Environmentally Friendly Video Listening

11 02 2013

1. Practise your listening skills with this activity page by ESL-COURSES-COM

2. Here’s another opportunity for you to practice your listening skills: ESL-COURSES-COM

3. Cristal clear, no words needed: “New Thinking on Climate Change.”

No Oil Company Left Behind

26 01 2013

1. Watch the clip at right and say what the “make America work for us” campaign blames the Bush administration for 

2. What specific role has oil played in US foreign policy? Find out more by watching this video:   [worksheet]

3. A great historian meets a great actor. Listen to Virggo  as he  adds his voice to this powerful text: 

4. A bit of fun with this song by British band, The Clash:  

5. Log onto this site and do a reading comprehension exercise 

Kicking the oil addiction

25 01 2013

 1. Green Day support the NRDC campaign for making America less oil-dependent. Click on the picture to listen to what they have to say.

 2.  Click on the cartoon and analyse it using “La Clés des Langues” guidelines. You can make good use of this vocabulary

 3. Listen to this powerful song by Gil Scott Heron, watch the video and see if you can draw a parallel with America’s oil addiction [LYRICS]. 

4. Try this online  crossword. 

Memorable Drill Instructors

22 01 2013

1. Watch the clip below and characterize Lt. Aldo Raine [SCRIPT].





2. This time the character you have to describe in details is Gunnery Sergeant Hartman [SCRIPT].

3. After watching the two clips, compare the two characters’ speeches. Look especially at their vocabulary, register, body language and message. Use the language of comparison sheet and try to vary your phrases and vocabulary.

4. Just for fun, watch this clip starring Rowan Atkinson as another memorable drill instructor.

Listen to the Beatles

21 01 2013

A– The Beatles in New Zealand

Click on the picture at right to listen to an interview with Ringo in NZ 1964 [2nd one is with Ringo]:

  1. What’s was the problem with his health?
  2. What did the doctors advise him (not) to do? Why didn’t he sing in Australia?
  3. If the group ever packed up, has he thought what he could do?
  4. Has he been trained for anything? Would he go back to that? Why (not)?
  5. Why does he wear two rings in each hand? Where did get them? How long has he had them?
  6. Does he ever take the rings off? Why is he called Ringo?
  7. What name does he sign? Whatever  happened to his real name?
  • B– Abbey Road Anniversary by CBS news online.  Listen to the news report and sum up what you have understood [SCRIPT+MODEL ANSWER]. 
  • C– When John met Paul. Listen to the story and do the comprehension exercises you will find on this web page: 

This is England

14 01 2013

1. Watch the trailer to this film and see what you can find out about the plot.

2. Watch this clip  and say what Shaun has to do to join the gang.

3. One of the backdrop themes to the film is the Falklands war. Watch this Al Jazeera documentary .  Note down what you learn about the conflict.

Paralympian Danielle Brown

16 10 2012

Watch the VIDEO and do the listening EXERCISE.

Bond is Great Britain

5 10 2012

On this day we celebrate 50 years of Bond movies.

1. Find here the new visitbritain campaign Can you find 3 reasons why Bond is seen as the quintessential Londoner? 

2. Find here the clip from the Skyfall videoblog. Watch it and do the listening exercise.

3. By the way, what do you think of the new Bond movie theme song by Adele? 

Across the Wire

3 10 2012


1. Click on the picture at left to learn more about your final task.

2. Watch the trailer to a Tommy Lee Jones film  Can you say what the film is about ? (who/ where/ when/ what?)

3. Listen to ACROSS THE WIRE a song by Arizona band CALEXICO.  (Usually categorized as either alt-country or Alternative Rock) Discuss the lyrics HERE

4. Watch this  and take this TEST.

5. Now study this EXCERPT from James A. Michener‘s book, Texas.


The New World

23 09 2012

1. Click on the cartoon at right to watch the opening of T. Malick’s movie, The New World.

2. Click on this LINK to listen to a song called America  by Tracy Chapman and analyse the yrics HERE

3. Read this TEXT and prepare ten questions to put to your classmates.


4.Click on the picture at right to watch a clip from the film, The New World. Then access this FILE to learn more about your task.