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…

Grit

Hi Everyone, Yesterday’s conversation was about physical appearance, intelligence, and persistence, or grit. We talked about which of these 3 traits were important to us, and as a group decided that intelligence was number 1, followed by physical appearance and then persistence. We described these two men in terms of physical appearance: Then we expressed…

Move Learn Eat

Hi Everyone, We began with a review of modal verbs which are : Today we focused on modals of speculation – must, might, may, and could. Modals of speculation are used to express degrees of certainty. In other words, they describe a fact or situation that is definite, probable, possible or impossible. For example:  Mary must…

Vanishing Voices

Hi Everyone, What languages do you speak? We opened up today’s conversation with this question, and as a group we speak 11 different languages. We discussed what is language, what are it’s forms, and what is it used for. According to the dictionary language is the system of words or signs that people use to…

Fear Of Rejection

Hi Everyone, Today’s conversation was about fears and phobias – what are they and how do we express them.We talked about vocabulary related to fears like scared and afraid which are general words to describe fear. Frightened is a sudden fear, terrified is an intense overpowering fear, and horrified involves a state of shock. Then we discussed…

Everyday Life

Hi Everyone, Today we started off with a quick review of “Both….and….” “Both of them…” and “Neither….nor….” “Neither of them….” , where both subjects do or feel the same way about something. For example : 1.) Both Pete and Sam enjoy playing tennis.                          …

Curiosity

Hi Everyone, Today is a perfect June day, sunny and breezy. We started off with a quick review of questions using question words – why, when, where, who, whose, what, which, and how. Take a look at this  quick review we did together. Next we split up into teams of two and each person was given…