We started off today with a review of some casual phrases and expressions used in daily short conversations. By looking at some illustrated situations we focused on key expressions and their meanings . Here are the illustrations with answers we did in class.
Next we moved on to today’s topic : literacy – the ability to read and write.We talked about what age we started to learn to read; who taught us; and how were we taught. In small groups we looked at a few images and wrote our own stories or narratives titled “The Reader” .
Your stories were very descriptive and thoughtful and also very creative!!
Some of the common themes were the man’s age, his passion and dedication to reading and learning.
Next we watched the film “The Reader” and compared our stories with the film. Take a look here:
After watching we discussed the struggles the man had to overcome to learn to read and the various techniques and strategies he used to be a successful reader, including reading the cereal box.We talked about the relationship between the man and his son. And the social issues related to an older person challenged by learning how to read.
One surprising thing at the end of the film, is that this is an advertisement for Bells Scotch.
An extra special scotch for an extra special man!
We talked about the issue of illiteracy – not being able to read and write. Why does this happen, and what are the problems that an illiterate person may face in life. Although illiteracy rates have declined significantly in the last 25 years, it still exists in some parts of the world, due to poverty, civil and social issues, and limited or no access to education.
Photographer, Laura Boushnak started a project “I Write. I Read” which raises the awareness of women in Arab countries that suffer from high rates of illiteracy.
Take another look at her talk about her project and what we can all learn through her photographs and travels –
We all agreed that this is a great way to expand knowledge and awareness about the issues with illiteracy around the world.
Enjoy a nice summer weekend in Boston!
Remember to relax and practice!