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26.9.14

ESO4: London Fashion Week!

UNIT 1: LONDON FASHION!

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! http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden 
Have you ever heard of this part of London?

SPEAKING: 
Act out a dialogue going shopping for some clothes or footwear. You can also bargain on the price! Reference: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/camden-scene-2 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?

READING: 
Make teams and organize your own catwalk and fashion show! You can have some tips here: 
http://www.wikihow.com/Organize-a-Fashion-Show

WRITING:
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? 

16.9.14

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!


LISTENING
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?
http://www.buzzle.com/images/diagrams/parts-of-earth.jpg1-In 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.

READING:
http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-volcano.htm

VOCABUARY
Check the link above and answer the worksheet your teacher will deliver to you. Have a look to the parts of a volcano:
http://www.nps.gov/cavo/naturescience/images/Volcano-3_1.jpg

ESO 1 & 2: Three categories of volcano: ACTIVE, DORMANT and EXTINCT
https://dr282zn36sxxg.cloudfront.net/datastreams/f-d%3A3e802442f3b820aa961b9d3ffc65bd6053ef349c433d953967a2a162%2BIMAGE%2BIMAGE.1

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

http://www.sciencemonster.com/earth-science/images/volcanoes-14.gif

ESO3 & 4: Types of volcanoes:
http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/236x/68/1a/54/681a54752e4b9c0e0bece894fa135bba.jpg
Examples: 
 http://static.trunity.net/files/110601_110700/110654/300px-AP_ES_Types_volcanoes.jpg




What does the animation show? What do they have to do with volcanoes?
Continental Drift
SPEAKING
What countries are totally (or mostly totally) affected by the Ring of Fire?
http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/data/uploads/2012/03/800px-Pacific_Ring_of_Fire.svg_.png
SPEAKING AND WRITING
Have you ever visited a volcano before? Would you be scared if you lived near one? Explain to the class and write about this.

EXPLORE:
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!
http://discoverykids.com/games/volcano-explorer/

Team work-Display ideas:



















http://www.instantdisplay.co.uk/othergeog.htm

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  http://teachingmyfriends.blogspot.com.es/search/label/Foldables

15.9.14

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 "Discover 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!



ESO1
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.

ESO3
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!

ESO4
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!

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


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




BASICS FOR THE COURSE:


ASSESSMENT
  • 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, word order...
20% Fluency (Fl): punctuation, connectors...
20% Structure (Str): title, number of paragraphs, separations...
20% Presentation (Pr): neat and polished, extra requirements: 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 www.wordreference.com 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 in the READING CLUB board and complete the activities in the book to male the best of your reading!

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.


WORKBOOK AND STUDENTS BOOK

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.

MATERIALS

Diary (homework and exams)
White sheets (better recycled!)
Plastic pockets (to keep your dossiers)
Folder
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
                   
                        TITLE

Notes...
Activity 1: