jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2011

Talking point: What Five Living People Should Be on the New Postage Stamps?

Student Opinion is a regular feature of The Learning Network, The New York Times educational blog. In late September they featured this debate about snail (traditional) mail:

The United States Postal Service announced a few weeks ago that it was tossing out its rule that its stamps honor only dead individuals and will be featuring the living as well.

What five living people would you like to see honored with commemorative stamps?
Do you think the Postal Service is right that stamps featuring living people will “create some excitement and even prompt some young people to engage with snail mail”?
Do you ever mail things these days?
What would be the advantages of the comeback of snail mail?

You can read Katharine Q. Seelye's article Can I Get One Sheet of the Lady Gagas... for background information before you get together with your friends to discuss the topic.

During the conversation with your friends, it's possible that you don't understand something your friends told you. Remember some of the phrases you can use to ask them to repeat what they said.

(I’m) sorry?
(I beg your) Pardon?
Would you mind repeating that?
I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what you said.
I didn't quite catch that. Could you say it again, please?