Saturday, 1. September 2018

Present Simple - Continuous

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Wednesday, 29. August 2018

English File Intermediate

Lots of online practice, specific for each unit (also includes vocabulary practice and phonetics)


Friday, 1. December 2017


Phonetic Transcription Exercise 1
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Thursday, 1. December 2016

Past Simple - Present Perfect

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Present Perfect Simple - Continuous

Exercise 1
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Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
(number 7: (a) to see someone = to date someone
(b) the word "have" is already in the exercise, you'll have to insert it again anyway)

Monday, 14. November 2016

Present Perfect

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Friday, 6. June 2014

The Swinging Sixties


History and Politics


1. Name five key events from the 1960s (including their year), and explain why they are important in your opinion. Then, pick another few events that are also interesting to know (but maybe not that important).

The following pages may help you:
History - 1960s
Wikipedia - 1960s
About History - 1960s
American Cultural History 1960s
The Sixties - Timeline

2. Which presidents governed America during the 1960s?
Pick one of them and find out more about him.

3. Explain what the "New Frontier" and the "Great Society" proposals were, which difficulties they faced and to what extent they were put into action.

Civil Rights Movement


2. Two prominent civil rights activists, Martin Luther King and Malcom X, were both active in the 1960s, and both of them were assassinated.
What did each one of them want to change, and what message did they try to convey? In which ways did their teaching differ?

Martin Luther King - Biography
Martin Luther King - Wikipedia

Malcom X
Malcom X - Wikipedia

2. Can you also see differences in their rhetorics?
(watch "I have a dream" and "Who taught you to hate yourself?")

Socio-Cultural Background


1. What role did San Francisco play with regard to the socio-political developments of the 1960s? Can you explain the lyrics of the song "San Francisco" (1967) by the Mamas & the Papas?

2. What were the reasons why there were a lot of protests on college campuses in America?
Watch this video.

3. Which toys became popular in the 1960s, and how does this reflect the socio-cultural background of the period?



1. 1960s Hits

Listen to the following songs from the 1960s. Which is your favorite and your least favorite one, and why? Where do you see aspects of the time in which they were written?

The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
The Beatles - She Loves You (1963)
The Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun (1964)
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone (1965)
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966)
The Rolling Stones - Paint it Black (1966)
Aretha Franklin - Respect (1967)
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love (1969)
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back (1969)
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun (1969)

2. Woodstock

Can you explain why Woodstock such a big deal?
In which ways was it different from modern open-air music festivals?

Have a look at this video and the following life performances:

Joe Cocker
Janis Joplin
Jimi Hendrix

TV and Film
(descriptions partly based on IMBd and Wikipedia)

Watch some trailers and scenes from movies made in the 1960s or taking place in the 1960s. What image do the give us of the time period? What image do they convey of men and women’s roles? What can you say about the fashion and hairstyles of the time after watching them?

The ones marked with an asterisk (*) are movies we could watch, so pick your favorites!


1. TV Series and Movies Made in the 1960s

*Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - Party scene

A romantic comedy that follows a young writer who falls in love with his neighbor: an independent young woman who wants to be well known in society and enjoys high-fashion and wild parties.

*The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Theme

An Italian spaghetti western film that revolves around three gunslingers competing to find a fortune in buried Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of gunfights, hangings, American Civil War battles and prison camps.

Easy Rider (1969) - Original trailer

An American road movie that tells the story of two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South. Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle.

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) -
First episode opening

An American science fiction television series that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s.

>> Other well-known examples are Psycho (1960), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), *Goldfinger (James Bond) (1964), For a Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Flintstones (1960-66)

b. TV Series and Movies Set in the 1960s

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) - Trailer
First radio broadcast (without music)

Set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, this film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on the Armed Forces Radio Service, who proves hugely popular with the troops, but infuriates his superiors with what they call his "irreverent (=disrespectful) tendency".

*Catch Me If You Can (2002) - Trailer

An American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a parish prosecutor.

Down With Love (2003) - Trailer

This romantic comedy takes place in New York City in 1962; love is blooming between a journalist and a feminist advice author, who's falling head over heels despite her beau's playboy lifestyle.

Dreamgirls (2006) - Trailer

A film about the history of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s.

*Mad Men (TV series, 1912 - present) - Promo Season 1

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious advertising agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

>> Other well-known examples are *Forrest Gump, Hair, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Austin Powers, *Big Fish, Brokeback Mountain, Dirty Dancing.

World Movies


India: Monsoon Wedding (2001)

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, an event planner who is in love, and relatives from around the world all prepare for an arranged marriage in India.

Ireland: Waking Ned (1998)

When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money by pretending that he is still alive.

New Zealand: Whale Rider (2002)

A twelve-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only.

Wales: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain (1995)

When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

Scotland: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2003)

Harbour and his suicidal brother Wilbur inherit their father's used bookstore in their native Glasgow. Their lives become entangled with Alice and her daughter Mary after the two women visit the shop.

Jamaica: Cool Runnings (1993)

Based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics.


(descriptions partly based on IMBd and Wikipedia)

Thursday, 5. June 2014

Varieties of English


Read about different varieties of English

This webpage by the University of Duisburg offers a lot of information about different varieties of English, including maps, historic background, and sound files. To look at individual varieties, click on "Varieties of English".

Also Wikipedia has a list of all varieties of English and information about them.

Listen to different accents

Listen to English accents around the world in the Speech Accent Archive and the British Library.

For accents in Great Britain only, see the BBC voice recordings, which also give you more information on the speakers' background.

If you want to listen to a Scottish accent, you can also do this here.

You may also look at how English spread throughout the world.


Thursday, 3. February 2011

The Roaring Twenties

1. See how much you know about the 1920s in the "Roaring Twenties Game".
a) What were some of the greatest changes of the 1920s?
b) Was there anything that surprised you?

2. How were the 1920s different in different parts of the world? Why was this the case? (Wiki)

3. The 1920s are also called the Jazz Age, and there were many famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter . While silent movies dominated the early 1920s, with stars like Charlie Chaplin,
dialogues became possible in the late 1920s.

4. Also dancing was very important in the 1920s. Popular dances of were the Charleston (also here) and the Baltimore, but also other ballroom dances.

Do you think the music and dances reflect the spirit of the age? If yes, how so?

5. Watch the beginning of this video of life in the 1920s. What do you notice?

6. What ended the "roaring twenties", and why?


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