hi guys, here's a small exercise for you (courtesy of my colleague Martín).
Read this text excerpted from an entry in the blog of a Scotsman currently visiting Barcelona. Try to complete it without looking at the full text below.
Monday, 13 December 2010
On day 2 I was left to fend for myself in a city where I wasn’t sure which language I was supposed to speak, and spoke neither of them anyway. With my eternal shame of being a tourist, and especially an English-speaking one, this was a problem. I decided the best course of action would be to pass the day on activities involving the bare minimum human-to-human interaction. The morning would be spent in the Museum of History of Barcelona and the afternoon in the Picasso museum.
The main attraction of the MUHBA was its basement. The buildings …………….. the MUHBA were built …………. the remains of the Roman city of Barcino, ………… date from the 1st century BC to the 7th AD. The ………… sections of the museum I rather skipped through, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ruins. They are ………. more extensive than I expected, …………….. not only houses and shops, but a church, bishop’s palace, laundry, baths, wine production facility and fish sauce factory. The level of industrialisation is impressive and the remains are …………… preserved – much more than just walls and doorways – …………….. meant I could actually believe it when I ………… told what each building was used ……………... This was added to by the use of coloured lighting – blue in the baths and laundry, red in the fish sauce plant – although they could have made ………………… of this. The audio guide also explained the techniques of archaeology.
The main attraction of the MUHBA was its basement. The buildings housing the MUHBA were built above the remains of the Roman city of Barcino, which date from the 1st century BC to the 7th AD. The other sections of the museum I rather skipped through, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ruins. They are far more extensive than I expected, containing not only houses and shops, but a church, bishop’s palace, laundry, baths, wine production facility and fish sauce factory. The level of industrialisation is impressive and the remains are well preserved – much more than just walls and doorways – which meant I could actually believe it when I was told what each building was used for. This was added to by the use of coloured lighting – blue in the baths and laundry, red in the fish sauce plant – although they could have made more of this. The audio guide also explained the techniques of archaeology.
Now, you may want to check out the actual blog for a Scotsman’s fresh look at the Picasso Museum and Spanish TV.
AAAccording to the actress the protagonist directs her energy to the inside
2) The actress enjoyed doing the character
3) The actress hates shopping
4) She says she often has second thoughts about what she bought
5) She never buys when she feels pressed by shop assistants
6) Doing the film made the actress change her dressing habits
7) According to the actress today’s fashion is much about matching clothes and colours
9) The actress’ daughter is also a celebrity
10) The actress started working very young in soap operas
11) Playing the character was her dream ever since she read the books
Listen to/watch the speaker talking about Spaniards and Americans and answer the questions writing TRUE or FALSE
Answers will be checked in class as usual
1) The speaker has lived in Spain for 27 years
2) He doesn’t understand Spanish people
3) His Woody Allen’s quote is: “The older I get, the more I understand”
4) According to his survey, Spanish people are as patriotic as American people
5) American people dress more stylishly
6) American people are more secretive about business matters
7) Americans take pride in their properties
8) According to Spaniards, a Spanish person who shows off too much is probably running into debts
9) According to the speaker Social Security is much better in the USA
10) According to the speaker Americans are less family-oriented
11) Americans don’t mind moving out of their country
12) Spaniards kick their children out of home when they are 35
13) Young Spaniards with their own home still want to be with their parents
14) Spaniards have a stronger feeling of community than Americans
15) Spain is being influenced by the USA when it comes to commuting
16) Americans don’t like passing judgment on other people
17) The way Americans see people is black/white
1)Before any medical appointment_____________________________
2)If your seeing a new health provider make sure ___________________________________
3)If it’s a visit to a specialist the patient __________________________________________
4) When you visit a medical professional it’s better to keep it __________________________
5) Have your parent write down_______________________________________________
6) If you or your parent think that extra time might be needed, be sure you________________________so the doctor’s office can make note of that.
7) If you are going through most of the visits with your parent, you may need your parent fill out a medical information release form, giving you ___________________________________
Once at the appointment there are a few tips to follow
1)First they should ask to sit __________________________with their provider
2) They should take notes and frequently _____________________what they have heard.
3) It can also be beneficial to the doctor,because he or she wants to make sure that what they are saying ______________________________
4) Mum and dad should also ask for any follow-up instructions __________________ so that the information will be already available when needed.
5) In the unfortunate event you or your parent is dissatisfied with the health care they are receiving, it is vital that they________________________
6) your parent might be referred to another ______________________if the situation cannot be resolved
7) It is important to never fear taking your case to _________________________because both your parent’s health and that of others may be at stake.
Fluffee gives his opinions about a boy who became a father at the age of 13. Watch the youtube video and answer the following questions:
1) Who is the actual father?
2)What does Fluffee think about the 15 year girl who got pregnant?
3)What did the 13 year boy say when he discovered he was not the only candidate for paternity?
4)According to Fluffee, whose fault is it if the boy did what he did?
5) Who else it to blame for teenagers’ sex conduct according to Fluffee? Why?
6) What problem might the boy encounter when raising the baby?
7) How would Fluffee react if he learnt he had made a girl pregnant?
8) Do you agree with any of Fluffee’s opinions? Be prepared to discuss this in class
Hi boys and girls, here's a link (courtesy of my colleague Martín) to a video on South Africa, and some questions about it, which we will discuss in class after you have watched the video.Enjoy
A video on South Africa
Watch the video Poor Whites / Rich Blacks, get acquainted with SA English, plus some Afrikaans, and answer some questions about the social situation in present-day South Africa:
According to Phindi, what's the difference between "then" and "now"?
According to one of the Groblers, in the old times, when whites left school...
The scrapyard only hires....... Why?
What did the old system teach blacks to become?
According to Phindi, what do whites need to realize?
What reasons (both serious and joking) do Phindi and and Tshepo give about Jacob Zuma being president?
Do you have a view on what you have just watched?