2.en.46. What do Swedes think about Sweden and about themselves?

After having a “fika” in Stockholm we’ll now hit the streets of  Örebro where we’ll find out what some citizens think about their country, its culture and its inhabitants. You had some experience as street reporters last year, didn’t you? let’s see what you think about these videos.

a) Aren’t you impressed at how good Swedes are at speaking English? We certainly should look up to them in that respect.

b) Did you know that in Sweden  English films are never dubbed and that they are used to watching films in their original version with subtitles in Swedish?

c) Do you think that being used to listening to films in their original version might explain why Swedes are so good at speaking English?

d) In the video you will see 4 different types of people. Describe them.

e) What time of the year was the video made?

f) Summarise the answers of the 4 groups

g) Where’s Örebro? look for some information about this city and locate it on a map

1. What do you like most about Sweden?
2. What do you dislike most about Sweden?
3. How do you think other nationalities view Sweden?
4. Would you prefer to stay on the Swedish Kronor, or change your currency to the Euro?

In this second video you only need to write down the questions the interviewers ask.

Homework Friday 4th February

Post your answers to the blog and copy them in your notebook. Remember that you do not need to repeat information that has previously been posted by your classmates unless you do so to correct errors or to add missing aspects.

2.en.45 Poison, poisonous, venom, venomous

Last week we went on an outing to visit a very interesting exhibition on poisonous animals at Sa Nostra.

Here follow the questions you had to answer. I have added some more to check  how much you learnt.

1) Most animals in the exhibition are very colourful. What is the function of colours? Write some examples?

2) Which continent do most animals come from?

3) What type of animals were represented?

4)You watched a video about antidotes. Which animals were sed to make antidotes against different poisons?

5) What do we mean when we say that a poison is Neurotoxic?

6) What does a Hemotoxic poison do?

7) Name the animals yo found most interesting and explain why

8) What other living beings were there in the exhibition that were not animals? Write some of them.

9) what type of things did yo find that were not living things?

Now, try to write definitions of some of the following words. All of them are important to explain what yo saw in the exhibition.  Use relative pronouns to link your sentences.

1)fangs; 2)albinism; 3)prey; 4)diet;5) toxic;6) mimesis;7) strenght; 8) oviparous; 9)viviparous; 10)defense; 11) sting; 12) habitat


A butterfly is an insect. A butterfly has colourful wings

A butterfly is an insect which has colorful wings

Is “which” the subject or the object of the relative clause?

Did you enjoy the visit?

Did you learn some new facts about poison and poisonous animals?

Homework: Saturday 4th February

Post your answers to the blog and copy them in your notebook.

2.ca.13. La meva autobiografia!

Com que algunes de les vostres narracions sobre la vostra autobiografia estan ben treballades en podem penjar una petita mostra al bloc per tal de gaudir-ne tots. Els que teníeu paràgrafs marcats també els podeu penjar.


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2.ca.12. Per què mengem el que mengem?

Aquí teniu els textos de Per què mengem el que mengem? Feu els següents exercicis al quadern( per a dimarts 25/1/11):

a)Llegiu els textos que hi ha dins els requadres blaus i escriviu al quadern una idea que resumesqui cada text. Teniu en compte que tenen relació amb tot l’article.

b)En el requadre blau titulat plats de festa s’esmenten plats que es cuinen a Catalunya en dates assenyalades. Saps quins plats es cuinen a Mallorca en les festes de les quals parla el text? I en altres llocs d’Europa o del món?

menjar cavall fort 1 menjar cavall fort 2 menjar cavall fort 3

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2.en.44 We’ve been strolling in Stockholm for a while, so it’s about time for a “fika”

It is time to take a break to have a fika. Fika is the traditional Swedish coffee break. It consists of a coffee and a cake. Among the most popular cakes, let’s have a look at the kannenbules.
A kanelbulle is a cinnamon bun, studded with cardamon, glazed with a sweet syrup and pearled sugar sprinkled over it.
Let’s follow the search for the ULTIMATE KANELBULLE. Watch the video and answer the following questions:
Look at the word list below,  you might need to knowthem in order to understand the video. Check the ones you do not know in the dictionary before watching it.

dough; tasty; juicy; dry; spicy; flavour; bakery; moisty;good looking;fragrant

Criteria to evaluate the kanelbulle:
Texture (soft, dry, juicy)
Cinnamon flavour

Now, watch the video and answer the questions:


Complete the table with the information given in the video.

Places visited bad aspects
strong aspects
1 Tully’s 

2 Bästa bageriet 

3 Wayne’s 

4 Seven eleven 

5 Blooms 

6 Saturnus 

Match the following sentences about buns and places with the place (1 to 6) where they are heard in the video.
A) which place closes at one o’clock on Saturdays
B) not too much syrup
C) It’s a bit dry
D) it tastes of cinnamon
E) it’s a bit stale
F) it’s just OK
G) it does not taste so fresh
H) it’s kind of ok but….nothing special
I) it’s cheap
J) which place is away from the tourist trail?
K) enough X factor to star in Mamma mia

Give the teacher some feedback:

Do you feel you tube videos and comprehension activities  connected with them help your English get better? Choose among the following answers  and add any comments on how to improve listening exercises.


yes, a lot; quite a lot; a bit; not much; nothing.

Homework: Post your comments to the blog Tuesday 25th January

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2.en.44 Ads can be interactive: have a go!

Have you seen the latest add by tipp-ex?

You can alter it and make the characters act as you please. It is really funny!

Type the following verbs in the box and see how the bear and the hunter interact.

  1. tickles
  2. kisses
  3. plays with
  4. dances with
  5. erases
  6. washes
  7. pisses
  8. draws
  9. sleeps with
  10. cooks

Homework: post your comments to the blog by Tuesday 24th

  1. Which one did you find the funniest?
  2. Can you contribute with any other verbs?
  3. Have you seen any similar publicity campaigns?
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2.en.43 Useful templates and guidelines from Bogglesworld to talk about books and stories

Booglesworld is a great website where you can find plenty of materials to improve your English. We used  some handouts from this site last year to talk about films. Now, I will add a set of word documents you can download and print. We shall work with them in class. They will help you write excellent book reports. There are “samples” and “templates”. We shall use them to talk about the books you read and the ones you will read. In Catalan you have finished “Boy” and in Spanish, “Treasure Island”. Both of them were originally written in English, so it is now time to talk about them in our English lessons.

Print the set and keep them together in a plastic folder. Take them to class next week. After using them, I would appreciate your feedback. Send your comments to the blog.

Book report sample (1)

Book report template (2)

What is the setting? (3)

Different settings (4)

Setting cloze (5)

Setting and characters (6)

Heroes and Villains (7)