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And we went to the theatre… (3º y 4º ESO)

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 11 may. 2016 9:28 por Web Master   [ actualizado el 11 may. 2016 9:31 ]


     On Wednesday, 6th April, 3ESO and 4ESO students went to see an English theatre play. The play was called “The final answer” and it was performed by two actors.

     The story was about a girl who participated in a television contest, she had to answer the questions correctly with the audience's help, a telephone call or a special wildcard. The contest was to answer 10 questions right to make money but as it was the last program the prize was three million pounds. The question had different subjects, for example: What was Sherlock Holmes' address? How many wives did Henry VIII have? Who was Peter Pan written by? The contestant asked for help to the public, and they went up to the stage.

     At the end the contestant lost all the money that she had, because she failed the last question.

     The play was entertaining and the actors were funny, however, I think it was kind of repetitive and some questions were very difficult to us.

     Even so, we had a great time!

Nerea Vega, Raquel Casaus, Jorge Paúl y María Buil. 4º ESO A

And we went to the theatre… (1º y 2º ESO)

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 11 may. 2016 8:54 por Web Master   [ actualizado el 11 may. 2016 13:21 ]


     On the 4th of April, first and second-year students went to Teodoro Sánchez Punter community centre in San José to watch a play in English. For about an hour, a woman and a man from London played some scenes about Frankestein, the famous story. Mary Shelley wrote it and the idea started when some writers met at Lake Geneva.
     The actors were two friends who wanted to upload a short film about this story to the Internet. Since each  had different ideas to film, they decided to play the two suggestions and choose the best. First, the boy proposed to perform some scenes by a lake. Secondly, the girl wanted to do the part when they created the monster in the lab. Afterwards, both of them agreed to perform the last act when the girl was scared by Frankestein. Later, they uploaded the funniest scene to the web. Finally they gave us ten minutes to ask them any doubt. In our opinion it was funny, but the language level was difficult. We learnt new vocabulary and we also knew more about this amusing and recommended story.

María Enguita and Mar Montero (2º ESO C)

     La pasada semana (4 de abril) fuimos a un teatro en inglés en Zaragoza. Los actores representaron Mary Frankenstein. El chico era muy divertido y nos hizo muchas bromas y tonterías y eso me entretuvo mucho. La chica sólo me hizo reír un poco pero representaba un papel interesante.
     Pienso que la obra era una comedia con toques de tragedia. Mi parte favorita fue cuando le pregunté al chico si podía representar la figura de Frankenstein y el me dijo “Sí, ven aquí…” y yo dije “No, no…” y entonces me vi a mí mismo bailando encima del escenario. Fue muy divertido.
     En resumen, ¡un gran día!

Pedro Keita (2° ESO E)


publicado a la‎(s)‎ 10 may. 2016 14:48 por Web Master   [ actualizado el 11 may. 2016 9:02 ]

    Our last “English Week” in Tossa de Mar (Gerona) was gorgeous. We had a very great time, not only students but also teachers. This is not the first time I.E.S. Angel Sanz Briz proposes this activity as part of the English Language Department´s program, and every year the number of students who want to participate is bigger.
In this interesting activity our 1st, 2nd and 3rd E.S.O. students practice their oral English with the help of young native monitors while they enjoy a very funny week practicing different adventure sports.
    At the end of the week the students were asked to prepare a brief account of their stay so that their partners get to know the different activities they enjoyed from the 21st to the 26th, June, 2015:

     “We left Casetas on Sunday 21st at 3 o´clock in the afternoon. We travelled for 6 hours and we got very tired.
When we arrived we met our monitors and they came with us to show us our bungalows and we left our luggage there before having dinner.”

Tomás Lázaro, Alejandro Lacasta, Guiral García, Bruno Lima, Marcos de Paz

     “On Monday morning we met our monitors again and they divided us into three groups. They  explained us all about the activities.
In the afternoon we went to the forest and we played high ropes, zip-wire, climbing wall, archery, etc.”
Juan Sánchez, Costy Alexandru, Pablo Cajal, Ángel Marco, Alejandro Galán


     “On Tuesday we went to the forest again and we practiced new games in which we had to cooperate in groups to win. They were very funny activities like crossing a trunk, throwing balls into bottles, etc.”
Samuel García, Camilo Ríos, Juan D. Jiménez

     “On Wednesday at 10 a.m. the monitor came as every morning and we walked until reaching a rock. There we dived, practiced snorkeling and rock jumping, etc.
     At 12:30 we went back to the campsite. At 15:00 the monitors came again and we went to the swimming-pool. There we played pool games. After it we went to a part of the camping where we sang and danced with monitors.
     At 18:00 we had free time.”

Patricia Juez, Sofía Antequera, Nerea Villalba, María Calvo, Sandra González

     “On Thursday morning we went to the beach to do some activities in the water: paddle-surf, canoes, pedals, etc. We had to stand up and dance “La Macarena” or change to another canoe. It was very funny and a lot of people fell into the water.
In the afternoon we did an activity called “Blind Date”; first, we talked with the monitors about our perfect boy or girlfriend and then we played different games related to this topic. It was probably the time when we laughed more during the week. Questions and answers were so crazy that the monitors couldn´t talk because they were also laughing.
     At night we went to the disco (we had a light disco every night from 21:00 to 23:00 more or less). This was the funniest night. We danced with native people and also with our teachers Silvia and Raquel. After that we met outside one of our bungalows to talk.”

Andrea Valles, Isabel Lasmarías, Verónica Marco, Lydia Jiménez, Claudia Fuertes

     “On Friday morning, after having breakfast, we went to the forest to play two different activities. The first one was called “climbing boxes” and the second one “orienteering”. In this last game we divided into groups and we had to find letters in the trees to form words. Our teachers also participated. This was a difficult activity because we had to use a compass.
     When we finished we came back to the camping to have lunch. After it we received our diplomas and said good-bye to our monitors. It was very sad. Then we got into the bus and came back home.”

Marta Sebastián, Cristina Sánchez, Ana Tejero, Ángela Lezcano, Natalia Marina
    Finally, Silvia Montañés, Noelia Moré, Aitana Real, Loreto Lacasta and Mar Montero prepared a set of questions to ask Irish monitors about their experience in the campsite (they are all doing their university practices here for 6 months):
1.- Which one has been your best experience in the campsite?
KAREN: Meeting new Spanish kids every week and being able to work outside every day.
SHANNEN: Meeting of all you wonderful people!!!
SULLY: The time Alex (Alejandro Galán) fell at the pool. It was very funny!!! (laughs)
2.- Tell us a funny anecdote .
KAREN: We pushed all the activity monitors into the pool in their uniform before work on their last day.
SHANNEN: Water balloon fight with monitors and children.
SULLY: One time during “blind date”one of the children (Alex again) did not know that the teachers were present when he asked strange questions. (laughs)
3.- Which activity is the funniest one in your opinion?
KAREN: Water sports.
SHANNEN: I love water sports.
SULLY: I love “rock jumping” and “snorkeling”. I love the water and seeing all the fish.
4.- What did you like the least of your daily routine?
KAREN: Waking up early.
SHANNEN: I love everything but walking up big hill early in the morning.
SULLY: Not eating breakfast because I preferred to sleep for an extra 20 minutes.
5.- Which activity would you like to have included in the camp?
KAREN: More beach time.
SHANNEN: Trip to Barcelona.
SULLY: More parties!!!


Una experiencia para no olvidar (CANADA)

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 10 may. 2016 5:05 por Web Master   [ actualizado el 10 may. 2016 15:38 ]


    Una experiencia para no olvidar.

     Hace ya unos meses, en septiembre de 2015, tuve la oportunidad de “cruzar el charco” y viajar a Canadá, algo que siempre había querido hacer. Esto fue posible gracias a una beca para pasar un mes allí con una familia de acogida. Y de verdad que merece muchísimo la pena esforzarse por oportunidades como ésta.

     Tras unas 12 horas de viaje entre autobús y avión, los 50 estudiantes de Aragón llegamos al aeropuerto de Toronto, y de allí nos llevaron al encuentro con nuestras familias de acogida en el mítico autobús escolar amarillo. Mi familia eran Deanna y su hijo Nolan de 10 años, y me llevaron en coche hacia su casa en un pueblo llamado St. Marys. Allí es donde iba a pasar el mes e ir al instituto, como una integrante más en la familia.

     El instituto era muy diferente a como lo conocemos en España. A mí me pusieron cuatro asignaturas que tendría todos los días durante todo el mes. Eran “Parenting, “Indigenous peoples in Canada”, “Guitar”  y “Drama”. Los profesores me acogieron muy bien, eran muy atentos y simpáticos, y me preguntaban cosas sobre España. Además, allí conocí a gente no sólo de Canadá, sino también de Brasil, de Suiza e incluso de España, que también habían ido mediante becas.

     Las tardes las pasaba en casa con la familia, o bien iba a la casa del hermano de mi “madre”, ya que ellos acogían a otra chica de mi mismo viaje, que le había tocado en el mismo pueblo que a mí. Después, cenábamos sobre las seis y media, lo que se me hacía raro hasta que me acostumbré.

     Un día, un chico del instituto nos invitó a su casa a los estudiantes que veníamos de fuera para hacer un “campfire”, la típica fogata en la que asas nubes pinchadas en un palo.

     A lo largo del mes hicimos dos excursiones en conjunto los alumnos del viaje, una a las cataratas del Niágara y otra a la ciudad de Toronto. En las cataratas nos montamos en un barco que pasaba justo al lado de éstas, y era impresionante. Allí también vimos los alrededores de las cataratas, que era una calle llena de atracciones y tiendas de recuerdos, todo muy turístico, muy diferente a como imaginaba que sería.

     En Toronto tuvimos la oportunidad de subir a lo alto de la CN Tower, la famosa torre desde la que dice verse “Torontontero”, y las vistas eran alucinantes. Después nos llevaron al Toronto Eaton Centre, un centro comercial gigantesco.

     Estuve también en Stratford, una ciudad cercana a St. Marys, y allí me llevaron a la feria de Stratford, en la que había un montón de atracciones.

     Otro día se organizó en un pueblo cercano una clase de “Line dancing”, el típico baile country que se baila en línea dando pasos. Allí estuvimos varios españoles del viaje, ¡y terminamos bailando “La Macarena”!

     Pasé también unos días muy agradables con la familia. Deanna, Nolan y Jeff, el novio de Deanna, me llevaron a una misa en London, y me quedé sorprendida al ver la iglesia, porque parecía un teatro; incluso tenía dentro una cafetería, y en la misa había una banda que tocaba música y cantaba, nada que ver a como conocemos en España. Después fuimos a “Apple land”, unos campos de manzanos a los que puedes ir a recoger manzanas y a elegir tu calabaza para Halloween.

     En definitiva, mi estancia en Canadá fue una experiencia que jamás olvidaré y que ojalá tuviese la oportunidad de repetir. No sólo porque es una muy buena forma de mejorar y practicar el inglés, sino porque conoces a nuevas personas y una nueva cultura en la que aprendes a manejarte.

     Mi recomendación es que si se os presenta una oportunidad como ésta, no la desaprovechéis, porque es una experiencia única e inolvidable.

    An unforgettable experience.

     Some months ago, in September 2015, I had the opportunity to “cross the pond” and travel to Canada, something that I had always wanted to do. This was possible thanks to a scholarship to spend a month there with a host family. And it’s really worth it to strive for chances like this.

     After about 12 hours of trip between bus and plane, 50 students from Aragon arrived at the Toronto airport, and from there they took us to the meeting with our host families in the mythical yellow school bus. My family was Deanna and her 10-year-old son Nolan, and they took me to their house in a town called St. Marys. There is where I was going to spend the month and go to the high school, as one more member in the family.

     The high school was very different as we know it in Spain. I was assigned four subjects, which I would have every day during the whole month. They were “Parenting”, “Indigenous peoples in Canada”, “Guitar” and “Drama”. The teachers received me very well, they were very attentive and nice, and they asked me facts about Spain. In addition, there I met people not only from Canada, but also from Brazil, Switzerland and even from Spain, which also had gone there through scholarships.

     I spent the afternoons at home with my host family, or I went to my “mother’s” brother house, since they were receiving another girl from the same trip as mine, who was assigned the same town. Later, we had dinner about half past six, which was a little strange for me until I got used to it.

     One day, a boy from the high school invited all the exchange students to his house to make a “campfire”, the typical fire in which you roast marshmallows on a stick.

     Throughout the month we did two excursions all the students of the trip, one to Niagara Falls and another one to the city of Toronto. In Niagara Falls we got on a boat which passed right next to them, and it was awesome. There we also saw the surroundings of the falls, which was a street full of rides and gift shops, everything very tourist, very different as I had imagined it would be.

     In Toronto we had the opportunity to get to the top of the CN Tower, the famous tower from which it is said to be seen “Torontontero”, and the sights were amazing. After that they took us to the Toronto Eaton Centre, a huge mall.

     I also went to Stratford, a city near St. Marys, and there they took me to the Stratford’s fair, where there were a lot of rides.

     Another day, a Line dancing class was organized in a nearby town. It is the typical country dance that is danced in a line and giving steps. There we were some Spanish students from our trip, and we finished dancing the “Macarena”!

     I also spent some very agreeable days with my host family. Deanna, Nolan and Jeff, Deanna’s boyfriend took me to a mass in London, and I was surprised when I saw the church, because it looked like a theatre; it even had a cafeteria inside, and in the mass there was a band that played music and sang, nothing to do as we know in Spain. Then we went to “Apple land”, some apple fields where you can go apple picking and choose your Halloween pumpkin.

     In short, my stay in Canada was an experience I will never forget and I wish I had the opportunity to repeat. Not only because it is a very good way to improve and practice your English, but also because you meet new people and a new culture in which you learn to manage.

     My recommendation is that if you are presented an opportunity like this; don’t waste it, because it is a unique and unforgettable experience.

William Shakespeare: 400 years of fame

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 9 may. 2016 5:15 por Web Master   [ actualizado el 9 may. 2016 5:19 ]

     This year 2016 we not only celebrate the 400th anniversary of Cervantes´ death but also Shakespeare´s and we decided to devote some classes to show our students the relevance of this literary figure as the major exponent of the English language.
We asked our E.S.O. students to search for information about Shakespeare and his time and the result was an active participation and an interesting exposition showed in our school library.

     Este año 2016 no solo celebramos el 400 aniversario de la muerte de Cervantes sino también de la de Shakespeare, y decidimos dedicar algunas de nuestras clases a mostrarles a nuestros alumnos la importancia de esta figura literaria como máximo exponente de la lengua inglesa.
Les pedimos a los alumnos de la E.S.O. que buscaran información sobre Shakespeare y su época y el resultado fue una participación activa y una interesante exposición que fue mostrada en la biblioteca del centro.

     This is a brief summary written by two of our students:
     Este es un breve resumen escrito por dos de nuestros alumnos:
     William Shakespeare was an English poet and a playwright who is considered the greatest writer in the English language and worldwide. He wrote a lot of famous works like “Hamlet”, “Othello”, “King Lear” or “Macbeth”.
     Shakespeare was born on 26th, April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and his death was on 23rd, April, 1616, the same day of Cervantes´ death. This day is very important because it is celebrated “The Day of the Book” in commemoration of their deaths. Shakespeare was Cervantes´ rival but both wrote a lot of beautiful works. It was a curiosity that these two highlighting literary figures died the same day.

     Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, wool commercial, butcher and landowner and his mother was Mary Arden. They had a good life because John managed to become major. However, when Shakespeare was 13 his father lost his fortune and this fact affected the writer´s life because he had to abandon his studies and start working helping in a butcher´s.
William also wrote theatre plays and also sonnets. His plays became very famous and trendy. “Romeo and Juliet” is considered his best-known play. It became very popular and a lot of people saw it.
                                                               Alejandro Galán and Juan Sánchez, 3ºE.S.O.C

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