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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!

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Australia Day 2013 – konkurs na prezentację 23 January 2013

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Co wiesz o
AUSTRALII?
Think English ogłasza konkurs na prezentację przygotowaną w aplikacji
PREZI.

Kliknij, żeby powiększyć!

Przygotuj
prezentację na temat Australii.
Aby to zrobić:

(1) wejdź na stronę http://prezi.com i załóż swoje konto (możesz to zrobić jednym kliknięciem, przez Facebook).

(2) obejrzyj filmy pokazujące możliwości aplikacji PREZI
i uczące jej wykorzystania
(KLIKNIJ TUTAJ => FILM INSTRUKTAŻOWY),
(LUB TUTAJ => PRZYKŁADOWE PREZENTACJE),


(3) wykorzystaj swoją wiedzę o Australii oraz pomysłowość i kreatywność, aby stworzyć ciekawą i inspirującą prezentację.

A NASTĘPNIE:

(4) wyślij link do swojego projektu na adres: think.english[at]op.pl wraz ze swoim imieniem, nazwiskiem i klasą,

(5) pamiętaj: termin upływa 1 lutego 2013,

(6) możesz wygrać nagrodę i dostać ocenę cząstkową!

Powodzenia!

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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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)
oraz
p. Ryszard Oślizło (sala 106 B)

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

Zapraszamy!

Zobacz projekty nt. Szkocji
wykonane przez naszych uczniów!
KLIKNIJ TUTAJ: SCOTTISH PROJECT WALL

Happy Easter! 3 April 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Name
The name Easter comes from Eastre, Happy Easter! an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn. Some of the Easter customs observed today have come from annual spring festivals held in her honour.

The Origins
Other customs have originated from the Passover feast of the Jews which is to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt. The resurrection of Jesus took place during the Passover.

The Date
Since A.D. 325 Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox (first day of Spring). In that year emperor Constantine issued the Easter Rule according to which Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

Symbols
There are plenty of Easter symbols and customs which have pagan beginnings:

Easter Lilly
Lillies have long been a holy symbol of reproduction in many pagan societies. Christians consider the white lilly a symbol of the Resurrection.

The Easter Bunny
The rabbit was the earthly symbol of the goddess Eastre worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons. The symbol of the Easter rabbit was brought to America by the Germans but it was only after the Civil War when other American Christians began to celebrate Easter and recognize the symbol.

The Easter Egg
The egg had long been a symbol of rebirth in many cultures before Easter was first celebrated by Christians. They were boiled with the leaves or petals of flowers to give them different colours.

Nowadays, children have lots of fun trying to find Easter eggs hidden by their parents around the house or in the garden.

Your Turn!

More about Easter you can read here: Easter at care2.com and here: Easter at Wikipedia.

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Happy Easter!

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St. Patrick’s Day 17 March 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

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

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF IRELAND

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DUBLIN

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF IRELAND

TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING

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
think.english[at]op.pl
and we will paste the link here
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your St. Patrick’s Day card!

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St. David’s Day 27 February 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

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.

Celebrations
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.

Traditions
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
CENWCH Y CLYCHAU I DEWI
(Ring out the bells for Saint David)

ABOUT SAINT DAVID IN A NUTSHELL

WELSH ANTHEM “LAND OF MY FATHERS”

THE BEAUTY OF WALES

Your Turn!

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

1.
2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

8. 9. 10.

Post your comment HERE

Cael Hwyl!
(Have Fun!)

If Colours Could Speak… 13 December 2009

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Colours surround you: you see them, wear them and even eat and drink them. Most probably, you like some of them better than others. Have you ever thought about the possible reasons why you love wearing your green sweater or black jeans but hate the very idea of putting on that dreadful pink blouse or grey T-shirt? Well, perhaps it’s because of the messages that different colours convey – in other words, you may or may not like what particular colours say to you or… about you. Your most loved and most hated colours may be a key to understanding your personality, so why don’t you learn the language of colours and check what they say about you?

Think about different colours now and choose those you like best and perhaps one that you simply can’t stand. If you find it difficult to decide, look around your room and see what colours your walls, furniture and gadgets are. Then open your wardrobe and see what colours your clothes are and finally, check your fridge to see if you prefer any colour in your food. Aren’t these reliable indicators of which colours you like and which you don’t? Or else, you might want to use the simple quiz which you can find here or when clicking on the link underneath this post.

After you have chosen your best and worst colours – check what they mean. The ones you like will tell you what kind of person you are or would like to become. While you might expect that the colours you don’t like mean that you lack the qualities they symbolize, it is not necessarily the case. Instead, they will tell you about the qualities that you don’t want to see in yourself whether they’re positive or negative. I recommend to think twice before you reject such possibility – sometimes you need to look deeper to see what lies beneath and remember that none of us know ourselves ultimately. Why not reveal at least one or two secrets about ourselves, then?

Below you will find a few names of colours enlisted, so if you have already chosen yours, check the website I recommend (care2.com), where you will find these colours explained in detail. And after that you may share your results with us all, so post a comment here! You might say (1) what colours are your most loved and most hated ones, (2) what they told you about yourself and (3) if you agree with what you learnt or not. After all, not only colours can speak, but so can you!

Your Turn!

CLICK HERE
Use the quiz to help you decide:
What Colour Are You?

colour circle

CLICK and PASTE the html code here

Now that you have chosen your best and worst colours, click on the colourful link below and check what the colours say about you:

White, Red, Maroon, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Blue-Green, Turquoise, Lavender, Purple, Brown, Grey, Black

Do you agree with what the colours say about you?
Have your say – CLICK HERE

St. Andrew’s Day 28 November 2009

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WHO IS THE PATRON SAINT OF SCOTLAND?

St. Andrew’s Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on 30 November.

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day . In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St. Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. Although most commonly associated with Scotland, Saint Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Romania, and Russia.
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In parts of Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania, superstitious belief exists that the night before St. Andrew’s Day is specially suitable for magic that reveals a young woman’s future husband or that binds a future husband to her. Many such customs exist, for example the pouring of hot lead into water (in Poland, one usually pours hot wax from a candle through a key hole into cold water), divining the future husband’s profession from the shape of the resulting piece

In Germany, the feast day is celebrated as Andreasnacht (“St. Andrew’s Night”), in Austria with the custom of Andreasgebet (“St. Andrew’s Prayer”), and in Poland as Andrzejki (“Andrews”).

From Wikipedia

One of the most popular Polish traditions performed by young girls during the St. Andrew’s Night is pouring hot melted wax through a key into a bowl of cold water. After the wax has hardened, it is held up to the light and its shadow cast on the wall must be observed to guess the future. Usually the only light comes from a candle, which not only helps to read from the shadow but also to keep a mysterious atmosphere of this evening. While guessing the girl’s future for the upcoming year, it’s best to observe the shape of the shadow from different angles.

Your Turn!

Here’s a special treat THINK ENGLISH has found on the Internet for you:
CLICK on the key
and find out about your future:

CLICK on me and find out about your future!

What shape did YOU get?
What does it say about YOUR future?

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