martes, 31 de diciembre de 2013

jueves, 19 de diciembre de 2013

This is England, la película (ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENGLISH CLASS)

THIS IS ENGLAND



BEFORE WATCHING THE FILM...
Observa lo que se cuenta 

Un retrato histórico, social y personal. 
La historia de un adolescente huérfano y solitario, durante el verano en que entra en contacto con la cultura skin. Una historia marcada por una vivencia personal (la muerte de su padre) y social (su entorno de relaciones y el ambiente deprimido de la ciudad), que le llevan a vivir experiencias que le superan. 
Todo ello en la Inglaterra de principios de los años 80, la de Margaret Thatcher y la crisis de Las Malvinas. 
Una época de paro e inmigración, con surgimiento de grupos neonazis, utilizados por políticos extremistas y nacionalistas (Frente Nacional), que propician el odio contra las minorías raciales. 

Observa cómo se cuenta 

Con imágenes documentales de informativos de la época en el prólogo y en el epílogo, como contrapunto de la historia principal, que es la personal de Shaun. 

'This is England refleja:

     1. Los comportamientos racistas y xenófobos en la sociedad.
     2. La importancia de buscar modelos que ayuden al desarrollo personal en la adolescencia. El protagonista encuentra a una pandilla de skinheads que le adopta. Entra a formar parte de un grupo de amigos que serán sus referentes, modelos masculinos a seguir tras la muerte de su padre, pero ¿y la figura de la madre, no podría haber tenido más presencia y peso?



ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENGLISH CLASS


1. Re-title the film 

2. Seeing a film like this is useful because…It whiles away the time It makes you think about the importance of  having a positive family environment I learn more about something I have heard of It is good for nothing I can learn more about the skin movement and England of the 80s You might forget your fear to films in the original language 

3. The film in Spain is rated for older than 13, while in UK it is rated for older than 18 because of its coarse language and racist violence. 
However, some cities decided not to observe this order; they said the film should reach the white teenager audience in order to change their perception. Do you think this is a good decision? Why? 

4. Relate the following comment by Shane Meadows, about the racism he found among the skins, with Shaun’s evolution along the film: When one is 12 years old, and you see nobody in your town can get a job, and someone says to you “it is that people’s fault”, it is quite easy to believe them. I believed that for 3 weeks, but there are people who still think like that when they are adults, and that is frightening.

5. The director said after the casting: I could see myself in that boy. I remember in my school there were teachers who said to me that I would end up in jail, that I was to expect just bad things in life. But people believed in me, and I had done something with my life. The director of This is England imprints a strong autobiographical sense to the film, for example the name of the protagonist is quite similar to the name of … can you see other parallelisms? 

6. We are talking about…
… changeable character and violent behaviour, 
… innocent, naïve, lonely and insecure, 
… immature and easily influenced, sweet-toothed, 
… sensible and rational, 
… warm, a bit bighead/lout, but trustworthy, 

7. What does Shaun need and how does he show that need in the film? 

8. The last day of term we can see some guys picking on him about his dead father, and they end up in fight while other children exhort them shouting fight! fight! What would you do if you were in that schoolyard? 
I would tell Shaun not to mind what they say I would tell the other guy he had gone too far I would help Shaun in the fight because he is right Nothing, that is none of my business I would call the teachers.
By the way, do you think teachers settle the question in the right way? 

9. Are you not surprised that Cynthia, Shaun’s mother, passes her duties as a mother to a skin gang who are way older than her own child? Why do you think she is doing this? 

10.Do you think that skins nowadays, who are xenophobic and racist, also suffered affective abandonment within their family and so now they are violent and exclusive as it happens with Combo, or are there other reasons? Which ones? 

11.If you analyze the relationships among the members of the gang you can see they are rather shallow, based mainly in that they share the same dress code and language… than in emotional or rational processes. Could you give some examples? 

12.Focus on Woody and Combo. What differences can you see between them? Woody Combo 26

13.Now have a look at Shaun, do you think you would do the things he does in the film if you were in his place? 

14.Have a look at the National Front meeting scene, from the moment Combo and the gang take the car to get to the bar where the meeting has to take place: what do you think about the people gathered there? Are they the kind of people you imagined going to that meeting? 

15.Can you imagine the future of these characters? 
Combo 
Shaun 
Woody 
Lol 

16.What is the character you like the most apart from Shaun? 

17.Have you ever needed to feel you belonged to a group? How did you solve it? 

18.Looking at your clothes, at the music you hear… would you say you belong to some urban tribe? Which one? 

19.Do you know the word that appears the most in the film?

20.The film was shot in… 
6 weeks 9 weeks 2 weeks of intense work

21.You are one of the scriptwriters of the film and you have to write a different new end. 

22.You still are the scriptwriter, but now your have to introduce a new character in the story ¿which character and for what purpose? 

23.What parts of the film have affected or moved you the most and why? 

24.Ask about Margaret Thatcher at home, they will probably remember her nickname…

25.Draw a double timeline. Put in those lines the Margaret Thatcher government and the Spanish government of the same époque. With the help of a history book compare both politics. 

26.Choose among the following adjectives what you think describes the film better:

Drama Amusing Predictable Advisable It has a moral  message Surprising Social cinema Blunt Sad Too violent …

27.Knowing that This is England had its premiere in Spain on 4th of  January, 2008 you will find easily the critics made to it in paper and internet magazines. Late on you can compare them to your own critic.

AURYN, Heartbreaker




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martes, 17 de diciembre de 2013

Viva la Vida: Coldplay


 


Viva la Vida Coldplay WORKSHEET 1

Listen to the song and fill in the blanks; then listen again and choose the correct alternative



I used to rule the world
____ would rise when I gave the
word/worldNow in the morning I sweep alone
_______ the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the
queen/king!"
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles
stand/ mend
Upon ______ of salt, ______ of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you know there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world
(Ohhh)

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in.
________ windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become
Revolutionaries Wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely
bring/string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry ________ are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not
complain/explain
I know Saint Peter will call my name
Never an _______ word
But that was when I ruled the
road/world
(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

Hear Jerusalem bells are ringings
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not explain
I know Saint Peter will call my
name/fameNever an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
(Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh)






Viva la Vida Coldplay WORKSHEET 2

Iusedtoruletheworld
SeaswouldrisewhenIgavetheword
NowinthemorningIsweepalone
SweepthestreetsIusedtoown
Iusedtorollthedice
Feelthefearinmyenemy'seyes
Listenasthecrowdwouldsing:
"Nowtheoldkingisdead!Longlivetheking!"
OneminuteIheldthekey
Nextthewallswereclosedonme
AndIdiscoveredthatmycastlesstand
Uponpillarsofsalt,pillarsofsand

IhearJerusalembellsareringing
RomanCavalrychoirsaresinging
Bemymirrormyswordandshield
Mymissionariesinaforeignfield
ForsomereasonIcan'texplain
Onceyouknowtherewasnever,neveranhonestword
That aswhenIruledtheworld
(Ohhh)

Itwasthewickedandwildwind
Blewdownthedoorstoletmein.
Shatteredwindowsandthesoundofdrums
Peoplecouldn'tbelievewhatI'dbecome
RevolutionariesWait
Formyheadonasilverplate
Justapuppetonalonelystring
Ohwhowouldeverwanttobeking?

IhearJerusalembellsareringing
RomanCavalrychoirsaresinging
Bemymirrormyswordandshield
Mymissionariesinaforeignfield
ForsomereasonIcannotexplain
IknowSaintPeterwillcallmyname
Neveranhonestword
ButthatwaswhenIruledtheworld
(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

HearJerusalembellsareringings
RomanCavalrychoirsaresinging
Bemymirrormyswordandshield
Mymissionariesinaforeignfield
ForsomereasonIcannotexplain
IknowSaintPeterwillcallmyname
Neveranhonestword
ButthatwaswhenIruledtheworld
(Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh)

Separate the words in every line
Find words that rhyme: (dice-eyes)

WORKSHEET 3

Viva la Vida
Coldplay


- change the word to the opposite
- choose the right word
- change the order of the words to the right sentences.














You/I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I
got the wordNow/Then in the morning I sweep with you
Sweep the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would
sing/scream:
"Now the
young king is dead! Long live the king!"
One
hour/minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered/realised that my castles
sand/stand
Upon pillars of
pepper, pillars of sand

I
say Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and
shield/field
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I
can explain
Once you know there was never,
always an honest world/word
That was when I ruled the world
(Ohhh)
wicked the wind and It was wild
doors me Blew to down the in let
windows the drums Shattered and sound of
I'd believe what People couldn't become.
Wait Revolutionaries
my plate on silver For a head
a lonely puppet on Just a string
king? who want to Oh be would ever

I
hear/see Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
Your missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I
can not explain
I know Saint Peter will
call/hear my name
Never
an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

Hear Jerusalem bells are ringings
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not
explain/understand
I know Saint Peter will call my name
Never an honest
word/world
But that was when I ruled the world
(Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh)


jueves, 5 de diciembre de 2013

24 Places Where People Really Shouldn’t Live But They Do - 9764

Vostok Station, Antarctica | 24 Places Where People Really Shouldn’t Live But They Do - 9764 You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

LEMON TREE. Fool's Garden



LEMON TREE, Fool's Garden
I'm sitting here in a boring room it's just another rainy Sunday afternoon I'm wasting my time I got nothing to do I'm hanging around I'm waiting for you But nothing ever happens- and I wonder
I'm driving around in my car I'm driving too fast I'm driving too far I'd like to change my point of view I feel so lonely I'm waiting for you But nothing ever happens- and I wonder
I wonder how I wonder why yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky and all tall that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree I'm turning my head up and down I'm turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree
I'm sitting here I miss the power I'd like to go out
taking a shower but there's a heavy cloud in side my head I feel so tired put myself into bed where nothing
ever happens- and I wonder
Isolation - is not good for me
Insolation - I don't want to sit on a lemon-tree I'm steppin' around in a desert of joy Baby anyhow I'll get another toy and every thing will happen-and you'll wonder
I wonder how I wonder..
 

Exercises
1. Read the song and make a list of adjectives you can find in the text. Then, try to find antonymns for them


2.  Read it again looking for verbs. Try to make sure that you write the "complete verbal form".


3.  Sing the chorus with your teacher.





lunes, 2 de diciembre de 2013

Another Brick in the Wall Pink Floyd





Another Brick in the Wall
Pink Floyd





We
______________________no
 education*


We
______________________no
_____________________
control



No
 dark
 sarcasm 
in
 the
_____________________________


Teacher,_________________
those
 kids
_______________________

Hey, 
Teacher,_________________
those
 kids
_______________________


All
 in 
all 
it's
 just
_________________________________in
 the 
wall



____________in
 all
__________________
just 
another
_______________
in 
the______________