Two months have passed since the lockdown started and I have had time to think about what I have learnt from this situation. Every time I close my eyes and think, I get to the same conclusion: this lockdown is the best thing that could have happened to us, because the way we were living wouldn’t have led us to anything good. We have to change, we have to improve in some aspects and now we have the opportunity. This is the occasion to live being more aware of how lucky we are, to learn to value the little things, because now I know that the ordinary is, actually, extraordinary. Now I’m aware that the most important thing we have is the people we love. I’m aware of the importance of saying “I love you”, and the importance of something as stupid as human contact. Just feel loved, feel excited being surrounded by the people you love. All that is true happiness. So here is a sentence that you should keep in your mind: If this virus brings us back part of the humanity we had lost, we will have won something.
Elena Arteche 2Batx L
The unprecedented situation caused by the spread of coronavirus is a litmus test to us, as it is time to show our maturity and commitment to the society. Even though we cannot work in hospitals taking care of the infected people, there are other ways to help.
The most important action we can all take is to stay at home, since avoiding contact with others will reduce the propagation of the virus and hospitals will not collapse. In cases when it is absolutely necessary to leave home, we must follow the experts’ advice: keep a safe distance between people, wear gloves, wash your hands… Furthermore, we can also participate in different solidarity campaigns such as “A letter for you”, which consists of writing support letters to those who are infected.
In conclusion, it is thought that only healthcare workers can solve the problem, but actually, stopping the spread of the virus is in none other than our own hands.
Sofía Pereda 2Batx M
St George’s Day is Catalonia’s patron saint’s day, and you probably know it all about our tradition. But did you know St George is England’s patron saint too? And a truly pan-European saint as well, with many traditions and celebrations associated with his martyrdom and legendary dragon-slaying taking place across the continent. How much do you know about Saint George and St George’s Day traditions around Europe? Find out with our quiz.
Saint George’s Day Quiz
Book of the Hours, c 1380 (Photo source: wikiwand.com)
And now, taking advantage of this lockdown situation, why don’t we try some classic English cooking for Saint George’s day? Watch the video How to Make a Cottage Pie (with a Caribbean twist) Then check your listening comprehension with the following quiz.
How to Make a Cottage Pie (Video/Quiz)
Bessie Coleman was the first black woman and first Native-American descendant to obtain a pilot’s license. She was born in 1892 to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, where she attended a segretated school while working with her parents in the cotton fields. Although she worked as a manicurist for a while, she soon became interested in flying. However, becoming a pilot was not possible for her in the United States during those “harsh, harsh crushing soul times”, so she saved up the money to travel to France where she got her aviation pilot’s license in 1921. She returned to the US and became a barnstormer performing in dangerous air shows along the country. She wanted to establish a school for young black aviators, but died in an aircraft accident in 1926 before she could fulfill her dream. A woman of courage, she has inspired many. Here is her message: Perseverance. Overcoming barriers. Keep wanting. Push harder. Don’t give up.
Video. Bessie Coleman: First African American Aviator
“You’ve never lived until you’ve flown. The air is the only place free from prejudice.”
Years go by and still women over the world are going through painful situations of inequality and discrimination. March 8th, International Women’s Day, is a time to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This week we are going to reflect on these issues in our English classes.
Here you have a video to start with.
Video. Gender equality
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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Ted Talk: The Danger of a Single Story
The students in 1SMX tarda have been working on video making. Here you have one of the videos they produced.
Your week in SMX, by Isaac Jiménez/Aleix González
London has been an emotional trip, a mix of experiences and emotions that I’m sure has involved everyone. Everyone had his or her moment in this trip, it could be shopping, flying for their first time, or finding themselves emotionally touched. The way that trip is planned makes it impossible for you to get bored, and you will be surrounded by your friends and new people.
Families were criticised, I’m not going to lie, but in my personal case, I had good times with Sally, my hostess. She was very interesting but she wasn’t the best chef. It’s UK, I was expecting that.
The planning was perfectly thought. All days were special and full of activities, and most of us agree that Aladdin’s musical was the best part of the trip. All the planning plus the free time you have to discover London on you own makes this trip highly recommended. I hope that if you have the option to travel next year in this trip, you do it.