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.

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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

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History of London.

Listen and watch this video. More than 2,000 years in only 4 minutes!

 

(subtitles also available)

PORTFOLIO: 

  • share (in comments section) something that you DIDN'T KNOW about London (ANY aspect mentioned in the video). 
  • paste YOUR OWN comment and three more (that you ALSO founf interesting/ you didn't know.


Thanks Bárbara for finding the video 

DEADLINE:June 6th.

 stella :-)

Things Only British People Do

Listen to this young man describing WHAT British people do:



If you need to understand more, activate SUBTITLES. Be careful there are MISAKES!!! 

 Thanks Bárbara for FINDING this video! 

 Listen to the man and write down (in the comments section) ONE (AND ONLY ONE) EXAMPLE EACH. 

PORTFOLIO: 
Inlcude a BRIEF description of the videon(100 words), 
add a short list of things only British people do.

 DEADLINE: June 5.

 stella ;-)

Tales from London.



The British Empire has a capital city: LONDON. Would you like to know something about this city? Go to: TALES FROM LONDON. It's a very interesting book related to 20 Century London. Within the framework of an interactive game, it gives us the chance of learning something else about this capital city and  their culture.


PORTFOLIO:
  • browse the whole book
  • go to the FUN STUFF section
  • try to answer as many questions as possible  and see  HOW MUCH you  know about the British culture.
  • choose 5 or 6 questions, choose the correct answer (and add the comments). Finally paste the items in your portfolio.
DEADLINE: June 4th

stella :-)

London: the centre of the Empire.





Samuel and Audrey visited London and spotted the best 50 places in this capital city. Watch the whole video and share a London landmark with the rest of your mates. Do not forget to include a short description and the place in the video where it can be found.

COMPULSORY TASK.


EXAMPLE:
My place in London:
PLACE: The British Museum
Brief description: this museum focuses on the art, history and culture of the world. There are more than 8 million objects shown here.
TIME: 17:31 min

REMEMBER TO SIGN YOUR POSTS!!!


PORTFOLIO: 
  • Choose 10 relevant places and include them in your own portfolio. Feel free to look up more information and add it to your own portfolio.
DEADLINE: June 2nd

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sábado, 13 de mayo de 2017

History of an Empire.

Watch this video on The British Empire:




HISTORY OF AN EMPIRE

Watch the video (SEVERAL TIMES, if necessary!) and answer these questions.

PORTFOLIO

  1. Make a list of the countries that were part of the British Empire.
  2. What was the "West India Company"?
  3. What happened after Britain won the Napoleonic Wars against France?
  4. Who was the "Indian Empress"?
  5. What did the British trade with their colonies?
  6. Did they promote fair trade? What do you think? 
  7. Which products were very valuable? Where did they come from?
  8. Make a chronological timeline of the colonies that left the Empire. OPTIONAL: You may consult OTHER source to complete the dates when these former colonies became independent.
  9. SONG: What FACTS do you learn when you listen to this funny song?
YOUR OPINION COUNTS!
  1. How is the video related to our study material?
  2. How did you like this video?
  3. WHAT NEW information have you learned?


CREDITS (questions): Bárbara

DEADLINE: May 31.

stella ;-)

CLIMATE & GEOGRAPHY of the British Isles.

If you go to THIS LINK, you'll find interesting information related to CLIMATE AND GEOGRAPHY. (Mind you: there's LOTS OF revision in this video)

Britain's climate















PORTFOLIO:
  • SOLVE TASK 1 & TASK 2 (under the video). Then copy them onto your portfolio.
  • take down notes, if necessary
  • look up/ write down SPECIFIC VOCABULARY ( English/English dictionary and a Pronunciation dictionary.)
(YOU CAN USE THE ONLINE DICTIONARIES ON THE CLASS BLOG)

DEADLINE: MAY 30

stella 

viernes, 12 de mayo de 2017

THE ORIGIN OF ENGLISH


  1. GOo to TED -ED and LOG IN
  2. Watch this video:


2- Go to THIS LINK.

3- Go to THINK section (on the right) and answer the questions.

4- Check your answers.

PORTFOLIO:
  • Paste the above questions AND ANSWERS to your PORTFOLIO.
  • Add a brief OPINION on the video, .

DEADLINE: May 24


stella

domingo, 7 de mayo de 2017

SO... What is what?

Let's see...
  • England?
  • United Kingdom?
  • Great Britain?
  • Commonwealth Realm?
  • Crown Dependencies?
  • British Overseas Territories?
WHAT IS WHAT? WHICH IS WHICH?

Watch the video carefully. Don't worry if you cannot understand everything!

IMPORTANT: 
*CHOOSE ONLY ONE QUESTION AND POST THE ANSWER TO THE COMMENTS SECTION


ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS and post them below (ONE question per student):
  1. Is the UK a single country?
  2. Which is the biggest island?
  3. Is Ireland more populated than England?
  4. Which is the second biggest island?
  5. Which is the complete name of the UK?
  6. Is Great Britain a geographical or political term?
  7. Mention the islands that are NOT part of Great Britain.
  8. Is the Republic of Ireland an independent or a dependent country?
  9. What do the UK and the Republic of Ireland have in common?
  10. How many countries are there in Great Britain? And in Ireland?
  11. Mention at least 5 countries that were part of the Empire.
  12. Who did God give power to, according to British tradition?
  13. Which are the independent nations that , though independent, still recognize the Crown as their Head of State. Make a list of these nations mentioned.
  14. Name the Crown Dependencies.
  15. Are the British on good terms with the Spanish government concerning Gibraltar? (Are they friends? Is there any conflict between them?)
  16. Are the Malvinas Argentinian? IT'S AN EASY QUESTION!!!
  17. Draw a list with the British overseas Territories. Are they independent? What does he Crown give them?

PORTFOLIO
  • Include the questions & answers that are more interesting/important.(Do you want to include ALL of them? Go ahead!)
  • Draw the chart describing THE CROWN. What is it?
  • Paste a MAP of the World that includes the colonies mentioned in the video. MIND YOU: this Empire may change according to chronology.
  • Answer the questions ABOVE the video, too.
DEADLINE: MAY 24

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I must admit that I slightly "disagree" with the video: "THE MALVINAS ISLANDS ARE ARGENTINIAN!!!!
Do you know these flags?
CHOOSE ONE FLAG. Post a comment to the comments section and write:
  • name.
  • country.
  • when it was designed.
  • who uses it.


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2

3

4

5

Remember to use sentences. If you hurry up, you'll have the chance of practising your English and to revise  some content discussed in class!!

BIG QUESTION: HOW DOES THE BRITISH FLAG REFLECT THE NATURE OF THIS COUNTRY??

PORTFOLIO: 
  • INCLUDE THIS ENTRY, SUMMARIES, FLAGS, EXTRA INFO.
  • LOOK UP PRONUNCIATION OF "NEW" WORDS
DEADLINE: MAY 22

stella :-)

The UK, a brief description.


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PORTFOLIO:

  • take down study notes
  • complete them, if necessary (this is a BRIEF summary)
  • add maps, pictures, etc
DEADLINE: MAY 21

stella :-)

11 ICONS OF BRITISH CULTURE

Can you guess the names of these 11 icons of the British culture?




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Adapted from: Redaelli, A., Invernizzi, D. (2011). Eyewitness. Culture in a Changing World. Italy: Pearson/Longman.

PORTFOLIO:

  • look up these British icosn.
  • share them (in COMMENTS section)
  • DO NOT answer ALL the items, just share ONE!!!


DEADLINE: May 17

KEY:

  1. Free Derry Corner. This can be found in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. The slogan was first painted in January 1969 by John Casey. The sign is a reminder of the Battle of the Bogside which was the first major confrontation in the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
  2.  RMS Titanic. The famous and tragic liner was built in Belfast in 1911 by Harland & Wolff in the largest shipyard in the world at the time. Visit Titanic – built in Belfast, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum website dedicated to the Titanic at www.uftm.org.uk.
  3. The Tudor Rose. This is an English icon. At the end of the Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster (red rose) and the House of York (white rose) Henry Tudor (who succeeded Richard III of the House of York) became king of England as Henry VII. Henry combined the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster and created the Tudor Rose emblem.
  4. Whisky. This is a Scottish cultural icon recognized the world over. Whisky, Scotland’s national drink plays a vital role in the Scottish economy. This industry generates £800 million of income in Scotland and supports over 41,000 Scottish jobs. Source: http://celticcountries.com/magazine/economy/scoth-whisky-scotlands-most-successful-export-industry/
  5. The thistle. According to a legend the thistle became Scotland’s national emblem a very long time ago when Scotland was ravaged by Viking invaders. One night, as the marauding Vikings approached a group of Scots; they stood on a patch of thistles with their bare feet and, of course, let out cries of pain as the thorns dug deep. The Scots woke up and were able to fight off their assailants.
  6. The Beatles. The famous Liverpool group is a well-established icon of England.
  7. Sir Sean Connery. The world famous ‘James Bond’ actor was born in Edinburgh. He has been a high-profile supporter of Scotland’s National Party, donating thousands to funds.
  8. The Red Dragon.This has long been a symbol of Wales. A Red Dragon features on the national flag and is often to be found marking goods of Welsh origin. Source: www.data-wales.com.uk/dragon.html
  9. The robin. This is England’s favourite bird. It is celebrated, among others, in the poetic lines of Keats and Blake. Unlike most other woodland and garden birds, the robin rarely migrates abroad. It is for this reason that the English associate this bird with Christmas, and the fact that their distinctive red breasts show up so well against white snow.
  10. Rugby. This is the national sport of Wales and the national team is sometimes known as ‘The Dragons’. The home ground is the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. 
  11. The Red Hand. This is one of the only emblems in Northern Ireland used by both the communities in Northern Ireland although it is more associated with the Protestant community. Catholics see it as representing the nine counties of Ulster, while Protestants see it as representing the six counties of Northern Ireland. The Red Hand of Ulster appears on many murals and flags.   Source: http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/images/symbols/crosstrad.html


stella

miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

ABOUT DEADLINES AND PORTFOLIO.

Resultado de imagen para DEADLINES GIF Whenever there is a DEADLINE, take into consideration that it is for YOU, to avoid falling behind, to ORGANIZE your work. You need NOT HAND IN the portfolio on the day of the deadline, you simply have to make sure that you've MET THE DEADLINE!!!
Resultado de imagen para DEADLINESSo perhaps, the deadline falls on a Monday, or Sunday... NO PROBLEM, it's just a REMINDER for you to keep your PORTFOLIO UPDATED!!
We will ALWAYS ask you to HAND IN your PORTFOLIO after deadlines!






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lunes, 1 de mayo de 2017

Poem: The British.


This is the writer: Benjamin Zephaniah.       
Meet him and enjoy his productions. Would you like to read his biography? CLICK HERE


The poem we read belongs to this book Wicked World.

If you click HERE, you can find his own website. Enjoy it!






  • Listen to the video and read the poem at the same time.
  • Pay special attention to PRONUNCIATION AND RHYTHM! 
  • LOOK UP new words in your pronunciation dictionary, or our ON-LINE pronunciation dictionary (see right column)
  • Get ready to READ IT ALOUD.
PORTFOLIO

  • paste the poem "The British"
  • underline cooking verbs
  • take a world map and highlight the countries were conquerors/immigrants have come from (e.g. Rome, Chile , ...)
DEADLINE: MAY 12


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COOKING VERBS.


Let´s look up cooking verbs. Create your own glossary









PORTFOLIO:

  • Make a list of cooking verbs (above)
  • look them up in a  monolingual dictionary
  • include them in your portfolio

DEADLINE: MAY 12


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MATE: Interview and Summary.


Resultado de imagen para mate infusion en ingles

Mate is an example of our culture.

PORTFOLIO: 

  • Write an interview and record it.
    • paste it in your portfolio.
  • Summarize the article in 120 words
    • include it in your portfolio.



Resultado de imagen para mate infusion en inglesEverybody drinks mate! Resultado de imagen para mate infusion en ingles

DEADLINE: MAY 10



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