Actueel lesmateriaal voor lesmethodes Engels van Malmberg

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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?

vrijdag 28 september 2018

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!

The organisation Ocean Cleanup has launched its first giant tube to collect rubbish in the Pacific Ocean.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • water current - a continuous movement of water or air in the same direction
  • in a V-shape - in the shape of the letter V
  • to capture - to catch
  • to funnel - to put something through a narrow opening
  • discard - to throw away
  • to tweak - to change something a little bit in order to make it better
  • to let loose - to allow (someone or something) to move or go freely
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. When did Boyan Slat get his idea for finding ways to help reduce the (plastic) rubbish in the ocean?

  2. Name one big difference between paper or cardboard and plastic.

  3. How many pieces of plastic are floating around in the ocean according to scientists?

  4. Describe how Boyan’s invention works.

  5. How many “giant snakes” is Boyan’s organisation Ocean Cleanup planning to use to collect rubbish by 2020?

vrijdag 21 september 2018

In Deep Water

It’s still September, but the first autumn storms of the season have already rattled our windows. High winds can bring high water. The Weather Channel has made a neat graphic to show what an extreme storm surge looks like.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • destructive - causing a large amount of damage
  • worst-case scenario - a description of what could happen in the worst possible situation
  • storm surge - an unusual rise in sea level on a coast because of high winds
  • impacts - effects
  • high tide - the tide when the water is at its highest level
  • shins - the front part of your legs below the knee
  • waist - the middle part of your body between the hips and chest
  • power lines - electrical wires or cables
  • to heed someone’s advice - to listen to and follow up suggestions about what you should do
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How high could the storm surge go in the worst case?

  2. The weather reporter says: “It's not just going to be a coastal event.” What does this mean?

  3. How many high-level scenarios does the weather reporter describe?

  4. Name 2 or more things that could happen in each high-level scenario.

  5. What final advice does the weather reporter give?


vrijdag 22 juni 2018

A Share of the Pie

North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world.
But now Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, has met both the South Korea president and the president of the United States.
These talks could lead to many changes for the people living in North Korea. Michelle Ye Hee Lee explains.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • summit - a meeting or series of meetings between the leaders of two or more governments
  • as a treat - as a special snack
  • stash - to collect or keep for later use
  • barter - to exchange things for other things instead of for money
  • reportedly - according to what many people say
  • black market - a system through which things are bought and sold illegally
  • black market commodity - something that is bought and sold on the black market
  • fluffy - light and soft and airy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What are Choco Pies made of?

  2. In 2002 North Korean workers were given Choco Pies as a treat. What did they do with them?

  3. Relations between North and South Korea seem to be getting better.
    How could this change things for Choco Pie lovers in North Korea?

vrijdag 15 juni 2018

Say Cheese!

FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on 15 July 2018. Footballers weren’t the only ones who followed special trainings.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • foreigners - people who are from another country
  • attitude - the way you think of and behave towards other people
  • Beware! - Be careful!
  • it can land you in trouble - it can cause you problems
  • alien - strange and not familiar
  • suspicious - making you feel that something is wrong
  • bucking the trend - going against the trend; resisting the common way of behaving
  • infectious - making you want to join in
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What do visitors to Russia often think of Russians?

  2. What does Elnara Mustafina want to teach Russian people?

  3. Why was Yulia Melamed stopped by a policeman?

  4. How does laughter yoga make Zemfira feel?

vrijdag 8 juni 2018

Chewing the Fat

The World Health Organisation has published a report on trans-fats. That’s an ingredient found in many foods that we eat.
What do you know about trans-fats?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • nasty - unpleasant, bad
  • to lurk - to wait in a secret or hidden place, often in order to do something wrong or bad
  • occasional - happening or done sometimes, but not often
  • in really small quantities - in very small amounts
  • fast food joints - fast-food restaurants
  • shortening - a fat (such as butter) that is used in cooking or baking
  • to banish something - to get rid of something
  • a really big ask - something asked or hoped for, but is very difficult to do or achieve
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Where are trans-fats found naturally?

  2. In which food are trans-fats often used?

  3. Why did trans-fats become a popular ingredient? Name at least 2 reasons.

  4. Are trans-fats bad for people? Explain your answer.

  5. What does the WHO want to do with trans-fats?

Extra words assignment
1. Name as many words for fats used for cooking and eating as possible.

Extra speaking assignment
1. The World Health Organisation is also called the WHO.
2. How do you pronounce the short name? Say it out loud.
3. Now work with one or more classmates. Take turns saying all the letters of the English alphabet.

vrijdag 1 juni 2018

Why Ticks Stick

It’s tick season. Watch out for those little monsters.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to transmit - to cause a virus, disease, etc. to be given to others
  • Lyme disease - a serious illness that is spread by the bite of a small insect
  • menacing - dangerous and threatening
  • host - an animal or plant in which another animal or plant lives and gets its food or protection
  • to latch onto something - to become connected to something
  • freckle - a small, brownish spot on someone's skin
  • to wriggle - to twist from side to side with small quick movements like a worm
  • for the long haul - for a long period of time
  • straw - a thin tube used for sucking up a drink
  • to nab - to catch and stop
  • tenacious - not letting go, clinging on
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why can ticks be a problem for people?

  2. What is “questing”?

  3. How long does a tick live?

  4. How many days does a tick nymph stick to a person?

  5. How should you remove a tick from your skin?