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Task Description
Deep listening comprehension. Discussing the plausability of Ambrosius Aurelianus being King Arthur. Learning about the pattern welding technique in sword making.
Video details
Scene summary
In this video a historian and a blacksmith talk about the possible identity of King Arthur and his magic sword.
Video length
2 minutes 58 seconds
Video genre
Language goals
Listening comprehension
General topic
Other pedagogical goals
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1), Upper-intermediate (B2)
Student type
This resource is intended for:High schoolers, Adults
High schoolers
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Published 03/08/2018
Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Fill the gap.
Some historians think that King Arthur came from thepopulation
2. Choose the correct options.
Ambrosius lived in the ...
5th century B.C.
4th century A.D.
5th century A.D.
3. Choose the correct options.
Who was Ambrosius?
A resistence leader of Roman lineage.
A Welsh knight, Arthurius.
A Saxon warlord.
4. Guess the end.
Why did the Romans prefer Celtic long-blade swords to Roman short-blade ones?
5. Choose the correct options.
Celtic long swords had a ... reputation.
6. Choose the correct options.
The word "Excalibur" is French translation from ...
7. Fill the gap.
Iron rods aretogether, hammered andto make the blade strong.
8. Fill the gap.
The blade isand with a strong acid to reveal its pattern.
9. Choose the correct options.
Ambrosius defended Britons against ...
10. Guess the end.
Which details of the King Arthur legend does Ambrosius not share?
11. Choose the correct options.
Pattern welding is ...
a forging technique
a fighting technique
a historical method
Lesson Plan
1. Retell the legend of the Excalibur. Do you know where the name comes from and what it means?
2. Who were Britons, Romans and Saxons, and what was their role in the shaping of Britain?
3. Study the vocabulary list. Can you guess what the video is going to be about?
Follow-up tasks
1. What have you learnt about the ancient art of sword-making?
2. Write down all the new words form the video you can remember.
3. Look at the vocabulary list again. Can you recall the context of each word/phrase?
Discussion questions
1. Do you think that king Arthur was a historical personality? Give your reasons
2. Do you think Ambrosius was the historical prototype of king Arthur? Give your reasons
3. What do you know about swords? What is your favourite hero with a sword?
Vocabulary list
resistance (leader)
the use of force or violence to oppose someone or something. Рус. сопротивление
relating to Wales, its people, or their language. Рус. валийский
having an important position in an organization. Рус. высокопоставленный
(Roman) lineage
the members of a person's family who are directly related to that person and who lived a long time before him or her (Cambridge Dictionary). Рус. происхождение, клан, род.
enduring (element of the legend)
existing for a long time (Cambirdge).
a person who makes and repairs things in iron by hand (Oxford)
weapons ( any object used in fighting or war, such as a gun, bomb, knife, etc) in general (Cambridge)
adj., adv. - sitting on a horse
foot soldier
an infantryman. Рус. пехотинец
mounted (officer)
Mounted soldiers or police officers ride horses while on duty (Cambridge).
fearsome (reputation)
pattern welding
Pattern welding is the practice in sword and knife making of forming a blade of several metal pieces of differing composition that are forge-welded together and twisted and manipulated to form a pattern (Wikipedia)/ Рус. контурная сварка.
to forge
to make or shape (a metal object) by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammering it. Рус. ковать
distinctive (weapon)
clearly different from other. Рус. особый, особенный
(Iron) rod
a thn stright stick of wood or metal
to twist
turn or bend into a bent shape
to hammer
to hit or beat with a hammer
to polish
to rub something using a piece of cloth or brush to clean it and make it shine (Cambridge)
to rub
to move (one's hand or cloth) back and forth against the surface (Oxford)
any of various usually liquid substances that can react with and sometimes dissolve other materials (Cambridge). Рус. кислота
to wipe off
to remove
to reveal
to make known or show something
a repeated decorative design
to defend (Britons) against Saxons
to protect from harm or danger
(saxon) invaders
an army or country that uses force to enter and take control of another country (Cambridge)
mighty (sword)
very large, powerful, or important
to establish (details)
to show to be true or certain
to flourish
be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
to account for (the King Arthur legend)
to give an explanation
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