Wednesday, January 30, 2019

C1.2 Class - Summer 2019



Far background: two guys we don't know
Back row: Rodrigo, Sensei Gabriel, Jo, Simone, Dani, Antoine, Fabian
Middle row: Aranxa, Moritz, Monika, Jasmin, Trinidad, Lena
Front row: Karina, Morgane, Mathilde, Renzo  



Far background: two guys we don't know
Back row: Rodrigo, Sato, Jo, Simone, Dani, Antoine, Fabian
Middle row: Aranxa, Moritz, Monika, Jasmin, Trinidad, Lena
Front row: Karina, Morgane, Mathilde, Renzo  

Monday, January 28, 2019

(Project) Making a learning activity

「the 7 learning styles」の画像検索結果



Do you know about something cool, interesting, useful etc? Or how to do something cool? How could you teach the rest of us about it?


What's the goal of your mini lesson? What do you want us to understand or be able to do by the end?


Try to use as many of the modalities above as you can. Make people speak, listen, look at or create pictures, reflect on their own, mix and collaborate, use or follow logic, and do or make something. 


It's not a presentation, it's a learning activity. Try to make it fun.


It always helps to go over you lesson plan a few times and simplify things.


Remember to leave room for spontaneity, encourage learners to react and contribute.







Thursday, January 24, 2019

(Upper-Intermediate) Time Travel



Time travel is a staple of science fiction stories, but is it actually possible? It turns out nature does allow a way of bending time, an exciting possibility suggested by Albert Einstein when he discovered special relativity over one hundred years ago. Colin Stuart imagines where (or, when) this fascinating phenomenon, time dilation, may one day take us.

fast-forwarding
orbiting
time dilation
curious (adj. "strange")
formulated
open the door (idiom)
moving relative to
to synchronise
onboard
minuscule 
to add up
hurling around
a round trip

Watch:

Time Travel

According to the video is time travel to the future or the past more possible?

Discuss

If you could time travel, would you rather travel to the the future or the past?


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

(Advanced) Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change


“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Pre-learn 12 terms:

12 terms

Watch:

Allan Savory


Vocab

arid
give off
run off
evaporation
blunder
plant litter
a proxy
methane
mimic
pastoralist
tackle     
for illustrative purposes    


1. What causes climate change besides fossil fuels?

2. Why is year-round humidity important in avoiding desertification?

3. Why does bare ground release carbon? Why is this bad?

4. How can we “store” carbon?

5. How much of the Earth is desertifying?

6. What do most people believe causes desertification?

7. What do you think “political dynamite” means?

10. How have the planet’s the “seasonal humidity environments” developed?

11. What prevents over-grazing in these environments?

12. What happens if dead grass doesn’t decay before the next growing season?

13. How do we justify burning large areas of grassland?

14. What does Savory believe is the only way we can avoid desertification and climate change?

15. What makes this such a challenging problem? What is the answer?

16. What does he mean by “predator friendly”?


Discuss:

1. What do you think of what Savory did in his younger years in making National Parks?

2. Is desertification happening in parts of your country?

3. Do you think Savory has the answer to climate change?


Quizlet:

Vocab quiz for after

Thursday, January 17, 2019

(Advanced) Evaluating an ad - writing assignment

Find an ad, it can be in print, it can be a You Tube ad, a TV ad, a billboard - whatever.


Paragraph 1: Describe it.

What's the ad for?
Summarise it briefly
What kinds of imagery does it show?
What kinds of people / characters feature?
Does it have music? Does it use text? Voices (what kind?)?
Does it use humour? Surprise etc?
Does it use a slogan?



Paragraph 2: Analyse it.

Who is the ad trying to appeal to?
How does it create an emotional connection between the audience and the product/message?
What kind of image or attitude is it going for?
How does it try to grab your attention?
How does it try to make a more lasting impression?
What effect do the different elements have as a whole?


Paragraph 3: Interpret it.

How do you feel about what the ad is doing and saying?
What does this ad show you about how our society is? Is it a positive or negative reflection of society?



Paragraph 4: Judge it

Is this a good ad? Why - in one simple sentence.
Can you sum the ad up very simply?



Student Model: (3 paragraphs)



Image result for ikea idolen

Watch here:


The IKEA "idolen" (idols) is an ad for furniture. It features a father and his son. It seems like the mother isn’t in the picture and that the kid is the only child. The furniture (the product being sold) is integrated with a message about being present for your family. In the ad the father and son do all kinds of stuff: fishing, painting, etcetera. But the father seems to be really busy with either work related calls or private calls, and the kid is just wanting to hang out with his dad. It uses the slogan “Där livet händer”, meaning "where life happens".

The ad begins with the song Sit Down Beside Me, by Patrick Watson. This song communicates the message very simply and directly: just to take a break from the phone and be in the moment. 

The ad is trying to appeal to parents, middle-aged men and women. The choice of music makes a lasting impression, and also grabs our attention. Sending the message loud and clear about the negative impact of technology on our relationships.  It’s a quite serious ad which sticks with you and makes you think about to value your relationships with family and friends, and I think it probably sells the furniture too. I would describe this ad, in one word, as family.

By Julia


If you can't find an ad, try one of these:


NRA

I Believe

White Washing

Epic Split

Learning is a miracle





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

C1.2 Immersion challenge (adjectives)


Go through Lorena's text adding the adjectives you found while on the challenge. Try to get the strangest combinations you can.Image result for john Lewis Christmas | Monty The Penguin | 2014

Watch here:


This is a John Lewis ______ advert from 2014, made to inspire people to buy a _____ gift.
In the video you see a little boy hanging out with his best friend, a ______ penguin. As they enjoy the _______ season together, doing all the classic ______ activities, the viewer realises that the penguin is longing for love. The boy realises too, and surprises his friend with a ______ penguin for Christmas. At the end there's a twist where the parents are seen watching the boy playing with two _____ animals.
The music is ____ Love, originally by John Lennon, but performed here by Tom Odell. The whole ad finishes with the slogan "Give someone the Christmas they've been dreaming of".
As John Lewis is a department store, the _____ group is a family. The ______ connection is created by the bond between the little boy and his _____ penguin and at the same time it`s the element that makes the _____ impression. Especially because it is a ______ advert, John Lewis brings up all the feelings that are related with this season: the coziness, family time and the longing for love. 
The advert represents our desires and longings as they arise during the ____ time and it shows our society in a _______ way.
By Lorena

(Advanced) E-Waste and Identity Theft

Image result for e waste heel


How are the West's 'recycled' TVs and computers ending up in a toxic dump in Ghana? Dateline investigates the trade in e-waste which is poisoning a once picturesque part of Africa.

Watch from 12:30 the end.

E-Waste Hell

Why is Mike collecting items of e-waste?
What can information on discarded computers be used for?
Why is identity theft likely to occur in Ghana?
How many people make a living from selling repaired computers and monitors?
Where does the waste end up?
Why are the children burning the waste?
What kind of metal have they salvaged?



  


Monday, January 14, 2019

(Advanced) HyperNormalisation


No one talks about power these days. We are encouraged to see ourselves as free, independent 1________ not controlled by anybody, and we 2_________ politicians as corrupt and empty of all ideas. But power is all around us. It's just that it has shifted and _______ into a massive system of management and control, whose 3________ reach into all parts of our lives. But we can't see it because we still think of power in the old 4________ – of politicians telling us what to do.

The aim of the film I have made, HyperNormalisation, is to bring that new power into 5_______, and show its true 6_________. It ranges from a giant computer high up in the mountains of northeast America that manages and controls over seven percent of the worlds total wealth, to the complex algorithms that constantly 7________ every move and choice you make online, to modern scientific ideas about what the normal human being should be – in the their weight and in their feelings and moods.

If you 8________ and look at the everyday life all around you, you can see the 9_______ appearing through the shiny surface of the cocoon we are living in. So much of the modern world is beginning to feel odd, unreal and sometimes fake. I think these are the dynamic forces outside beginning to 10_________ as the system begins to fail.

- Adam Curtis

cracks
terms
individuals
despise
pierce through
tentacles
mutated
focus
dimensions
monitor
pull back


Vocab:

think tank
detached (attitude)
algorithim
performance target
measured outcome
pantomime
ever-growing
component
absorb


Watch:

Excerpts from HyperNormalisation

True or false?

Tall buildings are essentially worthless.

The Brexit showed us that we live in a dream world.

The original vision of social media was to create an echo chamber.

The reality opens us up to more perspectives.

Your real job is shopping.

The original idea of cool was more political.

Cool is an idea from the 1960s.

Politicians are cool.

Their real job is to make us click more.

Ours is the first all-encompassing system.

Hypernormalisation means pretending everything is normal when it isn't.
 

Discuss

1. Do you think the world has become more dangerous and volatile over 2016? Why?
2. Were you shocked by Brexit and the election of Trump?
3. Do you agree with the filmmaker that we live in an all-encompassing system? What evidence is there for this?
4. What do you think of "politicised" people? Is it no longer "cool" to be politicised?
5. Do you agree that a lot of what we call work is fake?
6. Our online activities are being tracked, stored and analysed by companies and by government agencies. By the time you are 50, the internet will know you better than you know yourself. Is this something we should fear? Are their upsides to this too?
7. Overall, what did you think of these excerpts from the film? Would you watch the whole thing?





TED Talks Advanced unit 2: Identity

















How can someone steal your identity?

Are you sure all of your personal information is secure?










Whose identity would you like to steal for a day and what would you do in those 24 hours?










How can you prevent identity theft?










What would you want to happen to someone who stole your identity?














Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?













Image result for e waste heel


How are the West's 'recycled' TVs and computers ending up in a toxic dump in Ghana? Dateline investigates the trade in e-waste which is poisoning a once picturesque part of Africa.

Watch from 12:30 the end.

Why is Mike collecting items of e-waste?
What can information on discarded computers be used for?
Why is identity theft likely to occur in Ghana?
How many people make a living from selling repaired computers and monitors?
Where does the waste end up?
Why are the children burning the waste?
What kind of metal have they salvaged?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

(Advanced TED) Modular Housing


"It's easier to ship recipes than cakes and biscuits."

Discuss the quote above - what does it mean?

First watch the ad for Wikkel House

Wikkelhouse

Listen and fill the gaps:

groundbreaking d______
patented t______
wrapped around a m____
wikkelen is dutch for w________
glued t________
vacant p___ of l____
built to l___
anything g____
same g____ for the interior
whatever t_____ your f______
easily a______ to your n_____
d_____ and d______ by
figured that ___ we w_____
go a_____

Now watch this more challenging video on a different company:

Wiki House

Questions

Part 1. (0:00 - 1:28)

1. What are the two main drivers of the so-called 3rd Industrial Revolution?
2. What are blueprints?
3. What is the paradox of the new production model?
4. "To do for design what Wikipedia does for knowledge" (What does he mean?)

Part 2. (1:28 - 5:36)

1. At it's ___ WikiHouse is a community library of 3d models.
2. At the moment we use SketchUp because it's free and it's ____ easy to use.
3. You can ______ print out a kit of parts using a _________ sheet material like structural plywood.
4. Those parts are assembled not _____ a very large Ikea model.
5. ...using mallets which ______ are part of the printed kit.
6. Then the lightweight frames are ____ into ____
7. The finished house has _________ to make new parts for itself.


Part 3 (5:37 -

True of false?

1. WikiHouse is in an advanced stage of development.
2. The prototypes have only been built in Christchurch.
3. The different teams around the world are encouraged to be creative with the system.
4. WikiHouse is a complete solution to global problems.
5. The world's fastest growing cities are 'self-made'.
6. Institutions are not the answer to the world's biggest problems.
7. Housing solutions are only one way of developing the social economy.


Discuss:

What do you think of the Wiki House vision?
Is this a kind a project you'd like to get involved in?
What might it mean to "develop the social economy"?
Have you heard of similar projects which try to democratise the economy?


Further Listening:

If you're interested in this notion of a wiki-economy have a listen to this interview:

The Postcapitalist future





Monday, January 7, 2019

(Upper-Intermediate) The Umbrella Man




Related image


One man seen standing under an open black umbrella at the site of JFK's assassination.


It's a sunny day. Why?












Filmmaker Errol Morris explores the story behind it. A cautionary tale.

What is the fourth dimension?

What is the quantum dimension?

What does a black umbrella mean to you?

Language:

Motorcade
Dallas
Shots
Sinister
Conspiracy theory
Rigged
Throat
Assassin
Come forward
Testify
Visual
Policy
Appeasement
Ambassador
A reference
Neville Chamberlain
Valid
A cautionary tale


Watch:

The Umbrella Man

Now use the words "fourth dimension" and the others in the list to summarize the film. Either write a paragraph or chat with you neighbour.





(Upper-Intermediate) How do you think the pyramids were built? - Graham Hancock


The Great Pyramid according to Graham Hancock:

Weight:
Footprint:
Length of base sides:
Height:
Position: Locked into the __________ dimensions
Aligns with true _____ to within ___ of a degree
Height x 43,200 =
Base perimetre x 43,200 =
Years for the precession by one degree of the earth's axis:
72 x 600 =
Number of slaves used in the construction:

Is it possible the Great Pyramid was made by a civilisation as advanced as ours?

Watch:

How Were the Great Pyramids Built?