Sam reading a moving farewell letter.
Yesterday we held a farewell event for Sam, our language assistant. He has become an important part of our school life in Negreira and we are sure he will become a wonderful teacher of Spanish in England. That is why saying goodbye to him got us very emotional and sad, after sharing a never-to-forget whole year of experiences with him. It was funny though to see Inés Tuñas, Aroa Peillet, Alberto Estévez and Álvaro Alvite lip-synching to Let it Be, by the Beatles (Sam’s favourite band of all time). Clara Cristela, our CLIL teacher, and me, followed by the students José Ramón Cisneros (3ESO) and Sara Riveiro (1BAC) dedicated some moving words to Sam and then Sam read a farewell letter in his already perfect Spanish. This year our English has definitely turned much better, as well as his Spanish (and even his Galician!). See you soon, Sam!
Onte tivemos un acto de despedida para Sam, o noso auxiliar de conversa. Sam converteuse nunha parte importante da nosa vida no centro en Negreira e estamos seguros de que será un fantástico profesor de español en Inglaterra. Por iso dicir adeus púxonos tristes, despois de ter compartido un ano de experiencias inesquecibles. Porén, foi divertido ver a Inés Tuñas, Aroa Peillet, Alberto Estévez e Álvaro Alvite facer un playback de Let it Be, dos Beatles (o grupo favorito de Sam). Clara Cristela, a nosa profesora CLIL, e eu, seguidos polos estudantes José Ramón Cisneros (3ESO) e Sara Riveiro (1BAC) dedicámoslle a Sam unhas emotivas palabras, e logo Sam leu unha carta de despedida no seu (xa) perfecto español. O noso inglés mellorou moito neste ano e o seu español (e mesmo o seu galego!) tamén. Vémonos Sam! Continue Reading
I am going to stop posting for some days. Time for holidays! Merry Christmas!
Vou parar de colgar cousas uns días. Tempo de vacacións! Bo Nadal!
Yesterday in the assembly hall, Burlington Books provided our 3ESO and 4ESO (CLIL and non-CLIL) students with a different way of approaching UK culture in the classroom. Luke Roberts, the trainer, offered a fun and interactive way for our students to learn about various aspects of British culture, such as Food & Drink, The Royal Family, Sport, Music and Famous People. Everyone in the assembly hall had a chance to laugh, to speak, to play and to participate and in the end, there was a quiz in the style of the TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” where two lucky winners (Uxía Pérez e Fran Tuñas) took away a very nice prize. Have a look at the pics!
Onte no salón de actos, Burlington Books deulle ao noso alumnado de 3º e 4º da ESO (CLIL e non-CLIL) unha nova visión sobre como tratar a cultura na aula. Luke Roberts, o formador, mediante unha proposta divertida e interactiva, amosounos varios aspectos da cultura británica, tales como a comida e a bebida, a familia real, o deporte, a música e as persoas famosas. Todos e todas no salón de actos tivemos a oportunidade de rir, falar, xogar e participar e, ao final, houbo un concurso ao estilo do xogo televisivo “Quen quere ser millonario?”, no que dous afortunados ganadores (Uxía Pérez e Fran Tuñas) levaron un bonito premio. Mirade as fotos!
What I like the most about my job is being able to teach students and train teachers at the same time. On Wednesday and Thursday, I lectured on integrated design in Ourense (the Training and Resource Centre), invited by Carmen Calleja, the language consultant there (and friend). It felt like home and I could share lots of experiences and projects with participating teachers. Yesterday I coached 25 teachers from the well-known Colegio San Cernin in Pamplona. The coaching activity, very useful to guide teachers for effective instruction, was about CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning: how to design a school language policy fostering team work and a multilingual approach with teachers from the same school. Today in the morning the Government of Navarre asked me to give a 4-hour lecture on CLIL principles, CLIL design and assessment to CLIL and ESL teachers and, as usual, it was an enriching and rewarding experience. Every time I come to Navarre I realise how ‘involved in’ and ‘aware of’ teachers are here. Attending a 4-hour talk on Saturday not even wanting or asking for a break is truly professional, memorable and, at the very least, admirable. But (you know what?) what I really love is make a very good impression on them talking about my (our) CLIL real experience in the IES Xulián Magariños with my colleagues and, above all, my students. Continue Reading
Clara Cristela, our CLIL teacher in 3º and 4º ESO, has already started working on our Comenius Project with the Bulgarian High School Pencho Slaveikov Comprehensive School. Our CLIL kids (3º ESO bilingual section) have made a wonderful video about their own family tress. Worth watching!
Clara Cristela, a nosa profesora CLIL en 3º e 4º, xa empezou a traballar no noso Proxecto Comenius co instituto búlgaro Pencho Slaveikov Comprehensive School. O noso alumnado CLIL (da sección bilingüe de 3º) fixo un vídeo estupendo sobre as súas árbores xenealóxicas. Paga a pena velo! Continue Reading
The progamme has come to an end after yesterday’s celebration. One can think that students will not learn much English in one week, and that is true, but the thing is that their attitudes to language learning have changed: they are now much more willing to communicate, they now understand the meaning of intercomprehension and interculturality and, obviously, they have learned how to do lots of science-related things in English. We would like to thank the teachers and monitors as well as all the people in charge of the programme. Have a look at the kids’ emotional farewell pics. They will not forget this experience, let alone their new Almerian friends. Continue Reading
After doing an oral English test and attending a certificate-giving ceremony (http://inmersionvera2013.blogspot.com.es), students (divided in Almerian and Galician groups) presented conclusions on what they have learned about the following topics: the three Rs -recycling, reusing and reducing-, human impact on the environment and the concept of global village (what links us). Students and teachers got together for presentations and took pictures before and during the farewell party.
Despois de facer un exame oral en inglés e de asistir á cerimonia de entrega de diplomas (http://inmersionvera2013.blogspot.com.es), o alumnado (dividido en grupos de Almería e Galicia) presentaron as súas conclusións sobre o que aprenderon dos seguintes temas: as tres R -reciclar, reutilizar e reducir-, o impacto do ser humano sobre o medio ambiente e o concepto de aldea global (o que nos une). O profesorado xuntámonos para as presentacións e fixemos fotos antes de e durante a festa de despedida. Continue Reading