Writing: For writing, first start by reviewing some of the vocabulary in this article about different features, then write a real estate property description either about the home where you currently live, or about your ideal home.
Today was our last day of group class! First off, I want to thank you for participating in this year's conversation groups, especially for your patience and continued support through the COVID crisis.
As always, your feedback is always helpful in improving my classes, so it would be great if you could fill out the online evaluation.
Next year's classes startOctober 1st. The specific conditions and protocols will be defined as the date gets closer, but I am crossing my fingers we can see each other in person again! If you would like to reserve a space for next year, please do so in the online pre-registration form.
If you are interested in keeping up your English over the summer months, get in touch. I am offering individual classes in person, online, and by telephone, available in 1 hour or 30 minute sessions.
That's all for now, folks. Thank you so much for participating this year and hope to see you all soon! Stay safe and have fun! Best, Kelly
Writing: For writing, you have two options this week. You could write an opinion article about whether or not you believe a college education is a good investment. Or, you could write a text describing the ideal college experience, considering academics, campus life, etc.
For original version, try the podcast episode from NYTimes entitled, Space Travel, Privatized. Or, for something a little more paranormal, Otherworldy. Reading: Learners should check out a story from VOA English about NASA's search for people to study isolation.
For original version, choose one of the many articles over at Longreads about Space.
Writing: For writing, you have two options this week. You could write an article about space travel (how humans have made important advances, should we invest in it, what is the future of it), or write a story about UFOs or aliens.
This week we tried practicing a notoriously difficult grammar point: the dreaded third conditional. As we start shifting back toward our normal lives, it is common to use the third conditional as we reflect upon the last few months: If I had known the coronavirus was going to hit.... I would have... Listening: Learners can try a listening comprehension activity about the third conditional called Regrets or another one from British Council.
This week we talked about the song contest EUROVISION in all its glory: the camp, the costumes, the divas! Sadly (for me, at least), Eurovision 2020 has been called off, but we celebrated our own version of the song contest in class this year.
Listening: Learners can listen to an activity from ELLLO about Eurovision and hear some differing opinions about the international song contest.
For original version, I recommend listening to Switched on Pop's episode about Eurovision 2020 which was an inspiration for this week's class.
This week's topic is in honor of our new ability to socialize face to face! We talked about socializing, popularity, friends, and things that we can do TOGETHER (finally!). Happy socializing, everybody! And don't forget to do it safely!!! Listening: Learners can try one of several exercises about social life: Antisocial Networking, Is Social Media a Distraction from 6 Minute English,
This week, in honor of our new found freedom to get out once a day and do some exercise, we talked about exercise and fitness, along with all the trends, equipment, and classes that go with it! Listening: Learners can try an intermediate listening activity about an exercise program, or a listening activity about sports programs. For something a little harder, try join a gym.
For original version, you could try some workout videos in English to kill two birds with one stone: Popsugar Fitness, Blogilates.
Reading: Learners can try an article about the current wave of fitness trackers.
Writing: For writing this week, please write an article about how our relationship with fitness and exercises has changed before, during, and now in Phase 0 of COVID 19. Have people put on the pounds or have they discovered the joys of youtube workout videos?
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.