Saturday, January 24, 2015

READING ACTIVITIES ONLINE

Amazing reading activities for teenagers: www.teachingenglish.org.uk/britlit

Related posts on this blog: markaki-students.blogspot.gr/search/label/Reading

More links about reading on our EFL Links wiki: eflinks.wikispaces.com/Reading

Our Reading Projects Wiki: markaki-reading.wikispaces.com/home 

Reading books from the school's library and producing beautiful
projects about them has always been one of our standard practices.
See all the above project here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHRASEBOOKS AND OTHER PROJECTS

After reading a simplified version of Little Red Riding Hood.
Creative expression!







Students' self-maintained phrasebooks contain almost everything: from word definitions and tips to writing plans and samples. Some more photos can be found here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

CHANGES IN CAMBRIDGE EXAMS: MORE LINKS

      Just passed FCE with flying colours! 
Our next goal: Success in the Proficiency exams!


Download a factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale

Scores on this scale will replace the current candidate profile and standardised scores – to see how, use the score converter


NEW YEAR'S GAME TO BOOST VOCABULARY



Our New Year's Resolutions game: What we mostly did was pick a card randomly and then express our thoughts on it. In other words, students had to understand and explain what kind of resolution the box had 'predicted' for them. Then, they could pick out cards for their classmates/ friends/ family, which unravelled a very interesting discussion. (Especially when younger students got the word 'relax' as a New Year's resolution!) Teachers can finally decide to focus on vocabulary and offer derivatives of the words on the cards, collocations including them and so on. Imagination poses no limits!

Some ideas for which words to put in the box can be found on this webpage, which also presents a different version of a very interesting New Year's game:

love / listen / focus / simplicity / laugh / friends / create / play / read / adventure / patience / exercise / pray / peace / breathe / persist / evolve / connect / smile / appreciate / relax / compassion / forgive / accept / joy / balance / harmony / give / grateful / calm / authentic / remember / release / health / floss / happy

More words to present advanced students with.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

THE FILM 'NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS'

FACTS:

  • The movie is in stop motion animation. Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object or persona appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. (Stop motion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)





  • Two items were invented to facilitate the filming of the movie: One was a "light alarm" which would warn the animators if any of the stage lights failed to come on. The other was a system that enabled a puppeteer to seamlessly switch to a replacement puppet if a puppet broke during a shot. Prior to this, either situation, a light failing to come on or a puppet breaking would destroy a shot.

  • It is stated in "The Making of..." book that the most difficult shot to film in the entire movie is the shot in which Jack is reaching for the doorknob to Christmasland. Viewers can see the perfect surround reflection of the forest around Jack in the background.

  • It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete this movie. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made.

  • There is something of a controversy over exactly who has the rights to call the story and film their own, Henry Selick is the director and spent more time on the set and production than Tim Burton, however Burton has often claimed he is the owner of the story as it was all his idea, he wrote the original poem and most of the script, created the characters, served as a producer, and even wanted to direct but was simply too busy at the time to do so. However popular culture has long accepted the film as Burton's as the film heading is Tim Burton's the nightmare before Christmas.

  • In 2001, Walt Disney Pictures began to consider producing a sequel, but rather than using stop motion, Disney wanted to use computer animation. Tim Burton convinced Disney to drop the idea. "I was always very protective of [Nightmare] not to do sequels or things of that kind," Burton explained. "You know, 'Jack visits Thanksgiving world' or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it," Burton said.




USEFUL WORDS/ PHRASES


Halloween words:

terrifying
you made my flesh crawl
you made wounds ooze
renowned
a shriek
a moan
I have swept the very bravest off their feet
I am the master of fright
queer
ghouls
witches
scream
scare
ensnare
nightmare
suspicious
peculiar
scary
scull
pox


Christmas words:

roast chestnuts
hand mistletoe
gather around to hear a story
unique
secure in their dreamland
a bow
candy
Christmas carols
jolly
naughty
Christmas Eve
go down the chimney


Other words:

wart
dredge
tantalize
hail
lumplings
patch
brilliant leadership
witch’s fondest dream
deadly nightshade
wear off
curiosity killed the cat
slay
bric-a-brac
bait
trap
henchman
an elected official
make decisions
the fame and praise
recite
recitation
restless



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CHRISTMAS READING COMPETITION AND CELEBRATION

The Bloggers along with the Mocking Jays won this time!
A huge thank you to our e-pals who always welcome our participation.

'Christmas traditions all over the world' project.

Presents for all students with loads of love!

Reading aloud the 'Gingerbread Man'.


Enacting the story of Gingerbread Man.



Karaoke competition!

Concentration during the reading competition.



The winners of our reading and karaoke competition. The 'Lower Group' has won a dictionary which will surely prove useful during the preparation for the FCE/ ECCE exams. Congratulations to the amazing singers and readers! 


Presents and sweet messages given by our students. We thank them wholeheartedly! Happy holidays to everyone.


All photos of our Christmas activities 2014



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