M5U8- Back to school

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:

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37307289

  • 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:

  1. According to Dr. Evans, what is measured on the horizontal of a graph?
  2. What is measured on the vertical of a graph?
  3. What does the teacher think of Dr. Evans’ s method?
  4. What does he tell the students to do with the introduction of the book?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Background information:

Harry Potter attends Hogwarts, a public school (UK) = a private boarding school.


  1. What is the first thing that students have to do when they arrive at Hogwarts?
  2. What happens if a student does something good?
  3. What happens if a student breaks a rule of the school?


  1. Does Ron like Mrs. McGonagall? Why?
  2. Why is she angry?
  3. What does she threaten to do to the students?
  4. What does Harry say to apologise?

Now, you may watch the clips with subtitles in English to help you check your answers.