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.
For original version,Amateur Traveler is a podcast tailor-made for you. For over a decade, host Chris Christensen has been coaching new travelers on how to find and visit locations that are on their bucket lists Reading: Learners can check out some of the following activities related to the situations we saw in class:
For original version explore some of the articles over at Global Yodel, or a longer essay from Longform.org about travel.
Writing: For writing this week please write a dialogue from one of the situations we talked about in class the last two weeks: at the airport check-in counter, the hotel, a taxi, a doctor's office, a restaurant, a shop. Best, Kelly
For original version try any of the articles from Wanderlust Magazine or Atlas Obscura. For writing this week please take one travel fiasco situation and write a dialogue. What are some of the phrases you may encounter? How would someone solve the situation? Best, Kelly
This week's conversation was based on a great NYT series called 24 Hours in America, highlighting some of those aspects of life in my country that are not often represented in the media. Check out the full article here.
Writing: Most people have a lot of conceptions about the U.S. due to its widespread representation in pop culture such as film, movies, and music videos. Please write an essay about what images are often represented and wether you think these are accurate or not. Best, Kelly
For original version try one of several articles from the Huffington Post about the Tiny House Movement.
Writing: Please write an article about how housing as changed over the last decades in Spain: buying, renting, living with family, unconventional living situations. What is the future of housing in your country? Best, Kelly
For original version, try one of the talks from TED.com having to do with real estate.
Reading: Learners can read an article about how people in New Zealand have taken measures to aid their housing crisis.
For something a bit more challenging, you could try any of the articles from Longreads about housing.
Writing: For writing this week, try writing a detailed description of your house. You could check some of the descriptions on Airbnb.com to get some ideas about some of the vocabulary and structures commonly used for this task. Best, Kelly