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This is another great article written by our student Carlos Mateos.

A short activity in one of our lessons called Say something nice (see this link) reminded me this short film entitled Validation (2007).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao

 

(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?

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Do you remember a really good night out? Click here to listen to an interview with me about a memorable night I had. Click here to download the questions.

Now it’s Fileyour 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:

(9 minutes long. Automatic subtitles can be enabled, although they don’t work perfectly. Other copies of the video can be found, even with Spanish subtitles.)

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):

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.

Listen to this explanation of Guy Fawkes Night from http://www.eslholidaylessons.com.  The first part is about its origins and the second part is about present day celebrations.

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.

http://raven-game.com/en/novel/

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!


Do you remember when Mario Casas came to Guía to make a film last year? The traffic literally stopped for the day. We love to see films made and catch a glimpse of famous actors. And we also love to visit film locations, and take a selfie in the same place as if we were Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. Here are two videos about two locations that have been used for films. The first is of Chatsworth House which was Darcy’s stately home Pemberley in the film version of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”. Many people now visit Chatsworth House to imagine themselves in the romantic lead roles.

Another film location is the university city of Cambridge. Have you seen the film about Stephen Hawking “The Theory of Everything”? And you also see Ely Cathedral in “The King’s Speech”. You might also remember Trinity College in the film “Chariots of Fire”.



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