Diary for Mon Oct 10 – Reading an essay + Hmwk (oral book reviews)

(Links in bold; highlights in color) Today our lesson was very productive, also in terms of putting together a wonderful lesson for next Monday! (I’ll post about this latter /látr/ point separately!)

Fighting absentism (I’m sorry, the spellchecker says “absenteeism” but I keep resisting!): today we had good news about Mario by Cristina, and he actually made it to class! Then I was able to talk to Sergio after class. Why am I mentioning all of this? It turns out they had no plan of dropping out, but I fight hard absentism, and try to prevent it, OK? 🙂 So when I think there might be a possibility there, I take action! Please, before ever dropping out, book a meeting with me, so we can talk. I could be of help, OK? 😀

I gave out another three minisagas (notice my use of “another” here. Can someone explain in class next day?). I’m really happy with your pieces, and hope you can share them over here. Remember I can post them for you if you want them to be anonymous.

Diagnosis B2 Reading Test. I read out the answers, and people told me their results. Remember that if you take the test at home and you check it, I can register your results. I’ll be putting up an Overview of the work you share on our bulletin board, so you can complete it in case I miss something. People’s results were quite good. You shouldn’t worry about the particular result. What counts is “pass” or “fail mark”, OK?

Three students told us they had prepared an OP! This is impressive and it fills me with hope!! Two will be on learning methodology and one on a how-to you’ll probably be happy to learn about.

DEAR CHIMAMANDA, WE’RE LISTENING! ❤ Teamwork: students read Ngozi’s essay “We Should All Be Feminists“: Dolores, Sergio, Marta N., Soluna, Cristina R., Mariajosé, Lucía, Sonia, Germán, Luz, Mario, Laura, (we missed Karen, for she had to leave before her turn), and Romina. Here is a list of words you should all pronounce correctly, OK? Please, double check you know how to pronounce them and stress them!

  • inclUsion, pUshed
  • assUmption, hUsband, sUpport,
  • greatest childhood /gréitest cháildhud/
  • liked the /laikt-the/
  • laugh /laaf/
  • bristling half-baked /beikT/
  • looked at /luk TAT/
  • likes it / laik SIT/
  • culture /ka…/, cultural
  • course /kóors/
  • own room /oUn rum/
  • /patról/ (verb)
  • pólitics / politician / policies
  • necessary /nésesari/
  • Nigeria /naigéria/
  • Lagos /léigez/
  • cafés
  • metropolis / metrópolis/
  • money /mÁni/
  • occupied /ókiupaid/ – the occupy movement (like 15M, Arab spring: 99% is associated to the occupy movement; asambleas to the 15M but they all relate to occupying squares to fight for meaningful democracies)
  • occur
  • knowledgeable
  • creative /kriéitiv/
  • forgery
  • actually – /ák-CHuali/
  • son /sAn/ = like “sun”
  • /iz/ ending: changes, marriages, priviledges, experiences, silences, uses,
  • /id/ ending: hated /heitId/
  • colleagues /kolígz/

Useful language (please, write the ones you selec in context, I didn’t have the time! It can be your own examples, or from the essay. You can post yours on the page for UL above): to deliver (give) a talk, a big deal, how stereotypes limita dn shape our thinking, unsolicited advice, they don’t intend harm, put it simply, spots available (to park), a well-meaning person, At some point, the word is so heavy with baggage, I saw realization dawn on his face (cf. suddenly it dawned on me / Friends: suddenlty it hit me), a go-getter, What struck me, prescribe how we should be, pretence / pretend, be apologetic about, love = partnership or ownership, emasculate (cf. belittle), mindset (frame of mind), deprived of, tap another person’s power, evil omen, What’s the point of culture?, to close a conversation, to speak out, It would be a way to / of … Western (occidental), Anyway (to change topics, or go back to the topic).

I gave some tips on constructive approaches to gender issues, explaining a hard-to-find idea: the difference between Patriarchal Reason (Razón patriarcal) and Empathetic Rationality (what we strive for). I also suggested students to consider their identity and gender, how gender expectations in our society, by the people we love, condition the development of our identity — parting from the acknowledgement of the fact that we are all, culturally speaking, children of patriarchal ideology, and therefore justify the patriarchal gender-sex system in conscious and unconscious ways. So some ideas are related to intellectual dignity and also to the connection of learning languages and learning about ourselves and others.

HOMEWORK. An oral book review on this essay. 3, 4 mins. Include: factual info, what the book is about, your highlights or personal insight (on language, ideas, anecdotes; passages, quotes), a recommendation. Remember to introduce your exercise and signal the end of it, too.

I’ll post a radio book review so you can practice note-taking and add stuff to your listening log! 🙂


  1. Dont worry about absentism the people in the class are very happy and improving our English thanks to you 👏🏻👏🏻👍😊 I’ve never met such a good working teacher it doesnt mean that Im trying to get the best qualifications hahaha its just to let you know that I really admire you and enjoying every class thank you!!! Have a wonderful week 👍😘

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  2. OHMY! At Coeducación we’ve been asked when was the beginning of patriarchy, and I’m reading Gerda Lerner, but I’m a slow reader! It’d be great! Also in Spanish. Pops some day you can find some time to become a contributor or something? At least for history questions? 😀 ❤ hey, please, yes, don't quit! The group is wonderful, and we know you'll all be on and off but NeVER QUIT!!! ❤


  3. Thanks for all the information! It is fantastic to have the blog to “refresh” our memory. Regarding “the” word, absenteeism I mean, I also thought that the correct form was “absentism”, but it seems that it is not. The explanation comes again from the process of word formation in English, absentee (the one who is absent) + ism (a Latin derived suffix, denoting a noun of action), so the result is absenteeism. The other form doesn’t seem to be used, at least in BrE (British English). Have you spotted the word somewhere else?

    Have a nice weekend! 😉

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  4. ❤ ❤ ❤ Yes, yes, yes! Wonderful comment! And… No! So far, I'm the only one using it, I think, but still — I resist. You see, "absenteeism" is not practical. We can have "abstent" + "ism" in my view! (Demented laughter). It's like "váter" in Spanish. I resit, at this point if people wrote it they would spell it "báter"! So the question is where and who uses "absteeism"? And if they do, is it because of the spell checker? 😀 😉 ❤


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