This week we sparked our conversation using the comparative and superlative form as well as modifiers. If you want to check your understanding of this grammar point, I recommend doing a diagnostic quiz (scroll down for intermediate-advanced).
To practice your listening skills, learners have a variety of options. Listen to an Ello listening exercise about cultural comparison or one about comparing parents. There is also a Real English video about the use of comparatives.
For original version, try watching a video about some of the weirdest world records (the dog with the longest tongue, anyone?). For something a little longer, try a segment of TAL about students growing up nearby but with very different lives: Three Miles.
Learners can try an easy reading comprehension exercise, The Circus. Or try some superlative reading from BNE: Russia Says its Biggest Threat is NATO, or Children in U.S. Safest for Two Decades.
For original version reading, peruse the Guiness World Record website, or Time's 100 Most Influential People.
So, it's time to get down to some writing. Take your pick, comparative or superlative (or both if you are feeling ambitious!). You could compare two people, places, or things. BE DESCRIPTIVE!
Or tell me about the best, biggest, worst, lowest, craziest experiences you've had.
Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you had a lovely time. This week is our extra activity, our hike in Trevijano on Sunday April 19th. Please send me an email if you would like to come!
No, on to the homework! This week's topic was the Boston Bomber Trial, which of course led us to debate the death penalty. If you didn't come to class today and want some basic information about the case, the wikipedia page about the Boston Marathon Bomings has a lot of info.
To practice your listening skills, learners can listen to an article about Support for the Death Penalty is Strong.
For original version, you can watch a PBS documentary about the technology used to track down the Tsarnaev brothers.
Learners can try an article about the cost of the death penalty or Czech Republic is not Chechnya.
For original version reading, try Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts.
So, after taking a look at the details of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case, what do you think? Do you think he should be given the death penalty or life in prison? Why?
Happy Easter everybody! This week we concluded our second trimester with some grammar games. Of course, I recommend checking out some grammar websites such as GrammarQuizzes or see how you fare playing some Grammar Games: Fun Grammar, Grammar Games, Interactive Grammar Games.
For homework this week, I recommend catching up on all those old newsletters! Have you done the listenings from past weeks? For other ideas, check out the blog for general resources and go from there!
Enjoy the week off, we'll be back at 'em on Monday April 12th!