All But Name: I first read about this 6-minute documentary in an amazing article about social justice movies from Teaching Tolerance. This video chronicles the story of an undocumented man struggling to pay for college because he’s ineligible for financial assistance. Frisly Soberanis stars in this short film to share his story of what it’s like to be raised in a community, have roots in a city, and yet be totally overlooked because of citizenship status. Not only does he not qualify for financial aid, but Frisly’s undocumented status also leaves him without the chance to get a job that requires documentation. This video would work well with these lesson ideas on immigration reform from PBS Newshour.
Occupy Bakery: This 7-minute short film is adapted from the documentary, The Hand That Feeds. This film tells the story of Mahoma López, an undocumented worker who was fed up with being exploited by his bosses at a popular New York City bakery. In the video, López talks about the constant stress and fear of working for someone who hires undocumented workers, fully aware of their legal status, and holds that knowledge over them—never offering fair wages or adequate time off. Mahoma reached out to the directors during the Occupy Wall Street protests and they chronicled his story of organizing other workers to take the steps toward forming their own independent unions. You might want to watch this video with your students while studying labor unions.
Mo’ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl: Directed by Spike Lee, this 16 minute video features 13 year-old, baseball world series star Mo’ne Davis. She wowed sports fans in the summer of 2014 with her 70 MPH fastball. She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and her story was highlighted on ESPN. This film shows how her family supports this humble athlete who defies gender stereotypes as a baseball, football, and basketball star, all while maintaining a straight A average in school. Mo’ne’s story would be a great introduction to a larger unit on gender equality. Use these Unicef resources to get started!
The Beast Inside: Tilwan, a homeless teenage, raps and sings, as well as tells his story over the captivating hand-drawn graphics in this 4 minute animated short. The film is part ofSeattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness. In the film, Tilwan recounts an experience of not being able to get a job based on his appearance; the manager of a fast food restaurant tells him he looks like the kind of guy who would steal. Tilwan then leaves the interview and gives the shoes on his feet to a family worse off than himself. Use this film, along with resources from the Poverty Education Center to create a unit on poverty and homelessness.
Phrasal verbs! Your favourite, yes? Hmmm… many students complain about having to study phrasal verbs. There are sooo many! And it can be very confusing and overwhelming. But the truth is if you really want to be a fluent English speaker and understand native speakers, you will have to make phrasal verbs your friend. J Why? Phrasal verbs are very common in conversational English. We use them more than formal vocabulary.
Today I’m going to teach you some very useful phrases you can use in social situations using the word…….
#1) HANG OUT
When we “hang out” with someone we spend time socially with him/her. This phrasal verb has become very common in everyday English speaking. It’s informal for “spend time” with someone.
“I’m going to hang out with my friends at the beach this weekend”
“Tom and Sarah have been hanging out for quite a while”
“Would you like to hang out with me this Saturday night?”
#2) HANG AROUND
If we “hang around” it means that we spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing in particular.
You can hang around a person or a place.
“I’ve been hanging around the city all day waiting to buy tickets!”
“Jack keeps hanging around me all the time. I don’t like it”
“You shouldn’t hang around here. It’s dangerous!”
#3) HANG OUT FOR SOMETHING
I’m really hanging out for a holiday! Are you? When we “hang out for something” it means that we really want it. Usually something we have not had for a long time.
“I’m hanging out for a pizza right now!”
“I’ve been hanging out for a holiday all year!”
“Sarah was really hanging out to see Toby at the party”
We can also say this without the “out”.
“I’m hanging for a pizza right now”. This way of speaking is quite common in the US English.
#4) HANG IN (THERE)
The phrase “hang in” means to be patient and continue when something is difficult or challenging. We often say this as a way of encouraging someone to keep going with the task.
If someone is telling you about how difficult it is to find a job, or to study his or her course at university, you can say:
“Hang in there” as a way of supporting the person.
“My girlfriend and I are having a really bad time at the moment” “Just hang in there. I’m sure things will get better soon”
“This Master’s degree I’m studying is so hard! I guess I’ll just have to hang in until it’s finished”
#5) GET/BE HUNG UP ON SOMETHING
When we get really worried about something we can say we get “hung up” on it. We can get ‘hung up’ on problems we have. This means we are constantly worried about them and can’t stop thinking about the problem.
It also means to be obsessed with something or someone.
“Sarah is so hung up on getting everything right”
“I sometimes have a problem with customers at work, but I don’t get hung up about it”
“He’s hung up on modern art these days”
And there you have 5 common phrasal verbs you can use when chatting with your friends. But you should take action! Write them down in your journal or put them on cards and pin them around your house. Make sentences! Then try to listen to conversations around you, or watch films and TV shows and see if you can hear the phrases.
Libraries in theUK are loved, valued and were visited an astonishing 265 million times last year! Libraries are a vitally important public service, and each year hundreds of events are held to celebrate them on National Libraries Day in the United Kingdom. That National Libraries Day ( #NLD16 ) was on February 16. As forSpain, we should announce that in Spain Libraries Day is celebrated on 24th October every year. To commemorate it in IES Turgalium, we are going to watch a short animated film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I hope you enjoy it!