This week we talked about the calendar and all of the different international holidays and commemorative days that happen every month: from International Women's Day to National Cupcake Day, it was a change to have many mini conversations about a big variety of topics.
Writing: This week for writing, please write a proposal about a new intenational or national holiday you think should be celebrated. National Chocolate Appreciation Day? National Library Day? What is something you think should be celebrated with its own day? Write a proposal explaining what, why, and possible activities to commemorate the day. Best, Kelly
This week we killed two birds with one stone: we used the podcast 10 Things That Scare Me, as the basis of our conversation about different fears, at the same time as we practiced reported speech. Here you have a link to the table of info we used in class.
Writing: This week for writing, start by having a conversation with a relative or friend about the 10 things that scare them. Then use this information to construct a text using reported speech. Best, Kelly
In honor of Valentine's Day, we dedicated this week's class to talking about relationships and relationship conflicts, dedicating extra attention to perfecting the grammar point, I need you + verb, I want you + verb, I expect you + to, I ask you + to, etc. Listening: Learners can check out any of the listening exercises about relationships over at British Council or from ESL Lounge, Love is in the Air.
For original version, listen to an episode of Esther Perel's podcast Where Should I Begin? Or listen to the show, Dear Sugars, if you click on the episode title you can also find the transcript to go along with the listening.
For original version check out the archive of essays, articles, and stories at the New York Times section Modern Love.
Writing: This week we'll use relationships to develop some writing skills. Give it a shot at one of the following prompts:
Some relationships aren’t simple enough to be classified as toxic or healthy. Writing about a complex relationship is, well, complex. Give it a shot.
Every morning, the same customers show up at a quaint and cozy small-town diner. Some are great friends, some loathe each other, and some barely know each other. One day, a stranger comes to town and becomes a regular at the diner, shaking up old relationships and rivalries.
One character is a thief. The other is a cop. If their relationship is going to succeed, someone’s going to have to give up their career. Who will it be?
Has a total stranger ever helped you? Have you ever thought about all the people in this world you’ve never met but who have affected your life? Write a poem about strangers.
Think of something important you’ve learned about human relationships, and write an article describing what you learned, how you learned it, and how it could benefit others.
Do you have nieces or nephews? Tell your story of becoming an aunt or uncle. How did it change or affect your life?
Tell the story of how you met your best friend or significant other.
Writing: This week for writing, please write a report about the current state of photojournalism and citizen journalism. How are images used in the news to influence our view of the world and current events? Best, Kelly
Writing: This week for writing, please write a story based on a fairy tale or folktale. You can play around with the traditional story, changing the ending, describing the characters. Get creative in your adaptation! Best, Kelly
This week we based our conversation on Emotional Intelligence. How is EQ different than IQ? We talked about different ways to develop the ability to read and regulate our emotions, and those of others. Listening: Learners can try an interesting activity from British Council Learning English about Emotional Intelligence. Try some of the listening comprehension tasks that follow the podcast.
Writing: This week for writing, please write an article explaining what is emotional intelligence and why it's important. Then describe some situations in which you can see some of these factors at play in your life. Best, Kelly
Writing: This week for a creative writing exercise, write a love letter to an inanimate object.Think about all of the inanimate objects in your life. All of the things that you use on a daily basis. If I came to your house or place of work and told you that you can only keep ONE of those items for a whole week and everything else would be taken away, which item can you not live without? Got it? Good. Now, write a love letter to that inanimate object and make it sincere, convincing, and heartfelt with plenty of specific details and shared memories.