It is British Week!

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Dear Students, we are celebrating the traditional British week! To commemorate this festivity your English Teachers have prepared different activities.
On the link below you are going to find an explanation of those activities and a short survey, answer it and tell us which of the activities is the one that you like the most!

British Week Survey

 

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International Youth Festivals + Book festivals bring out the brains in Britons (Exam practice)

Vocabulary:

Dazzling: extremely clever, attractive, or impressive; brilliant; amazing.

Tolbooth: a town jail.

Jam-packed: crowded, packed, or filled to capacity.

Detachment: freedom from self-interest or bias; disinterest.

Astounding: capable of overwhelming with amazement; stunningly surprising.

Binds: A very tight and awkward situation.

Span:  distance, amount, piece, etc., of this length.

 

Illegal South African rhino killings hit record high, p. 286/295 (Exam practice)

Use the vocabulary below to read the text.

  • Slaughter: killing.
  • Toll: tax.
  • Poachers: a person who illegally hunts.
  • Gruesome: causing great horror; horribly repugnant.
  • Carcasses: the dead body of an animal.
  • Jeopardy: danger.
  • Cleanser: one who cleans or removes.
  • Unabated: without losing any original force or violence.
  • Smuggle: to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation ofthe law.
  • Wounded: damaged
  • Respite: a delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing ortrying; an interval of relief.

 

(Answers on page 398)

Contents for the Exam, July 2nd

 

Paper 1 IB adapted (3 texts)

Topic 1:Communication and media
Topic 2: Global Issues

Skills:

Reading comprehension: Identify general and specific information and details, draw conclusions, infer, discriminate and justify information, provide references, speed reading.

Vocabulary in context.

 

Material:

Sample texts: English B Course Companion: p. 344-345; 347-349; 134-135; 138-140.

Website:

http://www.g16languagebslmackay.wordp ress.com

Photocopies provided in class.

Cry Freedom, Ch. 7

In paris, read Chapter 7 and answer the following questions. The ones who have them correct will receive a prize:

  1. Who says this and why? “You’re going to be in big trouble soon. You’ll be up there in court facing all kinds of charges”.
  2. “You’re lucky, Biko -lucky”. Why does De Wet say that to Biko?
  3. What is the meaning of “terrorism” for Biko?
  4. What is the whole point of Black Consciousness?

Blog tasks, June 26th

On your blog, you must have at least 4 of the following tasks (8 pts.). If you have all 5, you will have 1 extra point in your lowest mark of the semester.

  1. Speech: “There are several ways to defeat poverty and one of them is technology. People in the world disacknowledge how important this tool is in some countries” (2 pts.)
  2. Link to interview between 3 characters of the book. (2 pts.)
  3. Photo description corrected (Holi festival) (2 pts.)
  4. Written assignment fully corrected (On link) (2 pts.)
  5. Photo description corrected (Cape town) (2 pts.)

 

Cape Town: Gangs, Race and Poverty 20 years after Apartheid

During these two weeks we are going to continue learning about different cultures. To that end, every lesson we will watch part of the documentary below. To check if you have understood the extract, you will have to complete differect tasks:

TASK 2: Watch the documentary from minute 09:00 to minute 18:35. Click on the following link in order to find the handout: Listening Comprehension- Cape Town Gangs, Race and Poverty 20 years after Apartheid

TASK 1: Watch documentary until minute 09:00 and answer the questions provided (enable subtitles).

Activity I: Fill in the gaps with the corresponding words as you hear them

  1. The ________ people were left behind Apartheid.
  1. Cape Town is the second ________ city of SouthAfrica.
  1. Cape Town is still one of the most ________ cities of the world.
  1. ________ in South Africa is between Blacks and Coloureds now.
  1. It was a very close ________ in district 6.
  1. ________ people were forced to move to the Cape Flats by 1982.

Activity II: Picture description (blog task)

Take a look at the following picture and write down a 150-200 word description in your copybook. Once corrected by your teacher, upload it on your blog.

Refer to: 

1.- Location / distribution of information (at the bottom, at the top, in the foreground, in the background, in the center, on the left/right, etc.)/ actions / colors /etc.. What can I see in the picture? Use the map below:

2.- The IB topic option: “Cultural Diversity”. What kind of culture is present in the picture? How do you think that people interact with each other there?

3.- The target language and link it with your own personal experience: What place is it? What is special about that place? Have you been to a place with similar characteristics?

Nowadays coloured people in Cape Flats feel discriminated by Black people. In the past, this situation was a lot different.

Activity 3: Oral activity. Practice answering the following questions with a partner:

  1. Have you ever been to South Africa? What do you know about this country?
  2. Why is it possible to say that South Africa has been an important country for the world history?
  3. What important sociopolitical changes have taken place in South Africa during the last 30 years?
  4. What is your personal opinion about racism? Do you consider yourself a racist person? Why/Why not?
  5. Is Chile a racist country? Why/Why not?

 

Test preparation

Dear students,

Find a reading activity that is going to help you to develop a new strategy for our coming test. In addition, will you find two relative clauses explanatory charts, just in case you still have some question about that content.

Making sense of halves

When asked to match the first part of a sentence with its appropriate ending, do not rely solely on syntactic clues. While grammar and its rules may be helpful, it is your understanding of the text and its context that will allow you to make appropriate matches.

Example:Example 1

Extra practiceClick on the image below to find the reading activity:
Extra Practice

 

Answer: 1) H  2) F  3) B  4) G

Relative Clauses:

Find two explanatory charts about relative clauses:

relative clauses

relative clauses2