Refugee Boy: Chapter Two

Refugee Boy: Chapter Two

‘Alone in the Country’

In this second chapter Alem wakes up to find that his father has left him to fend for himself in this unknown country. He’s left him a note explaining why, and Allem must figure out how he’s going to go about with his life now that he’s alone. Thankfully, two young ladies decide to lend him a hand.

My students found this chapter easy to read and they were all puzzled as to why Mr Kioto would do such a thing! They spent some time talking in pairs about how they thought Allem could have felt after reading his father’s letter and how they themselves would feel if they were put in that position. It was great to hear so many different opinions within a same class.

*Chapter Two Vocabulary*

Plead (v)
Sigh (n & v)
Pond (n)
Ally-Allies (n)
Get rid of (something) (v)
Upbringing (n)
Rite-of-passage /n)
To fend for yourself
Peep (into) (v)
Well-being (n)Ā 


Refugee Boy: Chapter One

Refugee Boy: Chapter One

‘Welcome to the Weather’

Before they started to read the chapter, I gave them some vocabulary words they could have a look at in case they needed to. They then had some time to work, in pairs, to find the meaning of the words in the list (using the dictionary on their phones), and then we checked them as a group, to make sure everyone had found the right meaning. There were, however, some other words I didn’t bother writing down and I went on to explain that they didn’t need to know EVERY SINGLE WORD in order to understand the story.

In this first chapter we read about how Alem and his father, Mr Kelo, arrive to London. On their arrival they are asked numerous questions by the customs officer and then they jump in a cab to get to their hotel. They spend the next day wandering around the center of London while seeing amazing sights and tasting new foods.

At first, when I told my students we were going to read a book, they all clammed up and they were the opposite of excited, but by the end of the first chapter I was happy to see they’d understood what they’d read, and, more importantly, they’d even enjoyed it! We’ll see how chapter two goes šŸ™‚

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Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

No matter what country you live in, you’re affected more or less by refugees. Perhaps your country is debating whether to accept refugees from other countries or not, or maybe the people in your own country are having to flee to another place in search of a better life, leaving all they ever knew behind. It’s quite a controversial topic in the World we live in today, which is why I’ve chosen a book which speaks about it to read with my B2 level students.

As the weeks go by, we’ll be reading through this book and learning about Allem’s journey as a refugee boy. I’m sure it will bring up debates and different opinions, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.


Don’t let your holes stop you from flying

Don’t let your holes stop you from flying

One of my new favorite artists nowadays isĀ Passenger.Ā He’s an English folk rock singer who writes beautiful songs and sings them while he plays his guitar. You may have heard his songĀ Let her go, one of his more popular ones.Ā It was a great song, of course! But there are so many other songs of his that are wonderful too and, for some reason, haven’t been as popular at all. His lyrics are interesting to listen to, he really has a message to tell.

This song in particular that I want to share with you is calledĀ Holes, and it talks about how during our journey through life we may get hurt or fall down and we may develop different types of holes, Ā but that doesn’t mean we can’t stand up, brush off the dirt and keep on going. Actually, that’s what we SHOULD do! We shouldn’t surrender or give up just because we fall. We can learn from our mistakes and carry on.

Some vocabulary to look out for while you listen to this song:
Own= To have X as your property
(I own a red car= I have a red car- it’s mine)
“They were gonna ask his mother to choose= When they useĀ chooseĀ here, they mean that the mother had to choose to unplug him from the machine and watch him die, or continue to have him plugged in, although he couldn’t do anything at all. This happens when the person is in a severe condition.
Mortgage= Payment of the loan you asked the bank for to be able to buy your house.
Gotta = Got to


I know a man with nothing in his hands, nothing but a rolling stone
He told me about when his house burnt down, he lost everything he owned
He lay asleep for six hole weeks, they were gonna ask his mother to choose
When he woke up with nothing he said I’ll tell you something
When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose
Now I’ve got a hole in my pocket, a hole in my shirt, a whole lot of trouble, he said
But now the money’s gone, life carries on and I miss it like a hole in the head

I know a woman with kids around her ankles and a baby on her lap
She said one day her husband went to get a paper and the mother fucker never came back
Mortgage to pay and four kids to raise, keeping the wolf from the door
She said the wolf’s just a puppy and the door’s double locked so why you gotta worry me for?
Now he left a hole in my heart a hole in a promise a hole on the side of my bed
Oh but now that he’s gone well life carries on and I miss him like a hole in the head

Well sometimes you can’t change and you can’t choose
And sometimes it seems you gain less than you lose
Now we’ve got holes in our hearts, yeah we’ve got holes in our lives
Well we’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on

Said, we’ve got holes in our hearts, yeah we’ve got holes in our lives
Well we’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on
Said we’ve got holes in our hearts, yeah we’ve got holes in our lives
Well we’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on

Said we’ve got holes in our hearts, we’ve got holes in our lives
We’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on

Said we’ve got holes in our hearts, we’ve got holes in our lives
We’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on
Said we’ve got holes in our hearts, yeah we’ve got holes in our lives
Well we’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Most of us learn better through practice than through theory. Especially nowadays where we live in theĀ Lazy Era.Ā Many people are too busy looking up things on their cell phones to even look around and realize they are missing out on so much! They are missing out on LIFE! To sum up: we are lazy! And it isn’t any different in the academic world. We want to learn without too much effort, without even noticing we are actually learning.
For those of you (us!) that fit into that category, here is a great website! My partner has been using it on and off for a year now and I have really noticed an improvement in him. Plus, it has an app, so you can use it on the go! It’s almost like a game, so it’s fun! All you have to do is register (for free) and then start going through the units. Even if you have a higher English level, I would still recommend you look through the lower units before going onto to the higher ones (it never hurts to review things you’ve already learned at some point).
Of course, you can always sign up for premium and pay a bit to have access to all the units, but it’s good to give it a try for free, see if it’s worth your time or not.

So, give it a go and let me know if you found it useful or not, and why. (Or if you use something similar).

Oh, I almost forgot! The website is: Ā Happy learning!

And so…our journey begins

And so…our journey begins

Hi there, I’m an ESL teacher and my name’s Kate!
This is my first experience with blogging, but I hope it’ll be helpful for me as well as for my students (and anyone else interested in learning English).
I know there are already many blogs, websites, etc, out there that publish articles related to this topic, but I feel likeĀ Kate’s English CornerĀ could be something different. I’m going to try to teach you English through books, films, series, music, cooking, games, hobbies and so much more. Many of my students say it’s SO boring to have to sit down and study lists of verbs, of vocabulary, of connectors and so many other lists! And I always say You’re right!Ā So, here I am. Trying to show you that English CAN be fun.

I hope you will enjoy reading it, and maybe even learn something new! šŸ˜‰