Not Just a Pretty Face: Women in Sport.

21 05 2013

1. Watch this video  promoting a documentary  on great grand prix racing heroes. The stories of these great men are narrated by a name synonymous with motoracing, “Sir Stirling Moss”.

2. First woman in the history of NASCAR Sprint Cup to qualify in pole position for the 2013  Daytona 500 race.

3. As racing driver Susie Wolff prepares to test drive a Formula 1 car, ex-World Champion Damon Hill tells Channel 4 News it is “inevitable” women will eventually compete with the men for the top title.

4. Click on the image below to do a listening exercise on the video above.






5. Click on the pic below to study two texts on women in sport.

The “Django Unchained” Controversy

15 05 2013

1.Here is the trailer to this movie which you have probably seen.

2. Watch this video and sum up what you understand about this controversy. Then send off your own comment.

3.Have a look see what African-American film-director Spike Lee has to say.

4. Watch the interview and listen to Samuel L. Jackson. Then try to answer the following questions:

a. According to Mr. Jackson, why is it that slavery as a topic has rarely been dealt with by black directors?

b. What is Stephen like as a character?

c. How did house slaves’ fate differ from those working in the fields?

d. How was the institution of slavery perpetuated?

e. Does Samuel L. Jackson take exception to people criticizing the film for its treatment of slavery?

5. Finally, here is what Leonardo DiCaprio has to say on the film.

Artificial Intelligence

13 05 2013

1. Watch the trailer below and say who David is, how he has been created and what makes him different from the other boys.


2. In pairs, sum up & react to these words by Steven Spielberg, the film director. 

Love the machine. 

“None of us love our electric toothbrushes. But if you carved a face into it that every morning talked to you and knew you well enough to sense your mood and depending on your mood in the morning would make you feel better, would make you just set you off on the right foot, would whisper in your ear, would sing you a song and suddenly that electric toothbrush, if the dog chewed it up, would not be a happy evening when you came home from work or from school and found your electric toothbrush, that used to challenge you and counsel you in the morning, chewed up by the dog. So it’s what we project into mechanisms, into machines that’s important. It’s not so much that the machine can love us, it’s how much love do we invest back into it in return. And that determines, you know, whether, how far we should go in creating things that reminds us of ourselves”.

3. Click on the pic below to study a short text on the same theme.