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Welcome to 2018 and Our Souls at Night’.

Please read up to page 14 for 18th January

The English saying “no pain, no gain” is our motto : we’re confident, cheerful , eager Over-Sixties.  Alison  teaches us weekly : vocabulary, discussion, tenses and reading/writing stories. It’s easier said than done remembering it all. But, chin up, take your time. You’ll be motivated and learn stresslessly and regularly.

Christa-Maria and Reinhard Rieck. (50 words – a kind of minisaga)

The men and women in this group all, of course, want to improve their English,

some of them even have adult children living in England!  They are all highly

motivated – and their eagerness is infectious!

Sometimes we are to be seen in unusual places!

We have finished  talking about Wangari Maathai’s autobiography in the Penguin reader edition: Unbowed

and have also read Penguin Reader The Wind in the WIllows.

We have now also finished reading:  Penguin Reader: Billy Elliot.

and  ‘Evening Class’ by Maeve Binchy:

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We have finished  reading Penguin Reader: About a Boy (Nick Hornby)   and also ‘The Brontes’.   Image result for the brontes oxford bookworm

2017    Happy New Year!

We’ll be looking at the history of Scotlandf but also Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Here is a film about him: Exclusive Charles Rennie MacIntosh tour Glasgow ScotlandThen we’ll be talking about this and that Scottish – starting with  Charles Rennie Mackintosh Image result for Charles Rennie Mackintosh pitkin guide

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Summer 2018

For Thursday June 21st: After talking about rebel girls and boys who dare to be different we are still busy with short texts about a life – this time you are writing one – about James Herriot who was really called James Alfred Wright. We will be reading part of a book he wrote but first please read this rather boring information about his life and then yourself make the entry (text) for for a book of 120 – 150 words.   About James Herriot 

The stuff below is just for your information – the lesson from 14th, the vocab and then the lesson for 21st, part of it!



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Group Four June 14th 2018

a. How did you each get here today? By… or On….

b. What did you bring with you? (May be Ingeborg brought her bike? Or did it bring her?)

c. If you can’t see well you need glasses. You need a hearing-aid if you are ………….

(Sometimes thunder or even music can sound deafening!)

d. Trump’s father imm………… from Germany to US. He was an imm………………..

e. When somebody has a birthday they blow out the candles. The candles are …………………

f. This exercises cons……………… of several different sentences. It is an exercise cons……….. of several parts.

g. Mozart gave concerts when he was very young. He was a …………………. like Menuhin later.

h. A short word that means the same as ‘angry’. (Think of the section in a mass ‘dies irae’).

I. What did Ingeborg want to say about Miachalea Deprince?

j. I didn’t know much about Coco Chanel but I did know that she invented the p………..

called Nr Five.

k. I’m going to a concert tonight. It will consist of a sinfonietta and two pieces for solo instrument and orchestra, called c…………………….

l. People who are asked by the state to fight in a war but who think it is not right, like the Quakers, are c…………… o…………….

m. Ingrid was told she could not go on a second cure this year but she has o………… to this decision and is hoping it will be changed.

n. Churchill and Merkel had the same profession, they were p……………….

o. It is said that man (woman) is a p………….. animal, that means we are always interested in …………………..

Which of these words are hard to remember? Are there any that you like? May be we can go through and try to find opposites etc. next week.

Lesson for 21st:      Group Four 21st June 2018

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On Thursday July 12th we’ll be talking about chapters 1 – 4.   and possibly other things, too.

And we are continuing our way threough the book – despite the weather. Anybody who feels like it can just finish reading!

– finish ‘If only they could talk’ for August 9th. On August 9th people read out quotations from the last chapters and we have to know who says what. We possibly look at the questions at the ends of the chapters. We talk about the book as a whole (although it is only part of a book).

– for August 23rd read the twelve texts under the title ‘L.S.Lowry Calendar 2018’ and answer the right/wrong questions. On 23rd we’ll talk about anything that was difficult, how Lowry compares with other artists of his time. (Deutschers and Joerges don’t have the text yet.)

– for August 30th each of you reads the coloured, printed text about one letter to do with Lowry and his work. You ask me if you think you’ll have problems with understanding the text.

– for September 27th each of you can tell us in German what the text about your letter is about and answer our questions.

– for September 27th each of you reads all the photocopied black and white pages about the Lowry alphabet (i.e. the texts that the others and I are reading and talking about). You don’t look up any words except the words you w a n t to know!

– Sometime we will also talk about Uncle Tom/Onkel Tom of the Cabin/Hütte. Does anybody know why it is so famous? Has anybody read ‘Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead?


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