My plan to walk the Camino de Santiago did not happen because my childhood friend, the person I was traveling with, had a very bad back. So we flew into Santiago de Compostela and had an absolutely marvelous time. We stayed at the Parador because my friend said that if we were going to do Santiago, we were going to do so in style. If you have never stayed at a Parador, it is a state run hotel chain and every hotel is a gem. The building in Santiago is a palace, is many centuries old, has been completed redone, is filled with art gems. I could go on..... but will not because what I did was spend hours in the square directly in front of the cathedral (and the Parador) where I interviewed pilgrims. (I speak Spanish, English, French and German.) I spoke to old ones and young ones, walkers and cyclists, believers and non-believers and every pilgrim shared his story.
And that is what I have done in the text, I have shared those stories. These are the real stories I heard, the real people I met. They never cease to amaze me. I thank them again for sharing and telling me why they had embarked on the Camino and what it had meant to them. If you have had this experience or walked the Camino, please share as well. Write it up in the comments section below. Thank you.
1. I am starting with this because otherwise you would just read about the Camino and forget about the second unit. The Prestige story is gripping. Oil not only fuels our engines, it soils our oceans. When the oil tanker Prestige sank off the coast of Galicia, the entire coast line was affected. Like the Exxon Valdes in Alaska, the consequences for the ecology of the region and the livelihood of its inhabitants were colossal. A discussion on our dependence on oil will raise important subjects. This speaks to many of our students and they are engaged. Lively discussion occured in my class.
2. El Camino de Santiago. Saint James is said to have visited Galicia twice and according to legend is buried in Santiago de Compostela. A cathedral marks the spot and serves as magnet to thousands of pilgrims. During the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked to Santiago from as far away as Germany; today the Pilgrimage Road to Santiago is filled with modern pilgrims of all ages. Whereas in the past they came to receive absolution for their sins, discover why today's pilgrim walk for months on end. The unit is written from the point of view of a several pilgrims, all with very different goals. This unit also includes a game on the Camino de Santiago that highlights both the peril and the pleasure.
Also available in a BUNDLE that includes other thematic units dealing with Ecology.
1. Ecology; The Amazon basin / Potatoes; 2 units for SP Intermediate 2. The food chain, potatoes in this case, is essential to our livelihood. Find out what happened when the food chain broke and more.
2. Ecology and tourism; Chile´s wonders; 2 thematic units for SP Intermediate 2. Our fruits and vegetables now come from all over the world. When it is winter in the northern hemisphere, many of our fruits and vegetables come from South America. Chile grows many thousands of acres of vegetables and fruits not all friendly to our planet. Find out more....
3. El Camino de Santiago / El Prestige; 2 units about Galicia. SP intermediate 2. The Prestige is the name of the oil tanker that spilled and polluted the Spanish coast. What a disaster!
Here is what you will find in the two units:
Subject matter: ecology, history, legend
Vocabulary: ecology, pollution, pilgrim/pilgrimage
Grammar: imperfect, preterite
Oral practice: each individual counts; the best and worst of El Camino
Homework: plant a tree; research into topics of interest
Internet: key words list to facilitate a search and further research
Model tests and teacher's guide
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