Olympics / Paralympics

August 29, 2008

Someone sent me this link – it’s from the New York Times. A full, nicely-animated medals table of the Olympics from ALL the Olympics in the modern era including Beijing. It looks really impressive – take a look. If you use the internet in your classroom then show your students, I think they’ll love it. Click here.

“Ahh, but Dave”, you might be saying – “The Olympics are over”. Oh are they? One week from now begins the 2008 Paralympics with (I think) Cultura Natal’s own Adriano Lima competing in the swimming for Brazil. So there might be some mileage in this yet.



August 13, 2008

hi, you all!

Hope we all came back to the second semester full of good ideas after ACINE and after some rest, of course. As I told some time ago, C I João Pessoa did a good job on our “sistema de upload”, in which we can share our material all over the Culturas. Congrats!

These days I found a very funny animation that can show how the audio-lingual approach, misused, can be meaningless sometimes, comparing to real-life situations. Al´ight, no more talking, have fun:

R.E.M. Hollow Man / CRUSH

August 6, 2008

Hello everyone,

I couldn’t resist after Steve gave us lyrics to the songs he had videoed from VH1 to say something about the R.E.M. song on there – Hollow Man. If you use this song in your class and the video you might like to know a bit about it. The song is from R.E.M.’s most recent album Accelerate which came out this year. The video was made in Toronto, Canada by an animation group called CRUSH. Click here for an article about the ideas behind the video from R.E.M.’s lead-singer Michael Stipe. Also, I think R.E.M. were so happy with the video that they got CRUSH to make their next one which might be even better. Here it is – It’s got the strange name Man-Sized Wreath and is a very political, anti-George Bush sort of song.

By the way, if you don’t know who R.E.M. are they are a band from near Atlanta, USA. They formed in 1980 and their biggest hits were in the mid-90s: Losing My Religion, Everybody Hurts. R.E.M. = Rapid Eye Movement.