So Far So Good [21/22] Week 00

It’s been a while. Oh man, has it been a while. But I’m back. And if there ever was a time when I was all fired up and raring to go, this is the time. I know you're all champing at the bit to put your English through its paces once again and get started on some serious damage control. Soon, you will. In the meantime, let me provide you with some exercises and printouts that will allow us to hit the ground running.

Next Friday, you will receive the first official Bee’s Knees English 2021/22 email. It will look pretty much like this one. Confusing, yes. A deal-breaker, no.

(If you don’t want to join this year’s So Far So Good distance learning project, you don’t have to do anything—just don’t respond, don’t pay and I’ll quietly fade away within a week or two. If you do, here's the info. Some of you paid for last year's non-event, so obviously you're in for a free ride this year.)

Anyway, in order to get all the right juices flowing, I hereby present you with: A little fill-out to get you started. Oh wait, there's also a part two. And a part three! No, false alarm. Sorry. BUT! There is an add-on of sorts.

INTERMEDIATE
We will be sampling some really cool idioms this year.
Hence this fill-in exercise.

ADVANCED
We will be diving into some pretty cool idioms.
Hence this fill-in exercise.

ONE'S OWN TO TEACH

I'm planning on posting more teacher-oriented stuff this year.
Here are two posters we will be using in our opening class.
CIRCLE OF LIFE, P.1 (INT)
SET PIECE, P.1 (ADV)

Ok. I think I got you guys covered there for a while.

So Far So Good [21/22] Week 01

I did the "it's been a while" bit in my last missive. Let's move on
to the "getting down to business" part, shall we?

INTERMEDIATE

1. The recording of this week’s class.
THE COMPLETE CLASS

2. A couple of fine print-outs, because why not.
LAWNCHAIR LARRY INT (1)
AND THAT'S HOW I PLAN ON LEAVING

3. A teeny tiny test to crush your spirits.
LARRY (1)

ADVANCED

1. The recording of this week’s class will be posted
HERE soon enough.

2. A couple of print-outs, because why not.
LAWNCHAIR LARRY ADV (1)
AND THAT'S HOW I PLAN ON LEAVING

3. An itty bitty test to crush your spirits.
NOTES FROM A SMALL CLASSROOM (01)

ONE'S OWN TO TEACH

If you decide to use these stories in your classes, you may
find the following sheets useful.
LAWNCHAIR LARRY (INN)
THAT'S HOW I PLAN ON LEAVING (INN)
(I will also be posting some ideas on how exactly to work with
these stories. But not today.)

Have a tolerable weekend. I'll be back next Friday.

M.

So Far So Good [21/22] Week 02

Hi. We got the first week out of the way and we are sailing into the open partially-charted waters of the rest of this schoolyear. Lawnchair Larry got us going, with Good Dad as his opening act, but there's a lot more fine stuff coming down the pike. So, without further ado:

INTERMEDIATE

1. The recording of this week’s class.
THE COMPLETE CLASS

2. A couple of fine print-outs, because why not.
LAWNCHAIR LARRY INT (2)
AN OPEN LETTER ON THE VIRUS

3. A nice little fill-out to keep you on your toes.
IDIOMS INT (01) EASY

4. A teeny tiny test to crush your spirits.
THAT'S HOW I PLAN ON LEAVING (1)
BONUS (EASY) WEATHER BALLOON KICKOFF

ADVANCED

1. The recording of this week’s class will be posted
HERE soon enough.

2. A couple of print-outs, because why not.
LAWNCHAIR LARRY ADV (2)
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE VIRUS

3. A nice little fill-out to keep you on your toes.
IDIOMS INT (01) HARD

4. An itty bitty test to crush your spirits.
NO BIRDS UP HERE

ONE'S OWN TO TEACH

‚ÄčI'm starting to put together a section on my website where I'll list all the conversation set-ups that I use in my classes in case the teachers among you find those useful. Other stuff, too. It's a work in progress, admittedly. There will be typos, inconsistencies etc. Also, I expect to run out of steam pretty soon and just drop the whole thing. So.
OPENING CLASS OF 2021/22
CONVERSATION SET-UPS

Have a wonderful chilly weekend.

M.