Friday, 24 February 2012

LAB ACTIVITIES - IMPROVING LISTENING & SPEAKING

A. Speak English Fluently - Rule 3

Watch the video and anwer the questions below


1.  What’s A. J. Hoge’s job in your opinion?  2.       What’s his “rule number three”?  3.       What is he giving advice/suggestions about?  4.  Why do non-native speakers,  who study English at school,  have troubles especially with their speaking?  5.  What do they learn at school, then?  6. Do native speakers (American, British, Canadian) know much about grammar? Why? Why not?  7.   How do they learn the language, then?  8.      A.J. Hoge suggests to start listening easy materials at first. What does he mean by easy?  9.    Does A. J. Hoge think it is possible to use something difficult to listen to? How? 10.   When and how much should you listen to English materials according to A. J.? 11.   What  do you think is the real aim of this video ? 12.   Do you think A.J. ‘s suggestions are good?  13.   How often do you  listen to English audio/video materials?  Do you think it helps you to improve your  English?  
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B.  The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey will be released in December 2012.  Listen and complete the transcript of the trailer .



Bilbo: My dear Frodo, you 1).…….……………. me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my 2).………………………….. Well, I can honestly say I have told you the 3)……………………... I may not have told you all of it. 

Gandalf: Bilbo Baggins, I’m looking for 4). ………………………….. to share in an adventure. 

Bilbo: I can’t just go running off into the blue. I’m a Baggins of Baggin. 

Gandalf: Bilbo! Allow me to 5) ……………………………. Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori and the 6) ………………………………… of our company, Thorin Oakenshield. 

(Thorin and dwarves singing) 

Far over the misty 7) …………………………………… cold 
To dungeons deep and 8)  .…………………………… old 
The pines were roaring on the heights 
The 9) …………………………….were moaning in the night 
The fire was red , it flaming spread 
The 10) ……………………………………….like torches blazed with light 

Thorin Oakenshield: I  11) ……………………………………. garantee his safety 
Gandalf: Understood
Thorin Oakenshield: Nor will I be 12)………………………………………………..for his fate 

Gandalf: You’ll have a tale or two to tell when you 13) ……………………………………………….
Bilbo: You can 14)………………………………….. that I will come back? 
Gandalf: No. And if you  15)………………………………, you will not be the same 

Bilbo: My name is Bilbo Baggins 
Gollum: Bagginses. What is a Bagginses? Precioussss …





N.B. You can download the worksheet  for these activities and the transcript of the trailer from the Widget_Box on the right sidebar.

2 comments:

  1. These are great exercises you have here! I agree that you have to listen more than seeing and writing a second language. The only thing is if you were to listen to an American teenager, you might not follow easily with the accent and slang that even native speakers have trouble comprehending. You know what I mean? I notice that when I try to listen and understand Spanish in Mexico, I cannot, and when I visit Spain, I can.

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  2. Well, as an Italian teacher of English, I know what the difficulties of my students might be in listening to bits of English. So I choose audio materials with different accents, but never too difficult to them. Teenagers' slang can be impossible to decipher in any language for an adult, for instance.
    I learn from them. I must ask when they use their favourite idioms. A quite recent acquisition in their slang here is "scialla" that you can't find in our official dictionary , but they always say it. It means "calm down/ slow down/ don't worry/ don't get excited/ take your time/ no hurry" in their vocabulary.
    You know, our teenagers' vocabulary gets poorer and poorer. They know very few words even in their mother-tongue and to teach them a foreign language is not an easy task. But I'm not fond of easy tasks, I like challenges. Thanks for your comment!

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