1.gh.13 El Feudalisme

Aquest esquema pot ser aclaridor per al tema de l’Europa Feudal:

Pens que queda bastant clar. Si hi ha alguna cosa que no quedi clara m’ho demaneu a través del comentari.

1.en.22 the skeleton dance to celebrate Halloween

Hi, everyone,

A Swedish pop band, Fulkultur,  promoted this song with this application. If you upload your photo, you can dance endlessly in different styles. As we are under the Halloween spell, I’ve made a skeleton dance for you.

Listen to the words while you keep fit doing a bit of exercise. Follow the skeleton steps.

Click on the image and you will be able to make the skeleton dance as you will.

Enjoy the long, long, weekend!

The Ugly Dance


Watch me now,
I’m limpin’ around.
The stomping ground
Like a mule.

A foot, a leg
An elephants parade
You seem to think that I look fool…ish.

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

Like a lemur
A fuzzy little dreamer
I strut around with easy steps

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

A frowning clown
A leopard in town
I traipse around
Like a cow

You look at me
Tell me to take it easy
but there’s no way to stop me now.

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.



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1.en.21 Orbital tour of cities at night: glowing spider webs in the darkness

Hi everyone! you have a long, long weekend ahead, a weekend that stretches into the next and takes over Monday. I am very happy with the questions you prepared for Taylor. Congratulations! Thanks to Google maps and google street view, Taylor thought you had been to her hometown very often.

Thanks to Taylor and to your work, you know much more about a place which is very far away  from Majorca. Taylor’s home town is situated in that bright area that stretches along the Eastern coast of the United States. You saw that in the map that Vicent posted for you yesterday. That map provides a view of the whole earth and lets you compare different continents and countries.

Now, have a look at a you tube video that zooms in different cities at night. The images are beautiful and they give you a different perspective of cities too, you will see variations in light patterns. You have already analysed in History lessons different city structures.  This time you will see what cities look like at night, depending on light. You will have an unusual vantage point: thanks to technological advances you will be orbiting the earth on a sattelite. Enjoy!

The narrator tells us the name of the city, the country and makes some comments on the pattern of lights and the colours.

I do not want you to do any difficult homework, it is a long video, just concentrate on the beauty of the images and get used to how cities are pronounced in English.

I have included a list of the cities and places that appear in the video and  grouped them by continents. You have also a map, to give you the opportunity to situate the cities in the map.

Culture, Geography and Technology

  1. Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Milan, Italy
  3. Athens, Greece
  4. Antwerp, Belgium
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. London, England
  7. Cairo Egypt
  8. the pyramids
  9. the Nile
  10. Tel Aviv Israel
  11. Jerusalem
  12. Riyahd, Saudi Arabia
  13. Jedda, Saudi Arabia
  14. Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  16. oil field  fires near Kuwait city
  17. North west coast of India
  18. Karachi, Pakistan
  19. Manila, Philippines
  20. Yangon, Myanmar
  21. Hong Kong, China
  22. Busan, South Korea
  23. Fukuoka, Japan
  24. a fleet of fishing boats in the Korea Strait
  25. Tokio, Japan
  26. Nagoya, Japan
  27. Brisbane, Australia
  28. Sao Paolo, Brazil
  29. Mexico City, Mexico
  30. El Paso, Texas
  31. Phoenix, Arizona
  32. San Francisco Bay area, USA
  33. Miami, Florida
  34. Huston, Texas
  35. Los Angeles and San Diego, USA
  36. Wahshington DC, USA
  37. Las Vegas, USA

Here follows some of the sentnces you will hear in the video:

the cities of the Middle East are multicoloured and strikingly beautiful

Cities in Europe display a network of roads that radiate outwards like glowing spider webs

Some north American cities display a clear North,South, East,West grid pattern

We now have a database of 400.000 images of cities at night

Homework: 3rd of November

  1. Choose a couple of cities you had not heard of and try to locate them in the map.
  2. Practice the pronunciation .
  3. Send a post to the blog with the 2 cities you have learnt to situate on the map.
  4. Which cities, if any, did you miss in the list?
  5. Any other comments?
  6. Did you like the images?
  7. Did you learn any geography?
  8. Are all the cities that appear on the video reflected in the map that opens this post?
  9. Which continent/continents are less represented?

1.en.20. Biographies and interesting lives: from world war II to war in the time of internet

You are already familiar with the way we work in language lessons: we are connected, aren’t we? and this year the connections stretches to other areas, with Vicent and Diana joining us. In Catalan, you are reading a book from Roald Dahl, Boy, an autobiography.  In the book you will find lots of descriptions of the characters that appear in the book as well as many anecdotes. With Magdalena, your Catalan teacher, you had to write a composition including an anecdote. Yesterday, on our outing to La Caixa, we listened to a journalist, Ramón Lobo, who talked about his childhood, his family and his life.  He also ilustrated his talk with anecdotes, in fact he told us so many anecdotes that after an hour we were a bit lost. He has had a very interesting life, hasn’t he?  He talked in a very colloquial register, he was not academic, as if he was talking to friends.

In  Ramon’s  talk, war conflicts were in the background. He  talked about his childhood and about his family, and when he talked about wars and conflicts, he mentioned very often how children lived the experience of war.

If you only had seen a picture of Ramón, you could describe his looks and maybe guess some traits of his personality from his expression or the way he dressed. Now you have much more information: his voice, the way he talked and, of course the things he said.

You have to write a description of Ramón Lobo. You must include facts, such as age, job, looks, personality, and you must also talk about his life. Remember that when writing about someone’s life it is good to follow some kind of time line. You must also include some anecdotes and the parts of his talk that impressed you most.

Organise your writing into paragraphs, use the spellchecker, check the power point on descriptions and the one on adjectives and comparatives to make your writing more inteeresting.

Homework:  Friday 5th of November. You must write about 150 words. open a google doc and put a title:

Your full name followed by Ramon Lobo’s description and biography.

If you need more information you can read waht he writes about himself in his blog: http://www.ramonlobo.com/about/

Here follow some hints to help you write your composition.

In the description you must include:

  • Biographical facts
  • Looks and personality
  • Why you are writing about him
  • What were the aspects of his talk that impressed you most.
Hints to write a good composition:
  1. Write a draft/ diagram (guión, esquema) before you start writing.
  2. Taylor’s model will help you to remember that you must structure your writing into clear paragraphs. Do not mix different aspects of Ramon’s life, personality and work in the same block of information.
  3. Visit his blog, or run a search on the Internet to find out extra details you would like to include.
  4. Do not try to include everything he said in his talk.
  5. Follow a time line when you write about his story: childhood, school, university, first job, current job, plans for the future.
  6. Leave at least one paragraph to talk about the content of his talk at La Caixa, conflicts around the world.
  7. End your composition with a personal comment on his job and on the kind of person you think he is
  8. Do not write the composition in Spanish or Catalan and then translate it into English. Write in English from the beginning. Simple sentences first, then try to link them using connectors or relative clauses.
  9. Use the spell checker to correct mistakes, not the translator.
  10. count the words. (you have the tool in your word processor)
  11. when you write, activate a bilingual dictionary such as http://www.wordreference.com/ and a monolingual dictionary such as http://dictionary.reference.com/ This way, you can look for new words or expressions and avoid repetitions. For example, do not repeat interesting many times, try to look for alternatives.
1.  absorbing, entertaining. Interesting, pleasing, gratifying mean satisfying to the mind. Something that is interesting  occupies the mind with no connotation of pleasure or displeasure: an interesting account of a battle.  Something that is pleasing  engages the mindfavorably: a pleasing account of the wedding.  Something that is gratifying  fulfills expectations, requirements, etc.: a gratifying account of his whereabouts; a book gratifying in its detail. 

1.  dull.

1.gh.12 El Món per la nit

Consum d'electricitat al món

Clica sobre la imatge i veuràs el món per la nit vist des de l’espai.  En realitat el que veiem són les ciutats il·luminades pel consum d’energia elèctrica (llum de les cases, els carrers, les autopistes, estadis). La següent imatge és la que correspon a la Península Ibèrica:

Activitats: (per al 4 de novembre)

Observant la imatge del món, podries dir quins continents tenen un major consum d’electricitat?

Quins països d’amèrica tenen més consum d’energia?

Quines zones d’Àfrica disposen de major lluminositat?

Nomena 5 països asiàtics amb un elevat consum elèctric.

Coincideix el consum elèctric amb la presència de ciutats molt poblades? Posa 10 exemples.

1.en.19 4th outing this year: Explicar la guerra en temps d’internet

This year we are trying to open up our horizons beyond the boundaries of our city and of our country.  Today we’ll  go to a lecture given by Ramon Lobo   that will take place in La Caixa.  This will be the first of a series of  three that  will  give you  the opportunity to meet and listen to professionals who are commited to defend the most vulnerable people in different parts of the world.

They will give a first hand testimony of what life is like in a reality very different from yours. We hope you will profit the chance these encounters will give you to develop your awareness and to become better citizens at world level.

We are convinced that the Internet is a powerful means of communication and a powerful learning too. Ramon Lobo will talk about the impact of the Internet in wars at world level. He is also a convinced blogger, just as we are, so let’s hear what he has to say.

You can visit his blog here

you can see him being interviewed in this you tube video.

1.en.18 Describing personality: building up vocabulary

Last year we learnt how to describe pople’s looks. Remember the post? In case you want to do some revision follow this link.

1.en.16 Describing people: looks in Saps què te dic, 1st ESO E blog

Well, this year we’ll concentrate a bit more on personality and maybe in how looks and personality might be related; a certain expression, the way you smile.

As we have been talking about the Simpsons in recent posts, Here follows a power point presentation I found in Slide share about that famous family. Use the adjectives to describe the personality of its members.

Homework: Friday 29th of October

  • Write a short description of the 5 members of the Simpsons in your notebook
  • Post to the blog 5 new adjectives you have learnt.