Internet session Thursday morning 26 September

Every once in a while I like to show groups how the internet can be used to integrate more English into your everyday life, plus just plain interesting stuff, as I find.

Below are some of my favorites that I have also listed or mentioned in other posts.

In the end, one of our group brought a page of his interest (I love it when class participants do that), including copies for reading. It was Louis C.K.’s explanation of why he hates smartphones. Continue reading

Guess the Classic (5)

Classic (4) was H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds, first published in 1898; the latest (loose) film adaptation produced by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Cruise and Tim Burton.

An army of fighting Martian machines destroying England

Most remarkable was the 1938 radio broadcast directed and narrated by Orson Welles.  You can download it from http://archive.org/details/OrsonWellesMrBruns or listen to it on youtube.com. Legend has it that listeners who had missed the introductory part of the play mistook it for reality, panicked and fled from their homes, clogging streets and highways in the Northeastern United States and Canada.

The next classic is from a well-known American author who was one of the earliest American writers of short stories, and one of the first in the US who tried to make a living through writing. He is largely considered the inventor of the detective story, but is probably better known for his gothic fantasies. Continue reading

Some Remarks on ‘Correctness’

This morning we discussed my verb structure circle system (see under pages) in one of my classes. It was, again, as I found, a very interesting discussion. There seems to be one point of misunderstanding, though, when I question the validity of right or wrong claims: my position is not ‘anything goes’ and ‘rules don’t matter’. Continue reading