Mid July Materials
Hopefully everyone is enjoying summer! I also hope the weather has balanced out in Italy & everyone is keeping cool. Edinburgh remains cloudy & breezy — while all my family members were outside in the sun grilling barbeque & swimming in the pool on Fourth of July (American’s Independence Day) I was in Edinburgh alone (while my wife visited England with her family) wearing two sweaters because it was so cold in Scotland! Funny how different the world can be just a few hours apart. Regardless of weather, I hope you are able to relax & enjoy yourself this summer.
I will keep this brief, I am hoping you will find these materials helpful. Feel free to use any of these links to study with — you can also study with any other links from any other post I’ve shared here on this webpage.
Adam Fitzgerald - Medium
Read writing from Adam Fitzgerald on Medium. Writer // Editor // Teacher // Musician. Every day, Adam Fitzgerald and…
Not long ago I shared one of my favorite musicians with my students, sadly this last week he passed away. I can’t recommend his music enough, it’s truly sublime & very special
João Gilberto, Master Of Bossa Nova, Dies At 88
João Gilberto, one of the principal architects of the Brazilian musical style bossa nova, has died at his home in Rio…
Here’s an interesting story about a large Chinese tech business that involves espionage, the trade war and lots of other relevant world politics
Report: All Four Major Mobile Networks in the UK Are Using Huawei 5G Gear
UK telecoms aren't taking warnings from U.S. intelligence agencies that telecommunications gear produced by Chinese…
The TED Talk I selected this week is about sleep — with an expert giving a lot of fascinating information that I’ve never heard before about the benefits & importance of sleep
There has been a lot of news about Iran lately, potential hostilities between the US & Iran, now they have broken the “Nuclear Deal Limit” — this article from NPR explains this if you’re interested
Iran's Uranium Enrichment Breaks Nuclear Deal Limit. Here's What That Means
Iran has crossed another line set in the 2015 nuclear deal between it and major world powers. On Sunday, Iran announced…
Here’s another perspective on a connected story from the BBC
Is the Iran nuclear deal finally dead?
Is the Iran nuclear deal dying by a thousand cuts, or is it actually dead already and nobody will quite admit it? The…
Here’s an article about the migrant crisis, something relevant to everyone in the EU
EU to take migrants from Alan Kurdi rescue ship
Malta has allowed a group of 65 migrants rescued off Libya to disembark on its territory after picking them up from a…
Here’s a video showing a clash between police & protestors in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police and protesters clash
BBC China correspondent Robin Brant reports from Hong Kong amid another day of protests.
This is an article about a bank cutting many jobs, so I wanted to hear your perspective on this
Deutsche Bank shares up on plan to cut 18,000 jobs
Shares in Deutsche Bank have risen after the bank said it would slash 18,000 jobs over three years as part of a radical…
I get a lot of questions about being vegan, so I wanted to share this article I wrote a few years ago on the topic
My View Point | The County Press
I'm a fat kid. Not literally, but mentally. Physically I am a healthy 25-year-old man, but mentally I will forever be…
If you are interested or want more information, recipes, etc. My wife Jessica has a lot of information on her website about vegan food, health, travel & more
These pancakes may be allergy-friendly (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free) but they are full of flavor and fibre! They're…
Here is a heart warming story about dolphins saving a dog
Dog Falls Into Canal And Starts To Drown, Until The Group of Dolphins Comes To Saves Him
Dolphins have always been admired for their beautiful form and graceful swim style. But there is more to these marine…
Here is a not-so-nice story about everyone’s favorite president
Donald Trump's decision to stop US government scientists speaking publicly is 'chilling'
The Trump administration's decision to stop Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials and other government staff…
For grammar this week I wanted to share one of the best resources I have found online for quick grammar info — this link leads to a page where you can study from several different parts of their archive — you can look at different levels of English Grammar, English Vocabulary, English Quotes, English Idioms, etc. This is a very good resource to have bookmarked
One specific area of grammar I know some students still struggle with includes quantifiers — and choosing the right words to fit together
Pick the right quantifier | English Grammar | EF
To answer the questions How much? and How many? certain quantifiers can be used with countable nouns (friends, cups…
For fun, I wanted to include a link to a guide on British slang — including words & phrases I’ve never seen, heard or encountered before reading this list. The way people speak in The UK is entirely different than the US and other English speaking countries, but knowing the meaning of these slang phrases might be helpful if you’re ever planning on traveling to the UK.
Slang - The Best of British
Best of British slang terms. Buy the book and have a gander!
Here is a list of idioms from that site Education First (EF) if you’re interested in learning some more commonly used English phrases, expressions & idioms
English idioms | Learn English | EF
English idioms, proverbs, and expressions are an important part of everyday English. They come up all the time in both…
This is the song Joao Gilberto wrote that really impacted the entire world, may his legacy continue & he rest in peace
I have several new students, so I wanted to share some information to introduce myself, if you are interested. I graduated Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (not far from where I group up, an hour north of the city in the countryside) in 2014, majoring in English and Education. I started teaching when I was 18, over ten years ago. I met my wife Jessica on Halloween, October 31st, 2012 in Detroit (a few days after my 22nd birthday) and we married in 2017. We moved from Detroit to Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2018 so my wife could get her Master’s Degree and so I could get a certificate from Cambridge University and teach English as a Second Language anywhere in the world.
Both my wife & I are writers. We have both been working on separate book series since we were young — 12 & 13, respectively — she is writing a fantasy trilogy, and I am writing a sci-fi / magical realism series that is planned to be 9 books. My wife is currently earning her Master’s in Creative Writing from Napier University in Edinburgh to pursue this goal. We are both finishing up our first books & preparing to pursue publication through literary agents & publishing houses. In addition to our jobs, we work on our books tirelessly.
I am also a musician — I play guitar, bass guitar and sing. I also play piano, keyboards, synthesizer and drums but I’m not very good. I do record music, by myself as Quells and with my best friends & fellow songwriters together as the band “Shady Groves” in Detroit. For anyone interested in hearing or following the music I make with my band Shady Groves back in Detroit, you can follow us on Spotify here:
Watch our music videos & stream our music here —
Shady Groves is a collective of Michigan-based singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists founded in 2015 by Adam…
Or simply listen to our songs online here:
"Michigan based collective Shady Groves is brimming with talent and versatility. Their lofty, drifting sound sends…
If you use social media you can follow us there as well —
Shady Groves, Detroit, Michigan. 1.2K likes. Shady Groves is a collective of Michigan musicians - Adam Fitzgerald…
Shady Groves (@shadygrovesband) * Instagram photos and videos
1,171 Followers, 7,495 Following, 550 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Shady Groves (@shadygrovesband)
If you’re interested in hearing the music I make by myself, I loaded some of that online (for better or for worse)
If you are interested learning more about me, my history with teaching, my passions for education & music, here are some of articles I wrote when I was working as a journalist a few years ago
This link leads to a piece I wrote about Education being the foundation of society:
My View Point | The County Press
Anyone who reads The County Press or Lapeer Area View might know I am an advocate for education. Sadly, most people…
This is another piece I wrote, detailing my teaching experiences:
The VIEW from here | Lapeer Area View
Over the past three years I have been working as a substitute teacher in different schools around the metro Detroit…
This is a column I wrote about respect, and how vital it is in and out of classrooms:
The VIEW from here | Lapeer Area View
One concept that was engrained into me as a child was a basic moral code that can be deduced down to one piece of…
I will leave you with a quote from John Dewey about education to inspire your learning :)
“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.” — John Dewey
Have a great week, I will talk to you soon.
All my best,