My dear students,

Here are the quotes from the film The Cider House Rules. Choose one out of twenty. Think thoroughly about the topic related to the quote and develop different ideas and issues on that topic, be it the issue of abortion, be it the issue of incest, love, friendship, commitment, personal freedom, maturity, fidelity…etc. Don’t forget you will have to speak about your topic for about 7-10 minutes using only a brief guideline. You will not be allowed to read!!! Besides, I might ask you questions related to the rest of the quotes, so make sure you read all of them beforehand.

I wish you luck,


Las normas de la casa de la sidra – quotes

Conditionals grammar and song examples

What are conditionals in English grammar? Sometimes we call them ‘if clauses’. They describe the result of something that might happen (in the present or future) or might have happened but didn’t (in the past) . They are made using different English verb tenses.

There are four kinds:

  • The Zero Conditional:
    (if + present simple, … present simple)
    If you heat water to 100 degrees, it boils.
  • The First Conditional:
    (if + present simple, … will + infinitive)
    If it rains tomorrow, we’ll go to the cinema.
  • The Second Conditional:
    (if + past simple, … would + infinitive)
    If I had a lot of money, I would travel around the world.
  • The Third Conditional
    (if + past perfect, … would + have + past participle)
    If I had gone to bed early, I would have caught the train.

(Notice we can put ‘if’ at the beginning, or in the middle. It doesn’t matter at all.)


Argumentative topics. 2º Bachillerato.

Choose two topics from this list and write a composition on  each one.

– Advantages and disadvantages of being an only child

– Advantages and disadvantages of being a working mother

– Childhood is certainly not the happiest time of your life

– Capital punishment is the only way to deter criminals

– Examinations have a very bad influence on education

As you know the best way to improve your writing skills is practice. So, let’s practise.

Best hopes.


ChuKotka, the coldest place on earth.

What do you think?

* Why do you think people live in a place like Chukotka? What would you find most difficult there?

* What do you think the lives of the people were like before Abramovich became Governor?

* Imagine a year in the life of Roman Abramovich. What do you think  a typical year for him is?

Think about these questions. We’ll discuss them in class!


An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

This is an extra credit assignment, due by4pm on Monday, Feb 24.

Here’s the original story by Ambrose Bierce.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1890).

«Special English» version and audio recording from VOA (this may be helpful if you have a hard time understanding the original).

Youtube video of the Twilight Zone version of this story.

Answer these questions to the best of your ability.

1. In what ways are the condemned man’s perceptions of time and motion distorted as he is waiting to be hanged? Why are his distorted perceptions important?

2. What details in Part III suggest that Farquhar’s journey occurs in his mind? How is the journey connected with the plan of escape that occurs to him moments before he is hanged?

3.  What is the ultimate fate of Peyton Farquhar?  About how long did it truly take for the events of the story to unfold?

Total length should be around 300 words.

Good luck,