Listening- Alan Turing to feature on the 50 GBP note

Some months ago, there was a consultation in the UK about the candidates to feature on the new £50 banknotes. You can read more about it and do a listening comprehension exercise on the news here:

Listening comprehension: The new £50 note.

The winner has been announced, and mathematician Alan Turing has been chosen as the face of Britain’s new £50 banknote.

Now, read the questions in the form below. Then, listen to this news report about the mathematician who is going to feature on the new £50 note. You can listen to it twice. Once you have finished, submit your answers to check whether you were right or wrong. Please pay attention to the feedback to both right and wrong answers.

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You can also read the transcript here.

Further reading:

More about Alan Turing in the blog:

Listening comprehension: The new 50 GBP note

Listen to this news report about the new 50 GBP note. Read the sentences on the Google form below and listen carefully to the recording. In each of the spaces provided, complete the information required with up to FOUR WORDS. You should hear the information twice.

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 Link to Google form

Once you have finished, you can listen again and read the transcript. 

If this consultation should happen in Spain, who should the contenders be?

Further reading:

Would teenagers benefit from a lie-in and a later start to school?

Would teenagers benefit from a lie-in and a later start to school? Where do you stand on this issue?

Why can’t teenagers get up in the morning? (From Trust Me, I’m a Doctor– BBC2):

Update (Feb 2019): The UK Parliament is going to debate a petition to calling for schools to start at 10:00 because “teenagers are too tired”.  More than 179,000 signed the online petition. More on this story here.



Listen to this clip from a news bulletin describing yesterday’s supermoon:

  • What is different about the way we see the moon when it is a “supermoon”?
  • From when will it be seen?
  • When will it be brightest?
  • Is there another term for “supermoon”?
  • How far away from Earth is the moon on this occasion? How far away is it on a normal day?
  • What’s the reason for this optical effect?
  • Do you need any protection to look at it?
  • When will we see the next supermoon?

Download the transcript

More on the supermoon:


Publicaciones Embajada EE.UU.

El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos tiene publicada en su web varias de sus publicaciones dirigidas a centros educativos en formato digital (H/T to Noelia M.). Son publicaciones destinadas a difundir la historia y cultura de los Estados Unidos, y pueden resultar útiles para distintas áreas (literacy, ESL, Science, Social Science) o para trabajar proyectos interdisciplinares. Los podéis descargar en este enlace.


Spanish / English integrated curricula (infants, primary, secondary)

Aquí podéis descargar en pdf los currículos integrados publicados, de aplicación en los centros con currículo integrado MECD- British Council (fuente original):

listado de centros adscritos al convenio MECD-British Council Aragón (Dic. 2019)

International Women´s Day (March 8th)- some classroom resources

In 1977, the UN established March 8th as “International Women’s Day” (why March 8th?). It may be a good excuse to deal with issues of gender relations and gender equality, as well as the role of women along history, in the classroom. Here are some resources you might like to use:


One of the origins of the celebration is women’s fight for suffrage in Europe. This has been depicted in popular culture lately: extensively in the film Suffragette (2015), and as a subplot in a special episode of the BBC show Sherlock (“The Abominable Bride”, 2015):

  • Sufffragette (B1- B2)

(subtitled trailer in

  • Sherlock – “The Abominable Bride” (B2-C1)

A rather peculiar (and perhaps ideologically objectionable) depiction of a suffragette appears in Mary Poppins (1964), in the character of Mrs. Banks. (Maybe it’s time to deconstruct a children’s film):


You may use this video about Fatna, a girl in eastern Chad, and her struggle to be able to go to school (A2):

(subtitled in English here:

UNICEF Youtube channel


Different campaigns apparently aim at showing more empowered women roles, from Disney to sanitary towels brands, probably in order to suit their own marketing needs:

  • Disney- “I am a princess” (A2)

(subtitled in Spanish in Youtube- to watch with subtitles in English, click here)

It’s very classroom-friendly: use of comparatives, superlatives; lots of vocabulary related to relationships, personality adjectives…

  • Always- “Run like a girl” (A2-B1) (H/T Miriam A.)

(subtitles in English available on Youtube)


  • Beyoncé- If I Were a Boy (A2-B1)

(With the song, you also get to practise type 2 conditional clauses, obviously)

EMMA WATSON-  He for She campaign

The British actress Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, is the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. In September 2014, she gave a speech at the UN about gender inequality and how to fight it.


Since then, she has been actively involved in the He for She campaign. You may watch an interview with her, along with some comprehension exercises on the British council Learn English teens website


Read towards the end of this blog entry to find out about Ada Lovelace (Lord Byron’s daughter) and Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr’s contribution to early computing.