Monday, April 25, 2016

Listening: Meditation

Most people did not have the opportunity to see this movie, which is really good. I love this scene!



I. Work in pairs:


1. Do you like to meditate? Why (not)?
2. Why do you think people like to meditate? Do they like it or do they need it?
3. Would you change your life completely to find peace of mind even if it meant that you would have to leave all your family and friends behind and move to a monastery in a foreign country? Explain it.

Inspired by 

http://www.newlifethaifoundation.com/program/meditation/

Why people meditate:

We meditate in order to cultivate awareness. Rather than being lost in thoughts, emotions, desires, we wish to be aware of them. We train ourselves to be non-reactive. Meditation allows us to observe our thoughts without having to jump on board, we don’t have to get lost in all these stories. We can feel our emotions fully without having to turn them into a whole story. Thoughts are just thoughts. Feelings are just feelings. Urges are just urges, nothing more.  As our mind becomes clear and balanced there will be more space for positive and creative thinking. We will no longer be slaves of our desires and cravings, as through meditation we learn to observe and let go.


II. Consequences of meditation. Do you agree or disagree with these statements? Are they true to you? Explain it.

- Meditation relieves overall stress. It can lighten the load of a busy day and relieve your physical and emotional stress through relaxation.

- It helps you look young by getting rid of all that stress that can add wrinkles to your face and make you ill. 

- It helps you make better choices for yourself. Meditation helps you to cultivate awareness of your own patterns and behaviors. As you begin to pay attention to yourself and your life, you start to notice the small choices you make each day –and how those choices add up to the sum total of who you are and what you do in life. 

- It helps you heal your relationships. When you cultivate presence, you not only truly listen to others, but you give them the freedom to be who they are without our limiting prejudices and judgments getting in the way.

- Meditation cultivates clarity. This sense of clarity and focus actually allows you to get more done in less time without drama.

- It helps you curb pointless worrying.  Meditation helps you to get real and tune in to the present moment, the only place where peace resides. Inner peace is a choice, and it's always here, now.

- The greatest gift that meditation can give is the awareness that despite the seeming chaos, despite life not going how you think it ought to, when you step back and experience the joy of just being, you come to the realization that all is perfect, right now.

III. Watch the movie segment and talk about why the main character decided to change his life. How do you think meditation will help him? Would it help you?

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

In the Heart of the Sea: Survival

I enjoyed this movie about Moby Dick. The special effects are awesome and the story is gripping. Lovely choice for a weekend.


I. Work in small groups. Make a list of 10 objects you would take with you if you had to live for one year alone with your group on a desert island with few resources. You all have to agree on the items.

II. Share your list with the rest of the class. Now imagine that you can only take the objects that all the groups wrote on each of their lists.

III. Now imagine what you would do to..........*


- Drink water
- Fish
- Build a shelter
- Protect yourself from wild animals
- Prevent diseases
- Make food


 * Remember - you only have the objects that all the groups came up with:


IV. Watch the movie segment and discuss what the survivors of a shipwreck did to survive. Were there similarities between what the movie characters did and what you said you would do?


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Friday, March 25, 2016

Beowulf: Vikings, Heroes




I. Work in small groups:

Come up with your own definition of the word HERO


Webster's definition for hero:

The definition of a hero has changed profusely throughout the evolution of society. In the days of Beowulf and the Vikings, a hero was a man who was strong and courageous, willing and able to protect his tribe and provide for his people. But today, since our culture has vastly changed, so has the meaning of this word; now it is used for the brave and selfless people of the world. 


Beowulf is painted as a great hero before his name is even mentioned in the story, and this image does not falter against those of previous kings. Every man described as "great" through the story is also always described as some combination of warrior, ring-giver, powerful, and war-lord. Vikings were always either being attacked or attacking someone else, therefore their leaders and heroes must be warriors to keep the tribe alive.

II. Game: Work in pairs. Decide if the statements about the Vikings are true or false.



1. Vikings did not wear horned helmets. 

2. Vikings were not simply savage brutes.

3. The Vikings were famous for sailing huge distances from their home in Scandinavia between AD 800 and 1066.

4. The name ‘Viking means ‘a pirate raid’ in the Old Norse language. 

5. Around 500 years before Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ the American continent, Vikings had visited its shores, landing in what is now Canada in around AD 1000.

. Among the many gods Vikings believed in were Thor, the god of thunder,  

7.  The Vikings were expert boat builders and sailors. 

8. When important Vikings died, they would be placed with all their clothes, jewellery, even their animals, in a burial ship.

9.Vikings' favourite food is fish!


10.  They were dirty and filthy.

11.  They spent all their time raiding and warring

12. Vikings were a unified army

13. They were large and heavily muscled

III. How do you associate what you saw in the segment with the Vikings fact you read about? How is the hero shown in the segment?


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Key:
False: 10, 11, 12, 13

Vikings did not wear horned helmets. There is no evidence to suggest that they ever did, apart from in some ritual ceremonies. Having horned helmets would seriously impede your ability to fight effectively in close combat. 

Viking helmets were in fact conical, made from hard leather with wood and metallic reinforcement, or made in iron with a mask and chain mail. The idea of Vikings wearing horned helmets arose during the 19th century when romanticised and nationalistic views of the Viking people became popular.

Vikings were not simply savage brutes. Images of wild-haired, wild-eyed raiders are but a myth. In fact, the Anglo-Danes occupying parts of Great Britain were described as excessively clean by their Anglo-Saxon neighbours, as they insisted on bathing at least once a week and kept their hair well-groomed.



Archaeologists find evidence on a regular basis of combs, spoons and other grooming utensils that indicate the Viking people were very keen on maintaining personal hygiene.

They didn't spend all their time raiding and warring

While raiding proved an excellent source of income, many of the Vikings held farms back in their homeland that their wives maintained during Viking season. When the men returned home from a raid, they resumed their normal routine of farming.

Vikings were NOT a unified army

Due to the difficult geographic location, the Scandinavian people were very spread out to conserve limited farmland. In addition, the penetration of Christianity caused many great divisions among the people still worshipping the traditional Nordic pantheon, further emphasizing the divided nature of the people.

5. They were large and heavily muscled

Due to the short summer seasons, growing crops was difficult and resources were always scarce. As a result, many of the Scandinavian people were much smaller than commonly depicted due to limited food sources. While the living conditions in Scandinavian regions were certainly harsh and made a hard people, many Vikings suffered from the scarcity of resources and the people set up their homes over great distances with no real unified leadership. During the Viking Age, the Scandinavian people were able to make a stronger push to the outside worlds and create a reputation for themselves beyond simple barbarism. While some Vikings were driven with the lust for riches, many sought more peaceful economic relationships with the surrounding nations.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Last Vegas: Aging



It is an art to age well. It is very important that we prepare ourselves for our future and that we know how to deal with the new perspectives of an aging life, This is a funny scene, because I do not want the topic to have negative connotations. I hope you like it.

I. Divide the class into two groups. One group will come up with the pros of aging and the other group will come up with the cons of aging. They must justify their answers.

II. The groups share their ideas and complete their lists.

III. Sts read the Pros and Cons provided by the site and decide whether they actually addressed all the items.



The Pros of Aging

1. Aging gives each person unique experiences that they can use for the greater good. 

Ever hear the expression “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” ever? Aging allows us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes so that we don’t continue with them. This is knowledge that can then be passed down from generation to generation, eventually benefiting all of humanity in some cases. In others, it just means you learn not to touch a hot stove.

2. Aging provides certain rights and privileges. 

In many cultures, those with gray hair are often revered because of the wisdom that they can provide other. On a more basic level, aging provides people with choices that allow them to consume alcohol, smoke, or even vote in elections. As we each get older, there are certain rights and privileges we pick up along the way that younger population demographics just don’t get to enjoy.

3. There’s a chance to make a lot more money. 

Think that college degree is going to pay you a six figure salary right away? For most people, they’ll need to think again. Aging provides experience that can be turned into dollars and cents. If someone has run three successful tech start ups and is getting ready to start a fourth while someone else is fresh out of college with a degree and starting up their first idea, who is more likely to get 100% funded? The person with a track record for success.

4. It offers the chance to experience new things. 

Aging definitely comes with some specific stages. There’s our childhood. We’ve got the teen years. Then there’s the long stage of being a working adult. We might reach retirement. Then some folks wind up being in a place where others must care for them. In each stage of life, we have the opportunity to experience new things. Good or bad, it’s a dynamic part of the human experience.

The Cons of Aging


1. Health care costs skyrocket. 

As people get older, their health needs become more profound. Age extending medications may be required. Surgeries to correct a lifetime of potentially poor choices may be necessary. Parts of the body begin to wear out, requiring therapies, replacement, or adaptive technologies. Older folks might be able to make a lot more extra money, but they’ll need it to take care of their ailing bodies in the future.

2. Everything just seems to ache at some point. 

Just about everyone has gone to the doctor for a new ache or pain and been told that it’s just a consequence of the aging process. When we were young, growing pains could sometimes be so bad that we’d never want to get out of bed. As we age, those same pains come back because of how we’ve used our bodies so that we never want to get out of bed once again.

3. It can become difficult to compete in a changing world. 

Technology has radically evolved over the last two decades and looks to continue doing so into the future. Those changes required adaptation that the aging population doesn’t always embrace. Tomorrow’s innovations are going to do the same thing to us as email and social networking has done for this generation of the senior population.

4. There’s no getting around the aging process. 

As much as we all might like to be immortal, it just isn’t going to happen with current technology. Average life spans have crossed the 80 year mark in a number of countries and is continuing to grow. We’re living longer than ever before, but the one simple fact remains: if we’re alive today, the aging process is happening right now and one day we are going to wind up dying.


IV. Work in pairs and come up with tips to age well. Then share your lists with the class. Finally compare your list with the one provided by the awesome site that follows:


Give Yourself Reasons to Smile

Establish Healthy Eating Habits


Find Fun Activities that Make You Move

Spend Time with Positive People

Learn to Meditate - Ten minutes of meditation per day can help you to feel calmer and more centered. 

http://healthresearchfunding.org/8-pros-and-cons-of-aging/ 

V. Watch the movie segment and talk about the questions.

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1. Where are this group of elderly?

2. Which of the tips of Ex IV are they following?

3. Do you think this kind of activity is positive for them?

4. Do you think you would like it if you were older?

5. What are your feelings about aging? Are you scared of it? What do you do to postpone your aging process?


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Men, Women, Children: Invasion of Privacy

This is a thought-provoking movie that talks about how people's lives are digitally connected and its consequences in everyone's behavior. I was surprised with some of the topics that have changed in society, and sincerely, it made me worried. I loved it. Adults only.


Work in pairs:

I. Decide if the following behaviors are PR - Parents' rights to do it or if it IP - Invasion of Privacy. Explain why you believe so.


1 - Reading their children's personal diary or journal.

2- Checking their children's cell phones for calls, messages and What's App.

3 - Setting filters to block certain websites on their computers.

4 - Searching for drugs in their children's backpack.

5 - Checking the "history" of not recommended visited websites.

6 - Asking about their adolescent children's sexual life.

7. Asking their children if they are doing drugs.

8. Reading their children facebook's posts and deleting some of them.

9. Choosing their children's friends.

10. Researching on the Internet about their children's boyfriends and girlfriends or their families.


II. Watch the movie segment and discuss the questions:


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1. Describe the scene. How would you describe the mother x daughter relationship?

2. Do they trust each other? Explain it.

3. Is the mother invading her privacy or is it her right to act like that to protect her daughter? Why?

4. How would you react if you were the mother? And the teenager?

5. How should this situation be addressed? What is the right thing to do?


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Shining, The Miniseries: Precognition, Premonition, Prophecies and Predictions

I am Stephen King's greatest fan. The Shining is a classic and the movie with Jack Nicholson is really scary, However, this mini-series is more faithful to the original story in the book, so I liked it a lot as well. I even prefer it. Please, show this scene, which is not really scary, only to adult students. Mind your audience, please.





Inspired by:


I. Many people confuse Premonition, Precognition, Prophecy and Prediction. Read the definition of each of them and match with their description.


1 – Precognition

2 – Premonition

3 – Prophecy

4 - Prediction


(     ) The source of the information is attributed to God or some other supernatural source. It is generally concern serious events on a grand scale.

(     ) A form of extrasensory perception in which the target is some future event that cannot be deduced from normally known data in the present. It  presents itself in dreams by using types of symbols, events or odd feelings.

(     )  A feeling or impression that something is about to happen, especially something ominous or dire, yet about which no normal information is available. They  are mixtures of sounds, random images or feelings that flash involuntary in your mind at any given time. 

(     ) It is an announcement regarding a future event. It can be in the form of horoscopes, which are based on the movement of the planets, or a form of divination, such as a tarot card reading. In ancient times people used to go to oracles or temples to get advice. They don’t have religious connections.


Key:
3, 1, 2, 4


II. Work in pairs.

Watch the movie segment and discuss the following questions:

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1.       So what exactly is precognition? 

It’s basically the ability to have a vision of a future event that could not otherwise be anticipated through any known process. It’s the influence of a future event that has yet to take place on an individual’s responses. How does precognition take place in the segment?

2.       Why isn't his  behavior a premonition, a prophecy or a prediction. Explain it.

3.       Do you believe precognition is actually possible? What about premonitions, prophecies - the bible has many of them -  and predictions? Do you know anyone with those abilities? Talk about it.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Banksy Does New York: Banksy, Street Art

I loved this documentary. Learning about arts and connecting it to language teaching activates the brain and critical thinking. Try watching it!



Banksy is the pseudonym of a street artist known for his controversial, and often politically themed, stenciled pieces.

Artistic Career


Banksy's artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. 
Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In October 2013, Banksy took to the streets of New York City. There he pledged to create a new piece of art for each day of his residency. As he explained to the Village Voice, "The plan is to live here, react to things, see the sights—and paint on them. Some of it will be pretty elaborate, and some will just be a scrawl on a toilet wall." During that month, he also sold some of his works on the street for $60 a piece, well below the market value for his art. Banksy's identity remains unknown, despite intense speculation. The two names most often suggested are Robert Banks and Robin Gunningham. Pictures that surfaced of a man who was supposedly Banksy pointed toward Gunningham, an artist who was born in Bristol in 1973. Gunningham moved to London around 2000, a timeline that correlates with the progression of Banksy's artwork. Others claim she is a woman because of her uniqueness and difference from other street artists, usually men.


I. Work in groups. Look at some of Banksy's work and discuss the questions below.
















1. What is the message given by each of his work pieces?

2. Do you consider his work "art"? Why (not)?

3. Most of his work does not last for a long time like most street art. So, why is he so famous?

4. Recently, newspapers have announced that Banksy is probably a woman? Should she or he reveal his real name? Explain it?

5. Is Street Art really art? Explain it?







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Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Expressing Opinions, Hindu Wedding



I. Watch the scene and write down every symbol or procedure of the wedding that you  don't know the meaning or what they represent. 

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Ex: I don't know why the bride wears red.

II. Form small groups. As your friends if they know the answers to your questions. They have to express their opinions, using the expressions below:


I believe ...
I guess ...
I think ...
It could be ...
To my mind...
I would say that...
I presume...
I have the feeling that...

III. Surf the net and find the answers to your questions. Suggested sites:



Tuesday, December 22, 2015





Thank you for another year of exciting activities. More to come in 2016. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Blackhat: Hackers - Blackhats, Whitehats, Grayhats and Bluehats






A black hat hacker is an individual with extensive computer knowledge whose purpose is to breach or bypass Internet security. They are computer security hackers that break into computers and networks or also create computer viruses. The term “black hat” comes from old westerns where the bad guys usually wore black hats and the good guys wore white ones.“Black hat,” “white hat,” and “gray hat” can also refer to behavior. For example, if someone says “that seems a bit black hat,” that means that the action in question seems unethical.

I. Read the paragraphs below and make a guess. Complete the blanks with the expressions below:


1 - BLACK HATS
2- BLUE HATS
3 - WHITE HATS
4 - GRAY HATS

A) ______________________are also known as crackers or dark-side hackers. They violate computer security for personal gain (such as stealing credit card numbers or harvesting personal data for sale to identity thieves) or for pure maliciousness . They fit the widely-held stereotype that hackers are criminals performing illegal activities for personal gain and attacking others. They’re the computer criminals.

B) ______________________  also identify security weaknesses; but, instead of performing malicious attacks and theft, they expose the security flaw in such a way as to alert the owner that there is a breach so they can fix it before someone can take advantage of it. They are sometimes paid consultants or actual employees of a company that needs its systems protected. They’re the “ethical hackers,” experts in compromising computer security systems who use their abilities for good, ethical, and legal purposes rather than bad, unethical, and criminal purposes.

C) ________________________  don't work for their own personal gain or to cause carnage, but they may technically commit crimes and do arguably unethical things. They might attempt to compromise a computer system without permission, informing the organization after the fact and allowing them to fix the problem. While they didn’t use their access for bad purposes, they compromised a security system without permission, which is illegal.

D) ________________________  educate Microsoft engineers and executives on current and emerging security threats as part of continuing efforts to help protect our customers and secure our products, devices, and services. They serve as a great opportunity for invited security researchers to informally connect with Microsoft engineers who are passionate about security, furthering a bidirectional exchange of ideas at the event.

Inspired by the informative site:


http://www.howtogeek.com/157460/hacker-hat-colors-explained-black-hats-white-hats-and-gray-hats/

Answer key: Black Hats, White Hats, Gray Hats, Blue Hats



II. Work in pairs:
1. How do you compare Black, White, Gray and Blue hats? Are they all criminals?
2. What should their punishment be?

3. How can this kind of crime be addressed?
4. Watch the movie segment and decide:

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  •       What kind of hacker does the segment show?
  •       What crime did he commit?
  •       What were the consequences of his act?
  •       What should his punishment be?
  •       Should the government reduce his sentence if he decides to use his knowledge to prevent other hacker attacks from happening? Explain it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7500: Personal Space

Although this is a horror movie, this scene, of course, is light and it can be used with all audiences. However, in order to prevent the youger ones from being curious and renting the movie, I recommend you show it only to adults.







Personal Space - This air space around us is a private area that we consider almost as an extension of our body. Personal space is the distance that you keep between yourself and another person. It varies widely between cultures.


I. Work in groups:

There are actually many psychological and physical effects that are immediately activated when someone is getting too close, invading your personal space. They cause us to behave a little different than usual, some examples (not all of them must occur). Discuss how you would feel, and if the following reactions would apply to you when someone invades your personal space. Think about traveling on a crowded airplane or/and a stranger asking you for directions.  :


●     Extreme self awareness – suddenly you forget how to act 'naturally'

●     You limit movements and gestures

●     You reduce eye contact

●     You turn aside or away from the intruder

●     You immediately take a step back or get away from the intruder

●     You adopt a defensive position – folded arms, less smiles, tense posture

●     You stop the conversation entirely

Inspired by:




It's important to understand the personal space requirements of a different culture, so that you're not perceived as rude (by standing too far away) or pushy (by standing too close).
Personal space also includes touching. In Mediterranean and South American cultures, touching is an important part of conversation and connecting. If you don't touch others, you'll be considered cold. However, in Eastern countries, touching is often considered taboo, and you'll offend your colleagues if you pat them on the back or touch their arm.



II. Read the information below and decide if you agree with them and why. 

  • Women are more sociable than men: they get social cues better, more emotionally expressive and are generally better than us men when it comes to emotional communication. It's only natural then that women     will feel more comfortable being closer to each other than men.

  • Men are more territorial and aggressive by nature and will keep more distance from other men, but when it comes to women we will usually prefer to get a little closer.

  • "Distant" cultures (northern Europe, US, and many other westerns cultures) tend to keep more personal space and use less touching than other more 'warm' cultures.

  • Asian cultures are characterized by more accommodating accepting attitude when it comes to personal space, the theory says it's due to more crowded living conditions.

  • Other cultures including south Europe, Middle East and South American's are considered to be more 'warm' by nature – touch and close proximity are more welcome and socially accepted.

  • Your status has a huge effect on your personal space size and demand.It's no surprise that the first class seats are bigger and have more space per individual.

  • What type of social situation is this? Is it a cocktail party? Is it a staff meeting in the boardroom? A fishing trip with some friends? In each of these situations you'll act and keep your space differently. Even if these are the exact same people.



 According to the site above, all of them are true, and I definetly agree with them.



III. Watch the movie segment and discuss with your friends:




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1. Where is the couple from?

2. Why were they so worried about who could seat next to them?

3. Who was more worried? The man or the woman? How do you know?

4. How did they react when they felt their personal space invaded?

5. How did the "intruders" react?

6. How would you have  reacted?

7. How would someone from your country react in that situation? Would their reaction be the same as yours or the couple's?

8. Have you ever traveled with someone that invaded your personal space? Share your stories. 



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Deep Web: Deep Web



Watching this documentary opened my eyes to a situation I was not familiar with. Discussing it with my students was a great conversation genarator and we learned a lot about the topic. 

What we commonly call the Web is really just the surface. Beneath that is a vast, mostly uncharted ocean called the Deep Web. The Deep Web (also known as the undernet, invisible Web and hidden Web, among other monikers) consists of data that you won't locate with a simple Google search.
No one really knows how big the Deep Web really is, but it's hundreds (or perhaps even thousands) of times bigger that the surface Web. This data isn't necessarily hidden on purpose. It's just hard for current search engine technology to find and make sense of it.
  

http://www.popsci.com/dark-web-revealed






You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web
.
It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires special software to access—and it’s massive. By some estimates, it is 500 times larger than the surface Web that most people search every day. Yet it’s almost completely out of sight. Much of the Deep Web’s unindexed material lies in mundane data­bases such as LexisNexis or the rolls of the U.S. Patent Office. But like a Russian matryoshka doll, the Deep Web contains a further hidden world, a smaller but significant community where malicious actors unite in common purpose for ill. 



I. Work in pairs:

Talk to your friends about the following questions:

1. What do you use the Internet for?

2. How much time do you spend on the Internet?

3. What are the risks of using the Internet?

4. What is the good side of the Internet?

5. Should the government control or forbid certain sites? Why?


II. Do you think buying the following items on the Internet is possible? If it is possible, should they be forbidden? How and why?


DRUGS - FORGED PAPERS - EXPLOSIVES - AMMUNITION - HITMEN - HUMAN ORGANS


III. According  to this informative site http://www.popsci.com/dark-web-revealed , here a few things you can buy on the Deep Web. Discuss if and how this trade can be addressed. What should happen to the people who run those sites?


1. Drugs
Individual or dealer-level quantities of illicit and prescription drugs of every type are available in the digital underground. The Silk Road, the now-shuttered drug superstore, did $200 million of business in 28 months.


2. Forged Papers
Passports, driver’s licenses, citizenship papers, fake IDs, college diplomas, immigration documents, and even diplomatic ID cards are available on illicit marketplaces such as Onion Identity Services. A U.S. driver’s license costs approximately $200, while passports from the U.S. or U.K. sell for a few thousand bucks.


3. Firearms, Ammunition, and Explosives
Weapons such as handguns and C4 explosives are procurable on the Dark Web. Vendors ship their products in specially shielded packages to avoid x-rays or send weapons components hidden in toys, musical instruments, or electronics.


4. Hitmen
Service providers—including a firm named for the H.P. Lovecraft monster C’thulhu—advertise “permanent solutions to common problems.” For everything from private grudges to political assassinations, these hired guns accept bitcoin as payment and provide photographic proof of the deed.


5 . Human Organs: In the darker corners of the Dark Web, a vibrant and gruesome black market for live organs thrives. Kidneys may fetch $200,000, hearts $120,000, livers $150,000, and a pair of eyeballs $1,500.

 IV. Watch the movie segment and discuss the questions:



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1. How does the Deep Web work? Talk about the examples they give and the risks that the Deep Web can cause to society. Finally, discuss how the governments can change this situation. Should there be Web restrictions or control, like in North Korea and China, for example? Or is it just the consequence of democracy and freedom of thoughts? Prepare a speech to justify your points of view.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pompeii: Pompeii

Pompeii has an amazing history and its site is truly worth visiting. The movie tries to show a bit of that historical eruption. Pompeii is an open air museum and knowing about its history is enriching.




I. Let's play a game. The teacher reads the statements that will follow. The students receive two tags written TRUE and FALSE. When the teacher finishes reading each sentence, the students raise their tags together when the teacher says GO! If a student raises the tag after or before the teacher says GO!, he can't score a point. 





1. Mt. Vesuvius is still one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.

2. Although the eruption caught people off guard, the signs had been coming for years.

3. The eruption was catastrophic, lasting from 10 to 12 hours. 

4. We know much of what happened from an eyewitness account.

5. Thousands of people were buried alive.

6. There were various attempts to rebuild the cities.

7. It had happened before.

8. It can't happen again.

9. The eruption of Vesuvius was quite sudden, and many of Pompeii’s inhabitants lost their lives while going about their daily work.



II. Watch the movie segment and discuss the questions.


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1. Describe the scene. What were people doing during the eruption?

2. Do you think people realized what could happen to them? Why (not)?

3. How do you think the inhabitants of that area would react to the same event nowadays?

4. Why do so many people still live near volcanoes, knowing an eruption could kill them at any given moment? 

5. What are the threats nature imposes to your living area? What are your major problems (volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, storms, tornadoes, tsunamis, cyclones, pollution, avalanches, sand storms, fire, drought, etc)?


GAME: Answer key:


1. T

2. T

3. F 
It lasted more than 24 hours.

4. T 
There is a detailed account of the eruption thanks to Pliny the Younger, who was a Roman administrator and poet. He watched the eruption from afar and questioned survivors, and then wrote of the event in letters to his friend Tacitus. 

5. T 
At that time, around 20,000 people — manufacturers, merchants, and farmers — lived in Pompeii, and another 5,000 lived in Herculaneum. Many of the people who did not flee when the eruption started were buried alive by ash and other molten material. It is estimated that about 16,000 people died in the eruption.

6. F 
There was no attempt to rebuild the cities

7. T 
Though the Romans didn’t know it at the time, Mt. Vesuvius had erupted catastrophically at least twice before.

8. F

Mt. Vesuvius is still considered an active volcano. The most recent eruption occurred in 1944, and experts believe that a massive eruption could happen again soon, posing potential danger to the more than 2 million people who now live in the area.

9. T