I would like to congratulate my students from Practical English 1st year of Bachillerato for their involvement in setting up the American Party. Two years ago, we held an English Party, last year it was Scotland’s turn and in 2012 we celebrated an American party.
The objectives were accomplished: to practise English, to learn something from American geography and culture, to taste food from the USA and, of course!, to have fun.
The best way to see what it was like is to watch this homemade video.
If you want to see some photos of cities and landscapes of the USA, click here. The photos were made by Oliver Martínez and the video by Chafino. Thank you both.:-)
And finally, you can watch the photos of NY by the professional photogapher Mike Dumonceau, by clicking here.
Special thanks to people and institutions that make these events possible:
Casa de la Cultura
La Foia High School
Teachers and friends
Students from Practical English 1st Year Bach and 4th ESO
Publishing firms: Richmond, Pearson Longman (for their presents…)
Parents’ Association (AMPA from IES La Foia)
THANK YOU ALL!!!
The power of music is inexhaustible, also in language learning .
Here you have an English activity with a song by Nirvana: Come As You Are.
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboyand southeastern American folk music. Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjoes, electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles such as violins, and harmonicas (Wikipedia)
Here you have an example:
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
And the lyrics of the song
Now sing with the Karaoke version.
Some romantic English songs:
and some more romaaaaaaaaaantic songs:
Pancakes are typical in the US and Americans usually have them for Sunday breakfast or for brunch!
Here are some photos of my students making pancakes. They are really good at cooking!!!
Many hands make the work lighter!
And here’s some country music.
Thanksgiving is an American celebration. Sometimes we put too much emphasis on promoting other Anglosaxon celebrations, so, for a change, our department decided to explain this festivity to our students.
We saw the TV series Friends: The one with Chandler in the Box, which is set in Thanksgiving time. you might want to watch it. It’s fun!
Here’s is some of the material we used that some colleagues kindly sent me.
If you pity turkeys, here’s a funny poet, in solidarity with them:
Benjamin Zephaniah Talking Turkeys
Here are a couple of pictures from the casting for the theater play.
All the 1st ESO PEV students did very well!
A big applause!
Let me introduce you to my 4th ESO students.
They are very nice people
and little by little they are learning the English Irregular Verbs by heart!:-)
More photos here!
Theatre is an excellent way of practicing pronunciation in a foreign language. It also helps to personal development and encourages social relationships within the school community.
This school year, we are going to give it a try! Students from 1st ESO PEV will be actors and actresses. My students from Practical English(1st Year of Bachillerato) will be the narrators. We will see what happens!
Here you can find the audio of the tale to practice your role: Three Promises
This year our students from 4th ESO are going to read The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Last summer I attended a course for English teachers in Canterbury. Here is a video to show my students what Canterbury is like.