Blackboard English Weekly challenges

This section is created to give you extra exposure to the English language. The three sections provided are listening, reading, writing. The speaking section will be added soon. 


The danger of a single story (TedTalks)

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. (One of my favourite videos)


  1. Listen once without subtitles
  2. Listen and write down three new words.
  3. Listen again with subtitles.

Three men in a boat (comedy)

Once in the evening, three friends were sitting smoking at Jay in the evening and were discussing the diseases from which they suffered terribly. They came to the conclusion that all their troubles due to overwork and they urgently need a vacation. After a long discussion vacation in the countryside and the sea walk were rejected. In the end the friends decided to go up the Thames by boat from Kingston to Oxford, breaking camps for the nights. Departure was scheduled for next Saturday. George on this day was at work, so Jay and Harris have went to Kingston by train. At Waterloo station they can not find the right train, so they had to bribe the engineer, so he sent his train is in Kingston. There they hired boat were waiting for them. Later Gorge joined them and the journey began.


Which words do you know? When you find these new words in the book, try and understand the words without checking the dictionary. check meaning after you finish reading.

inn, row, hamper, maze, blazer, tow, shawl, fleet, donkey, preserving, mustard, drown, steer, earthquake, stew, swan, nest, howl


Writing practice (book review)

How to write a book review. 

  1. Start with a couple of sentences describing what the book is about

  2. What did you like about the book?

  3. What did you dislike about the book?

  4. Summerise your thoughts