Category Archives: LISTENING COMPREHENSION

GOING VIRAL (B2.2)

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I´M SURE YOU´VE ALREADY SEEN THIS SHORT VIDEO BECAUSE IT WENT VIRAL IN A MATTER OF MINUTES….

WHAT ABOUT HIS ONE? WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO DUB IT IN ENGLISH?

BUT WHY DO VIDEOS GO VIRAL?

HAVE YOU REACHED ANY CONCLUSION AFTER WATCHING THESE VIDEOS?ANY COMMENT TO MAKE?

I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR COMMENTS

CYBERCRIME (B2.2)(OPTIONAL)

WACH THIS VIDEO ONCE WHERE CYBER SECURITY EXPERT JAMES LYNE TALKS ABOUT RISKS AND IMPLICATIONS OF CYBERCRIME (ISLE COLLECTIVE ACTIVITY)

NOW YOU CAN TRY LISTENING COMPREHENSION PRACTICE BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURE BELOW OR THIS LINK: https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/cybercrime-and-what-you-can-do-about-it-ted-talk

HERE YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE LISTENING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

THE PASSIVE: PERSONAL & IMPERSONAL I (B2.2)

WHO IS THIS MAN  (HARVEY WEINSTEIN) AND WHY WAS HE IN THE NEWS LAST YEAR?

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FROM #METOO  TO   TRIAL

Jury deliberations have begun in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York. Weinstein, 67, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault. The charges are based on Miriam Haley’s testimony that Weinstein forced oral sex on her in 2006 and Jessica Mann’s testimony that he raped her in 2013 during what she described as an abusive relationship.

POLICE BELIEVE WEINSTEIN RAPED SEVERAL WOMEN (A)

IT IS BELIEVED THAT WEINSTEIN RAPED SEVERAL WOMEN (P)

WEINSTEIN IS BELIEVED TO HAVE RAPED SEVERAL WOMEN (P)

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IF YOU NEED EXTRA PRACTICE ON PASSIVE FORMS

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault, capping a stunning downfall for the former Hollywood star and a victory for the #MeToo movement against harassment.

Weinstein, 67, was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act.

But he was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

“THE SERPENT”, A NEW BBC “CRIME” DRAMA (B2.2)

HAVE YOU HEARD OF “THE SERPENT”?, THE NEW BBC SERIES ON NETFLIX & ORORO TV?

French-Algerian actor Tahar Rahim first learned about serial killer Charles Sobhraj as a teenager in the 1990s. He picked up the book On the Trail of the Serpent from his older brother’s nightstand, and read about a manipulative murderer who drugged, stole from and killed a series of mostly backpacking victims along South Asia’s “hippie trail” in the 1970s. Two decades later, Rahim would be cast as Sobhraj in true crime drama The Serpent, an eight part series now on Netflix. READ MORE…

WATCH THE INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES ON ORORO TV (REMEMBER YOU CAN DO IT FOR FREE)

DID HE COMMIT MURDER?

THE COURTS HAVE DECIDED, HE SAYS…

HE HAS FACED TRIALS AND ALLEGATIONS… BUT… DID HE GET AWAY WITH IT?

AS YOU SHOULD BE STUDYING THE VOCABULARY FOR CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS, WHAT DOES “GET AWAY WITH SOMETHING “ MEAN?

“CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE” (ALL LEVELS)

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International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is coming up on 8th March. While circumstances are different this year and safe distancing should still be practised, it is still a day to celebrate women around the world, their achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, and more.  Every year we celebrate IWD to call for change for the rights, equality, hope, opportunity, empower, diversity and dreams of each and every female present on the globe.

International women’s day (IWD) has been celebrated since 1910. We all are an eyewitness for the achievements and success females achieved on Social, Economic, Cultural and Political Platforms.

The International Women’s Day 2021’s theme is ‘Choose to challenge’.

WHAT DID YOU DO LAST WEEKEND? (B1.1)

WATCH THIS BASIC VIDEO WHERE THEY REVIEW SOME OF THE MOST TYPICAL WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

IF YOU CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW, YOU HAVE SOME ACTIVITIES LINKED TO THE VIDEO ABOVE

https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/what-did-you-do-last-weekend

THIS IS AMERICA’S DAY…THIS IS DEMOCRACY DAY (B2.2) (C1) (C2)

LISTEN TO JOE BIDEN´S INAUGURATION SPEECH

FULL TRANSCRIPT

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2021/01/20/biden-inauguration-speech/

RISK TAKERS (B2.2)

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  • THE ACTIVITIES DEPICTED IN THE PICTURES INVOLVE TAKING RISKS. WHAT KIND?
  • WHAT’S THE MOST DANGEROUS ACTIVITY YOU’VE EVER DONE?
  • ARE YOU A RISK TAKER?
  • THINK OF A TIME WHEN YOU TOOK A RISK. WHAT TYPE OF RISK WAS IT -SOCIAL, FINANCIAL, CAREER OR ANOTHER TYPE? WHY DID YOU TAKE THE RISK?

IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRY THIS PODCAST AT HOME TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS (6 minutes English from the BBC)

Why do we take risks?

IF MY DAD FINDS OUT I’VE  BEEN HITCHHIKING, HE‘LL BE FURIOUS”

REMEMBER TO REVIEW CONDITIONALS & FUTURE TIME CLAUSES ON PAGE 211 ….

RIOTERS INVADE USA CAPITOL: THE WORDS OF A PRESIDENT MATTER” (ALL LEVELS)

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT IN WASHINGTON IS ON THE FRONT COVER OF ALL INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS…

  • What events took place on Wednesday at the nation’s Capitol building?
  • Who was involved in the insurrection? Who was affected as a result of the safety breach?
  • Why did Trump supporters forcefully disrupt the counting of the electoral votes?
  • When and where did the insurrection take place?
  • How will the insurrection affect how the public views President Trump? How about Republicans who objected to the counting of the Electoral College, certifying Biden as the next president? How do you view Trump as a result of his actions yesterday and throughout his presidency? (FROM PBS NEWSHOUR)

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President-Elect Joe Biden spoke from Delaware as pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. Here is a transcript of Biden’s remarks.

All of you’ve been watching what I’ve been watching. At his hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of Liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on the people’s representatives, on the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them. On the public servants who work at the heart of our republic. An assault on the rule of law, like few times we’ve ever seen it. An assault on the most sacred of American undertakings, the doing off the people’s business.

Let me be very clear. The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America, do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremist, dedicated the lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end, now.

I call on this mob to pull back and allow them work of democracy to go forward

You heard me say before in different context, the words of a President matter, no matter how good or bad that president is. At their best, the words of a president can inspire. At their worst, they can incite.

Therefore, I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege

To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, the floor of the United States Senate rummaging through desks, on the Capitol, on the House of Representatives, threatening the safety of duly elected officials. It’s not protest, it’s insurrection. The world’s watching.

Like so many other Americans, I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation — so long the beacon of light and hope for democracy — has come to such a dark moment.

Through war and strife, America’s endured much and we will endure here and we will prevail again and we’ll prevail now.

The work of the moment and the work of the next four years must be the restoration of democracy, of decency, honor, respect, the rule of law. Just plain simple decency.

The renewal of a politics that’s about solving problems, looking out for one another, not stoking the flames of hate and chaos. As I said, America’s about honor, decency, respect, tolerance. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been.

The certification, the Electoral College vote, it’s supposed to be a sacred ritual to reaffirm… the purpose is to affirm the majesty of American democracy. But today’s reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile and to preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to the pursuit of power or the personal interest, pursuits of their own selfish interest at any cost, but of the common good. Think what our children watching television are thinking. Think what the rest of the world is looking at.

For nearly two and a half centuries, we, the people in search of a more perfect union, have kept our eyes on that common good. America is so much better than what we’ve seen today.

Watching the scenes from the Capitol, I was reminded as I prepared other speeches in the past, I was reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln in his annual message to Congress, whose work has today been interrupted by chaos.

Here’s what Lincoln said. He said, “We shall nobly save or merely lose the last, best hope on Earth.” Went on to say, “The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just. A way, which if followed, the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

The way is playing here, too. That’s who we are. It’s the way of democracy, of respect, of decency, of honor and commitment as patriots to this nation.

Notwithstanding what I saw today and we’re seeing today, I remain optimistic about the incredible opportunities. There has never been anything we can’t do when we do it together. And this godawful display today was bringing home to every Republican and Democrat and independent in the nation that we must step up.

This is the United States of America. There’s never, ever, ever, ever, ever been a thing we’ve tried to do that we’ve done it together, we’ve not been able to do it. So, President Trump, step up.

May God bless America. May God protect our troops and all those folks at the Capitol who are trying to preserve order.

Thank you and I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.

“FAKE” OR “FIR” FOR A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS?(B2.2)

As you can read in THE INDEPENDENT”.. “This year many of us might be getting our Christmas tree earlier than ever before to bring some joy and excitement to the continued coronavirus restrictions. 

While we might be uncertain about whether to get a real tree or fake tree to best ensure it lasts till 25 December, what about the question of  environmental impact? Do artificial or real Christmas trees have a lower carbon footprint? Do we opt for a lifelong plastic tree we can dust off and reuse every year, or do we embrace the urge for that real Christmas tree smell, buying one freshly felled and dumping it in a landfill come January?READ MORE

WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT

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