Tuesday, 8 August 2017

SILENT LETTERS IN ENGLISH


The English language has lots of silent letters which  cause difficulties for both native speakers and English learners, because they make the spelling of words different from their pronunciation. Read here.



Monday, 7 August 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

BRAVE NEW WORLD

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Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Set in London in the year AD 2540 (632 A.F. - "After Ford" - in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to profoundly change society.
Here you can find a detailed analysis of the novel and here you can discover some interesting facts about its author.
The title derives from Miranda's speech in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I:
O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

MY SUNDAY MOVIE - A PROMISE

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Here you can read a review of the movie.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

JULY

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"That beautiful season the Summer! 
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
And the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

THE ULTIMATE SAFARI


Here you can read this touching short story  by South African writer Nadine Gordimer.

Most of her work is about the exploitation of black people from  white people. “There is one thing I am sure of: racism is wrong”. She did her duty as a citizen. Denouncing apartheid in her books was one of them, along with letting the world know of the ruinous consequences of the racial discrimination of system to the lives of people. In 1991 she was rewarded with the Nobel Prize for having pointed the finger at apartheid for fifty years.
  

Friday, 23 June 2017

II PROVA SCRITTA ESAMI DI STATO

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Yesterday my students of  5^C and 5^D  Liceo Linguistico  took an English test on the day of their II Prova Scritta.
It included a text analysis and a composition, but they could choose among four different articles. All of them were rather thought-provoking and somewhat difficult.
You can download them here.


Friday, 16 June 2017

BLOOMSDAY

A journey through James Joyce’s Dublin

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulyssesset on 16 June 1904, are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin.  
James Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora BarnacleThe name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.
Let's take a journey through James Joyce's Dublin and the events of Bloomsday here.



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Monday, 12 June 2017

FEVER PITCH

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Read Nick Hornby's autobiographical essay here.
It is the story of the author's relationship with football and with Arsenal Football Club, above all. It is composed of several chapters in chronological order, from the time the author first became a football fan as a child until his early thirties. Each chapter is about a particular football match that he remembers watching, most but not all at Highbury Stadium, and how it related to the events that were going on with his personal life at the time. As well as relating Arsenal's highs and lows, Nick Hornby talks about other football clubs that played in London.
You can find a detailed analysis of the book here.