1.en.1 Writing a newspaper article: A talk

Gonzalo Fanjul

This Monday we are attending a talk by Gonzalo Fanjul, an economist specialized in Development Policies and owner of the blog 3.500 millones de ideas irreverentes contra la pobreza.

He will talk about why the number of people in the world  suffering from lack of food is growing, while at the same time obesity and food waste is on the increase.


Listen to what he has to say and take notes during the talk in order to write a newspaper article (225 to 250 words).

Features of your Article

Headline: Font type: ARIAL; Font size: 28

Text Font type: ARIAL; Font size: 12

Text in two columns

Images: Include at least one image, don’t forget to add caption (and source if possible)

Here you are some guidelines on how to do it:

Structure of a newspaper article

Newspaper articles usually have a title (called the headline) that is set in large type. The writer of a newspaper article is often not credited; if the author is mentioned, this credit is called the author’s byline.

The beginning of each newspaper article (the first paragraph) is called the lead (one or two sentences long); the lead should summarize the main facts of the article, telling the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) and how. The first paragraph should also contain a hook, something that grabs the reader’s attention and makes the reader want to read the rest of the article.

The rest of the paragraphs form the body of the article. It can consist of several supporting paragraphs which go into more detail about the topic, often including quotes and interesting facts. The less important information should appear later in the article, since the article may be cropped (shortened) by the editor (the person who puts the newspaper together) to make the article fit on the newspaper page.

This layout is usually called the inverted pyramid layout:     

Task: Imagine you work as a reporter for an English newspaper. Your boss has sent you to cover the talk and write in the next edition of the paper. Use your notes and any extra information you can gather in the web to write a short article (between 175 and 200 words) reflecting the content and the development of the talk.

Don’t forget to follow the Inverted Pyramid layout and include all the different parts of a newspaper article.

To learn more about writing a newspaper article follow this link: Writing newspaper articles.


3.en.61 Talking about the future.

During the last weeks we have been working on how to talk about the future. This time we are going to focus on a simple question: “Where do you see yourself in 15 years”. In order to get an idea of some possible answers, I have interviewed some people who have told me about their future plans.

Task 1Watch the video and answer the following questions in your notebook:

– What kind of job would Andrew like to have in the future? Explain giving details.

– Would he like to have a family by then? Explain.

– Where does Marta see herself in 15 years? Explain in your own words. Include every aspect of what she says.

– What place would Pepi like to go back in the future? Where is it? Research about it and tell the most typical things you can find there.

– Why does Sonsoles expect to be better off when she talks about money?

– Why does Maria think she will be alive in 15 years time?

– What does she say about her family? Explain.

Task 2 – Now let’s focus on grammar and have a look at the new verb tenses we have just learned. Go through the videos thoroughly and extract all the Future Continuous (will be + verb-ing) and Future Perfect (will have + past participle) forms that appear in the video. Sort them out according to the person who uses them. Write a list in your notebook.

Task 3 – Last week you wrote a composition answering the same question. Post it as a reply to this activity .

Here you’ve got your own videos:


Álvaro’s video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZHJRMTzD8I

1.en.25 Taking steps to fight cyberbullying: useful hints to choose passwords that protect you against identity theft

If parents, teachers and students cooperate to fight bullying, we’ll certainly make it more difficult for bullies to act  with impunity.  Silvia’s mum, Rosa, is taking an on line course at the  IOC, Institut Obert de Catalunya. She sends us this set of instructions she got from the web of the IOC. She hopes we’ll find them useful. I will follow her advice to protect  my on line identity, and I strongly recommend  you to do the same. Thanks to Rosa for her contribution to make the Ramon Lull a bully free school. 

1.en.19 A black humour story of a punctuation mark.

In 1.en.17 you have a list of the abbreviations that we’ll use to improve your writings. “P” stands for punctuation. Punctuation marks are often forgotten. However, they are very important.

Have a look at this short video. Poor grandpa’s life depends on accurate use of a single comma!

  • Are you aware of punctuation marks when you write? 
  • Can you think of any other sentences where punctuation makes a difference?
  • Post comments to the blog 

Homework: Thursday 27th .Read carefully the exercises included in this handout I have uploaded to slide share for you. Copy answers in your notebbok and learn what the names of punctuation marks are in English.