literary devices in pop songs

We’ve been discussing some of the literary devices you can find not just in literature, but also in pop music. You can watch the videos again to help you remember them:

Antithesis:

Allusion:

Anaphora:

Alliteration:

Hyperbole:

Oxymoron:

Personification:

Simile:

Watch the whole song (Full of similes):

Entertainment and the Arts- C1

April 23rd was English (and Spanish) language day:

Shakespeare Sketch (Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie)

LISTENING COMPREHENSION: Actor turned director Fisher Stevens explains why Leonardo DiCaprio has always been engaged with social issues.

  1. According to Fisher Stevens, has Leonardo Di Caprio idealistic views regarding the protection of the planet?
  2. Who inspired him to become environmentally conscious?
  3. When and how did Fisher and Leo meet?
  4. What was Fisher’s first impression about Leo?
  5. How many films has Fisher been taking part lately as an actor?
  6. Were they starring roles?
  7. Did he enjoy the experience?
  8. Does he find any problems as a director?

 

Crime and the Law- related music, books, films and TV shows

If you want to increase your vocabulary to talk about crime and the law, you can listen to the songs on this playlist (or any others):

You can also watch any of these films:

  • Witness For The Prosecution (Billy Wilder 1957) [Good depiction of the British legal system, based on a play by Agatha Christie]

  • Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock 1954) [Alleged murder]

  • To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock 1955) [romance / thriller about a retired thief / cat burglar]

  • Take The Money and Run (Woody Allen 1969) [hilarious comedy about a petty thief who always gets caught]
  • A Few Good Men (Rob Reiner 1992) [courtroom drama about the US Marines in Guantanamo]

TV SHOWS:

Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBC 1969-1974)- They had many different sketches dealing with crimes and criminals, among which you can watch:

Blackadder Goes Forth (BBC 1989)- Court Martial

Sherlock (BBC 2010-2017). Excellent show. Can’t comment any more.

https://ororo.tv/en/shows/sherlock

Finally, Roald Dahl wrote several short stories for adults, some of which have to do with crimes. You may read “Lamb to the Slaughter“, for example, or “The Landlady“. You can also watch TV episodes based on the stories.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents- “Lamb to the Slaughter” (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, script by Roald Dahl based on his own short story):

Tales of the Unexpected (Anglia Television)- The Landlady (introduced by Roald Dahl):

Bookcrossing en el CARLEE

Desde hace unos días hemos empezado nuestro rincón de bookcrossing en el CARLEE. Como sabréis, se trata de “liberar” libros que has leído y quieres compartir con otros, o simplemente que tienes por casa y crees que pueden gustarles a otros lectores. Así que hemos recogido unos cuantos libros nuestros (y de alguno de nuestros alumnos, que ya ha contribuido), y hemos inaugurado nuestro rincón de libros en lenguas extranjeras. En este momento, tenemos libros en inglés, francés, e italiano.

Estas son las instrucciones:

  • Coge un libro de este punto y disfruta de él de manera libre y gratuita.
  • Con el código que aparece en la etiqueta de Bookcrossing del libro, puedes entrar a dar tu opinión. Así el dueño original podrá ver cuánta gente ha leído su libro, qué opinan, y otros futuros lectores podrán ver las críticas de quienes lo han leído antes. Para ello, entra en www.bookcrossing.com.
  • No cojas más de dos libros a la vez: a los demás compañeros también les gustará encontrar alguno.
  • Por favor, devuelve el / los libros que cojas.
  • Procura leer el libro en el plazo de un mes para que más compañeros puedan leerlo y no quede olvidado en tu estantería.
  • Si un libro te gusta y te lo quedas, deja al menos dos en su lugar.
  • Puedes dejar otros libros en inglés, francés o alemán en la zona de Bookcrossing, aunque no los registres: otros lo harán y tus libros continuarán su viaje.

Nuestro objetivo, por supuesto, es fomentar la lectura en lenguas extranjeras entre los alumnos del CARLEE, y favorecer el intercambio de libros entre docentes de / en lenguas extranjeras. Os invitamos a participar y compartir con el resto de compañeros.

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Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

If you remember, some days before the holidays we read some fragments from Revolting Rhymes, by Roald Dahl. They are “alternative” versions of well-known fairy tales, written as rhyming poems.

The BBC has shown a cartoon version of the book this Christmas. You may find the clips with the fragments that we read below :

Boy- The Great Mouse Plot

If you’d like to continue reading what happened to Roald Dahl and his friends in Mrs. Pratchett’s sweet shop, and later at school, you can read it here.

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You may also listen to it at the same time clicking on the link below: