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A VILLAGE AFTER DARK - A short story by Kazuo Ishiguro

Here you can find your Halloween required reading"A village after dark", a short story by the Nobel-Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro.
In this unsettling short story, a man returns to the village where he spent his youth. Rich with ambiguity, the text explores the uneasy relationship between the past and the present. 
Ben Marcus reads Kazuo Ishiguro's "A Village After Dark," and discusses it with The New Yorker's fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. "A Village After Dark" was published in the May 21, 2001, issue of The New Yorker.
Who is Kazuo Ishiguro?
What are his best books? Ishiguro’s novels are mostly first-person, and mostly told by an unreliable narrator. They tend to revolve around a single traumatic idea that the narrator is not entirely capable of confronting head-on. 



The History of English in 10 minutes (with English subtitles):

History of the English Language

HORRIBLE HISTORIES videos. Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated history books and a British children's sketch comedy television series that shows you the sides of histoy they don't teach at school. The names for the different historical periods are Ruthless Romans, Smashing Saxons, Stormin' Normans, Terrible Tudors, Vicious Vikings, and so on. You'll find yourself laughing into stitches!!!

Horrible Histories: The Anglo-Saxon report

Horrible Histories: Anglo-Saxon language

Horrible Histories: Historical Masterchef Saxons

Horrible Histories: Words we get from the Vikings


Cambridge Dictionary: READ
What I like about it:    - Level is specified  - Idioms and phrasal verbs related to the word

Oxford Dictionary: READ

What I like about it:    - More examples available   - Synonyms

Longman Dictionary: READ

What I like about it:    - Top spoken and written words code   - Examples with pronunciation   - Grammar patterns   - Thesaurus

Macmillan Dictionary: READ

What I like about it:    - Activator-like   - Explore Thesaurus available   - Synomyms and related words   - Phrases and phrasal verbs   - Red words and stars for frequency of use: Lots and lots of games and resources

/wɪð ɔː wɪˈðaʊt juː/

I THOUGHT A THOUGHT: TH pronunciation

The Sound Of English (phonetics review)


/ɪtsnɒtðəseɪm/ For the whole EOI Laredo videocast series, click here.

Pronunciation dictionaries:
Read with a British accent


Grit: The power of passion and perseverance (TED Talk). Subtitles and transcripts available.

What are the takeaways from this TED talk? 1. Grit and perseverance 2. Growth mindset 3. Attitude to mistakes
"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."
"...the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort...." Having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.
Growing your mind (Khan Academy video) Neuroplasticity (video)
"So growth mindset is a great idea for building grit.... We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we've been successful, and we have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over againwith lessons lea…