1916: what happenned in Ireland that year?
2. U2's song, Bloody Sunday refers a violent historical event. When did it happen? What happenned?
3. There are several similarities between both songs. Mention some of them: e.g. family.
4. Where is war placed in the former song? And in the latter? (they are parts of the body=metaphor).
5. Did you like the songs? Did you know them? What is the value of music in reporting these events?


ESO1: Xmas decorations.

Today I'm not in school-I'm with my 4th ESO students in Barcelona discovering the medieval walls and walking to the Christmas market. Yesterday, we sang a very nice carol, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. Congratulations!: you sing very well and it was really fun! :)

Today I propose you two activities:
1- Write a Season's Greetings postcard. Fold a DINA 4, draw a Xmas/Winter element on the cover and your name on the back (one side of the paper). Inside (on the other side of the paper) write a message, for example:  

SEASONS GREETINGS and a Happy New Year 2012!
(Bones festes i bon any nou 2012!)

2- Decorate our class. Here you have some ideas. Use your color-pencils, scissors and glue and... be creative!

ESO3-A Cover lesson. Simple Past. My worst day at school.

Complete the text with the right verb in the simple past (regular and irregular verbs). You will find:
a) Affirmative: Regular infinitive + -ed (worked); irregular (second column: go-went)
b) Negative: didn't + infinitive (you didn't work; I didn't go). LOOK!: *You didn't worked *I didn't went
c) Question: did + subject + infinitive (did Atif study hard? did Isabel come yesterday?)
LOOK!: *did Oriol studied hard? did Nicaury came yesterday? (These are wrong! We use the bare infinitive with the auxiliary DID)

wet= mullat
argument= discussió (false friend!)

1.Copy in your worksheet
3rd paragraph:
After lunch we _______ (have) history. The teacher ______ (ask) me a question: 'When ____ Christopher Columbus ________ America?' (discover) I ________ (answer) '1942'. Everyone _______ (laugh). I ________ (be) really embarrassed.

4th paragraph:
When I ________ (leave) school, it _______ (start) to rain. I ____  _______ (not have) my coat with me so I _____ (get) very wet. Later in the evening I ______ (have) an argument with my mum. It ____ (be) a terrible day.

2.Answer these questions:
1. Why did John  miss the bus to school?
2. Did John do well in the maths exam?
3. Why couldn't John buy lunch?
4. Why did everyone laugh at John in the history lesson? (When did Columbus discover America?)
5. Who did John have an argument with in the evening? (amb qui va discutir el John al vespre?)

3. Look at the picture... what things people say bring bad luck? Draw it and match.
a.broken                                        1.umbrella                                                       2. salt
c.go down                                      3. a ladder (escales)
d.spill                                             4. cat open                                       5. mirror

4.Think about your worst (or best) day at school. Make a list of bad/good things that happened. 
E.g. I lost something (vaig perdre alguna cosa...)
I got a 10 in an exam (vaig treure un 10 a un examen)

5. EXTRA-Revision: make a list of the sentences where you find this combination: adjective + name. What do they mean? 
It was a terrible day - Va ser un dia terrible!

ESO1: Me!

Introduce yourself drawing a picture of yourself and then writing about 4 aspects:

  • 1-Personal information (what's your name?, how old are you?, where are you from? where do you live?)
  • 2-Your family (who do you live with? have you got any brothers or sisters? have you got any pet?)
  • 3-Languages! (how many/what languages can you speak? are you learning? can you understand?)
  • 4-Likes and dislikes (what do you like? what do you love? is there anything you don't like? what is your favourite... (food, game, sport)?

1. In the yellow bubble I tell you my age. How old am I? (as for 2012! :)
    a) 3      b) 13     c) 30     d) 33
2. There is one mistake in the blue bubble... can you spot it? This is written in the past form, but you should use the present tense: I'm 12 years old. I live with my family (...). I've got a pet.
3. In the green bubble I talk about languages... where is Maori spoken? In...
   a) Ireland  b) Australia   c) New Zealand   d) Russia
4. What are my four hobbies? What do I like the most?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas! Here you have some songs and ideas to decorate your class in order to celebrate Xmas! Imma and I would like you to sing some Christmas carols for the radio/podcast of our school's web, so... let's sing!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.

Good tidings to you,
And all of your kin,jingle-bells
Good tidings for Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.

We all know that Santa's coming,
We all know that Santa's coming,
We all know that Santa's coming,
And soon will be here.

Good tidings to you,
And all of your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.

1st ESO: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen.,

But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You could even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names;
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history."

2nd ESO: Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
On a one-horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go
Laughing all the way;
Bells on bob-tail ring
making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight
Jingle bells
jingle bells
jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank;
Misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank
And we
we got upsot
Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way!
What fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
the story I must tell
I went out on the snow
And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there
I sprawling lie
But quickly drove away
Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way!
What fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed bay
two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead
Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way!
What fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

3rd ESO and 4rth ESO

Film. E.g. Love Actually.

1st  & 2nd ESO class decorations: (for more ideas and Xmas stuff-recipes, news...- check:


ESO 3 & 4: Past tense (listening)

Play the video. Read the questions and answers and play the video again. Then, take the test! Once you finish, send it to me. First, write your name, then my teacher's code: badalona.

Do the same with the second video, a song by John Lennon called "Jealous Guy". Here, the song combines Past Simple and Past Continuous.

ESO 2: The House

Let's decorate this house!

To revise vocabulary let's visit The Simpson's house.

Then we can play these other games:

ESO1: Sports

Let's play! Choose sports in this JClick by Ana Martínez Clemente and Aurelio Salvador Baselga from CEIP San Miguel, Mora de Rubielos (Teruel).


ESO3: Unit 2. Highs and Lows.

Eso3 unit 2
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EXTRA vocabulary for emotions:
For the Past Simple check:
You can revise the Present Simple and the Present Continuous, too.

ESO3. Unit 1. Hobbies. ENGLAND

ESO4. Unit 2: URBAN LANDSCAPE [Rep. of IRELAND]. City; Past S. and Cont.


ESO4. Unit 1. Powerpoint Presentation (complete)

ESO4-UNIT 1: UK-The Right Image. Powerpoint Presentation (complete).

  • VOC. Appearance
  • GR. Present Simple, Present Continuous, Frequency adverbs.
  • WR. Description
  • L./SP. Arrangements
  • R. Punks
  • CULT. The UK: England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland.
  • PROJECT: Urban Tribes

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List of regular and irregular (i) verbs to learn:

Infinitive Simple Past Past Participle Spanish
answer answered answered responder
arrive arrived arrived llegar
ask asked asked preguntar
be i was / were been ser
borrow borrowed borrowed tomar prestado
break i broke broken romper
buy i bought bought comprar
catch i caught caught atrapar
clean cleaned cleaned limpiar
climb climbed climbed escalar
collect collected collected colleccionar
come i came come venir
compose composed composed componer
cook cooked cooked cocinar
cut i cut cut cortar
dance danced danced bailar
describe described described describir
discover discovered discovered descubrir
do i did done hacer
drink i drank drunk beber
drive i drove driven conducir
eat i ate eaten comer
enjoy enjoyed enjoyed disfrutar
fall i fell fallen caer
feel i felt felt sentir
find i found found encontrar
fly i flew flown volar
forget i forgot forgotten olvidar
give i gave given dar
go i went gone ir
happen happened happened suceder
have i had had tener
help helped helped ayudar
hurt i hurt hurt herir, doler
invent invented invented inventar
invite invited invited invitar
kill killed killed matar
know i knew known saber
lend i lent lent prestar
leave i left left dejar
lie i lay lain yacer
like liked liked gustar
live lived lived vivir
look looked looked mirar
love loved loved amar
make i made made hacer
meet i met met conocer, encontrar
miss missed missed perder, extrañar
open opened opened abrir
pack packed packed empacar
pay i paid paid pagar
phone phoned phoned llamar por teléfono
play played played jugar
prefer preferred preferred preferir
prepare prepared prepared preparar
push pushed pushed empujar
put i put put poner
rain rained rained llover
read i read read leer
remember remembered remembered recordar
rent rented rented alquilar
rescue rescued rescued rescatar
return returned returned volver, devolver
ring i rang rung llamar por teléfono
save saved saved ahorrar
say i said said decir
search searched searched buscar
see i saw seen ver
sell i sold sold vender
sit i sat sat sentarse
skate skated skated patinar
ski skied skied esquiar
sleep i slept slept dormir
smell smelled smelled oler
speak i spoke spoken hablar
spend i spent spent gastar
start started started comenzar
stay stayed stayed quedarse
stop stopped stopped detener
study studied studied estudiar
survive survived survived sobrevivir
swim i swam swum nadar
take i took taken tomar
talk talked talked hablar
teach i taught taught enseñar
tell i told told decir
think i thought thought pensar
throw i threw thrown lanzar
touch touched touched tocar
try tried tried intentar
understand i understood understood entender
use used used usar
visit visited visited visitar
wait waited waited esperar
walk walked walked caminar
want wanted wanted querer
wash washed washed lavar
watch watched watched mirar
wear i wore worn llevar puesto
work worked worked trabajar
write i wrote written escribir


Below you can find more links to keep practising irregular verbs:


ESO3 & 4: Irregular verbs I. Past tense exercises.

Here you have a list to start learning the English irregular verbs. You can also find four videos to learn the irregular verbs in a fun way: let's rap!

Test yourself! Past tense (IRREGULAR VERBS)




ESO4 WRITING: Describing a celebrity

       Sample of a composition: describing a celebrity. In red you can find important connectors you can use (to improve fluency). In blue, expressions to organize the paragraphs. In green, frequency adverbs.


            My favourite singer is Andrea Corr. She is 30 years old and she is from Ireland. She sings in a group called The Corrs.
            She has got dark hair and brown eyes and a beautiful smile. She usually dresses very casual, but in concerts she often wears trendy clothes. She does not have any piercings or tattoos. However she wears a ring and a bracelet in the picture.

•           She is extrovert and friendly. In addition, she has got a good sense of humour. On the other hand, she has a wonderful voice. However, she is very bossy sometimes
•          One thing she loves is singing in concerts. On the other hand, she enjoys playing the tin whistle, a traditional Irish instrument. Nevertheless, she hates long journeys: she is afraid of planes so she normally travels by car.
•          In conclusion, she is a great singer and I think that both her appearance and her personality are always beautiful

ESO4: Unit 1: The Right Image. Describe a celebrity!

Here you have the Powerpoint presentation for Unit 2. I'm also pasting the structure and a sample of the composition you have to write (don't forget to include a picture of the celebrity you are describing!). The assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • 25% Fluency (connectors: and, but, however, on the other hand, although, in addition, both... and...)
  • 25% Accuracy (agreement, spelling, word order, etc..)
  • 25% Vocabulary (rich vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, phrasal verbs, false friends)
  • 25% Originality (get good ideas and go beyond the standard text; include a photo!)
Remember to hand in your composition ON TIME! Monday, November 21st.

INTRODUCTION. (Name, age, where from, what profession).
My favourite (artist/singer/presenter) is ____. She/he is from ___ and (sings with/stars in/...).
BODY. 1st paragraph (Appearance)
Andrea Corr is... (tall/short, pretty/handsome)
He/She’s got... (hair, eyes, tattoo, ...)
He/She wears... (trendy/scruffy clothes)
BODY. 2nd paragraph (Personality)
He’s/She’s a ........... Person.
However, he/she’s ...........
The only bad thing is .........
BODY. 3rd paragraph (Likes and dislikes)
One thing she loves is...
On the other hand, one thing she hates is... (because...)
CONCLUSION (Your opinion)
I like him/her because I think that he/she is...

Add your own ideas and be original! :)


ESO1: What Can I Do?

Hi lads! This is one of my favourite songs, by my favourite pop group, The Corrs. They are Sharon, Caroline, Andrea and Jim. They are siblings: one brother and three sisters in the same band! They are from Ireland, so they are Irish. Their unique feature is that they mix Celtic music with pop sounds.

Let's watch their videoclip: "What can I do?". Here you have the lyrics. Complete them with the following words:

fly  -  times -  say -  days -  take 

WHAT CAN I DO? (by The Corrs)

I haven't slept at all in _______ (1)
It's been so long since we've talked 
And I have been here many ________ (2) 
I just don't know what I'm doing wrong 

What can I do to make you love me 
What can I do to make you care 
What can I say to make you feel this 
What can I do to get you there 

There's only so much I can _____ (4)
And I just got to let it go 
And who knows I might feel better 
If I don't try and I don't hope 

What can I do to make you love me 
What can I do to make you care
What can I say to make you feel this 
What can I do to get you there 

No more waiting, no more aching 
No more fighting, no more trying 

Maybe there's nothing more to _____ (4)
And in a funny way I'm calm 
Because the power is not mine 
I'm just gonna let it _____ (5)

What can I do to make you love me 
What can I do to make you care 
What can I say to make you feel this 
What can I do to get you there 

Love me

Answer these questions:

1. What musical instruments do they play? (Jim plays the...; Andrea sings and plays the...)
2. Do you like the song? (Yes, I like it/No, I don't).
3. Can you play any musical instrument? (Yes, I can play.../No, I can't.)

VOCABULARY: drums, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, piano, recorder (=flauta dolça), violin, harp, tin whistle, bodhràn, bouzouki.

NOTE: 'What Can I Do?' Sometimes you make me ask this question to myself when I want you to follow the three rules we have in class:
1-raise UP your hand when you want to talk;
2-sit DOWN propperly;
3-use the computer for the lesson (not for other purposes!).
Let's follow them! :)