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On this day…

On this day…

Here is a new game to get English learners to share historical milestones online and contribute in the creation of quiz games and language learning activities.

How to play:

Let’s share ideas!

  1. Find out what happened on this day and write a sentence using past tenses. For example: (15th January) “On this day Martin Luther King was born” It can be anything from a significant event, a biographical fact you find interesting.
  2. You can tweet it using the hashtag #onthisday and #occeoic (you will  find more example on @oneclickcloser), or write a reply on this blogpost.
  3. You can add other ideas if you like: links to complete the information, images, etc.

Let’s weave the game together!

After some time all these sentences will become part of history quiz games and language activities. You might want to be part of this if you like history or if you are learning to use past tenses.

 

Job hunting

Which is the best way to find a job? On our padlet board we can see some of the ideas that came up in class and some interesting articles where you’ll find the language in context.

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We also listed some ideas to succeed at job interviews. Can you think of more?

You can follow the thread on #occeoic on Twitter.

 

Keep counting

Let’s learn a bit more about the figures that define the population of the world. Before you watch the video by National Geographic Magazine, try to guess what the figures below refer to:

7,000,000,000 / 25% / male / 8 hours / Chinese / India

Was there anything you found surprising about these facts? How typical are you?

Fun fact about this song:

On 30 September 2005, the writer and scientist Simon Singh accused Katie Melua in The Guardian of being scientifically incorrect with the lyrics.  In her song she says: We are 12 billion light-years from the edge. That’s a guess – no-one can ever say it’s true, but I know that I will always be with you.

Singh said it was an assault on the accuracy of the work of cosmologists, and the article motivated a series of letters from other  readers, agreeing or disagreeing.  On 15 October, Melua and Singh appeared together on the BBCs Today programme and Melua sang a new version of the song including Singh’s amendments to the lyrics:

We are 13.7 billion light-years from the edge of the observable universe / That’s a good estimate with well-defined error bars / And with the available information / I predict that I will always be with you”.

Both sides amicably agreed that the new lyrics were less attractive for commercial success, and continued with a discussion about scientific accuracy versus artistic licence.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2005/oct/06/popandrock

Drawing the line

The following picture was taken in Carballo. It is one of many examples of mural art you can see in this town. Reknown artists were invited to give new life to many walls and buildings.

This one is by Sokram. It is a huge pencil with people trying to climb to the top -one of them is falling. Interpretations may be as diverse as the people who look at it, but there is another controversy to add: the scissors are not part of the original painting.

This triggers an interesting debate: could it be considered vandalism, or the price urban artists have to pay?

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Greetings from around the world

In class we learnt how to write short texts for social media posts. After all, it’s one of the most likely writing activities an English language learner may do sooner or later.

Why not start practising your writing skills on your own social media profiles? Here are posts we did in class: Greetings from around the world!

The only things missing are emojis and hashtags!

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