The Book I saw.

«THE BOOK I SAW» . La Literatura en el Cine.
Una actividad Erasmus + con alumnado adulto.

Esta actividad partió como un sencillo trabajo dentro del marco del proyecto europeo eReading en el que estamos involucrados en el CEAD «Mercedes Pinto» de S/C de Tenerife.
Consiste en que los estudiantes de los diferentes tipos de enseñanaza que se ofertan en el centro , Bachillerato, Ciclos Formativos y That’s English concretamente, participen en actividades relacionadas con la lectura y el cine en lengua inglesa.
El objetivo es que le alumnado se dé cuenta, por si mismo, de la enorme importancia que ha tenido la literatura en el cine y en el lenguaje cinematográfico en sí.
Los estudiantes debía ver una película, basada en una obra literaria y, a partir de ahí, elaborar un trabajo en el que tenían que resumir una película cuyo guión estuviera basado en una obra literaria y enviarnos una escena de dicha película grabada en video o solamente en formato audio.
Estos fueron las instrucciones que se les dio a los alumnos de Bachillerato:

End of the term activity.
E-reading project.
Hasta el 12 de marzo de 2016
Esta actividad es larga y puntúa mucho. Sigue estos parámetros.
1. Elige una película cuyo guión se base en un libro. El centro ha adquirido algunas películas y puedes pedirle alguna a tu profesor de Inglés.
2. Debes comprometerte a verla en inglés, primero con subtítulos en español y luego con subtítulos en inglés.
3. Debes entregar diez frases en inglés de la película que te hayan parecido especialmente interesantes.
4. Debes transcribir una escena de aproximadamente dos minutos . Dicha escena deberás grabarla bien solo/a o con un compañero. No olvides comprobar la pronunciación de ciertas palabras. Puedes usar esta aplicación:
5. Escribe un resumen de la película. Puedes seguir este guión
En síntesis, debes presentar :
1. Un archivo de texto que contenga tu resumen, las diez frases en inglés y la transcripción de tu escena.
2. Un archivo de sonido/vídeo con una escena del film. Si te animas, puedes sacar la estrella que llevas dentro y realmente escenificar tu parte.

Al ser un aprendizaje «online» , los estudiantes debían enviar todos sus trabajos, no obstante, también, se les ofrecía la posibilidad de hacer esta tarea de manera presencial en las tutorías individuales o de grupo.

Para los alumnos de That’s English, al no ser una enseñanza reglada, aunque sí presencial, se estableció un criterio distinto para realizar la actividad, dando mayor flexibilidad a la hora de llevarlas a cabo. Básicamente, se les animó a hacer una presentación oral de una película, basada en un libro, por supuesto, apoyada con todo los recurso audiovisuales que estimasen oportunos.
Siguiendo ese modelo, varios  estudiantes hicieron unas muy interesantes presentaciones de “Casablanca” , Dead Poets Society” y “The Alchemist”, «Far from the Madding Crows», «Pride and Prejudice», » The firm» » Charlie and the Chocolate Factory», and «Suite Francaise»  usando “ppts”, material impreso y videos hicieron, individualmente y por grupos , una explicación bastante detallada de cada película y su comparación con la obra literaria en la que estaba basado, sobre todo en el último caso. Posterioremente, realizabamos un pequeño debate, siempre en inglés, sobre la película.

Estas son algunas de las tareas realizadas por los alumnos de Bachillerato:


Transcription of the final dialogue in the last scene of To Kill a Mockinbird.


A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol, is a short novel written by the British Charles Dickens. It tells the story of a greedy and selfish man named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation after being visited by a number of ghosts on Christmas Eve. The novel by Dickens was one of the main influences on the resurgence of the old Christmas traditions in England, but while it transmits images and feeling of optimism, joy, warmth and life, also transmits elements of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and cleath. The own protagonist, Scrooge, is tge personification of Winter, and asw the Winter is succeded by spring and the resurgence of life, the hard heart, cold and sad of Scrooge is restored to the joy and good will that he met in hischildhood and youth.
1. Christmas a humburg? Uncle! You don’t mean that.
2. Every idiot who goes aboyt with ‘’Merry Christmas’’ on hi slips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!
3. Can you imagine the weight and length of the chain you bear?
4. You will be haunted by three spirits.
5. Expect the first tomorrow when the bell tolls one.
6. Expect the second the next night at the same houre and the third upon the next night, when the last stroke of 12 has ceased to vibrate.
7. I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.
8. This boy is ignorance, this girl is want. Beware them both.
9. Specter… something tell me our parting momento is at hand. Tell me… who… was that man we saw lying dead?
10. I will not shut out the lessons of the past, nor present, nor future. Oh, please, spirit, tell me I may sponge away the writing on that Stone!
Scrooge – I say, what’s today?
A boy – eh?
Scrooge – What’s today, my fine fellow?
A boy – Today? Why, Christmas Day.
Scrooge – It’s Christmas Day? I haven’t missed ir. The spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they lika. Of Course they can. Of course they can.
Scooge – Hello, my fine fellow. Do you know the poulterer’s on the corner?
A boy – I should hope I did.
Scrooge – What an intelligent boy. Do you know wether they’ve sold the prize turkey that was hanging there? Not the Little prize turkey, the big one.
A boy – the one as big as me?
Scrooge – What a deilghtful child. Yes, my buck.
A boy – It’s hanging there now.
Scrooge – Is it? Go and buy it, them!
A boy – Walker!
Scrooge – No. No, I’m in earnest. Go and buy it, bring it back here, and I’ll give you a shilling. Come back in less tan five minutes, and I’ll give you a half a Crown.
Scrooge – I’ll send it to Bob Crastchit’s. He shan’t know who sent it. It’s twice the size of Tiny Tim.
Scrooge – Mrs Dilber. Merry Christmas!
By Elizabet Caballero Chinea 2º BACH – BDT Humanidades

REBECCA (By Alfred Hitchcock)

With Jane Fontaine and Laurence Oliver.-

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again
It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate,
Leading to the drive a for a while
I could not enter
For the way was barred to me
Then, like all dreamers,
I was possessed of sudden with supernatural powers…..
And passed like a spirit thought the barrier for me
The drive wound away in front to me
Twisting and turning as it had away done
But as I advanced, I was aware a change had come upon it.
Natural had come into her own again,
And little by little had encroached upon the drive
With long tenacious fingers.
On and on while the poor thread
That had once been our drive, and finally
There was Manderley…..
Manderley,… secretive and silent.
Time could not mar the perfect symmetry of those walls
Moonlight can play old tricks upon the fancy
And suddenly it seemed to me, ¡ that light came from the windows!
And then a cloud came upon the moon…..
And hovered as istant ant like a dark hand before a face.
The illusion went with it, I looked upon a desolate shell…
With no whisper of the past about its staring walls
We can never go back to Manderley again
That much is certain. But sometimes in my dreams
I do go back to the strange days of my life….
With began for me in the South of France…….

1. No, my mother died years and years ago.
2. I can’t ever remember enjoying swimming.
3. I never have any fear of drowning , have you?
4. Don’t worry darling I’ll be back in time to protect you from her.
5. What are you standing there for?
6. Look down there, it easy, isn’t it?
7. It’s Rebecca body, lying the on the cabin floor
8. I killed that when it told you about Rebecca
9. That’s not the Northem lights, ¡That’s Manderley!
10. With long tenacious fingers


Mr. Winter was in Monte Carlo. He was sad. His wife has died in an accident boat on the South of England. He met a girl, she was chaperone and she was very shy. The fall in love and married quickly.
They came to Manderley, the mansion of Winter. There lived Rebecca , Maxim’s first wife. The young began to know Rebecca’s presence everywhere, and in the mind of Maxim, too. She was very nervous and she wasn’t happy. Mss. Danver, housekeeper hated her. She didn’t want her to Manderley; because she lovely Rebecca. On day a boat come of coast, and there was a dead woman. They thought that her was Rebecca. There was a new trial for her death; as she was buried in the chapel of Manderley.
Then, Maxim confessed to his wife, he had killed Rebecca accidentally. His hated to her, because she had a lover. Moreover she expected a child. They felt hate. They discovered that she had cancer. They thought she killed herself. Then, Maxim was free.
He wanted live happy with his wife on Manderley, but housekeeper caught fire the mansion; and she destroyed the Rebecca’s memory forever.

Juan José Martín González BTD-Humanidades 2º Bach.


Los alumnos de Ciclo realizaron una actividad parecida.

Estas fueron las instrucciones.-

Films to learn Business English.-


The world of business has always fascinated moviemakers. Tension, greed, money, power: it all makes for fantastic entertainment on the big screen and for language students, these films are more than just great entertainment – they’re perfect to learn business English too!

Some  of my favourite films.-

  1. The Social Network (2010)

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies

This film was a huge success a few years ago. It tells the rise to fame of the world’s youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and owner of Facebook. Adapted from the 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires, by the critically acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin, its dialogue is tense, realistic and varied – and so well written that the film won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at the Academy Awards.

As well as being an intense and exciting true-life tale of modern business  this film is rich in its varied use of language. Taking you from the everyday college speak of Zuckerberg and his pals studying at Harvard through to the tough, clinical language used in the modern day corporate world, it’s guaranteed to improve your vocabulary.

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  1. The Godfather.-(1972)

You can’t afford to miss on this one! A must watch for all business students. The Godfather is a 70mm bible about why relationships and building networks are important and  why helping people is good for business . What does a real-life CEO have in common with the central figures of a fictitious Mafia crime family in The Godfather? According to  some well-know  CEOs, plenty. These CEOSs  don’t believe  crime or violence, and  they are not suggesting business should operate like the Mafia,but there are some universal themes in the movie they  can relate to as  CEOs. The Godfather offers valuable lessons in community and team building, making tough decisions, and playing to win while not neglecting friends and family. Based on Puzo’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema .


  1. Wall Street. (1987 ). Second Part (2010)

No list of business movies is complete without this classic. Wall Street has got it all – a great cast, Oscar-winning performances, an angry young director in Oliver Stone, and razor-sharp dialogue that exposes and satirizes the cutthroat world of finance and trading. Michael Douglas stars as the wonderfully-named bad guy Gordon Gekko, playing mentor to Charlie Sheen’s greedy and naïve stockbroker, Fox.

The second part takes place in New York, 23 years after the original, and revolves around the 2008 financial crisis. Its plot centers on a reformed Gordon Gekko,

The fast-paced world of illegal stock trading makes for a thrilling movie, and in language terms is packed with so many great lines that are still quoted today. It’s responsible for popularizing plenty of tough-talking business phrases like ‘If you want a friend get a dog’, and ‘lunch is for wimps’.

Up in the air.- (2009).

Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. The story is centered on corporate «downsizer» Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) and his travels. He fires people. But firing is a harsh word, so he doesn’t use it unless he has to. Instead, he informs employees their jobs will no longer be available. Then he consoles them as they break down, hands them an informational packet, and leaves them forever. Somewhere along the line, he also offers some advice that makes their dismissals sound like the beginning of a glorious new tomorrow. It’s canned, but it sounds sincere coming from Clooney, and not just because he offers it with an unblinking gaze that suggests conviction. He really believes it. Or at the very least, he believes in a life without attachments, in which he drifts from airport lounge to hotel room  to his Omaha apartment only when need requires. “Living is moving,” Clooney tells a group at one of his occasional motivational lectures .


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

“Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl—stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often they turn out to be—I don’t know, disappointing and, um… stupid. So you, with that impressive resume and the big speech about your so-called work ethic—I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl. I had hope. My God, I lived on it. Anyway, you ended up disappointing me more than any of the other silly girls.” —Miranda Priestly

The Devil Wears Prada is an amazing film exploring all the dynamics of women in the workplace, especially the scary ones. But again, Miranda Priestley is a victim of her own powerful persona and people don’t know what to do with that. Her character is based on the always scary, but completely brilliant Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of Vogue, and the similarities (from the office design to the soft-spoken commands) are amazing. The beautiful fashion in the film helps, but really this film is all about women and their careers.


What did the have to do?

  1. Watch one of these films, in English
  2. Note down ten sentences connected to business.
  3. Note down a scene you really enjoy.
  4. And now record your scen.

If you don’t have those films or can’t find them, your teacher will buy them and give them to you as a loan.

You can see an example of students’ work here.