We never got the chance to have our session on questions about this, so I don’t know how you’re doing. Do post on this here, if you like. In case it’s of use, here is a proposal. Until we meet again, and while there is no substitute teacher (if there is, you can tell her/him about this plan, too), here is what you can work on:
October. The Ngozi Adichie Project
Skills involved: Listening / Reading / Speaking / Writing / Mediation
Find the talk here (listening) + get a copy of the printed essay (it’s just about 6 euros and you won’t regret it!)
Watch the TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists, 20 minutes, a must watch to develop a feminist intelligence! Watch it several times till you get used to Nigerian accent (you will!) and so you can take notes. Don’t read the transcript or the printed essay (or not at the same time) until you have watched it enough times so you can give your ear a chance to learn to listen! Then you can combine both.
After all your listening and reading work, consider highlighting/underlining (reading) and note-taking (listening):
- questions of useful language to improve your wordings in English (how you explain things, for instance) and
- your favorite quotes and passages: the question of ideas that can help you think better, more kindly, being less unfair to others. Try to see if you can relate Ngozi’s examples or anecdotes to your own experience, too.
You can also do some research on Ngozi’s bio and work.
What to hand in so I can learn about your work:
Reading. Listening. Writing. You need to hand in a text on how you worked on this project (in one single piece of paper, with relevant info on the top right-hand corner of page 1!) Extension: from half a page to two pages. Format: a log, a diary, a report with sections, a comic, you name it!
Writing. A personal commentary on a quote or passage you choose to comment (about 200 words, without counting the quote or passage, which you need to cite with the page number or minute in the video and preferably copy for me to read without having to look for it)
Speaking. What to share in class: A 3-4 minute presentation on Ngozi and this work of hers. If you can’t share it in class, record it in an mp3 file, but don’t record it until you have practiced it and remember NEVER PRACTICE SPEAKING EXERCISES WITH NARRATIVES, JUST WITH OUTLINES, because if you practice with a narrative you won’t be practicing speaking, just reading aloud, which is a different kind of exercise (a good exercise, yes, but called “Reading Aloud”, not “Speaking”! 😀 )
I’m giving you the outline, to help:
- Ngozi: bio
- [WSABF – form: the talk & the essay] – skippable
- content: Summary or Retelling (Mediation)
- My personal opinion (what I learned)
As an example, here is what I prepared to do my own OP and other written work:
Can you do all the other things we were meant to be doing? Of course!
- Watch the Friends TV Series (episodes 1-3 season 1 at least) and jot down UL to share later in class, so we can put together a podcast episode, too! Yes!
- Read the C1 Resource Pack, so you can learn about our methodology! YES YES YES!!!
- Keep a listening log and a reading log? Yes!
As I think that my proposal on the Employability project did not go down well, I’ve designed the following Writing Workshop on Jazz, by Toni Morrison to work on in November so that you can share your teamwork projects in December. Please, have a quick look asap so you can bring this issue up in class this week! ❤
Check this out: https://englishspeakingwomenwriters.wordpress.com/learn-about-women-writers-learn-to-write-beginnings-endings/ (first download)
And we can come back to the world of employment after the winter holidays.
As you well know, I get nervous when I see people don’t find the time to work on their orals at home, particularly to overcome fossilized mistakes under the level, so supposing you are not into preparing your individual OPs on your summer or any other topic of your choice, my proposal is you work on this challenging 4-minute talk by taking notes so we can create its transcript (please, don’t cheat, we’ll work together in class, too). This talk uses vocabulary for many of the topics you are required to speak about in certificate tests, and includes the crosscurricular subject of Education for Equality: Federica bianco on How we use astrophysics to study earthbound problems. Furthermore, it’s about science and technology, and creative human minds!