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Umayrah Ali




Today, some 1st Bachillerato students have made an interview to Umayrah Ali, our English conversation assistant this year. In this interview they have asked her about her life, her likings and her opinion about Spain:

● Where are you from?
I’m from Glasgow, in Scotland.

What are you doing in Spain this year?
I’m here to learn Spanish because I’m studying it at university.

Why did you decide to study Spanish?
At first I wanted to study French and Italian, but I found them hard and I decided to
learn Spanish. It was easier than the others.

What do you like about Spain?
I like the food and the people, and I like the fact that Spanish culture is based on
family. I’m a family person, and that’s one of the reasons why I like this country.

What’s your favourite place in Spain?
I really like Andalucía, specially Marbella because it is near the beach, and I love the sea.

How many countries have you visited?
I have visited Turkey, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

● For you, what’s the best place in the world?
My favourite country is Hungary because Budapest is very pretty.

What do you like doing in your free time?
I really like to cook and in Scotland I​ ​like driving my car and going out​ with my friends.

Do you like animals?
Yes, my favourite animals are cats.

What do you prefer, teaching in primary school or in secondary school?
Both are very different. In primary school children want to speak English all the time, but in secondary school it is sometimes difficult because teenagers don’t want to speak English so much.

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2019-2020 Welcome back

Hi again . We are starting  a new academic year full of ideas, plans, new students and teachers. Our bilingual section has grown. It reaches up to 3º ESO, so more than 56 pupils will have more lessons in English. Ana Lancho teaches Biology in 1º ESO and Physics and Chemistry in 2nd and 3rd ESO together with Agapito teaching geography and history . Both of them are in charge of the aicle subjects. The English department is composed by 4 members: Pepa, Juan Pedro, M. Ángeles and Yolanda. This year a conversation assistant is joining us. Her name is Umayrah and she comes from Scotland. As part of our yearly plan each month is going to be devoted to some special event, celebration or date . To start with, October will be the month of The Discovery of America. Agapito and his 2nd ESO students will work about this significant event in our History.

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E-twinning project:

4º ESO B students are taking part in an international  project on  e-twinning . E-twinning is a learning European platform  which offers both ,students and teachers, the opportunity to communicate, share  and develop projects within a secure network. The title of our project is Christmas around Europe. Students from several countries :Poland, Italy, Croatia ,Romania and Spain will show how Christmas is celebrated in their countries.

The main goals of the project are:

1. Getting to know Christmas customs and traditions around Europe
2. Developing language skills
3. Improving the knowledge of Twinspace and communication tool

The work will be developed in four steps:

1. Introduction of the different groups of students
2. Sharing  information about Christmas food, church services, family gatherings . The participants will sing ”Silent Night” in a native language
3. Christmas cards exchange
4. The display of X-mas cards in each school sharing the experience

We have just finished our introduction. This is the result:

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Where do they study?

In the ATO schools, which are schools that are accredited by the State Agency for Air Safety (AESA), which is the body that regulates airspace and drone flight.

What do they do?

Maintenance tasks:check turrets and power lines, telephone stations and wind turbines.
Home deliveryIn the future, instead of opening the door tothe dealer we will be waiting for a drone to bring us the order home.
Real estateTake panoramic views of birds. Especially for urbanizations or land with potential for construction.
Wedding photographyMany couples want to give a newapproach to their album. That’s why they hire cameradroneto take pictures from the heights.
Police operations: Search of missing people, forests fires, rescue of survivors ,control of borders and many others.


Why do they do it?

Generating business opportunities, for infrastructure,agriculture and transportation, drons can generate  interesting business opportunities.
It is one of the jobs with more future opprtunities.
What are the requirements?


-Demonstrate some theoretical and practical knowledge.
-Being over 18 years
-A valid medical certificate.
-Be registered in AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea)
-Have specific civil liability insurance for aircraft.

What skills do they need?

To know about radiocontrol or robotics,  both the aircraft and all the systems it includes, as well as handle it safely when it is in the air.

When do they work?

They work when they are hired by a company that needs the services of a drone pilot or selfemployed, being 
a freelancerand offering to perform work or activities related to a drone.
Posted by Elena Salomé González, student of Second Year of Vocational Training.
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Halloween Week

Our students had a great time few days ago. Arroyo de la Luz high school celebrated its Halloween week. The corridors and the doors of most classrooms were decorated with posters, masks, cloths and everything useful to recreate the magic and atmosphere of Halloween. The two best groups of the decoration contest got a big breakfast and everybody got some candy after taking photographs and writing and reading some terrific micro horror stories, which were also a great success. Here we have some of my favorites…

“…We were playing on the porch when we saw that the sky was getting dark. A great storm had begun. We went into the house. A strong wind had started blowing and the windows and the doors opened and closed making a horrible noise. The water was entering everywhere. The electric light went on and off. Shadows floated across the darkness of the porch like ghosts looking for human shelter…” Nuria.

“I always like to read in quiet places, so I used to sit by a nameless grave in the local cemetery and spend hours there until the sunset. On 31st October I did the same, but when I stood up to leave I realized a name had appeared on the gravestone. It was my own”. Victoria.

“My sister died when we were little in a car accident. Every month I have a dream where she appears. I´m in a dark place, and she is in front of me. Little by little she gets closer and closer. He stares me in the eye, and while she is crying… she asks me to go with her”. Nerea.

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Week of Music and Dance

We don´t have a world of music and dance festival in Arroyo de la Luz like the one that takes place in the capital of the province every spring; however, we do have a week of music and dance in our little village.

During the last English week, apart from many other activities, our students of third and fourth year of ESO had the opportunity to sing many karaoke songs in front of their fellow partners as well as sing and dance on the stage of the theatre room. They spent a lot of time on the rehearsals outside high school, but they enjoyed every minute of it and saw that cooperation and fun are also good ways to improve another language.

These are some of the videos of the final event…

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It is a year of celebration. Nothing more and nothing less than the 50th anniversary of our secondary school IES Luis de Morales. It has just turned 50 years since its founding in 1968.50a2


For this reason, the English Department has carried out an activity consisting of the development of a Time Line that includes historical, cultural, social, sporting or even very significant scientific events that have taken place since 1968-2018.

Our students of PMAR, Basic Vocational Training , 3rd year of ESO   and 1st year of Bachilleratohave looked for information and, together with English teachers have done this commemorative work which  has been very useful to make an authentic review of the past and compare the lives of their parents or grandparents with theirs at the current time.


It’s been hard work, but it’s been worth it!



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Sofía Ferrero Guzmán,our writing contest winner, has sent us a brief comment about her dinner at Entre2 Restaurant last 15th February:


“The dinner was fabulous. I take my friend Andrea out. We had a great time.

All the dishes were  delicious. My favourite one was the sirloin with a potato cake, I love meat.


My friend’s favourite dish was the salad. It had egg, lettuce, corn, smoked salmon, tuna, tomatoes and onion.




When we arrived everything was decorated with hearts. I really liked participating in this competition and still much more win this prize.

Thank you very much to all the English Department!”


 Sofía Ferrero Guzmán , student of 1st Year of Bachelor (History and Social Sciencies)

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The result of the First Writing Contest on Love and Friendship, celebrated on St Valentine 2019 in our school is the following:

First finalist:

Resultado de imagen de LOVE LETTERS

Title: The red thread

A love story that shows us that there is an invisible thread that unites us to certain people forever, wherever we go and regardless of how or when.

Pen Name: Athenea

Author: Alicia Cortés Molano

Course: 2nd Baccalaureate of Humanities

Second Finalist:

Resultado de imagen de LOVE LETTERS

Title: Dear Love

A letter addressed directly to Love, in which the author asks those questions that nobody has ever been able to answer. Questions sometimes painful and sometimes recriminating that make it clear that Love can be both wonderful and hurtful.

Pen Name: Ironic and sarcastic

Author: Anabel Ramos Alonso.

Course: 1st Baccalaureate of Humanities


Resultado de imagen de LOVE LETTERS

Title: Dear Irene

The winning writing is a love letter addressed to the beloved little sister. Very well organized and with an excellent use of grammar and vocabulary, the author describes a very special relationship with a person with whom she did not start very well, but who is one of the most important people in her life right now.
A sentimental and exciting letter.

Pen Name: K.L.K.

Author: Sofía Ferrero Guzmán.

Course: 1st Baccalaureate Humanities.


We will publish the three winning essays in next blog posts and we hope you enjoy reading them.

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       St Valentine’s Day Writing Contest

El Departamento de inglés del IES Luis de Morales convoca un concurso de redacción con motivo del Día de San Valentín.
Las bases son las siguientes:

1- Pueden participar los alumnos de 4º de ESO , 1º de Bachillerato y 2º de Bachillerato.
2- El tema será ‘Love and Friendship’ y puede ser una carta, poema, narración o diálogo ESCRITO EN LENGUA INGLESA.
3- La longitud del escrito tendrá un máximo de 150 palabras y un mínimo de 120.
4- La presentación se hará en folio en blanco y escrito a mano por el propio alumno o alumna (se valorará la buena caligrafía).
5- Los trabajos se presentarán hasta el día 8 de febrero (incluído) y se entregarán en la conserjería del centro.
6- En un sobre cerrado se incluirá la redacción, especificando el título y el seudónimo,en este orden:
7-Otro sobre cerrado denominado PLICA , llevará escrito fuera del mismo  el TÍTULO DE LA REDACCIÓN y el SEUDÓNIMO . En su interior se debe incluir la siguiente información:

-Título de la obra
-Nombre(s) y apellido(s) del alumno/ alumna
-Curso y grupo al que pertenece.

7- Se concederá un único premio a la mejor redacción que consistirá en una cena para dos personas en el restaurante elegido por el departamento de inglés. Asímismo,  la redacción premiada se publicará en este blog , junto con otros dos trabajos  que hayan quedado finalistas.

8- El jurado estará compuesto por profesores de los Departamentos de Lengua y Literatura y de Inglés del centro.

9-Quedarán descalificados todos aquellos escritos que no sean originales.



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Dehesa Valley​ Workshop


Something drew my attention when I received the first message about the activity in the youth center of Arroyo on last 8th November: Why did they include English terms in the title? Wasn´t the presentation in Spanish? I asked the messenger and she told me she did not know anything about it: it was just the title of the workshop. So I went to the organizer of the event and asked him the same question: Why did they include English words in the title of that extracurricular activity? Did they pretend to make it more attractive to young people? Did they want to look modern? Or was just the typical inferiority complex we Spaniards feel before having been abroad? It looked absurd to say “valley” instead of “valle”. Why not saying “Valle de la Dehesa”, much more literary, although not so trendy as “Dehesa Valley”, of course? Did they want to look superior to the rest of us by using English terminology?

Isidro told me that everything new comes from California. Also that Maker Movement that they wanted to present to our FP students. That fact would explain the reference to that area near San Diego, Dehesa Valley. I did not insist much on the issue, but when the day came and I had to accompany my students of Grado Medio to the youth center I understood better what my colleague had told me. The schedule was full of English terms: Hacker Spaces,  DIY (do it yourself), Fablab, Maker Fair, Fab Academy, Maker Movement… Undoubtedly the origin of all that was in America and from America it had spread all over the world.

Then I asked one of the speakers why did they use such an exaggerated quantity of English terminology. Wouldn´t it be more sensible to translate all those words into Spanish rather than leave them untranslated? He explained to me that it was more practical to leave them in English. They needed to speak and write to people from many other countries to help each other. By leaving all those words in their original language they could instantly know what they were talking about.

The explanation was reasonable. You may share it or not, but it seems a good idea to have common terms that students and inventors from everywhere can understand easily. What happens in many fields of our present-day society happens in the field of technology, too. The Maker Movement has democratized modern technology but it has made English even stronger: you can do nearly everything no matter where you are with a few gadgets and a bit of help, but still, you will need English to get that help and do it yourself.

The world speaks in English, so does technology