This week we tried practicing a notoriously difficult grammar point: the dreaded third conditional. As we start shifting back toward our normal lives, it is common to use the third conditional as we reflect upon the last few months: If I had known the coronavirus was going to hit.... I would have... Listening: Learners can try a listening comprehension activity about the third conditional called Regrets or another one from British Council.
This week we talked about the song contest EUROVISION in all its glory: the camp, the costumes, the divas! Sadly (for me, at least), Eurovision 2020 has been called off, but we celebrated our own version of the song contest in class this year.
Listening: Learners can listen to an activity from ELLLO about Eurovision and hear some differing opinions about the international song contest.
For original version, I recommend listening to Switched on Pop's episode about Eurovision 2020 which was an inspiration for this week's class.
This week's topic is in honor of our new ability to socialize face to face! We talked about socializing, popularity, friends, and things that we can do TOGETHER (finally!). Happy socializing, everybody! And don't forget to do it safely!!! Listening: Learners can try one of several exercises about social life: Antisocial Networking, Is Social Media a Distraction from 6 Minute English,
This week, in honor of our new found freedom to get out once a day and do some exercise, we talked about exercise and fitness, along with all the trends, equipment, and classes that go with it! Listening: Learners can try an intermediate listening activity about an exercise program, or a listening activity about sports programs. For something a little harder, try join a gym.
For original version, you could try some workout videos in English to kill two birds with one stone: Popsugar Fitness, Blogilates.
Reading: Learners can try an article about the current wave of fitness trackers.
Writing: For writing this week, please write an article about how our relationship with fitness and exercises has changed before, during, and now in Phase 0 of COVID 19. Have people put on the pounds or have they discovered the joys of youtube workout videos?
They say "laughter is the best medicine" so this week we took to the topic of humor: sense of humor, jokes, cultural differences in humor, embarrassing stories. Listening: Learners can check out an episode from the BBC's six minute English called What Makes Us Laugh? or listen to some jokes for English students.
For original version read satirical news site The Onion, or something by David Sedaris. Writing: This week, write about something funny! You could try to write some jokes, or write an essay about a humorous, embarrassing or absurd situation you have been in.