Like, Alike, Unlike, Dislike

Hi Everyone, Today we started off with a review of the word “like”, which can be used in many, many ways. “Like” is very flexible and has a range of meanings. “Like” can be used as a preposition, conjunction, noun, adjective, adverb, verb and slang interjection. We made some sentence examples using “like” in its…

The Power Of A Shoe

Hi Everybody, Today we started off with a quote from the Italian footwear and fashion designer, Giuseppe Zanotti :  We discussed Zanotti’s quote – what do shoes mean to us? what do they say about who we are? what we do? where we live? how we live or lives?  Next, we listed all the type…

Buying Flowers

Hi Everyone, Why, when, and where do you buy flowers? We started off today with a discussion about reasons for buying flowers and made brief sketches of flower buyers and the reasons they are buying flowers.  We talked about some common reasons for men and women to buy flowers, and saw that men buy flowers…

Character Traits

Hi Everyone, Happy First Day of Fall!! In New England, fall is a very special time – the weather gets cooler, the days are shorter, we wear sweaters and scarves, and it’s fun to get outdoors for a nice walk to see the foliage (changing leaves on the trees). One of my favorite parts of…

Thinking

Hi Everyone, Today we started with the quote “I think, therefore I am” said by Rene Descartes, a French mathematician, scientist and philosopher, in 1637.  We talked about what the quote means and how does it relate to our lives today. Next we defined the meaning of the verb to think : to believe that something is…

Luck, Superstition, and Karma

Hi Everyone, We began today’s class with a simple game, in pairs, using one die (remember the plural is dice). The object of the game was to be the first player to reach 50 points. On their turn a player rolls the die over and over until either a 1 is rolled or the player…

Climate Change

Hi Everyone, This morning we had a tour of the BPL’s Regions & Seasons, Mapping Climate Through History exhibit. The maps in the collection range from the 15th to 19th century, and are based on themes, like temperature, agriculture, oceans, climate zones, and beautiful antique maps of the seasons and the winds (see above). There were also…

Who Are We, Really?

Hi Everyone, Today we discussed countries, nationalities, citizens,and languages. Forming the nationality adjectives and nouns from country names can sometimes be tricky in English. So, for example, She lives in Japan (country). She is Japanese (origin/nationality/adjective). She is a Japanese person (citizen/noun). She speaks Japanese (language). Here is a comprehensive list of countries (geographic location), nationalities (adjective),…

Ordinary Moments

Hi Everyone, Yesterday’s topic was all about life’s ordinary moments. A moment is a very short period of time: a particular point in time: a time of importance or success.  We talked about types of moments including, happy, sad, embarrassing, awkward, routine, simple, special, real, emotional, life changing, dangerous,scary and lots more. Moment is used in a lot…

Apologies, Arguments and Forgiveness

Hi Everyone, We are human, we all make mistakes. So, when we make mistakes we can either ignore them; stress out over them; apologize; make excuses; and make promises. We talked about whether it’s important to apologize. Does it matter the way you apologize? Is it hard to apologize? Or does it depend to whom…

Sand

Hi Everyone, On this warm, breezy, sunny day in July, we had the beach on our minds! What better way to spend a day like today than at the beach. So,we are taking a virtual day at the beach!But first we needed to review some vocabulary related to the beach, here are the images and…

Literacy

Hi Everyone, 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…