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LF Radio


My students recorded a radio programme in English as a class activity. They did very well!

Here’s the result!

School year 2013/14

Shall we start the school year with a bit of humour?


BBC Report on IES La Foia Part V: THe Final Part?

La Foia students are very punctual…so they interrupt the BBC reporter to enter the school

Theatre in English: Three Promises

It is highly satisfying to publish the following post. I am very proud of La Foia High School students. Their performance on stage was brilliant and I think the audience enjoyed the play Three Promises (a tale adapted from The Canterbury Tales, Penguin Readers).

I would like to thank all the people that helped me with the project: my colleagues from the Department (Emma and Isabel Berenguer), Enri (for her wonderful presentation of the play), Casa de la Cultura, Juan Ma (machining teacher), Chafino (for lending me his great music), Nacho, for helping me with some pieces of medieval music, APA, the mothers of some students who did the costumes of the Sun God and the Moon, etc

You can see some photos of the activity by clicking here

Theatre in English: Three Promises

American Party

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)


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


Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s.[1] 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 banjoeselectric and acoustic guitarsfiddles 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.

Ask Dr Love

Love, Imagelove, love…

My students were very imaginative. I asked them to invent a radio programme. A listener calls Doctor Love to ask for advice for his or her love problems. Funny!

You can listen to the radio programmes here.

Job Interviews

English has become important, let’s say essential, in order to get a job nowadays. 80% of the job offers requiere a knowledge of English.
My students had to make job interviews to a teacher and to a student from La Foia High School. Special thanks to the teachers and students who collaborated with my students.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations are an excellent way of practising English. It is good to loose embarrassment, to learn to speak in public, to improve your ITC knowledge. In the last weeks, my students from Practical English (1st Bachillerato) and 4th ESO have don a great work! Here you have some photos of some presentations and some more photos of my class, working seriously.

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