First things first -- this weekend on Sunday January 28th at 18:00 pm is our extra activity for this month. We are meeting to have coffee and discuss The Handmaid's Tale. To prepare for the activity, you must have read the book or watched the TV series. You still have time to binge watch it! I have downloaded the series (10 episodes) in English with subtitles in both English or Spanish if you are interested. Please email to confirm your attendance and I will respond with more details by Friday. Thanks!
This week we used Google's incredible Arts and Culture app to explore art, taking special care to put some descriptive vocabulary into action.
Writing: I recommend you download the Google Arts and Culture app, it's absolutely fantastic! Now go ahead and choose a piece of art you were not familiar with before, read a little about the movement and the artist and describe the work in English. Be descriptive and specific! Best, Kelly
This week in honor of Martin Luther King Day celebrated on Monday in the United States, we examined the history of Black Americans and took a close read of Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream speech. In class we focused on the last 5 minutes of his speech, but I highly recommend reading the whole thing. Check out Stanford University's Freedom Rings website to see an illustrated version of the speech.
For original version, there are numerous great documentaries that you can watch online. Eyes on the Prize is one of the most famous documentaries about the American Civil Rights Movement. Check out Freedom Writers about the same period of History. If you happen to have a Netflix account, I highly recommend their original documentary called 13th.
Reading: Learners can try a five minute English reading activity about MLK. Or, you could try a reading comprehension activity about another very important civil rights activist, Malcolm X.
For original version, try any of the newest articles available at history.com about the civil rights movement. Or you may be interested in some of the recent race controversies sweeping the United States, including the latest from Donald Trump.
Writing: Now it's time to put some of that study to work with your writing. Please write a short text talking about how prejudice and racism affects your world today. You can think about the situation in Spain or Europe or in other places around the world. Best, Kelly
Writing: Wild winter weather has been the source of some recent controversy in the Spanish media. Please write an article describing how the snow affected holiday travel last weekend and how people responded or reacted. Best, KellT
Firstly, don't forget that this week is our holiday party! We will celebrate Christmas with some drinks and snacks and do an activity called a yankee swap on Thursday December 14th 20:30. Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday! (And don't forget, you're welcome to drag along a friend if they'd like to partake in the fun).
This week we practiced agreeing and disagreeing using the expressions SO DO/DID, and NEITHER DO/DID. Try your hand at a quiz here and here.
Listening: Learners can check out some of these expressions in context from movies. Can you try dictating any of these sentences to check your comprehension? Or you could watch a video about agreeing and disagreeing.
Writing: This week I'd like you to write out a dialogue between two people trying to find common ground. It could be two people on a first date, or new roommates, or even strangers on a train. Make sure you use small talk as well as the expressions we saw in class.
We extended last week's climate change conversation to talking about different global negotiations about solutions. We took different perspectives, from developed countries, to emerging countries, to developing countries.
Writing; This week I'd like you to try writing a report about possible solutions to combat this potential calamity. Start with an introduction, then explain possible measures that could be taken by developed, emerging and developing countries, then finish up with a conclusion. Best, Kelly