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
This week we discussed the hot topic of "Empty Spain," the phenomenon of depopulation that is hitting Spain's rural areas the hardest, including our region of La Rioja. For listening, learners can try an activity from Elllo called Country VS. City.
For original version, read an article from Cheryl Strayd's fantastic advice column, Dear Sugar, many entries have to deal with what people want and need within relationships.
Writing: This week write an essay about expectations within relationships. Think about relationships at work, within a family, friendships or romantic partnerships. What do people want from each other? How do differences in wants and needs lead to conflict? Best, Kelly
Writing This week for a writing topic, it's your turn to be Nostradamus. please write an essay exploring what you predict the future to be like on multiple levels: personal, in your country, in the world. What do you think will happen with relationships, family, politics, technology etc? Best, Kelly
We are focusing our conversation this week on politics. This week, Trump's impeachment trial which kicks off this week. Who are the players, the evidence, the charges. What do we predict will happen?
Next week we will be discussing the other side, the upcoming Democratic primary elections in New Hampshire. Listening: Learners should try an audio from VOA English called Historic Impeachment Trial begins or US Supreme Court Justice will Impact Impeachment.
For original version listening, I recommend the podcast Trump, Inc.
Reading: Check out an article adapted for learners from Breaking News English about impeachment.