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Why Finland has the best education (by Michael Moore)

El exito educativo de Finlandia Michael Moore from ateo666666 on Vimeo.

Here's a puzzle. Finnish children spend comparatively little time at school, don't get homework and yet receive one of the best educations in the world. Curious? Watch how the Finns did it in this clip from Michael Moore's compelling documentary film 'Where To Invade Next?'

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THAT'S ENGLISH!

Click HERE.

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GREASE!!!!!

The next musical to be performed at IES Xesús Taboada Chivite will be Grease (in Galician language).

We are going to listen to two famous songs from the film and do some exercises:

- SUMMER NIGHTS

- YOU ARE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Translation of those songs (and other songs from the musical) into Galician HERE.

Other musicals performed at IES Taboada Chivite:

Los Miserables ( 2012-2013)

Moulin Rouge (2013-2014)

Mamma Mia (2014-2015)

Hoy no me puedo levantar (2015-2016)

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Revision activities for 1 ESO and 2 ESO

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Revision activities for our 1 ESO and 2 ESO students to do during the summer. From the web of IES P. Sarasate:

HERE - 1 ESO

HERE - 2 ESO

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SHORT STORIES IN ENGLISH

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An excellent reading comprehension web with short stories by masterful writers. It includes reading comprehension activities, glossaries, and  you can listen to the text while reading it.

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"FARENHEIT 451" , BY RAY BRADBURY

Created by AcademicEarth.org

Click HERE, HERE (Ray Bradbury), HERE (Farenheit 451), HERE (McCartyism)

LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a homogenous, ……………………, war-obsessed America, where books are…………………, intellectualism scorned and the entire population exists in a state of dull …………………and sensory overload. Ring any bells?

Guy Montag, the……………………………., is an impressionable fireman. His job is to burn books, which have been denounced as emotionally upsetting and…………………………………………...

Montag starts to question his actions after meeting an …………………………young woman, even going so far as to steal a book from a house as he burns it down. Montag becomes steadily more ……………………….of his miserable life, and resolves to take action against the ……………………….ruling society. With the help of a former English professor, Montag learns that books allow for self-examination and …………………thought.

Montag is then caught with the stolen books and must become a………………….. After a harrowing chase, Montag escapes and joins up with a group of roving ………………………..in the countryside. They watch as enemy planes bomb the city, and the group resolves to construct a new, better…………………………..

 Major Characters

“Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal.”

 Montag: Guy Montag is a firefighter, and the book plots his movement from mindless drone to ……………………….. book-lover. He struggles with independent thought, and is often swayed by people’s rhetoric, making him something of an archetypal citizen in Bradbury’s ……………..future.

 Beatty: The fire chief, Beatty is brilliant, and very…………………………….. He is well-read, and can …………………..famous literary works at will, but he finds the written word dangerous and upsetting. He represents the more …………………..side of censorship.

 Faber: Faber is a former English professor who is Montag’s intellectual mentor. Faber teaches Montag that ………………….and reason are the true paths to a more …………………..life.

 Themes, Motifs and Symbols

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

 Fire: Fire destroys contraband, but it also entertains and delights people—Montag notices that almost all fires are at night, when they will look……………. Eventually, Montag comes to view fire as a ……………..not just for destruction or entertainment, but for sustenance as well.

 Mirrors: Clarisse, the young woman, is described as a mirror, and one of Montag’s eventual friends in the countryside claims the new world needs a mirror………………….. Mirrors represent inquiry and………………...

Censorship: Bradbury argues that the population censors itself by ignoring ……………..or positions that make it………………………….. Reading books, he says, encourages beneficial…………………………….., while ……………………..only deludes people into being superficially happy.

 Analysis

“Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies.”

 Farenheit 451 is a bleak ……………….of a world that’s too ……………….being…………………. By wiping out the written word, the world is supposedly free from …………………and upsetting information, but the only thing this brings is more…………………. The suppression of books is the suppression of……………………………………, which will slowly destroy any society.


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Eighty Days Around the World

For more information, click HERE

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"THE SIXTH SENSE" - ACTIVITIES

Click HERE and HERE (activities designed by Isabel Pérez) to do some activities about the film The Sixth Sense.

FULL FILM with Spanish subtitles HERE.

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"Tomorrow" (From the musical "Annie")

One of the songs performed by the magnificent choir from IES Val do Tea (Ponteareas), which visited us last week was Tomorrow, from the musical Annie.

Fill-in-the-gaps exercise HERE.

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IDIOM LAND

A fantastic site (HERE and HERE, too)to learn idiomatic expressions in English.

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Learning IRREGULAR VERBS with a rap

TAKE (took, TAKEN). You SHAKE (shook, SHAKEN). 
WAKE (woke, WOKEN) to the style I’m creating. 
THINK (thought, THOUGHT). SEEK (sought, SOUGHT).
Listen to the lesson that I TEACH (taught, TAUGHT).

Don’t SLEEP (slept, SLEPT). I CREEP (crept, CREPT). 
I SNEAK (snuck, SNUCK UP). You LEAP (leapt, LEAPT).
I KEEP (kept, KEPT) having fun. 
I’m never BEAT (beat, BEATEN); I WIN (won, WON).
DO (did, DONE); BEGIN (began, BEGUN);
SHOOT (shot, SHOT)—no, I don’t own a gun. 
I LEAD (led, LED) so I can FEED (fed, FED). 
the knowledge you need, straight to your head. 
When I BRING (brought, BROUGHT) it, you CATCH (caught, CAUGHT) it.
Sit back relax. Don’t FIGHT (fought, FOUGHT) it.

Please don’t 

FREEZE (froze, FROZEN) when I SPEAK (spoke, SPOKEN). 
It’s real. You can feel I don’t STEAL (stole, STOLEN). 
I CHOOSE (chose, CHOSEN) the very best rhymes and
WRITE (wrote, WRITTEN) them into my lines and
into your mind. When we MEET (met, MET)
I’ll BET (bet, BET) I wont let you FORGET 
(forgot, FORGOTTEN). I GET (got, GOTTEN)
every head nodding. Don’t think about stopping,
just COME (came, COME). 
This is hip hop. I don’t SING (sang, SUNG).
I STING (stung, STUNG). You CLING (clung, CLUNG)
on each and every word, you HANG (hung, HUNG).

Its not enough to

DREAM (dreamt, DREAMT); you’ve got to SPEND (spent, SPENT)
time on your goals. Please LEND (lent, LENT) me your
ear. Come near and I’ll LAY (laid, LAID)
down this new soud that I MAKE (made, MADE). 
I hope you don’t say that you think it’s junk.
I hope you don’t think that I STINK (stank, STUNK).
If you’re thirsty for English, come DRINK (drank, DRUNK).
because I SINK (sank, SUNK) all competition when they 
HEAR (heard, HEARD) that I GIVE (gave, GIVEN)
encouragement when I SPIT (spat, SPAT).
Never QUIT (quit, QUIT); don’t SIT (sat, SAT).
Yeah, I like it like that. I’ll even KNEEL (knelt, KNELT).
and beg you to express what you FEEL (felt, FELT).

I RISE (rose, RISEN) when I DRIVE (drove, DRIVEN) through 
the beat; tap your feet as you RIDE (rode, RIDDEN). 
Those that HIDE (hid, HIDDEN) I FIND (found, FOUND).
If you FLEE (fled, FLED) then I’ll track you down.

Now you SEE (saw, SEEN) that I MEAN (meant, MEANT) 
every word of the message that I SEND (sent, SENT). 
I SHOW (showed, SHOWN) I can FLY (flew, FLOWN).
Now you KNOW (knew, KNOWN) I SHINE (shone, SHONE).
I’ll THROW (threw, THROWN) you the ball. It’s your turn 
to GROW (grew, GROWN) with the verbs that you’ve learned. 
Grammar through lyrics I DRAW (drew, DRAWN). 
Peace to ELLs, now I GO (went, GONE)!

 

Thank you for sending me this rap, Cris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Window on Britain

A series of very interesting videos about Britain for ESL learners.

HOLIDAYS IN BRITAIN  (Questions about the second video)

What are the three first questions that the presenter asks about the British and their holidays?

When does she go on holiday?

How  long is most people’s break?         Can they choose when they take it?

How many holiday trips do British people make every year?

Which country is the number one choice for many people? (to go on holiday)

Why do so many British people go abroad for their holidays?

How did people travel from big cities to seaside towns in the 19th century?

What is the distance between Brighton and London?

Why do people go to Brighton?

Where do people stay there?

How many British people spend their holidays in Devon or Cornwall?

Where are Devon, Cornwall?

Where are the Lake District and Scotland, which are also very popular?

Is London a popular destination among British holidaymakers?

Many British people like activity holidays. What do they consist of?

KEY HERE

Questions about the video LEISURE, HERE. (Key HERE)

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The influence of Shakespeare on today's English

Listen to Gill talking about expressions that Shakespeare  (click HERE as well, to watch a video and HERE for a few questions about the video --->0:20- 3:43 // 6:00 - 6:40 // 7:55 - 8:43 // 10:24 - 11:00 // 11:36 - 11: 54) was the first to use in his plays and poems and then do the quiz HERE.

More about Shakespeare HERE, HERE, (HERE - Lesson plan)

What Shakespearean character do you identify with? Click HERE.

Shakespeare quotes HERE.

You can also watch and listen to Gill talking about METAPHORS by clicking HERE .

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"DRIPPED" - A TRIBUTE TO JACKSON POLLOCK

Dripped from Eddy on Vimeo.

Dripped, a short film by Léo Verrier and produced by Chez Eddy, explores Jackson Pollock’s quest to find his creative voice. In a world tinged with sepia, in which men wear brown corduroy suits and plum velvet jackets, Pollock tries to find how he fits in with the greats in the galleries. The film has a dash of cops ’n’ robbers intrigue and superhero-esque feats – scaling buildings and bounding from roof to roof – as Pollock pilfers(=steals in small amounts) art in an attempt to discover his creative identity. In his drab (not colourful) apartment, frustrated by painting still lifes and full of the fodder(=food for livestock) of famous works, Pollock finally discovers his characteristic, colourful style. Set to the sound of twinkly(=sparkly) piano notes and mournful(=sad, sorrowful) oboes, Dripped is a clever and beautiful ode to inspiration and innovation. (From: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leo-verrier)

Watch the second video (Art History in a Hurry) and do this listening comprehension exercise.

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Secrets and Lies

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

Let’s "work" as interpreters.... What does the little girl say about her dad in the first video? Can you translate it word for word? (A little girl loves her daddy dearly, and admires him, too. Still, she knows more about her daddy than he realizes. She knows he’s a liar)

Second video: "Your secret". Watch it and do the exercises from film-english.com

Third video: "Half a Million Secrets". Do the following activities (from linguahouse):

a) You are going to watch a part of the video presentation by Frank Warren. Read the questions below and then watch the video to find the answers.

1. How did the idea of secret postcards start?

2. If you are rude, what coffee will you receive?

3. Why is it sometimes good not to use a wireless microphone?

4. What was the `Sunday morning ritual'?

5. What is the story behind the cat and the ring?

b) Match the underlined words to their definitions.

1. I used to work with a bunch of uptight people and had to wear a tie.

2. Johnny is extremely artful. He used paint, glue and glitter in his impression of the Tower Bridge.

3. Soon the idea began spreading virally.

4. He had a big smile and chuckled to himself.

5. I cried my eyes out when she sang that soulful song.

6. Politicians are often indifferent to human frailty. They are only interested in personal gain.

a. (spreading) very quickly, especially on the Internet

b. always behaving in a very correct way

c. expressing strong emotions, especially sadness

d. laughed quietly, especially in a private or secret way

e. showing creative skill

f. the condition of being weak or not in good health

c) Read the text below and type the word which best fits in each space. Use only one word in each space. More than one answer possible. Then check with the video.

 Around      embarrassing  explanation    made         mention          with   

This next one takes a little 1………………………………. before I share it with you. I love to speak on college campuses and share secrets and the stories 2………………………………. students. And sometimes afterwards I'll stick 3…………………………… and sign books and take photos with students. And this next postcard was 4…………………….. out of one of those photos. And I should also 5……………………………….. that, just like today, at that PostSecret event, I was using a wireless microphone."Your mic wasn't off during sound check. We all heard you pee."This was really 6……………………………………….. when it happened, until I realized it could have been worse. Right. You know what I'm saying...

Transcript

1 (0:15- 0:46) Hi, my name is Frank, and I collect secrets. It all started with a crazy idea in November of 2004. I printed up 3000 self-addressed postcards, just like this. They were blank on one side, and on the other side I listed some simple instructions. I asked people to anonymously share an artful secret they'd never told anyone before. And I handed out these postcards randomly on the streets of Washington, D.C., not knowing what to expect.

 

2 (0:47- 1:28) But soon the idea began spreading virally. People began to buy their own postcards and make their own postcards. I started receiving secrets in my home mailbox, not just with postmarks from Washington, D.C., but from Texas, California, Vancouver, New Zealand, Iraq. Soon my crazy idea didn't seem so crazy. PostSecret.com is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. And this is my postcard collection today. You can see my wife struggling to stack a brick of postcards on a pyramid of over a half-million secrets.

 

3 (1:29- 2:32) What I'd like to do now is share with you a very special handful of secrets from that collection, starting with this one. "I found these stamps as a child, and I have been waiting all my life to have someone to send them to. I never did have someone." Secrets can take many forms. They can be shocking or silly or soulful. They can connect us to our deepest humanity or with people we'll never meet. (Laughter) Maybe one of you sent this one in. I don't know. This one does a great job of demonstrating the creativity that people have when they make and mail me a postcard. This one obviously was made out of half a Starbucks cup with a stamp and my home address written on the other side.

 

4 (2:33- 3:23) "Dear Birthmother, I have great parents. I've found love. I'm happy." Secrets can remind us of the countless human dramas, of frailty and heroism, playing out silently in the lives of people all around us even now. "Everyone who knew me before 9/11 believes I'm dead." "I used to work with a bunch of uptight religious people, so sometimes I didn't wear panties, and just had a big smile and chuckled to myself."

 

5 (3:24- 4:17) This next one takes a little explanation before I share it with you. I love to speak on college campuses and share secrets and the stories with students. And sometimes afterwards I'll stick around and sign books and take photos with students. And this next postcard was made out of one of those photos. And I should also mention that, just like today, at that PostSecret event, I was using a wireless microphone. "Your mic wasn't off during sound check. We all heard you pee."(Laughter) This was really embarrassing when it happened, until I realized it could have been worse. Right. You know what I'm saying.

 

6 (4:17- 4:46) "Inside this envelope is the ripped up remains of a suicide note I didn't use. I feel like the happiest person on Earth (now.)" "One of these men is the father of my son. He pays me a lot to keep it a secret."

 

7 (4:47- 5:08) "That Saturday when you wondered where I was, well, I was getting your ring. It's in my pocket right now." I had this postcard posted on the PostSecret blog two years ago on Valentine's Day. It was the very bottom, the last secret in the long column. And it hadn't been up for more than a couple hours before I received this exuberant email from the guy who mailed me this postcard.

 

8 (5:09- 5:32) And he said, "Frank, I've got to share with you this story that just played out in my life." He said, "My knees are still shaking." He said, "For three years, my girlfriend and I, we've made it this Sunday morning ritual to visit the PostSecret blog together and read the secrets out loud. I read some to her, she reads some to me." He says, "It's really brought us closer together through the years.

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Moulin Rouge - Elephant Love Medley

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Moulin Rouge - French for "Red Mill"- is a cabaret in Paris, France.The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller.Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance.Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. 

At the Moulin Rouge is an oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It was painted between 1892 and 1895. It is one of a number of works by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge cabaret built in Paris in 1889. It portrays a group of three men and two women sitting around a table

Moulin Rouge! is also a 2001 Australian–American musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young Scottish poet/writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), who falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman). It uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.

One of the most famous songs in the film is The Elephant Love Medley. Click HERE or HERE to do a listening comprehension exercise (By Ralita from ieslcollective)

Click HERE and answer the questions in the quiz. How much do you know about the Elephant Love Medley in the film  Moulin Rouge?

Click HERE to go to the Moulin Rouge by IES Taboada Chivite students.

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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

Once upon a time a band set out to make a Christmas song. Not about snow or sleigh rides or mistletoe or miracles, but lost youth and ruined dreams. A song in which Christmas is as much the problem as it is the solution. A kind of anti-Christmas song that ended up being, for a generation, the Christmas song.

That song is Fairytale of New York . It is loved because it feels more emotionally "real" than the homesick sentimentality of White Christmas or the bullish (=optimistic) bonhomie (=cordiality) of Merry Xmas Everybody.

The song was performed by Irish group The Pogues and English singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. It was recorded in 1987 and is often voted the number one best Christmas song of all time in various TV, radio and magazine polls in Ireland and the UK.

Exercise HERE. Lyrics and vocabulary HERE.

Click HERE AND HERE , too

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