lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018

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, power point or prezi.  Be sure to include data such as: 

a) Name 
b) Location
c) Author or Civilization 
d) When was it built?
e) Why?
f) Highlights about the structure itself 
g) What impressed you the most about it 
h) Some photos (them and now)
i) Why did you choose it as the best one?

You can start by visiting the following link: Seven Wonders’ list

When finish (last day, Sunday 4 March), send your work as an attached file to 

2. After the revision, you will do a public speaking in class (8 March). 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 If you fail to finish them or you give it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for this work.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! 

miércoles, 7 de febrero de 2018

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. Prepare a Word document explaining why you have chosen that offer and that country. Describe the job offer and the requirements it includes. Which one do you think is the most remarkable topic in the offer? What? Why?

When finish, please send ALL the documents as attached files to

Task 2

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

Good luck! J

martes, 6 de febrero de 2018

4º British: YOUR Historical newspaper

As promised, here you have the zip file with your wonderful historical newspapers from 1851. They look even better than the original ones! Enjoy the reading! :)

1º British: YOUR Historical comics

As promised, here you have the ZIP file with all your comics. As usual, you will need a password for opening it... Enjoy the reading! :)

miércoles, 31 de enero de 2018

4º British: First World War on Twitter

You are about to start the 5th edition of your favourite historical activity... twitter in class! 

You must create a special twitter account as you were one of the participants in the Great War (a militar commander? A politician? A soldier? A war journalist?... there are many possibilities and several useful links in THIS DOC). With this “historical account” you become follower of @auladeadriana

You will have this weekend for having a look and decide. The application period will start on Monday 5, at 15:30. Just send me an email with your chosen character and I will answer you back with the confirmation. Once that you have it, you can start making your character back to life J You will have a couple of days for creating the twitter account; the more “realistic” that you do it (portrait, biographic info, etc.), the better for your final mark.

The “war” will start Thursday 8, and finish Sunday 25, February.  You have to create a minimum of 20 tweets (12 of them base on real primary sources: texts, maps, photos...) in the name of your chosen character. Try not to be independent, but “talk” with the others (a soldier complaining to his superiors? Soldiers talking about their life in the trenches? Politicians exchanging messages and speeches?...)

I would also recommend you to use the hastag #HistoryatVasco in your tweets, to facilitate its reading.

The previous years, this experiment was a total success and your partners really did good performances, so you will have to work hard for leading them...

This work is individual and mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it, do it out of date, or just copy from a webpage, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Be creative and enjoy it! J

martes, 9 de enero de 2018

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 travels 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 . The deadline is 25 January. 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

martes, 19 de diciembre de 2017

4º British: Create your Historical Newspaper!

Imagine that you are living in London in the year 1851... 

Your new task is to create the front page of a newspaper.

Choose one template from this zip file (all the templates are in word format), choose a name and... complete it with the monthly news that you consider more remarkable (you can use the examples of this list or search for other real events that happened in 1851 in any part of the world).

You HAVE TO include some illustrations (a drawing, an engraving...) and, when possible, some primary sources (eg. Extract from a real speech of a politician or a real satirical cartoon from that year)

You can do this activity by your onw or in pairs. When finish, please convert it to PDF format and send it as attached file to The deadline is 18 January

This work is mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it, do it out of date, or just copy from a webpage, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Be creative and enjoy it!

On the image: Newspaper seller 
(The Star was published in Londom from 1788 to 1960)