Relative clauses revision 2017

I was wondering about one last post this school year so that my students could revise relative pronouns and relative clauses easily and I just realized I did it some years ago on this same blog. So, here you are. Relative clauses 2017. Enjoy ;D

P.S. If you need any online exercises, drop my a line and I will post some as soon as possible. Meanwhile, have a nice holiday everyone.


Reported Speech

I know everybody is very tired. However, we still need a final effort. I’m sharing a very short explanation of reported speech in English. There are also quite a few exercises to practise online. I hope it helps!

Reported Speech 1 at
Reported Speech 2 at

If any of these pages has “suspicious” adverts, please let me know.

On the other hand, if you are interested in a more thorough description, check this .pdf document which I prepared some years ago.

Students blog entry or comments

Friday 2nd June 2017

Antonio Marchal de la Torre

This is a sample blog post for my 3º ESO and 1º Bachillerato students. 3º ESO students should write a blog entry with resolutions for things they want to improve. They can use the model on page 96 as an example. Alternatively, they comment this entry to comply with the minimum requirement of “writing blog posts, comments or brief messages on social networks.”

1º Bachillerato students should write a blog entry about their favourite website. There are a couple of examples in their Student’s Book -page 102- and their Workbook. However, they may also just comment this entry to comply with the minimum requirement of “writing blog posts, comments or brief messages on social networks.”

I hope everybody contributes to make this a great activity!

Edit (12th June 2017). Here’s what will be assessed when you write your mock-post or comment.

10 7.5 5 2.5 0
Post Content: Tone
Is the content of the blog appropriate? Is the blog referring to the topic at issue? Do I provide information about what I was requested?
Excellent (Very) good Beginning Not good enough Disappointing
Comments & Social media
Did you use social media to share your comment-post?
Excellent (Very) good Beginning Not good enough Disappointing
ENGLISH-WRITING: Use appropriate vocabulary, grammar, spelling & format. Excellent (Very) good Beginning Not good enough Disappointing

Writing a formal email

Although my 1º Bachillerato students are supposed to know what they have to do, here is one more example for them to improve their writing skills. Don’t forget to try the “Check your writing: gap fill – useful phrases“which you can find by scrolling down the page.

‘New’ website

I’ve been putting together some ideas to help my students with our current project at school: Lights and  Shadows. It’s a public website, so anyone can have a look at it. I would really appreciate any kind of comments, suggestions for improvements, etc., above all if there are any mistakes 😦

That’s all for now!

Blog Action Day

155x250bad14bloggerbadgeToday is Blog Action Day, and I’ve registered to write a post about inequality. I don’t know whether I just like to register to take part in something which is really worth it or it is only that I am not really aware of the little time I usually have to reflect on anything apart from my life as part of my little family or as a teacher. I don’t even remember when was the last time I went out for a run.

And it is thus that I believe that one of the forms of inequality that affects us nowadays is the lack of time to do what makes us feel good, free and happy. Why is it that you listen to some people who can go to their Aikido classes, to the gym or to the theatre when you can’t? What have I done  to not be like those people? We all have 24 hours in a day, so I must be doing something wrong. I’ve always been a slow, thorough kind of person. Does that make me different? Yes, I guess. That might be a reason why I don’t find time for some other activities… If I spent a long time sitting at my desk, preparing my lessons, uploading new materials and resources for my students, and that takes the better part of the evening I shouldn’t complain about inequality. I am not being alike many other people who will finish those things before and will devote their time to something else.

I know women are treated differently in most parts of the world. Yes, that should have been the topic of this post. Something serious and important. Or maybe even inequality in terms of facilities, resources, commodities between our Western society and the Third World… However, that would have been the done thing. I can’t possibly solve any of those issues, not even the fact that some of my students have a good computer and a decent Internet connection whereas some others don’t. And that in the same “rich” Western European country…

What I can do is to start at myself. Reflect on what I do and I don’t and take the necessary steps not to feel unlike any other people, because there may be a good side of inequality after all and we should be able to find it.

Using Google Docs and revising

We will be using Google Docs A LOT this year to do class-work, homework and share resources. To start with, we will create a Google Sheets spreadsheet to share our success on the online exercises at Englisch Hilfen.



  • Check your work on the shared spreadsheet.
  • Go to Word Order Complex Test 1 and check your knowledge on the subject.
  • Next, search for different exercises at Englisch Hilfen and input your results in the shared Google Sheet document.


Google Docs is a free, real-time collaboration, document, spreadsheet,slides and forms (surveys) editing tool provided by Google. All you need in order to use these tools is a gmail account and you are good to go. Several users can share a document and edit it at the same time. Changes can be seen immediately. The documents can be exported to Microsoft Office and Open Office, so you can download them and continue working on them off-line.

The files are stored in Google’s Internet servers -cloud computing- and are accessible by using a web browser, although some functionalities are only Google Chrome compatible.

Here is a tutorial to get you started. Credits go to its authors.

Here is information about Google Sheets, and here is how to get started.

Let’s get on with it!