Monday, December 10, 2018

A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich, Chapter 9

There are many History books on the market these days, but this one was written in the 1930's and is still relevant and interesting. 
I first read it in Hebrew and then I found it on the net in English. 

The Author, E.H. Gombrich was best know for Art, but he was very knowledgeable in History.

Chapter 9


Scale Modes in Music

These scale modes are one of the ways that we remember the ancient Greeks.   We name the different scale modes, in Greek.  
Oracle at
How did the ancient Greeks measure time? 
How is this different from the way you measure time? 
Can you remember an important event in your life? 
How did you feel before the event?  How did you feel after the event? 

Compare how Spartans treated their children to how the Athenians treat theirs. 
What is interesting about the name "Draco?"
What did Solon do in Athens?
Who was Pericles and what did he do?
Why did the people follow him? 
What year did he become leader? 
How did the Athenians develop philosophy?
What is different about Greek Art?
What did Phidias do?
Which part of Athens is still standing today? 
What is the function of the Greek columns?
Why do people copy them? 
What was new about the theater?

What type of story do you like?  

Summarize a play or story from your country's folklore. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

How to order drinks on the plane - A Video a Day Helps you Learn English

My husband just came back from Belgium, so when I found this video I thought about all my English students and maybe you'd like to order drinks on the plane too! 

Instructions to Watch this video. 
1.  The video plays without subtitles, 
2. The video plays with subtitles. 
3. Try to do the conversation with a friend, or better yet, a teacher. 



When was the last time you were on a plane? 
Did you order drinks or food?
Do you travel often? 
What is your favorite way to travel?

Have a nice flight!

Rachael Alice Orbach 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Coloring books for Kids and Adults can help you Learn English!

Adult coloring books can be fun and rewarding.  Kids also like to color, but when you are learning English this can be a good way to learn English.

When I wanted to be a doctor, (yes, a long time ago) I got a book called The Anatomy Coloring Book

It has a different cover now, but it was very useful for me to color the different parts of the body, each vein, muscle group, and skeleton.  I was an Anthropology major and so the bones were the most important for me.  I did this on my own so I would do better on the tests. It worked, but I didn't become a doctor, (that's another story)!

So, back to our subject, these books are really for kids, but adults can do them too.  You can download samples of each book for free, Coloring Books and then if you want you can get the whole set.  I am teaching the Magic Tree House series, and each book is about a different time in history.  I can give to my students as part of their homework a page to color and then write a paragraph to describe the picture.  This type of homework is much more enjoyable for children than just to assign a grammar worksheet. 

Have Fun with Coloring and Reading English! 

Rachael Alice Orbach, English teacher.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hour of the Olympics Study Guide Chapter 3

Hour of the Olympics Study Guide Chapter 3

Jack and Annie have to save an ancient story!  Where are they? 

bearded - a man who has a beard
wisdom- knowledge
spinning - making thread or yarn
weaaving - making cloth
scroll- a long piece of paper or parchment used as books in ancient times. 

Where did Jack and Annie land? 
What research book do they have with them? 
What are they wearing? 
What is different about this place than in the modern world?
Does Annie like it? 
What does the word "philosopher mean?"
What do Jack and Annie show him? Why?
How does Plato react when he sees the thing?
Why can't Jack and Annie tell about the poet who wrote the story? 
What information do they learn from the research book? 

Jack and Annie have to keep a secret.  Write about a time that you had to keep a secret. Why was it important to keep the secret?   Did you ever tell anyone about the secret?   Answer the questions Who, What, Where, Why, about the secret. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Video a Day Helps You Learn English! With the Movies! ICE AGE

This is for YOU kids, and your parents too.  We can learn English and have fun at the same time!

1st. Watch the video, up to the 2.47 minute mark.  Don't worry, this part doesn't have subtitles, but here they kick in.  Enjoy, Then watch the hard words, and then they show us the video without subtitles. 

2nd. Now you get to answer the questions.
3rd.  Contact your favorite English teacher 
and go over the answers and discuss this cute video with her/him

Where is Sid going?  Why?
What is his complaint?
Who does he see?
What do the two rhinos see? 
What do they want to do?
Why do they just look at the thing?

What would you do?
Which prehistoric animal would you like to be? Why?

I look forward to chatting and speaking with you about this video!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Travel around London - With Subtitles! A Video a Day Helps You Learn English!

Have you ever wanted to go to London? Here is your chance to get a preview before you get there!   Of course today we are studying the UK English accent.

What is the first attraction that  you see in the video?
How tall is the London Eye?
What can you see across the from the London Eye?
What is another name for the Place of Westminster?
What is the best thing about London?
What can you do in Regent's Park?
What is an ecological way to get around London?
Which museum is behind Trafalgar Square?
Why was Nelson's Column built?
What date did the Millenuim Bridge open?
What was the problem with the bridge?
What is the name of the Modern Art Museum?
What can you do at St. Paul's Cathedral?
Where does the Changing of the Guard take place?
\What time does it happen?
How long does it take to change the guard?
Why do you have to get there early?
What is interesting about taking a boat ride on the Thames? (pronounced Tames)
What is interesting about the Tower Bridge? Where can pedestrains walk?
What is in the east?

Over to YOU
Which place would you most want to visit?
Have you ever been to London?
Where do you go on vacations?

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Video A Day Helps You Learn English - MUNIBA MAZARI - We all are Perfectly Imperfect

LEARN ENGLISH | MUNIBA MAZARI - We all are Perfectly Imperfect 

This is an important video for everyone to watch and share with her story. 

Watching this video will change your life. This speech is worth the time you spend  

What happened to Muniba? 
How did she get to the hospital? 
What were her injuries?
How long did she stay there?
What did she do in the hospital? 
What were her biggest fears? 

Write about a person who is (differently abled) 
What happened to that person? What did they accomplish? 

A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich, Chapter 9

There are many History books on the market these days, but this one was written in the 1930's and is still relevant and interesting.  ...