lunes, 24 de febrero de 2014

Spain in 1492

Hello, everyone!

You already know that the year 1492 was a very important one. It is the year that marks the transition from the Middle Ages (Renaissance) to the Modern Age, an age of discovery and expansion.
Three important things happened in Spain that year, under the reign of los Reyes Católicos, Isabel de Castilla and Fernando de Aragón:

- The last muslim kingdom of Granada (Reino Nazarí de Granada) was finally conquered and the king Boabdil surrendered, giving the keys of the city to los Reyes Católicos. Watch this  here.
Watch Boabdil's retreat and his mother's famous words here.

- The Jews were expelled from Spain. Isabel and Fernando wanted to have a unified Christian kingdom, so the Jews could either convert to Christianity (and be under the constant supervision of the Inquisition) or leave the country. Watch it here.

- Christopher Columbus discovered America. At the beginning, everyone thought he had reached the Indies. Some parts of the Indies were still unexplored by Europeans, and los Reyes Católicos hoped to find new territories there to expand. Little did they know that Columbus' discovery would change history forever.
Las Capitulaciones de Santa Fe was the name of the document that was signed by los Reyes Católicos and Christopher Columbus where they agreed to give him nobility titles and 10% of the riches found in the new territories, if his voyage succeeded.
Watch Isabel's trust in Columbus here.
Watch Las Capitulaciones de Santa Fe here.

*I add another video with Columbus' conditions explained by historians here.
I hope this helps you to better understand the important events that took place in Spain in 1492.
How do you think Jewish and Muslim people felt when they had to leave what had been their home for hundreds of years? Do you think the king and queen were fair with them?

domingo, 23 de febrero de 2014

I am- Hillary Duff

Hi, everyone!

Here is the song we learnt last Friday, which is very useful for learning new personality adjectives. Remember you have to write a short text describing someone you love.
I'm looking forward to hearing your descriptions!

martes, 18 de febrero de 2014

Practice for KET

Here I post online exercises for you to practice for KET. Please, use them!

Practice exercises- units 9 and 10

Hi, everyone!
Here I post some online exercises for you to review these units' grammar.
Remember to put a full stop at the end of your sentences, otherwise they'll be considered wrong.
Good luck!

Saint Valentine's Day Songs

Here you have the songs we listened to the other day, so that you can listen to them and sing at the same time.

viernes, 7 de febrero de 2014

Heal the World

These are the lyrics video and the official music video for this week's song: Heal the World, by Michael Jackson.
If you didn't have time to complete the gaps on your photocopy, please do it at home.
Read the lyrics carefully, they have a beautiful message. If you don't understand any of the words, use a dictionary (you've got links to online dictionaries on the right column of this blog)