As we are learning about schools and subjects. Let's have a look at how British schools are. The kind of schools, the ages you go to them, the timetable... Here is a video and with the information from our student's book, we will see the differences between British and Spanish schools. Once we've worked in class, you can feedback with a sentence about Spanish schools as a comment to this post. (Comments will be published if they are correct and not repeated).
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Click on the links below to practical exercises on the past of the verb TO BE that you can do at home as extra homework.
1- WAS OR WERE? (Fill in the spaces with the correct form).
2- WASN'T OR WEREN'T? (Fill in the spaces with the correct form).
3- SIMPLE PAST OF TO BE. (Choose the best answer).
4- WAS / WERE / WASN'T / WEREN'T? (Complete the gaps with the correct form)
Monday, 23 April 2012
This Wednesday, we'll receive the actors of Face2Face Theatre company, who will perform a play for us called: "ACTION!".
The play shows the history of cinema. It's a visual and cinematographic show, where visual and verbal humour and the evocative power of music from films are the tools to represent and parody the most famous film scenes. The actors create the magic of movies by multiplying countless characters and causing many funny and surreal situations that make us get into famous action, love, drama or suspense movie scenes that everybody remembers.
The play will be at 11:20 at our assembly hall.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Today, 18 April, marks just 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. They're getting ready to welcome the world to the UK. And Rafael Dieste Secondary School is, too. In two week's time, we'll be celebrating our Culture Week 2012 devoted to the history of the Olympic Games. Watch out for more information about it here or on Arquivos do Trasno (our library's blog).
Monday, 16 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
15th April at 2:20 a.m. is exactly when 100 years ago the Titanic sank in the cold icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. So it's exactly 100 years ago, today. And here's a video where James Cameron, the director of the 1997 film about this story, tells us in a dramatic and precise way how the sinking of the Titanic actually happened. Take a look.
Video "HOW THE TITANIC SANK":
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after crashing with an iceberg during her first voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. She carried 2,224 people.
Her passengers included some of the richest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere looking for a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. She also had a powerful wireless telegraph provided for the convenience of passengers as well as for operational use. Though she had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, she didn't have enough lifeboats to accommodate all of the people aboard. She carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – a third of her total passenger and crew capacity.
After leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Cork in Ireland before heading westwards towards New York. On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm (ship's time). Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. A disproportionate number of men – over 90% of those in Second Class – were left aboard due to a "women and children first" protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am Titanic broke up and sank with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia by immersion in the freezing ocean. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia a few hours later.
The wreck of the Titanic remains on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). Since its rediscovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered from the sea bed and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, her memory kept alive by numerous books, films, exhibits and memorials.
Video trailer of "TITANIC" (1997):
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Anger at the news of a massive forest fire in the Fragas do Eume nature park in A Coruña, north-west of Spain. A fire has been raging in the protected area since Saturday with reports of some 2,000 hectares consumed by the flames so far. The photos above show how the park was until last Saturday, the video below shows how the fire started. How such a thing can happen? How can anybody make start a fire in the best preserved Atlantic forest in Europe? How such an important environmental place like this doesn't have a better protection system? All these are questions that must be answered.
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