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VOTE for my students’ stories 1 March 2015

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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

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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.
Scan the code:

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.

Best PREZI Presentation Poll 4 February 2013

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The poll is closed now
The winner is Kamil Kordela
=> =>CLICK HERE<= <=
to see his PREZI

CLICK HERE
to see all the presentations

Thank you everyone who voted!

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.

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).

HAVE FUN!

Become a Detective! 26 September 2010

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Wersja POLSKA: Kliknij tutaj!

THE GAME IS ON NOW!
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

TODAY, at midnight sharp, between Sunday and Monday, on 27 September 2010, at Think English website, the Agatha Christie Game starts:

Become a Detective!

THE CLUES HUNT:

In various places on Think English website (https://zs2konkursy.wordpress.com) there are 4 different clues hidden. If you find them, you can guess the title of the Agatha Christie book they come from. Each clue, when found, should be submitted via e-mail to: think.english[at]op.pl, including:

1) the name of the clue (e.g.: THE VICTIM: a young man),
2)the exact place where it was found (the article title and/or full address, e.g.: https://zs2konkursy.wordpress.com/watch-english),
3) your full name and the form you attend at our school.

HINTS:

Each clue is presented as a picture with an appropriate “clue name” on it. To find them, you must look through the contents of the Think English website (only the English version), carefully looking for the hints:

– when you mouseover a place where a clue is hidden, you will see the announcement: AGATHA CHRISTIE WEEK: YOU HAVE FOUND A CLUE – Click here and tell the administrator via e-mail: think.english@op.pl
– when you click on such a place, a picture with the name of the clue will appear.

EXAMPLE:

There is a clue hidden within this sentence.

POINTS:

With each clue you have fund, you will earn 3 points, and if you can guess the title of the book, you will get 3 more points. For this part of the contest you can earn even 15 points!

PRIZES:

The contestants who will earn the most points in all parts of the school contest will receive prizes, such as:
– PC Game: Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None,
– DVD films based on Agatha Christie books,
– books.

DEADLINE:

You can look for and submit the clues until midnight between Friday and Saturday, on 1 October 2010.

You are welcome to take part in the game! Good Luck!

Dear Editor… 9 May 2010

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Essays, Film, Student Drawer, Student Programme.
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Do you remember the essay Dear Editor about teen alternate worlds? You might want to go back and reread it before you read the following letters commenting on some points mentioned in it. The letters have been written by high school first form students practising their letter writing skills.

Click HERE to read TEEN ALTERNATE WORLDS.

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your article about Teen Alternate Worlds which was published on your website. I agree with all things you mentioned.

First of all, you say that one of the reasons why teenagers like fantastic stories with supernatural heroes is the feeling of being different. I totally agree. A lot of teenagers try to find themselves in the novels and the films.

Next, you say that themes like vampires, werewolves are popular because of the necessity to live with a secret. In my opinion, this is a very good point. We all have some secrets we do not want to share with others.

Finally, you say that there is the need of excitement that we will fulfill while reading or watching the sci-fi stories. I agree, there is nothing better than a good sci-fi novel.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Martyna K

Dear Mr. Oślizło,

I am writing about your article “Teen Alternate Worlds” which I have recently read. In my opinion this article is very interesting but I am afraid I cannot agree with all your arguments.

To begin with, I totally disagree with the first argument “the familiar feeling of being different “, because I think teenagers are trying to be popular , and they would like to be like others.

Secondly , the article suggests that young people would like to be mysterious . I agree with this because I think teenagers would not converse about their problems.

Finally , you are writing in this article about “the need of excitement … while reading or watching the sci-fi stories “, and I think you are absolutely right, sci-fi stories are kicky.

I hope that in the future you will write more articles like this because it really can help understand teenagers.

Yours sincerely,
Natalia K

Dear Editor,

I am writing in connection with your article: „Teen Alternate Worlds”, which was published on the “Think English” page. Unfortunately, I must say, that I disagree with your opinion about science fiction.

Firstly, you wrote, that there are some superpowers and we believe we could be some other fantastic people but I think, that everyone has their own personalities and we cannot change it.

Secondly, I disagree with what you wrote about the necessity to live with a secret about who we are. I think that we should get to know ourselves, but not in this way.

Next, if you ask me, everyone needs some excitement, but we can find it not only in science fiction stories, for example – on the rollercoaster!

Finally, some days ago I was in the cinema and I saw a science fiction film and it was the worst film that I have ever seen. So, in my opinion the fantastic is not good for us.

Yours faithfully,
Gosia

Dear Editor,

I am writing in connection with Ryszard Oślizło article “Teen Alternate Worlds” which appeared in your newspaper last Monday. I must say I agree with many things that were mentioned by the author.

First of all, Mr Oślizło believes that one of the obvious reasons that teenagers have ‘their own world’ may be the familiar feeling of being different. I must say I agree. A lot of teen humans feel alone and not understood because at present the most important in the world is money so their parents work hard and they have less time to talk to each other. They feel alone and different because they have not got anyone at home to talk about their problems so they are looking for ‘the better world’ where they will be understood.

Next, he says about the necessity to live with a secret. In my opinion that’s a very good point. Teen humans think they are strange and different from other teenagers so they pretend to be someone else. Watching or reading sci-fi stories brings relief because somewhere there can be someone who feels the same.

Finally, Mr Oślizło suggests that teenagers need excitement. I totally agree. A lot of teen humans want to discover and experience something unknown. It is very fascinating when you know that somewhere there can live an unknown species or person.

I wonder what other readers think about this issue.

Yours faithfully,
ola p

Your Turn!

1) Write if you agree with the opinions presented in the letters. Don’t forget to explain why or why not!

2) State your own opinion about the article – write a letter and paste it as a comment or send it to thinkenglish@op.pl

Alice in Wonderland 6 March 2010

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The TitleAlice in Wonderland poster
Alice in Wonderland is a novel written in 1865 by English author Lewis Carroll (his real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). The original title of the book was Alice’s Adventures Underground, but it was later renamed to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and finally shortened to the version of the title under which it is published today.

The story
The novel tells the story of seven-year-old Alice who falls asleep in a meadow and through a rabbit hole she enters a fantasy world. Walking around the Wonderland, she meets plenty of strange creatures, such as the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts or the Mad Hatter. She has lots of adventures and tries to reason in numerous discussions which clearly lack the logic of the waking world.

The influence
The storyline, the characters, the structure and the language of Alice in Wonderland influenced plenty of creative works by other authors, especially in the fantasy genre. Some terms used by Lewis Carroll in the book have entered the language and popular culture all over the world. Nowadays, everyone knows what kind of place “Wonderland” refers to and that going on an adventure into the unknown can be described as going “down the rabbit hole” – which is the Chapter 1 title of Alice in Wonderland. The most famous quote from the book seems to be the Queen of Hearts’ words “Off with her head!”

The sequel
In 1871 Lewis Carroll wrote Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, and it is even more often quoted than the first book. When Alice’s adventures were published, they were considered children’s literature, but as Virginia Woolf said, “the two Alices are not books for children; they are the only books in which we become children”.

The film
The story of Alice has been made into a film several times and the latest adaptation by Tim Burton has just been released (March 5, 2010). As the director says, the film is his own personal journey into the Wonderland so no matter if you have read the books or not, you may expect the unexpected (after all, Tim Burton’s Alice is…19 years old). Go down the rabbit hole and explore the 3D Wonderland hand in hand with Alice.

WATCH THE TRAILER

Your Turn!

Here you can read or download
Alice in Wonderland
and
Through the Looking Glass

Here you can read more
about Lewis Carroll

THINK ENGLISH recommends
Alice’s interactive adventures

Choose 2 or more characters that Alice meets in Wonderland and describe their looks, personality and/or actions:

  • The White Rabbit
  • The Caterpillar
  • The Duchess
  • The Cheshire Cat
  • The Mad Hatter
  • The March Hare
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • The Red Queen
  • The White Queen

Search the Internet and find some books, films, musicals, paintings, etc. influenced by the story of Alice in Wonderland. Post the titles as a comment and write which element of the story was used there.

Check which Wonderland character you are.
Do the quiz and paste the outcome (html code) as your comment!

Post your comment HERE

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