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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!

Happy Halloween! 19 October 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

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.

Trick-or-treat
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-lantern
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
Jack-o-lantern!

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

HALLOWEEN at History.com

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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.

The Presidents of the USA 23 September 2010

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W RAMACH OBCHODÓW DNIA JĘZYKÓW OBCYCH

1.10.2010

ZAPRASZAMY WSZYSTKICH UCZNIÓW DO UDZIAŁU W KONKURSIE:

“THE PRESIDENTS OF THE USA”

The Presidents

1. Konkurs obejmuje wiedzę na temat życia i działalności siedmiu prezydentów Stanów Zjednoczonych:

George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Richard Milhous Nixon
Ronald Reagan
Barack Obama

2. W konkursie może wziąć udział każdy uczeń ZS nr 2.

3. Konkurs obejmuje:
– quiz indywidualny (20 punktów)
– quiz zespołowy, po 2 osoby w zespole (35 punktów)

4. Zgłoszenia udziału do 29.09.2010 do pani:

Izabeli Okręglickiej (sala 9B) oraz Marii Pietranik (sala 104 A)

5. Materiały pomocnicze:

George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Franklin D. Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Richard Nixon’s Presidency
Watergate Scandal
Ronald Reagan
Reagan assassination attempt
Barack Obama

THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII – konkurs szkolny 12 January 2010

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Czy znasz historię Anglii?
POZNAJ DZIEJE 6 NAJSŁYNNIEJSZYCH ŻON W HISTORII!
Kliknij w portret Henryka VIII i jego 6 żon
lub w ten link The Six Wives of Henry VIII at tudorhistory.org

Zapoznaj się także z 7 ciekawymi prezentacjami
przygotowanymi przez uczniów klasy Ia LO
Możesz je pobrać z działu PROJECT <= Kliknij!

Poćwicz już teraz, rozwiązując quizy:
zestaw 24 quizów (KLIKNIJ)

Możesz też sprawdzić,
Którą z żon Henryka VIII jesteś (KLIKNIJ)

Henry VIII and his 6 wives

SZEŚĆ ŻON HENRYKA VIII

1 lutego 2010 r.
o godz. 11.35 (piąta lekcja)
w auli

odbędzie się szkolny konkurs
poświęcony losom sześciu kobiet,
które Henryk VIII wybrał
na swoje żony
THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII

Konkurs przeprowadzony zostanie
w dwóch kategoriach:

  • GRUPOWEJ (zespoły dwuosobowe)
  • INDYWIDUALNEJ

Chętni proszeni są o zgłaszanie się
do mgr R. Oślizło (106 B) lub mgr B. Będkowskiej (9 B)

ewentualnie e-mailem: think.english[at]op.pl

Czekają atrakcyjne nagrody filmowe i książkowe!

TO ENGLISH TEACHERS:
Help your students prepare for the contest!
Download teaching materials from the black widget
FOR TEACHERS BOX to the right of the website
(file name: SixWivesOfHenryVIII.rar)

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