domingo, 16 de julio de 2017

GROUPS FOR SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS

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You're going to MAKE/WRITE/CREATE books, books and more books...

GROUPS can be found above, in the corresponding label.


DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE!!!



stella :-)

viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

"Hullabaloo in the Tree."

Read the short story and answer these questions,  We' re going to discuss them in class next Wednesday.


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The first part of the story:
 1) Who uses the words "disrespect" and "indiscipline"? Do you think the words match the impression you get of the children?
2) Do you agree that children talking like this are typical "Western"?
3) When the kid replies: "The problem is…he's a brown face", what do you think the father has said about his friend?

The last part of the story:
1) Look at the lines of the characters, e.g "I'm coming to get you ball…just you wait…ball".  How does the language differ from the language of the third person narrator?
2) Why are the descriptions of the tree so detailed, and what does the tree symbolize?
3) When you look at the father's memory of his papa, what is your impression of the papa as a character? Give examples from the text.
4) What is your impression of the other men in the street?
5) Why is it stressed that "Papa had never thought of children as an obstacle, or nuisance. They were everywhere, part of life"?
6) What do you think Papa would have thought of his grandchildren?
7) What is your impression of the man who gets the ball out of the tree?
8) When they leave the park, why are they described as "the family caravan"?
9) Look at the sentence "If children, like desire, broke up that which seemed settled, it was a virtue." What does it mean?
10) Do you only get the father's point of view in the story, or can you find examples of anyone else's opinions? Explain.

For a thematic reading of the whole story:
1) How does the father resemble his papa?
2) How do you think the father feels about his cultural background?
3) What does the father learn from the experience with the tree?


source: http://eudengelsk.munksgaard.dk/pau-d-1/multiculturalism/hullabaloo-in-the-tree/kapitler/task-1.aspx?bust=636327491555504990

PORTFOLIO:
Paste these questions and answers on your portfolio.

DEADLINE: JULY 5.

stella

EXTRA PRACTICE FOR THE EXAM!

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Since we still have to practise a lot, to improve our language, I'm uploading EXTRA EXAM PRACTICE. Click on each title. (Answers can be found on the same site.)

  1. Use of English 1: A first time for everybody.
  2. Use of English 2: The Goulburn Valley.
  3. Use of English 3: Agriculture in Australia.
  4. Use of English 4: extra practice.


Adapted from: http://www.examenglish.com/
Portfolio:

  • These exams should be included in your portfolio, too.


DEADLINE: July 14.

stella

sábado, 17 de junio de 2017

UK POLITICAL SYSTEM

Let´s watch these short videos What is the UK political system like?

THE UK ELECTION EXPLAINED:




GENERAL ELECTIONS- THE GUARDIAN




UK ELECTION: A GUIDE FOR NON-BRITS




HOW PARLIAMENT WORKS




AN INTRODUCTION TO PARLIAMENT



PORTFOLIO:
  • WATCH the 5 videos.
  • Take down study notes (some videos have subtitles in English)
  • BRING YOUR STUDY NOTES TO CLASS next Wednesday, we'll be using them!!!!
(Since these are SEVERAL VIDEOS and we need ALL the information from them, you can work in groups. You can make groups, divide the material, and SHARE your study notes in class.)

DEADLINE: June 21


stella

domingo, 11 de junio de 2017

sábado, 10 de junio de 2017

CONGRATS!

Both, Barbara and I, want to CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR EFFORT in this first term!


Your oral term tests were good, and some of them very good.

Most portfolios show
  • hours of reading,
  • hours of writing,
  • hours studying, 
  • a lot of creativity,
  • responsibility,
  • & a great effort.
(ONLY A FEW portfolios are poor, incomplete or don't exist at all!)

We're only half way. Let's go on learning and working towards our professionalism.

stella :-)

jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

"The Thing around your Neck" by Chimamanda Adichie.



This short story will be your HOME READING ASSIGNMENT. In the light of what we've been reading in class, making comments and analysing... CHOOSE (at least) 5 questions from the set below and answer them. 

PORTFOLIO
  1. What is the THEME of the story? (Reread what we discussed in class, c.f "The Sniper")
  2. Connect the story to your own experiences: have you ever had any experience similar to what the author describes?
  3. Define these key terms (you MAY use a monolingual dictionary)
    1. MULTICULTURALISM
    2. CULTURE CLASH
    3. CULTURE SHOCK
    4. STEREOTYPES
  4. Why do you think the author has chosen to write in the second person narrative?
  5. What is the story saying about the migrant experience?
  6. None of the characters in the story is named. Why?
  7. Explain what the narrator means by “white people who liked Africa too much and those who liked Africa too little were the same –condescending”.
  8. What contributes to the narrator’s feelings of not belonging and her sense of alienation?
  9. To what extent do the characters in the story have options, choices and free will?
  10. List the stereotypes that abound in this story.

Credits: Bárbara

stella

A History of Britain.

Some more... READING.


PORTFOLIO:

  • Reread or complete your chart. Remember it's NOT a summary, just a CHART!
  • Read the text in detail.
  • Read the notes -at the back of the book.
  • Answer the questions.

DEADLINE: June 11 (AFTER the oral term tests!!!)


stella

domingo, 28 de mayo de 2017

Short story: "The Sniper".

Resultado de imagen para the sniper       "Two snipers on opposing sides of the Irish Civil War clash on a summer evening in June. One sniper fakes his death to trick the other into standing up. While examining the corpse, the sniper realizes that his enemy was ... "



 “The Sniper” relates an encounter in downtown Dublin, near the O’Connell Bridge, between a sniper for the Republicans and a sniper for the Free Staters. Guns roar in the distance as the Republican sniper lies on a rooftop. He is a young boy. “His face was that of a student—thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of a fanatic . . . the eyes of a man who is used to looking at death.”


PORTFOLIO:

  • Answer these questions:

    1. What atmosphere does the author convey to the reader? Give concrete examples.
    2. Characterise the sniper. What do we get to know about his feelings?
  • Vocabulary. Look these words up in a monolingual dictionary. 
    • e.g. beleaguered (line 4): to surround with troops. 
    • Asceti(line ...): ......
    • Spasmodic 
    • Draught 
    • Parapet 
    • Turret 
    • Sniper 
    • Paroxysm 
    • Breastwork 
    • Silhouette 
    • Remorse 
  • Identify the following elements for the short story:
    • Setting: 
    • Plot: 
    • Conflict: 
    • Character(s): 
    • Point of View: 
    • Theme: 
DEADLINE: June 2.

stella :-)


domingo, 21 de mayo de 2017

BUENOS AIRES- En la Ciudad de la furia


En la Ciudad de La Furia por brkstereo
1 Me veras volar
  Por la ciudad de la furia
  Donde nadie sabe de mi
  Y yo soy parte de todos

2 Nada cambiara
  Con un aviso de curva
  En sus caras veo el temor
  Ya no hay fábulas
  En la ciudad de la furia

3 Me veras caer
  Como un ave de presa
  Me veras caer
  Sobre terrazas desiertas
  Te desnudará
  Por las calles azules
  Me refugiaré
  Antes que todos despierten

4 Me dejarás dormir al amanecer
  Entre tus piernas
  Entre tus piernas
  Sabrás ocultarme bien y desaparecer
  Entre la niebla
  Entre la niebla
  Un hombre alado extraña la tierra

5 Me veras volar
  Por la ciudad de la furia
  Donde nadie sabe de mi
  Y yo soy parte de todos

6 Con la luz del sol
  Se derriten mis alas
  Solo encuentro en la oscuridad
  Lo que me une con la ciudad de la furia

7 Me veras caer
  Como una flecha salvaje
  Me veras caer
  Entre vuelos fugaces
  Buenos Aires se ve tan susceptible
  Ese destino de furia es
  Lo que en sus caras persiste

8 Me dejaras dormir al amanecer
  Entre tus piernas
  Entre tus piernas
  Sabrás ocultarme bien y desaparecer
  Entre la niebla
  Entre la niebla
  Un hombre alado prefiere la noche
  Me veras volver
  Me veras volver
  A la ciudad de la furia

ArtistaSoda Stereo     ÁlbumDoble vida      Fecha de lanzamiento1988   Autor(es)Gustavo Cerati

  1. Listen to the song and watch the video
  2. If you visit WIKIPEDIA, you may find some interesting information. Feel free to consult other sources.


PORTFOLIO: 

  • take a line/ some lines from the lyrics
  • analize it/ them (combine lyrics and image)
  • go to the COMMENTS section and share your analysis with your mates.
  • paste the analysis on your portfolio. Include yours, your mates', only some lines, every single line...

COMPULSORY (OBLIGATORY) TASK

DEADLINE: June 6

stella :-)