Monday, 27 January 2014


Now that you've been practising phonetics for a few weeks, it's time to do some testing in your virtual course.

Make sure you do the following tests before taking the real ones in the virtual course
Test 1 / Test 2

Now in pairs you'll try to find the answers to the following riddles. You just need to know phonetics.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014


TV Programmes


4th ESO
ESL Newspaper
LifeStories - My life story
Click to view My life story on GLOSSI.COM

People with disabilities on Thinglink


3rd ESO

They created their self-portraits on Eduglogster

They wrote survivor stories and created a Brainshark presentation


They wrote about their lifestyles and created short books on Storybird


This is an account of activites carried out by teachers in the ESL classroom at Galileo Galilei High School:

1st ESO:

Town Brochures on Glogster

Family Projects on Brainshark

A Holiday Story on StoryBird

Their own comic strip 


By now all of you should have practised some vowel and consonant sounds in the  BBC site and done some minimal pair activities.  Refer to this website for further study. Remember
 this site to keep working on the pairs studied so far. When you finish you can do more practice here.
Make sure you've gone through all the quizzes in the BBC site.

Let's start testing ourselves. Do this short test and tell me how you did. 
Now for the games:

If you need extra explanation on any sound, click here and you'll get to learn how to pronounce all the symbols and sounds in English.

Finally explore this useful interactive

Saturday, 18 January 2014


 I guess if you like films and the cinema you will love your assignment this week. As you might know on January 16th the nominations for the Oscars 2014 were announced.

You must watch the announcement of the nominees and the 9 trailers in the link below:

2014 nominees

Once you have watched the trailers for the nine nominees for The Best Picture (around 2 minutes each trailer) I want you to fill in the quizz below

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


This is the first in a series of post about phonetics, which we didn't work on last year but I definitely intend to do throughout this school term. 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:

Notice the interactive phonemic chart below.

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.

Sunday, 12 January 2014


Time for sorting out a story! Below you have the QR codes for a well known story by Roald Dahl called Lamb to Slaughter.

Each one of you will scan and read one QR code which contains 10 different extracts of the story and you must try to figure out how the story goes all together by telling the others what your extract is about.
If you don't have a QR reader, download QR Droid for Android or QR Reader for iPhone.

Have fun!

Now that you've come with the story, let's watch the short film based on it by Hitchcock: