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mercoledì 22 marzo 2017

IATEFL Glasgow 2017



                                             http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2017
I have been accepted to be a  registered blogger and I will write about some interviews and events which will take place in Glasgow in April.
What makes the online event a   must do it is the international community of speakers who will share ideas about  English and the world of English.
I will be online and follow some events and I do hope that this event will enrich my personal  growth and provide me with tips and new ideas about the best practices and learn more about the speakers who are going to talk:    http://conference.iatefl.org/plenaries_q_live.html


Let's meet virtually online:  Glasgow will not be foo far from us!



# Westminster


London- Westminster: My heart is full of sadness tonight . Today we have seen again how violence and death are part of our daily lives- it happened a long time ago in London and it has happened again today.  It happened in the heart of London- Westminster- to remind us that we are at risk: terror and  violence that make us feel speechless.

Westminster is the place by the river Thames where the first EnglishParliament was born. It is also the place where  most of commuters arrive when they are reaching their offices or colleges for studying in central London. I used to walk in this part of London on Saturday and Sunday when I reached the centre of this city. I still remember what I  first saw when I arrived from Crydon on the 109 bus. The bus moved along the bridge and then it stopped in Trafalgar Square.      

Palace of Westminster, London - Feb 2007


By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


I have been to London many times and I have studied there too.  I have loved its international  communities. I have lived with  families whose origins were not always British but we lived together, we shared ideas about  our  countries and  we learnt from the  others.

I do hope that we will continue living together and that criminals like the man who committed such a  crime  will stop destroying our ideas and values.  First of all, we want to live in peace and  this is true for everybody, we need to have hopes and share ideas about us and the others.

        It will be sunny tomorrow and I do think that hope will continue living in our hearts , in London but also everywhere .
 

sabato 18 marzo 2017

IATEFL ONLINE APRIL 2017

The next IATEFL ONLINE CONFERENCE starts in April.


  http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2017 | Tune in for live coverage from Glasgow Monday 3rd April
The programme  can be seen online and  downloaded.  It is an important event for  ELT educators and most conferences  provide an interesting opportunity  for  CPD  and  Professional  Development.

The events are free online and  they can be seen by all the  teachers who are interested in teaching and  learning about changes in ELT and  Education.

I am looking forward to it and I hope you will also join the conference online!


venerdì 17 marzo 2017

St Patrick's Day 17th March

Ideas for Introducing the Topic :  Who was he? What do people do today? Do we also celebrate him in our country? 


 -Watching a video and listening to a song


Irish For a Day - St. Patrick's Day Party Music from Robert Palomo on Vimeo.


-Learning about the story of  St. Patrick : many stories about him






            
-Learning and Reading  online 

http://www.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/mar17/happy-st-patricks-day/family/?sf58937551=1

lunedì 6 marzo 2017

8th March: Women and Education

Thanks to  Shelly Terrell Sanchez who has shared lots of resources online  this week: Women's Day is now part of our celebrations and the web offers plenty of resources. When teaching English and other  school subjects we can rely on important documents and tips which can be used in class.

First of all , we should remember  the many women who struggled and  suffered.  History can teach us about them, their hopes and what happened in many lands and countries.   







Why do we need to celebrate  Women's Day?


Because things are changing but not everywhere. Too many girls and women need to fight against people who want to make them be silent. 
It is also about  Malala's rights and the right of girls who want to go to school and believe in education for women. 

Literature and women  writers

In Literature, I love thinking of the many voices of women and writers who have written about them: V. Woolf and others like  Dorothy Richardson who wrote about women and changed the way we write now. It was Stream of Consciousness but also the discovery of the attitude of women which was different from their husbands, fathers and brothers. 

When dealing with the XX century in Literature I like reading about V. Woolf's  ideas: I like her great text- " A Room of One's Own"- her voice is still talking to us and helps us think about the world and how women are  treated. 


venerdì 3 marzo 2017

Mind Mapping : Wisemapping a free tool online

                                                       Why using mind maps?  
The answer is simple: we can learn better and students can be supported by us while learning. This is true for any subject we might learn but it is also more important for struggling students.

I have just tried a new tool which is free online:http://www.wisemapping.com/.

You can find the tutorial online and in just a few minutes you can develop your own map. You just need to have an account and after registering you can begin developing your own maps.




I have been asked to make some presentations of some grammar rules in English and I think I might use it in my classes. It's simple, it's free and it helps teachers but also students to create their own mind maps.
When you create a map, you can share it online or work with collaborators online once you have given them the link.
When you finish , you can embed it and this is useful for teachers who are working online and write in blogs or wikis.

The link  to my map:    https://app.wisemapping.com/c/maps/524850/public


 

The next step will be to use it in literature and to create  mindmaps for my students who are  struggling with studying  authors and texts in English. I am aware that reading and studying  literature in English can be difficult but we do need to cope with it.

I have also used  mind maps for writing my first ebook so getting to learn more about this tool has in some way provided me with  new useful ones.

Internet is just a great source of web tools and I will also try  many more to see which is the most useful one.  Wisemapping can be helpful for everybody.

venerdì 10 febbraio 2017

Valentine's Day and ELT activities



                                  Valentine's Day




Teaching  Shakespare

                                                       The Play  " Romeo and Juliet"
This term I have been teaching  Shakespeare's plays and I have done some work on Romeo and Juliet with my third-year students in a secondary school in Italy.
When teaching adolescents I am used to teaching about literature and language. We have seen the film in class, we have learnt about the plot and we have worked on the play.
We have analyzed the balcony scene and the first kiss between Romeo and Juliet. The choice of the  writers of the book we have been using is about the sonnet:




   We have compared the Italian sonnet with the English one and we have focussed on the themes which are love and also the tragedy of love as the two lovers will never know why they  will not meet again.

With the younger students we will work on lexis and idioms related to love; some help can be found online- the focus is on idioms but also on teaching :




Activities and tips from educators about  teaching  Valentine's Day

Thanks to Shelly Terrell and other educators we have many resources: in most cases the activities  are interactive and engaging. New technologies can enhance our teaching.  It is a pity  I do not have many  interactive whiteboards in class and my students  have  only smartphones to use in class. If we had tablets and they had been trained how to use some tools we might  create interesting projects about  Shakespeare and also love in his famous tragedy. 

These are Shelly Terrell's useful slides with lots of tips and information about which tools we might use:







Recently I have  discovered a new website for students where they can read and watch videos and this is  free!
They have just released this reading about this topic-  spotlightenglish.com  is the website:

http://spotlightenglish.com/listen/valentines-day-all-about-love






Reading  Skills: reading  short stories and novels

For adults or lover of readings  we might also choose to read some short stories dealing with love:

http://www.shortstoryguide.com/short-stories-about-love/

The activities will be guided and we will find links with other stories we have read in class.

Loving reading about   Love.