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The legend of the Loch Ness


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The legend of the Loch Ness

  1. 1. English Language IV Carmen Guerrero University of Alicante 2013/2014
  3. 3. 1.INTRODUCTION Topic: Legends Nessie, the Loch Ness monster A legendary animal whose existence is still on debate
  4. 4. 2.THE PIECE OF NEWS Title: Is the Loch Ness Monster Dead? Author: Benjamin Radford Source: 43230-is-loch-ness- monster-dead.html Published on February 09, 2014
  5. 5. 2.THE PIECE OF NEWS Theme: the doubt surrounding Nessie’s existence Structure of the article → 2 parts: 1st) Objectivity → Gary Campbell’s testimony to the BBC news → Is Nessie gone? → Different myths and legends about the Loch Ness monster during history 2nd) Subjectivity → Scientific arguments against Nessie’s existence → Author’s thesis: scepticism about the legend → Is spreading
  6. 6. 3.LOCH NESS Loch Ness ● Northwest Scotland (Inverness). ● 24 miles long and 788 feet at its deepest point.
  7. 7. 4.THE LEGEND ➢ 1st sighting: 565. ➢ First photo: 1933. ➢ WHAT IS NESSY?  Plesiosaur.  Giant sea serpent
  8. 8. 5.EVIDENCE AND RESEARCH  1960’s: Sonar.  1970: Roy Mackal Underwater microphones.  1972: Robert Rines’ expedition.  1990s and 2000s: echosounder equipment and satellite tracking.  NO DEFINITIVE EVIDENCE OF NESSIE’S EXISTENCE
  9. 9. 6.VOCABULARY  Hoax: a humorous or malicious deception. “Nessie’s photo was a hoax. The thing that appeared wasn’t the monster actually.”  Sceptic: a person inclined to doubt or question all accepted opinions. “John won’t believe anything if he does not see it. He is an sceptic.”
  10. 10. 6.VOCABULARY  Cryptozoology: the search and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated. “The evidence of Yeti’s existence is studied by cryptozoology.”  Sighting: manage to see or observe. “Venus sighting happened yesterday. You could have seen it at 3 a.m.”
  11. 11. 7.EXERCISES 1. When was Nessie’s first picture taken? a) 565 b) 1969 c) 1933 2. Why has Gary Campbell been alarmed? a) Because Nessie has grown excessively in the last years. b) Because Nessie has not been seen in over a year. c) Because Nessie has been seen more often than she used to.
  12. 12. 7.EXERCISES 3. Which is the author’s position about Nessie’s existence? a) He completely believes in her existence. b) He is sceptic and does not believe in her existence at all. c)He is agnostic and does not mind if Nessie exists or not. 4. What has been discovered by researchers? a) Nessie is not alone in the lake. b) Nessie’s existence is not definitely evident. c) Nessie is actually dead.
  13. 13. 8.BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESOURCES • • • • • Mac Dictionaries. •