Peter Gabriel is one of the great classics of pop-rock music. First as the founder of Genesis and then as a singer and composer, he always managed to stimulate other people’s talents around him. Here you have a good example: the opening song of one of the best video albums ever made: Secret World Live. Pop rock as art.
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If you want to revise today’s news listening: A boy’s mission to save the camels
You can find it on the Blogroll section
As you can see, I eliminate the links to the blogs which have been inactive for too long. And this will continue to be the policy. Those who wish to be included again, should send me a mail, asking so, but adding their pledge to keep it up from now on,even if it is with short posts
Today you will receive the photocopy of the chapter about Elizabethan England, as we agreed.
Every language reaches, at some historical moment, a peak of expressiveness and richness. In Spanish, this is arguably the XVI’s century, with the prose of Fray Luis de León (Los nombres de Cristo) and Cervantes and the poetry of San Juan de la Cruz. In the case of English, there is not doubt that the peak is the England of Elizabeth I and King James. The time of Shakespeare’s poetry and theatre, and the prose of King James’ Bible and the Essays by Francis Bacon.
Learning a language, as anything else, is as much about studying rules and items and practice them, as about imitating models and acquiring a sense of style, expressiveness and rhythm. Thus the importance of reading the great masters and of being around people that not only speak English, but do so with beauty and style. So, let’s hope we can learn something in this osmotic way, by reading and delivering (with spirit!) the most famous theatre extract in English: To be or not to be, by Shakespeare.
Here you have a PDF with the original and a modern English version: To be or not to be. And here, a classic rendition, by Kenneth Branagh. More explanations in class:
From this time on, we should be paying closer attention to our writing. As we mentioned, up to now, the idea was to encourage you to write freely on your blogs, and keep them growing. So I never underlined the mistakes.
We’ll now move to a different stage. Before you post a text on the blog, try to write it on your Word programme and correct the mistakes that show with the ortographic option
I am sending your Dickens paragraphs corrected to your e-mail addresses. Also, the paragraphs some of you uploaded rehearsing verbs of walking and inversions.
Among those, I will paste here Pedro’s text, which needed only some corrections. This is a wonderful example of a tailor-made piece of writing in which you can deliberately introduce expressions and structures, and at the same time is well-written and engaging. Excellent!
Down the street came a weird collection of people. Some of them were striding, and other sauntering. I thought, as did most people, that it was a dream, but it wasn’t. Such was the fuss that the procession caught the attention of all passers-by . There were, in the group, people of all ages: the older hobbled, the younger marched, and even there were those who from time to time crawled, hopped and did a somersault.
Seldom had I had the opportunity of seeing such a thing, so that I rushed to the street. No sooner had I reached the crowd than they started to swagger, swinging their shoulders, and trotting to and fro. Under no cinrcunstances was I to miss that amazing show. Only after elbowing through people could I see a man shuffling and sliding on the place. Some masked figures bowed and waved their hands at times; others seemed to be drunk, and stumbled, rolled, and fell headlong.
Little did I expect what happened next. Somebody crept behind me, and suddenly sprang up making strange gestures. He nodded, took off his hat, and from nowhere appeared a white rabbit. I started in surprise. Never had I enjoyed myself more! And the smiling man bade his good-bye, giving me a bouquet of flowers that he took out from his sleeve. Should I have been allowed, I would probably have spent all the evening there. But a slap on my wrist brought me back to reality. It was my mother and I was five. I’ll never forget the first time a circus came to my village.
Congratulations on your Dickensian writing. You may have become curious about how the novel continues in fact? Dickens’ novels are available for free download on the Net.
You keep providing excellent findings and materials about any topic we choose.
Nuria is the source for this wonderful page with activities about Dickens, designed for schools by Oxford University Press.
Pedro uploaded what is probably the best Dickens film ever made -at least to my knowledge. It’s the 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations, directed by David Lean, who would later on orchestrate such famous epics as Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago and A Passage to India. Some scences, such as Pip’s first encounter with the prisoner in the moors and their subsequent reunion later in life are classic moments of cinema.
This Thursday we won’t have a class either. We will see on Tuesday 14th.
In the meanwhile, do all of the tasks in the recent posts. Also, you should study and do all the exercises of Unit 10 of Destination C1 & C2: “Communication and the media.” Also, finish the extra exercises of grammar I gave you last week.
The lesson plan for Tuesday will include:
- Brief game to revise the vocabulary of Semantic fields
- Correcting all the listening online exercixes (Blackadder, videos on Dickens’ anniversary, news clips, song)
- Interactive writing exercise using Unreal Tenses, Inversions and other structures
Cat Stevens was one of the great song writers and singers in the 60’s and 70’s. This was one of his great pieces: Where do the children play?
Mellow singing from the more innocent 70’s. Could you write down the lyrics, without looking them up on the Net? I have chosen this rather slow version, so that the task is easier.