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VOTE for my students’ stories 1 March 2015

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Announcement, Contests, Creative writing, Day by Day, Essays, Events, Literature, Student Drawer, writer, Writers.
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PLEASE, VOTE FOR MY STUDENTS’ STORIES
written for the annual all-Poland literary competition “Day by Day”

Click: http://glossa.pl/daybyday

You may vote for all 4 stories written by:

  • Aleksandra Lasia
  • Justyna Kulesza
  • Oliwia Penkala
  • Dorota Palka

Click: “Zagłosuj na ten pamiętnik” under each entry.

THANK YOU!

Plakat-DBD-ets

Two New Think English e-books 16 June 2014

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You are invited to read two new e-books written by 2 talented students at Wojciech Korfanty 2nd High School in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland. Both stories were written for the all-Poland literary contest “Day by Day” organized by Glossa – School of Foreign Languages, based in Cracow. These e-books are completely different from each other both in style and content.

“When I Was… a Girl” by Oliwia Penkala is a funny story of a boy who one day wakes up to a pink-walled room and, to his horror, discovers he is no longer a boy… This abstract situation becomes a pretext for exploring the differences in boys’ and girls’ minds, behaviours and choices. Hilarious dialogues and reflective observations make the story a funny, light read with a message.

“A Miscellany of Memories” by Justyna Kulesza is a story of Janina Tulip, a sixty-year-old woman who spent her childhood and youth in the communist Poland of the 1970s and having discovered the truth about the political system, she decided to leave the country forever. Thirty years later she finds her old diary at the attic and decides to share her dramatic life experience with her blog readers.

You can read these e-books both from your computer and Android devices, just click the book cover of your choice and enjoy the read!

Day by Day 2014 8 March 2014

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Zapraszamy uczniów Zespołu Szkół nr 2
do udziału w ogólnopolskim konkursie „Day by Day”.

Do wygrania atrakcyjne nagrody, między innymi
wyjazd do Anglii lub na Maltę na intensywny kurs językowy.
Konkurs trwa do 31 marca 2014.

Szczegóły: Szkoła Języków Obcych GLOSSA
Zgłoszenia: p. Ryszard Oślizło (106 B).

Dear Diary – a new Think English ebook 2 June 2013

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This collection includes 4 diary entries written by 1a LO, 1b LO and 1c LO students at Wojciech Korfanty High School in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland, for the all-Poland writing contest “Day by Day” organized by Glossa – School of Foreign Languages, based in Cracow.

Each of these entries is totally different in style and content, which makes them unique and worth reading. “A Soldier’s Daughter” by Oliwia Penkala is a story full of intense emotion and feeling that will undoubtedly move and thrill the reader. “Heading for California” by Justyna Kulesza is rich in vocabulary that adds a spark of humour to this teenage romantic journey across the ocean. “An Explorer from Space” by Aleksandra Lasia is a story of yet another journey – different both in distance travelled and purpose – and the narrator has a truly unearthly flair for spotting the strangest human behaviours and habits. “Into the Dreamland” by Małgorzata Skorupa rivets the reader’s attention and interest from the very first paragraph, taking you into a land of dreams, fairies and magic where adventure awaits.

I hope you will enjoy reading these stories as much as the authors enjoyed writing them.

You can also download this e-book
to your Android mobile phone.
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After you have read the collection,
please, vote for the best short story.
You can choose two of them.
Vote everyday until June 16th, 2013.

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:
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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.

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A Few Words About Adele… 1 December 2011

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A Few Words About Adele…
by
Haruki

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.

ADELE LIVE

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.

Give Me a Penny and I’ll Change the World 13 October 2011

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What do you think you need Change the World to make a difference to the world? A global campaign? A bankful of money? An international charity fund? An army of volunteers? Well, think again. In fact, you don’t need anything that you don’t already have. Plus 2 PLN, perhaps.

Impossible? Not for those who are creative, generous, selfless and positive – just like the IIIa LO, IIId LO and IVb T students who proved that where there is a will there is a way. In no time (a few minutes, to be exact) they found lots of different ways to make the world a better place to live. Read their ideas and feel inspired!

If I had 2 PLN, I would buy a better kind of shopping bag (e.g. recyclable or biodegradable) to save environment because I wouldn’t have to buy another plastic bag for some time. (Ania)

Change the WorldGive me 2 PLN and I’ll change the world. If I had 2 PLN, I would look around and try to find someone who needs it more than I do – and, of course, it must be a person who I could trust. I’d offer them the money if they promised me that if they ever find someone who will need the money more than they do, they will give it to that person. It may be one person or a group of people – it doesn’t matter. What’s important, is that they must tell such a person/group the same I told them. I think that this idea could change the world and make it a better place to live because even though 2 PLN is not much, it may be the first step to change people. If people become more generous and more caring about others, the world will change for the better. (Martyna)

If I had 2 PLN, I would buy a comb and go to the city centre. I would play the comb for money. Then, for the money I would earn, I would buy some cat and dog food and give it to an animal shelter. I would save another 2 PLN to buy two pan lids and go back to the city centre to continue my campaign… (Natalia K)

If I had 2 PLN, I would buy a clown nose and go to a children’s hospital where I’d try and console sad children. (Emilia)

If I had 2 PLN, I would buy 4 bread-rolls and give them to poor people who are hungry. They could share with other hungry people and so there would be less hungry people in the world. (Gosia)

Change the WorldIf I had 2 PLN, I would buy a bottle of water, because in Poland there is a charity campaign in which if you buy a bottle of water, people in Africa will get some drinking water. Someone wouldn’t be thirsty. Give me 2 PLN and I’ll change the world. (ola p)

If I had 2 PLN, I would buy a lottery ticket to win 3 million and be able to help other people. I would organize charity events for the sick and the homeless. I would buy toys for poor children, medicines for the sick and food for the hungry. Everyone would get what they need and be happy. (Młody)

If I had 2 PLN I would buy some strawberry seeds and sow them on my grandmother’s plot. Then I could give the strawberries to poor children every year to make their lives sweeter. They feel alone and unloved, however some tasty fruits could make them happy. (Patrycja)

If I had 2 PLN I would buy my little neighbour some crayons. She is 7 years old and she lives with her mom. They’re poor. She always wears clothes too big for her. I talked to her once and she told me that she was dreaming about the day when she would draw a picture worth a lot of money. She told me that her mom didn’t have enough money to buy her some new crayons. That’s why I want to buy them for her and help her dream come true. (GosiaR)

2 PLN is not much but when used in a good way, it can change something. In my opinion a good idea is to send a text message for charity. It only costs 2 PLN and that money are to help sick children. I hope that a lot of people send messages like this, because it doesn’t cost much and in this way we can help someone in need. (Kasia)

Change the WorldIf I had 2 PLN I would give this money to a homeless person. Maybe it sounds stupid, because 2 PLN is nothing for many people. But for a poor person it’s something special. He or she could buy some food or something to drink. Poverty is a huge problem nowadays. There are a lot of starving people on the streets and we don’t often notice somebody else’s pain. But this problem is getting bigger and bigger. As I said before, 2 PLN is not a lot of cash and it’s impossible to repair the world with this sum of money. However, for this one homeless, poor person it could mean a piece of bread or some hot tea bought in a restaurant. This single deed may not change the whole world but it could definitely change somebody’s day. I think it’s worth it. (Magda)

If I had 2 PLN I would buy… balloons. I would take some paper and pens and then go to the hospital to give the balloons to sick children. Together we would draw pictures of the balloons on pieces of paper. I would like to make those children happy and see smiles on their faces even if it was for one moment only. Sick children need to know that they’re not alone and not to think about their being ill all the time. (Roksana)

If I had 2 PLN, maybe I would buy a pen and some paper. Next, I would write a poem about nature, my feelings, some people or my town and send it to a publishing house. Some day in the future someone might read my poem and it could change his or her view of life. Maybe in 20 years’ time this poem will be read at schools and students will interpret what I wanted to say in the same way as we are now interpreting poems by Mickiewicz or Kochanowski. I hope I could change the world in this way. (Monika)

Your Turn!

1) Think and share with us your own idea how to make a difference to the world with just 2 PLN (or with no money at all if you wish).

2) Choose the best of the above ideas and write, why you think it’s the best.

3) Write a few words about someone you know or heard of who can be called “an everyday hero” (You can find more about everyday heroes – HERE.)

Post your answers as a comment HERE.

A FanFiction eBook as a Tribute to Agatha Christie 30 April 2011

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As a tribute to the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, the 2a LO and 2d LO students at Wojciech Korfanty High School in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland, wrote a fan fiction short story collection “The New Investigations of Hercule Poirot”.

The task of writing a detective story was a classwork assignment and it took three consecutive English classes to plot, complete and revise the stories. The students were given the opening paragraph and the closing sentence of the story which they could use, change or replace to their liking. The parts suggested were the following:

Hercule Poirot frowned/brightened up. He had never investigated such a(n) interesting/surprising/shocking/dramatic/funny/easy/difficult case before. At the moment he was…(where? with whom? doing what?)… and remembering the whole story.

It all began when…

‘As always,’ he thought boastfully, ‘Hercule Poirot proved to be the greatest detective in the world!’

Moreover, the students were asked to focus on some specific grammar structures, including direct and reported speech and modal verbs of deduction. As for the target vocabulary, they were supposed to employ body verbs such as “frown”, “giggle” or “gasp” as well as adjectives describing places, e.g. “shabby”, “luxurious” or “cramped”.

The great enthusiasm and commitment which all the students brought to this project will certainly make up for some possible shortcomings that may be found within these covers.

Hopefully, you will enjoy reading the stories as much as the authors enjoyed writing them!

After you have read the collection,
please, vote for the best short story.
You can choose more than one.

The Black Rose Poems 4 February 2011

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Think English proudly presents translations of two poems sent in by one of the site users, Madeline. She is a promising young poet with a unique ability to transform the elusive internal worlds of her thoughts and feelings into the comprehensible language of words. She decided to share her gift with us and agreed to publish three of her latest poems, written as the Black Rose Trilogy. Not only did Madeline write those poems but she translated two of them into English for Think English website users all over the world. Thank you, Madeline!

Black Rose I

From stone to stone
blood drops fall
from the heart of black rose,
dying in the daylight.

In its black petals
sweetly sleeping joy
rests enchanted in the scent
from inside the sleep.

I’m like the black sad rose
and I meditate in silence
and from stone to stone
blood drops fall…

Black Rose II

Look at the black roses,
They’ve got thorns turned inwards,
Hidden beauty.
All of it is shut in one petal.
Inaccessibility cause loneliness.

You can also read the poems in Polish, as they were originally written, by clicking HERE.

Your Turn!

1. Write a comment on the poems and their translations: what do you feel or think when you read them? Paste it HERE.

2. Choose one stanza of the “Black Rose III” poem and translate it into English. Then, paste your translation as a comment HERE, for everyone to read.

Czarna Róża III

W świetle księżyca
rozkwitają czarne róże,
martwe i kruche.

Sto tysięcy pajęczych myśli
utkanych razem
owija się
wokół mnie,
mrowią się.

W powietrzu krew,
a ze wszystkich kątów
wylewają się myśli.

Księżyc ślizga się po niebie,
a gwiazdy zapadają w sen.

Dużo pajęczyn,
na dywanie płatki czarnych róż
i ich kolce.

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