Tony Gurr

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Is SPEAKING the “lost eagle” of ELT? [Part TWO]

In Classroom Teaching, ELT and ELL, Uncategorized on 22/04/2011 at 12:34 pm

So, where were we?

NO…the “movie” first!


…Young Marcus, after saving the Roman garrison and being horribly injured, is given an honourable discharge. This only fuels his obsession to locate and return the lost eagle standard to Rome. He takes his British slave, Esca (who happens to be the son of the chief of the Brigantes – a tribe that actually “took on” Marcus’ dad back in the day) on a “hunt” –  past “Vallo di Adriano” and into the wilderness of northern Britannia (Scotland).

On their “journey” an interesting “swap” takes place – you know “master becomes slave, slave becomes master” (an important lesson for us all) – and Marcus begins to understand that the Ninth Legion (and his daddy) were slowly picked off and butchered by the savage Northern tribes, the Brigantes and the vicious Seal People.

Ahh, the power Hollywood has to manipulate our emotionsBut, is “the Eagle” lost forever?


In Part One, we suggested that “speaking” often loses the “learning fight” to the “Too-Difficult-Tribe” – English is a tough language to learn.

We also noted that this important skill also gets beaten down by other tribesthe reluctant speakers, the ill-equipped speakers and the non-speakers (who are almost as “savage” as the Seal People).

But, is that the “whole” story? …And, what really happened to Marcus’ dad?


Sorry, guys! I need a few more comments…before we get to that!

Yes, I am that “mean”…try the question at the top of the post.