Listening comprehension: surge in interest in women’s football

Listen to this extract about a surge in interest in women’s football in the UK after the female national football team reached the semifinal at the Women’s World Cup 2019. Fill in the gaps with up to four words. You can listen to it twice.

You can then submit your answers to get feedback on them. You can also listen again while reading the transcript below the form. 

(source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0006drn)

Mediation paper practice- EEOOII Aragón: Female icons

If you are going to take the C1 standardised test in any of the Official Schools of Languages in Aragón this year, you may be looking for extra practice on the mediation paper. The following tasks have been designed following the structure of the sample paper made available by schools on their websites. The file also contains the key to tasks 1 and 2, as well as some suggested answers for tasks 3 and 4.

Click on the image to view the file

Source: BBC-20th century icons

#WomeninSTEM- Ada Lovelace

This is the result of your hard work for our #WomeninSTEM project. Watch these videos to find out about Ada Lovelace’s life, career and achievements:

Dress codes at work and in schools

You may find below the videos and articles we have used in our session about dress codes, along with some extra resources:

  1. Nicola Thorp- high heels at work: 

Lesson plan (C1)

BBC interview (1)

 

Opinion articles about Nicola Thorp’s petition and result:

Follow-up: My Heels, My Choice

You can also read about Donald Trump’s dress code policy, and the debate it sparked on social media:

Donald Trump #DressLikeAWoman: The Huffington Post article

2. Dress codes in schools: 

Infants and primary:

Secondary:

 

Ada Lovelace video

Remember you have to log in with Edmodo, watch the Edpuzzle video about Ada Lovelace there and answer the questions you will find as you watch the video.

However, if you have any problems doing that, you can watch the video here, and then write the answers in your notebook. This is only if you try everything and you can’t watch it through Edmodo, only an exception.

Link to video and questions

 

 

International Women´s Day (March 8th)- some classroom resources

In 1977, the UN established March 8th as “International Women’s Day” (why March 8th?). It may be a good excuse to deal with issues of gender relations and gender equality, as well as the role of women along history, in the classroom. Here are some resources you might like to use:

SUFFRAGETTES: 

One of the origins of the celebration is women’s fight for suffrage in Europe. This has been depicted in popular culture lately: extensively in the film Suffragette (2015), and as a subplot in a special episode of the BBC show Sherlock (“The Abominable Bride”, 2015):

  • Sufffragette (B1- B2)

(subtitled trailer in http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/suffragette.html)

  • Sherlock – “The Abominable Bride” (B2-C1)

A rather peculiar (and perhaps ideologically objectionable) depiction of a suffragette appears in Mary Poppins (1964), in the character of Mrs. Banks. (Maybe it’s time to deconstruct a children’s film):

UNICEF VIDEOS: 

You may use this video about Fatna, a girl in eastern Chad, and her struggle to be able to go to school (A2):

(subtitled in English here: http://watchinenglish.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/educating-fatna-unicef-tv.html)

UNICEF Youtube channel

EMPOWERING WOMEN: 

Different campaigns apparently aim at showing more empowered women roles, from Disney to sanitary towels brands, probably in order to suit their own marketing needs:

  • Disney- “I am a princess” (A2)

(subtitled in Spanish in Youtube- to watch with subtitles in English, click here)

It’s very classroom-friendly: use of comparatives, superlatives; lots of vocabulary related to relationships, personality adjectives…

  • Always- “Run like a girl” (A2-B1) (H/T Miriam A.)

(subtitles in English available on Youtube)

SONGS:

  • Beyoncé- If I Were a Boy (A2-B1)

(With the song, you also get to practise type 2 conditional clauses, obviously)

EMMA WATSON-  He for She campaign

The British actress Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, is the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. In September 2014, she gave a speech at the UN about gender inequality and how to fight it.

Transcript

Since then, she has been actively involved in the He for She campaign. You may watch an interview with her, along with some comprehension exercises on the British council Learn English teens website

WOMEN IN COMPUTING: 

Read towards the end of this blog entry to find out about Ada Lovelace (Lord Byron’s daughter) and Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr’s contribution to early computing.