dilluns, 14 de juny de 2010

Pixar Knick Knack

Write a composition about what is going on in this short. What is trying to do the snowman?

dijous, 10 de juny de 2010



Match the sports in column one, with the respective vocabulary in column two.

1. Swimming A) Goal

2. Fencing B) Net

3. Football C) Basket

4. Archery D) Canoe

5. Equestrian Sports E) Wegith

6. Archery F) Weigth

7. Waterpolo G) Rider

8. Tennis H) Arrow

9. Athetics I) Cap

10. Ground Hockey J) Swimming Costume

11. Sailing K) Hurdle

12. Cycling L) Helmet

13. Weigthlifting M)Sail

Reading activity II

6. Read and reorder the following paragraphs

Source: Text taken from the “European Community Environmental Policy Video”.

Students should be aware of the connections among paragraphs to deduce the right order.

• "Civilization, fashion over the centuries, with creativity shaping the
surroundings; shaping the people; shaping the future:

• Europe is beautiful, rich in resources, nature in all splendid and varied.
Architecture giving us a sense of place, telling us who we are.

• The shaping goes on. But now faster. More demanding of the resources
necessary to satisfy, both economic and individual needs. Clean air; essential to
industry (...); essential to every individual's life and health.

• Land resources and nature: the sources of all raw materials, energy and
production capacity, space, amenity and the joy of living; a continuing cycle.

• Nature supplying the raw materials; industry and agriculture producing the
goods; individuals consuming the products. All interdependent.

• Unpolluted water: vital to almost every manufacturing process; but the individual
citizen not just a need but a right.

• The mismanagement of the waste can reverse the vital flows of nature; the
cycle on which all human health and Europe's growth and development

• But Europeans are awakening; they're demanding a new quality of life. They
expect a quality of product and will set a standard for the rest of the world.

• Quality for a clean Europe: innovative and confident. The challenge for the 90's.
The challenge for EC environmental policy and its action program for a new
Europe." (...)

• But the cycle is not complete. There is a breakdown in the system: waste, into the earth."

Reading activity

As we are working with sports, and this year is the Football World Cup, please do this reading exercise.


Football World Cup Trophy

The Wold Cup is a small gold trophy that represents victory in the FIFA Worls Cup. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, there have been two trophies awarded to the winners.

The Jules Rimet Trophy was the original prize fro winning the World Cup. Originally call “Victory”, but generally known simply as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, it was officially renamed in 1946 to honour the FIFA Presindent Jules Rimet who in 1929 passed a vote to initiate the competition. Designed by Abel Lafleur and made of gold plated sterling silver on a blue base of lapis lazuli, it stood 35 cm high and weighed 3.8 kg. It was in the shape of an octagonal cup, supported by a winged figure representing Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory.

During World War II, the trophy was held by Italy. Ottorino Barassi, the Italian vice-president of FIFA, hid it from the Germans in a shoe-box under his bed.

Just before the 1966 World Cup Final in England the trophy was stolen during a public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall, but was found just seven days later, wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a suburban garden hedge in Norwood, South London, by a dog named "Pickles". As a security measure, The FA secretly manufactured a replica of the trophy for use in the post-match celebrations. The replica was also used on subsequent occasions until 1970. The replica was sold at an auction in 1997 for £254,500, when it was purchased by FIFA who subsequently arranged for it to be displayed at the English National Football Museum in Preston.

The Brazilian team won the trophy for the third time in 1970, and were rewarded by being allowed to keep it in perpetuity. However, the cup was stolen again in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro and never recovered; it may have been melted down. The Brazilian Football Confederation commissioned a replica of their own.

The replacement trophy, officially known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was first presented at the 1974 World Cup. Designed by Silvio Gazzaniga and produced by Bertoni, Milano, it stands 36.5 cm tall and is made of 5 kg of 18 carat (75%) solid gold with a base (13 cm in diameter) containing two layers of malachite. The trophy, which weighs 6.175 kg total, depicts two human figures holding up the Earth.

The trophy has the visible engravement "FIFA World Cup" (uoutpouring letters) in its base. The name of the country whose national team wins the tournament is engraved, additionally, in the bottom side of the trophy, and therefore is not visible when put up normally. The text runs like "— 2002 Brazil", i.e. in English. At the moment eight winners have been engraved. It is not known whether FIFA will retire the trophy after all of the name plaques at the base are filled in; this will not occur until after the 2038 World Cup.

FIFA's regulations now state that the trophy, unlike its predecessor, cannot be won outright: the winners of the tournament receive it on loan for four years and receive a replica to keep.

Questions about the text:

1.Jules Rimet was the name of the FIFA president who decided to start the competition.
a) True
b) False
c) We don’t know

2. Thetrophy was stolen in England and Brazil.
a) True
b) False
c) We don’t know

3. The new trophy weighs more than the Jules Rimet trophy.
a) True
b) False
c) We don’t know

4. The winners must give the trophy bask to FIFA after four years.
a) True
b) False
c) We don’t know


Why it is important to know English? Take a look to this advertisement and give your opinion about it and about the importance of knowing English or any other foreign language.

Adidas - Forever Sport (Commercial)

This video was shown to students after having seen a power point about sports.

Now, what do you think it is important when you practice a sport? Do you think it is more important to win or to participate? Do you have to take it seriously? How would you feel if you lose a competition?

Write a commentary with your opinion about the video and answer to some of these questions or give your opinion about other issues related to it.

dissabte, 5 de juny de 2010

Diversity: Boundin' Re-Dubbed

Watch this video, what do you think about the advice the rabbit gives to the sheep?

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What do you think about these quotations? Do you know any of the authors? Give your opinion and choose your own quotations to share them with the class.

"An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. " Orlando A. Battista

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

"After all is said and done, more is said than done." Aesop