Writing: For writing, you have two options this week. You could write an opinion article about whether or not you believe a college education is a good investment. Or, you could write a text describing the ideal college experience, considering academics, campus life, etc.
For original version, try the podcast episode from NYTimes entitled, Space Travel, Privatized. Or, for something a little more paranormal, Otherworldy. Reading: Learners should check out a story from VOA English about NASA's search for people to study isolation.
For original version, choose one of the many articles over at Longreads about Space.
Writing: For writing, you have two options this week. You could write an article about space travel (how humans have made important advances, should we invest in it, what is the future of it), or write a story about UFOs or aliens.
This week we tried practicing a notoriously difficult grammar point: the dreaded third conditional. As we start shifting back toward our normal lives, it is common to use the third conditional as we reflect upon the last few months: If I had known the coronavirus was going to hit.... I would have... Listening: Learners can try a listening comprehension activity about the third conditional called Regrets or another one from British Council.
This week we talked about the song contest EUROVISION in all its glory: the camp, the costumes, the divas! Sadly (for me, at least), Eurovision 2020 has been called off, but we celebrated our own version of the song contest in class this year.
Listening: Learners can listen to an activity from ELLLO about Eurovision and hear some differing opinions about the international song contest.
For original version, I recommend listening to Switched on Pop's episode about Eurovision 2020 which was an inspiration for this week's class.
This week's topic is in honor of our new ability to socialize face to face! We talked about socializing, popularity, friends, and things that we can do TOGETHER (finally!). Happy socializing, everybody! And don't forget to do it safely!!! Listening: Learners can try one of several exercises about social life: Antisocial Networking, Is Social Media a Distraction from 6 Minute English,
This week, in honor of our new found freedom to get out once a day and do some exercise, we talked about exercise and fitness, along with all the trends, equipment, and classes that go with it! Listening: Learners can try an intermediate listening activity about an exercise program, or a listening activity about sports programs. For something a little harder, try join a gym.
For original version, you could try some workout videos in English to kill two birds with one stone: Popsugar Fitness, Blogilates.
Reading: Learners can try an article about the current wave of fitness trackers.
Writing: For writing this week, please write an article about how our relationship with fitness and exercises has changed before, during, and now in Phase 0 of COVID 19. Have people put on the pounds or have they discovered the joys of youtube workout videos?
They say "laughter is the best medicine" so this week we took to the topic of humor: sense of humor, jokes, cultural differences in humor, embarrassing stories. Listening: Learners can check out an episode from the BBC's six minute English called What Makes Us Laugh? or listen to some jokes for English students.
For original version read satirical news site The Onion, or something by David Sedaris. Writing: This week, write about something funny! You could try to write some jokes, or write an essay about a humorous, embarrassing or absurd situation you have been in.
This week, we extended our conversation about music and focused on an American music legend and face of resilience, the high priestess of soul, Nina Simone. Listening Learners can try a listening exercise from VOA English about the Civil Rights Movement.
For original version read the article from the New Yorker, The Many Battles of Nina Simone or about the march from Selma to Montgomery. Writing: This week I would like you to write an article about a person who you consider to be a face of resilience. What have they faced in their life and how have they overcome it?
We made it through another week under lockdown! And if you are like me, I bet music has been a lifeline through this tough time. This week we discussed the power of music and some of our favorite songs that give us strength.
Listening: Learners can try a listening activity from British Council about Boy Bands. One of the best ways to combine listening practice and music is to use the website www.lyricstraining.com
For original version, listen to a great episode of All Songs Considered that was an inspiration in my preparing of this week's class: Old Songs, New Meanings.
Reading: First off, learners can try a reading comprehension article about one of my favorite musicians, Prince or something from Learn English Teens about different ways we consume music.
For original version reading, try an article from the BBC about Coronavirus Lockdown Chart or how to choose a Coronavirus playlist. Writing: This week I would like you to write an essay about why a particular songs is important to you. Describe it, give some background information, and tell about what feelings it conveys.
Another week under lock down! As we settle into the rhythms and routines of life at home, it has been helpful to keep up with English class, to socialize with our classmates and keep up a sense of normalcy. As you know, I am trying to keep it light and entertaining this week, and this we we kept it superficial and talked about clothes and fashion.
We talked about our current COVID style (sweatpants and legging anyone?), trends throughout the ages, and described some outfits using the website The Sartorialist.
Next week we are going to be doing a class on music -- please send your suggestions of uplifting anthems to get us through these times!!!! Listening: Learners can try a listening activity about working on a fashion shoot, or for something a little more challenging, about Camden Fashion.
Reading: First off, learners can try any of several articles from British Council about fashion and style.
For original version reading, try any of the many articles available from Google Arts and Culture called We Wear Culture.
Writing: This week practice writing an article about keeping up with trends. Feel free to use some of the notes. Many people like to follow different styles in fashions. Is it a good or bad thing to keep up with these trends? Notes 1. slaves to fashion 2. too expensive and not practical 3. pressure from department stores