Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

viernes, 2 de diciembre de 2016

Chapecoense: History of a tragedy and a miracle

 Who are Brazil's Chapecoense Football Club?

Who are Chapecoense? A profile of the Brazilian football team aboard crashed aircraft in Colombia (Daily Telegraph)

Here are some articles to read about the incredible history of this modest Brazilian team:

Not long ago we were talking about fears and phobias, here's a listening exercise to do about an irrational fear >>>  Animal phobia (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)


Episode 161130 / 30 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: mourning, cathartic release, prognosis & advance.

lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2016

sábado, 26 de noviembre de 2016

Fighting for women's rights!!!!

 This figure is just outrageous:  1 in 3 women will be raped, abused or beaten in her lifetime (according to Amnesty International)


TED: Ideas worth spreading (a most interesting site to improve your listening skills)

Sandi Toksvig: A political party for women's equality (you can watch with English subtitles)



How will you mark 16 days of activism against gender abuse? Share your stories

English grammar lesson  >>> 

Linking Words of Contrast & Concession  (Anglo-Link)

Listening exercise to do: Women's right to vote (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English at university: Getting down to business (episode 10)

English with Lucy >>>> 

How to speak English CONFIDENTLY | My Top 5 Tips 



Episode 161123 / 23 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: a murky world, fell into the hands of, falling well short & boom.

lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2016

Run, Forrest, run!!!!

Do you like running? jogging? Well, you need a pair of trainers!!

What's the American word for 'trainers'? "I just felt like running" What does this expression mean?

Listening exercise to do: 'Why we love trainers' (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Have you seen the film Forrest Gump? You can read about the film HERE. Did you like it? What's your opinion?

Here are some newspaper articles from The Guardian for you to read:

English with Lucy >>>> 

PERFECT the TOP 25 IRREGULAR VERBS | British English Pronunciation 


English at university: Dinner time (episode 9)


martes, 15 de noviembre de 2016

Have a glimpse at this supermoon!!!

And the moon from the beach of Calahonda  >>>>

What does 'glimpse' mean? What other sight verbs do you know?

Let's see the difference between 'see', 'look at' and 'watch'    and other verbs of sight >>>>>

glance = to take a brief look (intentionally)
glimpse = to take a brief look (unintentionally); a "glimpse" can also be intentional, for example, when someone is trying very hard to see something and then finally catches a glimpse of it. When intentional, a "glimpse" usually requires more effort, or maybe some stroke of luck.
stare = to give a rude look to somebody; a "stare" is not always rude--I can stare at someone in the same way I might gaze at him or her. Also, you can definitely "stare" at things, which is hardly ever rude. "Staring" generally just means to look at someone or something for a long time, for whatever reason.
gaze = to give a romantic look to somebody; when referred to "someone," it does have a romantic sense, but when referred to something, it may simply have a sense of tranquillity, remarkability, astonishment, etc. For example, "to gaze at the stars."
contemplate = to observe deeply; this does not have much to do with sight.
skim = to read inattentively; yes, but not in a negative sense. It simply means "to gather the main idea(s) of a text by reading it quickly."
scan = to read with attention; this word can overlap with "to skim" at times, but you're right that it usually means "to read more diligently," in the sense that the reader attends to every part of the text.
peek = to take a brief look, secretly
peep = to take a long look, secretly; yes, and this verb is usually used in the progressive: "he was peeping" or "We are peeping"--which adds to the idea of a longer length of time.
peer = to observe searching something; I think you mean "to search for something by making an observation." Also, "to peer" is usually followed by a preposition--"to peer into something," "to peer over something."

Supermoon November 2016: When, Where & How to See It (

Supermoon: world's skywatchers seek clear skies for rare sight (The Guardian)  and...

Spotted the supermoon? Share your photos

What is a 'caterpillar'? Advice from a caterpillar (Alice in Wondeland, BBC Learning English)

English at university: The Library (episode 8)

A brand new non-bilingual generation at the IES Mediterráneo!!!

Here are some of the writing exercises done by our students in 1º ESO posted in their own blogs in English and even in French:

quill pen writing in book animation

jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

Donald Trump wins, but it is said he may not like...

Why may Donald Trump not like Rock and Roll? Have a look at this Selectivity exam:  The birth of Rock and Roll   and read this article in the Washington Post:

‘The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs’

And here's another article to read:

Sam Phillips, Elvis and the invention of rock 'n' roll (CNN)

Listening exercise to do: On your bike (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English with Lucy >>>>

By the way, what does 'cyberchondriac' mean? Have a look at this episode of The English We Speak (BBC Learning English)


Episode 161109 / 09 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: storm, shattering the dreams, makeshift & inspired.


English at university: The Seminar (episode 7)

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

Water bottle flip challenging!!!!

We're going bananas!!!! The best 24 water bottle flip challenges!!!

What is it all about? Read this.

Teens Are Doing a New Challenge That Even You Can Accomplish

However, some of these foolish trends can clearly affect our citizens, such as the egg throwing at Halloween or the Big Bottle every weekend. We live in a society, so we all have to accept certain civic habits so as to preverve each individual freedom. Anti-civic actions, such as the egg throwing at Halloween or the Big Bottle, can end up in stricter laws and probitions (for instance, curfews, fines...) which can affect our individual freedoms, so we should all bear this in mind before doing any bizarre actions.

Let's see what CIVIC VIRTUE really means. What do you think about it? 

Watch these two episodes to learn about the RELATIVE CLAUSES : NEW THAT'S ENGLISH  >>>>  MODULE 6  Unit 4AUnit 4B    


English with Lucy >>>>


Listening exercise:  "Hi, meet my online persona!" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English) 


English at university: Lectures begin (episode 6)


Episode 161102 / 02 November 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: air lifted, side effects & released.

lunes, 31 de octubre de 2016

Presenting a piece of news

We have just seen the PERFECT TENSES and one of its uses is when presenting a piece of news (for further information have a look at my site) and watch these two New That's English episodes (module 6):   Unit 1A   &   Unit 1B  

Heathrow Airport expansion approved by government - and a top Tory MP is resigning in protest (Daily mirror)

"The government has chosen to expand Heathrow Airport over its rival Gatwick in a move that will affect Britain's future for decades.
The long-awaited decision was taken by a nine-strong Cabinet committee at Downing Street today in 75 minutes - after 40 years of debate and delay." (...)


Episode 261012 / 26 October 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: given the green light, severity & charity.  (Heathrow Airport expansion approved)


Exercises on the difference between the PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE AND THE PAST SIMPLE:


Match the sentences 1-10 with suitable contexts a-j.

1. My parents have lived in London for three years.      a. There's a good film on this week.
2. My parents lived in London three years.                   b. The students are still waiting for the teacher.
3. Have you eaten breakfast?                                       c. It is eight o'clock in the morning.
4. Did you eat breakfast?                                             d. It is eight o'clock at night.
5. I hope you have enjoyed the party.                           e. The party has just finished or is just about to finish.
6. I hope you enjoyed the party.                                   f. There was a good film on last night.
7. The teacher hasn't come.                       g. They live in London now.
8. The teacher didn't come.                       h. The party was last week.
9. Have you seen that film?                        i. The students waited for the teacher and the lesson is now over. 
10. Did you see that film?                          j. They lived there from 1980 to 1983.

Use the correct form of the verbs in brackets + FOR, SINCE, AGO (...) in the following sentences.

1. I (not speak) ___________________ to her .............. she (go) ___________ to London.
2. He (leave) ______________ school three years ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , then he (work) _____________ in France .............. a few months before coming back to England.
3. She (have) ______________ a headache .................. she (get) _____________ up this morning.
4. How long (you know) _________________ him? ................... I (be) ____________ ten years old.
5. I (be) _____________ here ..................... an hour! Where (you be) ________________?
6. He (just get) _________________ a new job, and he's going to work in the States ............... two years.
7. I (have) _____________ this car ................. six years, and it (never break down) ______________.
8. It's two weeks ............... I last (see) ______________ him.

Listening exercise to do: How do you read your news? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

News Review : Study into women's drinking habits

English at university: Registration (episode 5)

martes, 25 de octubre de 2016

Fears, phobias...number 13!!!

Do you know what 'triskaidekaphobia' is?   Here's some information about the issue.

What is the difference between a phobia and a fear if there is any?  Read this article about it:

Fear or Phobia? (The Washington Post)

and here are

America’s top fears: Public speaking, heights and bugs (The Washington Post)

Another interesting article about the topic:

Phobias: The rationale behind irrational fears (The Guardian)

All these articles would be an excellent preparation for this Selectivity exam (Andalucia)  >>>   Triskaidekaphobia  (option A)

Listening exercise to do: 'Do opposites attract?' (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English at university: Freshers' Week (episode 4)

miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2016

Bob Dylan, the minstrel of the 21st Century

In the Middle Ages there were minstrels who would go from village to village singing the news, entertaining the people, dancing... Actually, that was the way people learned about El Cid Campeador and the battles in which he participated. There are still a few of them left nowadays. Here are a couple of examples.

Some articles to read:


And here's an amazing story  >>> 

The real story of HURRICANE CARTER

Another poet singer, Canadian Leonard Cohen.

Some other hits by Leonard Cohen: Suzanne , First we take Manhattan

Some phrases to learn and use in your compositions: 'keen on', 'fond of' and 'fan of' in English with Lucy. And some linking words of CAUSE & EFFECT (English grammar).


Episode 191012 / 19 October 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: classified, deficiency & vessel. By the way, what is the Spanish for 'sweet potato'?

English at university: Room mate (episode 3)

martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

FINDMEWORDS: Interesting tool to have a look at. is not an average dictionary, but a most interesting tool for our students in Bachillerato.

Here are some words from its creator:

"There are many English dictionaries on the Internet, Findmewords is the first one to collect more than 450,000 words in English and classify them to offer users all kinds of dictionaries and search tools to find the word they are looking for. Among the tools offers we can highlight:

>> Lettered word search, which allows to search for all words that can be formed with a set of letters, it is ideal for solving crossword games.

>> It also has a word finder beginning or ending with a set of letters, in all cases the words that are obtained as search results are presented sorted by length and you can find the meaning of either of them by simply clicking on the word in question.

>> A comprehensive dictionary of synonyms and antonyms with more than 68,000 entries for each one of them presents a wide range of synonyms and antonyms according to different meanings of each entry.

>> Dictionary definitions, containing the etymology, origin, grammatical category and definition for over 450,000 words

>> Rhyming dictionary, where it's possible to find rhymes for more than 40,000 words sorted by number of syllables.

>>  Scrabble word search with the official dictionaries for English. The SOWPOD dictionary with 267,751 words is the official for UK and the TWL06 dictionary with 178,691 words is the official dictionary for USA, Canada and Thailand. 

>> also has a blog that contains interesting articles that address issues related to grammar and spelling."

I hope you find it useful!!!

sábado, 15 de octubre de 2016

Alone or with company???

There are certain moments in life when one really enjoys solitude (especially, teachers, who are always in crowded and noisy places), but there are also great moments we love sharing with people (like our study trips to the British-Irish Isles).

Here's an incredible video about the Scottish mountain-biker Danny Macaskill in the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the gorgeous Scottish landscapes that this year I would like to share with my students:

And here's another one: Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out  (Enjoy Scottish landscape!!)

Two listening exercises to do: "Is loneliness in our genes?" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English). However, to begin with, you have to know yourself: "Who do you think you are?" (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Article to read:

All by myself: is loneliness bad for you? (The Guardian)

And here's another one:

What's the difference between being lonely and a loner? (BBC News)


Episode 161012 / 12 October 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: destabalise, appetite, limiting the damage & nudge.
English with Lucy >>>>

New Series >>>> English at university: Just landed (episode 2)

A final question before ending: How do you know you're real? Interesting video about it to think about it:

jueves, 13 de octubre de 2016

Next mission: VI Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (Edinburgh 2017)



SO FAR WE ARE 15!!!   >>  Ángela Mancilla, Valeria Aguilera, Lucía López,  Lucía Pérez, Lucía Torres, Helena, Mª Carmen, Sofía, Sara, Laura Natividad, Julia, Alba Venegas, Rosana Prados, Alberto & Guille.

Stay alert for the clues and keep tracking...

VI STUDY TRIP TO THE BRITISH-IRISH ISLES: Edinburgh 2017 (IES Mediterráneo, Salobreña)

If you are still interested in participating in the experience here's the link to the form you have to fill in  >>>

Hey, I'm going to Edinburgh next year!!



And remember: Keep tracking!!! Albert and J. Luis will always be there.


Clue number 4 >>> next meeting on 

Tuesday, 18h October in the Language



miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2016


We'll be having our third meeting (clue number 3) next Thursday, 13th October, during the break in the Language Department. We will be handing out the lottery tickets for our ham raffle. So don't miss the meeting!!!

Today a group of students came to the Language Department thinking that we had our second meeting (CLUE NUMBER 2). I happened to be there and I told them that I hadn't planned any further meetings as there was only one girl who had fill in the form for the study trip, so we have decided to have our second meeting tomorrow during the break in the Language Department.


Therefore, if you are interested in participating in the experience here's the link to the form you have to fill in  >>>

Hey, I'm going to Edinburgh next year!!!!


Here are some activities to do for those preparing for the B1 or B2 exams:


English with Lucy >>>