英語で見る: Living in Venezuela

Please go here to watch a film about American tourists watching the everyday life in Venezuela (about 5 min.). After watching this BBC documentary, think about the questions below.

HOMEWORK
Read the questions below, think about them all and write answer to one of them (5-10 sentences).
1. What is special about the tours presented in the film?
2. Would you like to go on such a tour? Why (not)?
3. What do you think “socially responsible tourism” is?

英語で見る: Working from home

Please go here to watch a film about a couple who runs a blog and lives from it (about 3 min., English subtitles). After watching this BBC documentary, think about the questions below.

HOMEWORK
Read the questions below, think about them all and write answer to one of them (5-10 sentences).
1. What are the good things about working from home?
2. What are the difficulties connected with working from home?
3. Would you like to have your office in your house? Why (not)?

英語で見る: Jason Lewis: Circumnavigating the world

Please go here to watch a film about a guy who went around the world using only human power (about 3 min., English subtitles). After watching this BBC documentary, think about the questions below.

HOMEWORK
Read the questions below, think about them all and write answer to one of them (5-10 sentences).
1. Who is Jason Lewis? What did he do?
2. Do such “projects” impress you? Why (not)?
3. Do you know anybody who made something very impressive (in your opinion)? What was it?

英語で読む: Two poems by Rich Accetta-Evans

EVERY DAY

Every day my father
Got out of bed at five
And my mother – up before him –
Had his breakfast waiting.

Their quiet breakfast voices
And the clinking of their dishes
Were carried on the stillness
To the darkness of my room.

They ate poached egg on toast
And drank their coffee strong and black.

October, 1993

FALL CAMPOUT

Ten boys and four men, with their packs
Walk in the leaf-filled ruts
On a road into the woods.

They find a clearing on a hill,
Pitch their canvas,
Gather wood.

After dark, the campfire burns.
They stand with faces toward the flame
And long cold shadows thrown behind.

Inside the zippered tent at last:
A smell of mold,
A sound of falling leaves,
A bit of moonlight
Coming through the open flap.

January 1995

HOMEWORK
Read the poem above, think of the questions below and answer one of them (5-10 sentences).
1. What is the poem about? Retell the story in your own words.
2. Write a similar text about something that you remember from your childhood.
3. Do you read poetry sometimes? Why (not)? Do you have a favorite poet? Who is it?

英語で見る: Oymyakon, the coldest village on Earth

From Daily Mail.
Please go here to find the whole version of the text and to see photos of the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.

Welcome to the coldest village on Earth

If you thought it was cold where you are at the moment then a visit to the Russian village of Oymyakon might just change your mind. With the average temperature for January standing at -50C, it is no wonder the village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world. Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, the coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was -71.2C.

Russian village of Oymyakon has lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location. Nothing grows so locals live off diet of reindeer meat and horse meat but never suffer malnourishment. Locals keep their cars running all day for fear of them not starting again if turned off. Digging graves for a funeral can take up to three days as ground has to be thawed with hot coals.

Homework

After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them:
1. Would you like to visit Oymyakon? Why (not)?
2. What do you think: why do people live in such extreme places? Why don’t they move to a place with more comfortable living conditions?
3. Which of the photos in the text did you like most? Why?

英語で見る: Super.Full (映画)

Please go here to watch a film about a couple chasing their dream (about 8 min., English subtitles). After watching the movie, think about the questions below.

HOMEWORK
Read the questions below, think about them all and write answer to one of them (5-10 sentences).
1. Retell the story told in the film.
2. Have you ever experienced having a meal in an expensive restaurant and being hungry immediately after that? Where was it? What did you eat?
3. Did you like the film? Why (not)?

Beginner’s reading: Electronics and children

From English for Everyone website.
The text below is taken from here.

Marcia says that all of her friends have a cell phone, but Marcia’s mom doesn’t want to buy her one. Marcia’s mom doesn’t want Marcia to play video games either. What is more, the Internet scares her.
Marcia’s mom says, “If Marcia has a cell phone, how do we know whom she is talking to? Video games are bad for you. The Internet is dangerous and uncontrolled. It’s like having a gun in the house. We should just ban her from using the computer, and I’m not buying her a cell phone until she is eighteen. This is the only way we can be sure that Marcia is safe.”
Marcia’s dad disagrees with Marcia’s mom. Although he agrees that there are some dangers to it, he likes the Internet, and finds it to be very useful. “The trouble is,” he says, “We just can’t stop Marcia from using the Internet, as this would put her at a disadvantage. What is more, I like video games. I think that, when played in moderation, they are fun. Obviously, it is not good to play them without restraint or self-control. Finally, I think Marcia needs a cell phone. We can’t take these things away.”

Please check the English for Everyone website to find more good reading!

Homework:
Read the text above and go to the link to find some questions. Please answer them all. You may also answer one of the questions below:
1. The text is about electronic devices and children. What devices are mentioned? What two opinions about using them by children are mentioned?
2. What electronic devices did you use as a child? What was your favorite one?
3. What is your opinion about electronic devices and children?