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OPRAH WINFREY´S GOLDEN GLOBE SPEECH (1B2)

Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday and delivered a moving speech that brought men and women in the audience to their feet.

Below is a full transcript of Winfrey’s acceptance speech.
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course, his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honour — it is an honour and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room is celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.
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“SELFIE” & OTHER NEW WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (1B2)

AS YOU KNOW WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESCRIBING PHOTOS OF US IN FRONT OF FAMOUS MONUMENTS WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS INTERESTING QUIZ CREATED BY CRISTINA CABAL ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE:

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“Can you believe that some years ago nobody knew what a selfie was? It’s said that about 1000 words are invented every year in English and I have created this fun quiz for the Cambridge blog to help you keep up…” CRISTINA CABAL

THANKS, CRISTINA!!!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY HER QUIZ? SO THEN, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

QUIZ TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE “NEW” WORD?

 

MAKING ARRANGEMENTS (A2)(B1)

largeIt’s Friday afternoon. Two classmates are in the school canteen. They have finished lessons for the week……

Ann: Hi Jane. How’s it going?

Jane. Good, cheers. And you?

Ann: Not bad.

Jane: You sound a bit down. What’s up?

Ann: Nothing. I’m just a bit tired.

Jane: What are you up to this weekend?

Ann: Not a lot. And you?

Jane: Not much. Do you fancy going to the cinema?

Ann: Yeah, that sounds good. When?

Jane: How about Saturday evening?

Ann: Good idea. Shall we meet at 7pm?

Jane: Excellent.

Ann: Let’s meet at Leicester Square outside the tube station.

Jane: Great. See you there. Cheers!

WHAT´S THE MEANING OF THE PHRASES HIGHLIGHTED?

WHAT PHRASES ARE USED TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS?

THE GENERATION GAP: NOW & THEN (1B2)

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“AS A CHILD I USED TO BE VERY SHY AND PRETTY WELL-BEHAVED AT SCHOOL. HOWEVER, I REMEMBER PLAYING PRANKS AT HOME…. FOR EXAMPLE, I REMEMBER ONCE CUTTING OUR CAT´S WHISKERS…..SHE WENT ABSOLUTELY MAD!!!!!  I USED TO SPEND HOURS READING BECAUSE MY DAD, WHO USED TO BE AWAY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, TAUGHT ME HOW TO READ WHEN I WAS 5, ……..AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PHOTO ABOVE.

WHEN I WAS A KID I USED TO HAVE LONG HAIR AND I WOULD “PLAY ELASTICS“. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IT? I REALLY LOVED IT AND WAS QUITE GOOD AT IT. THIS IS THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY CHILDHOOD…… JUST FOR A LAUGH”

WHAT KIND OF CHILD WERE YOU……?

WHAT DID YOU USE TO DO?

THIS SONG IS CALLED ” SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW” IS IT POSSIBLE TO SAY “WOULD” IN THIS CONTEXT?

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO FORMS WHEN TALKING ABOUT PAST HABITS?

HOW TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING (ORAL SKILLS)

  • WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
  • WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSTION GOING?

You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases you can reply using three words or less.

Here are some ways of doing that:

Make a comment

Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful”  or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.

Encourage the other person

If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”

Ask a question

In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.

“Really?” – to show surprise.

“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.

For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”

 

SPEAKING ABOUT ART (II) (1B1)

HAVE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THESE TWO PICTURES. HOW MANY DIFFERENCES CAN YOU FIND?

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JUST FOR A LAUGH AT THE WEEKEND YOU COULD HAVE SOME FUN BY WATCHING THIS VIDEO:

SANTI´S THINGLINK (1B2)

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO ENJOY SANTI´S THINGLINK AND GET TO KNOW HIM A BIT BETTER

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GOOD JOB! CONGRATULATIONS, SANTI!!!!

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GETTING-TO-KNOW-YOU CONVERSATION (ORAL SKILLS 1B2)

LISTEN TO THIS CONVERSAYION WHICH WAS RECORDED IN OUR LAST CLASS

THINK ABOUT THE USE OF “CONVERSATION GAMBITS” AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE CONVERSATION:

  • Initial greeting
  • introducing yourself
  • asking  ( & answering) questions
  • keeping the conversation going ( showing surprise, interest….)
  • closing the conversation
  • farewell

CAN YOU MAKE ANY COMMENTS? POSITIVE FEEDBACK WILL BE WELCOME.

HOW CAN IT BE IMPROVED?

DID YOU SPOT ANY MISTAKES?

WHY DID THEY CALL YOU THAT? (1B2)

LISTENING

YOU  are going to watch a short extract from the Graham Norton show, where the actresses Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman discuss their birth names. Play from 0:00 until 2:50. (THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL FOR SHARING THIS ACTIVITY)

  1. Meryl Streep was named Mary at birth. How did she end up being called Meryl?
  2. Is she happy about her surname? How does she wish it to be different?
  3. Why is Nicole Kidman called Hokulani? Who is she named after?

 

HOMEWORK

Ask students whether they think a name can shape their personality and refer them to this website where they’ll have to write their name in the space provided and read about their personality.

You can always ask them to read their horoscope, but this is “old news”, so I thought this might better spark students’ interest.

At home, students go to the website and find out about their personality based on their names. They look up any new words they don’t know, especially personality adjectives, as they will need to share this analysis with their classmates and say whether they agree or disagree with it, giving reasons.

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LET´S PLAY WITH VOCABULARY: PASS THE WORD (1B1)

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THIS PHOTO WAS  IN THE NEWS LAST SUMMER … THIS PLAYER “CAN´T STOP THE FEELING”…..DO YOU KNOW WHY?

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DO YOU KNOW THIS QUIZ SHOW? LET´S PLAY TO REVISE VOCABULARY!!

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TWICE TO START THE GAME….

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Smart Up Your English

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation