LoM for yesterday’s speaking activity

The Origins of Patriarchy, by Lorena

The outline was very clear, and I invite Lorena or anyone to post here a copy. The way our speaker presented the points orally and her use of the whiteboard were very good. The content was very well organized, particularly considering the complexities of speaking about the question. She simplified things to manage to allow people to remember a few key ideas that can allow us to reflect further on.


the society – omission of “the”. Complex topic. I have a handout on this, in case people want to have a look and work on it in small groups. Let me know.

What does this mean? – Perfect! Fluent and accurate, but then…

This meanS – missing “s”

Some missing “ed”s, too, particularly of the kind that also need a vowel support: protected (but no mistake in hunted, so it was not systematic).

When do we add a vowel support when forming the plural? /iz/ as in  villages, differences. Can somebody explain in class?

Tenses: there was a general problem. Sometimes the presentation was in the present, and other times it was in the past. I suggest Lorena (should) record her work (structures with suggest to review?) to train in learning to monitor this.

A question for you all: “I forget” is not an option in the context we used it. One should say “I’m forgetting” or “I forgot”. Why?

Improving the wording in key questions, to make them more accurate: What happened? — What changes took place?

Syntax & Morphology: how different HUNTING WAS (the mistake: how diff were hunting); COULD HUNT (mistake: can hunted, non-systematic)

Self-correction in: HAVE-HAS. Good. But then one mistake with the past form. Everybody, watch out for your HAVE verb forms!

Useful Vocabulary: hunting, gathering, settlements, decision-making, magic/magical (can you find examples of their use? Can we say: It’s magic! It’s magical!), egalitarian/equalitarian, a one-day thing. But more useful than this is to set these words in context. Feel free to post examples here! Thanks!


  1. For me was really interesting and I enjoyed, I learnt something new about another point of Michelle´s view from feminism since the beginning of our history, was amazing because I never thought about it. And also the different questions: What makes you a man or a woman or masculine or femenine. We need to think from our side. Why does the gender issue take so long?Well it seems to be not fair the women were apart from different roles in the prehistory.

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  2. Thanks for your OP, Lorena. You caught my attention since you started speaking. I found the presentation very interesting. I have been thinking about it all day long and I still wonder how the way of thinking could change just for the creation of the army. I´m starting to think that I have always been a feminist, but I did not know that I was!

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  3. Language tips for Lucía:

    IT was really interesting and I enjoyed IT – never forget your “it” subjects! and remember enjoy needs an object. Let’s talk in class about when it doesn’t!
    IT was amazing
    Why does the gender issue take so long? – I don’t understand this question. I think it’s “did” and “in class the other day”, right? With the present simple it’s a general truth. Perhaps the general question (in the present) could be: Why is the gender issue a sensitive topic?

    Below I’ll comment something about views not being mine, or necessarily mine, or that not being the point for those views are part of a human rights movement! 🙂 ❤ Read on! ❤

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  4. About approach to gender issues from feminists viewpoints:

    This month the cross-curricular topic was feminism, but not because I’m a feminist. The ideas I presented are not only my own. I share them with a large community of thinkers. It’s true I’m a word coiner and veteran feminist, and I believe that’s positive, because the materials and activities we’ve undertaken are well focused, and I say this because it takes time to learn to think beyond our biases in terms of gender.

    In any case, feminist ideas are in everbody’s cultural baggage, like what Freud came up with, even if you don’t read them or listen to them. The problem is that because we’ve had centuries and centuries or patriachal ideology telling us women were inferior spiritually, intellectually, physically, the resistance to change is great, and antifeminist biased opinions prevail.

    In this course we deal with controversial topics, and unfortunately, this human rights movement, feminism, as brave and courageous and knowledgeable and intelligent as all the social movements who have brought us peace and respect, is subject to misconceptions. The death penalty is another controversial topic for most people, transsexuality, intersexuality, even homosexuality, any kind of sex analysis! What about politics, religion? So many “controversial topics” just because we can’t accept we are all diverse and do not need to be the same to live together. But feminism! on top of it all, is so complex, it’s everywhere in our lives, the moment we don’t feel the patriarchal gender roles explain who we are.

    If people read and listened to feminists, they would understand that feminism is not about denigrating or hating anyone. But people don’t. What we all have felt is a will to say, Don’t you dare speak badly about Men, they’re precious for us. But feminism is not about that. It’s about denouncing that patriarchal gender roles cannot be imposed on people, that people should be free to construct their identity, because we all deserve respect. We should stop stigmatizing people because they do not comply with the gender role assigned. People should learn to SEE that not “all men or women are this or that”. Human beings share traits, but genitals are not key in what their human minds can achieve.

    This course is precious because it has allowed us to read and listen, together, and share our opinions, and learn to listen and think, together and individually. I hope we can use this save space to keep sharing, without feeling the need we all agree. It’s OK to disagree, to have different views, experiences, it’s natural. And life is complex. But we need to respect everybody, and people trying to explain how patriarchy has hurt us need to be listened to, too. Social movements are not there to be obeyed, but they do pose challenging questions we should all try to address. Just because we need to coexist. It’s crucial we try to reduce all the violence in the world, all the violence education can help reduce. Dialogue is fundamental. And a language lesson in public education, where all kinds of people meet, is the perfect setting. That is why our school is respected by so many people: there is a connection between life and education.

    It’s a journey we can only do together. Language learning teaches us all so many different things! About ourselves, others, the human world! And it’s an extraordinary opportunity, because our lifestyles do not allow us to meet other-minded people that often and have the chance to share views. The language lesson also helps us learn to communicate in nonviolent ways. And when we start paying attention to this, we do realize how very often our ways of communicating carry mechanisms that we later consider violent.

    Thanks for your posts, dear students! Let’s keep communicating! ❤

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  5. Thank you, Lucía and Marta. I´m glad you had enjoyed it.

    In my opinion, we all are feminist, because, who could be against equality? The real problem is the misunderstanding between feminism and “hembrismo” (I coudn´t find the English word). We are looking for equality, I truly believe in that, and not only talking about gender, but with race, wealth, identity o whatever.

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