Friday, 30 June 2017

Well-earned homage

     Even after our students have left, teachers must stay at school for some three weeks, we do some administrative work to finish the ending school year and to begin to get ready the next one. So this week we had the chance to live a really moving and special event, Mrs Lola Portillo, great colleague and former school´s bilingual program coordinator, was honoured by the naming of one of our class-rooms after being an excellent teacher and being the first one to get retirement in IES Profesor Tomás Hormigo.

Congratulations, Lola, you have always had room for you here but now you do have yout own one.

Thursday, 22 June 2017


     Llegó el fin de curso y éste llegó cargado de actividades tan divertidas como emotivas.

     When the course finishes we are getting used to celebretring nice activities of different nature (theatre plays, prizes, concerts, graduation...) This end of the course has been also plenty of this kind of events, I would like to point out especially two of them.

     Oliver and Annie (after the successful Romeo and Juliet and Grease), 3ESO B and Mónica have performed another excellent musical play mixing the plots of  Dickens´ Oliver Twist and the movie Annie, amazingly performed and above all unbelievable sung (Gloría Luna, who played the character of Annie, must record a CD or deserves to win any TV talent show).

     The concert directed by "Monsieur" Jesús Alemeida  was a moving show where, by their French songs, almost all the students of our school honoured Mr. José María Moya, who leaves IES Profesor Tomás Hormigo after twenty-four years. Good bye, friend.

     Enjoy your summer.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Oscars 2017 (4th Edition)

     Como cada final de curso durante los últimos cuatro años, celebramos nuestro festival de cortometrajes en inglés, los Oscars Profesor Tomás Hormigo. Este año fue un verdadero éxito con la participación de más de 25 proyectos.

      Today, Friday June 16th, the fourth edition of our English short film festival, Oscars Profesor Tomás Hormigo, was a success. We can say so because we got 26 projects from which we chose seven finalists, among them, we found comedy (The Party, Pet Life, The Worst Super-Hero), Horror (The Last Meeting), Drama (Life without Colours, The Videotutorial) and a critical analysis of society, the Best Project winner, Human Race.

     As we said before, the seven finalist films which were shown today came out from the previous 26 projects worked out by our students, as a result of the involvement of lots of teachers: this has been the first edition which the whole English board teachers have taken part in, being this short film project prime part of 3ESO and 4ESO speaking skills assessment. Besides teachers of other areas have also helped with different duties like music, being jury, decorating... thanks to them all this edition has been a special one.

     The library was the place where the results of their projects were played, a great surprise for all the students since the seven finalist titles were top secret:
-The Party: An eccentric and funny plot about four posh girls invited to a party to be kidnapped... or not, something quite David-Lynch-like but much more colourful and in. Awarded with the Oscar for Best Actress, Candela García (4ºB).
-Pet Life: One of the most original pieces seen today, a hilarious story of cats and dogs where actual animals were the characters dubbed by our students´ voices. Awarded with the Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, Harrison Genders (3ºC). Click here to watch it. 
-Human Race: Actually, a masterpiece, it looks simple but it is a complex analysis with symbolism, animation and a moral. Awarded with the Oscar for Best Visual Effects and BEST MOVIE, to Romy and Taylor Hopewel (3ºB). Click here to watch it.
-The Last Meeting: The teenage horror film which is never missed on our festivals, a kind os I Know What You Did Last Romería. Awarded with the new category, Oscar for Best Non-Native English.
-Life without Colours: Some common, or not so, problems of our boys and girls are successfully depicted by this black and white film. Awarded with the Oscar for Best Message.
-The Videotutorial: Domestic violence and social networking collide in this excellent short, a work which moved most of us. Awarded with the Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Soundtrack.
-The Worst Super-Hero: It is not easy to be a hero but you can really laugh at him when he such a mess. Awarded with the Oscar for Funniest Movie. 

     Later they met at the gym to know who the winners were. Conducted by José Luis Caballos, also as usual, the prizes were given by their English teachers and Inmaculada García, Olivia Cózar, Carmen Beltrán, Fernando Banda, Daniel Molina, Javier Orellana and our headteacher, Juan Manuel Campos, who thanked all our students for their amazing short films before giving the Best Movie Prize.

     As usual it has been a great day but usual doesn´t mean it was less exciting.


Monday, 5 June 2017

C U soon, friend

     Nuestro amigo George terminó su tiempo aquí y continúa con sus aventuras, por unos meses aún por España para seguir más tarde por el resto del mundo. Se lleva todo nuestro cariño allá por donde vaya.

      George H. Harman arrived in January, straight from New Zealand, to help us with our English but he didn´t only play that role, he became an excellent partner and appealling motivation for our students. He never said no to any of our proposals, being always ready to participate on any activity  and always with fun: teaching rugby, playing music, travelling with us whenever we had to (Isla Mágica, Selwo, Málaga University Meeting...).

    Several farewel events took place, both students (writing thank you letters, asking about his experiences among us, giving him presents...) and teachers having a dinner with him and giving him a gift for him to remember us too.

    Throughout our years of bilingual studies, we have met excellent people who came here to work hard and learn with us (Abbey, Preston... ) they will never be forgotten and George has earned a place among them, in our particular Olympus for speaking auliaries.

   CU soon, friend.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

      Estamos contando los días para nuestros óscars y ya se empieza a  notar...

     One of the most exciting activities in English in our school is the Short Film Festival: this year we will celebrate the fourth edition of our Oscars; so it is not strange to find students shooting some of the scenes of their coming-soon masterpieces.

     We will be watching their thrillers, horror or love stories on Friday june 16th,  when all the best movies will be shown and then awarded with the prizes for the following categories: acting, screenplay, technical aspects and best movie.

Friday, 21 April 2017

All Blacks!

    Este curso estamos estrujando al máximo la versatilidad de nuestro auxiliar de conversación: no sólo hemos disfrutado de la presentación sobre su país en todos los grupos (bilingües o no), al tratarse de un neozelandés, no podíamos pasar por alto una de sus insignias nacionales, el rugby.

     Mr Paco Santoyo and Mr George Harman have given some original lessons inspired on rugby, prime activity in New Zealand and quite an unknown sport for many of us. Our students were taught about some of its main rules and practized some games related to this sport. Finally they tried something similar to a match XDDDD.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A Selwo Adventure

      El martes 18 de Abril nuestros alumnos de los cuatro grupos de primero de E.S.O. vivieron una aventura en plena naturaleza, más bien podríamos describirla como una aventura en la jungla. Mediante la experiencia safari que se nos ofrece en el  parque presenciaron de cerca el día a día de animales más y menos comunes, jugaron con ellos, los alimentaron y, sobre todo, aprendieron muchísimo sobre ellos gracias a la ayuda de nuestros guías en una nueva actividad bilingüe.

     It must be great to go to school and spend the whole school day enjoying a savannah safari. That is what our 1ESO students did last Tuesday, they visited Selwo Adventure Park with their Science teachers Mr Luis Hernández and Mr Luis Resina and their bilingual music teacher Mr Javier Orellana, and our Kiwi English-language assistant, who had an awesome time like all the kids

     Once they met their English guides they learnt lots of things about hippos, zebras, lions, elephants... tripping to and fro by safari jeeps and having the chance to play with these exotic animals, to touch them (not the lions, of course) and even to feed them. It has been a great experience just a few minutes from school. Definitely a different way to have a sciences lesson
     ...and it has been something WILD!!!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Time Machine

     If this is a multilingual section, yesterday we had a performance about music, the universal language. The Time Machine was an exciting, interesting and entertaining review of music and singing by a travel through history: Sonia and Fran, a young couple and their astonishing voices taught us what Opera, Clerical Choirs or lyrical singing are.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


      "Ahora miramos al techo o al tablón de anuncios y leemos cómo se dicen en inglés, además podemos ver en la cartelería junto a la pizarra la todas las cosas que se pueden hacer ahí  y todo gracias al trabajo de la clase entera".
 Alumno de 1ºESO A

     "Dictioclassroom", o "Diccioclase" en español, es proyecto de Bilingüismo para plasmar de la manera más gráfica posible gran parte del vocabulario y expresiones necesarias en una clase en inglés. 

     Los alumnos de 1ºESO A con José Luis, su profesor de inglés, han habilitado su aula como un diccionario activo y tridimensional donde poder aprender, repasar o descubrir gran parte de la terminología en lengua inglesa ligada al aula, junto con sus significados y pronunciaciones correctas. 

     El proceso ha involucrado a un alumnado con un número importante de estudiantes con dificultades en este área, haciéndoles partícipes de cada fase: elección de los elementos incluidos, diseño, ilustraciones y maquetación para finalmente pasar a convertir un aula normal en una clase mucho más especial gracias al fruto del trabajo de todos y cada uno de ellos, con el resultado final de un total de más de un centenar de términos y expresiones que decoran la clase de manera muy gráfica.

Ukrainian boy sticking a picture of his flag.
`Sorry I am late'or `Can I go to..?' by the door.

Students' illustrations for school subjects.
      `Dictioclassroom' is the result of weeks working together in 1ESO A, a class where English is not the favourite subject but now, at least, this subject has become closer and more interesting. They have turned an ordinary classroom into a place where lots of vocabulary items related to education can be adquired just at a glance.

Actions and expressions related to the use of the whiteboard
     More than a hundred terms and expressions decorate our classroom now: after been chosen and found out by our students, these terms have been organized into different types. First, objects in the class, we can find labels next to an object which read the word, its phonetical transcription and its Spanish translation, just like dictionary. A second group consists on charts of words of different fields (Countries and nationalities, School subjects and School materials) which together with pictures by the students decorate some of the walls of our dictioclassroom. And another group is made by sets of expressions related to elements in the class (computer, doors, the teacher...), so for example by the whiteboard we can read useful sentences like `Clean the board' or `Can I borrow your marker?'.

     This project by the bilingualism program of our school has brought English closer to some  students who find it difficult and in the meantime it has reached different goals: it has been great enjoying their team work and watching them working on stuff they consider their own, for instance when they were designing their favourite subject boards or drawing their nationalities' flags, also it has added interest on new fields like computer document designing or even phonetics.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

George rules

     As we have already been mentioning, our Kiwi friend George Harman, whom we have blessed this year with, is a great help for all the teachers here, and both bilingual teachers and those not so have counted on his activities to add a different colour to their lessons.

     This year is the first time all the classes have had the chance to enjoy the English auxiliar's lessons at least once, so that we all have got much closer to that distant place, New Zealand, through George's entertaining speech about his awesome country, which now we all love.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


      Día 14 de Febrero, San Valentín, cartas de amor, detalles románticos, chocolate, flores rojas... nuestro centro se volcó igual que Cupido para celebrar esta divertida efeméride. En las clases de inglés se declaró amor eterno... al arte.
     St. Valentine's is an excuse to say "I love you" and , as we are used to conventions about Cupid's arrows and many consider this celebration the "Shopping Centres Day", we claimed our love to and though ART.

     Music, cinema and literature, which we deeply love, give us millions of examples of love, to our beloved ones (not just the usual examples but also family, friends, pets...). Our lessons shared some movies' scenes to show this feeling from different points of view (Some Like it Hot, Love Actually or ET were some of our sources).


     Literature was obviously our focus as well and what's better than one of William Shakespeare's sonnets; most of our students felt really delighted after discovering the hidden meaning of Sonnet 130 :

    Finally, we listened to one of the most popular love hymns ever, The Beatles´ "All You Need is Love".


Monday, 30 January 2017


Hoy Día de la Paz nuestro centro volvió a celebrar múltiples actividades para concienciarnos del mundo en que vivimos durante estos días difíciles, si atendemos en los medios a lo que acontece a nuestro alrededor. Algunas de las actividades se tiñeron de cierto carácter bilingüe.

English teacher Ignacio's tutorship's work.
     Today is the International Day of Peace. Our school performs different activities for this day: reading peace statements, creating posters, singing and listening to songs...

     The English Department teachers have been working on all those activities as the rest of tutors, adding a bilingual dimension to the diverse activities, by the creation of posters or English speeches, and also listening to songs.

     Songs are very useful to make us understand situations we have not experienced so they are great in such moments. English lessons also use them to introduce vocabulary and structures as they analyse their meanings (you can find samples on our section "week soundtrack"), today, International Day of Peace, we have chosen this lovely tune by Sir Paul McCartney and its great video.

...Help them to learn

songs of joy instead of `burn, baby, burn',

let us show them how to play the pipes of peace...


Sir Paul McCartney "Pipes of Peace" (1983)

 Click here for the whole lyrics

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Learning about New Zealand


     Estamos acostumbrados a aprender la lengua inglesa en un contexto británico o americano pero la realidad del inglés abarca mucho más incluyendo otras sociedades de mucho peso, en Oceanía es la lengua más hablada y desconocemos tanto de sus gentes y costumbres, gracias a George, esta semana hemos aprendido mucho sobre Nueva Zelanda, su país y junto con Australia una de las naciones angloparlantes más importantes del hemisferio sur.

     English is the main language of the planet and we use it for travelling around the world, to understand diverse forms of art, for entertainment; it is a prime tool to work and for education and it is normally tied in with two nations: UK (country of  its birth) and USA (the most hegemonic society). But English is also the main language (both officially and unofficially) in many countries in all the continents: it is official in countries such as South Africa, Canada, Australia or India. Another example is New Zealand, nation where our English speaking auxiliar comes from this year.

     George introduced all our classes to his country´s  kilometric beaches and large cities (Auckland and Wellington), mountains (for many of us so far, one of the most popular characteristics, by Peter Jackson, of course), its University (Dunedin) and other geographical features. We saw pictures of their breathtaking landscapes, seas and lakes.


     We also learnt about other aspects than geography: population, economy (the importance of dairy production and sheep), their summer Christmas (including a flowered tropical Christmas tree) and NZ´s nature (trees and animals), where it is more difficult than expected to find a kiwi, national bird which even gives name to their nationality, they are better known as Kiwis than as New-Zealanders (and it is not offensive at all).

   George described New Zealand with traditions and folks, main figures, it was funny to discover that Sir Edmund Hillary was a Kiwi or that the first bungee-jumping was there. Maori culture was another focus of his speech, it was exciting to learn about their buildings, religion, (their so trendy) tattoos (ta moko) or their dance (haka) what brought about their national sport, Rugby, and their national team, the All Blacks.

     It is great to discover places we do not know, now I am sure most of our students would visit that great country.