3.en.51 Idioms with food and groups

  1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away         Toni Rojas
  2. It only takes a bad apple to spoil the barrel  Miquel Segui
  3. I don’t give a fig                                           Francina Alajarín
  4. Another bite at the cherry                             Isidre Martí
  5. Don’t cry over spilt milk                               Jaume de la Asunción
  6. Like a fish out of water                                 Joana Cifre
  7. Nutty as a fruit cake                                      Mar Piña

3.en.50 Olivar outing

Congratulations for your good behaviour and enthusiam during the outing. Both, Bernat and myself are very proud of you. We hope we’ll be able to do similar activities next year.  The ecological market was quite empty but the stall owners were very friendly and gave us lots of information. One of them gave us a poster on seasonal products that can be very helpful to know which vegetables and fruits are FRESHER, TASTIER AND MORE NUTRITIOUS. The

Bernat explained everything about melons and pumkins  in Majorca.  By the way, let’s see if you know how to access the page using an application for smart phones. 

All of you had the opportunity to test your English interviewing tourists. Swedish, Norwegian, German and English. Joan Flaquer  was not shy at all and, after interviewing a Polish girl, told her in perfect English that she had beautiful eyes!

You certainly have discovered how hard it is to make ends meet. Food is expensive, isnn’t it? Was your weekly budget sensible?

Look at this pic. You had to do lots of additions to see how much virtual money you had spent.

Well, we’ll talk about results and conclusions in class. In the mean time, Look at this web site and find out more about seasonal products, this time in the UK.

3.en.49 Food project

Tomorrow, during our visit to El Olivar,  you will be able to check whether your budget to feed a family of four members is a sensible one. After working with your group, I’m sure you have discovered how different eating habits and food expenditure  are at world level. Most you have been working on this project and power point presentation for more than two weeks. Now, it is time to compare our eating habits with three other families from different parts of the world.

Here follow some sources we have used to carry out the project.

Peter Manzel is a famous photographer. He and his wife, Faith D’Aluisio, a writer,  travelled around the world taking photographs of different families. They asked families to pose next to the food they ate on an average week. They also calculated the money spent. The result was a wonderful book “Hungry Planet”, which will help us reflect, among other things,  on our eating habits. The images displayed in this post were taken from this book.

To begin with, have a look at the Ahmed family of Cairo. We have been talking about the Mediterranean diet, haven’t we?

  1. Have a look at the food displayed on the table.
  2. Can you compare it with the list you are making?
  3. Can you see any major differences?
  4. Similarities?
  5. What about the family? Is it similar to a Spanish family?
  6. What about the money spent on food per week?

Here follows a power point I found in slide share with photos taken from Peter Menzel’s book. You will see different families, as well as their food expenditure per week. Also, each slide includes information about each  family’s favourite dish.


Remember that in your Power Point presentation you must include the following:


  1. Position of the country in the map and its neighbouring countries
  2. Population
  3. Position of the city/village where your family lives. Try to use google earth
  4. Expenditure in food per week (Find out currency and convert it in dollars or euros)
  5. Number of people in the family
  6. Position of the country in the ranking by GDP (nominal) per capita
  7. Describe the family and the food displayed
In 2008, there was an exhibition in Madrid and Barcelona with photos from Peter Menzel’s book. You can still visit it on line. The information has been translated into Spanish and Catalan, so it will help you prepare your family presentation as well as the equivalent in euros. I include here the Ahmed family as an example. If you look at the top menu, you will see that you can choose and activate any of the three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.
Here you can see the title of the online exhibition in Catalan: Planeta Afamat: allò que menja el món.


  • Pronunciation site to help you with names of countries and places.


  • World flag data base (includes basic facts about countries: population, currency, languages)


  • World maps (includes basic facts about continents)


  • Virtual exhibition from Caja Madrid on Peter Menzel’s photographs.


  • Peter Menzel’s web site. He is responsible for the great pictures and together with the texts written by his wife they have made this project possible.


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3.en.48 Dress rehearsal: Te Pillé Caperucita and Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes


Last week I had the opportunity to see your rehearsal of Te Pillé Caperucita. I was quite impressed, you have improved a lot and you did a great job. Improving your diction,  your body language and  using acting techniques will help you overcome shyness and  become better at speaking in front of an audience. In English, you have proved your acting skills putting on stage a fable. Don’t you remember? The sun and the wind.  Right now, you are presenting your food project to the class and, again, you are developing awareness on how important it is to be confident in order to put your message through.

Fairy tales are often transformed and twisted. Roald Dahl, created a great collection of rhymes using traditional fairy tales. Let’s see what you think of his version of Lilltle Red Riding Hood. We’ll practice reading it aloud together.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma’s door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, “May I come in?”
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
“He’s going to eat me up!” she cried.

And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, “That’s not enough!
I haven’t yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!”
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
“I’ve got to have a second helping!”
Then added with a frightful leer,
“I’m therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood.”
He quickly put on Grandma’s clothes,
(Of course he hadn’t eaten those).
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes, and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma’s chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And then she said,

“What great big ears you have, Grandma.”
“All the better to hear you with,” the Wolf replied.
“What great big eyes you have, Grandma.”
said Little Red Riding Hood.
“All the better to see you with,” the Wolf replied.

He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I’m going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She’s going to taste like caviar.

Then Little Red Riding Hood said, “But Grandma,
what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.”

“That’s wrong!” cried Wolf. “Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I’m going to eat you anyway.”
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, “Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.”

Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhyme

3.es.54 Balance (2)

Me han gustado vuestros comentarios al anterior post, pero creo que pueden mejorarse. Intentad aportar algo que no se haya dicho en el popio post o en el resto de comentarios, con datos, ideas u opiniones más personales. Y me gustaría que al final os evaluaseis sinceramente, si es posible con una nota como ha hecho Franco. ¿Os acordaís cuando pusisteis una nota a vuestra autoestima?

Hoy os comentaré lo referente a la informática. Formáis parte de un programa de Secciones Europeas que aumenta la cantidad y calidad de vuestro inglés (¿notáis lo mucho que habéis mejorado a la hora de entender y hablar o escribir en inglés?), pero este curso además habéis formado parte de un programa que sustituye el libro de texto por Internet.

Habéis usado muchas herramientas online, aunque sea de forma superficial. Google Docs, Edmodo, correo de grupo, Dropbox, iVoox, Voxopop, Twitter, paper.li… Hemos aprendido qué es un sistema operativo (hay tres, ¿os acordáis?), un procesador de textos, un formato de archivo, un navegador… En clase habéis usado los netbooks. Y sobre todo el blog: solo darse de alta y subir una imagen a Gravatar resultó toda una heroicidad para muchos.

Y es que no todos tenéis la misma facilidad para la informática. No podemos comparar, por ejemplo, a Adrián con Pere. Lo importante, ahora que llegamos al final, es valorar el progreso de cada uno, cuántas cosas ha aprendido.

Actualmente es importante (y cada vez más) dominar dos recursos: inglés e informática. Aprender informática no quiere decir aprender vocabulario (byte, píxel…) sino sobre todo saber usarlo, igual que pasa con el inglés. Saber buscar, seleccionar información, darse de alta en servicios, subir o descargar archivos, grabar un audio.
Dos consejos finales:
1. Cerrad sesión siempre que acabáis de emplear un servicio, especialmente si compartís el ordenador (o tablet o móvil) con otras personas.
2. No hagáis copia-y-pega cuando os encarguen cualquier trabajito. Esto lo puede hacer cualquiera y vosotros sois estudiantes.

3.es.53 Balance (1)

No solo los bancos y las tiendas hacen balance, también las personas hacemos balances de nuestra actividad al cabo de un tiempo: qué nos va bien, qué nos va mal, qué tenemos que cambiar.
Acaba el curso y podemos hacer un balance de cómo os ha ido en vuestro primer curso de secundaria.
Mi impresión es que, para todos vosotros, el balance es positivo: ha habido más cosas buenas que malas.

Empiezo por el aspecto personal.
Hemos practicado el diálogo, el debate. Hemos discutido mucho en clase, sobre distintos temas y hemos analizado entre todos los problemas de convivencia que se han presentado. Hemos tomado decisiones conjuntas (quizás la primera fue el nombre del blog) y algunos de vosotros han mejorado su actitud: interrumpen menos, se contienen más. Discutir es muy difícil, y ni siquiera las personas mayores sabemos hacerlo. No nos escuchamos, insistimos en los mismos argumentos del principio sin atender a los de los demás, a veces nos enfadamos, gritamos, insultamos.
Las discusiones en clase han sido un estupendo ejercicio de expresión oral. Tanto para los tímidos a los que les cuesta hablar en público como a los estrellas que hablan demasiado monopolizando la atención del grupo.
En general, el tono de los debates y discusiones ha sido cordial y civilizado. Y casi siempre hemos conseguido respetar el turno de palabra: esto es un éxito de todos.

La expresión escrita nos ha permitido descubrir varios buenos escritores entre vosotros. Hemos aprendido a controlar y revisar la ortografía, un aspecto en el que algunos alumnos todavía tienen que mejorar. Las redacciones deben estar estructuradas en párrafos para evitar matar de asfixia al lector. Frases cortas y puntos aparte. Margen a la izquierda y líneas que no se tuerzan demasiado. La presentación de cualquier texto escrito es importante, tanto como el contenido, porque según como esté produce una impresión atractiva o desagradable en quien nos lea.

El cuaderno os ha obligado a estructurar los apuntes, y este trabajo no ha sido fácil para los alumnos más vagos y desordenados.