Monday, April 29, 2013

Quiz - Guess the songs and authors

 Dear ESO students,
A new quiz is ready for you to work out, and, this time, you’ll have to develop your musical skills in order to do so.
On the video below, a small choir of five people do a speed run through the history of music, from the 11th century to the 2010s. Your task is to identify the title of those 36 songs together with their original singers.
As usual, 10 points will be awarded to the student who sends us the first email including the correct answers. So, get down to work and good luck! ;)

No copyright infringement intended. For educational, non-commercial purposes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Revision tips: why sleep and repetition will boost your brain power, by Abby Young-Powell

(Reblogged from The Guardian, thanks to a tip from our colleague Rodrigo Gómez)

When it comes to revising, how do you know which techniques work? We chat to students and experts to find out what methods really help you remember

With so many different revision guides, it can be hard to know what's good practice and what's not. We talked to a brain expert, as well as students and lecturers from universities across Britain, to get the best advice on how to revise effectively and remember what you've learned.
monkey sleep
Getting a good night's sleep can help your brain recall and make revision easier
Photograph: Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

Plan your time

Start early: "The best revision is continuous revision, started as early as possible," says Sergio Della Sala, professor of human cognitive neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. Revision should be "spread into several sessions, rather than lumped in at the last minute".
Revise on the go: By not confining your revision to one place, you can revise regularly, even if it's for short periods of time, says George Brooke-Smith, PPE student at York University: "Flashcards are great because you can carry them in your bag. Having them on the go can help you to take in information."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Graduation Speech - ESO 4 - 3rd Term 2012-13


ESO 4 Students,

This is your PBL assignment for the 3rd term. All of you have to WRITE and DELIVER your GRADUATION SPEECH.  You have to imagine you are going to stand in the school Assembly Hall before your teachers, classmates, parents and guests at your ESO graduation ceremony (to be held on June 21st) and deliver your speech, which must be at least 350 WORDS LONG.

The best student will be offered the chance to deliver his or her speech at your graduation ceremony... in English!! Of course, he or she will get extra points in the final mark for that effort.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013



Sunday, April 21, 2013

'When I was your man', by Bruno Mars

ESO 3 & 4 Students,

We bring you another fine contribution from your Music teacher, MJ Barbosa. This time she has chosen a beautiful song, 'When I was your man', by Bruno Mars, so that you can practise not only your listening skills, but also some verb tenses and modal forms. If you click on the Read more » link down below you can access a 'fill in the blanks' drill based on this song lyrics she has prepared for you.

Don't forget to congratulate MJ and thank her for her work next time you see her! Enjoy the song!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Comenius Project 2013

Last week (Sat  6th - Sat 13th), we had the pleasure of welcoming foreign European students and teachers under the Comenius program the school has been running for several years now. In this 2011-2013 triennium, Polish, Estonian, German and Spanish students have visited each other’s countries while learning about different cultures and putting their English into practice.

This time, Labor school was the host of the Polish delegation (led by teachers Dorota and Barbara), the Estonian delegation (led by Kadi and Tairi) and the German delegation (with teachers Rita and Anne). Spanish teachers Manuel, Rodrigo, Juan and Raquel also joined some of the various activities foreign students (aged 14-18) and Spanish ones (from ESO3 and ESO4) were involved in.

If you want to check what students and teachers were up to, you cannot miss the pictures and captions below:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I’m on a boat! – Cíes Islands near Vigo in Spain

(Reblogged from Off the Path, by Sebastian Canaves)

Islas Cies Vigo

Imagine following scenario: “You just returned from a two hours walk on a deserted island and you are now sitting on a sailing boat with some fun people in the bay of one of the best beaches in the world and about to eat a platter of delicious sea food.”

Doesn’t that sound good? It was pretty good!

Sailing in the sun at the end of October in Spain

At the end of October I visited Vigo, a city with a population of about 300.000 people in Galicia (northern Spain) not far from the Portuguese border. I was there to talk at a conference about tourism 2.0. and the day earlier we visited one of the best beaches in the world according to The Guardian.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Secrets to Using Prepositions in English

(Reblogged from: “Real Life English”

I’m sure you all probably know that the book is ON the table, but do you know exactly why we say “on” instead of ABOVE, or OVER, or another of the hundreds of prepositions that exist in English?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Red or Blue?

I found software that intrigues me. It appears it's an Agent of Good. GE has wired the medical hardware with innovative software to be in many places at the same time... using data to connect patients to software, to nurses, to the right people, and machines. Helping hospitals treat people even better while dramatically reducing waiting time... Now a waiting room is just a room.

Red or Blue?

No copyright infringement intended. For educational, non-commercial purposes only.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The World as 100 People


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

No Surrender


Di o refraneiro popular que cando un cae sempre está obrigado a erguerse. En Vigo, cidade esixente por natureza, fixemos dese dito o noso particular lema. Noventa anos de historia nos que o sufrimento e as bágoas de angustia eran os nosos compañeiros de viaxe. Claro que de cando en vez adornados por un sorriso, pero o certo é que o noso sempre foi a loita contra todo tipo de tempestades para intentar obter, todo mes de xuño, unha permanencia, unha promoción ou, se as cousas non ían de todo mal, un lugar en Europa. Pero sempre loitando ata o final, sabendo que ninguén ía dar nada por nós e erguéndonos cada vez que tropezabamos. Así somos e así seremos sempre.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Beginning of the End?


The new Samsun Galaxy S4, which will be out by the end of this month, includes the S-Translator application, which captures words spoken in one language and reproduces them in another. It is also possible to use this app when sending an sms or an email. S-Translator works with ten languages, including French, Latin American Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and American English.

Friday, April 5, 2013

1st International European Week Competition 2013


Next Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Friday 11th April, an international competition will be held during the breaks. Students from Estonia, Poland, Germany and Labor School will take part in basketball (4 vs 4) and volleyball (6 vs 6) tournaments.

Check the fixtures here

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Get Certified!


Dear ESO students,

English has been part of your life for several years now, as you have been dealing with it at school since Primary or even Nursery School in some cases.

However, each individual has their own particular situation: some students learn English exclusively at school, others attend private out-of-school lessons and it is also possible that either mum, dad or close relatives are native English speakers. But are you certain about your English level? “How much” English do you really know?

With the future in mind, you may have thought about officially certifying your English level at some point (thousands of leading businesses and educational institutions around the world require you officially prove your language level). This is the reason why we would like to put forward a brief overview on two of the most well-known exams for this purpose: University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and Graded Examinations in Spoken English from Trinity College London.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Olympic Values & Pierre de Coubertin

(Reblogged from Centro de Estudios Olímpicos)

Los valores olímpicos y la figura de Pierre de Coubertin a escena en el Colegio Labor de Vigo

Labor 3

Con motivo del 150 Aniversario del Nacimiento de Pierre de Coubertin, restaurador del Movimiento Olímpico, el Centro de Estudios Olímpicos (centro web olímpico de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) en colaboración con la Academia Olímpica Española y bajo el patrocinio de: DinahostingSpreed Gadis; organiza una serie de conferencias en centros educativos con el fin de dar a conocer la figura del humanista francés así como los valores y los símbolos propios del Movimiento Olímpico. La primera de ellas ha tenido lugar en la mañana de hoy en el Colegio Labor de Vigo (Pontevedra) y ha corrido a cargo de D. Conrado Durántez.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bolsas de Inmersión Lingüística 2013



A Consellería de Educación e Ordenación Universitaria convoca 705 prazas para realizar actividades de inmersión lingüística no ano 2013.
Poderá solicitar estas axudas o alumnado de centros sostidos con fondos públicos da Comunidade Autónoma de Galicia dos cursos que aparecen na táboa inferior.

April Fools' Day 2013

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1st. The day is named for the custom of playing practical jokes and hoaxes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbours, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands, and the U.S., the jokes last all day.

Daylight Saving Time 2013

Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in several countries, in British English, and European official terminology—is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.

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