viernes, 20 de octubre de 2017


Next week I´d like to talk about something we can all relate to.  Food!  We all have to eat it, we all enjoy it in varying degrees, and we all have a special relationship with it.  What foods do you like?  What don´t you like?  Are you a picky eater?

Resultado de imagen de food

Food can affect us not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well.  Are you an emotional eater or a stress eater?

Please come prepared to share what your favorite meals are, what your least favorite meals are, what the best thing you have ever eaten is, and what some foods may remind you of:  

miércoles, 11 de octubre de 2017

Columbus Day

As often happens to me here in Spain, I forgot an American holiday that just passed recently.  Columbus Day was on the 9th of this month.  I would hate to miss an opportunity to talk about this holiday just because it has passed.  This year it has drawn a lot of controversy about whether we should celebrate this Columbus´ achievements or not.

Imagen relacionada

It brings to the forefront the larger question of whether we should look at our history factually or celebrate our successes without tainting them with some of the unsavory consequences. What do you think?  Should we keep the statues and memorials and honor his achievements?  Or should we take them down and admit the often overlooked darker aspects?  Should we face history or erase it?

This debate has gotten especially pointed this year and has stemmed from a debate about Confederate statues being taken down around the country. 

What do you know about this situation?  Should the statues be taken down?  I won´t pretend to be impartial on this issue, but I would like to hear what everybody thinks about this situation.

Here´s a video depicting some of the protests in the U.S: 

Here is a 2 minute video of the mayor of New Orleans explaining his point of view on the issue.  The video is produced by The Atlantic which is a monthly magazine "which covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life"

Do you have any memorials that are objectionable or controversial here in Spain?  What have other countries done to commemorate their history?

I look forward to our conversation.

Natural disasters

I´d like to thank you all for coming yesterday.  I look forward to all of our interesting conversations throughout the year.

I´d like to start out by talking about natural disasters.  Have you ever been in or affected by a natural disaster?  Are there any natural disasters that terrify you?  Would an area being prone to a natural disaster prevent you from living there?

As I mentioned in class my city, Houston, was affected by a very strong hurricane this summer.  Here is a video showing some of the aftermath:

This video explains a little about why Houston flooded so badly:

Of course, it´s difficult to talk about natural disasters without mentioning climate change.  I´d like you to read this article from a local Houston news outlet and tell me what your thoughts are on the language that it uses:

martes, 10 de octubre de 2017


Parece que nos gusta leer... y mucho, porque no solo va a continuar el club de lectura un curso más, sino que además ampliamos días... y el jueves tendremos un club nuevo.

El próximo miércoles 18 y jueves 19 ¡nos vemos!

Resultado de imagen de club de lectura



Que sí, que hemos vuelto, el martes pasado comenzamos de nuevo el club de lectura. Estuvimos presentándonos y haciendo un imán para la nevera con las fechas del club ¡para que no se nos olvide ningún día!

y el 7 de noviembre... ¡nos vemos de nuevo para comentar Escuela de Vampiros de une scritor que se llama Peter Bently.