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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.
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
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:
“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
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY HER QUIZ? SO THEN, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE “NEW” WORD?
It’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?
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?
“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?
- 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.”
HAVE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THESE TWO PICTURES. HOW MANY DIFFERENCES CAN YOU FIND?
JUST FOR A LAUGH AT THE WEEKEND YOU COULD HAVE SOME FUN BY WATCHING THIS VIDEO:
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
CAN YOU MAKE ANY COMMENTS? POSITIVE FEEDBACK WILL BE WELCOME.
HOW CAN IT BE IMPROVED?
DID YOU SPOT ANY MISTAKES?
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)
- Meryl Streep was named Mary at birth. How did she end up being called Meryl?
- Is she happy about her surname? How does she wish it to be different?
- Why is Nicole Kidman called Hokulani? Who is she named after?
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.