This week’s topic is school, and how to express rules, obligation, or the absence of obligation.
Reading and Speaking: School policies versus appearances
You may watch the video we watched in class here:
(Click CC for subtitles)
You may also watch these students’ opinions about school uniforms, and the comments below:
- SCHOOLS IN FILMS: Watch these clips and answer the questions below each clip:
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Background info: The film is set in a single- sex boarding school in the USA in the 1950s.
- American Bandstand: American musical variety show on TV in the 1950s. It featured teenagers dancing to popular songs of the moment.
- Lord Byron: English 19th century poet
- William Shakespeare: 16th century poet (he wrote sonnets) and playwright.
- University degrees:(UK and USA)
- B.A- Bachelor of Arts
- M.A- Master of Arts
- Ph. D. Philosophiae Doctor
- meter / rhyme / figures of speech- elements you need to analyse poetry.
Watch the clip and answer the questions:
- According to Dr. Evans, what is measured on the horizontal of a graph?
- What is measured on the vertical of a graph?
- What does the teacher think of Dr. Evans’ s method?
- What does he tell the students to do with the introduction of the book?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter attends Hogwarts, a public school (UK) = a private boarding school.
- What is the first thing that students have to do when they arrive at Hogwarts?
- What happens if a student does something good?
- What happens if a student breaks a rule of the school?
- Does Ron like Mrs. McGonagall? Why?
- Why is she angry?
- What does she threaten to do to the students?
- What does Harry say to apologise?
Now, you may watch the clips with subtitles in English to help you check your answers.