15oct 2014 Class

Hi Ya, thank you for taking time to read my notes. On Wednesday we talked a lot, we did not do class work. I will try to remember what we did in class. I did a lot of talking and we all talked together. Ye, B, and G. We reviewed the reading passage about Homeless People. We read it again for comprehension in more detail.

A common theme was “respect” for all people and that no people are above another. People are different and that is a good thing. More interesting!

There are many homeless people in America, we see them every day. They stand on the streets asking for money. They live under bridges, on the sidewalk, in a park, in shelters and in cars. In the past most of the homeless people were men. Now there are women, children and entire families that are homeless. We talked about how the homeless are treated badly by people sometimes. People can be unkind to homeless people by saying and doing cruel things to them, or by ignoring them. The homeless are people who deserve respect too. I talk with homeless people the same way that I speak to any people. I give them money, food and water sometimes. It makes me very angry when I see homeless veterans. B had mentioned that she was surprised to see homeless veterans, especially the older ones from the Vietnam War – and we all agreed that it was wrong for veterans to be homeless in their own country.

I went off on a huge tangent about missionaries and colonization. Poorly simplified social history. But interesting for all of us. So it was fun. I talked, and we discussed as a group. I went on about how missionaries in history went to other countries that had been invaded/colonized to “help” people to be “better” by converting them to Christianity and European customs – like language and clothing. The local people were not allowed to follow their own customs, language or religion. They may even have been beaten or killed for speaking their own language. B talked about how the Turks and British did this in the Middle East to the Arab people. I talked about how it happened in The Americas. Mexico, Central and South America had empires, large cities and things like gold – they were highly organized and powerful. The countries were invaded, colonized and many people were killed, but their cultures were not erased. We named some of the Meso-American empires together and talked about Indian peoples of the region. In North America it was a little different. The North American Indians had “simpler” cultures that were not powerful in the same way. Many North American Indians were simply killed to take the land, and because they were not respected as people. I told the smallpox blanket story. Always shocking. And taking Indian children from their families to go to reservation schools to “civilize” them as recently as the 20th century.

Computer Lab: We had more work to finish on the computers with the “Homeless People” reading exercises and puzzle.

Note: I need to remember dictation!

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Source:: ESL Class Notes

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