Sunday, 30 December 2012


NEW YEAR'S EVE has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.
It's time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make.
What are your New Year's Resolutions?
I truly hope you're able to keep them!

2012 is almost ending!



Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012


 We have been talking about new technologies and their impact on teens' lives.

Review some basic vocabulary and have some fun at the same time!


Monday, 26 November 2012

ST. ANDREW'S DAY - 30th November


Scotland's National Day is St. Andrew's Day (30th November).
St. Andrew, one of Christ's twelve apostles, is the patron     
                                  saint of Scotland.
Some of his bones are said to have been brought to what is now St. Andrews in Fife during the 4th century.

Since medieval times the X-shaped saltire cross upon which St.Andrew was supposedly crucified has been the Scottish national symbol.
The floral emblem is the thistle.

Now watch this video and have a look at this beautiful country:

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Past Simple or Present Perfect?

English tenses can be confusing!
In this lesson, you will learn a simple way to know when to use the PAST SIMPLE and PRESENT PERFECT tenses.

Test your understanding of this lesson by doing the following quiz:


Thursday, 8 November 2012

THANKSGIVING DAY - 22nd November

A little bit of history...

In 1621 William Bradford, the Governor of Massachusetts, decided to have a Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. He wanted to thank God for lots of things. It had been a difficult year, but the people still had food to eat. He wanted to share this good fortune with the American Indians who helped them in those difficult times. That meal lasted three days. 
Today the traditional Thanksgiving meal is similar to the first.

 Usually there is turkey, sweet potato, corn and pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving is a special day for families to get together.

                                           It's on the fourth Thursday of November.

How much do you know about this celebration? Let's find out...

Do this Thanksgiving quiz!

Now, you can listen to this Thanksgiving prayer:


Remembrance Day (also called Poppy Day/ Armistice Day) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1918).

Each year, British people observe one minute silence at 11 a.m. on 11 November(11th month), in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of this day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields".

Poppies' brilliant red colour is an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in war.

Poppy wreaths

On this day, people wear poppies on their lapels, preferably on the left in above the heart!

Wreaths are laid during services to honour the dead.

Listen to this beautiful song inspired by the sacrifices of those who fought in the wars :

Thursday, 1 November 2012

"Remember,remember the 5th of November"


In Britain, this day is an annual event when people let off fireworks and light bonfires in commemoration of the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. 

 Watch this video and have some fun:


Friday, 19 October 2012

Carve the coolest pumpkin for Halloween!

Watch this video! The world's best and funniest pumpkins ever! Why don't you try it?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Be creative this Halloween!


Use your imagination and write something funny: it can be a magic potion or a magic spell.
Give it to your English teacher and look for your recipe in our Bulletin Board this Halloween !!

Some suggestions:

"See me. See me not"


 How to make someone invisible

First, pour some bat’s blood into the cauldron.
Then, add two spiders.
Next, add one lizard’s eye.
Then, stir five times.
Next, boil for twenty minutes.
Finally, say “See me. See me not"


If you want to be a famous singer

First, name five songs.
Then, act like a frog.
Next, run to the door and back.
After that, dance for 30 seconds.
Finally, say "Abracadabra" five times.

Now, dare you enter the Haunted House? Can you find the things you need for your magic spell?
Play this game and have some ( scary) fun:


Monday, 8 October 2012

Going on holidays - 9th form

As you know, we have been talking about holidays in our English lessons.
When you travel to a new place, what things would you like to see and do? What things would you like to buy?
Click below to practise your LISTENING SKILLS. Do the exercises as suggested.

Friday, 5 October 2012

World Teachers' Day - 5th October

World Teachers' Day was created in 1994 by UNESCO. It celebrates teachers worldwide. "Take a stand for teachers" is this year's slogan! Happy Day to all of you, teachers!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Columbus Day quiz

The second monday in October is designated in the United States as Columbus Day. This day commemorates Christopher Columbus' first voyage and sighting of the Americas on October 12, 1492. Do this quiz and find out what you know about this day! Columbus Day Quiz

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Englishmania is a turning point!

Did you know that two billion people around the world are trying to learn English? English represents hope for a better future because you are learning a skill that will change your life forever and make it brighter. Why is learning English important? English is recognized as the language of the Internet, scientific research, diplomacy, technology, business, communications and many other fields. It has become the MOST POPULAR second language in the world. Learning English opens the door to a better life! And you? Are you a good learner? Do you have to speak perfect English in order to communicate? Have a look at this video and have fun with English pronunciation.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Students, get ready to learn!

Have you already had a look at our English Bulletin Board?
Stop by it and learn with the tips!

English Bulletin Board - ESLaranjeiras
Studying and hard work play an important role in how well you do in school. But besides paying attention in class and doing homework, don't forget good nutrition, plenty of sleep and physical exercise!
These tips will help get you off to a strong start and ready to perform at your best all year long.

Remember all the keys to school success!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Are you an English maniac? 
Answer the questions and find out!

1- Did you speak English last holidays?
2- Have you been to an English-spoken country recently?
3- Have you read any books in English lately?
4- Do you usually listen to English music?
5- Do you sometimes buy English magazines or newspapers?
6- Have you ever written a love letter in English?
7- Are you a fan of the Royal Family?
8- Do you look great in blue, white and red?

If your answers are mainly "YES", I'm glad to inform you that you're a perfect MANIAC!