The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Startin making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air'

I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suitcase and send me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket.
I put my walkman on and said, 'I might as well kick it'.

First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass.
Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?
Hmmmmm this might be alright.

But wait I hear there're prissy, bourgeois and all that
Is this the type of place that they should send this cool cat?
I don't think so
I'll see when I get there
I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air

Well, the plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out
I ain't trying to get arrested yet
I just got here
I sprang with the quickness like lightning, disappeared

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say that this cab was rare
But I thought 'Nah forget it' - 'Yo homes to Bel Air'

I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later'
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

Dog with a Conscience

I left my Pop-Tart on a napkin alone with the dog for just a second, and came back to this...

Review: Animals, Colours, To Be, Present Simple and Daily Routines

Here are some exercises to help you remember the colours, the animals, the verb "to be", the present simple tense, and daily routines:

Wild Animals:

On the Farm:

Identify these animals:

Kindergarten Kids:

What colour are the fish?:

The verb "to be":

To be:

Present Simple and Plural Activities:

Present Simple:

Simple Present:

Present Simple (3rd Person):

Everyday Activities:

"-s", "-es" or "-ies":

Grammar Practice (Daily Routine):


Daily Routines:

My Daily Routine:

Daily Routines:

Household Chores:

Lenka – Everything at Once

Watch the video, listen to the song and do the following activity (vocabulary: animals,, etc.). You can print it or download it to your computer. Do NOT look at the answers until you have finished the activity.

You can also do the exercise online:
Everything at Once - Lenka, by Pilar
Find this and other songs exercises in English Exercises .org

Readers 2013-2014

Readers 2013-2014

1.- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Original Readers)
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2.- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (Activity Readers)
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3.- Witches and Wizards retold by Phillipa Tracy (Activity Readers)
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1.- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Original Readers)
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2.- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Activity Readers)
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3.- The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (Activity Readers)
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1.- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Original Readers)
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2.- Leopard Trail by Elizabeth Laird (Activity Readers)
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3.- The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Activity Readers)
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1.- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Original Readers)
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2.- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Activity Readers)
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3.- Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Activity Readers)
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1.- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Original Readers)
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2.- The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend (Activity Readers)
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3.- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (Activity Readers)
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1.- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Original Readers)
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2.- Oscar Wilde Short Stories by Oscar Wilde (Activity Readers)
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3.- The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend (Activity Readers)
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My Home is Green

"The film tells the poignant tale of two tiny creatures, an ant and a caterpillar. The lonely ant, who lost his entire tribe in a pesticide mishap, one day, meets a baby caterpillar. A relationship develops between them. The story moves forward through the memories of the ant, and the metamorphosis of the caterpillar. And then, the ant, once again, hears the sound of the pesticide sprayer. This movie is dedicated to those children who lost their lives in the endosulfan mishap of Kasargod district, Kerala.

'Pachilakkoodu -- My Home is Green', an animation film produced by Kottayam-based Digital Media and directed by Sajan Sindhu, has won the Golden Camera award for best animation film at the Nashik International film Festival 2012, which concluded on Sunday.

'Pachilakoodu,' dedicated to the children who lost their lives in the endosulfan tragedy in Kasaragod district, tells the poignant tale of two tiny creatures -- an ant and a caterpillar. The lonely ant which lost its entire tribe due to the pesticide mishap meets a baby caterpillar and a relationship develops between them. The story moves ahead through the memories of the ant and the metamorphosis of the caterpillar."

Pancake Day in London - Shrove Tuesday

I love pancakes!

Pancake Day in London - Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day in London:

"In the UK, we have a tradition of making and eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, which falls between 2 February and 9 March, depending on the date for Easter. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday to use its correct title, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter - was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday Christians went to confession and were 'shriven' (absolved from their sins). Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent – milk, butter, and eggs. The humble pancake has featured in recipe books as far back as 1439."


"Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking. Starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis. Writer/Director/Composer - Kurt Kuenne. Winner - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival, Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Winner - Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival, Winner - Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival, Winner - Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Film, Sedona Int'l Film Festival.

School Lunches

Should schools ban packed lunches?



God's Architect: Antoni Gaudí's Glorious Vision

"Before stepping down as pope earlier this year, Benedict XVI carried out thousands of official duties over eight years, but only once did he travel outside Rome to bestow the Vatican's highest honor on a church, transforming it into a basilica -- a sacred place forever."

Taylor Swift: A Young Singer's Meteoric Rise

"Six years ago last fall, a 16-year-old girl released her debut country music album and dreamed of making it big. Well today that girl is as big as it gets. She has sold more albums in the U.S. over those six and a half years than any other artist in any genre. Her latest album, Red, sold more copies in its first week than any album in more than a decade. Taylor Swift's has been a meteoric rise. And she seems to know, even at a young age, just the right notes to hit - in her songwriting, and in her business."

'Up2 You + Me' Featuring Jim Parsons

"In this hilarious new call-to-action video, Jim Parsons plays 30 characters, showing how it's "Up2" all of them and each and every one of us to help end cancer."
Name the 30 characters that Jim Parsons plays in this video.

The Sunshine Award!

It's raining (a lot!) in Barcelona, I'm exhausted (lots of things to do, too little time to do them), but I can't stop smiling because I got TWO Sunshine Awards yesterday. Thank you Inma and Esther !

The Sunshine Award is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is given to "bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere". I do feel honoured that such great bloggers have given me this thoughtful award.

As with other similar awards, there are certain rules that must be followed:
Rule 1.  Post the Sunshine Award logo on your blog.
Rule 2.  Nominate 5 to 10 other wonderful  bloggers.
Rule 3.  Announce their nomination in their blog’s comment section.
Rule 4 .Mention links back to their blog, including a link to the person who nominated you.
Rule 5. Answer seven questions about yourself.  This is designed to help people get to know you better.

There are lots of great bloggers and choosing just a few is difficult... Here are a few good ones in no particular order:

Inma Alcázar ("Passionate EFL teacher and lifelong learner interested in the potential of technology for foreign languages learning") and her blog Sharing Learning "Teaching English with Technology". (Thank you for giving me this award!)

Esther Martínez (teacher, blogger and curator) and her blog My English Scrapbook. (Thank you for giving me this award!)

Shelly Terrell is an amazing teacher who works really hard (I don't know how she manages to do all the things she does!), and travels all over the world helping others to learn and teach better. She always has a big smile on her face.

Larry Ferlazzo, amazing person and educator, do not miss his blog Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day

Montse Veyrat (Interested and Researcher in Linguistics, Translation, Intercultural Pragmatics, Neurolinguistics,Clinical Linguistics, E-Learning, SL) and her blog Montse is a great educator and an amazing person.

Ana Cristina Pratas, an amazing teacher, blogger and curator, her blog CristinaSkyBox is full of resources. Do not miss her other links, you can find some great things there.

Mª Jesús García S.M. has a great blog, Stop and Learn English, full of great resources.

Kieran Donaghy is the creator of Film English, full of resources for teachers and film lovers.

Claudio Azevedo  (Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals and Movie Segments for Warm-Ups and Follow-Ups) has thousands of useful resources for language teachers.

Mónica helps people who want to improve their English, her blog El Blog para aprender inglés is full of great resources, tips and advice for learners (and teachers) of English.

There are many more teachers and bloggers that I would like to add to the list... You can find some more in my resources blog:

Some things about me...

1. Favourite colour.

2. Favourite animal.
I love all kinds of animals: dogs, cats, rabbits...

3. Favourite number.

4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink.

5. Favourite alcoholic drink.
I don't drink much, sometimes when I go out with friends a gin & tonic (lots of tonic, hardly any gin).

6. Facebook or Twitter.
Twitter. I found lots of great educators thanks to twitter.

7. My passions.
Teaching and learning. I also love reading, watching films... Family and friends...

8. Giving or receiving gifts?
I love getting gifts, but giving gifts makes me even happier.

9. Favourite city or country?
London, and I would love to visit New York some day.

10. Favourite book?
Impossible to choose one! I love the classics, but I also love many modern authors. I have thousands of books in my library (and in my Kindle!).

Congratulations to all my nominees! Now it's your turn to spread the positive flow and send the sunshine to other fantastic and inspiring bloggers! 

Welcome to the World of Harry Potter

Students at Hogwarts are lead into the Great Hall where they are sorted into their houses by the Sorting Hat. There are four houses at Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. 

Create a presentation which includes the following information: 
- Who is the founder of each house? Include a picture of the founder. 
- What are the house colours? 
- What animal is on the house crest? Include a picture of the crest. 
- Where is the secret entrance to the house? Who or what guards it? 
 - Who is the house ghost? 
- Who are famous alumni? 
- Who gets the House Cup? 
- What are the adjectives that the sorting house uses to describe the house and the students in it? 

A Lesson on Discrimination: A Class Divided

"Cultural racism is racism that is so much a part of the mainstream culture that it looks 'normal.' It outlives any single individual and pervades the thinking, speech, and actions of whole groups of people. In the English language, for example, many of our positive definitions and connotations of the word white and negative connotations of the word black reinforce notions of white superiority and black inferiority." Source: Burgest, 1973, cited in Frances Kendall, Diversity in the Classroom, 1996)
Lesson plans, information and activities:
When the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in April 1968, Jane Elliott taught her third-grade class a daring lesson in discrimination. The third time she taught the lesson, cameras were present. Elliott divides her class into two groups — those with blue eyes and those with brown eyes — and discriminates against those with brown eyes.

Drama Queen (Verb Tenses Revision)

You can find this video and exercises about it plus some fill-in-the-gaps texts for studying verb tenses here:
DRAMA QUEEN - from an early age, by Anita Kovacevic
Find this and other verb tenses exercises in English Exercises .org

Kiss the Rain

- Do you like the rain? What kind? Why?
- Do you think it can be romantic?
- Are you afraid of storms?
- How many of the films in this video can you name? Write down the titles of as many as you can.
- How many of them have you seen?
- Did you like them? Why?
- Do you know the name of any of the actors?
- Can you name any other films where there is rain?