The Handamaid’s Tale: The opening

11 10 2020

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

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

3. 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.




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.




Fitting in

1 10 2020

1. What were Angie Thomas’s reasons for writing ‘On The Come Up’? Read more HERE.

2. Watch the trailer. Can you sum up the story? 

3. Learn more on the backstory of how the movie came to life.




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?