First things first, please don't forget to fill out the form online about your preferences for this month's extra activity. So far only 5 people have responded, so if you're interested, fill it out! I will let you know the plan ASAP (as soon as possible).
This week our conversation revolved around bullying and I recommend you try some of the homework activities to continue your work at home. First, give reading a try. You can check out some infographics to familiarize yourself with the topic: Student Bullying, School Bullying Outbreak, orTeens' Cruel World of Social Networking. Breaking News English has an interesting article about bullying in the U.K. (with easier and harder versions), or the article at VOA calledWorried That People are Laughing at you?. For "original version" reading, you may be interested in reading about theMitt Romney scandal or about When Bullying Turns Deadly (Time Magazine).
For listening, check out Listen-A-Minute about Bullying andCyber-bullying. Over at ESLPod, there is an activity about enduring hazing. More advanced learners should try listening about Former Bullies (note that you can select slower or faster speeds to listen) or an interview at English Central with Lady Gaga, "Bullying Stays with You."
Lastly, don't forget to do some writing and have me correct it! It's a great way to find out where you may need to review some grammar points. What do you think, should bullying be treated like a crime or just normal kids' behavior? What would you do if your child were a victim of bullying? Creative writers could try to write a piece from the perspective of a bullying victim who wants to seek retaliation.
Next week there is original version cinema at the Cañas movie theater. They are showing the Tree Of Life from May 21st to May 27th at 20:00.
"Courage is fire and bullying is smoke." -- Benjamin Diraeli