Tuesday class March 13
We have now read chapters 8 and 9. In groups of three or four, discuss what happens in these two chapters. Then move on to discuss:
-The symbolism of names: Erica, Chris, Changez/Genghis Khan.
-Erica’s change/deterioration: “he never came to know what triggered Erica’s decline. (Was it) the trauma of the attack on her city? The act of sending out her book in search of publication? The echoes raised in her by our lovemaking? I think I knew even then that she was disappearing into a powerful nostalgia”. Discuss each of the statements and explain what Changez means by each of them.
What does Changez mean when he says “America, too, was giving itself over to a dangerous nostalgia at that time”.
Find quotes that describe Erica’s deterioration or altered mental/physical state.
Find quotes that support the idea that Changez changes his attitude towards America.
Write down 10-15 new words that you have come across in these two chapters.
On your blog, write a summary of the two chapters. Include your thoughts about what is happening with Changez and Erica, both their attitudes and their relationship.
(Photo retrieved from nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/books/review/Olsson.t.html)
Watch the first episode of the series Gap Year
Discuss in your groups:
What is a gap year?
Why does the travel writer they meet on the plane warn Sean and Dylan about going to China? Where should they go instead? Why do you think she says this? What is the reason they are going to China?
What is the difference between Sean and Dylan when it it comes to their background and what they did before they went on this trip?
What stereotypes of and prejudices against American tourists do we see in this film? How are they treated differently at the music festival on the wall? Comment especially on the experiences the Chinese-American girl makes.
Do you think a series like this can teach us something about culture and cultural stereotypes? Give reasons for your answer.
If you were to do a gap year, what would you like to do?
Testing, testing, testing… Students are tested in every subject more or less all the time and International English is no exception! To prepare for this we arrange term tests, because we want our students to be equipped for a written exam. On December 5, Målfrid’s students worked with task 1 of a former exam. You can also listen to the speech as a Ted Talk. We want to share our knowledge with others and have made a padlet about literary devices and language features which you can access here.
Although we use blogs in our teaching, we still want our students to use a formal, academic style. Here is some useful guidance. Good luck with your term tests!