Publicado en Courses and Projects, General

Aprendizaje Basado en Proyectos (ABP o PBL, Project-based learning)

This year our students of Second Year of Professional Training are going to work with projects.This way of working in the classroom helps your students

  • learn to learn

  • encourages them to participate

  • achieves significant learning

Working with projects consists of proposing to the students a research or development project with specific objectives that they must achieve. The students themselves must organize, obtain information, organize and elaborate to answer the proposed question or to solve the problem.


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After making a brainstorm with the students about the jobs that will be more demanded in the future or that will have greater relevance, we decided to make a series of professional profiles.
The students chose those jobs that were most interesting to them and after searching the internet, they completed a file answering key questions about these professions with a future.
Jobs as a biomechanical engineer, drone pilot, domotic technician, 3D printing technician, recycling technician, scout, video game player or blogger and instagramer,

They will post their projects in this blog to share their experiences with the rest of the school groups.




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We would appreciate your comments on these professions. We are looking forward to your opinions.

  • Do you think they will be so important in the near future?
  • Would you like to study to become one of these professionals?
  • Do you think there are other jobs that could be added to these successful professional profiles?
Publicado en Celebrations, English class, General, Halloween



This year Halloween  has been equally terrifying, or even more so, than previous courses. Our school has been fantastically decorated with the work done by the students  of first and second cycle of ESO and of the first year of bachillerato. Besides, students of PMAR and basic vocational training have also contributed their bit.

We are going to tell you about the spooky jobs that students have done for Halloween and we will also show you some pictures to share with you.

First Cycle of ESO


ESO’s first cycle works have focused on the figure and legend of Count Dracula. Students have researched the origins of the most famous vampire in history and have learned a lot about this evil character.

Students have shown great interest and have demonstrated outstanding imagination in the crafts they have made: coffins, vampires and figures of varied shapes and materials have filled the exhibition.

collage halloween

The students of First Cycle also made some yummy and frightening  Dracula Cakes that they shared with the rest of their classmates. Delicious!!!


Thanks to  Marta Jordán Ordiales , the First Cycle teacher , for  her collaboration to these amazing works.



To celebrate this festival of terror, monsters and darkness, my 4º ESO B students have been working on writing acrostics. An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or a message. In this case, Halloween terms should be the spine of these poetic compositions. Playing with words is another way of discovering all the possibilities that a language offers.

At first sight ,the task seemed hard , even imposible for students . Step by step they left fear out and found the work fun and joyful.

We will show you some results:





My students of PMAR have been working very hard on the decorations of their classroom doors, showing a lot of imagination.

Thanks to my students for their collaboration.

By Yolanda Clemente Sánchez


Bachillerato students have also participated in this celebration with varied projects made on posters. In them, it is shown all the information they have found on the Internet related to some of the most famous monsters and legends of all times.They have discovered  terrifying creatures and spooky legends like  The Mummy, Sleepy Hollow, The Werewolf , Jack’O’Lantern or The Errant Dutch ..

Frankestein has been the topic of other Bachillerato projects: its author (Mary Shelley), characters, main topics and historical background.

How  Halloween  is celebrated around the world is another topic  that has motivated the students to search on the Internet and find, learn and share interesting information .

Frankestein Collage

It has been an interesting and funny Halloween celebration. We wait for all of you the next year!!!


Publicado en General, Students' posts


gamer          skull


GAMER means player, or translated into serious Spanish: Viciado. GAMER is anyone who spends a minimum of time playing video games. Then clearly, there are the GAMERS trolls, the fanboys gamers, and the maximumgamers that are those that spend 22 hours playing in a row…



A video game player, gamer or gamer, also known by gamer Anglicism, is anyone who likes video games. … A gamer is that person who is known for playing with great dedication and interest in video games and for having an extensive knowledge about these and at the same time, they charge.



Being a gamer can be summarized as “a person who likes video games” or “a person whose hobby is video games”. But being a gamer is much more than that. The gamers do not belong to any urban tribe, they do not dress in any particular way, but they all share the same hobby, the same passion



                       LEE JAE DONG                                          

                                                                 JHONATHAN WENDEL             MIROSLAVH BASLHIfamous


Posted by Felix Carrero Marín, student of Second Year of Vocational Training.

Publicado en General, Students' posts

JOB PROFILE: Headhunter


Where do they work?

 In   big companies such as Linkedin.

 What do they do?
 Headhunters choose professionals who can form part of their database.

Why do they do it ?
To help companies to find the talented people they need in their organizations.

What are the requirements?
Postgraduate in HR (Human Resources) or Coach training.

When do they work?
They work 24 hours a day, even at weekends from their houses using their PC, mobile pone and Ipads.

What skills do they need?
-They must be up to date. The way to do this is by attending events, conferences, presentations, places where potential candidates maybe.

-Having an evaluation capability is important to evaluate the professional fit of the candidates for what our client needs.

-Objectivity vs. subjectivity. In a selection process they must maintain the utmost objectivity.

-Discretion. Sometimes the search is by substitution and the person who is going to be replaced still occupies the position.

-Professionalism and integrity.

-Flexibility: Processes can change so you have to adapt to the circumstances.

-Passion and tenacity. You don’t always find your candidate fast!

-Conviction: Some candidates are not in active search and do not even expect the call of a Headhunter. The first approach is very important.

Famous headhunters

Jorge Mendes is a Portuguese footballer representative who chairs the Gestifute representation company. He is considered one of the most influential in the world and among his clients are Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez and coach Jose Mourinho among other world class players.


Posted by Alba Granado González, student of  Second Year of Vocational Training.

Publicado en General

Twilight of Shades

I used to think that modern poets were nasty people, but not any more. Apart from being a good person and a good friend, Mario Lourtau writes excellent poetry, and the literary prizes he has got is proof for that. The first time I read one of his books I felt a strange feeling inside. I could see the quality of those verses, but that little man did not regard himself a god, he didn´t boast himself or looked down on me as many arrogant poets tend to do with those who are not expert at what they do. Then I told him about the images of his poetry, and the words that reminded the childhood in Extremadura and the vocabulary that surprises once and again. No doubt Mario masters Spanish. But he also writes English poems. I did not know that until Carmen, the language teacher in our high school, asked Mario to talk about his literary work to our students. Then I discovered another advantage of being bilingual: I could appreciate and compare both the beauty of the Spanish version and the English one of TWILIGHT OF SHADES. Thank you Mario. We will not be afraid of literature, as you advise us, I promise.

Publicado en General, Students' posts



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.
Publicado en General

Our Conversation Club

Our conversation club has started.

Every Thursday, during the second break, a few of us will be talking in English in the staff room. Maybe with some tea and some biscuits, like real English men and women. The time and the venue are provisional. We might even join together after school if our idea becomes a success. Also, we can get in touch with other high schools in the area around Cáceres and see if they are interested in the experience. The more participants, the better.

As for our students of ESO, Iḿ afraid they are not crazy about meeting during breaks to talk in English. They must think that our conversation club needs some special commitment, or perhaps they just prefer to relax before going to classes again. In any case, they might change their minds if we show them that idle chatting is fun as well as a good way to learn and improve.

By the way, in our conversation club we can talk about anything, but it seems sensible to avoid political and religious issues in order not to hurt anyone`s feelings.

And last, but not least, our high school has just been subscribed to SPEAK UP, an English magazine that will be at our disposal whenever we want. Apart from their articles, this magazine offers a DVD every two months that can be used for our purpose. That powerful resource will make our club far more interesting: everybody enjoys a good film.

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eTwinning : “Penpals Project”

img_2537Hi there!

In 1st and 2nd Grade we are working in an eTwinning project called: “Penpals Project”.

But, what is eTwinning? What are you talking about?

Let’s me explain: “eTwinning” is a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and to be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.

In the project, we are working with 5 European schools from Turkey, Italy, Poland, Germany and France. The idea of the project is to practice using the English language in the form of traditional letters. Students write letters every 2 months.

In this post, I’ll show you how we are working in class, we are very excited because we will send the letters next week.

Besides that, I think it’s a great resource to use in my class.

I’m tired of traditional methodology,  I need a change, to involve my students in the use of English in their everyday lives. Actions speak louder than words so,  I took the decision to open my mind and to explore other ways of teaching: projects, flipped classroom, presentations…

And here we are!

This first letter is about their hobbies, they must talk about 2 of them,  why they like, with who they play…

I hope you like it, I’ll post some pics.

Publicado en English class, General



We are surrounded by acronyms, that is, letters that mean something, that hide the name of companies,brands, sport clubs, or just expressions that we use in our everyday language.
CNN, UK, USA, NASA, NGO, VIP or FAQ constantly appear in the news we read or hear in the media or the internet.
The acronyms are quite useful and suppose a fundamental tool in what is known as economy of language. Human language tends to say the most things using the least number of words, but choosing those that best promote communication between people. This is what prevents our interlocutor from getting bored when we tell a story or stay asleep at a conference or during a lesson.
In this sense, acronyms represent a shortcut to express ideas or name things more quickly and accurately.
Another example of this economy in the language is the use of abbreviations in informal English, on the Internet or on mobile phones. Technology is a world where speed is essential, so the use of these abbreviations is common.

This can be dangerous among students and young people in general, who are more interested in getting their messages across and less concerned about correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Since texting has become a way of life of many students, it is feared that the SMS language can affect students’ written performance. 

It is the teachers’ job to correct and make  students  distinguish between the language of text messages and the  language that should be used in an academic context.

Do you know some of these SMS abbreviations? Can you create  your own TNGAs (The New Great Abbreviations) ?
@ – at
2 – to, too
2L8 – Too Late
2nite – tonight
2U2 – To you too
4 – for
ASL? – Age, Sex, Location?
AYT? – Are You There?
B4 – BeforeB / C – Because                                           
BF – Boyfriend
GF – Girlfriend
BTW – By The Way
C – see
CIO – Check It Out
CU – See You
Cud – could
CYA – See You
DIY – Do It Yourself
DL or D / L – Download
Dnr – dinner
F2F – Face to Face
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
GGL – Giggle
H & K – Hugs and Kisses
HAND – Have A Nice Day
IC – I See
J / K, JK – Just Kidding
KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid
L8 – late
L8R – Later
LOL – Laughing Out Loud
M8 – Mate
N2M – Not too Much
OMG – Oh My God
PLZ – Please
ROFL – Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROTFL – Rolling On The Floor Laughing
TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday
TX, TNX – Thanks
TYVM – Thank You Very Much
Tom – tomorrow
U – you
UL or U / L – Upload
UR – You are, your
W8 – Wait
W8AM – Wait A Minute
W / O – Without
YW – You’re Welcome

TYVM, CU ASAP (ThanK You Very Much. I See You As Soon As Possible)

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Talk to me (in English)

Sometimes we are so shy that we don´t really know how much we know.

Last Thursday, to make up for the loss of our conversation assistant this year, I offered myself for chatting: I told a fellow-worker to speak to me in English every time he wanted. Of course, my English cannot be as good as the one of a native speaker, but we can learn from each other and improve just by practicing a little every day.

My new friend and I had been talking for a few minutes when all of a sudden he confessed a secret to me: despite feeling rather insecure when speaking in English, he had published excellent articles in prestigious scientific magazines. I could not believe my ears. However, he helped my unbelief and switched on one of the computers in the staff room and showed them to me. To my surprise, I found a lot of articles full of specific terms related to the world of chemistry too difficult for me to understand, but certainly written in the language of Shakespeare.

How could that be possible? He could write decently, but he hardly spoke a few words? Well, in fact, that is exactly the same problem that many students need to sort out after finishing high school or university. They have the knowledge, but not the courage. They are so afraid of making mistakes and look silly and ridiculous that prefer not to say anything and remain silent and quiet. They become excellent writers, but poor speakers.

Then I told him how I became bilingual. It did not happen abroad, in the United Kingdom, Ireland or the States. It happened in the classes of English Literature at university, when our teacher asked for comments on the novels that we had to read. I used to write  those comment on a small piece of paper before raising my hand and saying anything. One day I realized I did not need to write them down any more and started speaking what came out of my mind.

You can do the same, I said.