1.en.06 Once upon a time… The art of storytelling

Stories are everywhere – in newspapers, books, on TV and the internet. Every day conversation is full of anecdotes and real life stories.

Storytelling is a unique human skill shared between people, and is one of our oldest artforms. It brings words and the world to life, stimulates the imagination, and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners.

In fact, all of us are storytellers. We all love telling narratives about our experiences and the meanings that these experiences have for our lives.

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1.en.05 Gender Stereotypes

Images used in the  media to portray men and women are essential to build up our perception of gender stereotypes. Some brands have adopted new strategies such as challenging  gender stereotypes brand  themselves have contributed to build up. Building up women’s confidence and self esteem is part of their aim.

Always is a brand of sanitary pads. Therefore,  it is not difficult to guess what their target group is. Some years ago, it launched a campaign that went viral. Have a look at the video.  Do you think it is effective? Did it make you reflect? If you had been asked to run like a girl what would have been your answer?

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1.en.03 Let’s talk about people: Describing an image

This post will help you when you have to talk or write about a photograph or an image.

Have a look at David Mainwood’s presentation below. He’s the English teacher and a blogger, who made this excellent presentation that will surely help you improve your oral skills and face the oral exam with much more confidence.  Copy the useful language that appears in slide 28 and have it at hand. You can use the pics in David’s presentation or some others of your choice. The aim is to internalise the steps in picture description until it comes out naturally.  It will take you more than one try.  You have 18 slides to get you started.Shortcode

You can also visit David’s blog by clicking on the image below

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1.es.03 “Avíate bien, que yo llegaré/ a ti a dessora…”

La Muerte viene para la Emperatriz de Hans Holbein el joven, S. XVI

Posiblemente en ninguna otra figura se puede observar tan claramente el cambio de mentalidad del hombre medieval al hombre del renacimiento como en la figura de la Muerte. Esta es mi tesis, para argumentarla me voy a basar en tres personificaciones de la Muerte que encontramos en el S.XV: el personaje macabro y burlesco de la danza general que proviene de la tradición popular y representa la cosmovisión medieval cristiana; la Muerte que se confunde con la enamorada de los poetas cultos de cancionero, que aparece asociada al amor cortés y tendrá una larga pervivencia posterior y las diferentes personificaciones de las coplas manriqueñas, en especial la que viene a buscar a don Rodrigo, que ya es fruto de una nueva mentalidad en la que lo terrenal tiene una clara importancia.