lunes, 17 de octubre de 2016

The Story of Thanksgiving

Here you have a short video where you can read and listen to the
story of Thanksgiving.

Level: 1

Nobel Prize for Literature 2016: Bob Dylan

Look at the official website of the Nobel Prize and read the reason why
Bob Dylan has been awarded for the Prize.

What The Guardian published on October the 13th, including video.

What CNBC published on the same date, including video with key words.

The Independent, including video and a slideshore with pictures of Dylan.


e-mail them to together with the correct answers. Don´t forget to include your name and the course you are at. As "topic" write "Bob Dylan"

Thank you!

See also Bob Dylan´s site

Blowin´ in the wind

 Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. The refrain "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" has been described as "impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind".

Critics have described the track as revolutionary in its combination of different musical elements, the youthful, cynical sound of Dylan's voice, and the directness of the question "How does it feel?" "Like a Rolling Stone" transformed Dylan's image from folk singer to rock star, and is considered one of the most influential compositions in postwar popular music. Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at number one in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list

Just Like a Woman

The song has been criticized for supposed misogyny in its lyrics. Alan Rinzler, in his book Bob Dylan: The Illustrated Record, describes the song as "a devastating character assassination...the most sardonic, nastiest of all Dylan's putdowns of former lovers[ In 1971, New York Times writer Marion Meade wrote that "there's no more complete catalogue of sexist slurs," and went on to note that in the song Dylan "defines women's natural traits as greed, hypocrisy, whining and hysteria.[ Dylan biographer Robert Shelton noted that "the title is a male platitude that justifiably angers women," although Shelton believed that "Dylan is ironically toying with that platitude."

Knockin´on Heaven´s Door

The song describes the collapse of a deputy sheriff; dying from a bullet wound, he tells his wife "Mama, take this badge off of me; I can't use it anymore." 
In 1996 and with the consent of Bob Dylan, Scottish musician Ted Christopher wrote a new verse for "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane school massacre. This has been, according to some sources, one of the few times Dylan has officially authorized anybody to add or change the lyrics to one of his songs.

Forever Young, he said he wrote it

 "thinking about" one of his sons and "not wanting to be too sentimental."

*Text in italics taken from WIKIPEDIA



miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2016

Adjectives, verbs and prepositions

Look at these two sentences:

a. Brad Pitt is ___________ for acting in films.
b. British people often ___________ about the weather.

1. What kind of words are missing?
2. Can you complete the sentences?
3. What kind of words follow the missing words?

REMEMBER: in English certain adjectives and verbs take particular prepositions.

I ENCOURAGE you to make a list in your notebook and ADD each new example you find.

EXTRA: Complete these sentences about yourself in your notebook. Compare them with your partner´s:

I was surprised by...
The person I depend on most is...
The thing I complain about the most is...
I´m keen on...