Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Nuns in the News

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The recent news and featured post in The English Blog about the group of men who were arrested in Crete for dressing up in nuns' attire has brought back memories of my youth when I was rather fixated in becoming a nun. The wonderful film "The Song of Bernadette", which won four Oscars in 1943 for Best Actress (Jennifer Jones), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Music and then of course, the amazing "Sound of Music", which won 5 Oscars in 1965, all inspired me to enter the mysterious, inner sanctuary of a convent....

This is one of my favourite songs from the musical- "Climb every Mountain".

Lesson Ideas

Talk about Childhood Ambition
Ask your students in pairs, to discuss what they wanted to be when they were young. Be prepared to tell them what you wanted to be, and if possible, to make it more personal, show them something which refers to your childhood dream , like I have demonstrated above.

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do" Write the above proverb on the board and ask your students to discuss the meaning. Then refer to the article about the men dressed as nuns and get the students to discuss whether this sort of behaviour would be acceptable in their countries or not.

Hypothetical Question
Ask your students to discuss the following question in small groups: If you had to organise a night out on the town with friends, maybe on the occasion of a "stag do" or "hen party", what costume or "accoutrements" would you suggest all your group could wear?

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