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ADVANCED 2 – THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

Hello mega interesting Advanced 2 students, here is your final assignment…  the last, but not the least… are you happy? I guess so! As I proposed you, in pairs, you’ll create the subtitles to a very short Pixar movie: The Little Match Girl, an animated short based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s tale about a poor young girl with a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food, and a place to call home. Your deadline is June 15th.

 

 

You’re going to use the Subtitle Workshop program… click in this link to download it: http://www.baixaki.com.br/download/subtitle-workshop.htm

 

The Little Match Girl
It was so terribly cold. Snow was falling, and it was almost dark. Evening came on, the last evening of the year. In the cold and gloom a poor little girl, bareheaded and barefoot, was walking through the streets. Of course when she had left her house she’d had slippers on, but what good had they been? They were very big slippers, way too big for her, for they belonged to her mother. The little girl had lost them running across the road, where two carriages had rattled by terribly fast. One slipper she’d not been able to find again, and a boy had run off with the other, saying he could use it very well as a cradle some day when he had children of his own. And so the little girl walked on her naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old apron she carried several packages of matches, and she held a box of them in her hand. No one had bought any from her all day long, and no one had given her a cent.
Shivering with cold and hunger, she crept along, a picture of misery, poor little girl! The snowflakes fell on her long fair hair, which hung in pretty curls over her neck. In all the windows lights were shining, and there was a wonderful smell of roast goose, for it was New Year’s eve. Yes, she thought of that!
In a corner formed by two houses, one of which projected farther out into the street than the other, she sat down and drew up her little feet under her. She was getting colder and colder, but did not dare to go home, for she had sold no matches, nor earned a single cent, and her father would surely beat her. Besides, it was cold at home, for they had nothing over them but a roof through which the wind whistled even though the biggest cracks had been stuffed with straw and rags.
Her hands were almost dead with cold. Oh, how much one little match might warm her! If she could only take one from the box and rub it against the wall and warm her hands. She drew one out. R-r-ratch! How it sputtered and burned! It made a warm, bright flame, like a little candle, as she held her hands over it; but it gave a strange light! It really seemed to the little girl as if she were sitting before a great iron stove with shining brass knobs and a brass cover. How wonderfully the fire burned! How comfortable it was! The youngster stretched out her feet to warm them too; then the little flame went out, the stove vanished, and she had only the remains of the burnt match in her hand.
She struck another match against the wall. It burned brightly, and when the light fell upon the wall it became transparent like a thin veil, and she could see through it into a room. On the table a snow-white cloth was spread, and on it stood a shining dinner service. The roast goose steamed gloriously, stuffed with apples and prunes. And what was still better, the goose jumped down from the dish and waddled along the floor with a knife and fork in its breast, right over to the little girl. Then the match went out, and she could see only the thick, cold wall. She lighted another match. Then she was sitting under the most beautiful Christmas tree. It was much larger and much more beautiful than the one she had seen last Christmas through the glass door at the rich merchant’s home. Thousands of candles burned on the green branches, and colored pictures like those in the printshops looked down at her. The little girl reached both her hands toward them. Then the match went out. But the Christmas lights mounted higher. She saw them now as bright stars in the sky. One of them fell down, forming a long line of fire.
“Now someone is dying,” thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only person who had loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star fell down a soul went up to God.
She rubbed another match against the wall. It became bright again, and in the glow the old grandmother stood clear and shining, kind and lovely.
“Grandmother!” cried the child. “Oh, take me with you! I know you will disappear when the match is burned out. You will vanish like the warm stove, the wonderful roast goose and the beautiful big Christmas tree!”
And she quickly struck the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her grandmother with her. And the matches burned with such a glow that it became brighter than daylight. Grandmother had never been so grand and beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and both of them flew in brightness and joy above the earth, very, very high, and up there was neither cold, nor hunger, nor fear-they were with God.
But in the corner, leaning against the wall, sat the little girl with red cheeks and smiling mouth, frozen to death on the last evening of the old year. The New Year’s sun rose upon a little pathetic figure. The child sat there, stiff and cold, holding the matches, of which one bundle was almost burned.
“She wanted to warm herself,” the people said. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen, and how happily she had gone with her old grandmother into the bright New Year.
http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheLittleMatchGirl_e.html
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Categories: 8. ADVANCED 2

ADVANCED 2 – RESUME

 

Hi awesome Advanced 2 students, pick up one of the job ads from the previous post, the one you wrote your cover letter upon and write down a resume to send to it, watch the video above and follow the instruction from the last class. You can also acess http://www.bestsampleresume.com/ to find some hints and samples.

Categories: 8. ADVANCED 2

HIGH INTER 2 – PASSIVE VOICE

 

 

Hello fantastic High Inter 2 class, here is your assignment. You’ll watch below a video named: The Little Match Girl, from Pixar. There is no speech in the video – only images, you are supposed to watch and then create subtitles using passive voice sentences, as in the example below. You have to write at least 10 sentences.

 

00:33 – The girl was hit by a horse

00:48 – Matches were offered by her

BASIC 1 – FAMOUS PEOPLE PROFILE

Hello amazing Basic 1 student, as we have dealt last class, you are supposed to follow the example and provide the informations below about someone famous that you like. Information: full name, age, parenthood, birthday, occupation, star sign, marital status, brothers and sisters, country, nationality, city, virtual contact, faves.


Joel Thimoty Huston is 31 years old. His birthday is on September 18, he is a Virgo, his parent’s name are Bobbie and Brian. He is single, he is Australian, his hometown is Sydney. He is a musician and songwriter and leader of the worship band Hillsong United. He has two siblings, a brother Benjamin and a sister, Laura. His website is http:// http://www.theiheartrevolution.com and you can follow him at @joelhouston. His favorite sport is surfing.

Categories: 1. BASIC 1

ADVANCED 2 – COVER LETTER MODEL


Hello mega awesome Advanced 2 students, as we have been studying how to write down a cover letter, choose one of the job offers below to write a cover letter with your own information, even if it’s your first job trial. Follow the tips below.

E-2 Apartment Heights Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 555-0101
abcd@vt.edu

February 22, 2011

Dr. Michelle Rhodes
Principal, Wolftrap Elementary School
1205 Beulah Road
Vienna, VA 22182

Dear Dr. Rhodes:

I enjoyed our conversation on February 18th at the Family and Child Development seminar on teaching elementary children and appreciated your personal input about balancing the needs of children and the community during difficult economic times.  This letter is to follow-up about the Fourth Grade Teacher position as discussed at the seminar.  I will complete my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech in May 2011, and will be available for employment as soon as needed for the 2011-12 school year.

My teacher preparation program at Virginia Tech has included a full academic year of student teaching. Last semester I taught second grade and this semester am teaching fourth grade. These valuable experiences have afforded me the opportunity to:

  • Develop lesson plans on a wide range of topics and varying levels of academic ability,

  • Work with emotionally and physically challenged students in a total inclusion program,

  • Observe and participate in effective classroom management approaches,

  • Assist with parent-teacher conferences, and

  • Complete in-service sessions on diversity, math and reading skills, and community relations.

My experience includes work in a private day care facility, Rainbow Riders Childcare Center, and in Virginia Tech’s Child Development Laboratory.  Both these facilities are NAEYC-accredited and adhere to the highest standards.  At both locations, I led small and large group activities, helped with lunches and snacks, and implemented appropriate activities.  Both experiences also provided me with extensive exposure to the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and materials.

I enthusiastically look forward to putting my knowledge and experience into practice in the public school system. Next week I will be in Vienna, and I plan to call you then to answer any questions that you may have.  I can be reached before then at (540) 555-7670.  Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,
(handwritten signature)
Donna Harrington

Enclosure

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Subject line: (logical to recipient!) Application for sales representative for mid-Atlantic area

April 14, 2010

Mr. William Jackson
Employment Manager
Acme Pharmaceutical Corporation
13764 Jefferson Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019
jackson@acmepharmaceutical.com

Dear Mr. Jackson:

From the Acme web site I learned about your need for a sales representative for the Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina areas. I am very interested in this position with Acme Pharmaceuticals, and believe that my education and employment background are appropriate for the position.

You indicate that a requirement for the position is a track record of success in meeting sales goals. I have done this. After completion of my B.S. in biology, and prior to beginning my master’s degree in marketing, I worked for two years as a sales representative with a regional whole foods company.  My efforts yielded success in new business development, and my sales volume consistently met or exceeded company goals. I would like to repeat that success in the pharmaceutical industry, using my academic background in science and business. I will complete my M.S. in marketing in mid-May and will be available to begin employment in early June.

Attached is a copy of my resume, which more fully details my qualifications for the position.

I look forward to talking with you regarding sales opportunities with Acme Pharmaceuticals. Within the next week I will contact you to confirm that you received my e-mail and resume and to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you very kindly for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Layne A. Johnson
5542 Hunt Club Lane, #1
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 555-8082
lajohnson@vt.edu

Resume attached as MS Word document (assuming company web site instructed applicants to do this)

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Explain why you are sending a resume.
Don’t send a resume without a cover letter.  Don’t make the reader guess what you are asking for; be specific: Do you want a summer internship opportunity, or a permanent position at graduation; are you inquiring about future employment possibilities?


Tell specifically how you learned about the position or the organization — a flyer posted in your department, a web site, a family friend who works at the organization. It is appropriate to mention the name of someone who suggested that you write.


Convince the reader to look at your resume.
The cover letter will be seen first. Therefore, it must be very well written and targeted to that employer.


Call attention to elements of your background — education, leadership, experience — that are relevant to a position you are seeking. Be as specific as possible, using examples.


Reflect your attitude, personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.


Provide or refer to any information specifically requested in a job advertisement that might not be covered in your resume, such as availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

Categories: 8. ADVANCED 2

DANIEL CATALDI – SPELLING BEE CHAMPION

Mega congrats to my amazing Advanced 1 student, Daniel Reis Cataldi, who won the local CNA – Boqueirão Spelling Bee Contest. I’m really proud of you Dan, I feel honored to be your teacher.

 

Categories: 7. ADVANCED 1

ADVANCED 1 – GOSSIP GUYS

 

Hello amazing Advanced 1 students, as we talked last class, in this assignment you are supposed to write a 50 word note about a gossip you’ve read last class as in Gossip Girl. Remember to not reveal the name of the person, just write the first letter of the name in capital letter (e.g. Bárbara = B / Ana Clara = AC). Your deadline is May 24th.  Good Lucky. xoxo GG.

Categories: 7. ADVANCED 1