21 abril 2014

Talleres Ex. Cambridge KET, PET, FCE.

Con motivo de la celebración de los exámenes Cambridge en nuestro colegio, se ofrecen unos talleres específicos de evaluación, formación y orientación para aquellos alumnos del centro que requieran o consideren oportuno profundizar en su preparación con vistas a estos exámenes.
Estos talleres han sido diseñados en colaboración con la academia de inglés London’s Time (Cartagena), que aportará tanto el material como el profesorado nativo experimentado. Los grupos se formarán en base al examen de Cambridge o nivel elegido y prepararán a conciencia al alumnado para la realización de los distintos bloques de los que consta todo examen de Cambridge (listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary and writing).

Taller I: guía para la realización pruebas escritas (reading y writing)
28 Abril
De 16:00 a 18:00h, y de 12:30 a 13:30 solo YLE 
Taller II: guía para la realización pruebas orales (listening y speaking)
5 Mayo
De 16:00 a 18:00h, y de 12:30 a 13:30 solo YLE

Abierto a todos los alumnos interesados, matriculados o no. Comunicación de resultados únicamente  al centro. Para más información, consulten con los profesores de inglés.

14 abril 2014

Guns N' Roses, by Alejandra Ros Iñiguez (2º A ESO)

Guns N 'Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Hollywood, Los Angeles (California) in 1985. The band has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, including over 55.5 million albums in the United States. Its members are Axl Rose (vocals), Slash (lead guitar), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Steven Adler (drums). They have released 6 studio albums and among his best known songs are: Sweet Child of Mine, November Rain, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Estranged, Don’t Cry, Civil War, Night Train, Rocket Queen and Knockin’ on Heaven's Door.

After their first album, they became very famous and won a lot of awards like the American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and World Music Awards. Today they are considered one of the most important bands in the history of rock music. In fact, they entered the Rock Hall of Fame in 2012.

Their most important and successful albums were Appetite for Destruction (1987), which sold around 30 million copies, and their amazing double album Use Your Illusion I and II (1991), which sold 17 and 18 million copies each.
In 1992 Guns N' Roses gave their most crowded live concert ever in Bogota (Colombia), with over 50,000 people. At that time they were real rock idols. However, Axl Rose wanted to do the band commercial and Slash didn’t like the idea so they started having strong arguments. Their disagreement was the end of Guns N’ Roses. Most members left the band leaving Axl Rose alone. Slash and other members (Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum) would form a new band called Velvet Revolver, but they never were as successful and popular as Guns N’ Roses.

My favourite Guns N' Roses song is Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door because I listened it for the first time when I was 3 years and basically I grew up listening to that song. Every song touches a nerve and I just love their music.

10 abril 2014

Living in Doha (Qatar), by Lydia López Ruiz

You never know what the future may hold but, for me and my family, living in Doha has been a really exciting, awesome and unique experience so far.

As you know, Doha is the capital city of Qatar, a country in the Arabian Peninsula, mostly surrounded by the Persian Gulf. For a long time Qatar´s economy was based on fishing, pearl diving and camel breeding until the discovery of oil and gas in the twentieth century. Nowadays Qatar has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and has become the world´s richest country per capita. So imagine the standard of living in Doha. Here you can see the best cars in the world: Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Breitling…only to mention a few of them. Young people like to drive these cars very fast. However, this is becoming very dangerous as it is causing a lot of  road accidents.

Spaniards living in Doha say there is not much to do here, but I don´t really think so. Doha hosts the best cultural events and is also the home for the most recognisable sports world championships. Qatar Motorcycle Grand Prix , for example, is held here every year.

Although almost every ancient construction has been demolished, there are still some old forts and ruins you can visit, as well as a series of world-class museums that house some of the world’s finest art collections: the Museum of Islamic Art, the Mathaf and the Qatar National Museum, which have been designed by worldwide famous architects. Moreover, if you want to go shopping, Qatar’s traditional local markets, known as souqs, are fantastic, particularly Souq Waqif. Bargaining is essential when you buy there.
 The Pearl is a very quiet place to live in.  It´s the only place in Doha where you can have a walk and be outdoors. But if you want to have a fascinating experience, you should take a desert safari that will let you admire the beautiful landscape of sand dunes where the Inland Sea meets the desert. An amazing sight not to miss!

But there is no doubt that the most impressive thing that you see when you arrive in Doha is its skyline, West Bay; even more if you arrive at night. This is a symbol of identity. It seems you are in an American city. In fact, almost everything in Doha is made in the American way. You have the best malls, restaurants, hotels, shops, jeweller´s, cars, everything in a large scale.

In spite of some disadvantages like the extreme heat and the traffic jams, I consider Doha has more positive than negative things and for me it is being a really constructive experience: my daughter has to speak English all the time, she has friends from Qatar and many other countries around the world, which has allowed her to know other ways of thinking. I have had the opportunity of learning some Arabic (only a little spoken Arabic) and of meeting people from different nationalities. I have made new friends as well, some of them very good friends. And the best of all is that all the family have been together. This is essential, it is the most important thing.

See you  soon!