After reading the text on flow, watch this talk. Admittedly, Csikszentmihalyi is not a great orator, but it will serve to complete our understanding of his important ideas
As a littlle souvenir from the two wonderful lessons dedicated to watching and discussing To Kill a Mockingbird
This is the TED talk which has been most widely watched in the last years. Ken Robinson is one of the leading experts in education, which -if you compare what he says with our educational system- can be, in fact, seen as rather sad. This talk is a true classic, delivering a profound message in the most entertaining manner, full of wit and humour. Watch it, do the normal exercise and then post it in your blogs
The poem we read today in class, “Death by Water”, from The Waste Land by TS Eliot, is here recited by Ted Hughes, another great English poet of the 20th century.
You did a good job at interpreting this piece, as well as Auden’s. I have another question for you, which slipped my mind today. Why, if the poem is using the past (forgot, rose, fell, picked) suddenly switches to the present in passes the stages of his age and youth? This is the kind of things students should not do, as it breaks tense coherence, but a poet can break the rules for expressive purposes? Which ones, in this case?
An interesting film about body language:
Dr. Norman Doidge talks about his book The Brain That Changes Itself, one recent work about the fascinating topic of neuroplasticity. Try to watch it two times. We will use part of it in a listening activity on Tuesday.
This is the match and commentary the article on Leon Messi refers to
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.
You can check up what you did
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: