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Celebrate St. David’s Day 28 February 2015

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Film, Great Britain, Holidays, Lessons, Symbols, UK, Video.
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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!


Day by Day 2014 8 March 2014

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Announcement, Contests, Creative writing, Film, Literature, Student Drawer, Video, writer, Writers.
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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 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.


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,

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

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Essays, Film.
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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.


Your Turn!

Here you can read or download
Alice in Wonderland
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

Teen Alternate Worlds 3 December 2009

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Lots of good and not-so-good books, films and TV series have been written or produced where perfectly normal and usually average teen humans get into contact with something (or should I say someone) supernatural. Twilight These stories set in alternate worlds – where “the normal” and “the adult” seem more alien than E.T. – have always been very popular with teenagers all over the world. And why is that?

One of the obvious reasons may be the familiar feeling of being different and not understood, which is common in such stories: no matter if you are a vampire, an alien, a superhero or a human teenager, you will feel equally strange in the ordinary world of so called normal and adult humans. And there are the tempting superpowers that you could use…

The theme’s success might also result from the necessity to live with a secret about who you really are or feel you are. It brings relief if you know that there are others with their secrets – however strange – because you know that you’re no longer alone.

And, of course, there is always the need of excitement that you will fulfill while reading or watching the sci-fi stories. After all, isn’t it thrilling to explore the unknown, whether it is the unknown world, the unknown species or the unknown person?

Regardless of the reasons why the theme of teen alternate worlds is so popular, these stories are usually good fun and a way to forget about the everyday reality, so don’t think twice, just plunge into the alternate world of feeling different, secrets, excitement and… the English language, if only you read or watch the original versions!

Your Turn!

for your favourite teen sci-fi book/film/TV series.

Keep in mind that the following poll is about teen alternate worlds, so sorry guys, no Star Trek, Heroes or True Blood this time…

You can choose among:
(if unsure, check the trailers below!)

1. Roswell (aliens)
2. Kyle XY (superpowers)
3. The Twilight Saga (vampires)
4. Smallville (superhero)
5. Hex (witches, angels, demons)
6. The Vampire Diaries (vampires)

…or add a different one

for your favourite teen sci-fi book/film/TV series.

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