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Galloping to the Galopagos
01:30 am. Our taxi is due at 2:30 and this time we are off to Ecudor and the Galipagos. Ever since Nuffield Biology 45 years ago I have wanted to go and see for myself the finches and other wildlife that set Darwin thinking and working out his theory of evolution. Our preparations for the journey have not been too difficult, our excellent Travel Agent did all the hard work,but I was deeply disconcerted yesterday to find mys...

Restaurant
Today is “Restaurant Day.” Teachers write original skits to practice vocabulary words and phrases related to food and going to a restaurant. Having 12 pairs of performers takes TIME – they were very creative and entertaining. We took some class time to catch up on forms, getting formal names for the certificates, seeing who needed which syllabi for next week, etc. A couple of short activities rounded out the afternoon – where does the time...

Perquin
We were in the van by 6:30am and on our way to Perquin, a beautiful mountain town on the Honduran border. It was the center of the revolution in the civil war. We attended the special mass commemorating 31st anniversary of massacre of over 1000 people including 200 children in El Mozote. We walked in the square and saw an incredible embroidery display in the Casa de Cultural (Cultural House). Instead of written records, women recorded event...

Taxi
We made this our day of rest. After a late breakfast I prepared for Mon. classes and did a little sink laundry, and then Cindy and I walked to the nearby cemetery. It is HUGE, laid out in streets and blocks – and very peaceful. There are very old and ornate crypts, and a rainbow of artificial flowers everywhere. It was a good place to discuss religion. It was a hot day so I stayed inside, taking time to repack the boxes – most of our stuf...

Ice Cream
Cindy did a “cultural note” on the importance of this date, Dec. 7, 1941, to Americans. Vendors and customers prepared for the simulated market. This is a “culminating activity,” meaning the teachers/students have learned vocabulary, practiced skills in handling money and making change, practiced correct pronunciation of numbers, and roll played using common phrases for buying and selling. Now they will put it all together in the market ac...

Festival
Today flew by because we were set up as 4 centers with the participants rotating through each one. This is a leadup for the simulated market being held tomorrow. The centers introduce and practice English in the context of buying and selling, and using money and calculators. Math is not a strong skill for most of these English teachers. Fortunately most of them like MONEY, so the math part is being a vendor or customer is pretty painless. ...

Drama
We were up early for a bit of breakfast before going to UNIVO this morning to see some student written and produced dramas. The teacher of this English class is a former workshop participant, and we’re thrilled to see him using methodology he learned from us. There was a lot of kissing which drew hoots and whistles, and “behind the curtain” violence – typical life for young people here. While the judges were deliberating, I was asked to say ...

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