1.en.05 Gender Stereotypes 

Images used in the  media to portray men and women are essential to build up our perception of gender stereotypes. Some brands have adopted new strategies such as challenging  gender stereotypes brand  themselves have contributed to build up. Building up women’s confidence and self esteem is part of their aim.

Always is a brand of sanitary pads. Therefore,  it is not difficult to guess what their target group is. Recently, it launched a campaign that went viral. Have a look at the video.  Do you think it is effective? Did it make you reflect? If you had been asked to run like a girl what would have been your answer?

(més…)

1.en.03 Let’s talk about People. Describing People


This post will help you when you have to talk or write about a photograph or an image.

Have a look at David Mainwood’s presentation below. He’s the English teacher and a blogger, who made this excellent presentation that will surely help you improve your oral skills and face the oral exam with much more confidence.  Copy the useful language that appears in slide 28 and have it at hand. You can use the pics in David’s presentation or some others of your choice. The aim is to internalise the steps in picture description until it comes out naturally.  It will take you more than one try.  You have 18 slides to get you started.Shortcode

You can also visit David’s blog by clicking on the image below

Smart BLOG

The more you practise the skill the easier it’ll become for you. Here you are some useful tips:

  • Practise picture description with a friend, you’ll be able to help each other by prompting, asking questions, giving feedback and interacting.
  • Follow the steps, but be natural. If a pic surprises you, you can say so! You do not have to wait until the very last stage to express your surprise.

By practising oral description of pictures you will also improve your writing skills. The language used in picture description is also useful for writing essays:

discussion/for and against / argument essays.

Continue reading

1.en.02 Humans of New York (HONY): a mosaic of portraits and stories

In 2010, Brandon Stanton  set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers. Seven years later, his photoblog is followed by more than 7 million people on social media. It has become so very popular among New Yorkers that now everyone in the city knows what the acronym hony stands for.  Sometimes Brandon accompanies his pics with a  caption, a quote or even a story.

Let’s look at one of his photos:

(més…)

1.en.01 PLAYING WITH WORDS

Let’s start the year playing…

Close your eyes. What is the first image that comes to your mind when you hear the word  PLAY?

Write it down and share your ideas with your partners.

Look at this  dictionary entry of the word Play

  • How many different uses of the word play can you think of?
  • What about collocations with play? Phrasal verbs? Idiomatic expressions?
  • Check in a dictionary the number of entries of this word.

Now watch the first part of this video. How many uses of play can you identify

Now watch the first part of this video. How many uses of play can you identify

Now we’ll watch the rest of the video.

  • How many words ( at least 3 ) can you identify? How many uses of the word?
  • What are the scenes that connect one word with the next?
  • After discussing with your group choose a spokesperson and share your findings with the class

Homework: Use one monolingual and /or a collocation dictionary  and  write down 5  different examples  of some of the word that appear in the video.

Here are some useful links to two dictionaries of collocations and a good monolingual one:

Monolingual

Captura de pantalla 2014-09-12 a la(s) 12.43.39 PM

Collocations

Dictionary collocations