The Incredible Journey

3 05 2019

1. Watch the clip and say who  the main characters are. What is the rabbit-proof fence? Fill in the gaps HERE

2. What is the Rabbit-Proof Fence movie about? Who are the “stolen generations”? What happened to them? Answer a few more questions HERE

3. What was life at the Moore River Native Settlement like for the Aborigines?

4. How does the Chief Protector of Aborigines justify their treatment?

Real power belongs to the people

5 02 2019

1. Listen to Greta and make notes. Can you recap her message? (Try and answer the 5Wh + 1H questions.) Read more HERE.

2. Listen carefully and pick info about Jacob and his life. How did he come to sue the federal government over climate change? Read more HERE

3. How did Aji first learn to make a speech? Do you find him persuasive? Explain why. Learn more HERE , HERE and HERE

4. Why did these pre-teens go to Senator Feinstein’s office? What got them interested in climate change? Had they ever heard of Greta Thunberg before? 

5. What impact does climate change have on California’s wildfires? Prepare for your final task HERE.

The Spirits of Christmas

13 12 2018

1. Listen carefully for the missing words. Fill in the gaps HERE

2. Watch Richard Williams’ animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless seasonal parable. Read an EXCERPT from the original.

3. Watch the trailer for another adaptation of the story and do this listening exercise.

4. What is the ‘Church of Stop Shopping’? What do they do?

5. Listen to the poet and fill in the gaps HERE

Anatomy of Horror

3 12 2018

1. In what ways does the trailer’s structure mirror that of a horror movie?

2. What makes the movie at the same time so effective and different from many other horror movies?

3. How far does the historical context influence horror?

4. Listen and fill in the gaps HERE



Culinary Exchanges

29 11 2018

1. What do you know about the dish?. Read more HERE

2. Who decides what is beauty for women? Analyse this POEM by Janice Mirikitani.

3. Fancy trying this recipe? Analyse the poem HERE

4. Let’s do a bit of history! And this EXERCISE

A quiet passion

12 11 2018

1. This biopic is coming to a cinema near you. It will be on during next week’s festival!

2. Learn more about the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Do these EXERCISES

3. A 2017’s exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York took a closer look at the iconic American cultural figure.

4. Film director Terence Davies is guest of honor this year. Maybe you have a question?

A world without barriers?

12 09 2018

1. Bronx Tale, from movie to musical.

2. Listen to the dialogue and fill in the missing lines HERE Find out more about contractions in spoken English.

3. Who should Calogero listen to, his father or his father figure, Sonny?

4. Read a passage from a book HERE.  Then use a Venn diagram to study similarities and differences.

Fairy Tales and the Pursuit of Dreams

26 02 2018

1. Can you tell the story? What can/ can’t Cinderella do?

2. Watch this opening scene. What can you infer about the characters and their dreams?

3. Watch the film trailer. Can you sum up the plot line?

4. Listen to the film screenwriter. What are the major themes in the movie?

5. Watch and listen to this re-interpretation of the tale. Your turn. Try and rewrite another fairy tale.

Rebel Girls

19 10 2017

1. Who was the Rebel Girl?

2. An inspiring story. Read more on the central character’s trial.

3. Analyze the impact of the labor movement in America throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

4. The “Bread & Roses” strike of Lawrence. Learn more about the SONG

5. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.

6. How can workers make a difference? Find out more HERE

Life and death of a refugee

13 09 2015

1. That Little Syrian Boy: Here’s Who He Was (find the transcript here)

2. A sculpture is worth a thousand words. Imagine a radio interview with the artist (click on the pic for help)



3. Can you tell Issa’s story?

4. Refugee Boy: can you guess what the father decides to do? Click to listen to an excerpt and a presentation.



5. Watch the trailer for the stage adaptation of the book. What more do you learn about the protagonist? 

6. Take a look at this poem. Do you think that it captures Alem’s experience? Explain.

Benjamin Zephaniah – We Refugees par poemhunter