Dress codes at work and in schools

You may find below the videos and articles we have used in our session about dress codes, along with some extra resources:

  1. Nicola Thorp- high heels at work: 

BBC interview (1)


Opinion articles about Nicola Thorp’s petition and result:

Follow-up: My Heels, My Choice

You can also read about Donald Trump’s dress code policy, and the debate it sparked on social media:

Donald Trump #DressLikeAWoman: The Huffington Post article

2. Dress codes in schools: 

Infants and primary:



IN ON AT for time

If you want to revise how to use In / On / At to express moments in time, you can visit this website:


St. Patrick’s day

This is Ireland from above:


It’s rather green, isn’t it? That’s why it’s called “The Emerald Isle”.

Watch these videos to remember the history of St. Patrick’s day:

We celebrated St. Patrick’s in our own way: 

posibles cursos estructurados en el extranjero para profesores

Empezamos a recibir solicitudes sobre recomendaciones para cursos de formación del profesorado en el extranjero en verano. Compartimos una serie de enlaces y buscadores, por si os sirven de ayuda.


NOTA: En esta entrada simplemente recogemos buscadores de cursos, ofertas de cursos que nos han hecho llegar, hemos conocido a través de internet, o a través de recomendaciones de profesores, para facilitar la búsqueda a los centros interesados, o dar ideas sobre posibles temáticas; pero no nos responsabilizamos del contenido, ni debe entenderse en ningún caso que se hace propaganda de ninguno de estos cursos. 


Como punto de partida, os recomendamos el buscador de cursos de School Education Gateway, buscador de la comisión europea para el programa Erasmus+ e eTwinning. Es muy completo, y permite filtrar la búsqueda por tema, país de celebración, fechas…



School Education Gateway- Cómo seleccionar un curso en el extranjero

Si buscáis formación en lengua inglesa, podéis utilizar estos buscadores:

  • Buscadores de cursos (lenguas extranjeras, metodología relacionada enseñanza lenguas, CLIL…):

Además, podéis buscar también en estos centros:

Cursos sobre lenguas extranjeras, metodología relacionada enseñanza lenguas, CLIL…:
  • Francia:

Cursos para profesores de STEM (Science, Mathematics, IT)…en Reino Unido:

Synthetic phonics training / literacy (Reino Unido):

Cursos sobre coaching, liderazgo, desarrollo organizativo:

Cursos sobre TIC en lengua inglesa:

abierto plazo inscripción DELF-DALF (Zaragoza)

El Instituto Francés ha abierto el plazo de inscripción para los exámenes DELF-DALF de la convocatoria de Junio. La matrícula se puede realizar hasta el 7 de abril.

Más información: http://www.institutfrancais.es/zaragoza/presentacion-general1/apertura-plazo-matricula-para-sesion-delf-dalf-febrero

How to improve your English (year 1)

Now that the second term is almost over, maybe we can have a look at this list of activities, apps and resources you can use to improve your English, and particularly some skills that might be more complicated to you. All my recommendations are free, or at least have some functionalities which are free.

Using a dictionary: 

At this level, you should really be using an English-English dictionary, and only use a Spanish-English dictionary from time to time.


These are my recommendations for online dictionaries:

  • Oxford dictionary: English-English dictionary, with definition and pronunciation of the word. You can also use the thesaurus, if you want to find synonyms (and you really should).

  • Cambridge dictionary: English-English, Spanish-English dictionary, with definitions, pronunciation of the words (British and American), and phonetic transcription.
  • Macmillan dictionary: English-English dictionary, with definition, pronunciation, and very good thesaurus.


Spelling City– On this website you can create your lists of words you know you have to learn. They may come from our literacy classes, or from Social /Natural Science. Then, click on “play game”, and you can practise the words you wrote but playing games, not just memorising. It will be easier for you to remember both spelling and pronunciation.

Tutorial on how to register with Spelling City and create lists to play games.

In any case, reading is what is going to help you the most. (More about reading later)


  • For most words, go to any of the dictionaries I mentioned above.
  • For countries and place names, people, (and for all other words) you can visit this website: FORVO. Real native speakers (not computers) have recorded themselves pronouncing these words and names for you.

Type the word or name you need, then look it up:

Then you can choose if you want to listen to a British person pronouncing the word, or American, or Australian…



Apart from the books I recommended at Christmas, there are some books in English you can borrow from the school library. You have quite a few by Roald Dahl, for example. Please visit the library. You will get a Class Dojo point if you tell me examples of books in English you could borrow from the library (because you’ve had a look there).

Reading books, comics, articles online…is going to help you understand better, but it will also help you with your writing and spelling. 


In the English Department there are some films you can borrow, and that can help you improve your English. Please ask me.

You can also visit the British council Learn English section on listening. Choose exercises for A2 level, and if that’s too easy, take B1.