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3.en.18 Slum dog millionaire follow up activity: slums, sanitation and peepoople
Watch this video about peepoople, an initiative that tries to tackle the problem of lack of sanitation. Then, do the activities in the pdf document you will find in slide share.
1.en.8 setting sail with the BBC: listening and vocabulary activities connected with travelling
to set sail means to start a sea voyage. You currently working on your travel project. Are you ready to set sail or maybe to take off?
Thanks to this excellent BBC page you will be able to find out what Phil, an unexperienced traveller wants to take on his round the world journey.
1.en.7 The song of a compulsive traveller: I’ve been everywhere
“I’ve Been Everywhere” is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. Johnny Cash recorded the song in the USA in 1996 but adapted the toponyms to make them known to American people. Listen to Johnny Cash song and follow the text while he sings. Take note of 3 new places you did not know of. Look for their location in a map. Share your findings with your classmates. Wednesday the 29th of October, our language assistant, Elia, will be with us. He is from Colorado. Does Cash mention Colorado in his song? You will have the opportunity to ask Elia about his home. It might be a good idea to find out if he is a compulsive traveller who’s been everywhere in the States. Listen to the son a couple of times and focus on pronunciation.
Different bands and singers wrote versions of the song adapted to their countries. There is even one in Catalan “He estat a tot arreu”
1.en.5 Let’s look at the history of transport in 10 minutes
Have you thought at transport from a historical perspective. Watch this 10 minute video. How many means of transport can you identify. From pedestrians to…
1.en.4 Let’s take and orbital tour of cities at night
Last week many of you asked us to project a world map on the board. You were getting ready to set off on a journey with your group and wanted to discuss possible destinations. Thanks to technological advances, you can now have an unusual vantage point and orbit the earth on a satellite. Enjoy! (més…)
1.en.3 listening practice
Go to Learn English Teens, an excellent British Council self study page. Listen to 5 airport announcements and do the exercises.
1.en.2 Travel unit: aims and materials
travel unit: aims and materials
In this power point, you will find out some links and materials connected with travelling we shall using this term. You will also find the objectives of the unit and what we expect you to be able to do by the end of the unit.
2.en.21 Friends: What do you look for in a friend?
We are about to start watching a new movie ‘Stand by me’. Last term we watched ‘Matilda’. We thought it was a good way to discuss family relationships and school life. This term we’ll be working with friends and friendship. After watching the film you will tell us whether you think we made a good choice.
Give the following questions a thought. Then watch this short video.
- Have you got many friends?
- What about really close friends?
- How do you keep in touch with them?
- Do you hang around with them? What do you share with them?
- What do you look for in a friend? What qualities do you value most in a friend.
Now that you know your answers, watch this video and find out what other people have to say about friendship.
Listening activity. Copy the answers in your notebook.
- Did everyone answer they had lots of close friends
- How do the people in the video keep in touch with their friends
Most of them…
Some of them…
Only a few…
Only one of them…
None of them..
- Write at least 6 things people look for in a friend
Homework: Wednesday January 29th
2.en.20 Vacations are over. Time to book a flight to an exotic destination
Hi, everyone! this is the first post after Christmas. Some of you travelled really far during your vacations, as far as Costa Rica or Australia. The lucky ones told us about their trip. The ones that were not so lucky got the chance to travel virtually during English lessons. Every one chose a travel destination and booked a flight using a web site called Kayak.
Here follow three videos that will help you revise the vocabulary you learnt when your classmates told you what their journey. They will help you lerant procedures you should be familiar with if you want to catch a plane.
The first one focuses on the steps you should follow at airports
This one focuses on planes and flights: crew, runway, flight attendant; pilots, cockpit, cabin; take off; land; trolley; baggage; luggage
Can you guess how many people are flying up there? listen to this video and find out.
Finally, the third one is a mini lesson. A teacher revises different aspects of going on a vacation.
Check that you understand the following words: journey, airline, trip, currency, passport, customs, boarding card, luggage, baggage, sight seeing, tourist attraction, tourist trap
Homework. 3rd February:
- Watch the three videos. Take notes of the difficult words in your notebook. Practice repeating the audio, focusing on pronunciation.
- Plan a seven day trip for Easter vacation. Destination; Airline; Price: Airport; Length;Time.
- Also, remember to check the weather to decide what to pack. Make a list of the things you would take with you.
2.en.18 From films to books: an interview with Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
In previous posts we talked about films. Now it is time to move from films to books. What do films and books have in common? Well, they both tell stories, don’t they?
Many of the terms you learnt to talk about films (plot, character, setting, genre) will also be useful to talk about books. We shall start talking about some of the books you are reading in your Spanish and Catalan lessons. Our first choice is “The Prince of Mist” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Most of you found it really gripping. Though originally written in Spanish, it has been translated to many other languages.
The responsible for the translation into English has got a strong connection with Majorca. Let’s see if anyone comes up with the answer…
This is the promotional video that presented the book to the British market in 2010.
Does the video make you want read the book?
This is an interview with Carlos Garcia Zafón, the author of “The Prince of Mist”, the book you have just finish reading in your Spanish class.
The author, in perfect English -I bet you are surprised at how good he is- talks about his books and his work as a writer.
Watch the video and answer the following questions. Write down the answers in your notebook. In some cases you will need to answer full questions while in others, just complete the missing words.
- How many novels had he written before “The Prince of Mist” that had not been translated into English?
- The Prince of Mist is the first of a sequence of young adult novels he wrote in the _______’s
- Complete the titles of the Trilogy: The Prince of Mist; The Palace of____________; The Lights of _______________
- He describes these novels as : F____________ stories; G____________ M________________adventure
- Do these novels have the same characters?
- What do they have in common?
- When was the Prince of Mist published in English?
- Had the book been published when Zafón gave this interview?
- Zafón says that The Prince of Mist is a coming of age story, what does he mean?
- Where is the story set?
- Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
- Where do Max and his family move to?
- Who did the house belong to in the past?
- What is one of the themes of the novel?
- According to Zafón, do teenagers accept the answers given by adults or do they need to figure out answers by themselves?
- What is the moral of the story in the Prince of Mist?
- Where does Zafón write?
- In order to write Zafón needs to be connected or cut off from the World?
- What are the essential tools for a writer?
- Where did he get his inspiration from?
- What does he use his characters for?
- What do you think about his office, where he gives this interview?
- Is this video recorded in California or in Barcelona?
- Does the place seem as a “secluded cave” to you?
- Had you seen or listened to Zafón talking about his books before?
- Did you expect him to be like this when you read the book?
Homework: It has to be finished by the 7th of January 2014.