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Friday, 30 December 2011

HAPPY 2012

Monday, 26 December 2011

Monday, 19 December 2011

"The spookiest story" contest results

Last October Shake your English!challenged students to use their creativity and write "the  spookiest story ever!". They were  up to the task, indeed! 
Here is the winner's entry. Read it and enjoy! 
Feel free to express your opinion on it in the comment box below.

Don't forget to read the other stories published in the page under the name "The spookiest story ever!" (see on the PAGE section on the  right side of the home page).

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Friday, 16 December 2011

1st Karaoke Casting

Once again the first karaoke casting was a great success. Our students are fantastic and they embraced this activity in a very professional way. New and amazing voices were heard! We hope all the school community enjoyed. We loved it. Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas is coming...

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which became very popular and brought nationwide attention.

Twain was born during a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well. He died the day following the comet's subsequent return.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Thanksgiving Jokes

Spot the Big TurkeyA lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked the stock boy, 'Do these turkeys get any bigger?'
The stock boy answered, 'No ma'am, they're dead.'

Big Turkeys and Little TurkeysIf a big turkey is called a gobbler, what do you call a little turkey.
A goblet.

Hanging the TurkeyYoung Simon was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal.
'What are you doing?' Simon enquired.
'Oh, I'm just stuffing the turkey,' his grandmother replied.
'Wow, that's cool.' Simon remarked. 'Are you going to hang it next to the deer?'

The Secret of Stuffing a TurkeyHow many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey? Only one, but you REALLY have to squeeze to get him in.

Grave HumorWhat did the hen tell the naughty chicks? If you your father could see you now he would turn in his gravy.

The Man Who Forgot to Buy a Turkey for Thanksgiving

It's the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher is just locking up when a man begins pounding on the front door.
'Please let me in, 'says the man desperately. 'I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will kill me if I don't come home with one.'
'Okay, 'says the butcher.' Let me see what I have left.' He goes into the freezer and discovers that there's one last scrawny turkey left. He brings it out to show the man.
'That's one is too skinny. What else you got?' says the man.
The butcher takes the bird back into the freezer and waits a few minutes and brings the same turkey back out to the man.
'Oh, no, 'says the man, 'That one doesn't look any better. You better give me both of them!'

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Trick or Treat in USA

By Elisabete Carvalho

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Spiderweb trees

Here’s a delightful morning snack: When Pakistan experienced severe flooding last year, it had the unexpected and rather creepy-crawly side effect of driving millions upon millions of spiders to the trees, where they could escape the floodwater. Since the flooding lasted for such a long time, many trees became blanketed in thick layers of web.

But according to the UK government, which assisted in the flood release effort this may have actually had a positive health effect: On-the-ground reports suggest that there are fewer mosquitos than would have been expected after the influx of so much stagnant water. This, in turn, may have reduced the very real risk of malaria to local populations afflicted with flooding. The web-coated trees, however, remain scary-looking.

(in http://www.geekosystem.com/spiderweb-trees-pakistan/ )

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Halloween last year

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Calling all the monsters

Get some ideas for your spooky costume!!!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Coming up!

Halloween is just around the corner!
Dress up a spooky costume and come to school to celebrate Halloween on 31st October! Treats are waiting for you!

Do you like spooky stories?
Shake your English! wants to challenge you to write the spookiest story ever!!! 
When you have finished writing it, give your story to your teacher (final entry date - 4th November).
The scariest ones will be published on the blog! 

But before you start,  learn something about the origin of Halloween and solve some puzzles about this festivity.

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in Busy Teacher.org

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Child Trafficking

Have you ever heard of children being trafficked?
Do you think that's something from the past? That it doesn't exist in the twenty-first century?
Think twice!

Search the web for more information.http://www.childtrafficking.com/


On the 18th October there will be a demonstration in Oporto at 15h in Aliados against this awful reality!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

What a wonderful world (?)


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

It's time to...

Sunday, 11 September 2011


On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

I Believe - A 9/11 Tribute

Saturday, 10 September 2011

A decade passed by

These last days you've heard a lot about this terrorist attack on the media. Ten years passed by, but I believe that no one has ever forgotten the pictures shown on TV that 11th of September 2001. I still remember that I was driving to school with my friend Elisabete Carvalho, when we heard on the radio that there was a huge fire on the Twin Towers, in New York. When we arrived at school we headed to the teacher's room and we saw in direct the second plane crashing on the second tower. It seemed like a kid playing with towers made of Lego and small airplanes, and crashing them. It didn't seem real! How come? How could it be possible to crash on purpose a plane towards a building? It seemed like a very imaginative film...a kind of science-fiction one: two towers being hit by planes, people falling down the windows and finally the towers crashing down!!!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Saturday, 16 July 2011


   The school year is coming to an end, which means that the well-deserved holidays are about to start.
   Before our blog also has a summer break I, as the coordinator of the English Club, would like to present my sincere thanks to all the excellent teachers of the English Department for their commitment to this project, which implied dedicating many long hours of their private life to it, in order to garantee the success of all the activities planned at the beginning of the year.
   Hadn't they embraced this project with so much enthusiasm, very little would have been accomplished ; the English Club, it goes without saying, did make a difference in the life of our School.
   So, once again, thank you my dear colleagues for having so willingly accepted to participate in this journey!

   I would also like to thank the students who have collaborated with the English Club, either as members of the staff, organising the different activities, or as contributors to the blog, producing texts, videos , roleplays and interviews. You were fundamental to the growth of our blog, which, having started on 16th October 2010, has already had more than 20 000 visits!!!
  Summer holidays mean a break from work. They also mean sunshine, beaches, summer sports and lots of outside fun! 
   So, before "Shake your English!" also goes on holiday, the English Club Team would like to challenge you with some puzzles and quizzes for those days when  the weather is not so warm and sunny and you feel like staying at home. 
Adelaide Sá

in BusyTeacher.org

in BusyTeacher.org 

in  activity village.co.uk

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Today is Adelaide's birthday


Today marks the day someone special was born. That special person is our beloved colleague and friend Adelaide Sá whose hard work, knowledge, wisdom, determination and creativity have greatly contributed to the success of the English Club in our school and to the growing importance of this blog in particular.
Adelaide’s professionalism and commitment to her job as a teacher of English and as the English Club Coordinator have been vital to the remarkable success of so many different activities that have been accomplished this school year.
Adelaide has also managed to keep a contagious sense of doing well in our English Department and English Club even during difficult times and periods of intense work. We all admire her for that.
Adelaide, we want you to know that we deeply appreciate your commitment to setting and trying to achieve high standards for all the activities that we organize for our students. It’s a pleasure to work with you and have you as a Coordinator of the English Club, always pushing us up to be great!
Dear colleague and friend, congratulations on your birthday. May this day bring you all that you wish for!

Big hugs and lots of love
from your workmates,

Alice, Aurélia, Branca, Clarisse, Conceição, Eduarda, Graça, Helena, Isabel, Margarida, Maria José, Natália,Teresa.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Karaoke final contest

             Here's a remake of the film about the karaoke final 
  contest, now with more photos and the voices of our Stars.
             It portrays what happened before, during and after  
  the contest as well as everyone that made it possible.
             I hope you'll enjoy it.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Survey about the English Club activity and its blog

   The school year is coming to an end together with 9 months of work of the English Club and eight months of life of our blog "Shake your English!".
   In order to be able to meet the expectations of the whole school community about the role the English Club should play as well as to improve the quality of the blog in the coming year,  we decided to ask some students and teachers about their opinion concerning the English Club activity and the blog.
  Here is what they said:

                                Reporter: José Cardoso (8th grade student)

Reporters: Mariana, Mafalda and Priscila 
                                        (11th grade students)

  Reporter: João Veloso (8th grade student)

                 Reporters: Viviana  Szczurek and Rita Terroso 
(11th grade students) 

Interviewing Daniel ( 9th grade student) and 
Joaquim (7th grade student)
  Reporter:Filipa (7th grade student)

Reporters:Yamine and André 
(11th grade students)
Students from 8th B express their opinions on the blog: 
The blog is interesting, complete and the games are well done.
By Afonso Pinheiro

"I like the whole blogue a lot. There are good news, videos and games. I specially liked the videos about our school. I would like to see a video of a contest where students played Gear. I think the blogue is interesting. Through the games and the quizzes I learnt new words and so I improved my English. " 
By Miguel Ângelo Pinto

"We like the blogue, specially the games: the interactive quizzes and the quiz shows. We enjoyed to learn more about general culture in English. The blogue itself is very well-organised. We will visit it more often." 
By Nuno Silva and Pedro Leite

" We loved the mob dance Gotta Keep Reading. It was an unusual and very interesting activity. We hope it will happen again in our school." 
By Ana Sofia Silva and Francisca Moura

" We are not alone in this school, we can get together in one place, in a single location and that is a good meeting point." 
By Daniela Moreira and Filipa Magalhães

" The games are really cool and interesting!"
By Maria Miguel Ribeiro and Teresa Aguiar

Monday, 20 June 2011

English Refresher Course

"Refresh your knowledge of the English language!" 
This was a challenge some teachers of Maia Secondary School decided to meet. And, how well they did that! After a five month course here they are receiving the diploma that certifies their success. Congratulations to them all and to their teacher as well. Well done!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Karaoke - final contest

Yes, the karaoke final contest took place last Friday and it was a success! Before you listen to the performances of the singers , take a look at this short film to get a glimpse of what happened during the show.

And the winner of the contest is .......
Mariana Domingues!!!
 Listen to her!

... and here's another excellent voice of our school. 
It's Ana Raquel Sousa's!

and now our invited guest, Inês Matias!
Would you like to listen to the other contestants?
On the right side of this page, under PAGES, click on:
" karaoke contest - final (more performances)" and you'll be able to listen to them.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Love Letter to my class

"Biodiversity plays a major role in the balance of our planet. What about diversity among people?
One of our classmates decided to use such a shallow festivity as Valentine's Day to pay us all a compliment as a class. Now, after all these months, we use this tribute as a "see you soon".
The 12 J  English class

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Sing It For Japan, a new song by My Chemical Romance

A beautiful song by My Chemical Romance spreading hope for Japan and for the world...

Applying for a job - roleplays

Some eleventh form classes have been challenged to imagine a situation, related with the topic - the world of work, and roleplay it.  Here is what the creativity and commitment of two groups of students of classes 11thA and 11thB have accomplished. Watch and enjoy the plays!

 performed by Eunice, Mariana and Priscila

performed by Brenda Lima, Helena Branco and Inês Matias

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

It's the final countdown!


Yes, we 're going on summer holidays!
This schoolar year was just great! We loved being here writing and publishing interesting posts for YOU. We are sure you liked them. Thank you for commenting and participating in our/your activities!

Don't forget to visit us! There will be some more surprises coming up the next days!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Yes, the Karaoke Final is approaching and it will take place on the 17th June, at about 11.30 a.m. in Polivalente.
Join us and enjoy the performances of the seven finalists!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


To celebrate this day here's a small video you'll certainly enjoy, 'cause whether you're a child or not, we're all children somehow.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

British English Versus American English - Quiz

How much do you know about this topic? 
Test your knowledge! 
You can also solve the quiz online in the following site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/quizzes/quiznet/quiz120.shtml
                         Check your answers in the site :

May 31st 1859 - BIG BEN struck for the very first time!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Aren't they eccentric?

Yeah! British most eccentric traditions!

Friday, 20 May 2011

British English versus American English

Just have some fun watching this video. British and American English are really, really different.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

International Museum Day

Would you like to take a trip around the most famous museums and discover the masters?
 GoogleArtProject can help you with that. Just take a look at the two videos below!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Celebrating Coca Cola 125th birthday

Like it or not Coca Cola is part of our life...
Have a look at Coca Cola's site on the UK and learn something more about this trademark, its history, its environmental policies, health questions and much more.


Friday, 6 May 2011

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


There are many things that can change our lives, a word, a gesture, a story and even a song, but meeting you was the biggest turning point in my life so far and probably for the rest of my life. Before, I only saw a grey world, a sad world. I could not believe in happiness, all my days were monotonous and I didn’t enjoy them at all. I was just waiting for my life to pass by, back then I was only a corpse with no soul, a robot trained to do the necessary and the necessary only, I didn’t dream, I didn’t want to fly, I didn’t believe, it was like someone had taken the childhood away from me. But one day it all changed. It wasn’t an accident that we met, it was fate. Your bright smile your positive attitude was like the sun finally risen after all those years.
Suddenly the world had bright colors, and I could hear birds singing and what amazed me the most was that I smiled and laughed for the first time, it almost felt like I had reborn into a new human being. A girl who believes, a girl who wishes she could fly, a girl that now dreams excessively, for the first time I don’t think “what if it goes wrong?” anymore but “what if I make it?”!
If there is a person I need to thank to, is you! You gave me a soul, you sheltered me in your arms, you gave me your shoulder and saved a spot for me in your heart!
You could have been anything but still, you chose to be my friend!
By Rita Nanim

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Portuguese in the USA

As you could have noticed sometimes we post reflections of a Portuguese living in the USA. She is a doctoral student at Georgia Southern University and she sent us a small message thanking us for giving her the chance to participate in our blog and informing us that she has already written an assignment on our blog for her Curriculum Studies.

"I was accepted March 21, 2011 in the Curriculum Studies, Ed.D. program at Georgia Southern University. GSU is in Statesboro, one hour driving from Savannah and located in the state of Georgia. I am a doctoral student ;0)
I decided in one of my pre-requisite course to write about your fabulous blog. Here go my reflections, posted on March 23:

“Vygotsky’s curriculum offered open spaces for spontaneous learning and encouragement for students to use their newly acquired tools for their own purposes, thereby contributing to relevance and generalization” (McNeil, 2006, p.37). This type of Website is a web log, the usual term used is Blog. Maintained by the English Club of Maia Secondary School, Porto- Portugal, this Club exists since 1996 and has more than two hundred members each year. Students, teachers and collaborators (e.g., myself) provide regular entries of commentaries (Thanksgiving Day), descriptions of events (St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick’s Symbols, Quizzes, 4th of March School Day of Languages…) or other material such as graphics or videos ("Where there's a will there's a way", Discovery Ireland…). Entries are displayed in reverse-chronological order. This blog is interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments. This interactivity distinguishes them from other static websites.

The reaction of my peers was great. The ones who decided to visit it enjoy it very much. Thanks for helping, without knowing, in this assignment.

Promise to keep in touch,
Elisabete Carvalho"

Sunday, 1 May 2011

The British Royals through TIME

The royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, took place on April 29, 2011, in London, England. 
Watch the tour of TIME's couverage of all things royal from 1923 to today!

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Mother's Day

Mother's day is celebrated all around the globe but not at the same time.
In the Uk they celebrated it on the 3rd April (the fourth Sunday of Lent) and in USA they are going to celebrate it on the 8th May (the second Sunday in May).
In Portugal, we celebrate it on the first Sunday in May. This year it's the 1st of May.
So, don't forget to give your mother a tight hug and a warm kiss!