This week in honor of Columbus Day (celebrated on October 13th in the U.S.), we talked about Christopher Columbus, the discovery of America, and the so-called "Columbian Exchange."
For listening practice this week, learners can try an overview from ESL Holidays about the holiday (mp3, transcript, and activities).
For original version listening, watch one of the History channel's programs about the Columbian Controversy.
Learners could read and explore the BBC website about Christopher Columbus' biography at Famous People.
For original version reading, first check out the very interesting infographic suggesting we Change Columbus Day to Bartolomé Day. Also, try the TIME article 10 Things You Should Know about Columbus. For history buffs, I highly recommend books and articles by Charles Mann: 1491.
There are a few options this week for writing. First, you could describe Columbus' voyage or the first meeting with indigenous people. Or you could explain your opinion of if we should celebrate this day and how.
Next week's topic is house and home. You can review some vocabulary to get ready.
Have a good week!