Subject Index: Writing, Reading & Review Classes.

4th December 2020

Writing exercises and reading exercises

Business job interview // Business English: What’s on the agenda ? // 5th May 2020

Condensing text (‘1001 Nights) // Adult Speaking Class, level 2, Part 6 24th January 2020

Correcting texts & emails // Writing corrections (all levels) // 15th May 2020

Creative writing // Adult Class, Level 3 // Relationships // 26th May 2020

Creative writing // Adult Speaking Class, Level 3: Storytelling // 29th March 2020

IELTS cultural differences // Adult Speaking Class, Level 3 // 24th April 2020

IELTS // Writing exercises // re-arrange poor writing // 12th May 2020

IELTS // IELTS 5 – 6.5. Writing example // 15th March 2020

IELTS // Yoga & exercise // IELTS writing practice // 25th April 2020

Reading

Short stories (Sherlock Holmes) // Adult Speaking Class, Level 3. Theme: Crime & Punishment

Using a thesaurus // Creative writing // Adult Speaking Class, Level 3: Storytelling part 2 // 30th March 2020

Bible (Tower of Babel) Genesis 11 // Adult Speaking Class, level 2 // 9th January 2020

Review lessons

Young learners, Level 2 // Units 1 – 4 // 25th November 2020: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/11/25/young-learners-level-2-unit-review-1-4/

Young Learners, Level 2 // Units 1 – 5 focus on Sweden, and continuous verbs // 31st December 2020: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/12/31/young-learners-level-2-what-are-they-doing-in-sweden/

Young Learners, level 5 // Units 1 – 2 // 18th November 2020: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/11/18/young-learners-level-5-what-are-you-doing-how-do-you-feel/

Young Learners, Level 5 // Unit 2 // 4th November 2020: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/11/04/young-learners-level-5-what-were-you-doing-when/

Young Learners, Level 5 // Unit 1- 4 // 17th December 2020: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/12/17/young-learners-level-5-review-units-1-4/

Adult Speaking Class, Level 1 // Adjectives, contractions, adverbs & conversation practice // 25th October 2019: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2019/10/25/adult-speaking-class-level-1-review-adjectives-contractions-and-sentence-building/

Adult Speaking Class, Level 2 // Small talk, clothes // May 11th 2020: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/05/11/adult-speaking-class-level-2-review-small-talk-and-clothes/

Adult Speaking Class, Level 2: Giving opinions – architecture

9th April 2020

Architecture

What do you think of these styles ? Which do you like and why ?

Use adjectives and opinion expressions

I think / I feel / It seems to me / In my opinion  /

I especially like / I especially dislike / This appeals to me

Some adjectives:

imposing / impressive / incredible / magnificent / symmetrical / dazzling / unique / minimal / functional / decorative /

Expressions:

A sense of space / playful decor / somber facade / elegant lines / spiritually enhancing / an icon of national identity

Gothic 
Renaissance
Baroque
Art Nouveau
Cubist
Modernism

Some contemporary architects and styles

Would you like to or visit any of these buildings ?

How do you react to them ?

What are they trying to say ?

Kazuyo Sejima (Japan b. 1956)

Daniel Libeskind (Poland / USA b. 1946)

The Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Dubai (UAE)

Which one expresses optimism, growth and confidence ?

Which one challenges conventional structures ?

Which one uses architecture to reflect a destruction or shattering of society ?

Finally:

Here’s a great video charting the advances made in architecture over the last century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuTqWxuAazI

EVOLUTION of WORLD'S TALLEST BUILDING: Size Comparison (1901-2022 ...

Are we getting close to the Biblical Tower of Babel ?

Bruegel, Tower of Babel (video) | Khan Academy
Tower of Babel by Peter Breughal 1563

For those who are interested in the story, here is the extract from The Bible, Genesis 11

Genesis 11 New International Version (NIV)

The Tower of Babel

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lordsaid, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.