12/22/2014 0 Comments
December Week Three
Happy holidays everyone! This week we celebrated the holidays with some games and also a review of the phrasal verbs we learned this trimester. You didn't forget them, did you? For homework, I'm going to point you back to some of the general resources I recommend for learners that you can explore over the break.
To practice your listening skills, learners could take a look at any of these websites.
Adapted reading for learners:
Now for writing, drop me an email telling me about your holidays! Or what about your new year's resolutions? Do you have any predictions for 2015?
Well, folks, I'm off to snowy and freezing Gilmanton for the holidays. I will be available by email through the break if you need anything!
12/14/2014 0 Comments
December Week Two
The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is considered the giving season, but this week we thought beyond the shops and commercialism to think about giving back: volunteering and charity.
To practice your listening skills, learners could try an Elllo exercise about relief work or an exercise about Doctors Without Borders.
For original version I really recommend Ernesto Sirolli's TED Talk about Aid in Africa: Want to Help Someone, Shut Up and Listen.
Learners can try one of the texts from Breaking News English such as Volunteering Helps You Live Longer and Google Starts 1 Dollar Charity App.
For original version reading, I recommend reading about Good and Bad Charity at the NYTimes or the breakdown about the two sites of charity at BBC Ethics.
Now it's time to some writing! Consider a cause that you think needs help. First, explain what the cause is and why it has your attention. Then think about how people can help out and what types of volunteer projects you would recommend.
Have a good week!
12/5/2014 0 Comments
December Week One
This week's topic was privacy and how our privacy is compromised in the digital world. You can start by reviewing and testing your knowledge about some vocabulary and expressions.
To practice your listening skills, learners could try one of several podcasts about Guarding Your Privacy and Maintinging Internet Privacy.
For original version consider the video Why Care About Internet Privacy? or the TED Radio Hour episode about The End of Privacy.
Learners can try a reading comprehension activity about Eavesdropping Laws in Sweden or a mini lesson about Edward Snowden. Another possibility is about security and privacy after photo hack.
For original version reading, I recommend checking out an infographic about privacy and social media or reading the New Yorker Article The Prism.
So, what about you? What are your biggest privacy concerns and how do you face them? What do you think our society should do to mitigate this growing problem?
Don't forget, next week is our December Extra Activity which will be our annual Yankee Swap on Thursday December 11th at 20:30 at La Retro.
Have a good week!