Sorry We Missed You

18 10 2021

Your final project (choose one):

a. Imagine an interview with a self-employed Amazon driver.

b. Make a review of the Ken Loach movie for your radio programme.

c. Make a presentation about Amazon. 

1. In what ways is the world of work changing today?

2. Take notes on the lifestory of both Bezos and his company.

3. What is the reality of being an Amazon agency worker?

4. Where does all the Amazon’s plastic waste go? Read more HERE.




Marketing: what’s new?

15 10 2021

1. What is social media marketing? What makes a successful strategy on social media? 

2. What are the ingredients of Airbnb’s success? What is the brand’s top value? Read more HERE

3. What is ‘influencer marketing’? Study a text HERE

 

 




How to make your words heard

13 10 2021

Your Task:

a. Deliver a speech to celebrate a leading African-American figure. Present her/ him to the class and explain the reasons for your choice (see this PAGE for more).
b. This is your magazine’s editorial meeting. Debate is fierce to decide which leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement to profile in next month’s issue.

1. Watch the video and find out what oratorial techniques Barck Obama uses.

2. How does Rita manage to her male colleagues? Find out HERE.

3. How to use rhetoric to get what you want. Take the TEST.  

4. Listen and pick out: a formula for making great phrases; one example of a figure of rhetoric and how it works; the reason why the speaker mentions Kate Perry; one example of a former president’s use of rhetoric; who the speaker predicted would win the 2016 election and 3 reasons why people use rhetoric. Read more HERE.




Black Lives Matter

29 09 2021

Your Task: a. Deliver a speech to celebrate a leading African-American figure. Present her/ him to the class and explain the reasons for your choice.

b. This is your magazine’s editorial meeting. Debate is fierce to decide which leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement to profile in next month’s issue.

1. Did Obama ever doubt his ability to get white support to win the presidency? Test your comprehension HERE.

3. Learn more about the movement. Focus on specific dates and names.

3. How old was Starr when she was given the ‘talk’? What else do you learn about her? Read more HERE.

4. What do you learn about the book and its impact? Study a passage HERE.

5. What was ‘Jim Crow’ originally and what did it stand for up until 1954? 

6. How does the clip upend racial stereotypes? Read more HERE.

 7. Click on the cartoon to boost your grammar skills.

 




The Handamaid’s Tale: The opening

27 09 2021

Final Project: Act out an interview with a classmate. One of you is a Washington “Handmaid’s Tale” protestor and the other is a journalist.

1. How do red robes and white bonnets contribute to the impact of the protest? Read more HERE.

2. Listen to the audio recording of the first chapter. Read along as you listen HERE

3. Watch the trailer and list any dystopian elements you can spot (consider the voiceover, images and dialog). 

4. Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a dystopian regime has captured readers’ imaginations since its publication in 1985. What explains its success? Try the QUIZ.




And girls will be women

13 09 2021

Speaking task – Pair-work presentation:  compare and contrast the two stories below, highlighting the similarities and differences. Use the points you have noted in this  VENN DIAGRAM to shape your response, and aim for a lively and informative presentation style.

1. To what degree is this a more modern version of the original book? Study an excerpt from the novel HERE

2. Observe the painting closely (click on the pic to access a larger version and use either of these two APPROACHES) and listen to the recording (till 01:40). What changed for middle-class girls in the 19th century?

 

3. What happens to the four sisters in this coming-of-age story?

4. What is ‘Visual Literacy’? Learn more with the Toledo Museum of Art.

 




Working in the U. S. of A.

12 09 2021

FINAL PROJECT

You are living in the United States, where you got a job at a Silicon Valley company.

Make a 5-minute presentation (pair work).

1. Click on the chart to learn more about some of these US giants. Learn how to differentiate ORGANIZATIONS.

2. How did so many US giants manage to control global markets? Click on the pic and watch a video. 

3. Listen for the facts about Apple Park. Check your comprehension HERE. Learn more on the HISTORY of Apple

4. Watch the video and take notes. Use this PAGE to check your comprehension. Then prepare a short oral presentation on Steve Jobs’ life story. 

 

 




Powerful vibes

12 09 2021

Final ProjectChoose a cause and design a poster/ make a piece of art/ write a poem or a song to defend it.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the two options suggested HERE.

1. Labour or Labor Day? Take the QUIZ.

2. What role did Margaret Thatcher play in Billy Bragg’s career (up to 2:35)? Listen on to fill in the missing words in the song’s LYRICS

3. Who was Joe Hill, the original song writer? Take a few notes and write a short profile.

4. How did The Beatles change the world? Give 5 examples. Do a reading comprehension exercise HERE.

 




Tell me a little bit about yourself!

12 09 2021

1. Learn how to prepare for a job interview. Practise taking an interview HERE.

2. Listen for words related to Human Resources. How many can you pick out? Learn more HERE.

3. Why didn’t Alistair get the job? What is the moral of the story?

 




Global brands

10 09 2021

1. How come American brands are so dominant? Read more HERE.

2. How do you get to be the most valuable non-tech brand?

3. McDonald’s Menu Items Around The World