Listening: For learners, try the podcast Good Advice (available with transcript), or the Elllo Listening Game Pro Advice.
For original version, I'd like to share a video by Tim Minchin that a student sent me. It's a graduation speech that he gave in Australia, and I happen to think his advice is spot on! What do you think?
For original version, try to find some idioms in original version texts. Or, check out this article about some of the difficulties of translating idiomatic expressions.
Writing Now, it's time to put it all into practice! Look over your notes from class and from your homework, and pick out five or six idioms that tickle your fancy. Now, try to use them in a paragraph or individual sentences. Practice is the best way to get the hang of it!
Writing: This week, choose one of the following prompts to respond to:1. What is the most impactful media event in your lifetime? Some who were alive when Kennedy was assassinated would list that, for example. What affected you in a big way and tell the story of how you received and reacted to that information. 2. Have you ever personally been in the media? Whether it was school-related, work-related, or just random, talk about a time that you were portrayed by the media. How did you and your friends react to this appearance? 3. You are a powerful media executive. Your company gets an exclusive story that will violate the privacy of some innocent-bystander types but it will potentially garner viewers. If you don't report it, someone else will anyway. What do you do and what do any families involved in the story have to say to you afterward? 4. World peace is upon us! In an unforeseen series of events, all war has ended and the crime rate has gone down 99%. What happens to the media after all of this? Does it go under? Does all reporting become positive? Describe a day of media coverage in this alternate world. 5. Talk about one event that you feel was overcooked by the media. Then compare it to an event that may have been undercovered. Write a hypothetical tale in which their amount of coverage is reversed. What happens?
This week we talked about different forms of transportation: car, train, bus, plane, hitchiking, ride sharing, etc. etc. etc!
Listening: Learners can check out some listening exercises from Randall's listening lab. Start with something easy, Train Tickets, move on to something harder, e.g. Car Rental, and for something in the difficult category, try Taxi Ride.