A more inclusive Britain?

11 11 2021

Final Project: For South Asian Heritage Month you take part in a Radio / TV Talk Show about South Asians integration in the UK today as compared with the 1970s. Read more HERE.

1. Watch the short film. What do you think the director is trying to say?

2. Bake Off Winner Rahul bakes ginger caramel cupcakes. Learn more about him HERE.

 

 

3. Selector Radio broadcasts the best UK music and emerging talent.




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.




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.




The Land of the Enlightened

26 03 2021

1. Imagine the next scene in no more than 50 words 😉

2. What is the cartoon’s message? Click on the pic to read more about English colonization.

3. How far is this depiction of the Natives influenced by the “noble savage” myth? Read more HERE.

3. To what extent does this song relate to the movie clips above? Study the lyrics HERE.




Asking for mercy

9 03 2021

1. “Would you call this a man?”

2. Learn about the writer and his journey. Read HERE a passage from his book.

3. List the different steps and say why the process has come under criticism.

4. She argues that “law should be a tool for social change,” but who is Letitia James? 




Justice vs Retribution

16 01 2021

Your task: “Write up the script to your own trial or jury deliberation scene and then act it out!”

1. What is the significance of the scene? Read more HERE

2. How does art educate us? Read more about the song HERE.

3. Is this justice? What purpose does it serve? Read more HERE.

4. What’s a heretic? And what is a martyr? Read more HERE.

5. What lessons can we take away from these trials? Read more HERE

 




Fighting sexism through art

15 01 2021

1. Your task: “Make a presentation honoring a female artist (collective) who has fought for women’s rights.”

2. What makes the novel’s heroine so central in Victorian literature? Read more HERE.

3. Why is Jane Eyre not a conventional Victorian heroine?

 




Ordinary is just what you are used to

26 11 2020

1. Read along as you listen to the audiobook (Chapter 4 starts at 28:52). Use this MIND MAP for your analysis.

2. What are the brutal realities of the tale? Recap the main characters and roles HERE.

3. ‘There’s nothing in the book that hasn’t already happened.’  The reality behind the fiction.




Develop your English listening skills

11 10 2020

1. Watch this for some great tips. You can also visit their site for more. 

2. Listen for effective tips that you can use to improve your English listening skills.

3. Time for a bit of practice. Listen up to 1:35 and try to recap what you understand. Use this HELP

4. Can you sum up the message of this clip? Use this PAGE for help.

5. Sum up the story including enough detail. You can find some help HERE.  




Main oral exam preparation

9 10 2020

1. Training for the exam. Find more tips HERE and HERE.

2. What questions to choose? 

3. Asking better questions.