UPDATED! Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai


Course 2019-20: I recorded a new excerpt, from chapter 4, on her visit to NYC!

Here are my pics of the text I read, with some underlinings and highlights on language items for advanced students to consider:



In course 2018-19, as now we have two years to reach the advanced level (C1.1 and C1.2), we’ll be using classroom time to read this amazing autobio or memoir (reading aloud + language and pronunciation questions).

I prepared a handout on STAPLE FOODS because here you will learn some useful vocabulary for Food.

My language work on chapter 1 (maps, pronunciation, certain excerpts / topics):

Check out our Visual Dictionary Blog, where I’ll be posting staple foods.

Mark I’ll be updating this post to include all of my work on this book: Go to our 2018-19 course blog for more work I shared on this autobio: https://c1coursebymf2018.wordpress.com/women-were-learning-about/wangari-maathai/


New Teaching/Learning Project!


Next Oct 2022 I’ll be starting a new adventure! Giving workshops for Advanced in Fuengirola/Las Lagunas, once a week, a two-hour session, and then guidelines for some audio and language work with original materials, so you can come to the workshop to share the fruits of your joyful labor!

On this website you’ll find all the information, in downloadable docs and video format too.

Old students can form a special group with 12 members and get a the special price of 53 euros a month (four workshops). Regular workshops will be with up to 8 students for 80 euros a month.

Join us, and have fun while learning, using your English and developing your amazing human intelligence! Pre-registration from April to June (send an email on Sign up) Go to talkingpeople.es

Room, a novel by Emma Donoghue




For my C1.2’s. If you can overcome an adult’s reluctance to walk in a 5-year-old’s shoes, viewing the world differently, not understanding things in her or his usual way, you will be able to enjoy a true literature masterpiece.

Literature (meaningful literature, like this work) is a great source to learn about our being human, the prevailing world society and culture constructs, and our true potential, what we can actually be and become.

Don’t watch the movie. If you have, try to forget about it as you read. Try to focus totally in what the book offers, an amazing journey of diverse emotions and relevant thoughts.

Here is some of my work on the novel after reading it. Hope it’s useful!

Learning Poems


Listen till you learn the music, too.

Here are the poems I have on the Talking People Podcast. Learn as many as you like and share in class!


Which one would you like to learn for our first Feminist Cultural Week at the School? ❤ Mina Loy, Connie Fife, Joy Harjo, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Dian Million, Ani Difranco, Portia Nelson, Mary Oliver, Audre Lorde

We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


C1 Course Materials - EFL Advanced by MF (2015-on), EOI Fuengirola (public language education)

The essay is great for reading aloud in class, together, and the book is about 6 euros. The translation into Spanish was not done by someone with a feminist intelligence, so disrespecting Ngozi’s analysis he or the publishing house entitled it “Todos deberíamos ser feministas” instead of “Deberíamos ser feministas”, “Todos y todas deberíamos ser feministas” or “Todas las personas deberíamos ser feministas”, as if it were very difficult to accept women’s right to be named, as we keep demanding since the 20th century after witnessing women’s obliteration from History and their inferior status for centuries — undeserving of the minimum respect of being named.

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Feminist Story-telling: Jeanne Desy, “The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet”


This is a story we’ll read in class but you need to read it at home first, to try and look up the most important words for deciphering meaning, those you can’t work out or that don’t affect being able to follow the story, because after reading and discussing topics, we’ll devote some time to language work.
You can borrow the whole book in class, if you wish to read more. Romina borrowed it and shared this OP with us! ❤


English-speaking Women Writers & More!

dontbetontheprinceWe’ve put together this 6-page Word doc for classroom use next year (non-compulsory public/state-run language education, EFL at the C1 or Advanced level).

We’d like to recommend getting the book but we know it’s too expensive for our students, so that is why we’re sharing one of the stories, so at least they know there is something called “feminist story-telling” that educates in non-sexist and non-mysoginist / non-women-hating values.

We hope you enjoy it!

feministstorytelling_jeannedesy (6 Word pages)

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