weekly learning plan

A Note on Lifelong Learning, Crucial for Our Happiness & Bonding / Solidarity

As a critical thinker, which in my mind means, as someone who cares about love and loving, oneself and other people, life, the human world, I’d like to share my approach to learning with you all.

Learning is not (or not only) about status, elites, getting better jobs, and all of the things a narrow scope on learning (education as we see it), have always taught us.

Learning is one of the most positive things we humans can do in various countless positive ways — an a r-evolution-ary thing, too! It changes our body chemistry without harming us, like orgasms! When we feel we are learning, things happen inside! Positive things. And we get extra energy for life, too. So I’m not referring only neural connections, which make us develop our intelligence in amazing ways.

Learning involves courage to confront all the fears and complexes we have been brought up in, as patriarchal societies which trust violence better than empathy. But everyday we can witness the great things we feel-think and are capable of, and they relate more to empathy, including self-respect, empathy towards ourselves, knowing how to open up a space for what we need to grow, giving the best human qualities a chance. Here is the key to our happiness, individually speaking, and to evolving into less violent and unfair societies.

Learning involves generosity towards ourselves and others, too, because it’s about sharing the best parts of ourselves, and growing together.

Learning involves effort, but not the kind of effort that undermines our identity. It is time-consuming, but then — we spend time doing something that makes us grow.

A vital approach to learning, understanding what learning brings about in our lives, is something we need to learn to do. Learning as an activity that rescues and enhances our humanity. That’s why I find that learning, in many ways, is a vital question for us all.

So allow yourselves the time to learn! ❤

Sticky Post: My Questions to You about Your Work/Learning

STICKY POST! (It will remain the first post you can see for some time, so look below to find the latest!)

Post here or tell us about it in class, please!

Dear all,

Whenever somebody reminds us of this in class, it’d be great to check the checklist of things we’re doing in Sept and October with you, so we all have the same adjustments.

Tomorrow, after we listen to Germán, I’d like to hear your questions about my two videos or my notes on How to Work on your Monologues at home. (Next week we’ll do the same about my Writing File video, OK?) If everybody does one of their own pick a month, you all get an amazing chance to make your language range richer and get ideas about how to tackle a broad diversity of topics. I hope we can listen to everyone following this course once a month for 3-4 minutes (the exam format for oral exercises). This will bring up topics, discussions, language lessons, all kinds of things. This course is designed for this to be the priority, and this work should always be based on your listening work (and reading, too, but mons should be based on your notes of Useful Language for that mon., once you’ve decided to speak about that topic).

Tomorrow, or here, or whenever you manage it I’d like to get everybody’s info on this:

  • Are you clear about how to work with Weekly Learning Plans?
  • Listening and Reading Logs? (basis for oral work at home)

Remember I would like you to hand in a copy (of all) so I can consider your work? The latest is November (of all the previous weeks) but you can hand it in before for feedback too. In November it’s very important I collect this information to design more lessons, OK? So start now if you haven’t yet!

Last, I recommend you read “Understanding Language Learning” in the C1 Resource Pack, so you get a clearest idea about the issues of Functional Translation and using Lists of Useful Language. Try to read it this week, so we can see if there are any questions next week. Or what’s your proposal?