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CNN provides  a wonderful resource for students of English who want to keep their English alive. Every week you can watch a different item of news and if you ever feel that it’s a bit difficult, the scripts are available.

Have a try!

CNN Student News

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Telling Stories

Version 1:

Once upon a time in the square of a little town there was a one-band man, called Bass, who was playing music. A little girl was approaching the fountain in the middle of the square when Bass noticed she had a gold coin. He started playing louder to call her attention because he wanted her to give him the coin.
On the other side of the square, another one-band man, called Treble, started playing music because he also wanted the gold coin! Both of them started a music competition to get the money.
They fought so violently that the little girl was scared of them and, accidentally, she dropped the coin. As they saw it going down the drain, they felt miserable.
She was really furious and asked them for her money but they were broke.
Then she asked them for a violin and started playing it but she did it awfully. After tuning it she played it wonderfully.
She did it so well that a passer-by gave her a bag full of gold coins! She was going back home when she picked up two coins from the bag and pretended she was giving them to Bass and Treble. They were really happy about it but, unfortunately, she threw them to the top of the fountain and left.
At the end we can see both Bass and Treble trying to get the coins out of the fountain.
Moral: Don’t fight! If you work together, you’ll get better results.

Version 2:

Once upon a time in the square of a little town, there was a one-band man, called Bass, trying to earn money with his music. There was nobody in the square until a little girl turned up. She was walking towards the fountain carrying a gold coin in her hand. Bass noticed it and started playing louder to call her attention.
She approached him and was going to give him her coin when, suddenly, she could hear music coming from the other side of the square. It was Treble, who also wanted to get the gold coin!
Both musicians started a “music battle” to get the money. The little girl was so scared that, accidentally, she dropped the coin and it rolled and rolled until it went down the drain. They felt miserable.
The little girl was really furious and she wanted her money back but both Bass and Treble were broke. Then, she asked them for a violin and started playing it. At first, she did it awfully but she tuned the violin and, surprisingly, she played wonderfully. She did it so well that a passer-by gave her a bag full of gold coins!
As she was leaving, she picked up two coins from the bag and pretended she was going to give them to the musicians. Finally, she threw the coins to the top of the fountain.
The story ends showing Bass and Treble trying to get the coins from the fountain.
MORAL: Don’t fight! If you work together, you’ll get better results.

 

London Calling

Even if you have been to London and you know it like the palm of your hand, you’ll learn something new about this alluring city. Next time you go to London, I’m sure you’ll look at it with different eyes and if you’ve never been there you’ll just become an expert.

It’s always a good idea to try again the interactive unit we have been working with. Click on the picture and enjoy!

LondonCalling

Film English

FilmEnglishAs I told you in our last lesson, Film English is a wonderful site by Kieran Donaghy that provides lesson plans designed around short films. It is highly popular and lots of teachers visit it.

It has received critical acclaim winning various awards, including winner of Best Individual Blog and Runner-up in The Best Use of Video in the 2011 Edublog Awards; the 2011 TEFL.net  Site of the Year; and British Council Teaching English Featured Blog of the Month.

It also won a British Council ELTons award for Innovation in Teacher Resources and won the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media, the most important media and education award in Europe, in 2013. (http://film-english.com/about-2/)

You can get stories for you own lessons from these pages:

Vimeo Staff Picks

Future Shorts

Short of the Week

Stories in the classroom

No one can deny the power of a good story. Stories are like a journey that can take you to unknown places and that can make you get the most rewarding experiences you can think of. Everybody likes being told a story and they are an essential part of us. So, why not using stories in the clssroom?
One-band Man is an amazing story by Pixar which has endless posibilities in the classroom regardless the subject you are teaching.
Enjoy it!
http://vimeo.com/15914491