Archive for December 2011

Lord Tennyson

( By Florencia)
Background music: Aenon by Celestial Aenon project
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Tennyson is best known for In Memoriam A.H.H., an elegy to a friend, Arthur Hallam, who died young. Written between 1833 and 1850, its tone of regret and lost reached a very wide audience in the second half of the century. When Queen Victoria became widow on the death of her husband, Albert, in 1861 In Memoriam became her favourite text, and Tennyson became the nation's favourite poet.

(By Maksym and Domingo)
Background music: First steps by Galdson.

Tennyson became the national poet and when something historic, like the Crimean War happened, it was Tennyson who wrote about it: The Charge of the Light Brigade (published in 1855).

The Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava by William Simpson (1855).

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ESL Advent Calendar

Great activities for English students related to Christmas! Don't miss them!

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Great contribution by the students for our project on the 19th century:

Edwar Lear became famous for his nonsense poems, often in a rhyming form called a limerick. A book of nonsense (1845) was his most famous work, followed by many books of travel writings and by three more volumes of nonsense in the 1870 s.Lear´s poems are still read and enjoyed by many readers.A Form of Poetry? Limerick Poems? Limericks the genre?

The form of poetry referred to as Limerick poems have received bad press and the Limerick poems haven’t a good place in the 'cultivated poetry'. There are three types:• The content of many limericks is often of a bawdy and humorous nature.• A Limerick as a poetry form is by nature simple and short - limericks only have five lines.• And finally the somewhat dubious history of limericks have contributed to the critics attitudes.
Limericks - The History

he Limerick poems appeared on the 14th century. The poems were used in Nursery Rhymes and other poems for children but the Limerick poems are shorts and vulgars. The poems were used by drunkards for centuries.
Where does the term 'Limerick' come from?

The word derives from the Irish town of Limerick. Apparently, a pub song based on the refrain "Will you come up to Limerick?" where, of course, such songs or 'Limericks' were sung.
Limericks - The form

Limericks consist of five anapaestic lines.Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another.Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.Limerick

There was an Old Man in a tree,Who was horribly bored by a Bee;When they said, 'Does it buzz?'He replied, 'Yes, it does!''It's a regular brute of a Bee!'Limerick
There was an Old Man with a beard,Who said, 'It is just as I feared!Two Owls and a Hen,Four Larks and a Wren,Have all built their nests in my beard!'

Limerick created by some students
There was a boy from SpainWho goes with his courage by a trainBecause in the nightHe had a hard fightAnd now he feels pain

(By Fran Miranda)

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A brochure is a kind of leaflet advertisement. It plays an important role in the tourist industry as they have become one of the best ways of promoting a destination.

A good brochure includes the main attractions tourists will be interested in visiting and it must be attractive and eye-catching, with colourful pictures of the adverstised place and the different activities that people can do and enjoy over there. Geographical location, climate conditions, language etc can also be provided in order to help people prepare for their destination in advance.

The most common types of single-sheet brochures are the bi-fold (a single sheet printed on both sides and folded into halves) and the tri-fold (the same, but folded into thirds).
A bi-fold brochure results in four panels (two panels on each side), while a tri-fold results in six panels (three panels on each side).

Brochures are often printed using four colour process on thick gloss paper to give an impression of quality. Compared with a flyer or a handbill, a brochure usually uses higher-quality paper, more colour, and is folded.

Above, some brochure samples made by my students ( they were told to design just the main page).

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