miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2019

2º British: Great explorers of Modern Age

In the first term we studied the most famous travellers of Medieval Age (Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Zheng He). Modern Age was the time of the Great Explorations: the discovering of America and the circumnavigation of the Globe. Let’s study it!

First of all, watch carefully the following TED-ed video about Magellan’s adventure (about 6 minutes, in English).

Secondly, fill in the class worksheet as completely as possible. If you need some extra help, there is plenty of information on the IAPH dossier (in Spanish), with wonderful illustrations about what is needed on board or the different parts of an exploration ship; and also the mariners museum web, including a complete guide of the Health measures on board that will be quite useful for your task.

When finish, give the complete worksheet to the teacher. As usual, this work is mandatory. If you do not finish it, do it out of date or just copy&paste from internet, your score will be 0.

Ready? Steady? Go!

domingo, 17 de febrero de 2019

1º British: Historical comic!

Yes! This is your opportunity to show your creativity because the task for this term is... making an historical comic! In can be done individually or in pairs.

You can choose any historical topic related with the syllabus of this year. For example: a hunting search during prehistorical times, life in Çatal Hüyuck, the adventures of Gilgamesh, Enheduanna working in her book, Hammurabi at his throne, an egyptian mummification, an adventure in Ancient Greece, the volcanic eruption in Thera... even a love story, why not?

The story must be "original" and have at least 10 cartoon panels (viñetas). To do this there are several programs, but I recommend Comic Life.

Comic Life is a very simple program to manage: just select one of the templates (pages with cartoon panels already prepared) and start including photos. And where can you get the photos? Here there are many possibilities: you can search on the Internet images, video games or drawings that are appropriate to the subject; or you can take your own photos by using playmobil... or even dress up yourself!

Once that the photos are in, it is only necessary to insert the balloons (bocadillos) that will collect the texts of the characters: dialogues, screams, thoughts...

You can download the program from softonic, but as it is a demo version it will only be available 30 days. In case you need it, you can rewatch the youtube’s tutorial.

When finish, you should save your comic in .comicdoc or .pdf format and send that file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com . The deadline is 10 MARCH. As usual, this work is mandatory; if you failed to do it, send it out of time of just copy from any webpage, your mark will be 0.

After correcting and evaluating your "works of art", I will upload them to the blog so that you can all enjoy them. Ready? Steady? Go! J

miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2019

Reto Lector 2019: En clave femenina

¿Ya os habéis apuntado al Reto Lector 2019: En clave femenina de nuestra biblioteca escolar? ¿Ya habéis escogido a vuestra autora de novela gráfica para esta primera prueba? Si aún no os habéis decidido, en el blog de La Biblio del Vasco podéis encontrar numerosas sugerencias:

¡Feliz lectura! :)

lunes, 11 de febrero de 2019

2ºBritish: G.O.S.T.- Stage 5: Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic Monarchs

This is a really important and revelant topic. Why? Because it was the starting point of the "Modern monarchies & Estates" (15 minutes video), finishing the feudal society, and because a New World was discovered (but... who was the first one? Watch this 10 minutes video and find it out). 

As you can imagine by this introduction, this stage of the game will take time... Keep calm and pay attention.

Thanks to TVE series, we can watch the key moments in the life of Isabella and Ferdinad. Can you put them in the correct chronological order?

Fragment: Royal wedding

Do not forget to visit the TVE-Isabel official website, you will find it quite useful for the next Mission, ahem. Same for the “Marriage alliances” that they achieved: 

But no doubt the first and real trigger event was the famous Farsa de Ávila. What do you know about it?

Ah! We will have a very interesting class about the University of Salamanca, sponsored by Isabella and Ferdinand. Pay special attention to it!

1492 was a very important year for the Kingdom of Castilla: Columbus discovered a new continent for Queen Isabella and the "Reconquista" was finished was the conquest of Granada. 

By the way, against the common belief, there were many laws protecting the rights of natives in the Spanish America. Their status was similar to the peninsulars, as you can read in this article. Finally, on January 1514 King Ferdinand authorized by Royal Decree the legal marriage of Spaniards settlers with Native Americans which were, in fact, a usual practice there. That decree was considered too modern and open-minded for other nations. For example, until 1967 (yes! the 20th century! Can you believe it?) USA did NOT declare "unconstitutional" the racist laws that phohibited mixed marriages. 

Another relevant and also very controversial issue was the expulsion of the Jews and the beginning of the "Black Legend" of Spain, among the infamous "Inquisición"; in the following  videos of AcademiaPlay (in Spanish) you can learn all the details and historical true facts:

La Inquisición española (updated: 15 minutes)
La expulsión de los judíos (updated: 13 minutes)

Finally, the process of Royal Succession after Isabella’s death was not easy... Watch the following 8 -minutes video to learn about it.

miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2019

1º British: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The named “Seven Wonders” are linked to ancient creations that rivaled in their size, majesty, and beauty.

Ancient civilization constructed some incredible architectural masterpieces. Even when six of the seven wonders no longer stand, having been destroyed by natural disaster or by humans, these wonders continue to amaze our present day historians and archaeologists. Your task will be to share information with the class concerning these ancient wonders.

These is a double-task activity:

1. Choose your favourite Wonder and complete a card guide for it. You can do it in word or power point.  Data you HAVE TO include:

a) Name & Location
b) Author (if known) or Civilization 
c) Year (or century)
d) Motive (Why was it build?)
e) Highlights about the structure itself 
f)  Why did you choose it as the best one?

You can start by visiting the following image:

When finish (it is a very easy task, it would be enough with two classes), send your work as an attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com. 

2. After the revision, you will do a public speaking in class. All the members of the team should talk. Cooperation and the use of appropiate vocabulary will be also keep in mind. 

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

Enjoy the work and good luck! 

lunes, 4 de febrero de 2019

3º British: Searching a job in Europe

Before looking for a job oportunity abroad, we must begin with a basic rule: INFORMATION about the country, about its market and labor legislation and, of course, its language.

To facilitate this process, the European Union has an online application for jobs searching (EURES) and a curriculum template, called EUROPASS, which can be completed online and is accepted throughout the European Union. The EURES website also offers information about life in the country of destination and on the labor market (for example, what areas need new workers, etc.).

Also, keep in mind that job interviews can change slightly from one country to another (eg.: interviewers in Germany greatly appreciate a digital or video CV; or if applying as designer or publicist, they will love something catchy and creative).

As students of British Council in a globalise world, you will probably study or work abroad in any moment. Therefore, it would be a good idea to get used to Eures, isn't it? Here is the new double-task activity you have to do:

Task 1.
  • Choose a job offer from this EURES list that is attractive for you. Why did you choose that offer and that country?
  • Use the Europass template to create a CV, a Language Passport and a letter to suit the job. Keep in mind all the tips and advices to create a good CV. 

When finish, please send ALL the documents as attached files to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

Task 2

In pairs, you will have to impersonate a job interview for your chosen application in class... 

Good luck! J