Intensive Advanced 2

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Advanced 2. Relationships.

Have a look at these two links. Listen to the recordings and then do the exercises (Quiz and Vocabulary Challenge). Click here and here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advanced 2. Video: Homeschooling (2)

Watch the video (here) and fill in the blanks with one or two words (Select to see the answers):

Hi, I’m Melissa, the Homeschool Mom. Today I wanna talk to you about why I homeschool my children. If you haven’t visited FreeSchool yet, check it out in the link below. It’s full of safe educational videos for kids. But, on to homeschooling. Homeschooling is growing in popularity as an educational option in the United States, with about 3 per cent of the school-age population being taught at home during the 2011-2012 school year, but you could ask ten different families why they homeschool their children and get ten different reasons. Most homeschool parents agree that the environment that their children would be exposed to in a public school is something that they are concerned about, others list reasons like safety, morals or the quality of education that their children would receive.
First things first, I’m not a homeschooler because I struggled my way through school and therefore hate it, which I’ve had some people assume. In fact, I was a straight-A student and my class valedictorian. I’m not telling you this to brag, I’m telling you this to illustrate that the public school system worked very well for me –or it would have, if the only goal of attending school was to get good grades. It was because I sailed through the system with a nearly perfect score that I realized that this system, that I had dedicated 15 years of my life to (I attended two years of college before my husband enlisted in the military) that was supposed to help me succeed in life actually failed me in several areas that were really important to me.
First, I was really unhappy in school. I loved the reading, the learning, the classes, the projects, but the social dynamic made me miserable. Personally, I think that if you trap 20 people in a room for seven hours a day and only allow them to leave to eat and use the bathroom, it doesn’t matter what you do, it’s not gonna be fun. Multiply that times 180 days and turn all of the people into teenagers, and you can see why there are problems.
Second, school didn’t leave me much time to pursue my own interests. These days, I spend a lot of time teaching my kids, cooking, and making Youtube videos, but as a teen I wanted to be an artist and a writer! I spent a lot of time drawing, painting, writing and reading, but I still wonder how my life could be different if I had just had more time to focus on those interests instead of waiting for class to start, waiting for class to be over, and riding the bus.
I did the math, and just during the four years that I spent in high school, I spent over 720 hours riding the bus. That’s 30 days. I spent the equivalent of a month, day and night, 24 hours round the clock, riding the bus. I did get a lot of reading done, but I also got harassed by a high school student who shouted profanity at me because I was in his seat until I started crying, when I was nine.
So, third, the things that I learned at school were really limited by what the school had to offer. As someone who attended school in a rural area, we didn’t exactly knock it out of the park in terms of academic variety. As a child, I wanted to learn French –they only offered Spanish. The gifted programme literally did not exist at my school, until my family moved in. My mother demanded accommodation, at which point they gave us about half an hour every week with the “special ed” teacher. Not kidding. Also, the librarian refused to let me check out books above my grade level. Quote: “Above my grade level”. Until my mum stepped in, and made them let me, you know, check out books from the library. Yeah.
Now, you may be saying: “Sure, all that stuff happened to you, but I don't have those problems in my school system. My school system's great! It does all the things that I want for my children.” And that may be true! Good for you. That's awesome.
The point is that there's a lot of things that are out of your control, they're out of your hands, and even if you do discover that there's a problem, you may not be able to get them to fix it. So, with homeschooling, the entire educational process is in your hands, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. So, I was already considering homeschooling my children when my oldest son was diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder at the age of 2, which really kind of sealed the deal for me. I remembered the way that children with special needs were treated when I was at school, both by the school and by the other children and I didn't want him to go through that. And I decided that I was gonna handle his educational needs and his educational experience myself. Cut to eight years later, and it turns out that homeschooling is just really fun. It's a great fit for our family, and a great way for us to learn and grow together, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
So, what about you? Do you homeschool or send your kids to public school, and what made you make that decision? Leave your experiences in the comments. And no mum-shaming please, everybody makes the best decision that they can for their children and, just like our children, those decisions can all be different. Don't forget to give this video a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe to see what's coming next from FreeSchool Mom.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Advanced 2. Video: Homeschooling

Watch the video (here) and fill in the blanks with one or two words (Select to see the answers):

Why I chose to homeschool.
I have a confession to make: I used to be very anti-homeschooling and I mean I used to say things like: “These homeschooled children are not getting proper socialization. These poor children are subjected to their parents, who don't even have a degree in teaching. How do they know how to teach their children? Are they even smart enough?” So, I even... When my children were little, I used to fantasize about the day I could send them to school and I would be free and then when my daughter, my oldest, was three, my dad gave me a book about education and said “Angel, you have to read this”, and it really got me thinking about education and what I wanted for my kids. At that point I didn't even think, I still didn't think I could handle homeschooling, but I felt like it had planted a seed and got me thinking about it. So, when it was time for kindergarten registration, I just... my gut was just nudging me in the direction of homeschooling or just keeping her home for that kindergarten year. I had no idea where I would be, what I would be doing the next year or in five years, but I just, I just felt like that was the right thing for me to be doing at the time.
What drew me to it in the first place is that I'm an entrepreneur at heart and I love the idea that I could custom design my family's educational experience, that I was totally in control of our calendar and our daily schedule. I liked the idea of having that kind of freedom and control over my family's experience.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Advanced 2. Education

Changing education paradigms. Click here,  watch the video and then leave a comment if you want.
If you want to learn more vocabulary, click here.
This video about whether schools kill children's creativity is very interesting too (special thanks to Tomás Cuesta for the link). Click here and please leave a comment explaining why you agree or disagree with Mr Robinson.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Advanced 2. Homeschool vs public school

What are the main differences between the traditional school system and homeschooling? Watch the video and find out. Click here.

Advanced 2. Homeschooling vs. Traditional Schooling

Here you can find an article about the pros and cons of homeschooling and traditional schooling. If you click here, you can also see the video that goes with the article.
To see more videos, click here and here.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Education

Watch this video about schools in Great Britain. Click here.
And now learn more about education in the USA. Click here.
Click here if you want to read about the difference between a college and a university.

Advanced 2: Different accents. Funny videos

Have a look at these videos and check out the different accents. Courtesy of Tomás Cuesta.
RP accent. Click here.
Indian accent. Click here.