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Task Description
Listening comprehension of a technical description of the process of sword-making.
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Scene summary
A metal-worker demonstrates to a journalist an ancient sword-making technique in its connection with the Arthurian legend.
Video length
2 minutes 39 seconds
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Language goals
Listening comprehension
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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1)
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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.
The story describes a gleaming swordinto a huge stone
2. Guess the end.
Who tried to free the blade?
3. Choose the correct options.
It was easy for Arthur to pull the sword out of the stone because he was
very strong
the true king of Romans
the rightful king of Britons
king Uther's son
4. Guess the end.
Why is the journalist meeting with a metal-worker who uses ancient practices?
7. Choose the correct options.
The raw material in the cricible is
tin and copper
tin and iron
Lesson Plan
1. What do you know about the blacksmith's craft? Have you ever been to a blacksmith's workshop?
2. What do you know about swords? Who is your favourite hero with a sword?
3. Study the vocabulary list. Which words are familiar to you?
Follow-up tasks
1. Do you thnk that Arthur's sword looked like the sword from the video?
2. Can you explain the technique of the sword-making that you have seen?
Discussion questions
1. Why was Arthur able to draw the sword out of the stone?
2. Why does the journalist come to the metal worker who follows ancient sword-making techniques?
3. Do you think the journalist is right in her guess? If not, what, in your opinion, is the origin of the legend?
Vocabulary list
gleaming sword
to gleam means to reflect light because of being well-polished. Рус. мерцать. светиться
glittering sword
to glitter means to shine with a bright shimmering ligt. Рус. - сверкать
to be thrust - a sword thrust in stone
to be thrust means here to be pushed or inserted violently into stone
fierce warlords
fierce = violent, agressive, warlords =military commander
in vain
with no success or result
blade (of the sword)
a flat cutting edge of a weapon - рус. клинок
the Britons
Celtic population of southern Britain before or during Roman Times
sword-making techniques
a practical part of metallurgy - ways of sword-making
to cast light on (something)
to give an explanation
to cast a sword
to make a sword by pouring hot metal into a mould. Рус. отливать.
a hard, black substance similar to coal that can be used as fuel or, in the form of sticks, as something to draw with (Cambridge Dic). Рус. древесный уголь
a container that is heated to a very high temperature, so that substances that are put inside it, such as metal, will melt or burn (Cambridge).Рус. горн. печь.
a container in which metals or other substances can be heated to very high temperatures (Cambridge). Рус. тигель.
a silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 50 (Oxford). Рус. олово
a red-brown metal, the chemical element of atomic number 29 (Oxford). Рус. медь
the point or place where something begins (Oxford)
molten bronze
Molten metal or rock is in a liquid state because of great heat (Cambridge)
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