The English Corner

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the United States on March 17th. This day is one of the biggest holidays especially in Ireland. Maewyn Succat is the name of the saint who changed his name to Patrick after becoming a priest. He was considered the patron saint of Ireland.
Nowadays, in several cities in the United States (such as Chicago, New York or Philadelphia) there are parades on Saint Patrick’s Day. In Chicago, they often paint the river water green.  Many people don’t know the religious connotation of the day and they only celebrate in bars with green clothes, shamrocks, coins or the famous leprechaun.
In our school we have celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day too. Each year, we do activities and games related to this holiday. Our students have learned things about English culture: new vocabulary and the origin of this story. They have enjoyed it a lot as you can see in these photos.

 

International Women’s day

Reading stories in English in February
We present a different activity to do with children this month
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Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and where did these traditions come from? There is a Famous legend of St. Valentine. It begins in Rome in the year 268. Emperor Claudius II wanted a fierce team of young men to fight in these armies. He found that when young men are in love or sharing their lives with a wife and children, they tended to be more cautious. To insure large numbers of soldiers for his armies, Claudius outlawed marriage for those young men. A brave priest named Valentine thought the law was horribly unjust. So, he allowed to get married in his church putting his life in danger. Valentine continued performing marriage ceremonies, doing so in secret and hidden from the eyes of authorities. Still, word of Valentine´s secret ceremonies made its way back to Claudius. The priest was found and put to death on, as some versions state, on February 14th. Nowadays, on Valentine´s Day, people celebrate love and friendship and the joy of having other people in your life. It´s a day of flowers, candy and cards decorated with hearts.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (17 January 2022)

Martin Luther King Day is a holiday held on the third Monday of January in the United States. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in his country.

His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech.  Inspired by the pacifist and civil rights activist Gandhi, Martin Luther King was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Unfortunately, he was assassinated in 1968.

Click the link below to listen to the song ‘Glory’ (by John Legend) from the 2014 film Selma, which portrays the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.

https://youtu.be/ZzbKaDPMoDU

English day!

Last Friday we celebrated English day at school and it was so much fun.

On one hand, from 1st to 3rd grade, we had a show called “Tours through Australia”. In this one we learned a lot about Australian animals, such as how to take care of them and the wildlife.

On the other hand, from 4th to 6th grade we welcomed the show called “Let’s go to Hollywood”. We were actors and dancers!

Finally in preschool they had a blast learning about “The olympic games” by playing games and dancing.

It was an amazing day, where the students got to speak in English and use all the vocabulary they have learned.

idioms and proverbs

Speaker´s Corner at School

On Wednesday the thirteenth, the speaker´s corner has started again at school. It will be every Wednesday in the school yard.

In this activity our students can improve their oral skills in English. They can also improve their confidence and fear of public speaking.

They love this activity because they can win many prices like being the teacher´s assistant, sitting where they want for a day or being the first in line among others.

Each week two students from each level will perform.

Jessica, our English assistant, will be in charge of the activity this school year.

She is very enthusiastic   about teaching English and seeing the students perform. This is the chance to show everything they have learned.