Thursday, May 19, 2011

1m, 2m Activity - May 15th

Activity based on physical description and psychological description - mood/ professions
Vocabulary – lesson on Physical/Personal descriptions :
1. Hair:
COLOR: blond, ginger (canella), brunette (dark hair for a girl), dark, grey,
SIZE: long, short, curly (ondulado), straight (lisso),
-bald (calvo)
Ex: Catherine is brunette/Rachel is blond; Tom has dark, long and curly hair.
2. Eyes:
COLOR: blue, green, brown
Ex: he has blue eyes
3. Size:
Tall (alto), small (pequeno), medium-size, big (grande), short (pequeno), petite (pequena), fat (gordo), skinny (delgado), strong (fuerte), weak (debil)
Ex: She is really skinny – he is a big man!
4. Skin:
COLOR: dark-skinned (moreno), white (blanco), tanned (bronciado), pale
Ex: Bob is a dark-skinned boy/ Kelly is white
5. General:
Ugly (feo), beautiful (hermosa), pretty (bonita), handsome (hermoso), cute (carinoso)
Happy, sad, angry
Ex: I am really happy/sad, angry
confident, funny, boring (aburrido), nice, mean, loud, annoying (molesto), talkative, caring, wise, smart

Teacher, engineer, social worker, policeman, detective, fireman, architect, graphic designer, day-care assistant, nurse, doctor,…
Artist: actor/actress, singer, musician, comedian, painter, ...

What does he look like?
Hair? Eyes? Size? What can you say about
 his expression?
Imagine what he is trying to do!

What does she look like? Hair , eyes? Can you guess her size?
What can you say about her
  expression?? Imagine why she looks happy.

  What does Jane look like? Does she look happy?
Imagine why.

What does she look like? Is she having fun? Imagine why.

What does John look like?Does he look sad? Why? Describe.

Activity based on descriptions:

Review again the vocabulary of physical and psychological descriptions and have the students (in  
pairs) describe their partner.
-What does D. look like?
D. is brunette, she has long and curly hair.
-What does D. like?
Also, she likes to study and watch TV, she is funny and very talkative.

Game: each student writes the name of someone famous on a piece of paper and passes it to the teacher.
The teacher divides the class in two teams.

Each team's member has to come to the board and with the help of the teacher has to make his/her team guess as many famous people/papers as possible in one minute.
The team which wins is the one managing to make its team guess as many famous people as possible using the vocabulary covered in class.

3m, 4m Activity - May, 9th/May, 13th 2011


Useful Vocabulary to understand he documentary/video:
The City: the "Big Apple," streets and avenues, North/South – East/West, New York shopping
Transportation: Taxi cabs, New York City subway, Staten Island Ferry
Food: Pizza, Pretzels, Pastrami, hot-dogs
Boroughs: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island,
Manhattan: Central Park, West Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Midtown, Greenwhich Village, Business District, Comedy Club, Broadway, Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, Time Square, the Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, Brooklyn Bridge, Saint Patrick Cathedral, the Statue of Liberty, , the “Met”= the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the MoMA, the New Gallery,
the Museum of Natural History,Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Century 21.

-What is the other name for NYC??
-Which color are the taxi-cabs??
How many boroughs are there in NYC?
What are their names?
Which one is the most famous?
What are the main tourist attractions in Manhattan?
What can you find in the Bronx?
What can you find in Staten Island?
What can you find in Brooklyn?
How is Manhattan divided?
How can you navigate in New York?
What things are for free in New York?
What are the main museums cited?
On which avenue are they located?
What can you find in Central Park?
What is the main avenue for shopping in Manhattan?
What is the name of the most famous shop on this avenue?
What are the three main food specialties you can find in New York City?
      1. What is it possible to do at night in New York City?

Give students some more information about New York City

Activity based on New York City - recompose the lyrics of a song
Listening Activity:
With a song by Alicia Keys: "Empire State of Mind" (2009) - about N.Y.C.

Alicia Keys Alicia Keys, accompanied by Jay-Z, films the "New York" music video in Times Square.
Song extracted from YouTube:

1.    Which words are NOT going to appear in the song? Guess!

a)    Countryside
b)    Town
c)    Chicago
d)    Broadway
e)    Sirens
f)     Melting-pot
g)    Jungle
h)    Silence

2.    Which places are not mentioned in the song:

Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Harlem, Central Park

Word bank: sirens, Brooklyn, avenue, Broadway, Jungle, lights, cab, melting-pot, dreams, city, concrete, town,  pretty, famous, New York

3. Fill in the blanks using the word bank

Grew up in a ………………..(a)
That is……….. (b) as a place of a movie scene,                    

Noise is always loud,            
There are ……….. (c) all around,
And the streets are mean

If I could make it here,
I could make it anywhere,          
That’s what they say.

Seeing my face in lights
Or my name in marquees
Found down on …………...(d)

Even if it ain’t all it seems,
I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from …….., (e)            

Concrete …………..(f) where dreams are made of,              
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new,
The ………….. (g) will inspire you.
Let’s hear it from New York, New York, New York

On the ………….(h)
There’s never a curfew,
Ladies work so hard.

Such a ……….-……..(i)
On the corners selling rock,
Preachers pray to God.

Hail a gypsy …………(j)
Takes me down
From Harlem to the ……………(k)Bridge.

Someone sleeps tonight
With a hunger for more than
An empty fridge.

I’m going to make it by any means,
I got a pocketful of dreams,
Babe I’m from New York,

Concrete Jungle where …………. (l) are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York,

These streets will make you feel brand new,
The lights will inspire you,
Hear it from New York, New York, New York,

One hand in the air for the big …………(m),
Street lights, big dreams,
All looking ………………(n),

No place in the world that can compare,
Put your lighters in the air
Everybody says yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,

New York,

…………(o) Jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York,

These streets will make you feel brand new,
The lights will inspire you,
Hear it from New York, New York, New York,

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York,

These streets will make you feel brand new
The lights  will inspire you,
Hear it from New York, New York, New York.

To further the activity if possible (with extra-time): (Jay-z's version with lyrics)

Speaking activity: In pairs, try to plan a trip to New York answering the following questions:

-What would you bring with you to New York (camera, cell-phone, pc,  tennis shoes, ...)?
-How much money would you bring? What would you buy with it?
-How long would you stay?
-What would you eat?
-What would you visit?

High school events

June 3rd, 2011 - School's fair and anniversary celebration:

Classes stopped at 1.00pm to let students prepare for their activities, games and different performances of the afternoon.

Olympiades on the playground. There were several teams (colored) representing the different school's sections

These pictures introduce you with the "Dia Del Libro" event which took place on April 29th at the school. The students were to perform different scenes of the most important masterpieces of Castillan Literature; from great classics such as Don Quijote to more contemporary works.
The school's playground

This is the classroom where I (Fanny, the volunteer) teach English speaking and listening. I am working on its decoration now with the help of the students. We work in semi-circle or in small table groups usually, to ease communication in the classroom.

The stage, ready for the plays of the Dia del Libro.

This is a group of some of my students from 4mA and 4mB. These sections are very nice kids as well as motivated students. They are between 16 and 18 years-old. Some of them were in the play: Don Quijote (background boy on the right), Sancho Panza and Dulcinea's characters (foreground, the students on the right). Also are present here some students helping at setting-up the props for the different scenes.

"Don Quijote"


A wedding that turned out bad!

Student from class 4mA dancing tango

Students from 2mF, A, D dancing Cueca (Chilean traditional dance)

Students from class 2mA singing and playing guitars!Artists are born!

Students dancing rumba (was it?) Colombian kids from the school know how to dance that is for sure!