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"Little Things", a poem by Julia Abigail Fletcher, read by Eirín Seoane - 2º ESO C

Translation of the poem into Galician language /Tradución do poema ó galego: 

PEQUENAS COUSAS (LITTLE THINGS)

Pequenas gotas de auga,

pequenos graos de area

forman o poderoso océano

e a fermosa terra.

 

Do mesmo xeito,  os pequenos minutos,

aínda sendo humildes,

forman as enormes eras

da eternidade.

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JAX AND REDDY (RACISM)

Racism Is Real • BRAVE NEW FILMS from St. Ignatius Church -Baltimore on Vimeo.

Sometimes life’s lessons come from those with the least experience.

The story of two 5-year-old boys from Kentucky, one white and one black, is teaching people about racial harmony.

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The story exploded online when the mother of Jax, the white boy, posted on Facebook about how her son wanted to get his haircut like his black buddy, Reddy, so they could trick their teacher:

"This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair. I told him that he needed a haircut this weekend. He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy. He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.
Here’s a picture of Jax and Reddy from their Christmas program. I’m sure you all see the resemblance.
If this isn’t proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don’t know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair."

The boys believe if they have the same haircut, their teacher won’t be able to tell them apart.

WAVE-TV followed Jax to his haircut, and he and Reddy giggle and goof around as Jax gets his hair shaved off.

In the video , Reddy sums it all up: "Jax’s me ... and I’m Jax.’’

Click HERE.

Vocabulary exercise (Race - racial - racially - racism - racist) - HERE

- Reading Comprehension / Cloze test:

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It commemorates a __________ that happened in the town of Sharpeville in South Africa on this day in 1960. Police opened __________ and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid laws. The __________ shocked the world. For many years this day was __________ as Sharpeville Day in South Africa. In 1966, the UN General Assembly created this special day, calling on all countries to redouble their __________ to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, __________ and for all. Every March 21st, the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and New York conduct activities to highlight the __________ of racism and our duty to __________ it.

 

 

 

efforts
massacre
combat
evil
tragedy
known
fire
once

This day perhaps played a role in the __________ of apartheid in South Africa. Today the country is a multi-racial society where the government is promoting __________ at all levels. The ending of apartheid and the discrimination that went with it __________ up South Africa to greater economic development. UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke of how racism affects human rights and becomes an __________ to a nation’s development: "Racist practices hurt their __________, but they also limit the promise of entire societies where they are tolerated. They prevent individuals from realizing their __________ and stop them from contributing fully to national __________." Racism is still a damaging force in today’s world. Try and make a __________ on March 21.

 

 

victims
 
ending
difference
obstacle
equality
potential
progress
opened

 


From this webpage.

- 2nd Reading Comprehension activity (From this page):

Show Racism the Red Card
Football, the largest spectator sport in the UK, has changed a great deal in the last twenty years. Not so long ago black footballers frequently faced racist chants from the crowds. Premiership players from countries outside the UK have said that this is a cultural thing. ” A Dad acts in a certain way with his son right beside him”. Another player agrees, ”If everyday you hear something like your father saying ‘I hate blacks’ then one day the kid will say the same thing”. Premiership clubs now have top players from many countries and ethnic minorities born and brought up in Britain. The racism experienced by these players has decreased thanks to campaigns in schools and at football grounds.
‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and ‘Kick Racism Out of Football’ are two organisations working to end the racism in football crowds.
More recently, there have been a number of racist chants and taunts at European football matches where black players from British clubs were playing. Racism in football is still a European problem.
Every year British and European football clubs, top players and organisations are making a stand against racism, celebrating action weeks, where there are many activities all over Europe to explore ways of dealing with discrimination in football.
The aim is to celebrate the contribution that ethnic minorities and foreign players make to our national game. Schools, community groups and football crowds will all be involved in making posters, speaking out against intolerance and learning how to give everyone in British society a chance to play football.
Glossary:
•racial taunts: bad and insulting words
•chants: songs and phrases repeated again and again by crowds
•campaign: an organised protest over a long period of time
•make a stand against: protest/refuse to accept or tolerate
•kick out of:remove
•football ground:the place where a game is played/stadium
•football pitch:the field where the game is played
ESSAY :
Are there any foreign players in your local teams? How are they accepted or welcomed by thepublic?
Do all members of your society get an equal chance to participate in spot? Give examples: young people; old people; women; ethnic minorities
...

 

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"WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD" (Let's preserve it)

BBC ONE celebrates Natural History with David Attenborough reciting Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

The short two minute video above adds images to the song showing us how beautiful life / nature is. Let’s preserve it.

Click HERE

What can we do in order to protect the environment? Go to THIS POST

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STORYCORPS.ORG

StoryCorps reminds us that every story matters and every voice counts. Since 2003, StoryCorps has given a quarter of a million Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, to pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and to leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

They do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, they are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

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Interactive Reading Practice - National Geographic Learning

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Are you interested in improving your reading comprehension skills? If so.....

THIS WEBPAGE will be really useful!!!!!!

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AMIGOS INGLESES

An excellent webpage in which Phillip, from England, and Isabel, from Madrid, Spain, help us to improve our level of English. I quote what they say in their page:

"Somos Phillip & Isabel, un inglés y una madrileña dispuestos a ayudarte a hablar mejor inglés y a disfrutar del proceso.

How do we do that?

In the most fun and natural way! No nos gustan los métodos tradicionales con libros de texto. Sabemos que existe otra manera de aprender inglés sin sufrir. Seriously, you might not know it yet, but English is fun! 

Desde que lanzamos este proyecto, muchos seguidores nos han felicitado porque su nivel de inglés ha mejorado de forma significativa. Además muchos nos habéis comentado que por primera vez habéis sentido una especie de cosquilleo, osea, ganas, motivación, ilusión, por aprender inglés. This is amazing news for all of us!!"

Click HERE to go to their webpage.

THIS is their youtube channel.

THIS is their "Hi-native" application. (Click HERE)

Thank you, Miguel, for showing me this webpage!

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TEN ENGLISH WORDS THAT YOU PRONOUNCE INCORRECTLY

English words people commonly pronounce wrong HERE.

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How green are you? What can we do to protect the environment?

The role of individuals in protecting the environment - HERE (staggering - landfill - vent)

Questionnaire "How green are you?" HERE

An eco-book, an eco-quiz HERE

"What can you do to protect the environment? Do and Don’t" - HERE

Green tips - HERE

Reading comprehension - Seven ways to protect the environment - HERE

What a wonderful world (Let's preserve it) - HERE

Monologue (two-three minutes) - What do you do in your everyday life in order to protect the environment?

 

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The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

Click HERE for pre-listening/listening activity.

HERE : "What does it mean to be a refugee" (TED Lesson)

Activities about the topic Immigration HERE.

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LISTENING SKILLS PRACTICE

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Listening skills practice (from learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)HERE

Levels A1, A2, B1 and B2.

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THAT'S ENGLISH! Trifold brochure

You can watch the first version HERE, and the second one HERE, as well.

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Two poems for my 2 ESO students to learn and read:

Soon in this blog you’ll listen to the poems being read by my 2º ESO B and C students.

Pronto neste blog poderedes escoitar  alumnado de 2º ESO B e C recitando estes dous poemas.

Translation of the two poems into Galician language /Tradución dos dous poemas ó galego: 

PEQUENAS COUSAS (LITTLE THINGS)

Pequenas gotas de auga,

pequenos graos de area

forman o poderoso océano

e a fermosa terra.

 

Do mesmo xeito,  os pequenos minutos,

aínda sendo humildes,

forman as enormes eras

da eternidade.

 

LIBROS (BOOKS)

Os libros son o que máis me gusta.

Non son só xoguetes, como as outras cousas

que rompen, ou envellecen, ou xa non queremos xogar con elas.

Un libro mellora cada día.

Senta e ábreo, pronto atoparás

un completo e novo mundo que brinca na túa mente.

Xente e lugares e toda clase de cousas.

Dragóns e princesas , trasgos e reis.

Dinosaurios camiñando pola terra como tronos.

Antigos exipcios que te abraian.

Libros sobre os planetas e a exploración do espazo exterior.

A verdade sobre as rochas e o nacemento da nosa nación.

E talvez a historia máis interesante de todas,

que fala do príncipe que vai chamar

e incluso cunha pintura que amosa a súa imaxe.

Estas son as cousas que me gustan dos libros.

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Come to THAT'S ENGLISH! (IES Taboada Chivite)

That’s English! The perfect course for you!!!!!!

www.thatsenglish.com

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MAPS OF The UK, the USA, Canada, Australia

United Kingdom HERE, HERE, HERE , HERE, HERE

United Kingdom, USA, Canada .......HERE,

Australia HERE

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IMMIGRATION

Cick HERE to go to a post about WALLS. Do you think there are too many /too few / enough walls all around the world?

Vocabulary related to the topic IMMIGRATION -HERE (Video), HERE, HERE

Click HERE and then : English - Menu -2ºBachillerato - Issues - Immigration (Exercise 1 - Drag each word to its definition, Exercise 2 - Facts /Prejudices and Reading Comprehension: Globalization of goods but not people)

Click HERE to go to a unit about Immigration and do the following activities:Skills Practice - Listening and Reading // Use of English - Vocabulary // Speaking - Monologue. More speaking questions and writing topic HERE.

Click HERE to watch the video "The best student from a high school from Texas reveals her secret" and answer a few comprehension questions.

Click HERE to watch the video "Dangers of generalization" and answer a few comprehension questions.

In groups of three/four students, answer these questions about immigration and then share your answers with your classmates. More questions HERE.

HERE "The Arrival"("Migrants"). a wonderful illustrated book by the Australian artist Shaun Tan.

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The best student in a high school from Texas reveals her secret

Listen to Larissa Martinez (first three minutes of the video without subtitles) and answer the following questions: (Then watch the rest of the video with subtitles)

At the beginning of her speech, Larissa (valedictorian) says it is going to be about........

Where is Larissa from? When did she arrive in Texas?

Unexpected reality Number 1 - ........ What was her dream? Did she think moving to America would be very hard?

Unexpected reality Number 2- ....... Why did she have to raise her sister Andrea? What things didn’t she have at home?

She says: "I know what it’s like to be......., to have....., to feel .......

Unexpected reality Number 3 - .............

KEY

At the beginning of her speech, Larissa says it is going to be about expectations versus reality.

Where is Larissa from? Mexico City When did she arrive in Texas? Six years ago

Unexpected reality Number 1 - At the age of eleven Larissa was a child with an abusive and alcoholic father who had to depend on her mother’s strength.

What was her dream? To be come an American Did she think moving to America would be very hard? No, she thought it would be the solution to all of the problems in her life.

Unexpected reality Number 2- At the age of twelve she had to embrace a new culture and her intelligence was questioned due to her backgrouds.

Why did she have to raise her sister Andrea? Because her mum worked until very late at night.

What things didn’t she have at home? Internet, a washing machine, her own bed.

She says: "I know what it’s like to be put down, to have your accomplishments unacknowledged, to feel powerless.

Unexpected reality Number 3 - I am one of the eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States.

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Don't slap her - 25th November

HERE "Kids react to slap her"

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Too much grammar?

Here we have a funny advertisement for a company that teaches English grammar online. It is about the importance of using proper grammar when speaking English. This is a good video to show students the next time they complain about having to do  another grammar test in class, as I’m sure none of them want to trip themselves up as this young man did. 

Now YOU are the police interrogator correcting this young man... What should he have said instead of.....

- I didn’t do nothing!

- Maybe less (people) than you’d expect for a Friday...

- There were four very suspicious men there, two of who I seen go off....

- It must have been them what did it.

- Me and John were at an hotel, not doing nothing when we see four men, two of them whom done it.

- If I done it, how many year would I get?

 

KEY:

- I didn’t do ANYthing!

- Maybe FEWER (people) than you’d expect for a Friday...

- There were four very suspicious men there, two of whoM I SAW go off....

- It must have been THEY WHO did it.

- John AND I were at an hotel, not doing ANYthing// DOING NOTHING, when we SAW four men, two of them who dID it.

- If I DID it, how many yearS would I get?

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British accents and dialects

Click here to do a quiz

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