martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018

3º and 4º British: IGCSE 2019

If your are thinking about your options for taking the IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), in THIS LINK you will find all the information needed for May 2019 (dates, syllabus, percentages, etc.). 

It is an important decission, so take your time...

viernes, 9 de noviembre de 2018

4º British: Did you know…?

Now that we have started the study of Japanese History, what if we learn some curious facts?

For example, did you know that there was a samurai woman? Her name was Tomoe Gozen (1157-1247) and she participated into several feudal wars, such as the famous Battle of Kurikara. She also appears in one of the most well-knows japanese epic books: the Keiki Monogatari. You can learn more about her HERE. Anyway, she was NOT the first case of female warriors... as we have learnt, Amazones were terrible enemies of ancient greeks, there were many brave viking women (origin of the valkyries myth) or, also in Asia, we have the example of a chinese militar commander, Fu Hao. Who said women are not strong enough?

And what about Yasuke, the African-samurai? Sent to Japan as a slave in 1579 as a part of a diplomatic gift, he was released and trained as samurai by his Shogun.

Japan’s emperor finally sent several diplomatic delegations to Europe, such as the Tensho embassy (1582) and the Keicho embassy (1613). Both of them included Spain in their official routes. There are plenty of documents, letters and official recordings about them, if you want to know the details.

Finally, if you want to learn many more things about Japan’s History or its influence on the cinema (do you know that “7 samurais”, filmed in 1954 by Akira Kurosawa, was adapted several times into western and even animation movies?), remember that you can visit previous links in this same blog.


miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2018

1º British: Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Welcome time-traveling students! You have chosen to research a fascinating topic that is still standing from the days of Ancient China.  This is a team double-task activity.

First, you will need to do an easy online research for answering, as complete as possible, the questions listed below:  

  1. Who order to do the Terra Cotta Warriors?
  2. What do you know about that Emperor and the Qin Dynasty?
  3. How was life in those times? (Art, culture, the Great Wall...)
  4. Terra Cotta Warriors: when and why were they built? Where are they located? What are they made of? Who discovered them and when?
Prepare a  presentation with the answers; you can add maps, portraits, photos... anything that you think is relevant. You have to elaborate your own writting; copy/paste is not allowed and it would mean a penalization on your mark. When finish, send an email with the attached file to

Second: after the revision, you will do a publich speaking in class (about 3-5 minutes). All the members of the team HAVE TO talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

Enjoy the work and good luck!

This work is mandatory and it will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it or you give it out of date, the mark will be a 0. 

You may find additional information in the following links:

Qin Dynasty (Wikipedia) It is only an introduction to the topic, but you ought to visit other (more accurate) websites like the Met Museum or the China Highlights; You can also visit SlideShare or some touristical pages, such as Qin DinastyImperial tours or travel Guide .

domingo, 4 de noviembre de 2018

2º British: World travellers in Medieval Times.

Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Zheng He are some of the most important travellers of all times but... who is the greatest one? Would you like to find it out? Would you like to discover their adventures? This is your oportunity!

This is a double-task activity, in groups (maximun, 4 students). First, do an online research and prepare a presentation (ppt or prezi) with the following 7 topics:

1. Short biographies: write a short bio of each historical character (maximum: 10 lines per character). Add also their portraits.

2. Why travelling? Explain what was the main target of their travels. Bussiness? Holidays? Geographical explorations? Militar conquest?

3. Routes: How old were them when they began their journeys? How long did the journeys take? Who did the longest travel? Which countries did they visit?

4. Primary sources: find some texts from their original books. Choose one extract from it (In your presentation you have to include the text, the chapter it belongs to and the country it is talking about). Them explain why you have chosen that text in particular.

5. Deep study of the place: from the text you have chosen in the previous section, do a deeper study of the area nowadays: Are the cities mentioned on the text still existing? What does the landscape look like nowadays in this area? What differences do you observe between the original description and nowadays situation? You can add images and photos.

6. Imagine you are a young explorer. Use the Internet to research a country that you would like to visit. In a short essay (about 15-20 lines), describe the country, the people, and the sights you will see in this country.

7. Opinion: after studying these three historical characters, which one do you think that is the greatest explorer? Why?

Here you have some links to start:

Marco Polo (in Spanish)
Ibn Battuta (in Spanish)

Second, oral presentation at class (about 6 minutes). ALL members of the team HAVE TO talk. 

This is a mandatory activity and you will receive a mark for it. Of course, cooperation, task-sharing and team-effort will be taken into consideration. If you fail to do it, do it out of time or just copy&paste from internet, you will have a 0.

Are you ready? Go on, enjoy... and good luck! :)