divendres, 22 d’abril de 2016

We all make mistakes!

This week, 2nd Batxillerat handed in their latest English composition. It was an opinion essay entitled: 'Every child should learn how to play a musical instrument.' We have spent this academic year working on essay technique. They are now more than aware of what they need to do to improve their writing, by using clear simple ideas and a wide variety of language, while avoiding basic mistakes. Before giving back their work, they were given a list of their mistakes to analyse.

Yes, of course it's true. We do all make mistakes, but the secret at this level is to avoid the most basic ones. How can this be done? By doing systematic checking of the essay before it is handed in! 

divendres, 15 d’abril de 2016

'With your partner...'

When 4th ESO hear these famous words, they know that they will have an opportunity to do some speaking practice. The success of the activity depends on a few things: giving them a task within their ability range with specific objectives and, of course, their own motivation and desire to complete it.
The advantage of this type of task is that students share knowledge with each other, rather than solely with the teacher. 4th ESO have been practising 'modal verbs'. Using them at any level is a great way to improve your language skills, as they are extremely common in both spoken and written English. 

divendres, 1 d’abril de 2016

You Are What You Eat

With the start of the new term, 3 ESO have begun a new unit on the theme of 'food and nutrition'. As well as learning new vocabulary to do with food and diet, they are also seeing the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, as well as learning what a balanced diet consists of. 
They now know how we can both lose and gain weight. They also understand what calories are and what types of nutrients we need and why. 
Along with this, they have been practising 'gerunds and infinitives', which is one of the main themes tested in the Cambridge external exams, in the section called 'Use of English'.