Musical Connections

Hi Everyone, On this beautiful July day, we started off listing all the adjectives we could think of that described emotions.  Then we watched this video (below), first without the sound, and listed all the emotions the people were feeling. But, what was happening when these people were feeling these emotions? We decided that the…

Jobs

Hi Everyone, Today are discussion was about jobs, work, and employment. We began with listing all the words that come to mind when we think of jobs – work,responsibility, duty ,task, employment, occupation, career, part time/full time, free lance, salary, benefits, profession, office, commitment, and more. Next we took all 26 letters of the alphabet…

The Black Hole

Hi Everyone,  We started our conversation on Friday looking at this painting by Pieter Bruegel and described what we saw and what it meant. We agreed that there seemed to be some kind of conflict going on, and that there was a lot of behavior around coins or money. This painting is called “Greed”.   Greed (noun) is…

The Butterfly Effect

Hi Everyone, Last Friday’s class was all about butterflies and the butterfly effect. We began our discussion with a look at the fragile but essential insect, the  butterfly. We used some adjectives to describe butterflies, and talked about the life cycle of butterflies. We agreed that there is something magical about butterflies, especially when we see one…

Curiosity Is An Uncountable Noun

Hi Everyone, Today we started off with a review of the dreaded countable and uncountable nouns.  These can be tricky when we use them in conversation, so here’s a few quick tips:  1.) A count noun is one that can be expressed in plural form, usually with an “s.” For example, “cat—cats,” “season—seasons,” “student—students.” An…

Hey! Are You A Lark Or An Owl?

Hi Everyone, Well, it’s finally here – the start of summer! We started off today with a quick review of those annoying little phrases and sounds we all use in English conversation – interjections!! These are words or phrases that show feelings and emotions and have no real grammatical value, they are used for expression….

Outdoor Spaces

Hi Everyone, Today our conversation was about outdoor spaces and natural places. We began with a list of all the possible outdoor spaces we could think of including parks, forests, mountains, oceans, beaches, deserts, farms, and lots more. Than we talked about how these spaces effected us, how did we feel when we are in…

Moral Dilemmas

Hi Everyone, Today is a perfect spring day here in Boston! The Swan Boats are back in the lagoon at the Public Garden, and everything seems to be in bloom! We started off with a discussion of moral dilemmas and thought about “what would we do” in certain situations. Our responses can be verbal as…

Food And Lifestyles

Hi Everyone, Today we started with a fast review and practice of comparative adjectives, which we use to compare two things. Here’s a good summary of the 5 rules we reviewed together : (in #3 C= consonant, and V=vowel). Here’s the practice with answers, we did in class. The reason we looked at comparative adjectives today is because…

Same But Different

Hi Everyone, Today we started off with a quick review of expressions using the word “world“. Yep, that “world” that we all live on!  The  world is a huge place with lots of people, cities, countries, continents, mountains, fields, oceans, lakes, seas and more. So when we use the word “world” in an expression in…

Secrecy And Privacy

Hi Everyone, Psst… I’ve got a secret I need to tell you. Don’t tell anyone else! How many of us tell secrets to someone ,and keep secrets someone tells us?? All of us! A secret is an adjective , meaning not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. A…

Make It Count

Happy Friday the 13th Everyone! We talked about the superstitions around Friday the 13th, and hope nobody has any bad luck today! This Monday, April 16th is Patriots Day and also the Boston Marathon. The race starts in Hopkington and the finish line is in front of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street. Please be careful if…