viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2016

Our goodbye to Leonard Cohen

We sadly say goodbye to the Canadian writer and singer Leonard Cohen.

To read about him click HERE

We have selected his most famous song, Suzanne; a song you all know, Hallelujah because it was in Shrek 1 soundtrack. Finally we also leave there "Take this waltz" whose lyrics is a translation of a poem by Federico García Lorca, "Pequeño vals vienés". 

domingo, 23 de octubre de 2016


ESO students are helping Bob Dylan to write the lyrics of "Blowing in the wind". Read the comments and see the results.

domingo, 25 de septiembre de 2016


We are having a chat about our last summer holidays.

Draw your hand on your notebook to help you talk about last summer.

Thumb: Tell us something special you did
Index finger: Describe the places you visited
Middle finger: Talk about a bad experience you had
Ring finger: Talk about the people you met 
Little finger: Tell us something you wanted to do but you couldn't


Add your comments: Write what your partner told you about his/her summer. 

Listen to a boy and a girl telling their friends about their summer. 

jueves, 22 de septiembre de 2016


Welcome to Norba School and our Bilingual Section. One of our goals this year is to improve our pronunciation, so why not starting with a pronunciation lesson dealing with the most frequent sound in the English language, the "schwa". Have you heard of it?

Click HERE, learn and practise!

martes, 12 de abril de 2016


To read the article by Salman Rushie click HERE.

1616: Did Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare Die the Same Day?

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  • Historical event:
  • 23 April 1616
  • In the year 1995, UNESCO declared this day the World Book and Copyright Day. This happened because it was once believed that both Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616. However, it turned out that this statement in fact is not true for either Cervantes or Shakespeare.
World Book Day is celebrated on this day because it was once thought that both Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616.
However, while it was beleived that they both died on the same date, it was known that this didn’t actually take place on the same day.
To explain, Spain had already at that time switched to the Gregorian calendar, while England still used the old Julian calendar (still in use today by Orthodox Christians).
Thus Shakespeare actually died on 23 April 1616 according to the old calendar, which is 3 May 1616 according to the calendar we use today. All in all, Shakespeare did not die on this day in the true sense of the word.
To make matters worse it has recently become known that not even Miguel Cervantes died on this day. In fact, he was buried on this day in 1616, but actually died one day earlier, i.e. on 22 April, in Madrid.
Older encyclopedias and biographies cite 23 April 1616 as his date of death. Newer encyclopedias are gradually adopting 22 April for the death of Cervantes.
Therefore, although neither Shakespeare nor Cervantes actually died on this day, up until recently it was erroneously accepted that they did. That presumption of correlation led UNESCO to declare this day the World Book and Copyright Day in 1995.
Public readings of Cervantes’ The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, rated by many experts as one of the first and best novels in world history, are organized on this day throughout the world.


Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) and William Shakespeare (1564 –1616) were probably the greatest and most influencial writers in Western civilization. They both improved literature and enriched their languages. They created unforgettable characters and stories that have survived for centuries. Norba students of English are prepearing an exhibition to try to show different aspects of William Shakespeare: his life, his age and the great influence of his work.  


domingo, 28 de febrero de 2016




Leap year

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or a bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) added to keep thecalendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.[1] Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, calendars that have the same number of days in each year drift over time with respect to the event that the year is supposed to track. By inserting (also called intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.

martes, 9 de febrero de 2016

Shakespeare and I

4th year students are invited to take part in an activity organised by the British Council. There are great prizes.

Those interested in participating click HERE

viernes, 8 de enero de 2016


Have you heard about New Year's Resolutions?

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. People committing themselves to a New Year's resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous.

Here you have some of the most common resolutions:

-Quit smoking
-Get in shape
-Save more, spend less
-Dedicate more time to family
-Read more
-Learn a musical instrument
-Get in to a relationship
-Learn a new language
-Control temper:
-Keep up with the resolutions

Other lists include:

■Keeping in touch with friends more
■Exercising more
■Eating a more healthy diet
■Relaxing more
■Helping family more
■Learning something new
■Saving more money
■Reducing loans and debts.
■Becoming a volunteer for a local organization or charity
■Making regular contributions to a world wide charity
■Being more environmentally aware
■Recycling more products
■Helping a neighbour or a friend in need

Add comments with your resolutions for 2016.'s_resolution