As the year is drawing to a close, we did a "Year in Review" of 2012 this week in class about things that happened this year on a global, national, local and even personal level, discussing all the important current events of 2012 as well as your songs, movies, and people of the year.
For reading, check out one of the many stories at Breaking News English from 2012 which are also available for listening. Or you can read about and vote for Time's Person of the Year, Google's Top Searches of 2012, or the Guardian's Best Films of 2012. Music buffs may like to read about NPR music's 50 best albums of 2012 and see if you discover some new music!
For listening, try listening about some current events of the past year you may have missed, such as Palestine's new status as a non-member observer state in the UN (mp3, transcript, quiz) or the Gangnam Style sensation (mp3, transcript, quiz). Those of you who are music fans may enjoy listening about the discussion of Year in Music.
For writing, the end of the year (and better yet, the end of our first term at Meetinghouse) is a great time for self-reflection about your learning. I recommend you write a short composition to self-evaluate your English learning in the first term of this school year. What do you feel you have improved on? What would you like to change or advance in the next year? And of course, feel free to give me comments for improvement, too!
This week in original version cinema, they are showing Treasure Island at the UR on Friday December 14th at 17:00.
Next week is our extra activity on Wednesday December 19th at 20:30. We are going to have a little Christmas party with some American sweet treats and a yankee swap! I will explain in class how to participate in a Yankee swap (you must bring a wrapped gift), but if you would like to come, sign up online so I know how many people to expect.