Tonight we had a nice full class of six students. For the first hours they split into two groups to maximize the speaking time and talked about what they did during the past week. Everyone had something interesting to say.
to spark (someone’s interest in something), verb phrase: a moment, a thing or an experience that makes you interested in something new.
Ex: Q: What sparked your interest in classical music?
A: My girlfriend sparked my interest in classical music because she was always playing Beethoven.
magnificent, adj: extremely beautiful, elaborate, or impressive.
Ex: The new skyscaper building in New York is magnificent.
Kinkaku-ji Temple is magnificent.
For the second hour we read an article from Breaking News English about Starbucks hiring refugees to work in there international stores as a response to the Trump travel ban from seven middle eastern countries. We had a nice, challenging discussion about the pros and cons of the action by Starbucks.
boycott, v. – withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest.
opponent, n. – someone who competes with or opposes another in a contest, game, or argument.
persecution, n. – hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression.
discrimination, n. – the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.