"An attempt to integrate the teaching of the English language & ICT, using MUSIC as a mere pretext."

Monday, June 27, 2011


You are on holidays.

But please, 
Don't forget what you have learnt this school year,
(if anything)
And do some REVISION this summer.

4 x 1

Revise 4 School Subjects
Watching just 1video !!

By watching the following video-clip, you will be able to revise:

1.- The laws of Physics,
2.- Some Mathematical rules,
3.- Some (rock) Music
4.-Your (American) English.

In other words,
If you have nothing to do this summer,
or if you are bored without school,
Here you are some ideas/suggestions:

Be Creative!!
Do something similar to the following video!!
and Try to imitate to the group OK Go 
 in their song  "This Too Shall Pass",

from the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”

Good Luck ! 
And Please,...
let me know the results !

OK Go is an American rock band originally from Chicago (USA), 
now residing in Los Angeles, California, USA.  
They are perhaps best known for their often elaborated music videos. 
They are always curious and eccentric. In short, they are different.

If you wish to know more about this band, 
have a look at the group website


Saturday, June 25, 2011


School days are gone and our summer holiday starts now.
We all need a break.
Don't you think so?

I hope you like a song
a friend of mine used to sing
on the last day of school
before the summer...

"Summer Holiday" 
by the British pop singer Cliff Richard

We're all going on a summer holiday
no more working for a week or two.
Fun and laughter on our summer holiday,
no more worries for me or you,
for a week or two.

We're going where the sun shines brightly
we're going where the sea is blue.
we've all seen it on the movies,
now let's see if it's true.

Everybody has a summer holiday
doin' things they always wanted to
So we're going on a summer holiday,
to make our dreams come true
for me and you.
for me and you.

Have fun and a great time!!
Have a Happy Summer Holidays !!
Enjoy life!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Give Refugees a Hand


A Refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country
in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.

Every day, thousands of refugees face murder, rape and terror.
Let's remember them today!

The United Nations Refugee Agency  has launched a new global awareness campaign.

The campaign carries the message that 
"One Refugee Without Hope is too many".

Let's Give Refugees a hand.
Put your hands up
for protection and support to refugees.

Just to finish this post,
Listen to the song
"There is only light"
by Michael on Fire.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


¡La fiesta de todos los que hablamos español!                                                                    
 The “fiesta” for all those who speak Spanish!

This year, "E-Day" is on 18th June.
Hoy sábado 18 de junio celebramos el Día E.

Everybody knows that ...
We, Spanish people, are very well-known for one thing all over the world:

We like Fiesta
(As you know,
"Fiesta" is the Spanish word for "parties")

In fact,
there are a few Spanish words that everybody knows.
An example...
My first educative experience, as a teacher,
was with a group of adult foreigners, non-native Spanish speakers,
who ONLY knew 4 Spanish words:



(A good reputation, isn't it?)

I think that it is Not completely TRUE. 
To be more precise, we could say that it is FALSE because...
We DON'T like Fiesta...


In my opinion
We Like/Love celebrating big events.
Isn't it important to celebrate our language?

Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that the language we use everyday is a very special thing. For that reason, in 2009, the Instituto Cervantes  came up with the idea of "el Día E" - "el día del español" - or "Spanish Day"; a day for celebrating Spanish as an international language.

In the following video you'll hear different forms of Spanish from different countries: Isabel Allende (Chilean writer); Ricardo Darín (Argentinian actor), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian writer), Gael García Bernal (Mexican actor), Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican singer), Chayanne (Puerto Rican singer), Diego Forlan (Uruguayan), ... and many more.

To celebrate the E-Day in this blog,
We have selected the following video
with a selection of the best 25 songs at the moment,
according to my students, published on
one of the most popular sites about Spanish music from YouTube:

El español más allá de nuestras fronteras
... también en la música!!

Diferentes grupos, diferentes estilos, diferentes procedencias...
pero todos en español!

El español,
una lengua que nos une.

El Día E.
La fiesta de todos los que hablamos español
Más de 500 millones de personas hablan español. El español es ya la segunda lengua del mundo en cuanto a número de hablantes nativos, el segundo idioma de comunicación internacional y el tercer idioma más utilizado en Internet.  
¿Por qué no convertir un día al año en la celebración mundial de la lengua que nos une?  
El Día E nació como un proyecto del Instituto Cervantes para celebrar su mayoría de edad, incrementar la visibilidad de sus centros y, a la vez, difundir la cultura en español en los cinco continentes. Se celebra, desde 2009, el sábado más cercano al solsticio de verano. A lo largo de estos dos años, todos los centros del Instituto Cervantes en los cinco continentes –desde Sídney hasta Brasilia– festejaron este día, celebrando así la grandeza de nuestra lengua y nuestras culturas.
El sábado 18 de junio de 2011 todos los centros del Instituto Cervantes abrirán nuevamente sus puertas para sumarse a esta fiesta. Además, este año queremos que este proyecto cultural acerque al mayor número de personas la inmensa riqueza que representa hablar nuestro idioma. Con este propósito, deseamos contar con la participación de grandes personalidades de habla hispana, de modo que todos los hispanohablantes sintamos el orgullo no solo de hablar nuestra lengua compartida, sino, también, de sabernos representados por figuras extraordinarias en los más diversos campos del saber.
Queremos consolidar esta fiesta como la de todos los que hablamos español, para que cada año tengamos un día en el que nos sintamos unidos por una lengua común y por compartir la riqueza de la vasta cultura en español. 

Instituto Cervantes - Ammán (Jordania)

If you would like to know more about this E-DAY have a look at: 
La fiesta de todos los que hablamos español en:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

WED ??


Today, 5th June, is WED (World Environment Day). 
It is an annual event to make people aware about positive environmental action.
The Theme for this year 2011 is...

Forests: Nature At Your Service

Forests cover one third of the earth’s land mass, performing vital functions and services around the world which make our planet alive with possibilities.  In fact, 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods.  They play a key role in our battle against climate change, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while storing carbon dioxide.

 (For Further information, have a look at United Nations Environment Programme)

You can help to save our planet.
You and me can do something positive to avoid destroying it.
It is not too late to change what we have done to the planet Earth.
... We must Return to our Innocence.

* * * *
Watch the video about the song
"Return to Innocence", by Enigma.

Now read carefully the lyrics of the song:

Love (Love, Love)
Devotion (Devotion, Devotion)
Feeling (Feeling. Feeling)
Emotion (Emotion, Emotion)

Don't be afraid to be weak
Don't be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence

The return to innocence

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don't hide
Just believe in destiny

Don't care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don't give up and use the chance
To return to innocence
That's not the beginning of the end
That's the return to yourself
The return to innocence

and underline the lines of the song where it is suggested that humans have another chance/opportunity.

Keeping in mind that idea about the man having another opportunity...
...Why don't we use it?