This post is dedicated to all those Spanish State Teachers, colleagues of mine, who are suffering the consequences of the regional governments education cutbacks in various Spanish Communities and to all those thousands of now unemployed teachers who have not been contracted by these regional governments in order to transfer the public money, thus saved, to Private Education. A tough situation for the teaching community only sustainable thanks to the teachers' professionality and generosity. My support for their patience and excellence of their work in such difficult times.
- The Logical Song by Supertramp, a British rock band with major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, can serve as food for thought this time on the subject of State Education. The song was inspired by the experience of Roger Hodgson, the singer and composer of this song, who was sent to a private boarding school as a boy.
- Before listening to the song, read the quotations by Spanish poet Antonio Machado and philosopher and writer Miguel de Unamuno translated into English.
"Regarding culture and knowledge, you only lose what you save; you only gain what you give" Antonio Machado.
"True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant". Miguel de Unamuno.This is also a perfect song to practise Syllabic Consonants, a phonetic element that normally patterns as a consonant, but may fill a vowel slot in a syllable. A weak, unstressed syllable often has a schwa /ə / in it. But if the schwa is omitted, we are left with a syllabic consonant, a syllable where the vowel and the consonant have merged into one.
The syllabic consonants n, l, r, m are phonetically represented as / n̩ / / l̩/ /m̩/ /r̩ /Here are some examples:
able /ˈeɪbl̩ /
bottle /ˈbɒtl̩ /
Syllabic r occurs in words like
- Listen to the song and do the gap-fill activity designed for intermediate and advanced students. fill in the gaps using the "Clue" button, where the missing word is transcribed.
- What's the song about? Can you find a connection between the quotations and the song.
- Discuss the subject of Private vs State Education in your country.