This is the short story that I asked you to read at Christmas. I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it yet, you still have the opportunity to do it this weekend. You can download it from the link below:
You can also download some the-way-up-to-heaven_activities. We’re going to comment and discuss your answers in class. But if if you can’t come, you can read the answers to the comprehension and vocabulary activities here: key_the-way-up-to-heaven_activities.
Here is a video based on the same story and it is part of a British TV series, Tales of the Unexpected, which ran between 1979 and 1988. Roald Dahl himself introduces the episode and tells the reader how he was inspired to write the story.
I’d like you to participate in our school library activity this Christmas season. You just need to follow the instructions on the library blog. Enjoy writing about your dearest memories and share them with us!
The poem I asked you to read last week was written by Roald Dahl, a really polific author who was born in 1916. This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. You can read about this on the school library blog.
This is his personal version of the traditional fairy tale. You can enjoy it both by listening to him telling the story and by reading it yourselves at the same time. As in many of his writings, there is a twist in the tale at the end.
I’ve thought that you could compare this version to a more traditional one by Perrault on Storynory, a website where you can enjoy reading and listening to 100s of free audio stories. You can also download them for free.
Years ago I wrote a short post about Bob Dylan and his popular “Blowing’ in the wind”. I had noticed that quite a number of students had little or no idea who this singer-songwriter was and how much he had influenced music in the sixties and in subsequent years.
Never had I imagined that he could be presented with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Nobody, I think, would have dreamed that a singer could be awarded such honour.
Whether we believe Dylan deserves the prize or not, we cannot deny his long-lasting and influential career for over five decades. He has become a legend in music by singing in his low and rough voice about “life’s greatest tragedies”: “war, heartbreak, betrayal, death and moral faithlessness”.
Bob Dylan, who was born 75 years ago in Duluth, Minnesota, has not really been a man for interviews. He has always been a secretive and elusive person, never inclined to make his life public. Actually, he has said very little about the Swedish Academy’s decision, keeping his opinion to himself, and oblivious to the intense debate that is taking place.
Last Friday we learnt how to write posts on a Padlet – a virtual board- and you started to share some of your experiences with your mates. I asked you to write about things you’ve done and/or you haven’t done in your lives yet. Some of you have already participated in this activity, but if you haven’t, you can still take part; you just need to click on the image below and follow the instructions there.
Here you can watch a television adaptation of Man from the South, a short story written by Roald Dahl in the late forties. This is the first episode of the British TV series Tales from the Unexpected, which were broadcast between 1979 and 1988. However, Dahl’s story has been adapted on other occasions for film, for example as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents American television anthology series in 1960 and in his second adaptation in 1985, and also as a segment from 1995’s Four Rooms by Tarantino.
Can you image Velázquez, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many other great artists replacing canvas and paint with a screen? That ‘s digital painting: a virtual canvas -the traditional medium- and virtual brushes and colors. David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers is a good example of this method of creating art.
Now, I recommend you to do the listening activity on page 9 in your Workbook, so you know a little more about the artist and the new technique.
Finally, I suggest these two links to previous entries on the topic of picture description. :
This is a video where you can read and listen to descriptions of different people:
Some links with activities to learn how to describe people:
- Vocabulary: Appearances – how to describe someone in English
- More vocabulary: Adjectives for describing appearance – Vocabulary and grammar
- JANIS’S ESL home page: Related Vocabulary,Listening, Reading, Grammar & more.
I took these good presentations from two teachers who I don’t know but I’d like to thank.
World Teachers’ Day, held on 5th October, and the beginning of our classes at the EOI have happened on the same day this year. What a happy coincidence! We have started our classes on a day when countries all over the world honour and show their support to teachers. What better way is there for showing them appreciation and respect than giving teachers the opportunity to guide and help students to learn, even in the most unsuitable and disadvantageous conditions?
Describe the picture above.
What do you think about it?
How would you feel if you had to learn in such conditions?
Compare the picture with the one below: