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October 19 - Listening and Brazil

My dearest students,

Last class we had a the listening part about tips on what to do in Egypt, Mexico and Switzerland. We found out that Karina is an expert in FONDUE. She gave us recipes on how to prepare cheese and chocolate fondue.

There were some new words that we talked about:

Also, we highlighted the pronunciation of words such as CRUISE and FRUIT. We don't pronounce the "I". Remember Tom Cruise???

The questions on page 61 (speaking) were:

1. What's the weather like in January?
2. What clothes SHOULD I take?
3. What kind of things CAN I do?
4. ARE THERE any special places that I SHOULD visit?
5. What food do you recommend?

Homework: I asked you to write about Brazil having a foreigner as a reader. You should tell him a little bit more about our country, demystifying stereotypes of Brazil only being samba, carnival, soccer and mulatas. Also, you should give advice based on the questions above.
IMPORTANT: I asked everybody to do it so that I can post this to some students that are studying at Estrella College in Arizona. I want to let you communicate in English with an international audience. It will help you improve a lot and practice what you are learning. I count on you!!!

The link to help you with vocabulary is Wordsmyth

See you on Monday.



OCTOBER - The Beginning of a New Module!

Dear all,

Last class we had a wonderful time with the singers and bands presentations. Wonderful job! We began to talk about obligations with HAVE TO and when you don't need to do something DON'T HAVE TO.

Now, we have a new student in class, Emerson. Welcome, Emerson, to our very enthusiastic group! I hope you enjoy our hours together. Well, I'll prepare some review activities about the simple past and present perfect and about the adverbs that we studied. Some students asked me for that. Just wait a bit so that I have some time to do it.

Why don't we start this module practicing more our listening skills?

Well, I'd like you to listen to one of the topics that might interest you on the following page, and, then, send me an email in English (of course!) telling me about it and what you learned from it. Or, even better, just add a "Comment" below so that everybody in our group can read it and share ideas with you. I'm anxiously waiting for your reply!

Extra Listening Activity

See you tomorrow.