Cervantes & Shakespeare

Soon our teachers and students will be celebrating the huge influence both men have exerted on our culture and language. To celebrate their deaths there is no better option than go back to their texts and appreciate their talent, depicted in some of their most famous quotes:

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”(Julius Caesar)
“Go wisely and go slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.” (Romeo and Juliet)
“Strong reasons make strong actions.”(King John)
“We know what we are but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)
“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.”(Troilus and Cressida)

“La libertad, Sancho, es uno de los más preciados dones que a los hombres dieran los cielos” (El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha)
“La senda de la virtud es muy estrecha, y el camino del vicio, ancho y espacioso” (El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha)
“La verdad adelgaza y no quiebra, y siempre anda sobre la mentira como el aceite sobre el agua.” (El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha)
“Amor y deseo son dos cosas diferentes; que no todo lo que se ama se desea, ni todo lo que se desea se ama.” (La Galatea)


St Patrick’s Day

Every 17th March people of Irish heritage celebrate St Patrick’s Day as he is regarded as the Patron Saint of Ireland. They usually wear green clothes, put up green decorations in houses or offices, and even paint sights and monuments all over the world emerald green (just temporarily!).


St Patrick’s day Parade San Francisco 2015 – ©David Yu (under CC licence)

This festival is a wonderful opportunity for you to do some research on Ireland and discover some really amazing landscapes and interesting traditions:

One of the most famous traditional Irish songs:Molly Malone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdxLxnhGnvo
Two Irish sports:

You may also remember that Irish people can choose between English and Irish. Would you like to try learning some Irish? If so, you can start with some basic greetings here.


Long live Poetry!

During this first term students in 2nd CSE G have worked on poetry and rethorical devices. As a end-of-term project, they had to write a poem showing their understanding of how poetry works. They have done a great job, haven’t they?

I hope you will enjoy them as much as they and their teachers enjoyed working on them.

Merry X-Mas to everyone!

Halloween 2015

Ingredients for a horror story?

Mystery, suspense, blood, murderer, a young girl dressed in white, a haunted house, a deep dark forest, etc.

These have been a few of the answers given by our students. However, their two-sentence stories have proved to be some of the scariest their teachers have ever read.

Well done!

Soon you will be able to read some of their stories on our blog!

Until that gory moment… 😉 here you have a Halloween crossword:

 Across  Down
1. These are found in the corners and ceilings of a haunted house.

7. A witch’s pet. (5-3)

11. Bloody and gross.

12. A monster made from bones.

14. A monster from Egypt.

16. Another word for scary.

18. She wears black clothes and rides a broom.

21. It looks like a mouse but much bigger.

22. What kids wear on Halloween.

24. The creature that makes cobwebs.

25. Have a ghost inside

27. The Cyclops has one

31. What you get on your skin when you are scared.

32. These slam shut or creek open.

33. Witches ride this.

34. Vampires hate this.

35. Another word for strange.

38. October 31st.

39. What a ghost says.

40. A big black bird.

41. A monster with stitches on his face.

45. What children carve.

46. The month of Halloween.

48. Sharp teeth.

1. What children get at Halloween.

2. Flying animal found in haunted houses.

3. The kind of bullet you need to kill a werewolf.

4. A place with many tombstones.

5. Where you get goose bumps.

6. The weather around haunted houses.

8. The walking corpse.

9. The colour of blood.

10. Dracula

13. You can hear these in the hallways of a haunted house at night.

15. Little animals with long tails.

17. This wears a patch and has a sword.

19. This wears bright colorful clothing.

20. A big black pot that witches use to make potions.

23. The kind of light that vampires hate.

26. The monster __________ the stairs.

28. What vampires drink.

29. The time when werewolves come out.

30. What kids say on Halloween.

31. Something that haunts houses.

36. A monster that changes from human to wolf.

37. Makes me scared; gives me the ___________.

42. A monster from space.

43. The opposite of good.

44. Frighten.

47. A night bird.


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.)
– …