Thursday, 25 November 2010

Attitudes towards children, by Mª José Gasch

Talking about attitudes towards children in Spain, Mª José, from Advanced level, Second Year, managed to make everybody go into a loud but interesting discussion in class, so now she’s sharing her presentation on the topic.Thanks a lot, Mª José!

Attitudes towards children, by Liliana García

Liliana, from Advanced level, Second Year, has designed this presentation to support her speaking project about attitudes towards children in our country. Now, she’s sharing it with all of us.Thanks, Liliana, and congratulations on your cute baby boy!

When I was young, by Elena Rodríguez

Elena, from First Year Advanced level, has designed this presentation to support her speaking project about her childhood memories. Now, she’s sharing it with all of us. Thank you, Elena!

When I was a little child, by José Modesto Suárez

Jose, one of my Advanced ESLstudents, has designed this presentation as support material for a speaking project he had to deliver in class about childhood memories. Now he’d like to share it with all of us. Thanks ever so much, Jose!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Graciela Suárez

Diary of a wimpy kid Rodrick rules by Jeff Kinney.
A Boy who tells the funny stories that happen to him in middle school mixed all with small comics. It is a child’s diary, his adventures, ideas and points of view; the importance of the family: with his mum, dad and the relationship with his brother, Rodrick; besides, the protagonist gives importance to the friendship with his classmates.
The story is developed in a small village; it takes place in some part of the USA. It is set nowadays.The story starts in summer, a pretty lousy one, when his mum gives him a present, and it finishes in winter, with the Winter Talents Show where his brother´s band acts.
The story starts when Greg, our protagonist is given a present, his second diary, that he has to write.During all summer and winter Greg has many problems with his brother and his mum tries to solve them each time: they have problems at home, when his brother picks him up after school or when he locked him in the basement when Rodrick organizes a night party because their parents go away.
They have many conflicts that their mum solves until his brother starts to mature, and their relationship improves after the winter talents show.
The main character is Greg, the narrator, he is over eight or nine years. He is the second child of the family, the oldest brother is Rodrick and the youngest, he is still a baby, Manny.
The protagonist has got a brother, the oldest, Rodrick, who is lazy, stupid and cruel with all his family, especially with Greg. He plays in a rock band.
Greg´s best friend is Rowley. He is dumb, clumsy, he has some strange interests for his age, or he bores him with his holiday stories.
Greg´s mum. She tries hard to be a good, loving, dedicated mother and wife.She constantly tries to get Greg to enjoy reading, to pull the family together, and to help Greg and her husband to get used to Rodrick’s band music, but none of her plans ever seem to work. She often uses many “special tactics” that usually don´t work.
Finally, when I started to read The diary of a wimpy kid, the first thing I thought about it was Boy by Roald Dalh but this book is funnier and although it is written much more ironically, the idea is similar: a book where a boy tells his daily adventures. As regards the vocabulary it can be read without many problems, though I have found some American words.
The pictures are entertaining; it can explain many daily children’s experiences with their brothers (always from a child’s point of view).
It´s great! I have recommended it to my friends and I will try to read other books by this author!!!


Thursday, 18 November 2010

How much do you know about the Diary of A Wimpy Kid. Rodrick Rules?

All it takes is two minutes to take the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Quiz and find out how much you know about the quiz and the characters in the quiz.

Or, if you’d rather do a trivia quiz, here you are this Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trivia Quiz.

And for those wanting to research the author, here you are an interview with Jeff Kinney.

Finally, some tips on writing the books.

Research David Lodge

Looking forward to reading more about the well-known author of The British Museum is Falling Down?. Then, visit this site and find out.

Curious to see what he looks like? Watch the interview below (sorry about subtitles).

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Learning English in an interactive way

Have a look at this interactive lesson that my enthusiastic Second Year Advanced students at EOI Luarca have been working on using MALTED, their computers and our Promethean Board.

I’d like to thank my students, for their cooperation, and the people in charge of disseminating this experience at the BP2 network and ITE, Ministry of Education.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

More about Michael Nicholson

If you were bewildered by his risks in Sarajevo, you can now read about the girl TV reporter Michael Nicholson brought to Britain adopted as his daughter … but DIDN’T write a book about. From The Daily Mail

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Keeping fit, by Cristina Morilla

Cristina Morilla, one of my Advanced learners, would like to share her presentation on Keeping fit with all of you.
Thanks Cristina!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Online revision activities

If you are an Advanced ESL learner, now you can revise pronouns, plain English grammar, as well as practise pronouncing diphthongs and recognizing formal words.

Just click on the links below:


English Grammar Quiz

Pronouncing diphthongs

Formal vocabulary