Archive for May 30th, 2020

The Prime of Miss Jessica H. Wilson

30 May 2020

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Beatrice Cenci (Guido Reni)

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Bodying forth the Classics: A Manifesto by Jessica H. Wilson

extract:

“This spring I read Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie solely because of the blurb on the back of the book said: “Determined to instill in [her students] independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises her girls, ‘Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me.’” I hoped that Miss Brodie could be a teacher to inspire me during the quarantine to keep teaching well. I probably should have streamed Dead Poets Society or Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Instead of inspiring her students to contemplate goodness, truth, and beauty, as she professes, Miss Brodie tells them scandalous stories about her romance with men who have since died in the War. She binds her students together in a pact against the authority of the school and attempts to image herself in them. Ms. Brodie asks students to parrot her preferences, rather than imitate her loves. When a student answers that Leonardo Da Vinci is the greatest Italian painter, Miss Brodie corrects her, “That is incorrect. The answer is Giotto, he is my favorite.” Miss Brodie is an example of a teacher who tries to make disciples of herself for herself.” (…) 

Continue reading:

 

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Miss Jessica´s Twitter account is

@HootenWilson

#PDF

https://tinyurl.com/y9trt3bk

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Coronavirus COVID 19 – “Are face masks tearing us apart?”(Euronews)

30 May 2020

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Euronews is a good medium to learn English through reading the news in a text (letter size changeable), watching a video and listening to the radio broadcasters´s voice. Their accent is really good. Besides, there are several topics to read about: culture, business, Europe, sport, travel.

extract:

“We don’t have a culture of wearing masks in Europe. We largely escaped the epidemics that scarred Asia and made them a common sight in public there.

And then came COVID-19.

At first, we didn’t have enough masks. We were advised not to use them unless we were sick or looking after someone who was.”

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Go on reading, listening and watching:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/29/coronavirus-are-face-masks-tearing-us-apart-culture-clash

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@euronews (Twitter account)

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METHOD

E.Fouz.-30.5.20

#PDF

METHOD: euronews to learn English

 


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