Thursday, May 27, 2010

Robin Hood: The Answers. Plus the BC's Learn English and how it can help you.

Hello everyone! First as promised, the answers to the latest Six Minute English listening comprehension exercise, which was about Robin Hood.
1. The first film of the Robin Hood story was released in 1908.
2. He was a great archer and a good swordsman.
3. Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest with his band of "Merry Men". Be careful of the spelling!
4. There have been over a hundred (100) different film and TV versions of the Robin Hood story.
5. He was always dressed in green and he wore tights. Note: it is worth revising all the vocabulary connected with clothes and fashion.
6. Russell Crowe, playing Robin Hood, wanted "to give the guy some dignity."
7. Russell Crowe sees Robin Hood as a "fighter".
8. Russell Crowe mentions gorse bushes and brambles as the forest flora most likely to damage your clothes. Look these botanical expressions up in your dictionary. What are they in Italian?

Very many thanks to Silvia, Annagiulia, Allegra, Chiara, Sergio, Gianluca, Giovanni, Savina, another Chiara, Lorenza and Leonardo. That's eleven people in all, and is very encouraging. But there are still over ninety people out there who are not responding...

Now, to turn to another topic: the newly redesigned British Council site LearnEnglish. This site gives you instant access to grammar and vocabulary practice, listening and video comprehension, and business English, among many other things. I encourage you to click on the link above and explore around. Take time to do so: twenty minutes should be enough to give you a good introduction.

But right now I am going to give you some specific links to topics we have recently been covering in class. First of all, let me address Level Four:

Passive Forms: a further explanation of the difference between active and passive forms of verbs. Unfortunately there is no game or test attached to this topic yet.

Young Learners Senior E: try this explanation of phrasal verbs. Here is a game you can play to practise phrasal verbs associated with "write". Although we haven't specifically studied this in class, try it anyway.

Level Two: try Passives - click on the link above. Here, too, is some extra practice on "used to"  contrasted with "be/get used to". See pages 80 and 138 in our book.

As always, when you have visited these sites and tried the exercises, give us your feedback by leaving a short message on the Tag Board or by posting a comment. You will find the Learn English site particularly useful for revision before our end-of-course test.

More listening comprehension soon!
- Mike


Lorenza said...

Hi Mike, I've some doubt about the verb forms. I've begun to look at the old exercices in our student's book (level 4). I post it here to let it accessible to all my schoolfriends.
At page 133 there as exercice 1C, a. At the sentence 2 "your boss has phoned/ has been phoning three time this morning". What's the right form?I've put the p.p. continuous (because I think that "three times" is a repeted action)but I also have a correction on it. I don't know what is the right form any more!
Thank you so much!

Mike said...

Dear Lorenza,
The right form is "Your boss has phoned three times this morning." Why? Because these are three separate completed actions. So we use the present perfect simple. The continuous form would be used in this sentence: "Your boss has been phoning all morning." This refers to an unspecified number of phone calls during a period that is not yet over. If morning were over, we would say, "Your boss was phoning all morning." or, "Your boss phoned three times this morning." In this case we would use the past simple.
Perhaps we can have some brief revision of this point before we do our test this evening.
I hope this helps. - Mike