Hello everybody out there!
Man, what a week! Unbelievable, how much one can do in five English lessons! I really had to sit down a minute and think to recall everything we did. Ok, let’s summarize our English week:
On Monday, 21st we started with our presentations on a topic of our choice. The one to start was Maria and she told us some really interesting facts about the history of marathon and the New York City Marathon in particular. Isn't it amazing that a person runs 42 kilometres in just 2 hours!? What I found particularly interesting is that the winning woman receives much more prize money than the winner of the men. I think in every other sport women get much less money than the males. We also watched the thrilling ending of this years NYCM. Maria’s talk took us the first of the two Monday lessons. In the second lesson we watched excerpts from another Macbeth movie, this time a more modern one. We talked about the striking differences between this movie (by Trevor Nunn) and the one by Roman Polanski. One difference was the age of the protagonists, they all seemed to be much older in the modern movie, and another one was the colors. The Polanski movie seemed to be more colorful and not just black and white. Thus the whole class (I think so) liked the older movie more than the modern one. If you don’t agree you can give your opinion in a comment on this blog! Excellent idea, isn’t it?
On Tuesday, 22nd, our single-lesson-day, we opened our Viewfinder Specials (long time not seen!) and started to talk about a new topic, the United Kingdom and its nations. We realized the problems existing between the English, the Scottish, the Welsh, and the Irish. They all want to be united in order to have a powerful position in the EU, but at the same time they all wish to have their independent governments and identities. I can totally understand them, I would want to have my own identity too and I would not like to be thrown into one pot and mixed up with other people. We read the first text about this topic in our book and talked about flags and languages of the United Kingdom.
On Thursday, 24th there was a second presentation, this time by Victoria. She talked about the festival of Woodstock in 1969, its origin, music, and people. I think she did a very good job there, because we could listen to the typical Woodstock music and got an impression of the mood there with an excerpt of a documentary movie. Judging from the photos Vici showed us claustrophobia is not very useful in such crowds of people!! The presentation of Victoria filled our first lesson. In the second one we looked at some new words which appear in the new edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. I really enjoyed talking about the modern vocabulary and guessing what the funny words could possibly mean! Did you ever hear words like ‘trip hop’ or ‘chick lit’? In my opinion that lesson was very funny, but also useful, because they seem to appear a lot in spoken English. Twenty-four seven (or 24/7) for example has become a normal word and you can even see it on signs in German stores!
So, that was my little summary of the week. What’s left to say? Read on your chick lits and keep on watching Bollywood movies! Mwah!!! :-) See you all next week!