This was our last class before the holidays! We will be taking a break to celebrate Christmas and most importantly to celebrate the end of 2021! I wish you all a restful and pleasant break. Thank you for help making 2020 a successful year despite all odds!
Enjoy the holiday and see in January. Classes resume January 11th.
Writing: This week, choose one of the random street view photographs from this website and write a text describing life in this scene. What is the daily routine like there? The weather? The sounds? Be descriptive!!!
Writing: This week, I would like you to write a story about a conflict in a small town. You can make it up or draw on your own knowledge or experiences. What are the different sides fighting for? Is there a solution to the problem?
For original version, you can practice reading some of the captions from their Instagram or website.
Writing: This week, I would like you to write an ODE TO PIZZA! Why is pizza the greatest of all foods? Please be very descriptive in your writing about the most hallowed of meals. On the contrary, if you happen to be one of those rare people who finds pizza overrated, tell me why!
This week we talked about entrepreneurship, self-employment, family business and small businesses. We talked about how these folks are weathering the pandemic and we also brainstormed creatively about new businesses to start and how we would do so.
Don't forget that next week, we are going to take a look at the newest McCown business, Hallow's Pizza. Please send me your audio message with questions about the food cart, the pizza, or the business and we will use the questions and answers in class next week. Listening: Learners can try an activity from British Council about Starting a Business or an activity about What is an Entrepreneur?
Writing: This week for writing, write a text about a business that you would like to start. What need would you be meeting? What service or product would you provide? How do you picture your day to day operating this business?
This week we discussed stages of life, comparing perspectives, drawbacks and advantages of being an infant, toddler, child, teen, adult, middle aged or senior.
Don't forget that Friday November 13th and Friday November 20th I am offering make-up classes for those who have missed sessions since the beginning of the schoolyear! Please get in touch to make sure you have a spot!
Listening: Learners can try an activity from Six Minute English about the Teenage Brain. For something more challenging check out a listening comprehension task about Senior Citizens.
Writing: This week for writing, write an essay comparing different ages of life. How have you, your beliefs and your habits changed from a child, teen, adult, or into middle age? How do you imagine yourself when you are older?
For original version, please read any of the articles over in the Stories section at Atlas Obscura.
Writing: This week for writing, please compose your own article about a place that you feel should be included in the Atlas Obscura compendium of places of wonder. What sets it apart? How did you discover it?
One last thing! I am offering make up session on Friday November 13th and Friday November 20th for anyone who has missed sessions in September or October. If you need to make up classes, please get in touch to schedule a session.
Everything is different in 2020, the year of the pandemic, but in class we kept our yearly tradition of honoring Halloween by turning off the lights, lighting the candles and telling creepy stories. Happy Halloween everybody!
For original version, you could read an article about how Halloween looks different this year. Across the U.S., cities and towns have gotten creative to celebrate the holiday during the covid-19 pandemic.
Writing: This week for writing, try to get creative by writing a composition that starts with "I don't believe in the paranormal, but one day..."
The US Election is just a few short weeks away! As I was busy readying my absentee ballot, we took the chance to discuss the ins and outs of the American electoral system and the 2020 elections: the process, the issues, the possible future scenarios.
Writing: This week for writing, please write a report on the upcoming US Elections detailing the process, the issues, and what is unique about the 2020 elections. Finally, go ahead and make a prediction on what you believe the outcome will be and why.
This week is a holiday in the United States (Columbus Day), and we took this as a chance to discuss the topic of explorers: looking at the famous voyages of explorers such as Columbus, Magellan, Shackleton and others. This is a great chance to practice your mastery of the past tense! Now, on to the homework.
Writing Choose one of the world's famous explorers (check this link for ideas) and write a text outlining what their exploration entailed and what they discovered. How are their achievements viewed today? Be especially careful with the past tense!