Greek Life

25 09 2020

Speaking Task

With your best friend, you discuss whether or not you should join a fraternity / sorority. You disagree with each other. Imagine your conversation.

1. Why are they rushing? Take down details about their motivations. Read more about the topic HERE.

2. If it’s still ‘all Greek to you’, click below! 

3. Fraternity Culture and racism.  Click on the pick to learn more. Study a passage from Philip Roth’s Indignation HERE.

 

4. Who is Sydney White? Why isn’t she ‘Kappa material’?

5. What does Sydney fight for?




Crossing Boundaries

24 09 2020

YOUR TASK: Imagine an interview with one of the two authors mentioned below. Focus on their reasons for creating their characters.

1. Watch the video and take down notes about elements relating to the writer’s biography, her narrative style or techniques and the literary devices she used in this short story. Study an excerpt HERE.

2. What do we learn about the Indian caste system and the destinies of the boys and girls mentioned? How can activists help solve these problems?




Creating a stress free workplace

20 09 2020

Your task: create a questionnaire on stress at work. Write 10 questions.

1. What are the main causes of stress at work? Use this PAGE to check your comprehension. 

2. What makes employees happy at work? Study an article on a similar topic HERE.




Brain drain or brain gain?

11 09 2020

1. Look at the picture. What and who does it represent? What is the link with the topic “Brain Drain”? Click on the image to access some online help.

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




And girls will be women

11 09 2020

Speaking task – Pair-work presentation:  compare and contrast the two trailers below, highlighting the similarities and differences. Use the points you have noted in this  worksheet 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.

 




Twisted Tales

9 09 2020

YOUR TASK: You write a comment on the IMDb page of a TV series or a film you have just watched. Give your opinion on the adaptation and highlight how the story has changed or evolved, for better or for worse!

1. Click on the pick and memorize as many words as you can.

2. What are the ingredients of a classic fairy tale? Watch the video, then try this EXERCISE

3. What’s going on in this video? Answer the 5Ws & 1H. Is Peter Pan a fairy tale? Explain.

4. Who are the 3 princesses? Take notes and compare them. Read more about modernizing fairy tales HERE

5. Which Disney movies does British actress Keira Knightley  allow her 3-year-old daughter to watch? Why?

 




Coming of age

7 09 2020

1. Do you know the story? What are the pros and cons of “never growing up”?

2. Listen to Monika (02:45-04:25) and sum up the film’s plot. Are “coming-of-age stories” your  favorite movies too?

3. What can you say about the narrator of this story? Consider all three narratives presented here.  Can you identify the different steps of coming-of-age stories?




Welcome back!

6 09 2020

1. YOUR FINAL TASK: 

Pair-work presentation: Choose two trailers to compare and contrast, highlighting the similarities and differences. Use the points you have noted in the worksheet to shape your response, and aim for a lively and informative presentation style.

2. Film trailers are a form of advertising. Analyse the trailer using this WORKSHEET

3. Do the same with this other trailer. Then try to compare and contrast the two. Study a passage from the novel HERE.  Find some vocabulary exercises HERE

4. Listen for the facts about Apple Park. Check your comprehension and learn more HERE

5. As you can see, an elevator pitch is a very short summary to describe a person. It is based on the idea of meeting someone in an elevator and having only a minute to impress them. Use this HELP to prepare your own.