M11U8- I need a hero

This week we are discussing heroes, the features that make people stand out from the crowd, the feelings of admiration or disappointment that heroes might create…

To start with, you may watch the video for Bonnie Tyler’s hit song “Holding Out for a Hero”. You may find some interesting expressions there:

You may also watch this video about some of the consequences World War I had on some of the survivors.

Go through this list of historical characters, and decide with your partner which three you would pick as your own personal heroes / heroines, and why. What features of their personality made them stand out from the crown? What is their legacy?

  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Oskar Schindler
  • Abraham Lincoln- helped end slavery
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Sir Isaac Newton- mathematician and scientist
  • Queen Victoria- English Monarch 1837-1901
  • Mozart
  • Tim Berners-Lee- inventor of the world wide web
  • Marie Curie
  • John Lennon
  • Alexander Fleming
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Mother Teresa
  • Albert Einstein
  • Emmeline Pankhurst- leader of the suffragette movement demanding votes for women
  • Malala Yousafzai- Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education.

Read this piece of news that has hit the headlines in recent days (pdf here). How do you feel about it? What are your views on the subject? 

M11U7- your choice

This week’s topic deals with making choices / decisions, regretting past decisions, expressing a preference…

To start with, you may watch these ads about people who are likely to regret not having their eyesight tested (They should’ve gone to the optician’s).

These are some idioms related to making decisions:

You may read this article by someone who put off making decisions.

If you liked Friends, you may remember this episode where Rachel refused to make any more decisions regarding her love life, and yielded that power to her friend Monica:

You may also explore all the wealth of resources Pablo Arroyo has about decisions in his blog.

M11U6- The gentle art of persuasion

You may download today’s handout here.

If you want to watch some of the “I’m a Mac / I’m a PC” ads mentioned in your textbook, you may do so below:

As an anecdote, you may also watch this Camel ad from the late 1940s, how they tried to convince consumers that smoking was not only stylish, but also healthy (or at least, not unhealthy).

 

 

M11U5- Numbers

To introduce the topic, you may watch this video explaining how to read certain tricky figures:

You may also visit this website, which contains lots of detailed and clear information.

You may also listen to this clip in which some speakers discuss which their favourite numbers are:

Finally, you may listen to this news snippet about childhood obesity figures in Guernsey (one of the Channel Islands in the UK). Then, answer the questions about the clip:

Questions (self-check your answers)

On a different note, since this week’s unit is about numbers, and on Friday there might be people indulging on binge shopping because of Black Friday, I thought this could be a good excuse to talk about shopping, consumerism, and spending figures.

You have some idioms related to money and spending here:

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READING: Spanish retailers gear up for Black Friday

LISTENING: How to differentiate deals from duds

Watch this video, and then answer the following questions (self-check your answers)

You may also watch this video about binge shopping (you can click on CC to activate subtitles):