Share article Last lesson on the text "Guns" before your tests next week end: Hey, today we finished studying the text with Brian an ...
today we finished studying the text with Brian and Kevin arguing about the use of violence in Ireland to protest against the governement. Here is what we said about their behaviours:
First,..."said Kevin softly" (l.6)
Then,..."seized Kevin by the shirt"(l.11) -> they start to fight
"in a sudden blaze of temper" (l.11)
Then,..."The fire was gone out of him" (l.15) -> he chills out
Finally,..."Kevin's temper was rising now" (l.29)
"Cried/shouted Brian" -> he gets angry again
At first, Brian is proud to show his stash of weapons to his friend.
But as Kevin calls him names, he says that he is an idiot ("a nit"), Brian gets angry / furious / cross / mad / Brian infuriates
Kevin believes Brian's actions are dangerous for his family and for himself. The two boys start to fight.
Then, Brian calms down / chills out / relaxes and they can talk again.
But they are only calm for some minutes before getting angry again. They keep calling each other names and they keep disagreeing. They keep shouting at each other (l'un l'autre, idée d'aller-retour, réciprocité)
Grammar: (to) keep + V-ing = seguir + gérondif = continuer à ...
(to) get angry at
Furious ≠ calm
Finally we did some phonetics about the pronunciation of some words in text. Here are the words classified according the correct pronunciation of the underlined vowels:
'Kevin - 'Traitor - Sur'prised - 'Several- Shirt - 'Belfast - Under'neath - Ammu'nition- Knelt - 'Temper - Search - (a) 'rebel - 'Catholic - 'Often - Chest - 'Enemy - 'Ireland.
[e]: Belfast, knelt, temper, (a) rebel, chest
[Ə]: Underneath,ammunition, temper, (a) rebel, Catholic, often, enemy, Ireland
[ε:]: Search, shirt
Phonetics rule: Un schwa ne peut pas tomber sur une voyelle tonique. A l'inverse, les voyelles non
accentuées en anglais sont dites "réduites". A l'oral, elles se prononcent la plupart du temps [Ə] ou [i]
HW: get ready for your test on Wednesday (written comprehension + lesson) and Friday (oral comprehension + expression)
I'll see you tomorrow for your theatre play as Mrs Le Petit has asked me to be your chaperon... ;)