Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wonder



Today we have seen a wonderful, sensible film based on the novel by R J Palacio.
For those who didn´t come, here´s the plot. If you are still thinking of going, I strongly recommend you to do it. In fact all kids (and adults) should see this film. It´s an amazing lesson for us all as well as  an inspiring story. And the most important, don´t be afraid of crying!

THE PLOT
Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.


But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. 



THE TRAILER



Wonder Quotes
--“Mr. Browne's september precept:

     When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” 



-- “I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we             could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like       under the masks.” 

--“...your deeds are like your monuments. Built with memories instead of stone.” 

-- “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at       least once in their lives.” 

·         “Meeting kids is harder than meeting adults.” – Auggie played by Jacob Tremblay
·         “You can learn a lot about people by looking at their shoes.”  – Auggie
·         “I know I’m cool but technically most dads aren’t.” – Nate
·         “You’re going to feel like you’ve all alone but you’re not.” – Nate
·         “Dear God please make them be nice to him.” – Isabel
·         “If you don’t like where you are, picture where you want to be.” – Auggie
·         “Who do I aspire to be?  That’s the question we should be asking ourselves all the time.” – Auggie’s teacher Mr. Browne
·         “When given the choice between being right or kind, choose kind.” – A precept taught by Mr. Browne in class
·         “You are not ugly Auggie… Because I’m your mom it counts the most because I know you the most.” – Isabel
·         “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” – Auggie’s sister Via, played by Izabela Vidovic
·         “We all have marks on our face.  This is the map that shows where we’ve been and it’s never, ever ugly.” – Isabel
·         “What evil man created dodgeball?” – Auggie
·         “School sucks and people change and those are the rules.” – Via
·         “Your deeds are your monuments.” – Another precept taught in Mr. Browne’s class
·         “Good friends are worth defending.” – School principal Mr. Tushman, played by Mandy Patinkin
·         “Real friends are hard to find.” – Auggie
·         Parents of a soon-to-be suspended student said, “We have a lot of friends on the school board.”  Tushman answered, “I have more.”
·         “Auggie can’t change the way he looks.  Maybe we can change the way we see.” – Tushman
·         “Auggie, I am proud of you for sticking it out.” -Nate
·         “I know you don’t always like it but I love it.  It’s my son’s face.  I want to see it.” – Nate
·         “Thank you for making me go to school.” – Auggie to his mother
·         “You are a wonder Auggie.  You are a wonder.” – Isabel
·         “Greatness is not being strong but using strength to carry the most hearts.” – Tushman
·         “We all need a standing ovation at least once in our life.” – Auggie

·         “Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.  Be kind.” – Auggie




Sunday, 7 January 2018

HAPPY 2018!

Are you one of those who makes the same promises once and again? 


Watch these videos taken from the film Bridget Jones´Diary and note down Bridget´s RESOLUTIONS:


New Year's Resolutions


What is a New Year's resolution?

A New Year's resolution is a decision that you make, to start doing something good or 
stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.

Can you think of some examples of common New Year's resolutions?


Here are some popular New Year's resolutions:

1. Save more money 
2. Get out of debt 
3. Keet fit/lose weight
4. Change job/career 
5. Quit smoking 
6. Give up alcohol
7. Spend less time working
8. Spend more time with family/friends 
9. Give up chocolate 
10.  Move house 

Now watch this excellent video by 'Because I said I would' about making New Year's PROMISES.  While you are watching, try to write down the promises that you hear and read in the video:




Now, share with your teacher/class, which promises you were able to note down and give your opinion.


Here are some examples:


I promise to:
- rescue more animals.
- push myself out of my comfort zone.
- be who I want to be, not who society wants me to be.
- drop under 200 lbs.
- make 5 people smile every day.
- go vegetarian.

What about you? Are you going to make any New Year's promises this year?  



Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming, and love is all around. I wish my students a merry Christmas 
full of love and joy. Here´s a beautiful love song which will bring you the spirit of Christmas:
Perfect by ED SHEERAN, 

I hope you like it.




I found a love for me
Darling, just dive right in and follow my lead
Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me

'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
Not knowing what it was
I will not give you up this time
But darling, just kiss me slow
Your heart is all I own
And in your eyes you're holding mine

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
When you said you looked a mess
I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it,
Darling, you look perfect tonight

Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
I found a love to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own

We are still kids but we're so in love
Fighting against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I'll be your man
I see my future in your eyes

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
When I saw you in that dress
Looking so beautiful
I don't deserve this
Darling, you look perfect tonight

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
And she looks perfect
I don't deserve this
You look perfect tonight






Saturday, 2 December 2017

MAKING A TIMELINE

What is a Timeline?  It is a way to understand the relationship
between events and the dates when  they happened. 
Here are some examples of timelines 
from the simplest to the cutest!








Now, CHOOSE A CHARACTER and  try your OWN TIMELINE



TALKING ABOUT THE PAST

VIDEO COMPREHENSION

Do you know Meghan Markle? Actually, she is
 the newly-engaged Prince Harry´s girlfriend.
Watch this video.  She is speeching
on  GENDER EQUALITY .
Pay attention to the Past forms.



Vocabulary you may need:

advocate= abogado defensor
a pivotal moment = un momento esencial
commercial= TV advert = anuncio
tagline = eslogan
dishwashing liquid = líquido lavavajillas
pots and pans = cazos y sartenes

Highlighted/ Useful Phrases to Talk about the Past:
- When I was just 11/12 years old ...  = Cuando solo tenía 11/12 años ...
- It was around the same time that I ...  = Era por esa misma época en que yo  ...
- I remember feeling (shocked) and (angry) ... = Recuerdo haberme sentido ...
-  Something needed to be done. = Había que hacer algo ...
- A few weeks went by and ...  = Pasaron unas semanas y ... 

COMPREHENSION:

True or False?:
1. Meghan was 12 years old when she saw the commercial.   _________
2. Meghan saw the commercial at school. ____________
3. All the boys in her class agreed that women´s place is in the kitchen.  __________
4. Meghan wrote to the responsible for the commercial to complain. __________
5. She wrote to three influential men.
6. She managed to  change the commercial tagline. ________

Answer these questions about Meghan´s speech:
1. Where did Meghan use to live when she was a child?
2. What was the company of the commercial? What product did it promote? 
3. What was the commercial initial tagline?
4. How did it change in the end?



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

SHOPPING IN LONDON



Do you want to shop around? Are you a shopaddict? Do you want to know some of the most famous department stores in London?
Click on this link to get information about these places. 
 
Comprehension check
 
Open the link. Read the exercise questions and find the answers in the website.
1 Which shop doesn’t sell food?
Fortnum and Mason
Harrods
Selfridges
Heal’s
2 Which country was the founder of Liberty interested in?
Japan
Italy
China
Peru
3 Which street has more than one of the shops on it?
Piccadilly 
Brompton Road
Oxford Street
Tottenham Court Road
4 What can’t you buy at Fortnum and Mason?
Food
Furniture
Music
Perfume
5 When did the oldest shop start business?
The 17th century
200 years ago
150 years ago
The 18th century
6 How many shops do Marks and Spencer have outside the UK?
Fewer than 100
Around 300
400
Over 450
7 What can you see on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols?
Designer fashion
Beautiful furniture
Popular beauty products
A great view of London
8 Which shop has 300 employees?
Apple
Topshop
Fortnum and Mason
Selfridges
9 Which shop moved to a new location in 1881?
Selfridges
Hamleys
Harvey Nichols
Marks and Spencer
10 What can’t you buy at Heal’s?
Bedroom furniture
Things for the kitchen
Computers
Rugs
11 Which shop doesn’t have a restaurant?
Apple
Harrods
Selfridges
Harvey Nichols
12 Which two shops offer something special for children?
Harrods and Heal’s
Liberty and Topshop
Hamleys and Harrods
Liberty and Hamleys
13 Which shop opened most recently?
Harrods
Hamleys
Liberty
Apple