Richard Montgomery High School

Richard Montgomery HS, en Maryland, EEUU

La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas comenzó un intercambio lingüístico de Flipgrid junto al instituto de secundaria Richard Montgomery, de Maryland y el colegio Jesús María de Madrid. Los participantes, 28 españoles y 28 estadounidenses, son estudiantes en edad de escuela secundaria.

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University, en Provo, Utah

La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Valdemoro comenzó un programa de intercambio lingüístico de Flipgrid con alumnos avanzados con la Universidad de Brigham Young University a comienzos del curso 2020-2021.

Concordia University

Concordia University, Moorhead, Minnesota

Durante el curso 2019-2020 la EOI Valdemoro estableció contacto con la Universidad de Concordia, en Minnesota. Comenzamos con un proyecto de intercambio Flipgrid para alumnos avanzados. Durante el curso 2020-2021 hemos ampliado nuestras actividades conjuntas: por un lado, hemos llevado a cabo un proyecto de intercambio Flipgrid con alumnos principiantes; por otro lado, hemos comenzado una tertulia de lectura de textos en español y en inglés con alumnos avanzados.

Exchange with Minnesota.

Flipgrid: Learning in a Different Way.

Spelling Bee 2020

CEIP Doña Leonor del Álamo Students

El 15 y el 22 de diciembre, tuvo lugar nuestro concurso anual de deletreo en inglés para alumnos de quinto curso de primaria y sexto de primaria. El día 15 de diciembre, visitamos tres clases de quinto de primaria del CEIP Doña Leonor del Álamo. El día 22 de diciembre, visitamos tres clases de sexto de primaria del CEIP Diego Muñoz Torrero. Todas las competiciones estuvieron cargadas de grandes emociones. Gracias a las maestras Belén, Warinka y Andrea por su participación en la actividad. Enhorabuena a los campeones.

Anuncio Doña Leonor del Álamo

Noticia Doña Leonor del Álamo.

Spelling Bee 2019

Spelling Bee 2018

Christmas Spirit

Many people will agree 2020 has been a lousy year: Coronavirus has killed lots of people worldwide. A terrible economic crisis is coming. It has already come. For those teachers who love teaching, for those teachers who find the best version of themselves when they are with their students, 2020 has been a difficult year. Yes, we have become more creative. Yes, we have found some alternatives to in-person education. Yet it is very hard to teach with your mask on and it is a little more difficult to see if the students (with their masks on) are following you.

I teach in an adult school and, on Wednesdays, I finish my classes at 9:00 pm. Last night (December 9th), it was dark and cold. When I left the school building, a group or C2.2 students from last academic year was waiting for me. As soon as I stepped out, they sang an unorganized carol (I loved it!), they gave me some gifts (Early Santa!) and they wished me a merry Christmas. What else can a person ask for in this life? The best Christmas present ever: Loving and feeling loved! As far as students are concerned, I like to quote Ted Lasso (one of my new heroes) when he is asked if he believes in ghosts: “I do. But more importantly, I believe they need to believe in themselves.”

Día Europeo de las lenguas

La EOI Valdemoro celebró el Día Europeo de las lenguas por tercer año consecutivo. Este año, debido a la pandemia el encuentro fue a través de vídeoconferencia. Muchas gracias a todos los participantes y a todos aquellos que se asomaron virtualmente a escuchar los diferentes poemas.

Día Europeo de las lenguas 2018

Día Europeo de las lenguas 2019

European Day of Languages 2019

Día Europeo de las lenguas 2020

European Day of Languages 2020

European Day of Languages

Text by Benito García Rodríguez – Illustration by Eduardo Torrico

A new edition of the European Day of Languages was successfully celebrated last 25th September. New this year, due to the Covid, all the participants joined the event by internet. So this handicap became an awesome circumstance, allowing the collaboration from foreign places in the local event. Poems written in languages of European and American countries, spoken in African and Asian countries too (Spanish, English…and Portuguese).

Spaniards were represented by a localism of Cervantes’ language, spoken in the region of Extremadura, close to Portugal, called “castuo”, and the English-Spanish fusion, born in the US South Border: “chicano English”. These participations were completed with the two main languages of the Iberian Peninsula, Portuguese and Spanish.

Widely represented, Europe contributed with French, English, Italian, Finnish, Polish, and Slovak, besides the quoted ones. This year we missed the African contribution of last year, so we wonder whether we can get some volunteers in Chinese, Arabian, or any other Asian or African language for next edition. A colourful note was introduced by the declaiming of a Guarani piece, an interesting localism from the Amazon rainforest. Amazing contributions, as the Finnish saga, closely linked to the Tolkien’s bible, The Silmarillion. The event ended with a special finishing touch, led by Lucyna López, who recited a Polish poem, in her mother language, French and Spanish.

After that a blue feeling was spread by the web and our souls, wishing an early recovering of the ancient normality that allows a real event, full of senses, enjoying completely the fascinating world of the languages. We hope that before June the COVID-19 lets us celebrate a special open edition in Valdemoro, allowing us meeting in person, sharing and having a toast to the long life of the linguistic variety.

Exchange with Minnesota

by Lidia Corregidor

Few years ago, I did something similar in high school. I enjoyed it a lot but it was for a short time. Thus, when I saw the opportunity to participate in this activity, I didn’t hesitate about it. We had the possibility to speak with the same person, in English and Spanish, for two months.

They are university students from Minnesota that are taking a course on History and Culture of Spain. For that reason, this experience has been perfect to practice for a language exchange with Flipgrid.

I have to admit that I was nervous about how the activity would be like. However, when I saw the first video of my partner on Flipgrid, I was very happy. We connected from the very first minute. And sometimes, we have talked a lot. For example, we have talked about our daily routine, history… And the most important thing we have talked about was our differences in culture, society and traditions.

We enjoyed the experience a lot. In fact, my partner on Flipgrid and I would like to keep in touch in other social media to be friends and to continue practicing our languages. I think that it’s fantastic and beautiful. Thanks to EOI, we have learned and practiced our English skills, and we have made special virtual friends.

In conclusion, if you are interested in something like that, I highly recommend it. Because, it is good to know a little bit more about other languages and other ways to see the life.

FlipGrid: Learning in a Different Way

by Susana Becerra Martínez

Ending February, the students from EOI Valdemoro were pleasingly surprised by being considered to take part in a language exchange programme with university students in Minessota (USA). The students were encouraged to join this appealing programme to collaborate with Concordia University with a revolutionary technological tool: FlipGrid.It could be a unique way to strengthen both our mediation and communicating English skills.

First of all, we were informed that the only requirements, which participation might entail, was committing ourselves to upload a couple of recordings weekly along eight weeks. Thus, we proceeded to ensure our short videos in both languages and sharing them with the assigned flipgrid partner.

I would like to share I was a little hesitant about whether to join the program. Undoubtedly, If I had not taken this chance, I would have regretted it, because it happened to be incredibly worth trying. It could be said that my hesitation was due to the unknown. It appears that the learning exchanging program has totally been a different approach to learn languages.

As for the programme, it has included a variety of topics in both languages. Speaking skills are being developed even further, in a kind of visual and oratory way of learning. I must highlight that most of the cases, a full understanding was reached together with the provided captions in the video.

When it comes to ensuring a seamless environment of work, we were weekly driven by our tutor to keep working on the next assigned task. On top of that, another remarkable point to consider is the total flexibility offered to students using this method. Besides, no times have been set up, which means that it can be done not only whenever it suits you, but wherever you decide to do it.

Personally, it has been an enriching experience to get to know exciting topics, and not only sharing but getting feedback from my smart flipgrid partner. Furthermore, taking part in this program has allowed us to get to know one another, sharing different cultures and bringing to the table different ways of looking at life. I dare to say that friendship has blossomed throughout learning.

In a nutshell, it has been a pleasure to take part in this program that helped us to learn and get to know other students on the other side of the world. In my view, this way of learning should be implemented at our language school as an integral part of the course, if possible. It is high time to make use of technological tools as to speed the process of learning languages up to get us closer to our goals even faster.

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

by Almudena García

Actor Tom Hanks has been nominated this year as one of the candidates to win the Oscar Award 2020 for his role in the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The movie was directed by Marielle Heller and produced by Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Youree Henley. It is based on the real story of well-known Fred Rogers, the host of the program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The plot of the film is about a journalist who hates his father for abandoning him and her sister when their mother was dying. To cover up his pain, he criticizes all the people that he interviews. The man is obligated by his boss to interview Fred Rogers because nobody wants to work with him. Nevertheless, at the same time he meets Fred, his life will change greatly.

As a spectator, I won´t tell a lot of things about the film because I recommend everyone to watch it. In spite of this, I would like to talk about some details that have called my attention, like the moments when actor Tom Hanks repeats “mercy” along the film. This is what I want to talk about. Apart from having a good plot, it holds a precious message: to know how to forgive and to express your own feelings.

To conclude, in my opinion, watching this film in family is a fantastic way to learn how the feelings that we experiment also have to be shared with our loved ones, because they are the ones who know us best. Finally, it´s a pleasure to say that I really hope Tom Hanks wins the Oscar for his extraordinary work at this film.

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