1.en.1 News from Rodrigo Deus. Will he become as famous as Rudy Fernández?

Dear 3rd ESO students, 

Castigate 2 is on stand by, but we still get some news from people who were with us. Today,  we all got a very nice message from Rodrigo Deus.  Most of you probably remember how, 3 years ago,  he introduced himself  in 1st ESO, don’t you? Just click here, 

I searched our old  blog and found a very young Rodrigo (he was already very tall) . That was 3 years ago!! follow the link and you will see how much he’s changed. However, he has never given up his hobby. He loved basket and was very good at it. That is the reason for leaving our school and not being with us this year.  The first time he appeared next to a basketball star was in our blog. Do you remember?

We wish him the very best and hope he drops in sometimes to tell us how he is doing. Rodrigo, Thanks for remembering us and good luck in your new school!

3.en.100 End of the year outing

Looking back or looking forward?

Dear students,

About a year ago, we celebrated the end of school at Sa Riera. It was also a very warm day and you all ended up  totally wet and  playing in the fountain. Well, this year we were not so lucky and had to put up with the heat sitting under the shade of the olive trees. Fist year ESO students were also with us. In case you want to see how much you have changed, check Castígate.  So do not look back but look forward but don’t forget the times we spent together.

This year, some students from last year group, Carlos Garavi, Hao, Joana  and Laura  were also with us. In fact we all are from the same school, aren’t we? you should send these pics to Lucas and to Jose Luis Pelaez.Here are some pics from this year. I wish you the best and, even if I’m not with you next year, I hope to see you around at the Ramon Llull.  Keep up your English and enjoy summer.

First and second year ESO together

Click here to watch the video with some picsSome more pics. 

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3.en. 99 Miquel Àngel and Lovepreet presenting to 1st Year ESO students their work on sustainability and Green Cities

Thanks to Jaume Salvà, who recorded this video, you’ll be able to see  how much all of you have improved this year. This video has not been edited.  Jaume Salvà went to 1st ESO  class and recorded Lovepreet and Miquel Àngel , who talked to first year students aboout what they had been doing in their English lessons . Despite being recorded without interruptions and with no editing, this video shows how good and fluent their English is. They both  prepared it at very short notice, without any help, they were able to answer questions put to them and did a great job. So, this just an example of why they deserve a good  mark in English. All of you have passed, which means that though there are differences among the group, all of you have improved a lot. Keep it up and don’t let your English go rusty.

3.en.98 Sofía’s site to boost your English during summer

Hi everyone,

This will be my last post . It  aims at helping you fix what you have learnt throughout this year and help you find your way in the information maze.

Next year you will probably have no blog, or a new one altogether. It is also possible that you’ll be using a textbook. Everything has got advantages and disadvantages. A traditional book keeps a fixed and closed inventory of items. In most books, grammar topics are  presented separately in each unit. This year, we have covered all the grammar topics you are expected to know in 2nd ESO. Sofía, an English teacher from our school,has built an excellent site with on line materials to complement your blog materials. Here you will find what we did during our lessons this year  in a more structured way. I am sure you will have no problems doing the exercises and I recommend you to spend about one hour a week (it is not much, isn’t it?) revising 2nd Year ESO contents. Your English will improve and you will set off next year  in a better shape.

Click here to check it

This is the table of contents of Sofia’s site for 2nd ESO. If you download it and print it, you can use it to keep a record of the exercises you do. Put it in your notebook and use it to complete your weekly diary

She has also  prepared this template to keep track of your summer work. Start from the very beginning.DO NOT PROCRASTINATE

Download it and start writing your diary. There is a short space for you to write a few lines every week. Bring it next year, your new teacher will appreciate getting to know something about you.

In short, I will also publish a table of contents grouped by topics to help you find your way in this long, never ending and enless growing  blog “CASTIGATE 2”, so as to help you not to get lost in the maze.


it has been a pleasure being your teacher. (most of the times) 🙂 

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3.en.97 Tatiana, 2nd ESO E tireless correspondent reporting on class events

Tatiana surely has a hectic life. Last Friday she received a diploma and many books as a price for being  finalist in Fonix. Most probably she celebrated it during the weekend, but on Monday she was on the go again. Here is her excellent newspaper article. If she keeps on working with this energy she’ll get to be more famous than Arianna Huffington. By the way, run a search and find out who Arianna Huffington is. Will Tatiana Daily  take over the Huffington Post in the future? who knows…

Congratulations again, Tatiana!

Tatiana holding the Fonix diploma

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.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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3.en.92 Unsolved mysteries: The flying calculator

After 3 days of hard work, our class reporters Guillem and Pepe, have sent me this report. I’m very dissapointed with the result. Well, the headline is not that bad, I guess it is about the only good part of their article that deserves to be published. It seems that the work done in class with headlines had some results.

Here follows Pepe and Guillem’s article. It really needs to be polished before it can be published in our class newspaper. Let’s see if you can contribute with your suggestions.  I will copy their article in blue and my objections in red.

In case you like it, I enclose a photograph to include in the front page. Claudia’s calculator is not  among the flying objects, but a good caption might put up for that.



Last Friday, before English class, Guillem found his pencil case in Angel’s table. Inside  his pencil case  he found a calculator. Nobody asked for the calculator, so Guillem asked Zandalie to borrow a black marker, and started to paint the calculator. When Judit saw Guillem painting the calculator, she said that the calculator was Claudia’s calculator, and she told Claudia that Guillem was painting her calculator. Claudia interrupted the class, saying that someone had robbed her calculator. Then, Maria decided to punish Guillem and Pepe on Monday and Guillem had to clean the calculator.

This was Guillem’s report. I’m afraid, Guillem has a long way to go until he becomes a good journalist. Anyway, I will publish his article and, hopefully,  with everybody’s help, next one will be better.

  • Does the reporter answer the “wh” questions? When, Who, Why…?
  • Who writes the article?
  • Is content interesting ?
  • Did the reporter  interview any of the witnesses?
  • Is the order of events clear?
  •  Are there any unanswered questions?
  •  What was Guillem doing in Angel’s desk?
  • Who was the owner of the marker? Zandalie? Guillem?
  • Can a calculator be robbed or rather be stolen?
  • When did the finding of the mysterious calculator take place? During break? During English class?
  • Why did Guillem decide to paint the calculador?
  • What is the role of Zandalie in this mess?
  • Why was Pepe punished?
  • Why did Maria punish Pepe?
  • What was the punishement?

Bearing in mind that Pepe and Guillem spent an hour making a report of what had happened, I have to say that their narration of events is very confusing and biased. I’m afraid, the only part  I like is the headline: flying calculator.