Unit 9 – Art (‘New Language Leader’)

Interesting / Relevant Articles:

What is art for? Alain de Botton’ animated guide – video

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/video/2014/sep/10/what-is-art-for-alain-de-botton-guide-video

Types of art:

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/art-types.htm#definitions

Henri Cartier Bresson, ‘the Father of modern photojournalism’:

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2011/08/22/10-things-henri-cartier-bresson-can-teach-you-about-street-photography/

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ – Famous images:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/most-powerful-photographs-ever-taken#.jy82qJGwX

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/01/world/gallery/iconic-images/

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/the-white-man-in-that-photo/  (Peter Norman, 1968 Olympic Games, Mexico City)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/08/richard-drew-s-the-falling-man-ap-photographer-on-his-iconic-9-11-photo.html?source=TDB&via=FB_Page

Antony Gormley:

http://www.antonygormley.com

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gormley

Anish Kapoor at Versailles:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/70fbcc24-09d5-11e5-b6bd-00144feabdc0.html#slide0

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/07/anish-kapoor-sculpture-versailles-controversy

Yoko Ono:

http://www.a-i-u.net/stampart.html

Banksy (British graffiti artist):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3769115/Is-real-face-Banksy-Massive-Attack-member-named-shadowy-graffiti-artist-investigator.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/25/why-banksy-s-art-is-such-a-deadly-political-weapon.html?source=TDB&via=FB_Page

The World’s First Fully Painted Film – ‘Loving Vincent’ (The Life of Vincent Van Gogh)

http://bbc.in/vincent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA96aDZYdCc (official film trailer)

Japanese Printmaker Katsushika Hokusai:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150409-the-wave-that-swept-the-world

Case Study: “Death of Socrates” by Jaques Louis David:

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/death-of-socrates-by-jacques-louis-david-video-case-study/

Frida Kahlos:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-frida-kahlos-recreated-garden-to-see-the-plants-that-influenced-her-art-180955255/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist

The Google Art Project:

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/detailed-close-ups-of-van-gogh-artworks/

Art Over Ads: Streets of Tehran Become a Cultural Exhibit:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/05/09/tehran-billboards

Art as CIA ‘weapon’:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

Art inspired by science:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/11-beautiful-examples-of-art-inspired-by-science/finding-the-link

Body Art:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/what-has-four-legs-four-eyes-and-will-blow-your-mind?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20150514video-icymichameleon&utm_campaign=Content&sf9166079=1

Street Art:

https://streetart102.wordpress.com/tag/graffiti-art/

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/the-incredible-street-art-of-daleast/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/afghanistans-first-female-street-artist_us_56c26fd5e4b0b40245c79f3c?pbx=25&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000010&te=Upworthy

Charles Ray, ‘famous but little known’ sculptor:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/11/meaning-machines?mbid=social_facebook

Fascinating Public Sculptures:

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/11-most-fascinating-public-sculptures?mbid=social_twitter

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/11-most-fascinating-public-sculptures?mbid=social_twitter

Unit 8 – Globalisation (‘New Language Leader’)

Interesting/Relevant Articles

What is Globalisation?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/globalisation/globalisation_rev1.shtml

Global Organisations:

https://dus.psu.edu/global/learn/organizations.php

https://www.devex.com/news/top-global-development-organizations-the-devex-lists-75727

The global business person – secrets for success:

http://www.inc.com/graham-winfrey/the-most-important-work-skills-in-2020.html

http://old.goinglobal.com/hot_topics/sweden_hansson_global.asp

List of Multinational Companies (MNCs):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multinational_corporations

The Big Mac Index aka ‘Burgernomics’

http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index

US-EU Bilateral Trade Deal 2015 / Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP):

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/05/us-eu-trade-deal-the-guardian-briefing

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/18/us-trade-protests-germany-idUSKBN0N90LO20150418

Over population and Over consumption (in pictures):

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/gallery/2015/apr/01/over-population-over-consumption-in-pictures

Fashion Revolution – Who Made Your Clothes?:

http://fashionrevolution.org/about/mission/

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/fairtrade-partner-zone/fashion-revolution-day-industry-sustainable

The 2 Euro T-shirt – A social experiment:

Louboutins and Landfill: How to be a Sustainable Fashionista

Student Athletes against Nike 

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/11/13/nike-georgetown?cmpid=tp-fb

Who Makes Your Toys? – the ‘Real Toy Story’ (photo gallery):

http://www.takepart.com/photos/china-toy-factory-michael-wolf?cmpid=tp-fb

A Conscious Consumer Guide:

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/what-not-to-buy-a-conscious-consumers-guide/

Apple iPhone – Sweatshops in China 

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/18/foxconn-life-death-forbidden-city-longhua-suicide-apple-iphone-brian-merchant-one-device-extract?CMP=fb_gu

Global ‘100-year gap’ in education standards:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32397212

Abbreviations 

An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase.

Abbreviations in the Business World

  • CEO – Chief Executive Officer
  • CFO – Chief Financial Officer
  • CIO – Chief Information Officer
  • CMO – Chief Marketing Officer
  • COO – Chief Operating Officer
  • CPA – Certified Public Accountant
  • CTO – Chief Technology Officer
  • MD – Managing Director (UK)
  • VP – Vice-President
  • PA – Personal Assistant

Personnel & Organisation

  • HR – Human Resources
  • R & D – Research & Development
  • QC – Quality Control
  • PR – Public Relations
  • IT – Information Technology

Educational Qualifications

  • BA Hons. – Bachelor of Arts with Honours
  • BSc – Bachelor of Science
  • MA – Master of Arts
  • MBA – Master of Business Administration
  • PhD – Philosophiae Doctor (Doctor of Philosophy)

General Business terms

  • MNC – Multinational Corporation (e.g Adidas, Lufthansa)
  • AGM – Annual General Meeting
  • HQ – Headquarters

Ref: http://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/articles/business-word-abbreviations.html

 

Unit 7 – Architecture (‘New Language Leader’)

Interesting / Relevant Articles:

Famous /Amazing Architecture from Around the World:

http://www.creativebloq.com/architecture/famous-buildings-around-world-10121105

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/13/amazing-architecture-around-the-world/21169531/

Gary Chang (Hong Kong) – Micro-space design:

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/gary-chang-on-urbanism-and-his-metamorphic-apartment/

Yasuhiro Yamashita (Japan) – Reflection of the Mineral:

http://www.tekuto.com/en/works/a106_reflection-in-mineral/

dRMM Architects (UK) – The Sliding House:

http://www.archdaily.com/16082/sliding-house-by-drmm-in-action/

The Keret House (Poland) – the World’s narrowest house designed by architect Jakub Szczesny:

http://kerethouse.com

 http://www.archdaily.com/289630/inside-the-keret-house-the-worlds-skinniest-house-by-jakub-szczesny/

The ‘Gherkin’ – 30 St Mary Axe (London):

http://www.designbookmag.com/thegerkin.htm

Zaha Hadid (‘Queen of the Curve’ – Prominent architect and first woman to be awarded Pritzker Architecture Prize):

http://www.pritzkerprize.com/2004/announcement

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34337929

http://www.upworthy.com/famed-architect-zaha-hadid-has-died-she-left-behind-these-17-jaw-dropping-buildings?c=ufb1

Taj Mahal (Researchers discover solar and architectural oddity thanks to data from Google Earth satellites)

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/taj-mahal-gardens-found-to-align-with-the-solstice-sun

Modernism vs. Traditionalism in contemporary Architecture:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/05/architecture-modernism-vs-traditionalism-olympics

Quiz: Can you identify these famous buildings?:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/quiz/can-you-identify-these-famous-buildings#content

Architizer A+ Awards:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2014/05/17/the-most-innovative-new-architecture-takes-home-the-architizer-a-awards-photos.html#86eb2137-1ede-48ee-86b1-d0531226ea15

Evolving City Skylines:

New York City:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/20/one-world-trade-center-elevators-500-?CMP=share_btn_fb

Singapore:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/20/travel/moshe-safdie-interview-destination-singapore/

Bridges:

Brooklyn NYC:

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/03/brooklyn-bridge-symmetry/

San Francisco, California:

http://twistedsifter.com/2014/07/blue-hour-at-golden-gate-bridge/

Mike Basich’s (US Pro Snowboarder) Dream House:

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/pro-snowboarder-moves-off-the-grid-into-tiny-dream-house/

Apple’s New Headquarters

https://www.wired.com/2013/11/a-glimpse-into-apples-crazy-new-spaceship-headquarters/

Glossary of Architectural Terms:

http://architecturaltrust.org/outreach/education/glossary-of-architectural-terms/

http://www.aviewoncities.com/_architecturalterms.htm

Phrases (adverbs) to make a comparison / estimations more specific :

  • approximately = used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or exact

  • roughly = approximately

  • about = almost, nearly

  • virtually = almost, nearly, quite close

  • almost = not quite, just about, verging on

  • exactly = completely, absolutely, precisely

Unit 6 – Literature and Film (“The New Language Leader”)

Interesting / Relevant Articles:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/history-loving-read?mbid=social_facebook

Book to Screen Adaptions:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/10-biggest-hit-book-big-248169/1-schindlers-list

http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/40-best-film-adaptations

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/books-to-movies-2015#.lsZywlRG2

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’:

1974 Film trailer (Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston): 

2013 Film trailer (Directed by Baz Luhrmann.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton and Isla Fischer).

Is Reading the New Therapy?

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/is-reading-the-new-therapy?mbid=social_facebook

Breaking into the film industry – Scriptwriters

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/film-industry-careers

‘Pulp Fiction’:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/08/how-pulp-fiction-saved-literature.html?source=TDB&via=FB_Page

Reading via Smartphones:

http://www.salon.com/2014/05/14/war_and_peace_on_the_subway_how_your_iphone_is_saving_literature/

Reasons why actual books are better than e-books:

http://mic.com/articles/99408/science-has-great-news-for-people-who-read-actual-books

Food for Thought:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2014/04/19/from-moby-dick-to-the-great-gatsby-classic-lit-dishes-brought-to-life-photos.html#10ea7071-532f-4cfd-9cce-5c89713a2db7

Lit Recommendations for Football Fans:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/25/the-literature-of-futbol-11-great-books-about-soccer.html

Patrick Modiano, Winner of 2014 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/09/who-the-hell-is-patrick-modiano.html

Günter Grass, Winner of 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/world/europe/gunter-grass-german-novelist-dies-at-87.html?mwrsm=Facebook&fb_ref=Default&_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/13/gunter-grass-german-nobel-laureate-dies-aged-87

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-greatness-of-gunter-grass

Youtube film trailer of “The Tin Drum” (1979):

Book Tank (to mark World Book Day 2015):

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/03/weapons-of-mass-instruction-book-tank/

Fictional Languages from Literature and Film:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/7-fictional-languages-from-literature-and-film-that-you-can-learn

Vocabulary

Adjectives (synonyms) you can use for writing a review (to describe a book/film):

  • Exciting: thrilling, exhilarating, dramatic, fast-paced, sensational, gripping, intriguing, lively, electrifying, nail-biting, edge of the seat
  • Interesting: fascinating, compelling, absorbing, riveting, engaging, striking, stimulating, engrossing, enthralling
  • Good: brilliant, superb, outstanding, great, exceptional, excellent, favourable, awesome, marvellous, spectacular
  • Bad: atrocious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, awful, lousy, poor, inferior, inadequate, dissatisfactory, rotten
  • Boring: dull, tedious, monotonous, ponderous, mundane, slow-paced
  • Funny: hilarious, humorous, comical, uproarious, entertaining
  • Stupid: crazy, absurd, ridiculous, laughable, dumb, idiotic
  • Nice: pleasant, pleasing, beautiful, lovely, appealing, delightful

Literary devices (terms):

http://literary-devices.com

Surprising facts:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/15-words-you-never-knew-came-from-literature

Grammar

Narrative Tenses:

http://www.vivquarry.com/wkshts/narrative.html

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfectcontinuous.html

Writing a Book / Film Review

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/writing-film-book-review.php

Unit 5 – Transport (‘New Language Leader’)

Interesting Articles:

Attempts at ‘Traffic Taming’:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/science/earth/27traffic.html

The ‘Straddling Bus’ 3D Model (China):

Self-driving Cars:

Mercedes S Class:

The Future of Driveless Cars:

Google’s Self-Driving Pod Cars:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/06/25/google-self-driving-car-hits-streets

Driveless Taxis in Singapore:

http://www.citylab.com/tech/2015/06/singapore-is-already-planning-for-a-future-of-driverless-taxis/396707/

Orbital Maglev (Space train):

http://phys.org/news/2012-03-maglev-track-spacecraft-orbit.html

Space Elevator:

http://spaceref.com/space-elevator/

Railway Journeys:

The Quinghai-Tibet Raiway (the highest and most extreme railway in the world):

 National Geographic video:

http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/china-tibet/

Trans-Siberian (the World’s longest railway):

The Oriental Express (Opulence and Luxury – ‘an icon of passenger rail’):

Dining on the Oriental Express:

The Romance of Train Dining at The Eastern & Oriental Express

In support of Public Transportation (Belgium):

Funny ads ‘Take the Bus’ (Belgium’s transportation company De Lijn):

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/videos/why-its-smart-to-travel-in-groups

Revolutionising Public Transportation / ‘The Superbus’ (The Netherlands):

http://twistedsifter.com/2012/11/high-speed-superbus-concept-vehicle-netherlands/

Transportation of the Future

 

 

Bike Storage in Public Places (Japan):

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/japan-automated-underground-bike-storage-giken/

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/inside-japans-automated-underground-bike-lockers/

Bike-friendly cities 2015 (Copenhagenize Index):

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/06/20/10-most-bike-friendly-cities-world

Dutch city redefining bike-friendliness:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jul/29/how-groningen-invented-a-cycling-template-for-cities-all-over-the-world

‘Laufrad’ for grown-ups – the FLIZ pedal-less bike:

 http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/fliz-pedal-less-bike-concept.html

Commuting by ‘Water Bike’ across the San Francisco Bay!:

http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-water-bike-allows-commuter-to-circumvent-san-francisco-traffic/

Building a ‘Safer’ Car:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/04/the-engineers-lament?mbid=social_facebook

Railway Tech:

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/moving-assembly-line-installs-railroad-tracks-in-real-time/

http://www.railway-technology.com/features/feature-top-ten-fastest-trains-in-the-world/