For students sitting their SPAN1 exam next week then this document gives some useful advice on how the questions on the paper where students often lose marks.
To my surprise I found out this week that Authentik (the Irish company which produced magazines in French, Spanish, German and Italian as well as some nifty practice tests for GCSE and A Level) has gone into liquidisation. I must admit that their resources (particularly their magazines) were quite expensive which probably put off a lot of students which is a shame.
The good news is that they have made their 2009 Listening and Reading Tests available free of charge. If you haven’t already got these then you can download them here. I am not sure how long they will be available for so I would get in quick.
This video would be good to start a discussion about the role of the media in shaping our views of what is attractive in a person and the dangers of Photoshop!
This is a short article about women who are having their small toe surgically removed to enable them to wear higher high-heels. I have uploaded it to Textivate which enables you to generate a range of activities from the text.
Click here to view the activity.
This is a nice little video about how adverts are not always what they seem. The video is about the Dove campaign where they take an ordinary women and turn her into a super model with Photoshop. I had a good discussion with my students about it and whether they think that they are manipulated by adverts.
This is a cartoon which formed part of an anti-smoking campaign. Get students to watch it and make a list of all of the problems which are associated with smoking.
Doing lots of past paper practise with my AS students I have realised just how much practise some of them need at transcribing what they hear in the target language listening comprehension activities. Each year I say that I am going to do more of it but somehow I never get around to it. Now I have a [...]