Sunday, May 28, 2017

Life Pre-Intermediate 1B The Secrets of Long Life p.12-13

(Supplemental Materials for Specific Textbooks--Life Pre-Intermediate)

Transcripts: docs, pub

The transcript has 5 mistakes in it.  Listen to the CD one more time, and find the five mistakes in the transcript

P=Presenter, D=David McLain
P: No one knows exactly the reason why some people live longer than others.  Why are they so healthy?  Is it their diet?  Do they go to the gym more than others?  Well, one man is trying to answer these questions and that man is explorer and journalist David McLain.  He’s currently travelling to places and regions with large numbers of people aged a hundred and over and asking the questions: Why are they so fat?  What are they doing that the rest of us aren’t?  At the moment, he’s working on the Island of Sardinia in Italy, but he’s speaking to us right now on the phone. David, thank you for joining us today.
D: Hello.
P: So, first of all, tell us why you decided to visit Sardinia.
D: Well, Sardinia is an interesting place because men live the same amount of time as women.  That isn’t normal for most countries.  Men normally die older.
P: And does anyone know the reason why people live longer in Sardinia?
D: There are different ideas about this but possibly one explanation is that the family is so important here. Every Sunday the whole family meets and they eat a huge meal together.  Research shows that in countries where people live longer, the family is important.  But also on Sardinia, the older mother or grandmother often has authority in the family.  As men get lazier, they have less responsibility in Sardinian culture.  So, perhaps the older men have less stress, which means they’re living longer.
P: I see.  So, do you think people live longer in modern societies?
D: That’s an interesting question.  It’s true that even on Sardinia the younger generation are eating more food like chips and burgers.  Also young people are moving to the city, so they are doing less exercise because of their lifestyle.  So, it will be boring to come back to Sardinia in twenty years and see if people are still living longer...
Answers:
P=Presenter, D=David McLain
P: No one knows exactly the reason why some people live longer than others.  Why are they so healthy?  Is it their diet?  Do they go to the gym more than others?  Well, one man is trying to answer these questions and that man is explorer and journalist David McLain.  He’s currently travelling to places and regions with large numbers of people aged a hundred and over and asking the questions: Why are they so (1)healthy?  What are they doing that the rest of us aren’t?  At the moment, he’s working on the Island of Sardinia in Italy, but he’s speaking to us right now on the phone. David, thank you for joining us today.
D: Hello.
P: So, first of all, tell us why you decided to visit Sardinia.
D: Well, Sardinia is an interesting place because men live the same amount of time as women.  That isn’t normal for most countries.  Men normally die (2)younger.
P: And does anyone know the reason why people live longer in Sardinia?
D: There are different ideas about this but possibly one explanation is that the family is so important here. Every Sunday the whole family meets and they eat a huge meal together.  Research shows that in countries where people live longer, the family is important.  But also on Sardinia, the older mother or grandmother often has authority in the family.  As men get (3)older, they have less responsibility in Sardinian culture.  So, perhaps the older men have less stress, which means they’re living longer.
P: I see.  So, do you think people live longer in (4)traditional societies?
D: That’s an interesting question.  It’s true that even on Sardinia the younger generation are eating more food like chips and burgers.  Also young people are moving to the city, so they are doing less exercise because of their lifestyle.  So, it will be (5)interesting to come back to Sardinia in twenty years and see if people are still living longer...

From Rolling Stone:
Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dead at 69

I saw The Allman Brothers in concert.  (Or, that is, I saw the band known as The Allman Brothers.  The actual brothers haven't been together since Duane died in a motorcycle accident in 1971)

My memory gets a bit shaky on this, but I think I may have actually seen them twice...once the summer I was 18, once the summer I was 19.

I was never actually a huge fan.  But other people in my high school were, so I went along with them.

In my own mind, though, I was never a poser.  I had decided as a teenager that I was interested in classic rock.  I was actually more interested in groups like Jefferson Airplane and The Beatles, but I have always been a completist, and having decided that I was a classic rock fan, I decided that I was interested in all of it.  So when I found out a lot of people in my high school class were into The Grateful Dead and The Allman BrothersI told myself I was into that as well.
And I was a bit.  I never dug it quite as much as other people did, but I had The Allman Brothers greatest hits CD, and I would play it occasionally.
And I bought an Allman Brothers shirt at the concert, which I used to wear around the Calvin dorms.

Sidenote:
A couple times in Japan, I met Japanese people who were fans of the Allman Brothers.  They were almost always about 20 years older than me.  (Unlike my high school classmates in the U.S., in Japan there's very little appreciate for classic rock among people who didn't live through it-- a phenomenon I detailed in a previous post here).
One of the teachers I used to work with back in Ajimu was a Allman Brothers fan.  And, as I wrote in this post here, during my tour of Oita City I met an older Japanese man who talked to me about The Allman Brothers.

Update:
Since writing about this, I got curious about any concert recordings which would exist from the early days when both brothers were still alive.  I found some clips, and I thought the one below rocked pretty hard.  It makes me feel like I've been missing out by not being a bigger fan than I was.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

My Animal: Present Simple for Habits

(TESOL Worksheets--Present Simple, 3rd Person Singular S)

This activity was used with young children to encourage them to use the present simple for habits, and the 3rd person singular "s".  The students first see the slideshow with various funny animals.  (None of the pictures are mine, all of them are taken from a Google Images search).  The students are then encouraged to draw their own strange animal and write about its habits using the present simple with the 3rd person singular s.  (With the exception of the "can/can't).
In my own class, I used this to supplement English World 2 Unit 5 Grammar p.60.

My animal PowerPoint: driveslidespub
My animal Worksheet: drivedocspub




My Animal
_______________

In the morning it _______________________________________________________________.

It lives in ______________________________________________________________________.

It likes to eat ___________________________________________________________________.

It doesn’t like to eat _____________________________________________________________.

In the afternoon it ______________________________________________________________.

It likes to ______________________________________________________________________.

It doesn’t like to ________________________________________________________________.

In the evening it ________________________________________________________________.

It can _________________________________________________________________________.

It can’t ________________________________________________________________________.

Friday, May 26, 2017

English World 2 Unit 5 Grammar p.60

(Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)



Class picture questions: drive, docs, pub
Grammar do does: drive, docs, pub
My animal PowerPoint: drive, slides, pub
My animal Worksheet: drive, docs, pub
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Movies with Mikey



My own review here.
Twitter alerted me to the fact that Universal has released a new trailer for their classic Monster Movie collection (in anticipation of launching a new cinematic universe).



As I've previously noted on this blog before, I was a huge fan of these movies as a youth.

As someone who's seen all of the movies in this trailer, therefore, I can speak with authority when I say that this trailer makes these movies look a lot more action packed than they actually are.

These aren't bad movies.
...Well, actually some of them are pretty bad.  But not all of them (Bride of Frankenstein, for example, is regarded as a classic piece of cinema by even respectable film critics like Roger Ebert.  See here).

But they are all movies from an earlier generation with longer attention spans.  So expect a very slow pace for all of these movies, and don't let the trailer fool you.

But that being said, it's still a pretty cool trailer.

Update:
Noticed this on the second viewing--the Claude Rains Phantom of the Opera movie is actually a color movie.  They must have just de-colorized it for the trailer so that it blends in with all the other movies.

From Business Outsider:
Men are freaking out at Alamo Drafthouse for hosting ladies-only 'Wonder Woman' screenings

I think this is a bad idea, but not for the same reasons as the Men's Rights Activists.

One of the reasons that it took so long to get a Wonder Woman movie in the first place is because men are the main audience for dumb superhero movies, and studio execs are worried that men won't come out to see a movie about a female superheroine.
This is the same reason that it's taking Marvel so long to have a female superhero movie.

It's a dumb prejudice, granted, but it's a real prejudice that exists and it has to be dealt with.  The simple fact is, many men don't feel comfortable going to movies with woman as the leads.

Men need to be encouraged to attend these movies more.  The message should be that this is a movie for everyone, not just women.

By sending the message that the new Wonder Woman movie is a "ladies only" thing, they are shooting themselves in the foot.