Today we had a wonderful lesson, with Elva and her two daughters, from Iceland, and Juan’s Avanzado adorable group, who also joined in when we had Warren speaking on Cambodia.
Elva, as someone who was brought up in a culture where community is more positively developed than in Spain, did not feel intimidated by the audience of eager listeners. She seemed to be at ease with us all, as if we were people, and not “the enemy” or “a threat”, as Juan pointed out. We hope students can learn from this, for their public speaking. Elva’s approach to her presentation was also different: she invited people to make questions. ❤ And people had lots of interesting questions to make! At the end, Clara taught us how to say thank you (Takk) and drew an elf, and Greta (?) drew the face of an elf and we took pictures.
We have a beautiful video to share with everybody, so I hope to find the time to edit it asap! I’ll keep you posted!
After Elva left we had a cozy session, exchanging impressions on different topics. Personally, I enjoyed it very much. ❤
Once our adorable guests had left, we had a wonderful Oral Presentation on the novel High Fidelity, by Dolores and Germán. I found it really well built, with bits of everything: author’s bio, plot or story, fav scenes, fav descriptions, useful language for improving your vocabulary range in terms of phrasals and for improving your accuracy with prepositions… The students’ Englishes were really good, in accuracy and language range. Unfortunately, we ran out of time, so we’ll devote some time to that next day. (Lesson learned: people, when you work out how long your OPs will be, consider people’s interruptions, this is, participation, hahahah.)
Finally, I asked whether there were OPs for next week, people thought I was telling them off, but it was just a question, hahahah, and then I said that I’d bring stuff and people were welcome to bring stuff, and that whatever we brought, it’d be for having conversations around it or for retelling, too.
Dessi and Germán stayed a bit longer and we had a very interesting conversation about prejudices in politics, and how ideas can be best expressed when we are critical of something, without saying authoritarian ideas that do not match democratic ideals. We talked about the Repúblicas, the Civil War, the Francoist dictatorship, the Transition to democracy and the attempts to heal this deep wound that does not allow our democratic culture to develop more positively. As it was 10!!, Germán suggested we go some day for a drink and a chat! And this lead us to our Hidden Treasures outing. Dessi was so surprised I had suggested going out for a drink when I had been insisting in my refusal to go out with students for a drink! 😀 True, true! But it was a special day: the movie was a school activity (Coeducación + English), but it was so wonderful and the company was so interesting that I couldn’t part that easily! 😀 I even had a bite!!, which is something I hardly ever do because I’m so nervous (or energetic) when I’m with people.
Well, night night! Use your English! Have an amazing bilingual week! ❤
Update of Feb 9: Elva says, “the 15th is better for me from 7:10-8:10”, so this means the High Fidelity OP would start at 8.30 or 8.45. Would that be OK with Dolores and Germán?
Elva asks when would you like her to come. Her two possible dates are the 15th of Febuary and the 22nd. She’ll bring maps of her city and thinks the activity would take about an hour (without counting our questions?).
As a reminder, in case it helps you decide, these are our lesson plans for those days:
- OP DATE FEB 15. Dolores and Germán, High Fidelity.
- OP DATE: FEB 22. Isabel and Marta, Orange Is the New Black.
Please, post here your preferrences or tell me in class tomorrow!
Dear all, Elva just wrote. She’s brought maps from Iceland! She’s asking when you would like her to come, and what you would like her to speak about. I sent her the links to all the posts here with the word “Iceland” and said you were adorable and would ask her questions, but that you would probably prefer she chose the topic. Still, please, let me know next week WHEN at least, and if you have questions or suggestions for topics she can talk about. Perhaps we could also invite the Avanzado group?
The links here I sent her:
About your talk, well, we prefer you choose what you want to tell us about your country.
They’ve been reading these articles on Iceland:
And here are more posts where Iceland comes up:
https://c1coursebymf2016.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/descriptions-6/ (a student’s post)
And a documentary we haven’t watched, but that I suggested:
It’s awesome you brought maps!
Perhaps you can design, or we can do it in class together, an activity based on the maps!
Feel free to do whatever because the group is adorable!
Oh, this post was after we spoke last:
When can you come?
Not next week, because we’ll have someone from Scotland, and they want to finish some of the things we should’ve already done!
When then? After that, whenever, till the end of May. Whenever suits you best. Lessons are on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7.10 pm to 9.15 pm. You can use as much time as you need, or as little!
I can make copies of whatever you like, if you need them, for all. If you send it to me beforehand.
Any questions or help, please, let me know!
Thanks so much!!
We have a little pressie for you. Olive oil from local producers in Coín!
Hey, just thought of it: I’ll ask them on the blog. If I’m not back to you by the end of next week, it’s that they prefer you choose, ok?
I just called / I’ve just called Elva, a woman from Iceland who I wanted to invite to class, as a guest speaker, so we can learn about the people in this country first hand! And she just told me / she’s just told me that she’s leaving for Iceland again in a week / in a week’s time, but that she would be delighted to come to class in January. We arranged we would get in touch then to arrange for a date and the kind of lesson we would have that day!
I had the pleasure of listening to Elva’s English last June, when she registered for the Avanzado Certificate Test. I was part of her speaking test examining board. Her English was consolidated at the advanced level, so a B2 certificate less than she could have actually certified. But as you know, it’s not possible to take the C1 Certificate Test as a freelance student (Libre). Yet (let’s cross fingers!). Anyway, although we don’t evaluate ideology, or ideas, just the language and textual and communicative matters, I was deeply impressed and moved by her monolog(ue), which was about refugees. So after the tests, I asked her about this idea of visiting our School to talk about Iceland. And she was generous in her reply! She’s even brought us some maps, already!
As you know, you have a reading assignment, which is two articles on Iceland which I posted here (Reading Articles, a Course Project). You should read them for January and work on ideas and language for your productive work (speaking, writing), which will also be positive for your reading tests!
Here is the idea: it includes an article suggested by Knitting Words and another one I found interesting too, on the same topic. I have underlined interesting language for you to learn, and included a Task Description on page 4. Please, print it and read the Task Description. Then it’s up to you all if we work on it in class, OK?
I recommend reading articles to people who don’t generally do! Because it takes a long time to get acquainted with the kind of language in the news, in press articles, in analysis magazines, and articles are always part of your Certificate Reading Tests.
So if you are not considering reading a book or more of those I suggest on C1 Materials, do consider reading articles at least! 🙂
news_iceland_genderrevolution (4 pages) – Connecting Skills: the language and info/ideas here will help you write and speak about gender issues, the construction of democracy, grassroots and social change, laws, employment, equalitarian societies… Consider how you can use what you learn from reading, for instance, in other kinds of exercises. Consider using other kinds of sources, here audio sources, for instance, (e.g., google news on gender issues) to check your progress and expand your knowledge.
As you can see, with one item or task we can build a whole unit, so to put it.
This news popped up last week in my mobile Play Newsstand app, really I don’t know much about Iceland, apart from some “lively” volcano(e)s. So the news surprises me. I don’t think I would move to Iceland for this reason, I rather prefer our lovely Mediterranean climate, but perhaps we can learn something from them, click here if you want to know more, The Guardian’s article.