2.en.52 Reliable, logical, cynical, responsible… and some pronunciation work

Last Tuesday you took part in an interactive drama workshop at La Caixa. Part of your task was to discuss the way the characters of the play felt and analyse their reactions. There was conflict and lack of understanding between Rosa and her mother, but there was also conflict between Rosa and Judit who were of the same age.

  1. Do you think there are certain attitudes and personality features that go hand in hand with being young?
  2. Do people’s personality necessarily change as they grow old?
  3. Can grown ups change their attitudes?
  4. Is it more difficult to change when you are young or old?
  5. Did you like the play?
  6. What about the ending?
  7. What happened after Rosa’s mom received the phone call? Use your imagination. At the bottom of this post you will find some more adjectives to describe how the ending made you feel.

In this song you’ll be able to practice the pronunciation of some adjectives with similar endings:

_ble; -al

You will also learn the role of adverbs

but you will also need to reflect on how certain stages of life are associated with certain moods and feelings.

Listen to this Supertramp song “logical” and do the activities.

Fill in the gaps

when I was young
it seemed that life was so ________(1)
a miracle, oh it was beautiful,_____(2)
and all the birds in the trees
well they´d be singing so ______(3)
oh joyfully, oh playfully watching me
but then they sent me away
to teach me how to be _______(4)
logical, oh responsible ,practical
and they showed me a world
where I could be so ________(5)
oh clinical, oh intellectual, cynical
there are times when all the world´s asleep
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man
won´t you please, please tell me what we´ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am
now watch what you say
or they´ll be calling you a ________(6)
a liberal, oh fanatical, criminal
oh won´t you sign up your name
we´d like to feel you´re
________(7), ________(8), oh presentable, a _________(9)!

at night when all the world´s asleep
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man
won´t you please, please tell me what weve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who i am, who i am ,who I am.

when I was young
it seemed that life was so ________(10)

Meaning and morphology

Are you sure you understand the meaning of all the words.

Match the word and the definition


Which of the words are adjectives and which are adverbs?


Find more adverbs in the song

Content and mood

1. What type of person wrote this song?

2. Why did he/she write the song?

3. What are the stages mentioned in the song?

4. What are the changes?

5. Is the person happy or unhappy

about the changes?

6. Why?

7. Which line/lines impress you the most?

8. What is the mood of song?

9. Did you like the video?

10 Look at this alphabet, you’ll find some more adjectives to describe your mood. Is there anyone which fits you perfectly right now?

Post your comments to the blog for Monday the 21st

1.en.18 Describing personality: building up vocabulary

Last year we learnt how to describe pople’s looks. Remember the post? In case you want to do some revision follow this link.

1.en.16 Describing people: looks in Saps què te dic, 1st ESO E blog

Well, this year we’ll concentrate a bit more on personality and maybe in how looks and personality might be related; a certain expression, the way you smile.

As we have been talking about the Simpsons in recent posts, Here follows a power point presentation I found in Slide share about that famous family. Use the adjectives to describe the personality of its members.

Homework: Friday 29th of October

  • Write a short description of the 5 members of the Simpsons in your notebook
  • Post to the blog 5 new adjectives you have learnt.

1.en.7. Our new assistant teacher, Taylor, will come next week. Acrostics for Taylor.

Hello everyone,

This year Molly will not be with us and we shall miss her very much, but we’ll have a new assistant teacher, Taylor, who is also great and who will teach us a lot of interesting things.

So far, we know very little about Taylor, but we’ll gradually get to know him and find out what he is like . We have the whole school year ahead.

Do you remember the acrostics we did last year?

In order to welcome Taylor to our class I made three acrostics with his name. When he comes to our class next week, we’ll ask him which adjectives he feels  fit him best. Maybe all the adjectives I have chosen are wrong, we’ll have to wait and  see.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An acrostic (Greek: ákros “top”; stíchos “verse”) is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message.

Homework for Monday 3rd:

Look up the adjectives you find in the acrostics you do not know in a dictionary. Think about someone you know (it can also be a celebrity or a famous person) that can be described using that  new adjective. Post your comments to the blog and write them in your notebook too.