Tuesday, 28 September 2010


On August 5th an accident at a copper mine in Chile left 33 miners trapped in the inside. Watch the CNN video about a day in their lives and answer the questions below:

When you finish, join in groups and discuss how you would spend your time if you were down in the mine taking into account that they have eight hours free time everyday. Organize the miners' day schedule for those eight hours trying to respect everybody's likes in your group.

Monday, 27 September 2010


I would like to welcome all the new students who will be using this blog along the year.

My most special welcome to the youngest students who have just arrived to ITT Galileo Galilei.

I hope we can all make it work and you will end up the school year being a little less monoligual.

The picture above says Welcome in different languages. How many of them can you identify?

Please surf the blog depending on your interests or level and make a comment as a response to this post. Tell me about the different posts you read, the videos in the blog, the widgets you discover on the right hand side column, any interesting links...

We don't like annonymous posts, so don't forget to write your name, first initial of your surname and your classroom. For example: Marta M. 3ºC


As this is the first post of the year for 1ºESO students, here it goes in Spanish:

Me gustaría dar la bienvenida a todos los alumnos que van a usar este blog durante este año y en especial a los alumnos de 1º ESO recién llegados al ITT Galileo Galilei. Espero que todo vaya bien y que al finalizar el año seáis un poco menos monolingües.
La foto de este entrada está en varios idiomas. ¿Cuántos puedes identificar? Navega por el blog según tus intereses o nivel y haz un comentario como respuesta a esta entrada. Comenta alguna entrada, algún vídeo, las aplicaciones de la derecha, cualquier vínculo interesante...
No queremos comentarios anónimos, así que no olvides tu nombre, la inicial de tu primer apellido y tu clase. Por ejemplo: Marta M. 3ºC


Tuesday, 21 September 2010


This is the first post of the year for APLE2 and it's about phonetics, which we didn't work on last year but I definitely intend to do throughout this school year. We will learn the phonetic symbols and their sound to help you improve your pronunciation in English.

Have you ever wondered what those strange symbols are that appear next to words in the dictionary?

They are a guide to pronounciation called Phonetics. Those symbols represent sounds, of which there are roughly 44 in the English language. Since there are only 26 letters in the alphabet, 44 characters are used to represent them all. Phonics should be a part of every student's tools for learning a language.
There is no end to our study of grammar and vocabulary but phonemic symbols are limited, visual and physical. They may seem challenging at first but it is like learning to swim or ride a bicycle. Once you can do it, it is easy and you never forget.

Watch the following videos from the site we will be using to practice phonetics, BBC Learning English, to know the hows and whys of what we are going to learn about.

Why should you learn the different English sounds? Why should you learn the symbols? Watch the next video to find out:

Let's become familiar with the sounds of English by clicking on the different symbols. Click on each symbol to go to the video with the explanations: Sounds of English 

Start by clicking on the sound /i/ and doing the activities in Unit 1. Then write a comment about the different exercises you have done.
Then go to the Minimal Pair Website and go through the activities there.
Notice the interactive phonemic chart on this blog on the right column as well.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


A new school year starts and since we are no longer an IES (Instituto de Educación Secundaria) but a IIT (Instituto de Innovación Tecnológica), what better way than start with this video to get used to the new terminology we will all be using.
Try to follow the lyrics!!!!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010