- Reflecting on the five pillars of intellectual learning
- Reading and Speaking: discussing How to read a book
- Speaking: (with Katy) Discussing Halloween
- Grammar: Correcting exercises about the passive voice and rephrasing
- Homework: Reading practice, two exercises; subordinate clauses and linking words
- Writing: embelleshing a story
- Listening: An interview with E.M. Forster and a listening test
- Grammar: Passive voice and clauses and linking words
- Writing: The art of writing a story
- Reading and speaking: Discussion on the Road from Colonus
- Speaking: Creativity through stories, two games
This is the talk by Andrew Stanton at TED. We listened to the joke at the beginning. After that, he expresses some very interesting reflections about stories
Remember you must write a new entry in your blog every week, even if I don’t give you a specific assignment
- Correcting exercises from the photocopies on Narrative
- Listening: A story teller and her techniques
- Speakimg: Storytelling
- Homework: Time to finish reading A Road from Colonus or watching A Passage to India
E. M. Forster’s most enduring -and also his last- novel is A Passage to India. David Lean, the masterful English film director -author of Lawrence of Arabia, among other jewels- made a wonderful cinema adaptation of this novel, which he also chose as his farewell. The film shows Forster’s characteristic themes, which we will explore a bit in the discussion of his short story. Two years ago we dedicated one class to discuss this movie. This year, I just suggest you should watch it here (it has English subtitles) This is cinema at its best.
This article was taken from a entry which Blanca posted on her blog. Exaggerated, no doubt, but with some truth in it. To understand English ‘understatement’ is essencial, for example, in order to get the point of some of the dialogues in A Road from Colonus.
Here is the scene from the film Jesus of Nazareth which we have seen today. Jesus masterly used parables -stories- not only to explain or ilustrate moral and theological points, but to inspire and transform. The scene captures this profoundly, as Jesus enters the house of a tax collector and a libertine (Mathew), who is hated and despised by practicing Jews like Peter.
Read through the following two articles from the BBC website. They deal with the dying out of the old tradition of oral storytelling in Morocco and the Middle East. An ancient stream which comes from the One Thousand and One Nights!
This is not a compulsory task. But it might interest you to write a comment in your blog