Thursday, 25 November 2010

to-infinitive (hele werkwoord met to)

Relative pronouns (betrekkelijke vnw)

Future tense - Wanneer will/be going to?

Extra oefeningen bij will/to be going to: oefening 1  - oefening 2 - oefening 3 - oefening 4 - oefening 5 - oefening 6 - oefening 7 - oefening 8 (meerdere oefeningen te kiezen)

Future tense (de toekomende tijd, 3e klas)

Future tense - for plans/arrangements

Future tense - for predictions

Would like to / Would love to

Can and Could

Monday, 22 November 2010

Here's to feeling good all the time!

Dear visitors,

Seinfeld is perhaps my most favourite tv-show of all time. Here's one of its finest moments with the always crazy Kramer..

Plurals (=meervoud)

Extra oefeningen bij Plurals:
oefening 1 - oefening 2 - oefening 3 - oefening 4 - oefening 5 - oefening 6 (kinderlijk, maar wel leuk) - oefening 7 (heel veel oefeningen)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Roos van Leary: Wat voor een docent bent u?

Dear colleagues,

Wellicht bent u nog zoekende naar uw identiteit als docent of de invulling van het vak vanuit uw persoonlijkheid. Als dat zo is, of als u over meer zelfkennis wenst te beschikken, probeer dan eens deze zelftest. De test gaat uit van de Rose of Leary. De roos kent acht vlakken waarop u gaat scoren: onzeker, ontevreden, corrigerend, streng, leidend, helpend, begrijpend en ruimte gevend. Doe nu de test en zie waar u goed in bent en waar u wellicht nog in kan groeien.

De bedenkter van de roos: Timothy Leary

Friday, 19 November 2010

London in 80 gigapixels

Dear visitors,

These two images are taken from the same photo. Click the link underneath the shots to find out more..

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Commonwealth of Nations: presentation 3H2

Dear pupils,

In this link you will find the date of your presentation. The requirements that have to be met, are also in the file:

• Presentatie duurt 10 minuten, rollen tussen de sprekers zijn eerlijk verdeeld.

• Presentatie is volledig in het Engels. Let op taalgebruik, uitspraak en grammatica.
• De presentatie dient in ieder geval iets te vertellen over de ligging, cultuur, taal, geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden van het land.
• Ook moet de presentatie een korte dialoog (1min) bevatten die tussen sprekers plaatsvindt. Wees creatief (toerist die bij balie van hotel aankomt, twee bewakers op het vliegveld, etc..)
• De presentatie wordt ondersteund met powerpoint. Let op! Zet niet alle informatie op de powerpoint. Een goed hulpmiddel blijft een hulpmiddel. De meeste informatie vertel je en staat niet in je dia’s.
• Let bij presenteren op houding, spreektempo en oogcontact.
• En lees niet alles op van papier!

Good luck with your presentation!

Mr. Palsrok

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Alphabetic Aerobics by Blackalicious

Dear pupils,

There is good music and then there is great music, maybe even Great music. Blackalicious, a rap-group from Sacramento (US) has made great records. One of which includes this specific track: Alphabetic Aerobics.

There is more great (educational) HipHop to be found, if you look thoroughly..

Mos Def - Methametics
Papoose - Alphabetic Slaughter
KRS-One - Higher Level

Peace out!

Mr. Palsrok

Friday, 12 November 2010

Keenan Cahill ft that other guy

Dear pupils,

Lip sync is a huge hit on the web. In this video the boywonder Keenan Cahill gets help from 50 Cent! Hi-la-ri-ous. By the way, the song sticks like gum to a shoe.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

The curious incident

Dear colleagues,

Christopher Boone, the autistic 15-year-old narrator of this revelatory novel, relaxes by groaning and doing math problems in his head, eats red-but not yellow or brown-foods and screams when he is touched. When his neighbor's poodle is killed and Christopher is falsely accused of the crime, he decides that he will take a page from Sherlock Holmes (one of his favorite characters) and track down the killer.

As the mystery leads him to the secrets of his parents' broken marriage and then into an odyssey to find his place in the world, he must fall back on deductive logic to navigate the emotional complexities of a social world that remains a closed book to him. In the hands of first-time novelist Haddon, Christopher is a fascinating case study and, above all, a sympathetic boy: not closed off, as the stereotype would have it, but too open-overwhelmed by sensations, bereft of the filters through which normal people screen their surroundings. Christopher can only make sense of the chaos of stimuli by imposing arbitrary patterns ("4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don't eat my lunch and Take No Risks"). His literal-minded observations make for a kind of poetic sensibility and a poignant evocation of character. Though Christopher insists, "This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them," the novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice. (Publishers Weekly, 2003)

In the powerpoint you find a teacher pack with great activities to do before, while and after reading the novel. Want to try a detective game as a reward for the kids? Go for Het Mafia Spel.


Mr. Palsrok

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wanna laugh at US politics?

If you're just as a big of a fan of comedy and are interested in US politics as I am, you can't do without Bill, Jon and Stephen. Check the links below to see if you like what you get...

Real Time
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

And... it's good for your English. Enjoy.

Mr. Palsrok

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Diwali: The Obamas can dance!

While the Obamas are in India for politics, they had time to celebrate a major religious festival with local pupils. Both first lady Michelle and President Barack showed their inner rhythm. The President's stop at a local school to celebrate Dilawi is part of a ten-day trip through four Asian nations. After India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan follow.


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Gamen hoort bij opvoeden

Dear visitors,

I read an interesting article in Volkskrant yesterday. Peter van Ammelrooy wrote a controversial article about how parents should accept gaming in their children's life. As with football-practice or basketball matches, they should watch them play from the sideline. Sit on the couch in the living-room and watch your kid game. Just to learn their own child's interests and to understand the digital world of Playstation, Xbox, Wii or PC.

A remark in the article was: "I rather have my kids playing a videogame that stimulates the brain and trains hand-eye coordination, than when they watch TV for 3 hours straight." I must say, I agree. I think a healthy combination of indoor and outdoor activity is the best. Go play soccer outside with friends and them go home and do a 360 on one of your online friends. Kids understand the difference between reality and fiction. Those that don't, don't need a videogame to do crazy things.. And if things really get out of control, you can always .....

For more information go to:

Monday, 1 November 2010

De toetsweek is begonnen. Succes!

De komende week zijn er dagelijks 150
proefwerken voor bijna 1300 leerlingen.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Antwoorden extra oefening 1D

Dear pupils,

Here you have the answers to the extra exercises we did during class.


Good luck studying!

Mr. Palsrok

Monday, 25 October 2010

Wat moet je leren voor in de toetsweek?

Dear pupils,

Week 44 is de toetsweek. Van maandag 1 november tot en met vrijdag 5 november zul je toetsen maken. Voor Engels moet je leren:



Take yourself seriously by studying hard for your tests, not just for English. Break a leg!

Mr. Palsrok

Kanye West: Runaway

A short movie directed by the rapper himself. A first encounter with his latest album: A Beautiful Dark and Lovely Shaken Not Stirred Twisted Fantasy Work of Staggering Genius...

The tracklist for his upcoming album:

1. Dark Fantasy
2. Gorgeous (feat. Raekwon & KiD CuDi)
4. All Of The Lights
5. Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
6. So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce & Swizz Beatz)
7. Devil In a New Dress
8. Runaway (feat. Pusha T)
9. Hell of a Life
10. Blame Game (feat. John Legend & Pusha T)
11. Lost In The World
12. See Me Now

Sunday, 10 October 2010

FIFA 11 or PES 11?

Dear visitors,

As a big football fan and Playstation owner I buy a footy game every year. I started with PES in 2004 for great gameplay and switched to Fifa last year for smooth graphics and licenses. This year I haven't bought one yet, and I must admit: I don't no which one to buy and play. If you are a gamer and you are Dutch, listen to the video below if you have the same dilemma as I have.

update: I bought PES, it's difficult but fullfilling..

De ADHD-hype

A Documentary by Hetty Nietsch. There are serious concerns about the huge number of kids with ADHD. Their number is growing. First there were mainly boys who could not sit still that were diagnosed, now even girls that are dreamy get diagnosed with ADD. Massive amounts of children and adults are on pills. Some schools use medication as a threat to children that don't behave properly: take it or leave. In this documentary parents and children are talking about diagnosis, medication and dilemmas. And physicians discuss the scientific disagreements surrounding ADHD. Is it a hype or a unverifiable disorder as a response to our busy society that demands so much from us?

Short yes/no answers

Can, could and be able to

Must, should and have to

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The past simple

Extra oefeningen bij de Past Simple: oefening 1 - oefening 2 - oefening 3 - oefening 4 (was of were?) - oefening 5 (5 oefeningen bij elkaar) - oefening 6 - oefening 7 (onderaan page, past simple + andere tijd) - oefening 8 (héél veel oefeningen) - test 1 - test 2 - test 3

List of all irregular verbs

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Ordinal and cardinal numbers

Dear pupils of 2A2,

Hieronder en in de link vind je een overzicht van de Engelse telwoorden 1-100 en de rangtelwoorden.

word-bestand met (rang)telwoorden

Good luck studying!

Mr. Palsrok

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Welcome to Fish and Chips

Dear visitor,

For those who visit my blog for the first time, please take notice of the navigation bar on the left side of your screen. This is where you will find short scriptures and historical essays on events I think are worth mentioning. These will further develop or enhance your view on the English/American culture. Underneath, you will find what most of you are looking for: grammar explanations, extra exercises and links to websites to practise what you have learned.

I hope you will enjoy your visit to my blog.

With kind regards,

Mr. Palsrok