3.en.48 Dress rehearsal: Te Pillé Caperucita and Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes


Last week I had the opportunity to see your rehearsal of Te Pillé Caperucita. I was quite impressed, you have improved a lot and you did a great job. Improving your diction,  your body language and  using acting techniques will help you overcome shyness and  become better at speaking in front of an audience. In English, you have proved your acting skills putting on stage a fable. Don’t you remember? The sun and the wind.  Right now, you are presenting your food project to the class and, again, you are developing awareness on how important it is to be confident in order to put your message through.

Fairy tales are often transformed and twisted. Roald Dahl, created a great collection of rhymes using traditional fairy tales. Let’s see what you think of his version of Lilltle Red Riding Hood. We’ll practice reading it aloud together.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma’s door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, “May I come in?”
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
“He’s going to eat me up!” she cried.

And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, “That’s not enough!
I haven’t yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!”
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
“I’ve got to have a second helping!”
Then added with a frightful leer,
“I’m therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood.”
He quickly put on Grandma’s clothes,
(Of course he hadn’t eaten those).
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes, and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma’s chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And then she said,

“What great big ears you have, Grandma.”
“All the better to hear you with,” the Wolf replied.
“What great big eyes you have, Grandma.”
said Little Red Riding Hood.
“All the better to see you with,” the Wolf replied.

He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I’m going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She’s going to taste like caviar.

Then Little Red Riding Hood said, “But Grandma,
what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.”

“That’s wrong!” cried Wolf. “Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I’m going to eat you anyway.”
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, “Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.”

Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhyme


1.en.32 The wind and the sun. Let’s practice reading aloud

Aesop’s Fables: the sun and the wind. Shine, shone, shone./ʃaɪn//ʃoʊn//ʃoʊn/

Aesop’s Fables: the sun and the wind.

CharactersWind (magenta); Sun (orange)Man (black); Narrator (blue)

The sun and the wind were talking one day and the wind said :

– I bet I am stronger than you!

And the sun said:

– Oh yea? how are you going to prove it?

And the wind said:

 Let’s have a contest. You see that man down there? We’ll have a race. Whoever can make him take his coat off first, that shall be the winner

And the sun said:

All right. We can do that and you go first

So the wind started to blow and blow and blow.And the man said:

-It’s getting colder. I have to button up my coat

And the wind saw that the man was buttoning up his coat and blew harder and harder and blew the man hat’s up. And the man said:

-It’s getting colder and colder. I’ll have to button up my coat even further

The wind blew the hardest he could. And the man said:

-Oh, I’m freezing. I’m going to buttom up my coat all the way and put my hands on my pockets

And then the wind said:

-I give up. Nobody can get his coat off. You go ahead you try

And the sun said

All right, I will.

And the sun came up from behind the clouds and shone down on the man.And the man said:

-Oh, I’m feeling warmer. How nice is getting now.

and the sun shone even brighter and warmer on the man

and the man said:

-Oh it’s so nice I’m going to unbutton my coat

and the sun shone the brightest he’d ever had and the warmest he’d ever had.

And the man said:

-I feel so warm and wanderful I’m going to take my coat off, I’m even going to go for a walk on the beach

and the wind said:

-How did you do that? I tried everything and couldn’t get him to to take it off.

– That’s because you tried to force him to take it off. I was nice and asked him to.

And the moral is :

“Be gentle and kind and good things you will find “

First, listen to the video. Then,  choose a character and practice reading its part aloud. You can  download it, print it and practice  at home

1.en.10 Poetry and pronunciation: Shel Silverstein and Andrew Bird

Spanish people usually pronounce the word comfortable wrongly

This is a very funny poem by Shel Silverstein, an American writer, called twistable turnable man. After reading it and singing it, I’m sure you’ll always pronounce COMFORTABLE correctly.

The you tube video will help you understand the poem. It is like  tongue twister. Do you know what a tongue twister is?

Let’s see if we can read it together. The words ending in “able” are highlighted in green

Now we can try to sing along

Did you manage to sing along?

Here follows another version, it is by Andrew Bird, a good musician who, on top of playing lots of musical instruments, is also a geat whistler. Can you whistle? We’ll make a contest some other day.

1.en.7 Phonetics (1)

During English lessons we do a lot of practice trying to pronounce English sounds we are not familiar with. We’ve already learnt to recognize a few phonemes. Let’s see if you remember.

  • Can you match the images with the words? Can you match these sounds to the words where they appear?

 /ʌ/      /ɒ/      /ʊ/       /tʃ/       /ʃ/        /ə/

Try to answer the following questions. The phonemic chart and the images should help you.

Is it the same a godfather than a goodfather?

Do you usually cry when you shop onions or when you chop onions?

Is the godfather a good  film?

Is god  good?

Is Isis is a famous Egyptian God?

In Snow White movie, did the three godmothers play with  their magic wands?

in Sleeping Beauty  movie the three godmothers won the battle against the evil queen. Is it true?

blood /blʌd/

but /bʌt/ unstressed /bət/

money /ˈmʌni/

feature /ˈfitʃər/

teacher /ˈtitʃər/

culture /ˈkʌltʃər/


cheap /ip/

ship /ʃɪp/

chop /ɒp/

shop /ʃɒp/


good /gʊd/

wand /wɒnd/

won /wʌn/

wonder  /ˈwʌndər/

wander /ˈwɒndər/

Literature /ˈlɪtərətʃər/

A dictionary gives you lots of information about words, not only their meaning but also, among other things, their pronunciation.

The pronunciation of a word is essential. In many on line dictionaries you can click on a sound icon and listen to the way the word is pronounced.

This monolingual on line dictionary gives you the chance to listen to how the word is pronounced.


When we cannot listen to the way words sound,  we can look at the phonemic transcription of the word, that represents in writing how the word is pronounced.  There is a way to represent how words are pronounced in different languages and that is using IPA, an acronym for International Phonetic Alphabet.

Each phoneme is given a symbol as the one we learnt in class /tʃ/

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but there are around 44 phonemes in Standard English. This means that letters cannot represent phonemes so other symbols are used.

Each phoneme is given a symbol so that the pronunciation of any English word can be represented in writing. Here is the English phonetic alphabet  version of the International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA:

If you click here you will be able to listen to the different sounds of  English phonemic chart.

Homework: Monday 2n October. Copy the sounds  you have already learnt in your notebook. Remember to write them between forward slashes  / /. Write examples of words where the sound appears. 

Let’s see,

which is the underlined sound in the following  words? If you are not sure, go to the on line dictionary and check it.

  1. JEANS
  3. BUT
  4. CHALK