Time and Urban Myths – Level 2 Group 1 – class notes 22nd February 2016

Class objectives

  1. BKSB

  2. Urban Myths – tell your partners about your Urban Myth and ask them whether they think it’s true or not. more Urban Myths here.

  3. Discourse markers map

  4. Time reading

Urban Myths

Thai rat as big as a cat:

While the rats have been changing, humans have been using the same anticoagulant poisons since the 1950s. This photo shows a huge rat that was caught in Cornwall earlier this year. It measured 50cm from tail to noseThis giant vermin was reportedly found in Gravesend, Kent, as experts warn would outnumber humans two-to-one by this year.



cow sinks boat? 


Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555 (oil on canvas) by Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (c.1525-69); 73.5×112 cm; Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium;

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Pieter Bruegel

When was it painted?

Who was Icarus?

Which one is he in the picture?

Do you agree with Bruegel’s message on life? Is it good to be ambitious?

Is it true that ‘life goes on’?

Listen to a description of the painting by an art historian. What does she say about…?

the three men

direction and purpose

the central event

an interpretation of the picture.

Today’s words:

discourse marker noun GRAMMAR
plural noun: discourse markers
a word or phrase whose function is to organize discourse into segments, for example well or I mean.

Definition : Conjunctive words – also called connectors – are words that link two similar elements in a sentence. The main categories of conjunctive words are coordinating conjunctions, such as and or or, and subordinating conjunctions such as if, so that, because or while.

Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had twowords for time, chronos and kairos.

Kairos – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


urban myth noun [C]

a ​story or ​statement that is not ​true but is often ​repeated, and ​believed by many to be ​true

myth noun

myth noun (ANCIENT STORY)

B2 [C or U] an ​ancientstory or set of ​stories, ​especiallyexplaining the early ​history of a ​group of ​people or about ​naturalevents and ​facts:ancient mythsThe ​childrenenjoyed the ​stories about the ​gods and ​goddesses ofGreek and Roman myth.

plough noun [C]

UK (US plow) UK   US   /plaʊ/

a ​largefarmingtool with ​blades that ​digs the ​soil in ​fields so that ​seeds can be ​planted

shepherd noun [C]

a ​person whose ​job is to take ​care of ​sheep and ​move them from one ​place to another:a shepherd ​boy

winkle sth/sb out


phrasal verb with winkle UK   /ˈwɪŋ.kəl/  US   /ˈwɪŋ.kəl/verb

to get or ​find something or someone with ​difficulty:I ​managed to ​winkle the ​truth out of him ​eventually.

exasperation noun [U]

 the ​feeling of being ​annoyed, ​especially because you can do nothing to ​solve a ​problem:There is ​growing exasperation within the ​government at the ​failureof these ​policies to ​reduceunemployment.After ten ​hours of ​fruitlessnegotiations, he ​stormed out of the ​meeting in exasperation.

wedgewood pottery:

In the winter months, squirrels hibernate, entering a state of suspended animation (torpor) for weeks at a time, interspersed with brief periods of waking.


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