Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Coming Soon!

This Sunday night/Monday morning (September 27th-28th, 2015) there will be a supermoon lunar eclipse. Now, you might be asking yourself, “What is a supermoon lunar eclipse?” It’s a rare event in which three different factors come together:

  1. There is a full moon.
  2. The moon is at its closest point to the Earth, making it look larger and brighter. This is called a “lunar perigee.”
  3. There is a lunar eclipse, which is when the Earth is directly between the sun and the moon. When a lunar eclipse occurs, you can see the Earth’s shadow move across the moon. But instead of just appearing dark, the moon actually looks reddish, because of how light moves through the Earth’s atmosphere.

A “supermoon” occurs when there is a full moon (#1) and a lunar perigee (#2) at the same time. But this coming Sunday night/Monday morning, the supermoon will also happen at the same time as a full lunar eclipse (#3). So it is called a “supermoon lunar eclipse.”

Check out this video, which gives a great overview of the supermoon lunar eclipse:

In Madrid, the lunar eclipse will begin at 2:11am on Monday, September 28th and will end at 7:22am that same morning. The full eclipse will happen at 4:47am. While many of us will probably be sleeping for most of the eclipse, see if you can catch a glimpse of it because it won’t happen again until 2033!



Interviewing the New Language Assistant

Jessica here again,

During my first week at Clara Campoamor, I had the pleasure of working with various classes. In one 2˚ ESO class, the students worked in groups to write interview questions for me so they could get to know me better. They then asked me some of the questions in class, and recorded the answers I gave. Below is a selection of their questions and my answers. I’ve also included some of the questions they did not have time to ask, and I have answered them as well. It was a lot of fun for me to get their questions, and I hope it helps you all get to know me a bit better too. Thank you 2˚ ESO students for your thoughtful questions!

Until next time,



  1. How old are you? I’m 23 years old.
  2. What did you study at university? I studied biology.
  3. What is your favorite place in Spain? I’m not sure yet, because I’ve only been here for a week an a half. I would love any suggestions though!
  4. Why have you come to Spain? I have come to Spain to be an English language assistant at Clara Campoamor and to learn more about Spain.
  5. What type of music do you like and who is your favorite singer? I like Beyonce’s music and she is my favorite singer.
  6. Have you ever been to another country? Yes. Also, for me Spain is another country, so I’m in another country right now!
  7. What was your favorite subject in high school? Biology was my favorite subject in high school.
  8. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Yes, I have one younger brother.
  9. What is your favorite color? I like a mixture of green and blue that is called turquoise.
  10. Do you like sports? Yes, I do like sports. My favorite sport is soccer—or as you call it here, football.
  11. What is your favorite football team? I like one from California called the San Jose Earthquakes.
  12. What is your favorite food? What is your favorite Spanish food? I like chocolate. So my favorite Spanish food might be churros and chocolate.
  13. Do you like Spanish people? Yes, so far, everyone in Spain has been very nice to me!
  14. Do you have pets? No, I don’t, but I used to have a fish.
  15. Do you prefer basketball or football? I prefer football.
  16. What is your favorite basketball team? The Golden State Warriors are my favorite basketball team.
  17. Do you like children? Yes, I like children.
  18. What is your favorite music group or band? My favorite band is called Lake Street Dive.
  19. Have you ever seen the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon? Yes, I have seen the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
  20. What do you think about Jaime? I think he is a good person and he is very funny. I think only good things about Jaime.
  21. What hair color do you like the most? I like all the hair colors. I don’t have a favorite one.
  22. What is your favorite animal? My favorite animals are puppies.
  23. Who is your favorite tennis player? My favorite tennis player is Serena Williams.

Hello, from a new language assistant!

Hi there!

My name is Jessica Fields, and I will be an English language assistant at IES Clara Campoamor this year. I am very excited to get to know you all and learn a lot together in the coming months.

I’ve included some photos here to give a more visual introduction to myself and to provide some background information about me. Please take a look – I’d love to chat more with you about anything I’ve included here!

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I took Spanish in school for many years, though my Spanish is now very rusty and I want to improve. But through the many classes I have taken, I have learned a bit more about what helps me as a learner of a second language. While everyone learns in a different way, I hope these tips about what has helped me will be useful to some of you as you work on improving your English.

ContextUsing context to help me determine what a word means instead of going straight to a dictionary (or, these days, to google translate). In other words, if I am reading text that I do not understand, using the surrounding sentences or visuals to help me infer what the words or phrases I don’t understand might mean.


RepetitionRepetition is key. Saying new words and phrases many times (in context!). Hearing them used many times. Writing them down many times. Reading them many times. Repetition helps cement new words, phrases, and grammatical rules into my mind.


Multiple ModalitiesCombining listening, reading, and visuals as much as possible. For instance, drawing illustrations to go along with text, reading along while listening to a native speaker read aloud, and writing captions to pictures or video clips all help me make sure I am correctly interpreting a language.


SpeakSpeaking as much as possible in a supportive environment. While I definitely get nervous when speaking in a second language, it is important for me to work to overcome that fear. I may be scared that I will mess up, worried that other people will think less of me if I say something incorrect, or just be frustrated that I cannot express myself as easily as I can in my native language. But having a supportive and trusting environment helps me remember that it’s okay to make mistakes and that I’ll actually learn more that way!


Don't TranslateStaying away from translating everything in my head as much as possible. This is definitely still hard for me as I work on improving my Spanish. But what helps me most with this is making sure that when I am practicing my second language, I am ONLY using that language. I am trying my best not to pause to speak in my native language, even if only to ask how to say something in the language I am learning. Trying as much as possible to explain my way around words I don’t know and only using the language I am learning will help me get away from always translating in my head.


If anyone has additional about what works best for them when learning another language, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time,


The Tree of Metaphors

What is a metaphor?

A metaphor [ˈmetəfər] compares two people or two things by saying that one thing is another thing. For example, Paul is a fool.

In the past in Europe, a fool was a person who entertained the king or queen by doing silly things. The fool was a kind of clown. He often did crazy or stupid things to make people laugh. So when we call somebody a fool we really mean that he or she is doing something silly or stupid. We do not really mean that they are somebody who entertains the king or queen.

The students in 2nd year G have revised their understanding of metaphors and come up with wonderful metaphors…

A blank page is a playground for our imagination.

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And what are the roots of this tree?
– Creativity
– Words
– Sounds
– Humour
– Experiences
– Feelings
– Nature (places and landscapes; animals; etc.)
– …