Food in English speaking countries

As part of the project “Amazing Britain 1º ESO” that students have been working on this term, they were asked to investigate about typical food and different meals in a country where English is spoken as a first language. Most of them chose either Britain or USA, but the most adventurous ones decided to prepare their work about Australia or Scotland.

They had to create a digital leaflet using smore with the different meals in the country they chose and the typical food eaten in each of these meals. Once they had done this, they presented their work orally to the rest of their classmates.

Bearing in mind most of them had never done an oral English presentation before and were really nervous, they all did an excellent job. Some of them even wanted to be recorded as you can see in the following videos:

British food from Inmaculada López on Vimeo.

You can also check all of their works clicking on these photos:

Sergio and Alba Macías

Rubén and Juan Alberto

Pablo Motellón and Gema

Juan Carmelo and Clemente

Alberto and Juan Antonio

Ángela and Marina

Felipe and Álvaro

Pablo Guillamón and Edu

Patricia and Jordi

Michelle and Alba Gómez

Adrián and Pedro



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Ellis Island. Immigration. What’s a refugee? (2º Bach)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 14)
“Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”

After reading about New York and Ellis Island, students from 2º Bachillerato were asked to reflect on how people might feel when they have to leave their countries, families and friends behind in search of a better future. First, they were asked to discuss the following questions in pairs:

  • What is a refugee?
  • What reasons might people have to become refugees?
  • What is the right to asylum?
  • What difficulties might refugees encounter? Think about children, women and old people.
  • How would you feel if you were forced to abandon your country?
  • How do you think stereotypes and prejudices can have a negative effect on refugees?

We talked about Syria, a nation devastated by war where more than half of the country’s population has been forced to leave their homes since the conflict began. After that, we concentrated on immigration in the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries. They learnt about Ellis Island and how New York became the gateway to a new life, although this wasn’t always an easy decision to make.

Students were asked to put themselves in the shoes of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and to write a comment with their first impressions on arriving in New York in a collaborative virtual wall. Click on the photo to see the result:

First impressions on arriving at Ellis Island



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Off to New York with 2º Bachillerato!

Once again, students from 2º Bachillerato prepared an imaginary trip to New York designing the route of their dreams for when they visit this amazing city.

I know that in 2º Bachillerato we should be employing our time preparing for the EBAU exam …ermmmm…or not. It’s clear that this EBAU exam is probably one of the most important exams they are going to take in their lives and blablabla, but come on!!!! English is so much more than that!!! I’m not a robot, my students are not robots. I have been teaching this lot since they were in 1º ESO and, honestly, I know very well they’re not the kind of students I can spend a whole year practising one single exam with … and thank God for that 🙂

Anyhow, during this term they have been reading “A foreigner in New York” and the best way to show what they have learnt from this story was to design their ideal trip to New York. Before they started this task, we watched some videos, listened to some music from New York, learnt about Ellis island, talked about immigrants looking for a better future and tried to link that to the present day. All in all, students have done a great job and if you have never been to NY, you will surely want to go after you check their work 😉

Mª José Bermúdez, Cristina and Lorena

Vero, Ángela M., Ángela S., Berta and María

Mª José Buendía, Celia Campuzano, Yaiza, Celia Pérez and María Molina



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Raquel, Nerea and Celia Martínez


Marta, Tamara and Antonia

Click on the photo to check out the whole process:

Amazing NYC 2º Bach


And here the stars of the show presenting their fantastic work 😉

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Remember Remember the 5th of November!!!

Remember Remember the 5th of November

The gunpowder treason and plot

I know of no reason

Why the gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

Students from 1º ESO F have been learning about Guy Fawkes and his attempt to kill King James I. Besides, they have also found out about one of the most popular nights in England, Bonfire night. This task is part of the year-long project “Amazing Britain 1º ESO“.

First of all, students watched several videos in class to become familiar with this historical event and how people celebrate nowadays. After that,  they worked in groups to write about what they had learnt. They uploaded their final outcomes to issuu.

These are the videos we saw in class:

Here is the students’ work:

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Stop bullying!!! (1º ESO)

After watching the film Jimmy Grimble, students from 1º ESO non bilingual have been working on a project about bullying and offering different solutions to this problem. You can read about the different tasks included in the project by clicking on the photo:

The final task was a collaborative wall made with padlet in which students reflected on bullying. Click on the photo to check it out:

Thanks a lot to the students for their hard work 🙂

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IV Semana Cultural IES Vicente Medina: ¡La Vuelta al Mundo!

La Semana Cultural del IES Vicente Medina nace hace ya 4 años como un proyecto educativo en el que los protagonistas son TODOS los alumnos del centro y cuya finalidad es crear un espacio que permita el intercambio y la divulgación de conocimientos más allá de las puertas de un aula.

Este curso se ha celebrado del 3 al 7 de abril y el tema elegido ha sido “La Vuelta al Mundo”.

Los alumnos de ESO y Bachillerato han estudiado durante todo el curso las costumbres, tradiciones, folklore, idiomas, monumentos, lugares emblemáticos,…de distintos países y han expuesto sus trabajos con presentaciones orales, pequeñas obras de teatro, murales y visualización de películas a lo largo de esta semana.

Os dejamos algunas muestras de los trabajos realizados por los distintos departamentos con sus alumnos:

“EL JUICIO DE PARIS” (Departamento de Latín)


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DANZAS DEL MUNDO (Departamentos de Música y EF)

MY SWEDISH EXPERIENCE: Alumnos de 1º Bach dan consejos a alumnos de 4º sobre el Intercambio a Suecia (Departamento de Inglés)

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DIARIOS DE VIAJE (Departamentos de Geografía/Historia e Inglés)

7 PAÍSES, 7 ECONOMÍAS (Departamento de Economía)

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Una experiencia fantástica que esperamos poder repetir el curso que viene.

¡Muchas gracias a todos!

Thank you so much!

Merci beaucoup!

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School’s out forever!!!

PleaseThis term, the project for 2º Bachillerato students has been to reflect on their time at school since they started back in 2011. I thought it would be nice to end this important stage in their educational lives wrapping up what these six years have meant for them academically and personally.

These were the steps they had to follow to prepare their work:

  • Prepare a presentation about your time at Vicente Medina high school. Feel free to interview teachers or language assistants who, one way or another, have contributed to your academic/personal growth. Remember the interview must be in English, so if the teacher doesn’t speak English, one of the people in your group will have to act as a translator. You can record the interview, but ask for permission before doing so.
  • Talk about your best moments. You can talk about the bad times too (if you have had any), but remember this is a happy project.
  • Include photos of your early years at high school, school trips, projects,…
  • You can use whatever tool you want to prepare your presentation.
  • Please, bear in mind that several Listening and Speaking standards will be evaluated with this project.
  • Have fun!

Finally, they were told their work would be orally presented to the rest of the class. Here are some examples of what they came up with:

Onofre, Ricardo, Juanjo, Ortega, Nicolás and Alfonso

Isa, Lucía, Jesús, Cristina and Andrea

Luis, Javi, Julián and Alejandro

Laura Palazón, Moisés, Fran and Laura Vidal

Mar, Encarna and Clara

Nuria, Nerea, Teresa and Laura Carrillo

Interviews with teachers:

Loli Sánchez (English teacher)

Interview with José Miguel Litago (Maths teacher)

Then and Now (how some things have changed!!!)

Marks in 1º ESO and in 2º Bach

Attention in 1º ESO classes vs 2º Bach classes

Their best moments:

2º Bach B/D Bilingual (2011-17)

Thanks a lot for your hard work and for being a really nice group to teach and travel with. I wish you all the best in your future plans…whatever they are. I’m sure you will do great 🙂

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