Our 4 ESO students have been ten days in Oxford. 

They have enjoyed at school with their buddies…

And have a great time in London!

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Here we go, a new school year has begun and there we go, fuelled by the summer energy!!!

USA trip began on the 16th of September, the group has gone to Macon, Georgia.

Have a look to what they are living!!!




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Following the tradition of performing short plays in year 1ESO, this year we have recorded two videos where you will be able to enjoy and laugh out loud with the crazy stories these students have performed. Don’t miss them!!
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By students from ESO4.

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Some students of 1ºESO have been to an English camp in Asturias for one week. It was an excellent and very funny way of learning English.  There we met children from Asturias, Cantabria and Madrid. Also all the monitors were native, some from the United Kingdom and other from different English Speaking countries. In this camp we  played games, practiced vocabulary, talked in English a lot  but also we ate a very  funny and nice food. We slept in bungalows. We will have a nice memory of this trip. I hope we will repeat it.


The Week Camp was incredible. In the morning and in the evening we had activities and free time. We did the activities with different monitors. They were crazy and very funny at the same time. They weren’t  Spanish so they spoke all the time in English. The activities consisted in sports, board games and trips, adventure activities,  One day we went to the beach, it was very cold but we swam in the sea. At night we had an activity like a disco or games. Next we had to sleep in our cabins. They were very good because they had different rooms. You could sleep with some of your friends and talk with them in a low voice. The week camp was the best week of my life and I want to repeat the next year.

Adrián González  1E


The week camp was fantastic. We went to Garaña de Pría ,a village of Asturias from the  25th until the 29th  of April . The place was like a camping site with a lot of cabins. In every cabin we were 7 students. The monitors were nice and funny. We went to a place called Bufones which are blow holes, and to a beach a beach called “Cuevas” which was fantastic. Every day we played some games and I learnt a lot of English.

Tomás Martín Wieringa  1 E

image003Here we are in “Los bufones de Pria”, very close to the camp

The week Camp has been the best experience of this year. Those five days we stayed at the camp in Garaña de Pría were amazing. Since the incredible activities and excursions to the funny monitors that were with us in all moments. The food was also very good even the chickpeas were delicious. We met a lot of new people from high schools all over Spain, such as the ones in Asturias or Madrid.

The excursions were very interesting like when we went to the Bufones de Pría and we learnt how they are formed and what they do, we also went to two beaches but only a few people went inside the water of sea. It was so cool !!!! The activities were fantastic, the best, for me, were the segways, the adventure park and the talent show. This last we win it our high school versus Madrid one. The five days passed very quickly, they were so short! The last day the monitors gave some mugs to the ones that have been the best during the five days, then we had to leave the camp, but, we didn’t want to come back!                                                                           

Marién del Río Infante  1F ESO

image004Here we are at the entrance of our cabin ( Marien, Laura B., Ainara, Julia, Lucía and me ). Pict. Alicia González, 1F ESO.

First of all, I’m going to describe what the place was like. There was a very big house where the teachers slept and some wooden cabins where we slept. There was also a large green field where we played different games and sports such as Lacrosse, Baseball, etc… and where we had our snack  in the afternoon. We played some vocabulary games like Trivial, Scrabble, Scattergories and many more. Before going to bed we also played night games. Other days we hiked to nice beaches and we saw beautiful blowholes. Finally, I have to express my opinion about the Week Camp. I consider it a great experience to learn English in an excellent environment with native and kind monitors. This activity should be done once a year in every school.

Marcos Martín  1B ESO

image005On our way to Cuevas Beach with our monitor Lewis
image006Cabin 19: Miguel Crespo, Javier, Pablo Cardeñoso , Roi , Diego, Marcos Riol and Pablo Ortego
image007Cabin 20 : Adrian, Pablo Maide ,Hugo Cartón ,Tomás, Hugo Vítores, Marcos Canas
image008Cabin 21: Diego, Alberto, Sergio, Axel, Isidro, Miguel and Marcos
image009Paula Lorenzo, Laura, Lucía , Maria, (At the back) Paula Ramos, Monica and Clara
image010Alba Calleja, Elisa , Anael , Lucía Olmos. At the back:  Paula López , Marta Bocos


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Have a look at this video by students in year 2 E/F.

There are great actors inside!!

They have done Monologues and Dialogues arguing about many different issues  like being a noisy neighbor, a bad friend, a terrible boss, a lazy student, a very strict teacher  and many other things. Enjoy and learn how to have a row in English!

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Pictures and thoughts on the last trip to Madrid, by 1E and 1F students.

Students from 1st year share their views and experiences during their last visit to Madrid in March 2016.

MEETING OUR KEYPALS IN MADRID – Good Friday  25th  April 2016

 (Meaning of Key pals : a friend with whom we regularly exchange E-mails )

 Last Easter on the 25th of March , a group of students in year 1 ESO – E/F  met our American Key Pals in Madrid. They were touring Spain with some parents and teachers.

We met in the fountain outside the Royal Palace at 4:00. My keypal was very nice and she introduced me to some of her friends, who were really nice as well. When I gave her my present she said it was really cute. She gave me a pencil pouch from “Scout” which is an American brand. We also talked about what we liked, and discovered we had many interests in common, even some youtubers that I watch, she watches as well.Later we visited  an Egyptian temple called “Debod temple” and tried to enter in the little holes of all the rooms where the projectors were.

After we saw the temple we did a little Scavenger Hunt  which was like a quiz with questions about  Madrid and how they should  ask for things in Spanish. One question was that we had to take a photo of a bear and a tree (the symbols of Madrid) and the American students put a face like a bear near a tree because they didn’t know about that. After a moment we told them that it was the symbol of Madrid and  they took the photo. We all were laughing out loud all the time.

The groups who had more points in the quiz got a Kit Kat but we shared them and we also had  and a Chupa Chups. Then we went to a restaurant where we ate the worst menu ever.

  • 1st dish  – Milhojas (vegetable)
  • 2nd dish  : lasagne (vegetable )
  • Dessert   : strawberry yogurt

At finally we said goodbye to them at their hotel and  returned  to Valladolid with our parents. It was really fun to go to Madrid and meet our  keypals.

Laura Ariza   1 F   /   Paula Lorenzo  1 E

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News from Canada: tips to get a scholarship in Canada

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas break. I´m Paula, a former Emilio Ferrari student studying 1st Bachillerato in Nova Scotia, Canada thanks to one of Amancio Ortega´s scholarships.
A year ago, my English teacher told us about this wonderful opportunity. When I first heard of it, I thought it was something unreachable, but now, here I am! It´s been nearly four months since I came, and there´s not a single second I regret having applied for it! Last year, 200 scholarhips were given, 100 for Canada and 100 for USA. 6000 people applied for it. Crazy, isn´t it?
The students selection took two months, imagine two months of being nervous, hopeful and looking forward to hearing any news about it!
But finally that day came!! I can remember it like it was yesterday.
This year, a new edition of this scholarships has started. And if it wasn´t enough, this year scholarships have increased to… 500! 210 for Canada 210 for USA and 80 for students in Galicia (where Amancio Ortega is from).
The different stages you have to go through though, are the same. They look at your overall 3rd year ESO mark and English mark, your family income, you have to write an exam, and the last one is an interview.
 For those ones who are interested on this, I´ll tell you some tips to take into account!
You don´t need to go like crazy looking for another place to study English besides school, our high school has a great English program.
Don´t get obsessed with it, you don´t need to study for any of the exams, just study hard during high school, so you have a good mark to apply for it! The only thing you can do is getting used to American accent listening to different things, because there´s a listening part in the exam. And for the interview, choose a topic that you know about, don´t try to impress them talking about something that might sound very fancy but you don´t know about, you don´t want to show them your capacity to memorize something, you want to show them your fluency! And if you get lost during your presentation, it is much easier to find what to say if you are talking about something familiar to you.
From here I encourage you guys to work really hard, and try this once in a life time opportunity, it is a wonderful experience! It is hard some times, being 5000 km from your family and friends is not easy, but trust me, it´s amazing!!
I can´t forget to wish good luck to the candidates that applied for 2016-2017 scholarships, they´re already in the last stage, the interview, you are almost there!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, you can also check my blog, I´ll try to update it this Christmas, I don´t have much time here!
Best wishes from Antigonish!
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Miss Blanco and her Hogwarts

“-Miss, how did you get so good at Spanish? +Well, maybe because I’m the Spanish assistant.” After having had that conversation about a hundred times, I think that the pupils at my school now know who I am and what I’m doing here. It’s your turn!

When I finished high school, I didn’t know what to do with my life. Really. Not a clue. But then I realized I loved languages (especially English) so…I chose English Philology. Then I spent the next four years telling myself I didn’t want to become a teacher because I didn’t like teaching at all (or that was what I thought) but after giving some private English lessons (money doesn’t grow on trees, I had to do something to get it) I found out that I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.

That’s why, when I saw an offer for an assistant position at the Royal Hospital School, a boarding school an hour away from London, on the Eastern coast of England, I decided to apply for it, and…here I am! My job is basically to give speaking lessons to the students in Year 12 and 13 (Primero y Segundo de Bachillerato), but I also have to talk to small groups of pupils from all the other year groups. Oh, and I forgot to tell you; my name is Elena, but the students here call me “Miss Blanco” because they are not allowed to call their teachers by their name.

Since it’s a boarding school, everything here is a bit different. Apart from giving lessons, every teacher here has some duties at the boarding houses. If you don’t know what a boarding house is, just think about how the most famous boarding school in the world is divided into four houses… Yes, I’m talking about Hogwarts, and it’s basically the same here. Except for the magic, unfortunately.

Train to Hogwarts

Train to Hogwarts

The school has 10 houses. One of the things I like the most here is that, like in Harry Potter, I can give and take points from each house to punish or reward the pupils. There’s not a real house tournament and they just get Amazon vouchers at the end of the year if they have enough points, but I still like the system a lot.

I don’t often take points away, because students here are very polite. That’s another thing that I like, and it surprised me a lot, because, let’s be honest, my class wasn’t known for its good behaviour while I was at high school. These pupils greet me with a “Hi Miss” every time they see me around the school, open the door for me whenever they see me, and even thank me after finishing every lesson! Even if I have been torturing them with grammar for an hour, they still say “thank you, miss” before they walk away from the class.

I also love the fact that the school is very international. I have pupils from Germany, Italy, China, Russia, South Africa… Seeing how each of them learns Spanish in a different way is a very interesting experience, and apart from teaching them, I can also learn things from their cultures. It’s also very challenging, because some of them are here to improve their English, so imagine having to teach Spanish to someone who doesn’t know the language at all and is not really good at English either!

Another thing that I like is the importance given to languages here. There are two other assistants, French and German, because the school considers it very important for students to learn the language directly from natives.

The other assistants and me with the school behind us…Nope, the blonde one is not German…surprise!

The other assistants and me with the school behind us…Nope, the blonde one is not German…surprise!


Talking about languages, one of the things that surprised me the most is the way languages are taught. They put a lot of emphasis into speaking and actually practising the language, so British kids don’t really know anything about grammar (think about how much you hate analysing sentences in Spanish…they don’t know how to do that in their own language). They don’t even know how to distinguish verbs from adjectives, nouns…etc. That’s why it’s really complicated for them to fully understand how a different language works.

However, even though it’s really hard for them to learn a foreign language, people who choose to become language teachers have to know two foreign languages and be able to teach both of them. This was very surprising to me because in Spain teachers normally teach only one.

Since the educational system is very different, I was also amazed by the amount of work that pupils in Year 12 and 13 have. Here, they only have to choose three subjects for Year 12 and 13! Three subjects! Only three! And they still complain! I would love to see them studying in Spain… I still remember struggling to survive during Bachillerato as I had a lot more than three subjects!

It was a bit hard to get used to the life here at the beginning, but even though I miss the Spanish sun (do you think Valladolid is not really sunny? Live in England for a while and you’ll think twice about it) I really like this place and the relationship I have with my pupils.

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Hi all!

I’m Nerea Gómez, a 22-year-old Spanish Language Assistant at a partially selective state school in a small town in Hertfordshire, England. I’m an English graduate from the University of Valladolid and a former IES Emilio Ferrari student.

London Eye

London Eye

Back in high school, language lessons were my favorite ones, but I would’ve never imagined that I would study English at college. And it would’ve never occurred to me that I would work as a Spanish Assistant! But, somehow, it should’ve come to my mind since I’ve always loved travelling, meeting people from other countries and learning languages.

Anyway, four years ago I ended up starting a degree in English and it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made! However, when it came to an end, I had to decide what to do afterwards; I wondered, “Should I study for a Master? Should I start working? Do I want to be a teacher, a translator…?” I was clueless!

Before my final year at college ended, I heard about a scholarship the Spanish government grants to language graduates every year to work as Spanish Language Assistants in different parts of the world; I decided to give it a go and I got the scholarship! So, in September, I packed my suitcase and got ready to start my life after college.

Being a Language Assistant is a job with two stages: the student stage and the teacher one. During the student stage, I learnt how to teach Spanish by observing teachers teach; however, this stage does only last one month and then you’re thrown into the deep end of teaching. The teaching stage consists in instructing students on learning Spanish. I usually teach groups of three or four Sixth Form students (Bachillerato) at a time and I help them with the oral examinations they’ll take at the end of the year. Basically, the lessons are oral-based and consist of revising past papers which are very similar to the one at the end of the year.

Being surrounded by the English culture made me realize that visiting England and living here is a different matter. Once you are among English people, you start discovering English culture at a different level and many things surprised me which I didn’t even notice when I came here as a tourist:

  • First of all, English manners. We all know English people are very polite, but they are even politer than what I thought. They do always say “thank you” even if you didn’t do anything for them and they would always offer you a cup of tea (or “cuppa tea” as they say here), regardless of the time of the day! One time I was waiting at the bank and I was offered a cup of tea!
  • Secondly, I realized England is a very charitable society and there are charity shops everywhere. People bring their old stuff into the shops, the shops sell it at a very low price and the profits go entirely to UK charities.
  • Third, I’ll give you a quick tip on how to spot a British person on the street: They are the only ones wearing T-shirts, skirts or shorts on the most freezing day of winter.
  • Fourth, English people are always celebrating something. Right after Halloween was over, every Halloween decoration disappeared and was replaced by Christmas decorations and ornaments.

In addition, being in this country made me appreciate it even more and there are plenty of things that I love about it:

  • The thing I absolutely love the most is the food! And I’m not talking about English food
    the Winter Wonderland, a huge Christmas market in London

    the Winter Wonderland, a huge Christmas market in London

    but about food from all around the world. England is a multicultural society in which you can find worldwide delicious food at low prices!

  • The second thing I love the most is Christmas in England, particularly in London. Every street and square is decorated with glittery, christmassy lights and ornaments and there are lots of Christmas markets where you can find lots of artisanal gifts and delicious food (right, food again).
  • I also love living close to London. I was very lucky and the school I was sent to is located in the county immediately to the north of London, therefore I can be there in 20 minutes and enjoy it as many times as I want.
  • And finally, I love being in a country full of history with so many historical and important towns and sites to discover and visit. Travelling around and learning about different places is one of my absolute favourite hobbies!
Elena and I eating a traditional Hungarian dessert in Cambridge

Elena and I eating a traditional Hungarian dessert in Cambridge

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