So far, we have read many newspaper articles and web pages , but we haven’t read any books in English. In one of our sessions with Liz, we talked about steretypes. We focused on American versus English. The book you will have to read during Christmas is an adaptation of the original. It was written by Oscar Wilde. It draws on the stereotypes of America and English culture and it is also a parody of Gothic novels. We’ll discuss the representation of British and American and the clash between the two cultures as it is presented in the book. We shall also investigate on the writer, Oscar Wilde. How huch do you know about him?
What do you think of this quote? Oscar Wilde was very witty, so he is a never ending source for quote lovers.
During Chritmas vacation, you must read a short adaptation of a classic book The Canterville Ghost. The book is a parody of gothic novels but also a humorous picture of the culture clash between a sixteenth-century English ghost and a late nineteenth-century American family.
Last year we did lots of work with Onomatopoeia. Do you remember? if you had to produce a sound track for a gothic novel you’d need to be able to produce...spooky sounds. Now, with you tube at hand, you would have an endless choice. Maybe you can contribute with some suggestions. But if you had to describe those sounds with words, what would you do?
|wind, especially howling||rain, especially blowing|
|doors grating on rusty hinges||sighs, moans, howls, eerie sounds|
|footsteps approaching||clanking chains|
|lights in abandoned rooms||gusts of wind blowing out lights|
|characters trapped in a room||doors suddenly slamming shut|
|ruins of buildings||baying of distant dogs (or wolves?)|
|thunder and lightning||crazed laughter|
I recommend you to do 4 sets of exercises: simple present, present progressive, simple past and irregular verbs (levels 0,1 and 2). After Christmas, we shall start writing short narratives and you cannot make mistakes with these basic tenses.
Post to the blog the time you sit down to do the exercises and feed back on the ones you do. Remember to keep a record of the time it took you to do them. After Christmas, there will be a test on the Canterville Ghost. Further information on Oscar Wilde by clicking here.