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.en.02 Humans of New York (HONY): a mosaic of portraits and stories

In 2010, Brandon Stanton  set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers. Seven years later, his photoblog is followed by more than 7 million people on social media. It has become so very popular among New Yorkers that now everyone in the city knows what the acronym hony stands for. Sometimes Brandon accompanies his pics with a  caption, a quote or even a story.

Let’s look at one of his photos:

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