Wednesday, 20 August 2014

DISCOVERING VIRGINIA WOOLF'S LONDON


Here you can read an interesting article about Virginia Woolf, a born-and-bred Londoner.
Speaking of London, you can enjoy reading the essay, Street Haunting: a London Adventurewritten by Virginia Woolf in 1930.

That is true: to escape is the greatest of pleasures; street haunting in winter the greatest of adventures.
Virginia Woolf


Sunday, 17 August 2014

IN SEARCH OF SHAKESPEARE



Today I am posting a four-part series exploring the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer, William Shakespeare. Who else? It focuses on the life of the poet in the extraordinary times in which he lived. We are introduced to the dark world of Queen Elizabeth's police state - a time of surveillance militarism and foreign wars. We are reminded that Shakespeare lived through the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the colonization of the New World and the beginnings of British power in America. However, most significantly, Shakespeare lived through England's cultural revolution: an enforced split with the old medieval English spirit world which was to lead the English people into a brave new Protestant future. Enjoy this fascinating documentary!



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS


Robin Williams, Academy Award-winning actor, aged 63, was found dead at his home in  Tiburon, California in an apparent suicide yesterday.
His wife Susan Schneider paid tribute to her husband: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.” She also said: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Here you can read an article from The Guardian about one of his most famous movies, Dead Poets Society (1989).





“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” 

Monday, 11 August 2014

MARY SHELLEY' S FRANKENSTEIN





Here you  can download and read the eBook of Mary Shelley's novel; you can listen to the full audio-book of the novel as well. 

   
Click here to download a useful guide to Frankenstein  and here to download a PDF Presentation.
Here  you can find some more useful materials to revise the novel.



"Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred." 
Mary Shelley

Friday, 8 August 2014

WHY LEARNING ENGLISH IS SO IMPORTANT


I have just found some articles about the importance of learning English. They are very interesting to read and think over.  Here you go!

Ten Reasons to Learn English



Wednesday, 6 August 2014

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO





The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began on 1 August in the Scottish capital with the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Military from the British Armed Forces and the Commonwealth celebrated the start of the world's largest arts festival with a series of performances.
More than 3,000 shows will be staged across almost 300 venues until 25 August.



Saturday, 2 August 2014

Friday, 1 August 2014

AUGUST


Smell of salt water
White sand - hot under my feet
A gleaming pink shell

Monday, 28 July 2014

IMPROVING READING COMPREHENSION SKILLS






Here you can find lots of useful reading comprehension activities. Just have a try! 
Click here to download some other reading lessons.
Here are some more worksheets for you!




You might also be interested in reading this post I wrote last year as well as this article which is very helpful indeed!
Here you can download a reading comprehension chart.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

WATCHING MACBETH




Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's bloodiest and darkest tragedies; set in Scotland, it depicts the downfall of a troubled man and his power-hungry queen in their epic search for power and victory above all else, perpetrating horrific and detestable acts, sacrificing their souls to otherworldly forces in the process.
Co-directed by Rob Ashford  and Kenneth Branagh, this atmospheric production of Shakespeare's tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolded within the walls of a deconsecrated church during the Manchester International Festival  in July 2013.
You can watch some production-related videos here
You can read an article about Kenneth Branagh's role as Macbeth  here.


Hearts beat fast in the thrilling new ‘Macbeth’  ... and every breath starts to feel like a gasp.
THE NEW YORK TIMES