viernes, 13 de mayo de 2011

Friday 13th

The BBC Learning English site has this interesting self-study activity on superstitions, which comes in handy, as today is Friday 13th.

Self-study activity:
As you listen to the audio file, try to answer these questions:

1. Which religion seems to have the most reasons to think of the day 'Friday' and the number '13' as being unlucky?
2. At what time was the unfortunate space craft 'Apollo 13' launched?
3. Kate mentions 3 important things that her clients wouldn't do on Friday the 13th; what are they why wouldn't they do them?

The Learning English site also makes a point of including some vocabulary task, so that students can improve their grasp of English words and expressions. The following items are explained in the activity on Friday 13th.

to be superstitious
anxiety/to feel anxious
utter dread
bad luck/to be unlucky
a coincidence
to tempt fate

You can read the transcript of the audio file here.