Thursday, 31 October 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Straddling the line between fall and winter, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition ...
Click here to continue reading about this ancient Celtic festival. 
You can also find some useful information about Halloween here and some short Halloween stories here


Saturday, 26 October 2013

RELATIVE CLAUSES



First of all, let's watch these video lessons on relative clauses!




Here you can download a detailed explanation of relative clauses; you may also find these web pages very helpful!

Now do the following exercises!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

PRINCE GEORGE'S CHRISTENING


Outside St James's Palace crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of Kate and William's baby son, who was today seen in public for only the second time since he was born in July. Some royal watchers camped outside the palace for more than 24 hours to obtain a good vantage point to watch the guests arrive, but the ceremony was private. Britain's three-month-old future monarch, Prince George, wearing a long christening robe, arrived in his father's arms with his mother by their side, and appeared to wave at his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, although it was really a case of William moving his son's hand up and down; they joined the few royals attending his baptism, described as an 'intimate family affair'. Only the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry saw the heir to the throne baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in the little known Chapel Royal this afternoon. 
William and Kate hired photographer Jason Bell to take official pictures, which are expected to include a historic multi-generational photograph of the queen with three future monarchs: her son Charles, her grandson William and her great-grandson George.
Here  you can read about Prince George's christening.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

THE ART OF DRAMA


Click here to download a PDF presentation of the elements of drama.

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect. 
Percy Bysshe Shelley

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Oscar Wilde 

I love the rehearsal process in the theatre, and the visceral sense of contact and communication with a live audience.
Judd Nelson       

The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.
Stella Adler 

Friday, 18 October 2013

THE ELIZABETHAN THEATRE


Here you can download a PDF presentation of the Elizabethan theatre. I hope you will find it useful!
Click here to watch a short documentary on Shakespeare's Globe. Happy viewing!


Here you will find another great video of  the Globe Theatre in London. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE


Here you can download and read the eBook of Jane Austen's all-time novel and then you can listen to the full audio-book. 


Click here if you need a thorough revision of the novel. 
Here you can watch the best clips of the 2005 British film based on Jane Austen's novel.







Saturday, 12 October 2013

THE RENAISSANCE - THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT


Here you can find an interesting overview of  the Renaissance.


"No age can be adequately defined by a short phrase, but it was a happy thought which prompted the statement that the Renaissance was the age of the discovery of man. Add the importance, not only of man in general, but of the individual."
Murray Anthony Potter


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

THE SONNET


Here  you can download a PDF Presentation of the sonnet.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

WORLD TEACHERS' DAY



"A Call for Teachers" is the slogan for World Teachers' day. This year's celebrations will focus on UNESCO's work on quality teachers for global citizenship and cultural diversity. Teachers develop learners' abilities to build a sustainable future with citizens who are able to take action in their own communities and contribute to global challenges.


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

OCTOBER


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Robert Frost


Here  you can download a booklet on Robert Frost's poetry.