1.en.24 The Lights of Saint Martin and s’Almudaina outing dossier

In case you want to visit again the Cathedral without moving from your seat, you can take a virtual tour here


Here you can find excellent information in English about the Cathedral and s’Almudaina


1.en.8 Interactive world map: social indicators, population, economy, environment

Vicent Viel has been talking to you about migration and we read an article in El País about this topic last week. Rocío María Cerdán, a student from 1ESO E, found this great interactive map. In order to understand migration flows, it might be helpful to know some data that can explain why people migrate: social indicators, economy and population  provide answers to understand migration flows.  You just need  a click with the mouse and facts and figures appear in this map.


Check if you understand the aspects that are analysed in social indicators

in economy

and in population

HOMEWORK: TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Now take two countries, a developing one and a rich developed one. Use the interactive map and compare data. Write your answers in your notebook and post  those you find interesting to the blog. 


  1. What is the percentage of population living in urban areas? 
  2. What about rural areas?
  3. What is the public expenditure in education?
  4. What is the public expenditure in health?
  5. What is the life development index’
  6. What about the literacy rate?


1.en.6 Revision of comparatives to help you compare cities: size, population, wealth, density

Now, we’ll have a closer look at grammar and see how to compare adjectives. There are some rules you must bear in mind.

Look at this excellent power point from grup14  and check if you understand how comparing adjectives works. Take notes in your workbook. Label your notes: grammar, comparatives and also make a reference to the post (1.en.6.) this way you will always know where your notes come from.

Did you find the presentation useful?

We shall do more practice in class and you must have the rules at hand, but now some homework. Before Tuesday the 27th

Go to  Vicent Viel’s first post: Principals aglomeracions urbanes and click on the link he gave you:


Homework: Tuesday 27th September. Make 3 sentences comparing the cities that appear in the chart and post them to the blog. Copy the sentences you post in your notebook too.

Rules for doing this exercise.

  • You cannot repeat a sentence that has previously been posted.
  • When you mention a city, you must know where the city  is a you must also be able to locate the city in a map.

It will be easier for the first ones to post the comments to the blog, so Hurry up!

Useful terms.

more populated than

most heavily populated

more densely populated than

less populated

the most populated in .. /the least populated in …..

You can compare cities at world level, within a continent or within a country. You can also compare continents.

No excuses for lack of data. If you run out of information to make your three sentences check this other site:


1.en.5 Are cities sustainable? How much energy do they spend? Orbital tour of cities at night: glowing spider webs in the darkness

In his first post this year, Vicent, your History teacher, posted about mega cities and gave you a link so you could find out the huge number of people that live nowadays in conurbations, megacities and metropolitan areas.

Let’s consider the amount of energy they consume at night. We’ll be orbiting the earth at night. We shall reflect on the different patterns they reflect. Can you draw any conclusions from this variation in patterns?


Have a look at a you tube video that zooms in different cities at night. The images are beautiful and they give you a different perspective of cities too, you will see variations in light patterns. You have already analysed in History lessons different city structures.  This time you will see what cities look like at night, depending on light. You will have an unusual vantage point: thanks to technological advances you will be orbiting the earth on a sattelite. Enjoy!

The narrator tells us the name of the city, the country and makes some comments on the pattern of lights and the colours.

I do not want you to do any difficult homework, it is a long video, just concentrate on the beauty of the images and get used to how cities are pronounced in English.

I have included a list of the cities and places that appear in the video and  grouped them by continents. You have also a map, to give you the opportunity to situate the cities in the map.


  1. Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Milan, Italy
  3. Athens, Greece
  4. Antwerp, Belgium
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. London, England
  7. Cairo Egypt
  8. the pyramids
  9. the Nile
  10. Tel Aviv Israel
  11. Jerusalem
  12. Riyahd, Saudi Arabia
  13. Jedda, Saudi Arabia
  14. Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  16. oil field  fires near Kuwait city
  17. North west coast of India
  18. Karachi, Pakistan
  19. Manila, Philippines
  20. Yangon, Myanmar
  21. Hong Kong, China
  22. Busan, South Korea
  23. Fukuoka, Japan
  24. a fleet of fishing boats in the Korea Strait
  25. Tokio, Japan
  26. Nagoya, Japan
  27. Brisbane, Australia
  28. Sao Paolo, Brazil
  29. Mexico City, Mexico
  30. El Paso, Texas
  31. Phoenix, Arizona
  32. San Francisco Bay area, USA
  33. Miami, Florida
  34. Huston, Texas
  35. Los Angeles and San Diego, USA
  36. Wahshington DC, USA
  37. Las Vegas, USA

Here follows some of the sentences you will hear in the video:

the cities of the Middle East are multicoloured and strikingly beautiful

Cities in Europe display a network of roads that radiate outwards like glowing spider webs

Some north American cities display a clear North,South, East,West grid pattern

We now have a database of 400.000 images of cities at night

Homework: Tuesday 26th September

  1. Choose a couple of cities you had not heard of and try to locate them in the map.
  2. Practice the pronunciation .
  3. Send a post to the blog with the 2 cities you have learnt to situate on the map.
  4. Which cities, if any, did you miss in the list?
  5. Any other comments?
  6. Did you like the images?
  7. Did you learn any geography?
  8. Are all the cities that appear on the video reflected in the map that opens this post?
  9. Which continent/continents are less represented?
  10. Which place would you like to visit and why?

Remember not to repeat the same answers. Copy your answer in your notebook too.