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A Short Story

      'morning, 'afternoon, 'evening,                                                                                                               thank you Fabio for your accurate comment. There would be so much to enquire about your last answer,  what it means being a native speaker of a Language the way you mean. 

We think that being a native speaker of a Language is a very special condition; it refers to where and who we were born with, to the languages we have been speaking and listening to, for sure.

But there's also the condition of feeling close to a native speaker of that Language, because you share the same reality the language represents.

Being communicatevely competent should be feeling at easy sharing this same world.

It is a deep feeling, a very strong bond with the Language and people who speak it, that allows you to behave, to embody the language itself and be like any other who speaks it. Being united by the same Language, capable of communicating, comparing realities, sharing feelings and ideas.  

Let's go straight to our article: we have read this short story in class dividing it into three parts for three different groups of students; each group had to guess what the whole story was about and compare ideas with the other two. Only after saying the content of each part listening as much as possible to the other groups, students have been allowed to read the whole story. 

They did that and enjoyed this very good teamwork without knowing the title of the story, since it had been cut off from their copies. 

Try here to summarize the story catching the humor, but focus on what strikes you most. 

Have a good job! 

Anna - Coordinator

Source: Speak Up, February 2015 

 

 

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