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The debate is “blowing in the wind”

Years ago I wrote a short post about Bob Dylan and his popular “Blowing’ in the wind”. I had noticed that quite a number of students had little or no idea who this singer-songwriter was and how much he had influenced music in the sixties and in subsequent years.


Never had I imagined that he could be presented with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Nobody, I think, would have dreamed that a singer could be awarded such honour.

Whether we believe Dylan deserves the prize or not, we cannot deny his long-lasting and influential career for over five decades. He has become a legend in music by singing in his low and rough voice about “life’s greatest tragedies”: “war, heartbreak, betrayal, death and moral faithlessness”.



Bob Dylan, who was born 75 years ago in Duluth, Minnesota, has not really been a man for interviews. He has always been a secretive and elusive person, never inclined to make his life public. Actually, he has said very little about the Swedish Academy’s decision, keeping  his opinion to himself, and oblivious to the intense debate that is taking place.

October 17, 2016 Posted by | Listening, MUSIC | , , | Leave a comment

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind”

This is probably one the most popular songs of all times, or at least that’s what I thought before I realised that for many of you, young students, Bob Dylan and his ‘protest’ song belong to my time. In fact, he wrote it in 1962, the same year I was born. Unfortunately nowadays his questions about peace, war or freedom haven’t been responded yet, so the answers are still ‘blowing in the wind’, and I’m afraid  future generations will keep asking the same questions again and again.

Blowin’ in the Wind  –   Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes and how many times must the cannonballs fly
before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind;
the answer is blowing in the wind.

Yes and how many years can a mountain exist
before it is washed to the sea?
Yes and how many years can some people exist
before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes and how many times can a man turn his head
and pretend that he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind;
the answer is blowing in the wind.

Yes and how many times must a man look up
before he can see the sky?
Yes and how many ears must one man have
before he can hear people cry?
Yes and how many deaths will it take till he
that too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind;
the answer is blowing in the wind.

October 16, 2016 Posted by | MUSIC | , | Leave a comment

Exámenes de Septiembre 2016

Consulta aquí las fechas y aula para los exámenes de septiembre.

  • Pruebas escritas (listening/reading/writing):

1º de nivel intermedio: grupos 1ºD, 1ºF, 1ºH, 1ºG y 1ºJ

Jueves, 1 de septiembre a las 16:00 h – Aula 21

  • Pruebas orales:

              1º de nivel intermedio: grupos 1ºD, 1ºF, 1ºH, 1ºG y 1ºJ

              Viernes, 2 de septiembre a partir de las 16:00 h – Aula 21

Consultar la hora correspondiente en el tablón  de Conserjería o a través de la tutora en elenespina@hotmail.com

June 6, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD | , | Leave a comment

Time for a riddle!

According to the dictionary, a riddle is “a puzzling question, problem or matter”. Now you might be wondering what the meaning of puzzling is. Well, it’s similar to confusing. If you like riddles in Spanish, you’ll probably enjoy this in English.

The sites below provide a variety of logic puzzles and riddles:

June 5, 2016 Posted by | VOCABULARY | 3 Comments

This used to be my playground by Madonna

This is a beautiful ballad about wishing to keep your childhood memories when you’ve come to be an adult and life sometimes seems to be getting rougher and rougher every day. It’s all about longing for the time when you had lots of dreams and few worries. I’m not especially keen on Madonna, but I love this song.

The song is also a very good example of the verb form “used to” to express past habits or facts. Here you’ve got some links to study.

used to grammar

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise about song

May 24, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BASIC, GRAMMAR, MUSIC | Leave a comment

What did she say?


Last day we learnt that in English there are two different ways of expressing the words of another person: Direct and Indirect Speech. Indirect or Reported Speech is different to Direct Speech because it does not phrase the statement or question in the same way as the original speaker. Direct speech is very simple as the exact words of the original speaker are reported in quotation marks.

Direct Speech Reported Speech
She said, “You look good in that.” She said that I looked good in this.

Reported Speech grammar.

Reported statements exercise.

Reported questions exercise.

Funny video: “Office Gossip”

May 14, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR | Leave a comment

Would your life be the same if…?

Would your life be the same if you had been born in a different country? The answer to the question is pretty obvious, but just thinking about it can make us understand life outside our home. We can imagine what our life would be like in another country by comparing living conditions, and ifitweremyhome.com provides a tool to compare country conditions.


Conditional sentences links:




May 9, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT | Leave a comment

1st INT (1ºD, 1ºF, 1ºH, 1ºG, 1ºJ) 3rd term tests

1ºD (15:30h), 1ºF(17:00h), 1ºH (20:00h)

  • Monday 16th May: Listening+Writing

  • Friday 20th May: Reading

  • Wednesday 18th May: Oral /Monday 23rd May: Oral


1ºG (17:30h), 1ºJ (20:00h)

  • Tuesday 17th May: Listening+Writing

  • Friday 20th May: Reading

  • Thursday 19th May: Oral /Tuesday 24th May: Oral

April 25, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD | | Leave a comment

Nothing compares to you?




  • Below you can read about the most interesting,  funniest or  wierdest records in the world. What is your favourite World record?

    The Guinness World Records

April 8, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , | Leave a comment

It’s all about experiences

Last Friday we learnt how to write posts on a Padlet – a virtual board- and you started to share some of  your experiences with your mates. I asked you to write about things you’ve done and/or you haven’t done in your lives yet. Some of you have already participated in this activity, but if you haven’t, you can still take part; you just need to click on the image below and follow the instructions there.

image padlet

February 26, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | Leave a comment