Bits and bobs

March 27, 2008

Just to say that I think Fiona and Alberto will let us do a short training on using this starter page at the in-service on the 3rd April. I’m happy to do this – any questions, comments, suggestions let me know! It would be great if we could get everyone on here using it regularly.

Also:
If your students ask you for more practice on listening you can direct them to the excellent site http://www.ted.com which has short lectures on a variety of topics. Useful for FCE, CAE and TOEFL students especially. In fact, I have taken one lecture and written multiple choice questions on my student site here. You are welcome to use my questions but you will need to ask me for the answers! You could set this is an alternative-style homework.

Finally:
There is this guy on YouTube called rx2008 who makes very funny films about politicians. He often takes their words and rearranges them into popular song. See below for Tony Blair singing “Should I stay or Should I go” by The Clash. There is also one of George Bush singing a version of R.E.M.’s “It’s the end of the world as we know it!” and other Politicians singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”. rx2008 is quite an artist – but I am not sure how much good English content there is! Worth a look here if you get the time.

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A Powerful Lesson from ER

March 26, 2008

Have you seen this very sobering video?

 God bless,

 Fernando Guarany Jr


U2 WARMER – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

March 21, 2008

I’d promised to post this one some time ago. So, at last, here it goes! Gotta be bold enough to have teenage and adult sts work out to this. 🙂 I’ve tried that  and – surprisingly (or not) they loved it! God bless,

Fernando Guarany Jr


So february´s gone

March 14, 2008

and it´s good to see so many good contributions in here, I mean it. However, I haven´t  seen any girls around,  writing/commenting you know, only boys… yeah, ladies, bring some good smell in here! =)

Some nice pics from feb:

Pancake race

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Fernando and the victim

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The winner

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Dyego.


painintheenglish.com

March 13, 2008

I stumbled across this website while trying to find an interpretation of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”. This website is a forum for people to discuss the grey areas of meaning in English. It has an excellent set of links to. I’ll put a link to it in our blogroll too.


poetry day – further ideas

March 10, 2008

Hi everyone,

There are some activities about haiku on the table in the teacher’s room, I sent an email about this. Also, I found a good website – poemhunter.com which has a lot of poems by modern poets. May I recommend the British poet Roger McGough who writes for children. His poems are often short, sometimes very funny and include a lot of imaginative language.


Karaoke for the deaf

March 6, 2008

I haven’t tried this yet, but I believe it must be extremely funny! In this video, Johann Lippowitz mimes Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” song on the BBC’s Comedy Shuffle. He basically mimes the whole song in a very peculiar way. So, after showing this video to your students, you could divide them in groups and give out lyrics of different songs for them to mime. I think it could be used in any level, depending on the song. Do you think it would work? Do you have any suggestions of songs we could ask them to mime?

Here`s the video:

Daniel