The Story of The Shepherd and his Sister

Life in Grado del Pico, like in many under populated villages in Spain can be far from easy, contrary to what many people may think.  There are many factors which influence peodple’s lives, including the weather, work and family relations.  This is the story of a shepherd’s family who lived in the village.  In fact,…

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The Travellers’ Winter Tale

The few remaining old folk in Grado del Pico say that in the past the winters used to be harder and longer, and much crueler.  They sometimes speak in a complaining tone, reminiscing on those winters of long ago, wistful when they recall the tumbling snow flakes falling incessantly, day after day.  During those winter…

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The First Conditional Unit 13

This is a good activity to get students practising the first conditional orally. Conditional Chain Story Explain to the students that they are going to talk about imaginary situations using the first conditional. Remind them of the structure of the first conditional – present simple + will. Start the activity by giving an example.  If it rains tomorrow I…

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First Condtional Unit 13

Christmas & New Year’s Bluff This is an enjoyable quiz to do with students, especially coming up to Christmas.  Ask them the following questions.  Remind them of the structure of the first conditonal – present + will.  This can also be done as a written exercise. If you find a ring in your Christmas pudding you…

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Second Conditional Unit 14

Here are ideas for some fun activities to get your students using the second conditional in a context that they are familiar with. The Perfect School Remind your students of the structure of the second conditional – If + past tense + would. Elicit from your students the things they do not like about their school. …

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Pili’s Story

After chasing up on the local priest, Jackie and Ronnie eventually bought what is called El Prado de La Virgen – The Virgin’s Prarie.  For the next couple of years, they employed all the young and not so young men in the village and as far away as Riaza, which in those days was as remote as Grado…

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The Story of a Bag full of Nuts

Some people are under the impression that rural life is free from stress, and villages are full of friendly people who live in harmony.  This is the scenario during the village fiestas.  But before and after the fiestas, village life can be anything but pastoral and this story is an example of it. As mentioned in…

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Julito’s Story

There was a very old and rather hunched-back woman who lived with her only son in Grado del Pico until she died.  She was bent over with the terrible pain that was her burden.  This old woman had given birth to two sturdy sons who soon got tired of the hard and sometimes lonely life…

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Domingo’s Story

One of the actual inhabitants in Grado del Pico is a man in his mid forties by the name of Domingo.  Domingo lived the early years of his life in the village where he went to school in the old school house which only had one classroom with some hard wooden desks, a blackboard and…

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The American’s Hotel

This is the story of how the American’s hotel in Grado del Pico came to be.  In the mid fifties of the last century, a newly married couple, Ronnie and Jackie, settled down in Madrid.  Ronnie was American and was a member of the army, and Jackie was French, and a dog lover.  In fact, she…

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