This lesson is based on Episode 1 of the Who the Hell is Hamish podcast from The Australian reported by Greg Bearup. Hamish has stolen millions of dollars from innocent victims and this podcast aims to explain how he did it.
Before listening to the podcast discuss these questions:
Have you ever cheated? Have you found out someone who has cheated?
Do you always tell the truth? Are there any situations when you think it would be acceptable to lie?
If you had money to invest how would you make decisions on what to do with it?
How many litres of paint were used to paint the bridge?
How high is the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
How high are the traffic lanes above the water?
Answers: 1. north and south shores/ Milsons Point and Dawes Point, 2. 8 years, 3. 1400, 4. 16, 5. $4.2 million, 6. 6 million, 7. 8 traffic lanes + 2 rail lanes, 8. 272,000 litres, 9. 135 metres, 10. 51 metres
Now read the article again and look closer at the language. Answer these questions to get a better understanding of the language.
Why do they call the Sydney Harbour Bridge the “coat hanger”?
What does “exercise their forefingers” mean?
“The likelihood of the bridge actually being built was slim to none during this time.” What does this mean?
What does it mean by “the bridge had warmed locals’ hearts”?
What happened here – “a moment temporarily disrupted by a treacherous Captain”?
Answers: 1. because the shape of the bridge looks like a hanger to hang clothes on, 2. to take photos using the first finger on the hand, 3. "slim to none" means fairly unlikely, 4. the people of Sydney liked the bridge, 5. a Captain with a bad reputation cut the ribbon of the bridge before the Premier, it was just a short moment before they arrested him
Over this month you have read about autonomous cars, listened to a talk on autonomous flying taxis and discussed your own opinion. Now it’s time to write a reflection.
Look back at the texts, the Exploration, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Images and Opinion tasks and use the information to write a reflection on the topic of autonomous transport. Think about what you have learned, what was interesting, and what your overall response is.
How would you feel about travelling in an autonomous flying taxi by yourself?
Rodin Lyasoff talks about this idea on TED Talks. Listen to the talk and take notes as you listen.
Listen for a second time and use your notes to help you create comprehension questions based on this talk. Write the questions including the answer. Check through the transcript if you need extra help with this task. Try to make at least 6 comprehension questions.
Find images related to the topic of autonomous vehicles – cars and flying taxis. Look for a variety of images including graphs, photo’s or infographics. Try to gather at least 4 images to share with other students.
While you read through the article highlight any words that you don’t understand or that show an interesting use of language. Make a list of this vocabulary and use your English-English dictionary to find the definitions to add into your list.
After you have read the article do some more research on the topic of autonomous cars. Take notes on your findings.