Thursday, 30 June 2011

Happy holidays

The course is now finished and I would like to wish you all a happy summer. Congratulations to those who passed the exam in June, and for those who have to resit in September, please don't forget to look at the dates and times of your exams, which are published on the school notice boards.

I hope you enjoy yourselves this summer, and keep up your English too!

BTW, the booklet with the compositions that entered the competition Cuéntame lo que pasó has been published only in digital format, you can see it here.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Exam dates

There are only a couple of days left to finish this course and I would like to remind you of the dates of your exams.

Intermedio 1:
Written: Thursday, 2nd June, 17:00, Room A-5
Oral: Thursday, 9th June, from 16:00, Room A-6

Avanzado 1:
Written: Thursday, 2nd June, 16:00, Room A-6
Oral: Tuesday, 7th June, from 16:00, Room A-6

Please don't forget to register for the oral exam on the sheets provided on the class' notice board.
I hope you do well, and wish you lots of luck.

Monday, 21 March 2011

A few websites

Explore the following sites that are loaded with new ideas to work on your English:
  • Learn English by reading the news in Voxy
  • Join a social network, make friends, and learn other languages
  • Learn with the masters

Hope there is something for every taste!


I thought I would include here the link to the story students of Avanzado 1 have to read for tomorrow, The happy prince.

For Students of Intermedio 1 who have not been attending classes recently, we are reading The sign of four, and doing the exercises on understanding that come at the end of the book, chapters 1 & 2 for tomorrow.

Happy reading!

Monday, 14 March 2011

Original video

I have seen this video published in one of the blogs I follow (La mansión del inglés), and I think it deserves to be given a bit of promotion, as it is such an original piece of work. If you find it hard to understand, read the transcript here.

Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Test your English

Dialang is a software that allows you to test your English knowledge in five different skills, and it reports your level against the European Framework for Language Learning.

You can download it here, and by taking the test, you will have a better idea of how you are doing, the areas you need to work harder on, or what you are best at.

(Notice the warning about Dialang server being offline from 4 to 7 March)

Monday, 28 February 2011

I1 - Advertising

Watch this video to find out more about the world of advertising, and have a good laugh as well. To make your life easier, you can watch it with Spanish subtitles.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's

Today is Valentine's day, a day to celebrate love and affection with your loved ones. Here it is usually just a celebration of romantic love, but in the anglosaxon culture you also celebrate with family and friends.

I hope you have a wonderful day and I leave you with this song and video that talks about love in a much wider contest. Enjoy it and sing along!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Theatre in Madrid

I believe it is a good idea to relax after the exams, and I am glad to suggest two ideas that you may like.

On one hand, The Madrid Players are performing Love changes everything, just for a few dates, so if you are interested be quick to book. On the other hand, FacetoFace Theater Company are performing Titanic: Fish and Ships, a play for the whole family.

Have a look and let the show begin!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Winners of the Writing contest II

BIKING IN MOROCCO - Jacobo Asensio, Intermedio 1

In the summer two years ago I achieved one of my dreams combining travel with my partner and sport.

In September 2008 my girlfriend and I took off from Madrid and landed in Marrakech with our mountain bikes to live a wonderful adventure, crossing part of Morocco by bike.

For six days and five hundred kilometers we biked across the Atlas Mountains. In the course we visited some villages where poverty was present, but despite of it their inhabitants always gave us their food and offered their hospitality.

We were very surprised because although they lived in very bad conditions, there were many smiling children, and when we went out of the villages they ran behind the bikes to say goodbye and then a smile was painted in our faces.

Finally the last day we arrived to the Sahara Desert biking in the same place where the pilots of the famous rally named Paris-Dakar drive. It was a special feeling riding on the dunes, besides, it is very difficult because the wheel sinks into the sand.

As you can see in the picture, only for the panoramic it is worth the hard work with the mountain bike.

Winners of the Writing contest I

A LIVING CHURCH IN A DEAD TOWN - Miguel Angel Paez, Avanzado 1

This is the picture of a living church in a dead town. It is alive because at first glance it does not look very different from any other town’s church, but we could say that it is hurt or disabled somehow. If we look at its sad and elongated dark eyes, formed by the hollows where the bells are placed, the right eye from the spectator point of view is empty. Its eyeball is missing, it has no bell. Apart from this fact, it is complete, it breathes, although it shows its age, its wrinkles, its tiredness, and the many years enduring the lashes of severe winters in the Pyrenees landscape.
It is a Romanesque Mozarabic church, typical of the Pyrenees of Huesca region with a nave and a semicircular apse in very good condition. It stands in the middle of a ghost and abandoned village, called Otal.
At the bottom left of the apse, we can see something strange, something like a rectangular window which does not match the original built, as a patch out of place, as an alien. It is a niche, which was built years later to house deceased people in the apse guts and which gives it a more gloomy aspect –death embedded in the wounded church walls–.
The human figure walking towards the church provides life to the defunct picture. He is Juan, a friend responsible for creating an aura of mystery about this enigmatic town as well as the need to visit it. When Juan discovered the place and its church, he made himself a promise: “someday I will visit that dead village with its living church”, and that is how he persuaded a group of friends among whom was myself.
The snapshot was taken on October 30 2010, after a complicated and long journey of more than three hours walking in the rain and mud.
I will always remember Otal and its mystery, its collapsed houses, its ruins emerging from the colorful autumn, the mud on my boots, and above all, I will remember Juan’s face after seeing one of his most desired efforts fulfilled, and of course, for its living church in the dead town.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

European contest

A new competition is being organized by the European Commission. Its aim is to demonstrate how many different ways people can benefit from learning a language, and citizens over 18 from 31 countries are invited to share their stories on the advantages of learning languages.

You can talk about how learning a language has changed your life, or made you happy, or surprise you somehow, made you proud, or just made yourself useful. You can find more information here.

Share your story with Europe, and encourage and inspire other people to learn languages!

A1 - Speaking about animals...

I have found on the web some information you may find interesting. First, read here about new research carried out on dolphins that suggests they try to find a common language when two different species meet. Or here you can find out about how chimps are capable of deactivating tramps set by human hunters. Or here how butterflies medicate their sick children. Are we really so different?

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Exam dates

Students of Intermedio 1 have the written exam on 9th February, 17:00, room A-6, and the oral exam on 10th February, from 17:00. Make sure you register on the sheets provided.

Students of Avanzado 1 have the written exam on 8th February, at 17:00, room A-6, and the oral exam on 10th February, from 19:00. Make sure you register on the sheets provided.

Practice speaking

This is important information for students of both groups - the registration for the school's speaking groups is now open, and you can sign up for the second term at the office.

To practice your speaking, intercambios are also a good opportunity. An intercambio is a language exchange between two or more people in order to practice each other's native tongue. One of the longest-running intercambio organisations is Multilinkual, they hold exchanges four times a week and there are also out of town trips during summers or long weekends. You can contact them at Another massive intercambio group is MadridBabel, they meet weekly, and you can contact them at

Intercambios online are perfect for those who feel less inhibited in the virtual world than in a real life social setting. If this is your case, why not look at You can also find a lot of intercambio ads at

Monday, 10 January 2011

Welcome back

First of all, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year 2011, I hope you enjoyed your holidays and come back full of energy to start your regular routines.

I would also like to congratulate my students Jacobo (Intermedio 1) and Miguel (Avanzado 1) on winning the school's writing contest, well done guys!

Let me remind you that on the week starting 7th February we'll do a mock exam in class, so that you can have an idea how the exam in June will be.

See you soon!