Today, English is one of the most important languages worldwide. Therefore, we English teachers at the Stiftsgymnasium Admont set a high value on our teaching and strive towards planning our lessons carefully and individually to enable our students to interact with people all over the world. Learning English is definitely hard work in terms of studying vocabulary but English should also be fun and made lively by various games, creative lessons, role plays and interactions with Native Speakers.

In the following we will show different facets of our communicative and individual English lessons. Enjoy!

THE JUNGAROO


 

The Jungaroo was an animal who lived in the sea of Atlantis. The animal ate shells from the sea. It looked like a fish with a lion’s face. The Jungaroo had big ears and could swim an fly. It was two meters long and very colorful. The animal was smaller than a Snapkle, but it was bigger than a Hipcop. The Jungaroo wasn’t as dangerous as a Bugboy, but it was as friendly as a Ruckle. The other animals were scared because the Jungaroo was bigger than most other animals.

A Dangerous Encounter


One day, the pirates Ruby and Ronald decided to go search for treasure. Ruby was in a good mood because she had just found a gold ring with a pearl in it. Ronald, however, despised the ring. “I’m tellin’ ya, somethin’ about that ring ain’t normal!”, he would say in his gruff voice, his red beard twitching as he frowned. “Don’t be silly, Ronald!”, Ruby would chide in her silvery voice.

Buta day later, the most peculiar thing happened! As they continued to search for treasure, Mila, Ruby’s cat, meowed in alarm. As the pirates looked up, they received quite a shock! An enemy ship was approaching at alarming speed! “Get the cannons ready…FIRE!”, Ronald roared. With a deafening BLAST the cannons shot a blow. It hit the enemy ship right in the hull. Slowly it started to sink. But in the light of the horizon they saw more enemy ships - each one faster than the other (needless to say, none of them looked too happy).

“GO!”, Ruby yelled - and their ship zipped away. But the enemy ships were persistent. “WE JUST WANT THE RING!”, a voice yelled. ”IN THE NAME OF THE KINGDOM OF NAYLAH, STOP!”

Ruby grabbed the ring and chucked it onto the enemy ship. Almost instantly the ships turned around. But trouble was still following the pirates.

A man, like a shadow, flitted across deck, almost invisible to the eye. He was laughing evilly. “Ruby, did you see that? He was a living shadow. A Chi-Pot-Le!”, Ronald exclaimed, completely shocked.

“For real? You call us ‘Chipotle’? LAME. At least call us demons”, a female voice said behind them. As they turned around, they saw a female (presumably Hispanic) behind them. Her hair was a pastel pink and her skin a darker shade of caramel. “Name’s Bailey. Twenty-two. Vampire, cat lover, just dyed my hair. I LOVE this shade. Thoughts?”

She said this all in one breath, and grinned at them expectantly. Ruby just gaped, Ronald fainted. She laughed and exclaimed: ”Hey dude, guess what they call demons? CHIPOTLE!! Oh man, that’s funny!” But suddenly Bailey grabbed Ruby’s hand and golden light surrounded their hands. Suddenly the strange man appeared and looked at Ronald with a hint of annoyance in his eyes. “Humans are weak”, he exclaimed, sounding bored and evil. “Come, Bailey. We must make haste.” The strange man grabbed her by the shoulder and they faded away.

Ruby looked at her hands and almost fainted herself. They were turning into gold. “You’re coming with me”, Bailey whispered into her ear and grabbed her arm.

When Ronald woke up, she was nowhere to be found. That was the last time anyone saw her. But there have been sightings of two girls with colorful hair chasing ships. So a word of advice: Be careful. You might be next. Look behind you. Sometimes (if you’re lucky) you will be spared. Or not.

And...ACTION!


 
This year some of our second forms worked with David Taylor on the English play “The Secret Gate”. Helen and her friends are enjoying her birthday party (and the cake) when dad informs them that they all will go and visit the zoo. There the animals decide that they let them through their secret gate and therefore the humans can hear the animals talking … Have a look at some pictures of the workshop below. The students – and David Taylor – definitely had fun doing it and enjoyed the cake(s)!
 

Let’s talk about music … using cornflakes boxes?



The first topic of year 3 is music. The students came up with short presentations using cornflakes boxes to help them gather the most important information on their favorite artists. The presentations were super interesting and the boxes … well, have a look for yourself!

British and American culture - part 2


The first semester in year three was dedicated to British and American culture. The students had to research on different traditions concerning breakfast and holidays, inform themselves about UK and US geography and politics and come up with lists of sights to visit, famous people, music charts and movies. 3B students handed in outstanding portfolios – just have a look yourself at the first part of outstanding examples!

Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood on tour


Every year Vienna’s English Theater comes to our school to present different plays to our pupils. This year our 2nd and 3rd forms watched Rob and the Hoodies, a modern version of Robin Hood, and had lots of fun! It was really hard to decide who of the characters was the best one …

Our 4th and 5th forms were invited into the world of Sherlock Holmes by watching the performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Have a look at the pictures and decide for yourselves which one would be more fun to watch! We’re already looking forward to the plays of the next season.

ROB AND THE HOODIES



Today our students of 2nd and 3rd forms watched the performance of Rob and the Hoodies. The cast was welcomed by some posters and did a great job performing. The students laughed really hard because amongst others John’s and Will’s costumes were absolutely hilarious! Thanks to schooltours cast B for such an awesome version of Rob and the Hoodies!
 

At the restaurant



The students of 2c prepared little sketches at the restaurant. Have fun watching them!

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