SECOND TERM PROJECT


THE HISTORY OF POP MUSIC
As a second term project we are going to do a webquest about the history of pop music. A webquest is an inquiry-orientated lesson in which most of the information comes from the Internet.

INTRODUCTION
There is no particular style of music that can be clearly identified as pop. This is because pop music is always changing. It can be identified as the most popular mainstream music of the time. Since the 1950's, this has been the music that has evolved in the wake of the rock and roll revolution of the 1950's. Pop music has been and continues to be a melting pot of styles.
It is the type of music that most of you enjoy. There are lots of singers or bands belonging to this genre and some of them make millions of dollars every year by selling cds and giving concerts all around the world. But do you know about the origins of this kind of music or its characteristics.

TASK
In groups of three you will have to prepare a PowerPoint presentation containing the following information:
  •    Definition of pop music
  •    Characteristics
  •    Timeline with the main exponents of Pop music of each period.
  •    Choose a pop singer or a pop band. Name, components, instruments they play,      distinctive characteristics, music ……

These are some of the webpages you can use:
Please, ask me any questions and send them to my e-mail for correction before the 1st of March and be ready to present them in class on the 8th. (nferrism@gmail.com)
When you feel tired, you can click here, on previous entries and play games.


COMPUTERS

Today you can work with your groups in the projet. If you need the details, click here.
You already know how important it is to do a bit of listening everyday. As you talk about physical education all the time, listen to somebody talking about his experience on the sports field.


These games will help you to revise modal verbs:








ESSAY.


Here’s a composition written by one of your classmates, Jaime Bataller, which we thought was worth publishing in the blog.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS?

Nowadays, there are a lot of people who have died in car accidents and this is a big problem that should be solved.

Everyday, a lot of car crashes happen in the world and in them not only the car passengers are the people who die, but also these accidents cause the death of other people who are travelling in other cars or even walking in the street. Accidents normally happen because of a driver’s distraction, like talking, phoning or simply changing the broadcasting station.

If we want to solve this problem, we must take action. The government should increase the price of fines, so that people drive more carefully. There are a lot of roads that are in bad conditions that should be repaired too.

Car accidents are a terrible problem which should be solved by everybody. We have to pay more attention while we are driving to end up with these deaths.


SECOND TERM PROJECT


ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES PROJECT
English is the most widespread language in the world: over 400 million people use it as a mother tongue and over 700 people speak it as a foreign language. But did you know that there are other countries besides the UK and USA whose official language is English?
Let's discover the English Speaking Countries around the world. 

For your second term project, in groups of three people (5 groups in total), you are going to research about English-speaking countries around the world and present one of them to your classmates. You'll give an oral presentation together with a ppt including the information learnt about this country.

You have to find information on the following:
·      History
·      Geography and climate
·      Interesting or important landmarks in your country
·      Other official languages
·      Other interesting information

The countries will be:
Australia – New Zealand – USA – Great Britain and Ireland- South Africa

When you form your groups, let me know and we will raffle the countries.

Remember these tips:
_ Do your research. In order to give an engaging presentation, you need to know what you're talking about.
- Use key phrases and include only the most important information. Avoid using too much text in the slide, the slide show is meant to accompany your oral presentation.
- Make appropriate use of pictures. It's a good idea to break up text with illustrations and it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words.
- Please send them to my e-mail for correction before the 22nd of February and be ready to present them in class on the 4th and 5th of March. (nferrism@gmail.com)
                                                 
                                                        GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

Today you can start working on your project or do the following activities about the world of sports. The first is an article about cycling and Spain. Read it carefully and try to understand what you read. Check the meaning of important words in the dictionary.


Practise vocabulary, learn and play with the following games.






NICE WEEKEND!!!!

For those who like The Beatles, Here Comes The Sun, a song from the 1969 album Abbey Road.




We haven't forgotten about our second Bachillerato students this week. Here you are your reading practice.

MOBILE PHONES

In order to finish your next generation mobile phone, read the following article about 2013's best phones from The Huffington Post and prepare a small presentation describing it.

                     2013's BEST PHONES REVIEWED

And now I will direct you to  The EFL SMARTblog, which is a very good place for esl learners, and you will find different tasks  on the topic "Could you live without it?". Take your time and do as many as you can. Prepare task number 5, "Mobile phones: Friend or Foe?" writing for tomorrow and I will collect it and correct it.


If you are over, look at previous entries for games.




HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!

"Fast Car" is a single released by American singer Tracy Chapman in 1988. It became a top hit in UK.

NEW TERM

We will start the term with different activities to refresh your memory. Do you remember irregular verbs?
Spin the wheel and test your knowledge.
Click on the link and play the game.

                   IRREGULAR VERBS

Now, improve your pronunciation. Try the interactive phonemic chart first and then practise with the games.



And if you want to talk better, listen as much as possible. Listen to the episode and do all the tasks.

               NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Check your ability to make long words in English with this game.

Tired? A bit of music? I think you are all familiar with lyricsgaps.com and know it. If not, raise your hand and i will be around.  




CANADA WEBQUEST


Today we are going to continue with our work about Canada. This time you are going to work on your own at the computers. The aim is for you to answer the questions below. We will correct them in class on Wednesday and I will check that you have done your homework. Marks will be given for this assessment.

First of all, visit the site at the following address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. Then, search “Canada” and answer the questions:

Canada’s name:
1- Where does the word Canada come from and what does it mean?
Aboriginal people:
2- Name the three aboriginal people in Canada:
National symbols:
3- What is the Canadian symbol ?
Government :
4- Is the country a republic? What kind of government rules the country?
5- Who is the head of State?
6- Who represents him?
7- Who is the head of the government?

Next, let’s search for information about Ottawa. Visit the site http://www.ottawa.ca/
Click on Welcome, then visitors and after that photo gallery.

1- What can you do on the Rideau Canal?
2- What can you buy at the By Ward Market?
3- What can you see in front of the Parliament building that you can also see in London?
4- What can you say about the Canadian policemen?
5- Who discovered Ottawa and when?


Now, let’s learn about Canada’s history. Visit the site

And if you click on the following link, you can read a profile of the country:

You can also do a short listening if you click on the following link: http://www.elllo.org/april/nico/mtoronto.htm

Click below and learn some more about the CN Tower in Toronto: