They say "laughter is the best medicine" so this week we took to the topic of humor: sense of humor, jokes, cultural differences in humor, embarrassing stories. Listening: Learners can check out an episode from the BBC's six minute English called What Makes Us Laugh? or listen to some jokes for English students.
For original version read satirical news site The Onion, or something by David Sedaris. Writing: This week, write about something funny! You could try to write some jokes, or write an essay about a humorous, embarrassing or absurd situation you have been in.
This week, we extended our conversation about music and focused on an American music legend and face of resilience, the high priestess of soul, Nina Simone. Listening Learners can try a listening exercise from VOA English about the Civil Rights Movement.
For original version read the article from the New Yorker, The Many Battles of Nina Simone or about the march from Selma to Montgomery. Writing: This week I would like you to write an article about a person who you consider to be a face of resilience. What have they faced in their life and how have they overcome it?
We made it through another week under lockdown! And if you are like me, I bet music has been a lifeline through this tough time. This week we discussed the power of music and some of our favorite songs that give us strength.
Listening: Learners can try a listening activity from British Council about Boy Bands. One of the best ways to combine listening practice and music is to use the website www.lyricstraining.com
For original version, listen to a great episode of All Songs Considered that was an inspiration in my preparing of this week's class: Old Songs, New Meanings.
Reading: First off, learners can try a reading comprehension article about one of my favorite musicians, Prince or something from Learn English Teens about different ways we consume music.
For original version reading, try an article from the BBC about Coronavirus Lockdown Chart or how to choose a Coronavirus playlist. Writing: This week I would like you to write an essay about why a particular songs is important to you. Describe it, give some background information, and tell about what feelings it conveys.
Another week under lock down! As we settle into the rhythms and routines of life at home, it has been helpful to keep up with English class, to socialize with our classmates and keep up a sense of normalcy. As you know, I am trying to keep it light and entertaining this week, and this we we kept it superficial and talked about clothes and fashion.
We talked about our current COVID style (sweatpants and legging anyone?), trends throughout the ages, and described some outfits using the website The Sartorialist.
Next week we are going to be doing a class on music -- please send your suggestions of uplifting anthems to get us through these times!!!! Listening: Learners can try a listening activity about working on a fashion shoot, or for something a little more challenging, about Camden Fashion.
Reading: First off, learners can try any of several articles from British Council about fashion and style.
For original version reading, try any of the many articles available from Google Arts and Culture called We Wear Culture.
Writing: This week practice writing an article about keeping up with trends. Feel free to use some of the notes. Many people like to follow different styles in fashions. Is it a good or bad thing to keep up with these trends? Notes 1. slaves to fashion 2. too expensive and not practical 3. pressure from department stores
Greetings to all of you from my confinement to yours! We made it through another week and now we are into April.
In our pledge to use our online classtime to discuss things unrelated to COVID-19, we turned to to the world of Art, primarily using the Google Arts and Culture website which provides for endless exploration and inspiration. Listening: Learners can try an activity from British Council Work on the Street about buying art or about Museums and Galleries in the UK.
Hey everybody! It was great to see you guys online this week, for a lot of us we can use our classes as a little piece of normalcy and an excuse to talk about something other than COVID 19 for an hour a week! What a relief!
This week we played games together and talked about the value of play and games in our lives, both as children and as adults.
Hi guys! Thanks for logging into class online, it is great to still see your faces, keep in touch, laugh, and practice English throughout the insanity!
For those of you who have decided to put your English work aside in a moment of crisis, I totally understand. I am keeping you updated on homework in case you want to take advantage of some free time to do some work!
This week we checked in on one another, talked about our best strategies to cheer us up (things to do, taste, smell, hear) and talked about things that we find beautiful. We are going for feel food time away from the breaking news cycle.
Listening: Learners can try an activity from BBC 6 minute English about Food and Mood.
For original version, try watching something that will make you laugh. I love this episode of This American Life: Fiasco.
Reading: First off, learners can read a short article that puts into practice some good expressions about cheering somebody up.
Writing: This week for writing I would like you to write down your plan for how to keep your mood up in the upcoming weeks of adversity. What are the things that make you feel good and why? When can you do them? What do you need? Best, Kelly
This week I confessed my guilty pleasure of watching Netflix latest reality TV series, Love is blind. we use that as a jumping-off point to discuss reality TV in general, and all the crazy situations that play out on our screens.
Listening: Learners can try an activity from BBC about reality TV called rants and raves.
For original version, you could start by exploring reality TV options on Netflix or other streaming platforms that you may be a member of. Or try an episode from the podcast This American Life called I'm on TV?
For original version reading, try an interesting article about 10 secrets of filming reality television. Writing: This week for writing I would like you to write an essay about what reality TV says about our culture today. Best, Kelly
This week we practice a couple of confusing grammar points including used to, usually, get used to, and be used to.
Now it's time to get down to doing your homework, but don't forget that if you are interested in participating in intensive pronunciation workshop March 21st and 22nd, registration is open! Listening: Learners can try an activity from BBC learning English about you using the grammar point used to talk about the past. or, try another listening activity entitled you have changed.
Reading: First off, learners can check out an explanation about using used to correctly from the BBC.
For original version reading, try an interesting article from the guardian called look back and enjoy the power of nostalgia. Writing: This week, choose one of the cartoons in this collection from bored panda about how life is changed. Now write an article explaining how things used to be compared to nowadays. Best, Kelly
Writing This week, you have two writing options. You could try your hand at using some swears in English, writing sentences in the form of a dialogue to check to see if you have used them appropriately.
or you could write an article about profanity in our culture. Do people swear too much? Best, Kelly