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English @ the Movies #2

English @ the Movies #2

 
[Movie Clips Trailers]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Animals of all breeds
  • Predator and prey alike
  • In peace and harmony
  • Make the world a better place
  • Gripped by fear
  • Priority one
  • I’m here to ask some questions about  a case
  • You are under arrest
  • You are a key witness
  • We are in a really big hurry
  • I am on break
  • Deep down we are still animals
  • You are going to start a howl
  • From the creators of FROZEN
  • We all make mistakes
  • Change starts with you
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English @ the Movies

English @ the Movies

 

[VOA Learning English]

so long (interj.)

“parting salutation, 1860, of unknown origin, perhaps from a German idiom (compare German parting salutation adieu so lange, the full sense of which probably is something like “farewell, whilst (we’re apart)”); or perhaps from Hebrew shalom (via Yiddish sholom). Some have noted a similarity to Scandinavian leave-taking phrases, such as Norwegian Adjø så lenge, Farvel så lenge, Mor’n så lenge, literally “bye so long, farewell so long, morning so long;” and Swedish Hej så länge “good-bye for now,” with så länge “for now” attested since 1850 according to Swedish sources. Most etymology sources seem to lean toward the German origin. So long (adv.) “for such a long time” is from late Old English. ”   

Read more at Online Etymology dictionary
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I didn’t do my homework because…

I didn’t do my homework because…

[The Story Book Factory]

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An interesting article from Good Schools on homework  : 

There’s a long-running debate on the benefits of homework. The purpose of homework is to bridge the gap between children’s learning at school and at home, but just how relevant is it to the modern generation? We cover the advantages and disadvantages of homework below.

Advantages

  • Children develop time management and study skills: Homework sets children up to manage their time and plan out study schedules, which are very useful skills to have when they enter senior high school years, tertiary study and eventually the workforce. Completing homework early in the schooling years ensures that it becomes a habit — not an inconvenience.
     
  • Students can engage with their studies: Even with the whole day spent at school, allocated class time is not always sufficient when it comes to engaging students with their school work. Setting homework allows students to revise content learnt during the day with a fresh set of eyes and a clear head, away from their friends and other schoolyard distractions. This also provides parents with an opportunity to get involved in their child’s school work, providing assistance and additional insight when needed.

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Do something creative every day

Do something creative every day

  [House to home]

Why Art is Good for Kids & the World

  • Art Generates a Love of Learning & Creativity
  • Art Develops the Whole Brain
  • Art Prepares Kids for the Future
  • Art Teaches Problem Solving
  • Art Supports Emotional Intelligence
  • Art Builds Community
  • Art Improves Holistic Health
  • Art Awakens the Senses
  • Art is Eternal
Source : Mark Lewis Wagner @ Drawing on Earth
A Tree-Mendous Christmas

A Tree-Mendous Christmas

Trees are the most recognizable sign of Christmas, but what do you know about them? Each acre of land dedicated to growing Christmas trees will provide the daily oxygen required by 18 people.

source : infographicszone.com
source : infographicszone.com

 [Sweet Home]

 

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Discover Your Potential

Discover Your Potential

 [Alyce Tzue]

Soar  was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

An interview with the writer / director :

 [soar film]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A short film
  • It’s a story about a young girl
  • Like he’s very very tiny
  • He comes from a world in the sky
  • She’s really into engineering
  • As we progressed
  • Really really dedicated team members come on board
  • The story and the visuals
  • My demo reel
  • Makes it that much more professional looking
  • You really have to put collaboration as your number one concern
  • Make as many contacts as I can
  • Another idea for a short
  • It’s a huge lift to my personal self esteem
  • Direct a project
  • If I can do it once then I can do it again

Soar – The official Website

 
DIY – Christmas Lantern

DIY – Christmas Lantern

 [Aira Tran]

Click here for template 

Here are 10 ways crafting with friends may improve mind and brain wellness :

  1. Mental challenge and problem solving

  2. Social connection

  3. Mindfulness

  4. Development of hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and fine motor dexterity

  5. Learning and teaching

  6. Focusing attention and thoughts on a task


  7. Encouraging active creativity

  8. Gives a sense of pride and achievement

  9. Teaches patience and perseverance

  10. Facilitates memory formation and retrieval

source : (by Dr. Sarah McKay)

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