November 25, 2009

What scares you?

Last class we talked about fears and I came to the conclusion I have a brave group of students! Fátima can keep her cool even when she gets stuck in the elevator. Why not relax, sit down and have a nice talk ?? Liliane enjoys experiencing turbulence during a flight!!!! It makes her sleep!!!
When Jerry was a boy, he liked to scare other kids when there was a blackout. What scares Fernanda, Cynthia and Chris the most? EATING IN A DIRTY RESTAURANT!!!!

We covered page 27 and started the reading on page 28 - Stranded climbers rescued by text message.

Don't forget our class tomorrow!

November 20, 2009


Yesterday we did an exercise on "adjective clauses" and finished page 25 (checkpoint:listening, vocabulary and relative pronouns). The last minutes of the class were dedicated to the introduction of unit 3:


November 11, 2009

Fernanda's speech on Cuba

It was a pleasure to watch Fernanda's presentation on her trip to Cuba. Through her own fantastic pictures, Fernanda showed us the contrasts of a country which fascinates many curious tourists. Fernanda was flabbergasted by their interest in getting simple pens.

November 4, 2009

Helping Others


OCtober 29 - Chris' speech day! A Nutritionist's Unforgettable Experience!

I was very frustrated in this particular class because the internet was not cooperative and I could not show my students a wonderful powerpoint presentation that Frank, the course supervisor, had added to our wiki. So we had a "traditional" class on adjective clauses and did the exercises on page 17. The last minutes of the class were dedicated to Chris' speech.

Chris decided to share a personal experience she had when she was doing her internship at HBDF. Chris was at the hospital visiting the patients and checking how well they had accepted their diets when something very unusual (At least to her!!) happened. Unfortunately, an old patient died in her own arms. It was definitely a very difficult situation for a young nutritionist to deal with.

Have you completed unit 1 in the workbook?

Speech time: A lesson on euthanasia

On October 27, Jerry delivered a speech on a controversial issue: euthanasia, a method or act intended to end someone's suffering and life by causing his/her death without pain. According to our current Criminal Code, euthanasia is considered a crime. Jerry, who is a judge, led us to reflect upon this issue by presenting the concepts of disthanasia (the artificial and ruthless prolongation of the process of death of a terminal patient) and orthothanasia (the interruption of medical procedures for terminally ill patients with no more prospect of a decent life). It is not easy for family members, doctors and law authorities to decide on what to do when the issue of euthanasia arises.

We are already in Unit 2! Before Jerry's presentation, we discussed the social uses of lying. We agreed that we live in a society in which we are often rewarded for lying and punished for telling the truth. If you arrived late at work, would you tell your boss you simply woke up late? Would you make up a nice excuse?
Do you think it's OK to lie to avoid hurting someone's feeling?