30.3.12

MINI CROSSWORDS "ROCK MUSIC"

How much do you know about Rock Music? Find out doing this mini crosswords: Learning English - Crossword - Rock music


THE WORLD OF BOOKS

BY: VICKY MELGAREJO, 4ESO-D
Adventure, action, magic, love, intrigue, fantasy … these are a few of all the topics of different books which can take you to other world while you’re reading. My favorite book is definitely: Harry Potter. Who has never heard about this book? I don’t wonder why! It has EVERYTHING: magic, love, fantasy, adventure, action… Did you know that these books have been translated to 65 languages? And they also have 8 wonderful films, with a benefits of $7.743.849.053 in total!!! But not only is this, in Orlando, United States, there is a theme park about Harry Potter and it has shops and restaurants. But the best of this collection is that it makes me feel every page like a stunning adventure, and I can’t stop reading! I think reading is very important, reading will make you improve in your grammar, orthography, memory, even to relax! So why not diving into a new
breathtaking story with a book?

29.3.12

MOBILE PHONES AT SCHOOL

BY DIEGO VALENCIA, 2BTO-A
Two years ago, the number of mobile phoneS in school has increased. In my opinion, having a mobile phone in the classroom is a disrespectful habit and it makes you NOT care ABOUT the class. But the use of mobile phone in school has also good things, for example: you can look for information and if you have got an English dictionary in the phone you could search for words that you don't know what they mean.
Although most of people use the mobile phone to chat with their friends while their professor is teaching. I think that people shouldn't take their mobile phones in school, if they use it to spend their time. So, listen to the teacher when he is talking !

28.3.12

BLACKBERRY AND STUDENTS


BY MARTA MENA, 2BTO-A
If we go aRound the school we will find a lot of people with a Blackberry on their hands, and that is a problem for students because even in class they are surfing in the net and writing to their friends. Then they have problems with teachers because they DON'T LISTEN TO in class and that is negative for them because they usually get a low mark. In the evening it's the same, they are "studying" while they use that mobile phone and I think that's noT a good way to study.
In my opinion, people should have that kind of phones when they are mature and they know when is the correct moment to use their mobiles.

27.3.12

THE ARMY: MY OPINION

BY JAVIER GÓMEZ PASTRANA, 2BTO-D

I am going to give my opinion about being in the army.
Nowadays, there are several discussions about the military. I´d like to begin saying that there are important differences between the militaries of the different countries, and this is the reason why I want to talk about the spanish Armed Forces. Obviously, I think War is bad. The world would be perfect if all of the people around the world could get along and make agreements, but sadly , that is not the case. People tend to do what is best for their own benefit and that is why we have laws and police that help to mantain order. What some citizens don´t understand is that the military is just another example as the ones already mentioned.
Spanish soldiers only WANT Spain´s security to be as best as possible, protecting our nation even if they have to risk their lives. These men and women live LIVES for the Spaniards, who in exchange threat them with contempt.
It is true that there are a lot of countries that not only use their armies to protect their own nation but also to invade, harm or take advantage of others becouse of their ambition of power. Even though this is not our perspective, these countries cause other nations to be prepared of possible attacks. Therefore, we need people willing to defend the rest of our citizens so they can live free and happy. 
Eventually, as conclusion, I think that , nowdays, Spanish Armed Forces are totally necessary.

26.3.12

MCDONALD'S AND FAST FOOD

BY LAURA FUREST, 2BTO-A
Everybody knows McDonald’s, the famous restaurant of fast food. McDonald’s is criticized by many people who SAY that its food is unhealthy, nasty and some people SAY that the food tastes bad. But McDonald’s can´t be so bad because this restaurant is the world’s biggest chain of fast food restaurant, serving 64 million customers everyday in 119 countries. Personally, I think that its food tastes so good and it has a complete service of food.
Fast food is unhealthy when we eat too much of it, apples are unhealthy too if we eat it a lot of them. Eggs for example can produce cholesterol if we eat them too much.
“McDonald’s food is nasty” There are a lot of rumors about McDonald’s food, about the preparation and the origin, but on the website we can read that McDonald’s meat is pure, the lettuce is well-cultivated, etc. They follow a quality process.
In my opinion, McDonalds food tastes so good and McDonald’s has achieved success and fame not without effort, courage and with many years of experience.

23.3.12

WHO IS GOING TO WIN LFP?

BY ALFRED FISCHBACH, 2BTO-D

In my opinion, FCB is the best candidate to win LFP this season, but there are arguments for and against, so we must look at both opinions.
On the one hand, FCB has won this title for the last three years. In addition, FCB has won thirteen of sixteen possible titles since Pep Guardiola arrived. Moreover, since Pep Guardiola arrived, FCB has won all its matches against Real madrid except the one they played last year in which Real Madrid became champion of Copa del Rey. 
On the other hand, FCB is second and Real Madrid has an advantage of 5 points. In addition to this, Real Madrid has a great team with a lot of good players like: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain, Casillas and more. 
On balance, FCB is the best football team in the world, but this is a subjective opinion, because I am a supporter of FCB, but Real Madrid has also an excellent team, and winning FCB is not impossible for this great team.

MINI-QUIZ: BEING ILL

Mini cuestionario de 6 preguntas sobre "sentirse enfermo"
BBC World Service | Quizzes | Quiznet | Health


QUIZ: PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

Prepositional Phrases - Quiz 1
20 question test. Why don't you try


22.3.12

IS TELEVISION BAD OR GOOD?

BY PEDRO PINEDA, 2BTO-A

There are many reasons to think that TV is bad for people who watch it. MOREOVER, there are also disadvantages to watch TV. We must look at both sides of the question.
It is true that if people watch TV, they can learn a lot of things watching some TV programmes, like documentaries, and they can also know what's happening in the world. In addition to this,  people watch TV TO have fun.
On the other hand, TV could be bad for people who overuse it, because they can become addict to it. What’s more, there are a lot of programmes that are reported because they have inappropiate contents.
On balance, I think TV is good for people, although it has a lot of disadvantages. In my opinion, there should be better TV programmes.

21.3.12

YOUNG SOCIETY

BY LUIS BENÍTEZ, 2BTO-B
I´m going to write about the young society. Young society is not well seen. I think that most of people think that this is bad society. In my opinion, this is true. Our society is a lazy society, young people don´t like to work in general. There are a lot of students who don´t worry about exams, and they only go to school to have fun. These students don´ t like teachers either. There are other kind of young people that don´t do any sport, like football, basketball or tennis for example. Young people are every time sitting on the sofa. And finally, there are other young people that are every time on the computer, playing computer games and watching TV. In my opinion, this young society HAS to improve.

20.3.12

APPLE BETTER THAN WINDOWS?

BY MANUEL PALOMA, 2BTO-D
NowADAYS many people think that Windows is better than Apple, but is it real? In my opinion, there are serious problems. However both companies are very competent.
In the past, people thought that "Apple" was just a waste. In addition, people said that "iTunes" was very difficult to operate. Then, there were people that said that Apple products were not compatible with other machines. Personally, I think this is wrong because "iTunes" is easy to be used and all Apple products are compatible. Today, technology has incresead thanks to Steve Jobs's group. Finally I think that Windows is a good brand with good products, but I prefer Apple.

19.3.12

HEALTH AND CRISIS

BY LUCIA PUGET, 2BTO-B

The last CIS' opinion pOll published "Public health system is the fourth worry of Spanish people behind unemployment, the economic problems and politics. Before this opinion poll, public health system was the seventh worry and the twelveth in December 2010. Why this change? The crisis affects every sector and aspect of life. Spanish people are really worried because our health system is public, and more and more hospitals and doctors have to save and to reduce in medicines and medical research. This can cause problems and a bad running of the public health system. Some of the solutions proposed about this problem are: to pay a small amount of money when you attend a medical appointment and to pay the medical prescription. 
I think that we should make an effort and pay some more although that is very difficult in this crisis time. Because of this, the people who have got a job and earn a good wage should contribute more money. For example, paying 1 € for each medical appointment.

17.3.12

THE SELECTOR: MODERN BRITISH MUSIC

El British Council nos presenta su programa de música por Internet. Si estás interesado en conocer lo más nuevo y moderno de la música británica, The Selector es tu sitio
The Selector - Bringing you the best new British music


14.3.12

ARE WE OUT OF OUR MIND?

BY EUGENIA ESPEJO, 2BTO-B

There is an irregularity which has come to light recently here in Spain. It has been discovered that there are many men who, after killing their partners or ex-partners and be judged for it and sent to prison, charge a widow's pension and receive monthly financial assistance.
In my opinion, this is an oversight by the authorities. It is not fair or logical that people who kill their partners receive a financial aid as a result of that. They are not widowed by natural causes or by a tragic twist of fate, but for a murder, a death caused.
I strongly beleive that this is completely out of place and should not be allowed in our society.

13.3.12

COMPUTERS

BY MARÍA GUERRA, 2BTO-A

I am going to write about computers. Nowadays, the computer is an object that people can't live without. In my opinion, that is horrible for the society, although this is not an easy question. 
It is true that computer is a very useful object for many reasons. We can use computer to find a lot of information. Thanks to it, people can easily improve their knowledge in all fields, which is helpful for studies and works. Another advantage is that people can connect to the internet and they can also communicate with other people despite the distance.
On the other hand, the overuse of computer isn't good, and it can even affect your health, so it is necessary to use it with moderation.

12.3.12

SCOTT PILGRIM

BY TOMÁS RAMÍREZ, 2BTO-C

''Scott Pilgrim'' is a group of comics written by Brian Lee O'Maley. The story is about a boy of 23 years old. His name is Scott Pilgrim and he is dating a girl who is in high school. The problem was when Scott meets Ramona and he fell in love with her and she has seven evil ex-boyfriends and he has to fight against them. I love the comics. They have adventure, romance and they are very funny. But, if you are not a geek, you probably don't catch many of the jokes. ''Scott Pilgrim'' has a movie too, but I prefer the comics because they are more interesting and the movie is so fast. However, the movie has a wonderful soundtrack. In conclusion, if you like reading comics, you should read them. If you don't like comics, you will try to see the movie.

10.3.12

9.3.12

STUDENT'S LIFE

BY CRISTINA ARNIZ, 2BTO-C

Many people believe that the student’s life is very easy and fun. But it isn’t true. We must study many subjects. If we want to study in a good way, we need concentration and this is something difficult when you are seventeen or eighteen years old. We have got many social problems, for example, when you fall in love, you don’t study; or when your friend breaks up with her girlfriend, you must encourage, as a good friend; or you sometimes row with your parents for some nonsense. In my opinion ,  teachers must understand and help us. However, they sometimes demand many things and we haven’t got any time to do all that they demand FROM us. In conclusion, student’s life isn’t easy as it seems.

CROSSWORDS: "ICE"

Un nuevo crucigrama para averiguar cuánto sabes sobre el "hielo":
Learning English - Crossword - Ice


MINI-QUIZ: "SOUTH-AFRICA"

¿Cuánto sabes de Sudáfrica? Descúbrelo con este minicuestionario:
BBC World Service | Quizzes | Quiznet | South Africa


8.3.12

EDUCATION COMES FROM BOOKS OR EXPERIENCE?

BY CAROLINA LIN CHEN, 4ESO-D

Education comes not from books but from practical experience or not?

A hot topic in society nowadays is whether childhood education comes from books or from practical experience. It is especially debated by both elementary school teachers and parents of young children. The traditional way of learning has always been from books, yet practical experience has gained more importance over the years. But depending on each person's point of view and background, the opinions tend to differ. In the following paragraphs there will be some advantages of each method.

To start, there are those who learn from books. First, some things cannot be learned through practical experience, such as Biology, Geography or History. For example, it is more convenient to learn human body from text books than actually letting the young children dissect a corpse. Also, it takes both money and time to fly to China to study the plateau of Tibet. That's it, if you want to go on a trip all over the world or go back to the past, which you'll need a time machine. Another thing is that when you forget something, you can always go back to your book and re-read it whenever you want. Besides, diplomas are required for most jobs, whichever kind they are. As we all know, diplomas are provided by a formal education, in which students learn mostly from books. To conclude it all, learning from books supplies convenience, easy accesibility, practicality and knowledge adquired from past scholars.

On the other hand, some people think that practical experience comes more in handy. They have their reasons for thinking so. For example, an artist only needs some colours, a canvas and creativity to create a piece of art, following rules from art books will only restrict the artist's freedom. Likewise, a cook won't come in touch with any books other than recipes, he only needs his sense of taste and his hands. To make it more simple, let's imagine that a chef is required to make a soup. He can simply follow the instructions and add salt according to the recipe, or taste the soup himself and add condiments he thinks that are needed. Who knows, he might create a new kind of dish that turns to be his specialty. Also another reason is that some things cannot be learned through books, such as social intercourse. This ability is indispensable in modern society, and it only can be learned from interacting with other people directly instead of studying hard, because changes run faster than plans.

In conclusion, a proper and complete education is the combination of both knoweldge and experience. One cannot be without the other, they compliment each other, because like I said before, it is better for the children to build a foundation studying from books, which will make it easier for them when they get older and start making dissections. The diplomas can help you find a job, and practical experience is necessary to survive in the battlefield of the workplace.

PISCES (20 FEB - 20 MAR)

Texto con audio sobre este signo astrológico
Pisces


7.3.12

OBESITY: SOCIAL PROBLEM

BY ELENA PARADELA, 2BTO-B
Hello, I am going to give my opinion about whether obesity is a social problem nowadays.
I think that obesity is a social problem nowadays because people are superficial. At present, many people think that a beautiful body is the most important thing in life. I think that this is not true for me. People should look at intelligence, personality...but in these days , that is not what is happening . However, there are still people who do not just look at appearance. Now obesity is a big problem in the school too, children can discriminate other children because of obesity .
To sump up, I can say that obesity is a social problem even though I think it should not be. We can see information about children's obesity in this video and the speech of the people in this video IS easy.

6.3.12

MUSIC, AN OPINION (PUZZLE)


BY PABLO GONZÁLEZ, 2BTO-C
Nowadays, music is over and we could be so good together (1) listening to music, just a satisfaction (2). The best music is only rock'n roll (but I like it) (2). When I'm not listening to music I feel like in my time of dying and I can't play with fire. Last summer I had to go to the capital of music, because London was calling (4) me, so I lived in anarchy in the UK (5) and I didn't sing the national anthem God save the queen (5/6). I went to London alone but, I invite you TO come together (7). My life with music is more interesting than
other because (7) I live eight days a week (7). Listening to rock is like being with God (8), imagine please, IT is always a celebration day (3), it's like a stAIR way to heaven (3) or, I´m not sure, a highway to hell (9). If you like music, come as you are (10), our essence smells like teen spirit (10). We have to build our world brick by brick (11). In short, music is always present and is very important to remember the good music.
1 The doors
2 The rolling stones
3 Led Zeppelin
4 The clash
5 Sex Pistols.
6 Queen
7 The Beatles
8 John Lennon
9 AC/DC
10 Nirvana
11 Arctic monkeys.

5.3.12

QUIZ "COMPOUND WORDS"

Ponte a prueba con este nuevo cuestionario sobre las "palabras compuestas"
BBC World Service | Quizzes | Quiznet | Compound nouns


TV SERIES

BY SARA VEGA, 2BTO-C
I'm going to write about Spanish and American series. I think American series will always have a higher percentage of quality than Spanish series. The series here are different and, in my opinion, inferior. The most often the problem is the serie's theme: American series are about special stories. In Spanish series, the main theme is the day to day life (life in Franco's era, life in a neighboring block, married life at different ages, etc.) However, Spanish series are the best to make us laugh, and American series are not able to overcome it. In conclusion, each type of series has its advantages and disadvantages that make it possible audience.

2.3.12

TUENTI

BY RAQUEL MARTÍNEZ, 2BTO-B
Tuenti is a Spanish social web which is very popular among teenagers. ON Tuenti you can upload photos of yourself or with your friends, and a lot of people can see your photos and the things that you do in your free time. You can share videos and opinions with your friends, and chat with them.
Tuenti gives you the posibility to meet new PEOPLE from the other parts of our country. 
In my opinion, Tuenti is good because it helps you increase your social life, but some people give a bad use to the social web, and they use it to criticize others, and moreover, it is bad because Tuenti can cause addiction and you have less time for the studies. In conclusion, the best way to use Tuenti is to use it with responsability.

1.3.12

COMPUTER OF FRIENDS?

BY JULIO CALLEALTA, 2BTO-B
Computer or friends is a topic that in this moment is very important. Children have stopped playing in the street: now they play videogames. Some years ago, there weren´t computers, so kids and teenagers played football, basketball, they ran. Currently, children prefer to stay at home, watch TV, and play videogames. They spent too much time by themselves. Children have forgotten now fun is to play with others, and the importance of making friends. In my opinion, parents should tell their children to stop playing videogames, and they should encourage them to do sport and to play with their friends. BY Doing that, they will be healthier and they will have more friends. Definitely, they will be happier.

MINI-CROSSWORD: "EMAIL"

Un nuevo minicrucigrama con el tema "EMAIL"
Learning English - Crossword - Emails