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


07/11/2012 Students on the spot

Hello students. I am sure that you can remember the activity we worked with some time ago, the one that dealt with interviews to famous sportspeople. Here you have the link: https://1esoe1011.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/interviewing-sportspeople/

Part of that activity involved yourselves emulating those people in the videos and creating your own recorded interviews. We finally have them all together on the same post (except for Toni and Andreu’s, still waiting…).

Enjoy them!

3.en.47 Poetry: ” legs” by Robert Graves

Onomatopoeia  is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages. Onomatopoeia is one of the resources of language more often used by poets than prose writers; this is because poetry is made for the ear as well as the eye, and depends more heavily than prose does on sound-effects.

Robert Graves was an English poet who lived and died here in Majorca. He is buried in a beautiful

place. Do you know where?2076-14p

In these verses  from a poem called “legs”, he uses onomatopeia to make us think of a rainy day.

Read the poem aloud. Now you know what a gurgling sound is, don’t you?

And the gutters gurgled

With the rain’s overflow

And the sticks on the pavement

Blindly tapped and tapped

Robert Graves

Tap, tap, tap,

What’s tap dance?EB5042-002

In Gene Kelly’s famous tap dance in the rain, he stands with his big black umbrella under a gurgling gutter overflowing rain.


tap, tap, tapping in the rain, Clip, clip, clip……Xof,xof, xof

gurgle, clapoteig, borboteo

Well, now that you know much more English, you are ready to read the whole poem. We’ll recite it together in class. It is an intriguing poem.

Legs… seem to run away… out of control

let’s see if you like it

Difficult words:

rout  (raʊt)
— n
1. an overwhelming defeat
2. a disorderly retreat
3. a noisy rabble


2.en.45 I wonder whether this was the kind of workshop you were interested in

This week you told me you were interested in a sexuality workshop. This is what sexuality lessons were like in the “Wonder Years” a famous American TV series set in the late 60’s and early 70’s . Maybe similar to “Cuéntame”

I find this episode hilarious. What about you?

What is a milestone?

Who is the narrator?

What is giggling?

Who was responsible for sex education in the  high school?

How old do you think the kids were?

Have you  seen any of the series episodes?

What was going on in America at that time?

2.en.44 What would you do if you won ten million dollars?

In the  Fonix exam, you were asked to give advice to different people that needed help to solve their problems. Quite often, we use conditional sentences to give advice. We also use second conditional to talk about hypothetical situations.

Look at how differently people answer  the same question.

What would you do if you won ….?

watch this Real English  video and post your own answer and comments to the blog.

2.en.43 Luther and the Bangles

Now hat you have already taken your Spanish exam, I’m sure you all know quite a lot about Luther. One of the questions in the test you took a couple of days ago was about him, wasn’t it?

Well, the hidden connection between Luther and The Bangles (an American all-female band that originated in the early 1980s) has an easy answer. History teachers made a fun video about Luther with their music. Let’s see if you like it and if you understand the lyrics.

We’ll be watching it together in class.


2.en.41 Renaissance Man: Learn while singing in English

With Vicent,  in your History Lessons, you are currently working on the Renaissance, so you are familiar with some of the most emblematic figures and artworks of this period. In English lessons we can learn about this epoch while  singing along.

Historyteachers channel in You Tube aims at making learning history fun. Do you think they achieve it?

Try to identify the artworks, philosophers, writers and artists you had learnt about in your History lessons. The music is by a band called the violent femmes

Here you can see another video about Reanaissance painters with some comments written in English.

  • Which of the two videos did you like best?

Homework: You have a week to sort out the lyrics of the Violent femmes video. You know how we do it. Each person in the class must contribute. Write a sentence to the blog. Then,the next person must continue writing where the previous student left it. Hurry up! the sooner you do it, the easier.