Daily Archives: Octubre 27, 2013

1.en.10 Up and Down the stairs: Changing habits

With Núria, your art teacher,  you are working on Escher paintings, aren’t you? So you must be familiar with Escher’s stairs, which seem to take you nowhere. Imaginary buildings where  people  go up and down aimlessly.

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Last week, we went on a school tour. As people in Escher’s paintings we went up and down endless  stairs. The central stairway in our school is really beautiful, isn’t it? You had also the chance to go even further,  all the way to the tower.  The reward for so much exercise was a nice view from the top, wasn’t it? How many steps did you count?

In our school there is a Captura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 1.34.18 PMlift. It was built a few years ago to be used by disabled people, for instance, people in  Captura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 1.01.49 PMwheel chairs  or people with a broken a leg who have to use crutches We also have some ramps, to facilitate access to classrooms

Most students and teachers use the stairs. Going up the stairs keeps you fit and it is good for your health. If you could use a lift or an escalator, would you go up the stairs? Most of us probably wouldn’t.

In cities you can also find stairs, ramps and oftenCaptura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 1.26.32 PM escalators, moving staircase devices for carrying people between floors of a building.

Next week we shall go on a city walk. You will observe Palma with new eyes.

  • Is our city adapted for disabled people?
  • Are there lots of stairs?
  • Are there  ramps to facilitate access to people with disabilities?

Can we change our habits by looking at things from a different perspective?

Stockholm, a beautiful city with a modern underground system they did an experiment to encourage people going up the stairs instead of choosing the escalator.

Can we change our habits  by making them fun? What the video an write a comment on your notebook

on Monday we’ll go on a walk in the city and one of your tasks will be  to find ways to improve city life.

What do you think of this idea?  Do you believe the  theory of fun might work?

1.en.9 Bear, Bird, Beer, Beard: Pronunciation practice

In post 1.en.8. you had the chance to hunt or not to hunt a bear. Now it is time to check whether you can pronounce the word bear correctly.

Some words are difficult to pronounce. Can you tell the difference in meaning and pronunciation of the following words?

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Bear, Bird,  Beer,  Beard

Watching this video will help you pronounce these words correctly.

Look at this image and give it a try. Read what is written under the drawings.

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If you ever have any doubts, use a good online dictionary such as dictionary.com

You will find the phonemic transcription and you will also be able to actually listen to the word.

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1.en.8 Brands, advertising and viral ads

With Julian, your Spanish teacher, you have been working with car ads, haven’t you? You have learnt to analyse the meaning hidden in images.

Some of you have made really great comments on visual texts. In English, we are going to focus on new ways to advertise things.  Do you know what brands are? What about viral ads?

You all know what tipp-ex is, don’t you?  But you probably don’t know that tipp-ex is a brand name. Go to Wikipedia and find more information about this product:

  1. 2.How old is it?
  2. 3.What is the reason for having that name?
  3. 4.What is a brand? 
  4. 5.What is tipp-ex? How can we avoid using the brand name?
  5. Can you think of any other products known by their brand name?

Brands use advertising to promote their products. In 2010,  tipp-ex launched a very successful advertising campaign. The ad was an example of viral marketing (it became very popular in you tube and got thousands of viewers in a short time).

The viral ad starred a hunter shooting a bear. You can interact with the hunter and decide what to do with the bear. Give it a try!

Well, it seems that after 2 years, the bear and the hunter became really good friends and they celebrated it. Maybe two years of friendship.

Again,in 2012,  tipp-ex used  another interactive add. You can type a year and travel in time. Decide in which year you’ll celebrate the party with the bear and the hunter.

I tried 1200 and 1956, which is the year when I was born, and it was really fun. Type a year and write your comments on your notebook.

Key words: campaign; ad; viral, brand; interact; viral marketing.

By the way, I remind you that you can enjoy tipp-ex, but tipp-ex is forfidden in your notebooks.

Homework: D&E Tuesday 5th November.

Copy the questions  (1 to 5) and answer them in your notebook. Write your  comments on the two tipp-ex ads in your notebook

1.en.7 class routines: summary, old notebooks, new laptops and note taking tips

October is drawing to an end. We have been together for more than one month so, by now, class routines should be well established.

All over the world, students and teachers face lessons with similar routines. Whether using latest generation laptops or old notebooks, routines  are repeated actions which take place in most classes. Watch this video and spot similarities and differences  between our  classroom routines and the ones in this African school.

Say whether the following statements are true or false. Explain the differences.

  • In both schools there are greetings at the beginning of the lesson
  • In both schools a  student takes the lead and focus classmates attention on the day’s task
  • In both schools there’s some time left at the end of the lesson to reflect on learning

Can you contribute with any other findings:

  • clothes
  • classroom equipment
  • music
  • atmosphere

Do you remember where to look at a summary of class routines?  Check  the top bar, in the section devoted to English.

Now, let’s do this self assessment test. It will help you improve your class note taking routines

Yes/No/ Need to improve

  1. Do I use punched holes sheets?
  2. Do I write the date and the session every time I have a lesson?
  3. Do I have separate sections for DAILY SUMMARIES/ VOCABULARY/ CLASS NOTES?
  4. Do I write a title for every activity? e.g., Description of my house
  5. Do I use clear references (title, date and number of post) when your notes are related to a Bla,bla, bla post?
  6. Do I number pages?
  7. Is my handwriting legible ?
  8. Do I leave margins?
  9.  Is my notebook neat and organised?
  10. Do I have a plastic folder to keep handouts?