Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Listening Comprehension Intermediate or Advanced Level

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Listening comprehension exercises
with trailers of English-language movies

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 Blood diamond  (Edward Zwick)
 Braveheart   (Mel Gibson)
 Cashback   (Sean Ellis)
 Fantastic beasts and where to find them  (David Yates)
 Girl with a pearl earring  (Peter Webber)
 Keeping mum  (Niall Johnson)
 The King’s speech  (Tom Hooper)
 The Martian  (Ridley Scott)
 The mission  (Roland Joffé)
 Perfume  (Tom Tykwer)
 Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides  (Rob Marshall)
 The secret life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)
 Shakespeare in love (John Madden)
 The sixth sense (Night Shyamalan)
 Titanic (James Cameron)


STEP 1 – Read the following article:

 Using Real Animals in Moviesapes

At the premiere of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, a clutch of impassioned animal activists gathered on Hollywood Boulevard. But they weren’t there to throw red paint on fur-coat-wearing celebrities. Instead, one demonstrator — dressed in a full-body monkey suit — had arrived with a sign complimenting the filmmakers: “Thanks for not using real apes!” 

The creative team behind “Apes” used motion-capture technology to create digitalized primates, spending tens of millions of dollars on technology that records an actor’s performance and later layers it with computer graphics to create a final image — in this case, one of a realistic-looking ape. 

Yet “Apes” is more exception than the rule — in fact, Hollywood has been hot on live animals lately: The nonprofit American Humane Assn., which monitors the treatment of animals in filmed entertainment, is keeping tabs on more than 2,000 productions this year, 100 more than in 2010. Already, a number of high-profile 2011 films, including “Water for Elephants,” “The Hangover Part II” and “Zookeeper,” have drawn the ire of activists who say the creatures featured in them haven’t been treated properly. 

In some cases, it’s not so much the treatment of the animals on set that has activists worried; it’s the off-set training and living conditions that are raising concerns. And there are questions about U.S. films made overseas, which sometimes are not monitored as closely as productions filmed stateside. 

STEP 2 – Answer these questions (choose the best answer):

Quiz Planet of the Apes

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Reading Comprehension Advanced Level

Snake Bites Boy


Three-year-old Teddy Lasry was napping yesterday in his cowboy outfit yesterday at his family’s Fifth Ave. apartment when he shot up in bed screaming. A 3-foot-long black-and-white snake was coiled around his left arm and had just bitten his pinky.

“The baby-sitter freaked out,” said Teddy’s father, David Lasry, who, along with his wife, Evelyn, was at work when the reptile showed up about 4 p.m.

The horrified nanny called 911 and the building’s doorman. The doorman and two cable TV workers helped pry the snake off the boy’s arm and stow it in a garbage bag, Lasry said.

Police rushed Teddy to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where his parents said he spent two hours attached to a heart monitor as a precaution in case the snake was poisonous.

It wasn’t. Experts at the snakebite treatment center at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where cops took the critter, determined it was a non-venomous California king snake.

But how did it end up in Teddy’s bed?

A little sleuthing determined that the serpent had escaped two weeks ago from its cage in the apartment of a doctor whose family lives four floors below the Lasrys. The apologetic owner said his son’s pet snake likely traveled up the radiator pipes and into his neighbor’s apartment.

“It’s a very docile, very harmless snake,” he said. “It’s handled by our family all the time.”

Lasry, 42, a fine arts publisher, said he believed the pet was simply hungry after two weeks of cruising. Teddy’s mother, Evelyn Lasry, 37, said her son seems to have gotten over his fright by thinking of himself as a hero cowboy as he rode in the back of the police cruiser to the hospital.

“I told Teddy he’s a pretty snake, a nice pet snake who got out of his cage,” Evelyn Lasry said. “But he asked, ‘Why did he bite my finger, Mamma?’ And I said, ‘Because he saw that you are a big boy, Teddy, in your cowboy outfit and he got scared.'”

Quiz Snake bites boy

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