viernes, 20 de octubre de 2017

Food

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?


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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.


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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

CLUB DE LECTURA 2017-2018




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!


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EL CLUB DE LECTURA INFANTIL...

¡¡YA ESTÁ AQUÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ!

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.

miércoles, 7 de junio de 2017

See you!



I would like to thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been a pleasure spending parts of my Tuesday evenings with you.  I hope I was able to help you practice and improve your use of English, or at the very least make class fun and entertaining.  I wish everyone a fun, happy, and safe summer.  I am looking forward to returning to Palencia next year.



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miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

Diversity

We touched on this topic a little bit in yesterday´s class and next week I´d like to explore it more in depth.
A popular topic in the USA is diversity. Why is it important? Should it matter?  
This article writes about the benefits of diversity:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/why-is-diversity-important.html
This article talks about my city and how it has become the most diverse city in the U.S.  It does get a little political, but that isn´t the focus of the article.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-houston-diversity-2017-htmlstory.html


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I hope you find this topic intersting and I´ll see you on Tuesday.

Proverbes français

Je vous envoies dès maintenant le sujet de la semaine prochaine. Préparez quelques expressions, proverbes français que vous connaissez. Quant à moi je vous apporterai deux autres types de langages français!

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miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

L'éducation

Pour la conversation de jeudi, je voudrais parler de l'éducation, de la jeunesse espagnoles mais aussi françaises. Et sur les 10 dernières minutes je vous proposerai une courte activité sur le langage!
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Villages

Villages are one of the most interesting things to me about Spain. I´d like to see if we could have a chat about villages.  Do you have a village?  When do you go?  What do you like about it?  How has it changed?  What does the future hold for it?

Are you interested in being the owner of a village?  You can buy entire villages in Spain.

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Don´t have enough money?  Don´t worry- here´s one for free:

La laïcité

Pour la conversation de jeudi, j’ai pensé parler des différents thèmes de la laïcité en France (burka, éducation), etc puisqu'il s'agit d'un point important du programme de notre nouveau président.


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Code switching

Have you ever heard of code switching?  It seems to be a new term from something that people have done for a long time.  In the United States people are studying the phenomenon a lot now.

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If that didn´t explain it enough, here´s a video:


Do you code switch?  I´m looking forward to discussing this topic with you on Tuesday.  


jueves, 4 de mayo de 2017

Pets

This week I´m hoping to have a conversation about pets.
Are you an animal lover?  Do you have any pets now or from the past that you love?  Do you hate having pets and prefer not having to take care of one?
Please come on Tuesday ready to share your experience and feelings about pets.

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Here´s an article about some amazing pets:

Here´s an article about the health benefits of having a pet:

Souvenirs

Pour la conversation de jeudi, j’ai pensé parler de vos souvenirs quels qu'ils soient: souvenirs d'enfance, de voyage, moments historiques que vous avez vécu! 
Ça peut vous paraître étrange mais c'est un moyen pour moi de faire pratiquer les temps du passé et la concordance entre ceux-ci 😉 pensez-y!

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jueves, 27 de abril de 2017

Gap years

This week I´d like to discuss gap years.  If you don´t know what that is, you can read this article:


Have any of you been on a gap year?  Where did you go?
If not, would you have liked to?  What would you have done?  Do you encourage or discourage your children from taking a gap year?  Here´s a list of some of the pros and cons of taking a gap year:


It´s important to note that you can take a gap year whenever; it´s not just for those who are graduating.  You can do it now or if you are planning on changing careers.  This article is a compilation of stories of different people that have taken a gap year at different stages of their life:



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Actualité politique

Pour la conversation de jeudi, j’ai pensé parler de l’actualité politique bien sûr que nous n'avons pas encore eu le temps d'aborder vraiment!


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viernes, 21 de abril de 2017

Picasso y MInou

En la sesión de abril del club hemos leído un libro sobre Picasso y su gato cuando vivían en París.
El libro nos ha gustado mucho y además hemos aprendido muchas cosas sobre el pintor, por ejemplo que era español, de Málaga e inventó el cubismo, que es pintar con formas geométricas.

Uno de los juegos que hemos hecho ha sido averiguar qué cuadros de grandes artistas pintó a su manera Picasso. ¿podréis acertar tan bien como lo hemos hecho en el club?









estos son los cuadros de Picasso, ahora ponemos los originales...