segunda-feira, 26 de março de 2012

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sexta-feira, 16 de março de 2012

18 Everyday English Words That Come from Irish

Sent by Emma Taylor

Check some English words that come from Irish

Break out your "Kiss me, I’m Irish" shirt, lads and lassies; St. Patrick’s Day is comin’ a’callin. While you’re nursing a green beer at your favorite pub, look like a nerd dazzle your friends with your knowledge of the Irish origins of some common English words such as these. (If they say, "Hey, that word’s etymology is Scottish Gaelic," tell them Scottish Gaelic grew out of Middle Irish, and then punch them in the gob.)

Whiskey: It may be a cheap shot, but we’ve got to start with one that’s alcohol-related. Yes, it was the Irish who brought us whiskey, or uisge beatha, "the water of life." We do not recommend it as a healthy substitute for water.

Boycott: There’s no word evolution involved with this one. Some folks in County Mayo, Ireland decided to fight back against a stubborn land agent for an English landlord who wouldn’t lower their rent. So they refused to have any dealings with one Capt. Charles Cunningham Boycott.

Hooligan: Without this word we’d just have to call soccer fans "criminals." No one argues it’s Irish in origin, but exactly what it sprang from is murky. Perhaps a gang leader and cop-killer of the same name gave rise to the term, or the family name of a rowdy Irish clan. We’d believe either.

Gibberish: The Irish had to come up with a word to explain talking while drunk. "Gibberish" could be from the Celtic gibber, or the Gaelic gabairechd, meaning unintelligible talk. It could even be a play on "gob" or "gab."

Leprechaun: Here’s one you should be able to call to mind even after a few pints. Many believe the word comes from the Irish leipreachán, meaning "pygmy." We prefer the theory that it refers to their penchant for shoe-making: leath bhrógan roughly translates into "one-shoe-maker." After all, no one’s ever caught a leprechaun making two shoes at once…

Slogan: Weird to think the term for a war cry has now come to describe what a chorus line sings about paper towels. The Gaelic sluaghghairm breaks down into "army" (sluagh) and "shout" (ghairm). Soldiers would scream their "slogan" at the top of their lungs before rushing into battle.

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segunda-feira, 12 de março de 2012

Blog da Disal - Ensinando inglês com filmes

Ensinando Inglês com filmes!

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 06:06 AM PDT

Por Vanessa Prata*

Após mostrar atividades com alguns vídeos disponíveis no YouTube, vamos ver alguns filmes, disponíveis em DVD, que também podem ser usados para aulas de gramática e conversação, além, é claro, de treinar listening skills.

Novamente, são apenas alguns exemplos, mas podem servir de inspiração para que você prepare outras atividades semelhantes (e compartilhe conosco!). Não deixe de conferir ainda o blog do professor Cláudio Azevedo, que tem centenas de atividades com filmes (

Movie: Finding Nemo (Procurando Nemo)

Suggested objectives / topics: Discuss School Days / Memories from school

Suggested levels: Pre-intermediate on

Scene: 3 (from 5min16 to 10min20)

Answer the questions while you watch the scene:

1 - Why is Nemo so excited?

A: It’s his first day at school

2 – Is his father as excited as he is? Why (not)?

A: No, because he is afraid. He thinks Nemo shouldn’t go to school yet

3 – What advice does Marlin give Nemo?

A: The ocean is not safe / Be careful / Look around before you leave their “house”

4 – What is Nemo’s problem?

A: He has a little fin

Now, discuss these questions with a partner:

Do you remember your first day at school? How was that?

What about in high school or University? How different was that?

Which did you enjoy the most: elementary school, high school or college? Why?

What are your best memories from school?

Suggested extra activities based on the movie:

- Ss draw a picture that represents their memories from school, or build an image with rods or play dough, and explain to their partners.

- Ss write a composition about their school memories.

- Ss debate the quality of schools and universities in the country.

- Ss pretend they are teachers and each one proposes an activity to the class related to the topics they are learning.

Movie: Matrix

Suggested objectives / topics: Practice conditionals / Discuss impact of technology / Discuss what Ss would like to change in the world and in their lives

Suggested levels: Intermediate on

Scene: 8 (from 25min10 to 29min50)

Before watching, discuss these questions with a partner:

Have you ever seen Matrix? What’s the story about?
Who are the main characters?
Have you heard about the story Alice in Wonderland? What do you know about it?
Morpheus will compare the situation Neo is in to this story. Can you imagine why?

While watching the scene, answer these questions:

1 - What advice does Trinity give Neo?

A: Be honest

2 - Does Neo believe in fate? Why (not)?

A: No, he doesn’t like the idea he isn’t in control of his destiny

3 - Explain in your words what the Matrix is

A: A computer program that created our world / a dream world / an illusion

4 - Explain in your words what will happen if Neo takes:

the blue pill – he forgets everything and continues his normal life

the red pill – he discovers the truth

5 - Which pill does he take?

A: Red

6 - Why do you think he made this decision?

A: personal answers

Now, discuss these questions in groups:
If you were Neo, which pill would you take? Why?

If you discovered our world was not real, would you like to know the truth or would you prefer to continueyour normal life?

Would you like to change something in our world? What would you change?

And in your life, what would you like to change?

Suggested extra activities based on the movie:

- Ss write a composition using conditionals. Suggested themes: What would you do if you were the President of Brazil? / What would you do if you won the lottery? / What would you do if you could change one thing in the world? etc

- Ss read Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carol), 1984 (George Orwell) or A Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) and write a composition comparing the story in the books to the film or debate in class

domingo, 4 de março de 2012

Vocabulário - jornalismo

Vocabulário - jornalismo

Match the words/expressions with their definitions

1 - anchor
2 – assignment
3 – broadsheet
4 - cover story
5 - credit line
6 – cub
7 – deadline
8 - hard news
9 - headline or head
10 - inverted pyramid
11 – newsroom
12 - off the record
13 – orphan
14 – scoop
15 - soft news
16 – subhead
17 – tabloid
18 – widow

( ) A large format newspaper, usually measuring at least 56 cm (22 inches) long. Also used to describe more serious, less sensational styles of newspaper journalism.
( ) Text next to or following a story or picture acknowledging its source.
( ) A person who presents a news bulletin from a television studio, usually on a regular basis.
( ) Immediate and factual accounts of important events or developments.
( ) A job given to a journalist by an editorial supervisor, such as a news editor.
( ) Old-fashioned term for a trainee journalist. Also known as a rookie.
( ) The most important story featured on the front cover of a magazine, often by an illustration.
( ) The time the editor or producer sets by which the reporter must submit a finished story.
( ) A specially equipped office where journalists work producing news.
( ) The most common structure for writing a news story, with the main news at the start and the rest of the detail following in decreasing order of importance.
( ) A word or short phrase in large type at the top of an article designed to either summarise the news or grab the reader’s attention and make them want to read it.
( ) An important or significant news published or broadcast before other competing media know of it.
( ) A single first line of a paragraph left incomplete at the bottom of a column of text, the rest of the paragraph appearing at the top of the next column of text. Normally avoided in typesetting.
( ) (A) Information given to a journalist as background on condition that it will not be used in a story. (B) Information given to a journalist for use in a story on condition that the source will not be identified.
( ) Stories about topics which are interesting and new but which have little or no material effect on people’s lives. Soft news focuses on interesting individuals rather than on major events or developments which impact on lots of people.
( ) The final, short line of a paragraph which has become separated from the paragraph in the previous column and therefore appears at the top of the next column.
( ) A small, compact format newspaper, usually less than 43 cm (17 inches) long. Also used to describe a newspaper style that uses short, simply-written stories and headlines with lots of pictures to illustrate more sensational content.
( ) (A) A small headline below the main headline. (B) A small headline inserted in the body of a story to visually break up a long column of type.