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These are the materials and resources we’ve used in our class about travel and holidays:

Term time holidays: listen to this clip from BBC radio Ulster and answer these questions:

BBC news- Term-time holiday- What are the rules?

EXTRA READING:

EXTRA LISTENING:

The Accidental Tourist:

Little Britain Abroad- Majorca:

Come Fly With Me- Life Jackets:

More travel and holiday videos: http://watchinenglish.blogspot.com.es/search/label/travel

London school closes road for rush-hour drop-offs

Read this article and watch the video about a school in London that has decided to close the road leading to school during rush hour to protect children from traffic and pollution.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-38894174

You can also listen to this reference to it in a news bulletin:

(Or download here)

  • Does something similar happen in your school as well?
  • Do you feel effective measures should be taken?
  • How would it affect families and children?

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.

CLIP 1:

  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?

CLIP 2:

  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.

 

Topic: school policies versus students’ appearance

This piece of news has hit the headlines recently: Emily Reay (17), a naturally red-head student has been barred from classes for being too ginger. For the last three years, she’s been dying her hair to get a more ‘vibrant colour’. She’s now been requested by her school to change her appearance, or else she will not be allowed to attend lessons.

She wonders “The school’s uniform policy clearly states no unnatural hair colours, like blue or green. Is ginger not a natural hair colour?”

You may read the full story here:

Nice topic for a little speaking practice / debate / argumentative writing:

  • Are the teachers at the school being fair in this situation? Do you understand the school’s intention in doing so?
  • Should schools have a say in these matters (hair colour, tattoos, piercings…)?
  • To what extent can school policies have an effect on students’ appearance?

Time for School- Autumn

Con la llegada oficial del otoño, me he acordado de este vídeo de la serie Time for School de la BBC, en el que se ve a niños de 4-5 años en su día a día en el colegio.

(El capítulo sobre el otoño es el nº7, pero podéis ver cualquier otro para ver ejemplos de cómo trabajan literacy, cómo se ayudan unos niños a otros en aulas unitarias…Si os metéis a ver el vídeo en la página de youtube tenéis información sobre cada capítulo)

Si queréis ver la segunda temporada de esta serie: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbeebies/episode/b04grcml/time-for-school-series-2-episode-15.

Para verlo, necesitaréis seguir alguno de estos pasos: https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/ver-programas-tv-otros-paises-por-internet/

Otros materiales del programa: Tips for preparing your child for Reception

Ragged School Museum

El ragged school museum  (http://www.raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk/) es una de esas pequeñas joyas, terriblemente escondidas, pero que merecen una visita, especialmente si se es profesor, o si se visita con niños. El museo era realmente una escuela gratuita para los niños de una de las zonas más pobres de Londres, el East End, creada por el Doctor Thomas Bernardo en el siglo XIX. En la actualidad, se conserva la clase de la época victoriana, que se puede visitar, y en la que se realizan actividades para niños y escuelas (ver horarios). También cuenta con una recreación de una cocina de la época victoriana, que permite ver cómo se vivía en las casas de la zona, y cómo era el día a día. Por último, en la parte baja, hay una exposición permanente sobre la historia de los distintos barrios de la zona, muy interesante. El East End, al que le dedicaremos otra entrada, nada tiene que ver con el lujoso centro de Londres.

Los voluntarios que gestionan el museo son amabiliísimos, están encantados de contar la historia de la escuela, de la zona, responden todas tus preguntas. Es una visita muy recomendable.

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La entrada es gratuita, pero se agradecen donaciones. (Y después de la visita, el trato tan amable, y de ver todos los esfuerzos que tienen que hacer para mantener el museo abierto, dan ganas de dejar donativo). Además, es una oportunidad muy buena para hablar y entender inglés real.

Cómo llegar:

46-50 Copperfield Rd, London E3 4RR

en metro, parada de Mile End. Atravesar el parque.  (Directions)