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Celebrate St. David’s Day 28 February 2015

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March 1 is St. David’s Day
Wales celebrates it’s national day

Watch the film made to celebrate St. David’s Day, the National Day of Wales.

On Think English YouTube channel you’ll find credits to the authors for their video clips used and edited in this film. Enjoy!


Halloween 2012 18 December 2012

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On October 31st, students at Wojciech Korfanty High School celebrated Halloween. The celebrations included a special lesson about this holiday and typical customs which were presented as a multimedia presentation full of music, images, videos and interactive activities. The lesson had been prepared with the Flow!Works software.

Afterwards students were asked to write reports some of which were rewarded with an A and one of the students wrote a short text about Halloween itself. It is published below for everyone to read and enjoy. It’s illustrated with a few pictures taken during one of the lessons.

Halloween by Justyna Kulesza I c LO

Halloween is annually celebrated on 31 October. It’s the time of pumpkins, candies, ghosts, witches and much more. This pagan festival celebrates the return of the souls of the dead who come back to visit places where they used to live.

In the evening there are lots of Halloween parties or fancy dress parties. People dress up as witches, ghosts, devils, cats, bats, hunters or anything scary. Houses are decorated with pumpkins with candles put inside.

Some children from UK follow the American custom called “Trick or Treat”. They knock at your house and ask: “Trick or treat?”. If you give them some money or some sweets (a treat), they go away. Otherwise, they play a trick on you like squirting water in your face.

St Patrick’s Day 2012 – students’ reports 3 May 2012

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On March 16th, the day before the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day, the students at Wojciech Korfanty High School celebrated the National Day of Ireland that is so well known all over the world. This year the celebrations included a special lesson on Irish culture and customs which were presented to students as a multimedia presentation full of music, images, videos and interactive activities. The lesson had been prepared with the Flow!Works software.

The images of the presentation itself may be downloaded from here:

After the lesson students were asked to write reports the best of which were rewarded with A’s and “SurPrizes”. Now, these reports illustrated with a few pictures can finally be published for everyone to enjoy.

Aleksandra Surmiak I a LO
It happened on March 16 when we were at school. During our English lesson we learnt various facts about the Republic of Ireland. Then we took a trip to Dublin. It was fantastic! I really want to see Dublin Castle. After that we heard the charm of Irish music. These songs were very catchy. Later we read and listened about St Patrick’s Day. Afterwards we checked our knowledge about Irish symbols and customs. I remember that Daria did an exercise on the interactive whiteboard (see the picture!). In the end we learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross. It was very difficult but I did it!

The English lesson was really interesting. I liked the Irish music most. I would like to have more lessons like this.

Patrycja Hojbach I a LO
On Friday, March 16, during our English lesson we talked about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. At first, our teacher asked us to pose for a photo by the whiteboard, cause we were all dressed in green. Then he showed us a multimedia presentation about Ireland and its traditions. Later we solved some tasks and answered questions asked by the teacher. In this way we learnt a lot about the country. Our next task was to make St Bridget’s cross – with nine drinking straws and four rubber bands. It was quite funny because no one knew how to do it though our teacher kept showing and explaining. Once we completed this task, he rewarded us with “plus points”.

I would like more lessons to be like this, cause by playing we can learn more and there is always a prize. This lesson I will remember very well, with a smile on my face.

Emilia Zachraj II a LO
Last Friday we had a fantastic lesson in school. All second class met in classroom number 106 at 10 o’clock and our teacher started his lesson.

First, we learnt various facts about the Republic of Ireland. We got to know a lot of interesting things. Then we took a short trip to Dublin. This show had been prepared very well. We felt as if it was a real trip. Secondly, we saw the beauty of Irish landscapes and we listened to Irish music. In my opinion Irish music is not for me. I don’t like it. Then we read and listened about St Patrick’s Day. The teacher checked our knowledge about Irish symbols and customs. I was surprised because we could answer all the questions. After that we learnt and practised some expressions connected to St Patrick’s Day. In the end, we learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross. This thing was really difficult but now we can make this cross.

This lesson was really interesting and funny and we learnt more things than during a normal lesson. We want a lot of such lessons.

Paulina Citak II a LO
A few days ago my English teacher really surprised us. We had a very interesting lesson about Ireland. We learnt a lot of facts about the Republic of Ireland.

We listened to the national song and we saw the flag of this country. The flag of the Republic of Ireland is tricolour: green, white and orange. Next, we took a trip to Dublin. Dublin is the capital city. This city is very beautiful. There are interesting places to see, for example Samuel Beckett Bridge, Trinity College and Dublin Castle. We admired the beauty of Irish landscapes. There are a lot of green meadows but the cliffs are one of Ireland’s most impressive landmarks. These cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean offer spectacular views. Next, we listened to beautiful Irish music. I also learnt about Irish symbols. Shamrock is one Ireland’s symbols. At the end of the lesson we read and listened about St Patrick’s Day. This is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, wearing of green clothes, public parades and processions. We also learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross. St Bridget is the second most popular Irish saint.

The lesson about Ireland was very exciting. I think that there should be more such lessons.


A Few Words About Adele… 1 December 2011

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A Few Words About Adele…

Today, I would like to write about Adele – a great musician with an incredible voice. Her full name is: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins but everyone knows her as Adele.

She was born on 5 May 1988. She was the first recipient of the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice and she was named the number-one act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2008.

I didn’t like her from the start, until I heard the songs: “Rolling in the deep”, “Someone like you” and “Set fire to the rain”. While I was watching on Youtube her live show on the stage, when Adele was singing “Someone like you” – I totally fell in love with her, cause I thought: “Oh my god, her voice is so incredible”.

Really, she’s a real artist and a great person. I remember when a woman (don’t remember her name) said that Adele was fat. I really liked the way she answered. She said: “I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears”. That was a smart and not offensive answer.

She gave her heart and soul to her songs, and I think that this is the most important thing that makes her so special.


Your Turn!

1. Write a comment on Adele’s songs: what do you feel or think when you listen to them? Paste it HERE.

2. Write a few words about YOUR favourite artist: who he/she is, what he/she does, why he/she is special for you?Paste it HERE.

3. Translate into Polish the first part of the “Someone Like You” song by Adele.Then, paste your translation as a comment HERE, for everyone to read.

Someone Like You

I heard that you’re settled down.
That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
It ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the lie.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited,
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded,
That for me, it isn’t over.

Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you two.
Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah.

Scottish Day Report 10 December 2010

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During the last week in November the students in Wojciech Korfanty High School in Jastrzębie Zdrój, Poland, got an opportunity to learn what St. Andrew, Annie Lennox, red lion, thistle, bagpipes, golf, haggis and the monster of a certain lake have in common. The common denominator was Scotland whose national day is celebrated in November which was the reason why English teachers, Barbara Będkowska and Ryszard Oślizło, arranged a school “Scottish Day”, trying to show their students more about the country with the biggest number of famous inventors in history.

During English classes in the week preceding the “Scottish Day”, not only did the students learn lots of fascinating facts about the country, but they could also admire the beauty of Scottish landscapes scattered with magnificent lakes, moors and castles. Such a virtual trip around Scotland was made possible owing to an interactive whiteboard as well as an amazing PowerPoint presentation, “A Trip to Scotland”.

A great many students, enchanted by the Scottish culture and armed with knowledge about the country, enthusiastically took part in two contests, where, following heated competition among the contestants, the winners were finally appointed: Patrycja Sikora, Małgorzata Reguła and Ewelina Bek (in the individual contest) as well as Justyna Salamon/Emilia Kowalska and Martyna Kosmala/Natalia Kapała (in the group contest). The winners were rewarded with English dictionaries and books sponsored by Pearson Longman and Oxford University Press.

Also, some students had an opportunity to watch a documentary about the homeland of Macbeth and the Stuart dynasty. Impressed by the programme and the classes, students made interesting theme projects, such as posters or even a book on Scotland, written and illustrated by Magdalena Dzierża of IIa LO.

No doubt, it was a great day for both having fun and acquiring knowledge of the “land of tradition and legends” which many students will hopefully hold in memory for a long time.

Scottish Day 21 November 2010

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Czy wiesz, co łączy świętego Andrzeja, Annie Lennox, czerwonego lwa, oset, dudy, golfa, haggis oraz potwora z pewnego jeziora?

Dzień szkocki

w Zespole Szkół nr 2
29 listopada 2010

W ramach „Dnia szkockiego” w ZS nr 2 odbędą się specjalne lekcje poświęcone Szkocji, konkursy tematyczne oraz projekcja filmu dla wybranych klas.

1. Konkursy wiedzy o Szkocji:
– quiz zespołowy (aula, godz. 8.50)
– quiz indywidualny (aula, godz. 9.45)

2. Zgłoszenia udziału do 26.11.2010 przyjmują:

p. Barbara Będkowska (sala 9B)
p. Ryszard Oślizło (sala 106 B)

3. Materiały pomocnicze do quizu indywidualnego do odebrania u ww. nauczycieli.


Zobacz projekty nt. Szkocji
wykonane przez naszych uczniów!

Happy Halloween! 19 October 2010

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Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31 and the day is full of scary and creepy Halloween characters: witches on brooms, swooping bats, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses and more.

The History
The history of Halloween is not clear, but it most probably dates back to 700 B.C. to the Celts from northern England, Ireland and Scotland. November 1 was the first day of their new year and the end of the harvest season. It was also thought to be a day of the dead.

The Colours
Orange and black are two Halloween colors because the former is associated with harvests and the latter with death.

The Costumes
To drive away the spirits and to tame the dead, on October 31 the Celts dressed in costumes, lit bonfires, and offered food and drink to masked celebrants.

The Name
Christians made November 1 All Saints’ Day (or All Hallow Day) and the night before was called “All Hallow Eve” which was later shortened to Halloween.

The Holiday
Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions. In the 19th century, Halloween gradually became less religious and more secular community-based children’s holiday.

The Traditions
The two best known Halloween traditions are trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns. They were brought to America in the 1840s by the Irish escaping the Great Potato Famine.

On Halloween, Irish peasants begged the rich for food and they were given cookies, candies, and fruit. Those who refused were “tricked” somehow by the poor peasants.

Jack-o-lanterns go back to an old Irish story about a man called Stingy Jack. He wasn’t allowed to enter Heaven so he wandered the world and lit his way with a burning coal in a hollowed out turnip. In fact, the first jack-o-lanterns were carved out of turnips but when the Irish came to America pumpkin carving became much more popular.

See how to make your own

Interested in more fascinating Halloween facts? Check out the History.com website:

HALLOWEEN at History.com


Your Turn!

1. Go to the History.com website where you will learn lots of facts about pumpkins. Then decide which of the following 7 statements are true and which are false and paste your answers here: CLICK AND PASTE YOUR ANSWERS! Don’t forget to correct the false answers! Only one person will get the points for the task!

1. Pumpkins originated in South America.
2. Pumpkin has no fat.
3. Each pumpkin has lots of protein.
4. In 19th century people believed that pumpkins could cure freckles.
5. There is the World “Punkin Chunkin” Championship every year in Delaware.
6. Connecticut field pumpkin can’t be used to make jack-o-lanterns.
7. Someone may steal your pumpkin from your porch on October 31.

2. Go to the History.com website where you will listen about vampires. Then decide which of the following 6 statements are true and which are false and paste your answers here: CLICK AND PASTE YOUR ANSWERS! Don’t forget to correct the false answers! Only one person will get the points for the task!

1. Belief in vampires comes from bats.
2. Vampires were first linked to bats in 16th century.
3. The explorers in Central America said they had been bitten by vampires.
4. Europeans believed that some dead people could come back as vampires.
5. Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” was first published in February 1896.
6. Dracula’s victims were innocent women.

A Killing Week with Agatha Christie! 10 October 2010

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The last week in September at W. Korfanty High School in Jastrzębie Zdrój proved to be absolutely killing. Following the example of the English Riviera, along with the rest of the world, the students took part in the exciting Agatha Christie theme week to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Queen of Crime’s birth year. The celebrations were arranged and prepared by English teachers, Ryszard Oślizło, Katarzyna Śnieg and Kinga Głowacka helped by the committed students: Magdalena Tęcza, Agnieszka Marszał, Sandra Pałka, Bartłomiej Brandys, Klaudia Reszka, Klaudia Fryzowicz, Krystian Nowak and Adam Piernikarczyk.

The Queen of Crime

Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist in the world and her books have been translated into nearly every foreign language. Only the Bible and Shakespeare’s works sell better than her 79 detective-stories which made her detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, as famous as their creator.

The Events

During the Agatha Christie Week at W. Korfanty High School more than 40 students took part in various competitions, quizzes, special events and creative tasks. Moreover, after attending a series of lessons and watching a programme on the life of Dame Agatha, there was no one at the school who wouldn’t know who Agatha Christie was, what she wrote and why she is so famous.

Those who wanted to take part in the multi-part competition could choose to do the tasks they liked best: some designed Agatha Christie book covers or wrote reviews, others made theme projects, enjoyed the quizzes or the special edition of the Who wants to be a millionaire game show where all the questions concerned the life and works of Agatha Christie.

Become a Detective

Everyone could even try their hand at a little detective work! There were 4 clues hidden on the premises of the school (the victim, the method, the motive and the scene of crime) to be found and used to guess which book they came from. A similar game with different clues was prepared for the Think English website users from all over the world.

The Prizes

For each project, quiz or game the participants collected points and the winners who managed to collect the most of them were rewarded with excellent prizes, such as: a PC Game And Then There Were None, 2 DVD films (Death on the Nile and Sad Cypress), 7 different books by Agatha Christie and her autobiography.

The Winners

Out of up to 100 points to collect, the winners obtained as follows:

I. The Agatha Christie competition (projects, quizzes, clues games):
1. Bartłomiej Brandys (IV g T): 90 points,
2. Małgorzata Reguła (III b T): 70 points,
3. Patrycja Sikora (III b T): 50 points,

4. Ewa Lipok (kl. IV b T): 45 points,
5. Madgalena Dzierża (II a LO), Magdalena Tęcza (IV f T), Sandra Pałka (IV f T): 40 points,
6. Daniel Jasiński (III c T): 37 points,
7. Patrycja Krzemińska (III b T): 35 points,
8. Anna Juszczyk (II d LO): 25 points,
9. Szymon Kondratowicz (III c T): 20 points,
10. Agnieszka Wachholz (IV g T), Adrian Malinowski (II a LO): 10 points.

II. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Agatha Christie:
1. Bartłomiej Brandys, Martin Zieliński (IV g T),
2. Patrycja Sikora, Małgorzata Reguła (III b T),
Dominika Zając, Sylwia Mazurkiewicz (III d LO),
3. Szymon Kondratowicz Daniel Jasiński (III c T).

Congratulations to all the winners and a massive thank you to the committed participants and helpers. Agatha Christie made us do it but it was you, who did it!

More Fun for Think English users

The Think English website have some special treats for its users: you can all still enjoy some of the games and quizzes, see some photos and as a reminder of the Agatha Christie Week you can download a Think Christie wallpaper:

1. A Think Christie wallpaper (CLICK to download!),
2. Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Agatha Christie (to be found in the FOR TEACHERS BOX soon),
3. Photos (CLICK to see the slideshow!),
4. Two Agatha Christie Quizzes (Click to download: QUIZ 1, QUIZ 2),
5. Become a Detective online game (CLICK to find out more),
6. Theme-projects made by the students (CLICK to see – soon).


St. Patrick’s Day 17 March 2010

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The Patron Saint
St. Patrick is one of the most popular saints and every year on March 17 people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world, even though he is Ireland’s patron saint. St Patrick's HatBorn around A.D. 387, he was the missionary who is said to have converted the Irish to Christianity. His real name was Maewyn Succat and he was the son of a rich landowner in Britain.

The Slave
When Maewyn was 16 years old, a group of pirates raided his village. They captured him and then sold as a slave. For six years he had to herd sheep and when he finally escaped, he went to France. He became a priest and adopted the name Patrick.

The Missionary
Patrick decided that his life mission would be to convert Irish pagans to Christianity. When he returned to Ireland, he set up monasteries, schools and churches all over the country and successfully converted lots of people to the new religion. He continued his mission for thirty years and died on March 17, 493 A.D. This date was later chosen as Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day
At first, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic holiday but gradually it has become popular with more and more non-Catholic people. Nowadays, it is celebrated all over the world as the day of Ireland’s culture, when everyone becomes Irish, wears green and goes out to party.

Pick up the St. Patrick’s Day e-card!
CLICK the picture below:

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!
(Happy St Patrick’s Day)





Your Turn!

1) St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Lesson:
Watch the lesson and write 3 sentences of your own with the following expressions:

  • as luck would have it
  • rain on your parade
  • just around the corner

2) Ireland is full of interesting sights and places – choose up to 3 of them and describe shortly in your comment.

3) Do you know any famous Irish people? Search the Internet, find some of them and share their names here along with short notes about them and/or their achievements e.g. in literature, music, film, art, sports, science, politics, history, etc.

4) And don’t forget to send your own St. Patrick’s Day card to your friends all over the world! We recommed to choose and send one of these e-cards, because every time a FREE Care2 eCard is sent, a donation is made to help important organizations!

YOU can also send YOUR OWN e-card
to all THINK ENGLISH users to
and we will paste the link here
so that everyone could enjoy
your St. Patrick’s Day card!

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St. David’s Day 27 February 2010

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Saint David’s Day
Saint David is the patron saint of Wales and each year the Welsh celebrate their national day on 1 March. The date was chosen to commemorate the death of Saint David on that day around 589. daffodil and leekIt has been celebrated as a national day within Wales since the 18th century.

On this day, many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales to celebrate St. David: the daffodil or the leek. Children take part in eisteddfodau (school concerts) during which they recite and sing.

In many towns, on St. David’s Day a parade through the centre of town is held and in pubs or clubs concerts are played. The 2010 St David’s Day celebrations in Cardiff will include concerts, a parade and a food festival.

The flag of Saint David (a gold cross on a black field) is often a very important part of the celebrations throughout Wales. The traditional food prepared and consumed on St. David’s Day is cawl. It is a kind of stew consisting of meat and vegetables. It usually includes Welsh lamb and leeks.

Saint David
Saint David (or Dewi Sant) was born towards the end of the fifth century. In the Celtic world he was famous as a teacher and ascetic. There are many traditions and legends associated with him. For example, when he rose to speak at a synod at the village of Llanddewi Brefi, the ground under his feet rose and from that little hill he could be heard by the whole great crowd. Also, it is said that a golden-beaked dove landed on his shoulder which was considered a symbol of his holiness.

The date of Saint David’s death is recorded as March 1st, but the year is uncertain – possibly 588. He became a symbol of the independence of Wales and has been the patron saint of this country since the 12th century. Nowadays, there are over fifty churches dedicated to St. David in south Wales.

Saint David’s Day Anthem
Saint David’s Day also has its own anthem apart from Welsh National Anthem ‘Hen Wlad fy Nhadau’ (Land of my Fathers).

This song has now been sung on five consecutive annual National Saint David’s Day Parades in Cardiff since 2006 and Gwenno Dafydd is the person who came up with the idea and who wrote the words in both English and Welsh. The music was written by Heulwen Thomas.

The song was launched in the National Assembly of Wales (i.e. Welsh Parliament) by the Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas in the year 2008.

If you also Google Pembrokeshire Banner you will also find some very interesting information about how the words and images of the song: ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ (Ring out the bells for Saint David) were used as the basis for this beautiful banner which now is permanently housed in the East Cloister of Saint David’s Cathedral, North Pembrokeshire, very close to where the bones of Saint David himself are kept.

THINK ENGLISH recommends the following websites:

Saint David’s Day Anthem
(Ring out the bells for Saint David)




Your Turn!

Answer 6 questions to check what you know about St. David’s Day:

There are plenty of beautiful sights and places in Wales, but do you know any famous Welsh people? Search the Internet, find some of them and share their names here along with short notes about them and/or their achievements e.g. in literature, music, film, art, sports, science, politics, history, etc.

Do you know what Wales is famous for? Label the pictures with the appropriate names and then add some information about these symbols:

The River Taff, Dragon, Love Spoons, Coal, Harp, Welsh Feathers, Druids, Plaid, Welsh National Costume, Sheep

2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

8. 9. 10.

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Cael Hwyl!
(Have Fun!)

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