This week we discussed stages of life, comparing perspectives, drawbacks and advantages of being an infant, toddler, child, teen, adult, middle aged or senior.
Don't forget that Friday November 13th and Friday November 20th I am offering make-up classes for those who have missed sessions since the beginning of the schoolyear! Please get in touch to make sure you have a spot!
Listening: Learners can try an activity from Six Minute English about the Teenage Brain. For something more challenging check out a listening comprehension task about Senior Citizens.
Writing: This week for writing, write an essay comparing different ages of life. How have you, your beliefs and your habits changed from a child, teen, adult, or into middle age? How do you imagine yourself when you are older?
For original version, please read any of the articles over in the Stories section at Atlas Obscura.
Writing: This week for writing, please compose your own article about a place that you feel should be included in the Atlas Obscura compendium of places of wonder. What sets it apart? How did you discover it?
One last thing! I am offering make up session on Friday November 13th and Friday November 20th for anyone who has missed sessions in September or October. If you need to make up classes, please get in touch to schedule a session.
Everything is different in 2020, the year of the pandemic, but in class we kept our yearly tradition of honoring Halloween by turning off the lights, lighting the candles and telling creepy stories. Happy Halloween everybody!
For original version, you could read an article about how Halloween looks different this year. Across the U.S., cities and towns have gotten creative to celebrate the holiday during the covid-19 pandemic.
Writing: This week for writing, try to get creative by writing a composition that starts with "I don't believe in the paranormal, but one day..."
The US Election is just a few short weeks away! As I was busy readying my absentee ballot, we took the chance to discuss the ins and outs of the American electoral system and the 2020 elections: the process, the issues, the possible future scenarios.
Writing: This week for writing, please write a report on the upcoming US Elections detailing the process, the issues, and what is unique about the 2020 elections. Finally, go ahead and make a prediction on what you believe the outcome will be and why.
This week is a holiday in the United States (Columbus Day), and we took this as a chance to discuss the topic of explorers: looking at the famous voyages of explorers such as Columbus, Magellan, Shackleton and others. This is a great chance to practice your mastery of the past tense! Now, on to the homework.
Writing Choose one of the world's famous explorers (check this link for ideas) and write a text outlining what their exploration entailed and what they discovered. How are their achievements viewed today? Be especially careful with the past tense!
Now that we have gotten back into our English routine, we got down to tackling a specific topic of conversation. This week we discussed the art of conversation, and in class we covered small talk, taboo subjects, those who are talkative or quiet, public speaking and much more.
Now, it's time to try to extend your work at home. Try some of the following activities!
It was great to see you guys again and start the new school year, it feels great to get back to a routine despite the crazy times. Although times are tough, I think this is a great opportunity to dedicate a little more time to English and to enjoy the social component of our conversation groups, both online and in person.
This week we talked about our goals for English for this school year, and also about the challenges and benefits of remote learning that we have discovered in the last months.
The main objective this week is to get back to an English practice, increasing your contact with the language as much as possible. We talked about many different ideas in class, so now it's time to put them into action!
Learners should take a look at some of my favorite resources for practicing listening online:
Your favorite streaming service with subtitles (Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, etc.). Don't forget to try watching some fragments without subtitles or with English subtitles.
Also consider following original version sources in your social media feed.
Writing: This week for writing, I would like you to write a composition about your goals for English this year and how you will adapt your daily habits to achieve these goals. Think about how your daily routine is different at this time compared to other years, how can you take advantage of this moment to further advance your progress in English?