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31/10/19 The Killer Clown At Halloween

In 2016, the sighting of a killer clown began a craze that made it the scariest Halloween ever.

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Halloween Killer Clowns

What would you do if you were walking home late at night, and suddenly a clown jumped out at you? Well, in 2016, this might just have happened to you…

Before you read the article, find this vocabulary in the text:

sighting: an instance of seeing something, typically unusual or rare

incongruous: out of place

creepy: scary

to roam: to walk aimlessly (with no aim)

to claim: to say

then: at that time

a publicity stunt: a planned event to attract public attention

to lure: to tempt someone to go somewhere or do something

nearby: close by, in the area

a craze: temporary widespread enthusiasm

armed: carrying a weapon

trick-or-treating: going from door to door asking for sweets at Halloween

an assault: an attack

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In 2016, police all over the world received reports of multiple sightings of people disguised as evil “killer” clowns in incongruous settings, such as near forests and schools, first in the United States and Canada, and later in several other countries.

The first incident to be reported took place in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where a creepy clown was seen roaming an empty car-park under a bridge in the centre of town at night.

Five photos of him started going viral on 1st August, 2016, and a Facebook page was created shortly afterwards, claiming the clown was named ‘Gags’. In the days that followed, the pictures ended up being discussed on numerous important news channels. Suspicions of the character being related to a horror film were confirmed when a Wisconsin filmmaker Adam Krause announced the pictures were a publicity stunt for a then unreleased short film entitled Gags. A full-length film was produced based on the short film and premiered in 2018 with a wide release planned for September 2019.

The phenomenon later spread to many other cities in the US, most notably Greenville, South Carolina, where a 9-year-old boy told his mother that two suspicious men dressed as clowns had tried to lure him into the nearby woods. By mid-October 2016, clown sightings and attacks had been reported in nearly all US states, 9 out of 13 provinces and territories of Canada, and 18 other countries. British communities were described as “horrified” and a lot of pressure had been placed on police resources.

The World Clown Association president Randy Christensen spoke out against the current trend of people dressing up as clowns to frighten others. Naturally, circuses and other clown-related businesses were affected. In fact, in October 2016, McDonald’s decided that Ronald McDonald would keep a lower profile as a result of the incidents. A sociologist referred to 2016 as “a bad time to be a professional clown”. While some shops even banned the sale of clown costumes, the killer clown craze saw a significant increase in sales of clown suits in and near Glasgow, Scotland.

To make things worse, news reports warned of a series of clown-initiated attacks to take place on 31st October that same year.  During Halloween, some Floridians decided to go armed while trick-or-treating.

Thankfully, there were no widespread assaults as threatened, but one family from Florida were attacked by a group of approximately 20 people in clown masks. However, no arrests were made.

pastedGraphic.png  Adapted from wikipedia.org by ECP coach Alison Keable

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

  1. Did you find this article funny or disturbing?
  2. Do you think the publicity stunt for Gags was a success?
  3. Why do people find clowns so scary?
  4. If you saw a clown at night, would you report it?
  5. What’s the scariest film you’ve ever seen?

 

 

 

24/10/19 Does Alava Have A Problem With Tourism?

Does Alava have a problem with tourism? How many tourists visit every year, and how many of them are foreigners? Read and listen to this week’s Weekly English Practice to find out!

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Giving tourists directions

Almost half a million people visited Alava in 2018, and around 30% were from abroad. Could you give them directions in English?

Before you read the article, find this vocabulary in the text:

abroad: a different country

to flatline: to stop increasing/to remain static 

to quote: to repeat someone’s statement

to be taken aback: to be surprised/shocked

‘hidden gem’: a wonderful place that hasn’t been found/discovered by others

to fast-forward: to move rapidly forward

to wield: to hold and use (e.g. a weapon/map)

proud: deep satisfaction felt as a result of actions, achievements or association

to approach: to move nearer to something

issue: an edition of a publication

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A few months ago, I read an article in the local paper that claimed that, according to figures from 2018, tourism in Alava had flatlined and it quoted a local politician who was insisting that more public funds needed to be spent on marketing the territory.

I was a little taken aback by this claim – tourism had in fact risen by around 1% in 2018.

In total, nearly half a million people had visited Vitoria and Alava (461,329 to be precise) with just under 800,000 overnight stays in hotels and rural accommodation. (The figures didn’t include numbers for day-trippers or people staying in AirBnB or other places.)

It didn’t seem to me that Alava has a problem with tourism – quite the opposite in fact.

When I came to Gasteiz in 1994, one of my first impressions of the city was that there was no tourism – and I loved it. Vitoria was a ‘hidden gem’ and, as far as I was concerned, the longer it stayed that way the better.

But if we fast-forward 25 years and admire the evolution of the city – the bike lanes, the tram, the new neighbourhoods and the proliferation of street art – one thing that stands out for me is the amount of map-wielding tourists you see, particularly in the town centre. Luckily, the city is far from saturated and I can’t help feeling proud of my adopted home town. Whenever I see someone is lost or unsure, I willingly offer help and advice. When they return home I want them to tell their family and friends how friendly Vitorianos are.

And as nearly 30% of these visitors are from abroad (that’s 138,000 foreigners exploring the province), you can reasonably expect to be stopped and asked directions to a museum, restaurant or public space such as a park or square in English.

So, how would you react if someone approached you and asked for directions in English? Could you help them get where they want to go?

In a recent ‘Coffee Saturday’ event (see details and future dates on page 2) a couple of ECP students asked us if it was possible to dedicate a future issue of the Weekly English Practice to giving (and receiving) directions. Here it is 😉

Watch the introductory video (click on the link in the WEP email) and practice the dialogues. Then go to page 2, look at the examples and do the activity.

So, don’t be shy. The next time you see a tourist who looks lost, give them a helping hand!

pastedGraphic.png  Written by ECP coach Rob Hextall

Let’s chat about that!

Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!

  1. Are there too many/too few/enough tourists in your area?
  2. What are the positive and negative effects of tourism?
  3. Are you a good tourist? Really? In what way?
  4. Do you know how to give directions in English? Why/not?
  5. Describe 2 typical tourist sights in your area (and how to get there)

 

 

17/10/19 True Or False: Do You Believe The Stories?

In this week’s Weekly English Practice you have to decide if some stories are true or false. Watch, listen, read and decide!

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If you get stopped by the police for speeding, it’s probably best to say nothing and accept your fine. Unless you have a very good story…

Read and check you understand this vocabulary before you read and listen to the text:

joyride: a fast and dangerous drive in a stolen car

cop: slang for policeman/woman

pulls him over: when the cop stops the man in his car

freely: without hesitation

loot: stolen goods

I’m afraid: to apologise to someone in a polite way

pulls his hand out: the policeman removes his own hand from inside the car

dragged out of his car: pulled forcefully out of his car

handcuffed: the police restrained the man’s hands

trunk: the back of a car where things can be stored

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Just recently an eight-year-old boy took his mum’s car and went for a nighttime joyride on a highway in western Germany.

Police said the boy’s mother called them after she noticed that both her son and her VW Golf had disappeared.

Mother and police eventually found the boy at a highway service area where he had parked the car, turned on the hazard lights and put up the warning triangle. 

According to police, the boy said he started feeling “uncomfortable” once he hit 140kph on the highway. 

This story is unbelievable but true. The following is another story about a motorist but you decide if it’s true or not.

Late one night this guy is speeding down an empty road. A cop sees him go flying past so chases him and pulls him over. The cop goes up to the car and when the man rolls down the window, he asks, “Are you aware of how fast you were going, sir?”

The man replies, “Yes I am. I’m trying to escape a robbery I got involved in.” The cop looks at him disbelievingly and asks him, “Were you the one being robbed, sir?”

The man casually replies, “Oh no, I was the one who committed the robbery. I was escaping.”

The cop is shocked and surprised that the man has admitted this so freely. He says, “So you’re telling me you were speeding…AND committed a robbery?”

“Oh yes,” replies the man calmly. “I have all the loot in the back.”

The cop is now starting to get angry and says, “Sir, I’m afraid you have to come with me” as he reaches into the window to take the car keys out of the ignition.

The man shouts, “Don’t do that! I’m afraid that you’ll find the gun in my glove compartment!”

At this the cop pulls his hand out of the window and says, “Wait here” as he returns to his car and calls for *backup*.

Soon there are cars, cops and helicopters all over, everywhere you look. The man is quickly dragged out of his car, handcuffed and taken towards a cop car. However, just before he is put in the car and taken away a cop walks up to him and says, while pointing at the cop that pulled him over, “Sir, this officer tells us that you had committed a robbery, had stolen loot in the trunk of your car, and had a loaded gun in your glove compartment. However, we didn’t find any of these things in your car.”

The man replies, “Yeah, and I bet that liar said I was speeding too!”

Written by ECP coach Darren Lynch and adapted from http://laffgaff.com/funny-short-stories/

Let’s chat about that!

  1. Write your opinions in an email and send them to your ECP coach!
  2. Do you think the story is true? Why/not?
  3. What is, in your own words, the meaning of *backup* in the text?
  4. Tell a story about a driving experience of your own
  5. If you were pulled over by the police, would you give an excuse or would you say nothing?
  6. Should the parents of the boy have received a punishment?

 

 

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