Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Last English Conversation Class...for 2013

After 6 weeks of classes, and 16 students who started with us, 8 students gained their diplomas (by attending 5 out of the 6 classes). Here I am with 6 of them...
We had a great discussion tonight about superstitions: here they really have a lot of superstitions... like don't put your bag on the floor as you won't have any money. Or don't sit in the cross breeze/draft or else you will die. Or go out with wet hair (even in summer!) or else you will die. We were talking about the difference between tradition (which is usually good and has a good reason, which has usually been forgotten) and superstition (which sometimes comes from tradition, but you do it in fear of having something happen to you if you don't do it).

For example a tradition is knocking on wood (did you know where that comes from? - it is actually to remind the evil spirits of the wooden cross, so it is a tradition I kind of like). However, if you start knocking on wood in fear that something bad might happen if you don't do it, then it becomes superstition... see the difference? Well, it hopefully made them think a bit!

And we ended off as usual with a lateral thinking puzzle - this time it was:
Can you work it out? No googling it! It took the group about 5 minutes (with a little help from me). It is a goodie!

3 comments:

Victor said...

I don't get the lateral thinking puzzle. What is a lateral thinking puzzle? I have no idea. The only possibility (which is extreme and unlikely) is that somehow this Oscar guy taught Adolf at some point. I doubt it as Hitler was mostly a landscape painter, but maybe Oscar thought if he had engaged Hitler better he would have followed his artistic passion. I don't know.

Belinda Chaplin said...

More on lateral thinking puzzles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lateral_thinking
They are great for teaching English as they are getting them to ask questions - and also getting them to think in a different way...
And you are on the right track with Hitler and art and a school (but they never met)... keep going!

Belinda Chaplin said...

We did this same puzzle last night... Oskar was the guy who got into the Art Academy where Hitler wanted to go instead of Hitler. If he had got in, the second world war probably wouldn't have happened!

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