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.

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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.

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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


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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

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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