Monday, 15 January 2018

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Your task is to talk to your classmates about a book you have read or a film you have seen. The talk will last for about 3-5 minutes and you will allow the audience to ask questions at the end.

Essential points
  1. This is a talk, not an essay read out loud.
  2. You must read the book/see the film you are going to talk about!.
  3. Do not write a speech. Instead, make notes which will guide you when you speak. (Many speakers find index cards useful for their notes.)
  1. The Structure of your Report
  2. The following is a basic structure that should be successful for most books:
    1. Title, autor/director, year of publication
    2. Genre (What type of story is it? e.g. Young Adult, Humour, Ghost, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy)
    3. The setting (Where does story take place? If it is not set in the present, say when … Is the setting important to the story?)
    4. The main characters (describe them, comment on their personality, behaviour, relationships and how they change as a result of their experiences)
    5. The plot (summarise what happens; do not bore your audience with every detail)
    6. Conclusion (sum up what you liked about the book; possibly mention others in the same series or by the same autor/director)
         Body Language
    You are going to give a talk – not read an essay out loud. You must look at your audience (make eye contact with every single person there!); turn your head from side to side; and change your facial expressions.

    Your voice is a tool and you can use it either skilfully or clumsily.
    1. Speak loudly enough for your audience to hear you without straining. Raise your head, take deep breaths, speak from your diaphragm. (Think of the person furthest from you and make sure they can hear you.)
    2. Be confident: tell yourself that you know the book well and your audience probably don’t, so you’re the expert!. This confidence will help you to speak clearly.
    3. Vary your voice: change the volume, stress and tone in different parts of your talk and even between words or sentences.
  1. Notes should be notes, not whole sentences or paragraphs – and certainly not an essay!
  2. Make them big enough to glance at quickly.
  3. If you write notes on numbered index cards or strips of paper, they will be easier to read. As you finish each card, move it to the bottom of the pile.
       Mark your transitions
  1. A "transition" is the point where you move from one topic to another, or from one section of your talk to another. In a written book report, we can see the transitions because there are gaps between paragraphs - and possibly sub-headings as well. In a talk, however, we need to hear the gaps. You can mark your transitions in various ways:
  1. Pause (in other words, stop speaking for about 5 seconds …)
  2. State clearly that you have just finished one section and are about to begin another (e.g. "OK, so those are the main characters … And now I’d like to turn to the plot, in other words what happens in the story.")
  3. Change your volume and tone of voice. If you just say "OK …" or "Right …" in a raised, emphatic voice, this signals to your audience that something different is about to come. Emphasise the first word heavily, but use a strong voice and raised tone for the whole sentence.
  4. Use body language to mark the change. Most simply, you can raise you head and look round the whole audience; this should be a very definite movement, different from what came before it. However, you might even move your body – e.g. step forward or rearrange your cards very visibly.
     End on a clear, strong note
    Do not "fade away". Conclude your talk in a clear manner. For example, say what you liked about    the book or why you think others might like it. Speak clearly. Thank your audience for listening and ask (in a clear, confident voice) if they have any questions.

(Taken and adapted from:


Thursday, 9 November 2017


Click on these links for some tips and ideas on how to describe a photo in English. You may also find it helpful to watch the video.

Photo description 1

Photo description 2

Wednesday, 8 November 2017



This term, you will start with your E-twinning Project, which this year deals with the streets in your town, Boadilla. Therefore, your task for this term is related with biographies, which you have already been working on, and the names of streets in Boadilla. 
By the end of the term, you will have created 2 materials:
- a Timeline
- a Kahoot quiz

Read the instructions carefully. 
- You will work in pairs.
- Choose a street in Boadilla whose name belongs to a famous person (painter, politician, king, queen, musician, architect...)
- Search for his/her biography and create an online Timeline with this tool:

Online Timeline

- Create a Kahoot quiz with 10 questions about the biography of your chosen character.

Create your Kahoot
Kahoot tutorial

Send both materials to your teacher and be ready to present and play in class!

Deadline: 1st December

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Wednesday, 1 November 2017



Make a Power Point or a Prezi presentation with information about you and your life. Write about you, your family and your friends. Include the following sections:

1. PERSONAL INFORMATION: age, birthday, school, home city, ..
2. PEOPLE: family and friends
3. FREE TIME ACTIVITIES: interests , hobbies,
4. FAVOURITE THINGS: possessions, music, school subjects, food, sports books, films,..
5.  A DAY IN MY LIFE: what´s your everyday life like? Habits? Routines?

Be ready to present it to class!.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Practise the use of modal verbs in the past with this online quiz...
Modals for past situations


Watch this funny video in which Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory play Never Have I ever...


Check out these grammar explanations and exercises to practise before your exam.
There are also some tests at the end in case you want to see how well you master these contents.