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Earth Day: 22nd April – Día de la Tierra (22 de abril)

The teachers at the English Department have organized the following activities to raise awareness among our students on the importance of Nature and the environmental emergency the Earth is going through:

  • Articles on environmental issues: our students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of CSE (ESO) did some research to find positive news on the Earth and the environment. Once they found these items of news, they summarised and rewrote them:

  • Writing haikus. A haiku is a Japanese poem. A haiku captures a moment and creates a picture in the reader's mind. Traditionally, a haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. A haiku usually presents two ideas, which sometimes are contrasting and  sometimes surprising.

  • Earth Day slogans: our students in 1st and 2nd years of CSE (ESO) and 1st year of Baccalaureate have come up with wonderful slogans.

The teachers at the Department voted and chose the following ones as the winning slogans in their groups:

1st year CSE

2nd year CSE

1st year Baccalaureate

Love letters - Valentine's Day

Once again some of our students in CSE (ESO) have written wonderful letters to show their affection. We have selected a few of them and they are on display in the lobby of building E.

The letters were fantastic and some were really creative and beautifully written. Congratulations to all and to the winners! Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

2nd CSE - Inés A.

 

4th CSE - Ruth O.

Martin Luther King Jr's Day & the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important activtist in US history. He was born on January 15th and every year the US remember his life and work celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr's Day on the third Monday in January.

Merry Christmas & Happy 2022

After a long and tiring first term we are approaching the holdiay season. We asked our language assistants what they remember about the season and they kindly agreed to answer us. We hope you will like their answers:

 
 

The teachers at the English Department want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022!

Thanksgiving

Today is the fourth Thursday in November and most Americans celebrate Thanskgiving, but how well do you know the festival, its origin and its traditions?

This is the traditional story of Thanskgiving...

But the reality is always much more complex...

 

Land loss of Native Americans since 1776: an interactive map.

So let's focus on the positive side of this festival: reflect and be thankful for what we have and what we share.

Bonfire Night & The Gunpowder Plot

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November

Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

Today is November 5: Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night. What do you know about this English festival?

 

Do you feel adventurous enought? If so, why don't you try solving this breakout game?

Halloween 2021

Clara Campoamor on Halloween

Today is Halloween! But how much do you know about this traditional festival?

Once again, the teachers of English together with the language assistants, teachers and staff at IES Clara Campoamor have decorated some of the common rooms and classrooms to celebrate Halloween. We hope you find these rooms frightening enough! It's spooky time!

Furthermore, some of our students have participated in the 'Concurso de Microrrelatos de Terror' (in English, French and Spanish). They have written wonderful stories. It has not been easy but we have selected two stories, written by Inés (2nd ESO) and Sara (3rd ESO). You'll love them for sure! Well, maybe 'love' is not the most appropriate word! :-)

 

Have a spooky Halloween!

St Patrick's Day

Gaelic football:Every 17th March people of Irish heritage celebrate St Patrick's Day as he is regarded as the Patron Saint of Ireland. They usually wear green clothes, put up green decorations in houses or offices, and even paint sights and monuments all over the world emerald green (just temporarily!).

St Patrick's day Parade San Francisco 2015 – ©David Yu (under CC licence)

This festival is a wonderful opportunity for you to do some research on Ireland and discover some really amazing landscapes and interesting traditions:

Facts on Ireland

Beautiful landscapes of Ireland

 
One of the most famous traditional Irish songs: Molly Malone

Two Irish sports:

Hurling

Gaelic football

 

Irish tap dance

You may also remember that Irish people can choose between English and Gaelic. Would you like to try learning some Irish? If so, you can start with some basic greetings here.

Here you can read on the differences between an Irish accent and an English accent.

Christmas time

Christmas is celebrated around the world and our school also celebrates this festival with enthusiasm and excitement.

Christmas decorations in the different buildings have brought fresh air and positive energy. Giant gingerbread cookies, Santa and Rudolph, Christmas trees, angels and wreaths fill our school with joy and hope.

The English department wants to wish you the best.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Scotland's Day

Scottish Flag – ©James.Stringer (on Flickr) The Saltire (the Scottish Flag) – ©James.Stringer (on Flickr)

Land of glens and lochs, bagpipes, kilts and whiskey. Land of tradition, customs and rituals. Land of history and culture.

 

Scotland, one of the four kingdoms, will welcome you with beautiful landscapes, lots of history.....and rain!!!!

From CIA World Factbook

From CIA World Factbook

On 30th November Scottish people celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day. He is the patron saint of Scotland. Traditionally, the Scots gather to celebrate. There are important celebrations in Edinburgh, Saint Andrews and Glasgow. Parades, the games in the Highlands, Scottish dancing-ceilich, traditional food – haggish,neeps, tattis- shortbread and a wee drum of whiskey are the heart of the party. Not to forget the Scots well deserved fame of being excellent storytellers!

Do you want to know more? Please continue reading

Scotland is one of the four countries which make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Scotland is a mountainous country in the northern tip of the island of Great Britain and is bordered by the Northern Sea on the east and the Atlantic Ocean on the west.

© Eric Gaba – Wikimedia Commons user: Sting

© Eric Gaba – Wikimedia Commons user: Sting

Scotland is a small country. It is only 440 km long but has a coastline of more than 3,200 km. It has an area of 78,772 sq km and a population of 5,253,800 inhabitants. They live in the mainland (the island of Great Britain) and on other smaller islands. Scotland has more than 790 islands, but only 170 of them are inhabited.

The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh but the largest city is Glasgow (1,200,000 inhabitants). Scotland can be divided into three regions from south to north: the Southern Uplands, the Central Lowlands and the Highlands.

Scotland has some awesome scenery landscapes. You are invited to visit some of the pictures tourists have taken in some of the most beautiful Scotland in these flickr galleries.

- The Highlands

- The Orkney Islands (to the north)

- The Shetland Islands (to the north)

- The Inner and Outer Hebrides (to the west)

The highest mountain in the UK is in Scotland. It is Ben Nevis (1,344 metres above sea level), near Fort Williams.

[caption id="attachment_1124" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Ben Nevis & Fort Williams

Ben Nevis & Fort Williams

The largest lake in Great Britain is also in Scotland, near Glasgow: Loch Lomond (Loch is the word for Lake in Scottish Gaelic). However, Loch Ness is more famous than Loch Lomond. Do you know why? Nessie, of course!

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Do you know any Scottish famous people? Probably yes. There have been very famous Scots (try this quiz on Scottish celebrities here): Inventors writers, scientists, explorers, actors, musicians, to mention a few.

Traditions in Scotland are also very important. The traditional Scottish costume is the kilt, but men just wear it on special occasions, such as weddings or important holidays:

[©jennifrog (on flickr)

Another important part of Scottish life is music and especially ceilidhs. A ceilidh, pronounced /ˈklɪ/, is a gathering (meeting) in which people usually listen to Gaelic music and dance. You can watch a short video displaying what a celidh is like here. If you want to try something really traditional, head for a ceilidh, dance and taste some haggis too.

Haggis ©Great British Chefs (on Twitter)

Haggis ©Great British Chefs (on Flickr)[

Scottish people not only speak Scottish English. They also speak Scots (an ancient variety of English) and Scottish Gaelic (a Celtic language). The word of Scotland in Scottish Gaelic is Alba. Wanna know more? Well, you can learn some basic Scottish Gaelic here, on BBC Alba (BBC Scotland).

Here I embed a video on the story St Andrew (please listen to the speakers' beautiful Scottish accent too). Thanks to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk

The transcript of the video available here.

By Rosa Portela & Jaime García

Celebrating Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is also celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada. 

It was celebrated in 1621 for the first time. In 1620, a group of pilgrims left England, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the Mayflower and settled in Plymouth after a 66 day trip.Their first winter was so hard and cold that they thought they wouldn't be able to survive. Fortunately, native Americans taught them how to grow corn and how to live in the new land. It was time to give thanks and celebrate their first harvest together. 

And this is how the tradition began. People celebrate this holiday having a large meal with family and friends.They prepare the dinner together and enjoy their favourite dishes; roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, corn, pumpkin pie... Football games, parades and wishbones play an importan part in the tradition.

This year, more than ever, we want to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our students have written messages to give special thanks to those who have contributed to try to stop the pandemic. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

 

 

Remembrance Day (Poppy Day)

Remembrance Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom on 11th Niovember to commemorate the Armistice that put an end to WWI and was signed on 11th November 1918.

Armistice train

World War One (WWI)

WWI began on 28th June 1914 and ended in 11 November 11, 1918 (Armistice /ˈɑː.mɪ.stɪs/)
Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. Russia and France sided with Serbia, and Germany supported Austria-Hungary.
More than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WWI all over the world. Nearly 10 million soldiers died (Allies: about 6 & Central Powers: about 4 million). The greatest single loss of life in the history of the British army occurred during the Battle of Somme (60,000 casualties in one day).
WWI introduced the widespread use of the machine gun, the tank, the war aircraft and gas. About 120,000 tons of gas were used: 1,200,000 soldiers were gassed, of which 91,198 died horrible deaths). Millions of soldiers suffered “shell shock,” or post-traumatic stress disorder, due to the horrors of trench warfare. The trench network of WWI (the Western front) stretched approximately 40,200 km from the English Channel to Switzerland.

Effects of WWI:

  • Transformation of the United States into the largest military power in the world.
  • The emancipation of women and African Americans.
  • Creation of the League of Nations
  • German recession because of severe sanctions (Treaty of Versailles) > Hitler’s accession to power
  • The collapse of four empires collapsed: Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, German, and Russian.
  • Birth of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland as independent nations.

 

Why are poppies used to remember WWI?
At the end of WWI, poppies were the first flowers to grow from the churned mud of Northern France and Flanders battlefields.

Remembrace Day Parade

In the USA 11th November is also a federal holiday: Veterans Day (a veteran is a person who has served in the US armed forces).


East Valley Veterans Day Parade ©abc15.com

Bonfire night

Bonfire Night 

Guy Fawkes

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Every year Britain remembers the attempt by Guy Fawkes and 12 other men to blow the houses of Parliament on November 15th, 1605. This group decided to kill the king because of his persecution of Catholics.

They put 36 barrels of gunpowder under Westminster but some of the group started to have worries about their plan and one of them sent an anonymous letter to his friend telling him to stay away from Parliament on November 5th. The plotters were therefore caught and Guy Fawkes executed.

Nowadays people celebrate the failure of the plot by letting off fireworks and building a bonfire, sometimes with an effigy/ model of Guy Fawked on the top that they burn.

More information: http://www.bonfirenight.net/gunpowder.php

YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMNOnYxhpOY

(Source: Oxford University Press)

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