segunda-feira, 11 de maio de 2015

Speech Class

We had wonderful speech presentations in our speech class I am adding the slides of the students who would like to share them with the rest of the class. Great job. I am proud of you.







sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

Welcome to Prime 5!

I am glad to say that everyone achieved their goals for Prime 4 and are ready to start everything over again in Prime 5. Get ready for a speech class. I am looking forward for a new semester with you.

terça-feira, 17 de março de 2015

Weather - Writing

Have you ever had a serious problem because of severe weather? Wouldn't you like to share your experience with us? Write about a time the weather affected your life. Include 2 or 3 comparisons,  using "like", "as if" and ""

segunda-feira, 16 de março de 2015

Juno: Video Activity - Unreal Conditional

This is a great movie. Teenage pregnancy is dealt with in a creative, different manner. My students had a lot to say about it. I used it to practice the second conditional in a contextualized manner.

I. Watch the movie segment and answer the following questions in groups:

1. Describe what happened in the segment.

2. What was her mother's reaction?

3. What was her father's reaction?

4. What was her friend's reaction?

5. What did Juno say she was going to do? Do you like her idea? What do you think will happen next?

6. What would you do if...? Make sure you use the 2nd Conditional.

If you were Juno?
If I were Juno, I would ...........................

If you were Juno's best friend?

If you were Juno's parents?
If you were the father of the baby?

If you were the foster parents to whom Juno promised to give the baby away.

II. Now imagine the same situation Juno is facing, but consider the father's situation below. What should the father of the baby do if:

- he were under aged too

- If he were under aged too, he should ...

- he were over 18

- he were over 40

- he were married

- Juno denied to reveal the father's identity



terça-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2015

What was the most difficult decision you have ever made?

What was the most difficult decision you have ever made? Why was it so difficult for you? What made you make up your mind? Would you change your mind if you faced the same conflict again?
Please leave your opinion or answer as a comment. You may also reply your friend's comment too.

Video Activity: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart - Making difficult decisions

This is a beautiful, magical and dramatic story of a mother who has to make a very difficult decision in life - giving her baby to be raised by someone wealthier, because she does not have the means to nurture him. It is a French animated movie spoken in English I loved it.
I. Work in pairs:
1. Have you ever had to make a difficult decision in your life? What made you decide what to do? Can you talk about it?
2. Have you ever made a wrong choice? Talk about it?
3. What would you do in the situations below? Explain your choices.
  • You are offered a fantastic professional opportunity, but you would have to be two years and a half away from your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend? There will not be any chances to see each other, just by using mobile devices (skype, facebook, etc). What would you do?
  • You  have two children. A four year-old boy and a three-year old girl. A criminal tells you to sacrifice one of your children or both of them die. He won't choose; you have to do it. If you don't choose one of them, both of them die. You cannot sacrifice yourself to save both of them. If you do it, both of them die. What would you do? Who would you choose to survive?
  • You saw your best friend's lover kissing another person. Your best friend loves her partner and is nine-month pregnant. You don't know how involved your friend's lover is with that stranger. Would you tell him/her what you saw?
  • You receive the news that the person you love most will die in two months. This situation can't be changed. He/she has a lot of plans for the future and is very happy with her life, her accomplishments and expectations for the future. However, he/she is not in a hurry and is planning things slowly. What would you do? Warn him and make him enjoy life immediately, risking fostering depression and desperation? Would you let him/her waste his time and opportunities to enjoy the time that is left for him/her without worries?
II. Here are six questions one should ask himself before making a difficult choice. Answer the questions, connecting them with each of the four situations above:
1. If I don’t do this now, will I regret it?
2. What am I afraid of?
3. What does my heart say?
4. Who am I really doing this for?
5. Will I like myself after this decision?
6. Can I cope with the consequences of my decision?
III. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions in exercise II. How would she probably answer those questions?
IV. What would you do if you were in her shoes? How would you answer those questions in exercise II if you were in her position?