miércoles, 2 de diciembre de 2009


Here's the answer to question number 2: The person in the picture is THE SON OF THE MAN WHO SPEAKS (if a man is your father and you don't have any brothers or sisters, you are the only son your father has, which means you are the father of the man in the picture, who must then be your son).
As for question number 3, you are right HRISTO! That's correct! You've hit the nail on the head: THE BEGGAR IS A WOMAN! (One point for you)

Here's a new puzzle, a new challenge for all of you:
4. The verb 'TO BE' is unusual in that it has three different singular forms: 'I am', 'You are', 'He/She/It is' Is it ever correct to say 'I is'?

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2009


Some of you have given the right answer to last week's question, but answers given in the corridor between classes don't count, so please write it down on the blog!
Here's a new question for this week and, since the last one is still unanswered, the new one is, once again, about family:

3. A woman gives a beggar 20 cents. The woman is the beggar's sister but the beggar is not the woman's brother. How is this?

Thanks beforehand for taking part and don't forget to write your answer in your best English; remember any good text is worth an extra good mark.

Good luck or better to say, good lateral thinking!

domingo, 15 de noviembre de 2009


2. Two men are standing in a room looking at a picture of a man on the wall. One man says to the other, while pointing at the picture, 'Brothers and sisters have I none but that man's father is my father's son'. Who is the person in the picture?
As for the solution to last week's question, of course the first thing you light is obviously... THE MATCH! How could you light the other things wthout first lighting the match? Some of you guessed it right on Friday; let's see if this week any of you can write the correct answer in time. Remember it has to be written on the blog by Friday! And, by the way, thank you all for your participation. See you in class!

lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2009


How well do you focus? Test your brain and torment your friends. Try to answer the puzzle of the week as quickly as you can.
Every week you'll find a criptic conundrum designed to trip you up and catch you out, but any genius able to think laterally should be able to crack it. If you think you're up to it and want to take up the challenge, go ahead! Give your answer by Friday! Your teacher will tell you if you are right.
Here's the question for this week (starting on Monday, 9th November 2009):
1. If you had only one match, and entered a room in which there was a kerosene lamp, a gas stove and a wood fire, which would you light first?

domingo, 18 de octubre de 2009

Six sounds contest

For those of you who want to work further and participate in a contest,  Juan Ignacio Castro, the teacher administrator of the blog "Learning English at Brunete" (you can click on the link we have placed on the right hand column to visit it) has suggested a strory-telling activity incorporating six given sounds. You can read more about this clicking here

You may become a winner. Good luck!

Survival Kit / Diccionario bilingüe de supervivencia

Here are the first survival kits. You can click on the links to see them

What time is it?   verbs of motion    greetings     going out    sports    getting to know each other   cinema    being polite     going shopping     Nature     On holidays     clothes and accesories    Fruits     At the airport
Expressing basic needs     important places      clothes and shopping     communicating        colours     food
Sports 2

Congratulations for the nice work you have done!
More will be coming shortly

Please think of the next step: What can we do with all these nice presentations? How can we organise them so that we can turn them into a useful survival kit for you and for other young people travelling abroad or going for an exchange?

Please write your comments and suggestions below. Remember that you need to have a gmail account before you can write your comment. Ask your teacher if you need any help.

Keep up with the good work!

Tasks for the first evaluation period

Hi again!
You have received a summary of the "programación" for this year. Among other things, you can read there the evaluation and the marking criteria. Please make sure you understand and know them very well.

We remind you here of the tasks you have to carry on before December:
  • Introduce yourself : say your name and age. Give a short description of your appearence and your character. Talk about your likes and dislikes. Talk about the personal project you have chosen for this term and how you are going to do it.  You can record this task here . Follow the instructions on the page to join in so that you have access to the discussion line.
  • Survival Kit: You have to make a Power Point presentation with ten basic words or phrases in English and in Spanish you have previosly agreed with your teacher. We'll show your PPPs (powerPoint Presentations) in this blog. Then, you'll decide how we can organise them so as to make a "survival kit / Diccionario de supervivencia" you can use when you travel abroad or have to communicate with somebody in English
  • Project work: Choose one topic you like and prepare a 3 minute presentation of it. You can use Power Point to illustrate your presentation. Your PPPs (powerPoint Presentations) will be published in this blog so that everybody can enjoy and share the work you have done. Also use the handout and instructions your teacher has given you in class to prepare the presentation of your project (click here for a copy). Be ready to evaluate your own project and that of your classmates with the help of the grid your teacher will give you.
  • Situational dialogue: Prepare a dialogue with one or two more classmates in a situation of your choice. Make sure to include expressions of : greetings; opinions; agreement/disagreement and  suggestions (making them and accepting /refusing them). Each person should have between ten and fifteen lines in the dialogue.
Remember that there will also be a vocabulary exam, a listening exam and a dictation.

We are sure you are all going to do your best and pass. Remember to ask your teacher for help any time you need it.

Good luck!