Actueel lesmateriaal voor lesmethodes Engels van Malmberg

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vrijdag 8 februari 2019

Out in the Cold

Yup, it’s still winter and really cold in some parts of the world. Northern USA and Canada are in the grip of the polar vortex. How did it all happen?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • in a freeze frenzy - influenced and controlled by the effects of the freezing weather
  • to undergo changes - to go through changes
  • weather officials - people who work at organisations where the weather is studied
  • frostbite - injury to someone caused by severe cold, usually to their toes, fingers, ears, or nose
  • windchills - temperatures that shows how cold the air feels because of the wind
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Where is the polar vortex actually?

  2. How high up is the polar vortex?

  3. Name two or more effects of the extreme cold.

  4. Which two warnings have weather officials given?

  5. How cold can the windchills get?

vrijdag 1 februari 2019

House on Fire

Last week, world leaders and business chiefs met in Davos to talk about global issues and solutions. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden was there too. She presented her point of view on climate action.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • lack of effective change - not enough action to make real changes
  • price tag - the amount of money that something costs
  • to acknowledge - to admit; to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of something
  • broad public awareness - the situation that many people know that something exists or is happening
  • homo sapiens - the human race; all human beings
  • to gain notoriety - to become well-known for things you do or say
  • mature - having the mental and emotional qualities of an adult and acting like that
  • to uphold an agreement - to give support to an agreement and stick to it
  • to adhere to environmental regulations - to act in the way that is required by the rules for making and keeping the world healthy
  • unspoken sufferings - physical or mental pain which is understood without being directly said aloud
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What does Greta mean when she suggests that ‘the house is on fire’?

  2. What does Greta want of the world leaders?

  3. Greta says: ‘Their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag.’ What is this ‘price tag’ she is talking about?

  4. According to Greta, is it too late to do anything? Explain your answer.

  5. Does Greta think it will be an easy task to solve the climate crisis? Explain your answer.

- Watch Greta’s full speech here.
- Also listen to Greta’s message to Davos before leaving by train from Stockholm to Switzerland.
- Children all over the world are concerned about climate change. Check out this earlier video with students in Australia.

Extra speaking assignment
Greta Thunberg started the climate strike movement, young people skipping school to draw attention to the issue of climate change.
1. How do you feel about going on a school strike because of climate change?
2. Split the class in two.
3. One side thinks of arguments for striking, the other against striking.
4. Have a class discussion.

vrijdag 25 januari 2019

Enjoy Your Meal!

Many countries have their own food guides. Food guides give guidelines for healthy eating: what you should eat and how much you should eat. Canada has just released a new food guide. Alexia Sabau takes a closer look.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to drop something from the menu - to leave something out or not include it in the foods that are served at a meal
  • a powerful resource - a very useful collection of information
  • a static document - a document that is fixed, it is never changed
  • dietary knowledge - knowledge about the kinds and amounts of food we eat
  • veggies - vegetables
  • pop - a sweet fizzy drink (= with bubbles), usually with a fruit flavour
  • nutrients - substances that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow
  • juice box - a small carton of fruit juice
  • a beverage - a drink
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Alexia is looking at some breakfast things. Which of these things are no longer thought to be healthy?

  2. How is this food guide different from older food guides in Canada?

  3. How many teaspoons of sugar are there in a juice box?

  4. In which healthy foods can you find vitamin C?

  5. Forget about milk for a moment. Which other foods contain calcium?

  6. How many glasses of milk in a day is too much?

Extra speaking or writing assignment
 Answer the following question.
“Canada no longer recommends milk and juice and now the suggested beverage of choice is water.”
What is your reaction to that?

vrijdag 18 januari 2019

An Icy Sight

Did aliens create this beauty?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • frigid - very cold
  • disc - a flat, thin, round object
  • the far side of the moon - the side of the moon away from the earth
  • to spin - to turn around in circles
  • rotation - the act or process of moving or turning around a central point
  • unheard-of - very unusual, not heard of before
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. When was the ice disc first spotted?

  2. How cold is it in Westbrook, Maine?

  3. How wide is the ice disc?

  4. Is this the first time people have seen such an ice disc?

  5. Is the ice disc still spinning?

vrijdag 11 januari 2019

Standoff

Heavy snowfall has caused chaos in Germany and Austria. Snow belongs to winter as sun belongs to summer. It’s not snowing here now, but there's lots of the stuff where the little ones in the video live.

Before you watch the video, meet the main characters:
  • a group of penguin chicks (groepje jonge pinguïns)
  • a giant petrel (een grote stormvogel)
  • a feisty Adelie (een stoere adeliepinguïn)
  • several penguin cams (nep-pinguïns met een verborgen camera)
Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • a challenge - a difficult task or problem; something that is hard to do
  • stopped in their tracks - If you stop or are stopped in your tracks, you stop doing something suddenly or immediately.
  • defensive - defending or protecting someone or something from an attack
  • a standoff - a situation, argument, contest, etc., in which there is no winner
  • to mess with - to get in a fight with
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Where are the penguin chicks going?

  2. What do the penguin chicks do to defend themselves? Name two things.

  3. How tall are the penguin chicks?

  4. What does the Adelie penguin do after chasing away the petrel?

  5. What is the Adelie penguin waiting for when it is standing at the waterside?

vrijdag 4 januari 2019

Ultima Thule

For space lovers, 2019 started with a bang: NASA’s New Horizons mission arrived at Ultima Thule on 1 January 2019. Ultima Thule is the oldest rock in space ever explored by humans. It is more than 4 billion miles away from earth.

Brian May is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He is also an astrophysicist. He spent some time with the science team of the New Horizons mission. Brian released a single to celebrate the New Horizons’ success.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • horizon - the limit of what is possible in a particular field or activity
  • limitless - very great or large; without limit
  • never-ending - endless; having or seeming to have no end
  • it takes your breath away - it is extremely beautiful or exciting
  • man - the human race
  • to throw light on something - to help to explain something
  • point of view - a way of looking at or thinking about something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



1. With which number does the countdown begin?

2. While you watch the video again, fill in the missing words of the lyrics:
New horizons ........... ...........
New horizons no one's ever seen before
Limitless wonders in a never-ending sky
We may never, never reach them
That's why we have ........... ...........

New horizons to take our breath away
New horizons getting ........... every day
Somewhere in the distance, ........... ........... will appear
One day New Horizons will be very, very near
That's why we're here

Tonight the hand of man reaches out
To throw light on how ........... came about
Computer is reckoning an all-time high
The future is beckoning onward and onward we ...........

New horizons a dream coming ...........
New horizons that will change our point of view
The fruits of wishful thinking we taste them for real
We're off to new horizons so hold on to the wheel
That's how we ...........

New horizons every day
New horizons
New horizons every day


3. For the more advanced: Explain or discuss the meaning of the underlined phrases.

vrijdag 14 december 2018

Real or Fake?

In December, many people put up their Christmas trees.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • artificial - not natural or real
  • the real deal - something that is real, not fake
  • price-wise - with regard to the price; as far as the price is concerned
  • reusable - able to be used again
  • assembly - the act of putting the parts of something together
  • to chop down - to cut (a tree, bush, etc.) at the bottom so that it falls to the ground
  • memorable - very good or special and worth remembering
  • environment - the natural world (the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live)
  • mulch - straw, leaves, or small pieces of wood that are spread over the ground in a garden to protect the plants
  • downside - the aspect of something which is not so positive, pleasant, or useful
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Are there more artificial or real Christmas trees in American homes?

  2. Which Christmas trees are more expensive: the real ones or the artificial ones?

  3. Which Christmas tree is easier to set up?

  4. Is cutting down a tree at a farm bad for the planet? Explain your answer.

  5. After how many years is using an artifical tree less bad for the environment?

vrijdag 7 december 2018

What a Waste!

The holidays are coming up: getting together with family and eating. Lots of eating.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to get wasted - to get thrown away even when something is still okay to use or consume
  • yams - sweet potatoes
  • turkey - a large bird grown for its meat on farms
  • to discard - to throw away
  • to overdo it - to do too much of something or to do it in an extreme way
  • leftovers - food that has not been finished at a meal and that is often served at another meal
  • inevitably - sure to happen
  • landfill - an area where waste is buried under the ground
  • shelter - a place that provides food and protection for people that need help, for example homeless people
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What happens with lots of the food that make up our Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners?

  2. What happens when people don’t plan their meals properly?

  3. What makes up the largest component in landfills?

  4. What can you do with leftovers instead of throwing them in the garbage?

  5. What can you do to prevent having (lots of) leftovers?

vrijdag 30 november 2018

School Strike

It’s in the news more and more: Kids all over the world going on strike from school.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to go on strike - to stop work or anything else you should do in order to force a change
  • carbon footprint - the amount of greenhouse gases (broeikasgas) someone or something leaves behind
  • to head (somewhere) - to go in a specific direction
  • obvious - easy to see or understand
  • to make a difference - to help change a situation
  • to recognize - to accept or be aware that something is true
  • to take action - to do something
  • bush fire - a fire burning in the bush (= a wild area of land) that is difficult to control and sometimes spreads quickly
  • drought - a long period of time when there is very little or no rain
  • to have a say - to have the power to help decide something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How old are the girls?

  2. Why are the girls planning to go on strike?

  3. On what date are the girls planning to go on strike?

  4. Where will they be going on strike?
Watch the video once more. Answer these more advanced questions:
  1. What do the girls want to happen with the carbon footprint?

  2. Harriet says that ‘that everyone can make a difference but particularly our politicians’.
    Why particularly the politicians?

  3. Milou says that she’s ‘concerned about climate change because ...’.
    Name the reasons she gives.

vrijdag 23 november 2018

Monkey Business

Iceland is a British supermarket chain. Many supermarkets make special Christmas TV ads. This year, Iceland wanted to show a special animation for Christmas. But they are not allowed to show their animation on TV. The reason given: it is “too political”.
Now the animation is becoming a big hit anyway, thanks to social media. Watch it and judge for yourself.
The animation is about a girl and a young orangutan. The orangutan is called Rang-tan.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to ban - to forbid something
  • orangutan - a large ape that has very long arms and reddish-brown hair
  • teddy - short for: teddy bear; a soft toy bear
  • to borrow - to take and use something that belongs to someone else
  • to howl - to make a long, loud cry that sounds sad
  • naughty - behaving badly
  • forest - a large area of land covered with trees and plants
  • palmoil - an oil from the nuts of some types of palm tree, used in some foods and to make soap
  • to feel blue - to feel sad or unhappy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. The orangutan is doing all sorts of things in the girl’s house. Name at least two things.

  2. Is the girl happy with her uninvited guest?

  3. Why is the orangutan in the girl’s house?

  4. What is the girl going to do with the orangutan’s story?

  5. Finish the last sentence the girl says: “The future’s not yet written but .....”
    Explain in your own words what this means.

vrijdag 16 november 2018

Gone for the Ultimate Spin

Stan Lee was an American comic book writer. He created many beloved comics characters. One of them is Spider-Man. Stan Lee died 12 November 2018. He was 95 years old.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • fly - a small insect that has two wings
  • to crawl - to move on your hands and knees
  • dramatic - attracting attention
  • impressive - making you admire something or someone
  • sidekick - a person who works with someone who is usually more important, powerful, etc.
  • relatable - possible to understand because of being like something you have known, experienced, etc.
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How did Stan Lee get the idea to create Spider-Man?

  2. Did he think of Spider-Man as a name straight away?

  3. What does he like about the name Spider-Man?

  4. Name three or more aspects of Spider-Man which Stan Lee added to the character.

  5. Why did Stan Lee give Spider-Man these extra, not very heroic aspects?

vrijdag 9 november 2018

A Show of Hands

Scientists have recently found the oldest known example of an animal drawing. Seth Borenstein describes a similar discovery.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.

  • drawings - pictures that are made by making lines on a surface
  • hand print - the mark that is made by pressing your hand on a surface
  • at a minimum - at least
  • ancestors - people in your family who lived before you several generations ago
  • a dozen - a group of 12 people or things
  • pig -
  • deer -
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. In which country were the cave paintings in the video discovered?

  2. How old are the paintings?

  3. What does the discovery tell us about humans making paintings and other art?

vrijdag 2 november 2018

One Smart Cookie

The search is on for Canada's Smartest Person Junior. The new series Canada's Smartest Person Junior starts of next week. Contestants have made introduction videos. Meet Mateus Soto!

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • robotics - technology that is used to design, build, and operate robots
  • nerd - a person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, etc.
  • proud - very happy and pleased about something
  • to develop abilities - to do your best to become better at things
  • title - the status or position of being the champion in a competition
  • to tattoo - to make a picture on a part of someone's body by using a needle and ink
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How does Mateus feel about being a nerd?

  2. At what age did Mateus learn to read?

  3. What does Mateus want to be when he is older?

  4. Why does Mateus love robotics?

  5. What will Mateus do if he wins the title of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior?

Extra speaking assignment
1. Make an introduction video like Mateus.
2. Watch the video again first. Take notes: what things does Mateus tell?
3. Write down all the things that make you special.
4. Record your video.

vrijdag 26 oktober 2018

Headless Chicken

Scientists have made a discovery near Antarctica.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • nickname - a name that is different from your real name but is what your family, friends, etc., call you
  • to nickname - to give someone or something a nickname
  • to emit light - to send out light
  • predator - an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals
  • to withstand - to be strong enough to resist something
  • to wander around - to move around without any clear purpose or direction
  • to rename - to give a new name
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Where did the scientist spot the “headless chicken monster”?

  2. To what group of animals does the “headless chicken monster” belong?

  3. Where was “headless chicken monster” only seen before?

  4. How was it possible to film the “headless chicken monster”?

  5. How do the presenters feel about the name “headless chicken monster”?

      Extra words assignment
  1. Find out what the expression “headless chicken” means.
    We actually have a similar expression in Dutch. Do you know it?
  2. Think of two or more other names for the special sea cucumber in the video.

vrijdag 5 oktober 2018

The Clock is Ticking

There's been a lot of talk in the news about Brexit recently. What does it all mean?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • backstop - something that is kept so that it can give good support or protection if it is needed
  • to vote in favour - to make an official choice for something
  • single market - a group of countries that have an agreement which allows goods to be moved, bought, or sold between them very easily
  • checks and regulations - inspections and rules
  • to travel freely - to go from one place to another without all sorts of checks (visa) and regulations
  • trade rules - rules for buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services
  • limited use of the single market - not all, but only some possibilities to use the single market
    to sort something out - to find an answer or solution for (something)
  • the Irish border - the border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (an independent country and member of the European Union)
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does the word “Brexit” mean?

  2. What does the single market mean for stuff made in Ireland?

  3. Listen closely to the explanation of the EU’s deals with Norway, Switzerland and Canada.
    For each of these deals, explain what Britain likes or doesn’t like about it.

  4. What is it presently like when you cross the Irish border?

  5. What does the Irish government want regarding the Irish border?