3.en.97 More reporters joining in. Have a look at 2nd ESO IES S’Arenal dauntless correspondents reporting on natural disasters

In the previous post 3.en.96 you learnt how 2n year ESO students launched a digital newspaper in Àrta. They did so helped,  by Jose Mª, who used to teach English in our school. Raúl was also an English teacher at  Ramon Llull. Some of you might remember him making Paella with Molly and Belma in the playground.  He was in our blog several times last year.  How could we forget  his hilarious revision  of Pocahontas legend?(click here to see a clip).  Unfortunately, he could not stay with  us,  but the Internet helps people to keep in touch.   Now, Raúl  is teaching at S’Arenal and his 2nd year ESO students  have also made the headlines. He’s got a blog,  “The flying beetle,” which is fun. clik  here to visit it.  I recommend you to watch the news stories and videos  made by Raúl’s  students.  We might try to collaborate with them in the future. What do you think?

  • All correspondents did a great job but ,if you had to choose,  where would your vote go  to?
  • Which is your favourite news story?
  • Which reporters did the best job?
  • Post your comments to the blog 
  • Also, leave your feedback in “the flying beetle!” 2nd ESo students from S’Arenal will appreciate it. 





3.en.95 Are newspapers on the wane? No way! Have a look at Àrta Herald, a newspaper created by a group of 2n ESO and their English teacher, Jose María Agustiño.

We have been working with newspapers for a while and some of you, (Guillem) have already published their first headline, here in our blog. Well, others have joined in,. Tatiana  decided to make a gossip paper and   this weekend she sent me her first article  for  Weekly Tati .

Though it needs some editing, I will upload it to the blog as a proof of her sudden interest in journalim. Can you suggest Tatiana some improvement for her headline.

  • What is the false friend that slipped in her article?
  • who will be the first one to discover it?

It seems there’s a journalism craze spreading among  2nd ESo students. The latest news come from Jose María Agustiño, an English teacher who was  at the Ramon Llull some years ago. Unfortunately, he had to leave us, but he left behing part of his work, which is extremely helpful and can still be used. You can visit  the web page he developed while he was with us, English Rules,  clicking here. In fact,  you can access English Rules directly from the Ramon Llull home page.  Sofía, an English teacher from our school, has added new links and sections to English Rules  for her Batxillerat students.

Jose María Agustiño is currently working in Àrta and sent me an online special edition of the Àrta Herald. I’m sure you’ll like it. I’ve told him we might decide to launch our own digital newspaper next year, what do you think? we could also collaborate with them. Well, let me know your opinion . I’ m sure they’ll love some feedback.  As usual, post your comments to the blog. Click here to go to Àrta Herald

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3.es.18 I have a dream

Este es el famoso discurso de Martin Luther King (subtitulado en español):

Archimedes Blast From The Past-2

Archimedes Blast From The Past-2

Hello again!

In our Study class we will learn about a wise man who lived in the past called Archimedes.

Something “positive” about him: thanks to him and his inventions life is easier for us.

Something “negative” about him:  we have to learn a lot of  mathematics,  science, physics, technology, history and languages…

Everything is related! Remember this!




Hello everyone!
Here above you have a link to an online activity I would like you to do at home. It’s easy and I hope it will help you to review some important concepts  we have studied this year.
Write the questions and the answers in your notebooks; and of course, write your score in your notebook and in the blog.

Have a nice afternoon!


3.en.94 Media: headlines photos and captions. “Taliban kill head of Afghan girl’s school”

This last term, we are following current news  and reading newspaper articles. We have already worked on a piece of news taken from the digital edition of El País in English. and you  are currently working on headlines of your choice, taken from the same source.

Today, I have chosen a news story from The Guardian. I did so, in order to analyse the headline, the photo and its caption. My choice was also guided because this year, we went to several talks  at La Caixa where you learnt  about what to live in Afghanistan is like. I’m sure that now, when you read a piece of news about this country, you  surely remember Monica Bernabe and Ramon Lobo’s experiences and Skateistan skate park initiative, don’t you? We devoted several posts in this blog to them.  

Well, unfortunately gloomy news keep on making the headlines. Look at this one from the Guardian. You can read the same story covered by El País. By clicking on the links, you can read the whole story. 

  • What’s characteristic of headlines?
  • Which part of the sentence is omitted , if any?
  • does the sentence follow grammar conventions?
  • Is the headline catchy?
  • Where does the piece of news come from? an agency? a correspondant?
  • who signs the piece of news?
  • Does the headline anticiparte all the information you’ll find in the article?
  • Do the headline and caption answer most “WH” questions?
  • What about the photograph chosen?
  • who is the protagonist of the story?
  • Can you think of other photos other than the one chosen that would have changed our perception of the news story: The teacher killed, talibans holding guns, a classroom…?

What would have happened if you had looked up the word “head” in a dictionary and had read only the first meaning of the word?

How many different meanings do yo have to look at until you actually find one that fits ?

Look at  dictionary reference.com. We need to scroll down until we get to (5)

 Now, let’s analyse further information

Which section of the newspaper is the news from?

  • What is Reuters?
  • See what happens if you click on “Article history”
  • What kind of information appears in the new box? 
  • Is it a helpful tool? Why?
  • You have to print the whole article and bring it to class, as you did with the one about Lorca’s earthquake. We’ll analyse together. 
  • Digital editions usually give you the option of a printable version of the article. Click here to access the printable one
Now, compare the headlines in the Guadian with the headline from   El País coverage of the same piece of news. 

3.en.93 Congratulations, Clara, Laura and Tatiana!

The Ramon Llull was classified in three levels in Fonix, an English competition that takes place every year. Tatiana got an excellent result : 6th position in the ranking. In order to understand how well she did, you have to bear in mind that she competed against the best English students of the Balearic Islands. We are very proud of her.

Well, in fact, we are very proud of all the Ramon Llull students who sat the exam. They represented our school in 6 levels and they did really well: María Rey(1st Batx); Emilia Pomar (3rd ESo) and Maria Santos (1st ESO).  We got to the final in three levels and here you can check the final  results.

A great clap for all of them,

Clara Isaurralde, 2nd Batx: 1st position

Laura Villena, 4th ESO: 2nd position 

Tatiana Dieguez, 2nd ESO: 6th position

If you take a close look at results, you will see how near Tatiana was from  the third position.




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