miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

Keep calm and use good grammar

Some weeks ago I watched a funny video (thanks Paul Kelly for sharing) by "Weird Al" Yankovic called "Word Crimes" this video is a parody of the song " Blurred lines" by Robin Thicke and was recorded in 2013. 
All Yankovic is really concerned about proper use of grammar and has campaigned against bad use in songs, posters, ads and social media. He considers himself a "grammar nerd"

In this video he mocks on line commenters, misspelling, abuse of numbers instead of letters, language on SMS, punctuation etc. 

 Watch the video and write down as many mistakes which are mentioned as you can.  


viernes, 31 de marzo de 2017

A WORTHY AD

I have come across a viral ad that I consider worthy to share and talk about with my students.
It an advertisement from Swedish Railways (SJ) by TBWA\Stockholm which challenges gender roles with Paul's transformative journey.


1. Can you describe what you saw? 
2. What is the main purpose of the ad? 
3. Why do you think this video has gone viral? 
4. How does it make you feel? 


"Whoever you are, wherever you want to go, for the bigger journeys and the small, SJ will be there for you" this is the main message of the campaign. Would you travel with them?

jueves, 2 de marzo de 2017

Women for Women

On December 9th, 2016 Madonna was regarded Best Woman of the Year at  Billboard Awards
It wasn't something new for her as she is used to getting all kinds of awards all along her 34 years as an entertainer, but this was a special one to be cited. 
When she got on stage to receive her award she stood in a man-like  position and gave a powerful speech.


She talked about misogyny, abuse, sexism and feminism. We found an unusual Madonna who almost broke into tears remembering long ago sufferings. 
I want to highlight some of the things she said about the following and give some food for thought. 


MISOGYNY AND SEXISM

“I stand before you as a doormat… Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer"

What do you think she wanted to say about being " a doormat"?

 “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.”


"If you’re a girl, you have to play the game. You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo" 

What happens if you have an out-of-line opinion or you don't play the game? 
 
"To age is a sin"

Why are women rejected in some jobs when they age?

"Women do not have the same freedom as men.” 

"Women have been so oppressed for so long, they believe what men have to say about them,” “They believe they have to back a man to get the job done.”

  Why would you back a man or a woman? In what ways?

WOMEN HATING/HELPING OTHER WOMEN

“Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men"

What do you think she means with this last sentence?

"As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.”

Why is this so important? 

This year the International theme is  #BeBoldforChange to help forge a better world- a more inclusive, gender equal world


To celebrate  woman's Day this year I've chosen three videos I hope you lik

An inspirational video with women on TV 


 A beatiful song by Alicia Keys "Superwoman" (2007) 



and another one as a tribute to George Michael who passed away on December 25th "Freedom" (1990).
The last two talk about being yourself and don't care about others' opinions on you. It's like Madonna said in her speech: you have to fit a stereotype or an image to be counted. 


 
 


jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2016

SOMETHING MORE ABOUT SPACE...

On January 10th, 2016 David Bowie passed away, but he left an interesting legacy of songs, videos, art, tolerance and a new way to see life. 


One of his best song ever was  "Space Oddity" released in 1969 during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later and would become the first manned moon landing another five days after that.


In 2013, the song was covered by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while aboard the and therefore became the first music video shot in space. 
It has reached popularity in 2016 because it was used by Lady Heroine for the game "Call of Duty Infinity warfare"

Chris Hadfield ( 1959) was the first Canadian to walk in space, he flew two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. 
He was responsible for a crew of five astronauts and helped to run dozens of scientific experiments dealing with the impact of low gravity on human biology. 
During the mission he also gained popularity by chronicling life aboard the space station and taking pictures of the earth and posting them through social networks and by singing and playing the guitar in space for the first time. 

Before listening and watching the video I'd like you to try to define or give a synonym for the following words that you'll see in the video. 

DETACH       HATCH       GROUND CONTROL      MAKE THE GRADE   
  COUNTDOWN         CAPSULE






sábado, 15 de octubre de 2016

CULTURE SHOCK

Sometimes it's difficult to go and live or study abroad because of the stereotypes we have or the culture shock we suffer on getting there.
We find it hard to adapt to new customs or traditions, so different from the ones we are used to.
The only thing we always have to bear in mind is RESPECT


This is a sentence by William of Wykeham (1324-1404) and is the motto of Winchester College and New College, Oxford. What do think it means?  What do you understand by "manners" ?

Listen to a famous song by Sting that deals with it and do the following tasks. 

1. Write three customs or personal characteristics he mentions that make him different?

2. Write two pieces of advice he gives you.

3. Complete. __________ and __________ can lead to notoriety
                     __________ and __________ are rare in this society.

4. What does "at night a candle's brighter than the sun"  mean?
 
3. What qualities should a gentleman have?

4. What doesn't make a man?

"An Englishman in New York" (1987) Sting


Now listen to the song with the lyrics and check your answers. 

 

domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016

MOTIVATION

We've just started a new year in school and we know it's a bit hard at the beginning, so cheer up, follow the tips and enjoy the songs!

1. THINK POSITIVELY. 
Focus on the positive things you do everyday. See the glass half full.

2. PERFECTION DOESN'T EXIST
You can learn from mistakes 

3. BE REALISTIC IN YOUR GOALS
Be patient and improve gradually

4. CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

5. BE CONFIDENT, TRUST YOURSELF

6. RELAX AND DON'T GET STRESSED OUT. 

Hey Jude, by The Beatles

 
 The Eye of the Tiger by Survivor ( Rocky)

miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

Enjoy Reported Speech

After learning all different types of reported sentences, reporting verbs, linkers etc, it's time to have some fun practising a little. 

1. Listen to a famous song by Suzanne Vega "Luka" and do the activities that follow

A) Explain what Luka tells you in the song; write at least five sentences.
B) Write two examples of reported questions she says.
C) Write two examples of conditional sentences.  

This song is about child abuse; How did you feel when you listened to it? Why does Luka act this way? Would you do the same in that situation?

 Now watch the video with the Lyrics and check your activity


2. If you want to work with Reported Speech using movie segments go to the blog by Claudio Acevedo. 

 a) Zookeeper
 b) The Purple Rose of Cairo
 c) Love Actually
 d) While you were Sleeping
 e) School of Rock 

3. Watch a video by the British Council; The boys will report the boy's speech and the Girls will report the girl's one. 

What would you tell your boyfriend/ girlfriend if he/she is a slob?  


 

viernes, 15 de abril de 2016

INTERNATIONAL BOOK DAY

Every April 23rd we celebrate Book Day, did you know that this celebration started in 1995 organised by UNESCO?
This year is a special one as we are celebrating Shakespeare and Cervantes' 400th Death Anniversaries. 

Lots of references about them can be watched or read on the media and social netwoks nowadays. A new First Folio has just been discovered in a house on the Island of Bute in Scotland. 

The First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, compiled and published in 1623 by two of Shakespeare's friends (John Heminge and Henry Condell) seven years after his death. Folio editions were large and expensive books that were seen as prestige items, they included 36 plays divided in tragedies, comedies and histories even some which hadn't been published before "Macbeth", "The Tempest" and "As You Like It"
There are 234 copies in the world and this manuscript was split  in three for easy reading.


The First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published in 1623, seven years after his death. Folio editions were large and expensive books that were seen as prestige items. - See more at: http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/shakespeares-first-folio#sthash.2OJMuUzm.dpuf


We have studied his biography or plays but I think that including some curious facts about "The Bard" could be interesting
  • He never attended university but he knew the classics quite well
  • Besides being a poet and playwright he was a successful businessman
  • He is the second most quoted author after the Bible
  • He created more than 1400 characters, 13 of them commited suicide. 
  • He introduced more than 3000 words into English, including insults that are used today.
The First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published in 1623, seven years after his death. Folio editions were large and expensive books that were seen as prestige items. - See more at: http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/shakespeares-first-folio#sthash.2OJMuUzm.dpuf
The First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published in 1623, seven years after his death. Folio editions were large and expensive books that were seen as prestige items. - See more at: http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/shakespeares-first-folio#sthash.2OJMuUzm.dpuf
 If you want to know more about Book Day celebration Click on the UNESCO site and read the Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

"In turbulent times, books embody the human capacity to conjure up worlds of reality and imagination and express them in voices of understanding, dialogue and tolerance. They are symbols of hope and dialogue that we must cherish and defend."  
I can't avoid mentioning here other anniversaries that are important for British Literature this year
  • CHARLOTTE'S BRONTË'S 200th birth anniversary(1816)
  • ROAL DAHL'S 100th anniversary (1916)
 So I conclude as Shakespeare said: 
 
“Brevity is the soul of wit” (Hamlet)

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, 

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

( Romeo and Juliet)
he First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published in 1623, seven years after his death. Folio editions were large and expensive books that were seen as prestige items. - See more at: http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/shakespeares-first-folio#sthash.2OJMuUzm.dpuf so I'd like to include some curious facts