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Sunday, November 12, 2017

WILL power - reading on The power of reading



 The power of reading













     a) Steady, ready, read! 
     Our Reading Olympiad

    b)  re-read ... the story of a successful idea 

C) the History of reading by A. Manguel
Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages, reading meant reading aloud; such reading was probably the most common form of ancient publication. 
 scripta manet, verba volat 
the written word remains stationary, the spoken word travels 
curious fact: 
the famous library of Alexandria was nurtured by a royal decree that required all ships stopping there to surrender any books they might be carrying on board. These books were then copied for the library's collections before being returned to their owners.

The Guardian -2009 (B. Morrison)


Boy reading newspaper, New York, 1944
           One memorable image features a boy sitting in a New York doorway in 1944, amid a heap of newspapers left there to alleviate the wartime shortage ("Paper is needed now! Bring it at any time," reads the poster behind him). Times are hard yet the boy looks perfectly happy: amid the detritus, he has found a page of comic strips.




One of my favourite André Kertész photographs shows two young men sitting with their backs to a tree, each absorbed in a book. 
Image result for andré Kertész photographs "two young men sitting"
  • Both are wearing glasses; 
  • both use their thighs as a lectern; 
  • the one facing forwards is black, the other, in profile (a dead ringer for Woody Allen), is white. 
  • Their proximity suggests they know each other and are friends. 
And given the time and place of the composition, the photo could serve as an icon of the civil rights movement – racial harmony as observed in Washington Square, New York City, 1969. What's equally striking, though, is how separate the two men are, how oblivious to each other's presence (and to the camera). They might be friends but their real companions are their books.

Kertész's subjects are often people you wouldn't expect to see reading. What the camera captures is their thirst for knowledge or hunger to escape their circumstances. 
  • The Bowery bum retrieving a newspaper from a wastebin;
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  • a woman kneeling over a text in a Manila market;
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  • gondoliers,
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  • circus performers and street vendors snatching time between work duties to peruse a book or magazine –

A reading questionnaire -across booking time


Book Adventures

Booking cross or Crossing booK?


1) The pleasure of answering a....

  A reading questionnaire


3 Reading 55 questions with 55 answers.  
Would you dare a go?



Pullman's Wordle image

For questions on the The boy in the striped payamas, click here.




2)  CLASS LIFE    

22 questions to get started:

1. Favorite childhood book?
2. What are you reading right now?
3. What books do you have on request at the library?

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
14. Favorite place to read?
15. What is your policy on book lending?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?














20. What makes you love a book?
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
22. Favorite genre?
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year?
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
38. Favorite fictional character?


41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

OLWrP_November. Cosmopolitan accents in Girona. The English HOUR presents... a listening projectt

INTEGRATED SKILLS.
Cooperative work.

Listen and write ... to listen and test



OLWrP_November.

This month,
Let's do  our listening test with The English HOUR





TASK 1.  Listen to the first 10 min .
Catalan connections with Marcela Topor (20/04/2016  
--  25 min) interviews today  Irish historian  Mary Nash.

Video: http://www.elpuntavui.tv/video/163578867.html

Q1.  She admits an interest on Hispanic history issues.  How long has she lived in Spain? and in what sense is she important to us?
           
Q2. How did she decide to start her search on gender studies in Spain?

Q3. How was it that she went to undergraduate studies again?

Q4. What was the topic of her research with professor Giralt?

Q5. In which sense was her choice of studies outrageous?

Q6.  What were the difficulties to get acces to her historical materials? Name three

Q 7.  Mary Nash accepts a bit reluctantly the adjective... you were brave". How does she  accept it?

Q 8.  Mary Nash had to fight to get her work recognised. In which ways did she explain it?


Q9. When asked if she could agree on the gender equality in the academic sector nowadays, what did she say?


Get ideas for your SPRING ORAL PROJECT here:


REVIEW on The English HOUR.   November project.

TASK2.  Explore the rest of the Mary Nash's recorded programs.

Now set 40 minutes ahead with no noise, interference:
TAKE NOTES!! from minute 10:05 to min 18:50. 


TASK 2.1.  Listen to the  talk and go ahead on her work as a historian, the subject matter.
TASK 2.2.  Prepare  a Listen-to-Write text.  200 words.  in 35 minutes


KEY to our listening test. 
Q1.  She admits an interest on Hispanic history issues.  How long has she lived in Spain? and in what sense is she important?
 0.45:  a:  Almost a lifetime! and she opened a new field Women studies! (now Gender studies) 
Q2. How did she decide to start her search on gender studies in Spain? -long answer
2:21  a: A fellowship in Turin. She discovered the Mediterranian... She came to Barcelona in the early 70's. 
Q3. How was it that she went to undergraduate studies again?
 2:51  a:  she could not get her Univ  of Cork degree accepted. She turned up a student again.  With her researcher background she went into new interests. The Barcelona  librarians had guarded  worth clandestine info in "hell" (closed vault.). 
Q4. What was the topic of her research with professor Giralt?
4:20  a:  women's agency and protagonism in the Republica and the civil war. 
Q5. in which sense was her choice of studies outrageous?
4:44  a:  The tutor  did not understand her studies, but was liberal about her work, tolerated her transgression on a new field. 
Q6.  What were the difficulties to get acces to her historical materials? Name three
5:26  a:  Go to Salamanca, under military  rule, .... not to be sent to jail, young woman more difficult. Being told she invented the "proof of her work" as nobody knew the documents. 
Q 7.  Mary Nash accepts a bit reluctantly the adjective... you were brave". How does she  accept it?
6:35  a:   I was young, rebellious, living with an Irish passport researcher helped. 
Q 8.  Mary Nash had to fight to get her work recognised. In which ways did she explain it?
7:25  a:  the field of WOMEN history was not established yet. Hard to accept it as a "real" field of research.7:50   Few women in the faculty as professors at top positions 1970's  
Q9. When asked if she could agree on the gender equality in the academic sector nowadays, what did she say?
8:35  a: Not in Brussels, neither Spain nor Bcn. Professorships 25%, associated professors ... slightly more. There is a glass ceiling and a large dropout. In a sense it is equal per se, BUT there are still many discriminating practices, with  large profile and awesome work done by women.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

El punt AVUI- THE ENGLISH HOUR

Bored stiff with your English study time ...  
Put aside any dull homework... Try this
:  


El punt AVUI- 
THE ENGLISH HOUR - FIVE SELECTIONS

Resultado de imagen de "punt avui" "english hour"A) Our finest hour with Matthew TreeHosted by British writer Matthew Tree, this roundtable debate airs every Thursday. Every week Matthew is joined by different guests, including Liz Castro, Patricia Gabancho and Martin Kirby, among others, who will discuss the most important events of the week.
B)  Going native with Neil StokesA good level of English has become a must for everyone, including Catalans. Each Monday, Neil Stokes talks to a different public figure, including artists, sports people, politicians and actors, for whom English is an everyday reality. 
C)  Small talk with Nicole MillarForeign residents are also the focus every Friday, when Catalonia Today’s Nicole Millar talks to people from a variety of countries and walks of life about their experiences of adapting to life in Catalonia. 
Resultado de imagen de "punt avui" "english hour" D)   Catalan connections with Marcela Topor
Every Wednesday, Catalonia Today editor Marcela Topor interviews well-known foreign residents in Catalonia. From writers and musicians to entrepreneurs and officials, the interviews provide a unique perspective on living and working in Catalonia.




   
English Hour                    



             Four  choices:  
Our finest hour with Matthew Tree



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26/02/2015                           (18.00-18.53)               
             With Carmen Amorós, Josep Lluís Gonzàlez & Barbara Leonard.

17/09/2015                            (18.14-18.55) 
                       http://www.elpuntavui.tv/video.html?view=video&video_id=139603070
             With Patrícia Gabancho, Steven Andrew & Simon Harris (author of 'Catalonia is not Spain').

07/05/2015                         (17.38-18.55)
                        http://www.elpuntavui.tv/video.html?view=video&video_id=127169811             
With Bernat Puigtovella, Monika Zgustova & Edwin Winkels.

03/12/2015                          (18.14-18.55)      
With John English (Documentary maker), Liz Castro (Publisher, speaker for Catalan grassroots movement) & Martin Capdevila (Canadian-Catalan sports announcer for FEDH).


               Five choices_- 
Going native with  Neil Stokes  
(mostly 20-minute programmes)

21/09/2015                         (18.28-18.50)            
            Albert Riera
 Communicator from the  farm social-programme cooperative  La Fageda.

16/11/2015                         (18.31-19.01)  
                      archeologist - Eudald Carbonell.           

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05/10/2015                         (18.26-18.54)           
            Vicent Partal, Vilaweb editor.           

  Dídac Lee -
Digital entrepreneur with Taiwan origins-Board member for FCBarcelona 

15/12/2014                         (18.31-18.52)           
            Alfred Bosch 
Historian, writer and ERC potitician                 




            Five choices_  Nicole Millar 
(Click on the underlined link)
(mostly 30-minute programmes)

            Gagandeep Singh, spokesman for the Sikh community in BCN.

             Jutta Lange, specialist in natural cosmetics.


                        Resultado de imagen de "punt avui" "english hour"
            Ousman Umar, from Ghana  - ONG http://nascoict.org/news/

            Shin Lim - magician, Singaporean living in Massachusssets   http://shinlimmagic.com/

            Matthew McDaid. Singer from Northern Ireand

             Ian Pugh,  from Wales.  Wealth manger in  Blevins Franks.



Check one of my choices & 
Make your  three choices_ for ...
Resultado de imagen de "punt avui" "english hour"

 Marcella Topor  

 20 minutes till  15 Septembre 2015, 
then 30 minute programme

            Els Amics de les Arts



            Halldor Mar.
            Rachel Hurd-Wood, protagonista 'Segon Origen'.

            Núria Farregut blogger gastronòmica.

            Miquel Calçada

            Monika Zgustova, writer and translator.

            Xavier Kaye, artist,  for Untitled BCN. English-Catalan http://www.untitledbcn.com/