Here are the poems we looked at in class. You can listen to me reading them in these Soundcloud links:
Try to read the parts you practised in class and copy my pronunciation. Take your time and speak clearly. Can you copy the poem’s rhythm?
And here’s the wonderful short film we watched of Vincent by Tim Burton.
(Automatic subtitles can be enabled, although they don’t work perfectly. Other copies of the video can be found, even with Spanish subtitles.)
It’s 15 minutes long. If it’s too long for you, I recommend watching it in two parts, from the beginning until watching “NOTICE OF TERMINATION” (7:36) and the rest in this link.
I hope you like it. Maybe, it touches your heart!
Do you think the attitude of the main character is believable? Do you like it?
Now it’s your turn. Study the irregular verbs first from unit 7 and think about your answers to the same questions. Why don’t you do these exercises from the English File coursebook website to practise?
Now click here and answer my questions. I give you time to answer so there is a pause after the questions.
Today we’ve had a whole lesson about Adele and her new hit. I would like to know why the success, why all this fuss around her. Who knows?
The truth is this song is in my head since the moment I heard it for the first time. Isn’t it in yours?
Here you can see the videos we saw in class, in case you fancy watching them again.
Have you ever wondered how a story was imagined by its author?
That’s what some people did in this short film entitled George Lucas in love, creating a funny explanation about how Star Wars was conceived:
In a few weeks, the seventh film of the Star Wars saga will be released. That reminded me about this short film. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know too much about Star Wars, most gags are easy to understand because we all know the characters.
Some years ago a brewing company (beers) made a funny campaign based on the concept of how some customs started. I know five videos (more information in this link):
- The Peace sign is born
- The Lighter Phenomenon is born
- The birth of Scratching
- The birth of Posturing
- The Macarena dance is born
They are quite easy to find in streaming video servers like Youtube or Vimeo.
Do you know any other film about imagining how a something was imagined?
5th November is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night in Great Britain. It’s a very popular festival in which there are firework displays and bonfires. But the origins of the festival are not really a cause for celebration.
You can watch this video to find out more about the history of Guy Fawkes.
Now watch this video about fire safety from the National Health Service in the UK (NHS). Where there’s fire, there will be accidents! Do you think people are as safety conscious where you live?
In the year 2013 as part of the publicity campaign for the video game The raven, the company released a short interactive graphic novel.
If you want to practice your listening (with optional subtitles) in an entertaining way, give a try to this short prologue of a story about a master thief and a policeman obsesed with catching him.
It just takes from you between ten and twenty minutes. You just need to click in some points in the screen during the scenes, nothing else. Some texts can be reproduced clicking again in the same place, others can’t.
For some reason, the web version is not working with current Firefox or Internet Explorer/Edge, but it works with Opera or Chrome. You can use it in your mobile phone or tablet too.
But, if you prefer just watching it as a movie, here it is:
I hope you enjoy it!