Friday, 23 August 2013

Make good art!!

... Works produced by human creative skill and imagination...      A unique human gift. 
How can a person express his or her own deep feelings and make up something, that can overtake time and space? Difficult to explain, even in your mother tongue.

How many art expressions do you know?


When you live next to someone, who wants to dedicate his or her life to art, it often happens that, at first, you can be very doubtful about the possibility of making a living out of it.
On the other hand, we have to thank all artists, who took the risk and enriched our world with beauty.
Watch this video and get involved by this man's energy... It's contagious! 
Neil Gaiman addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012.
A very inspiring speech for any artist and everyone who hopes to be creative and successful. It's quite a long video and not that easy, but believe me, it's worthy! 

Let's finish with a quote from Pablo Picasso: 
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls".

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Worth trying!!

Do you know the LLP, the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Community? 
If you are a European teacher or student you probably answered: yes!
Do you want to undertake a professional development course, maybe a full immersion in the English language? 
Every year there are several deadline dates for sending your applications...
What I would like to suggest today is an In-service training for teachers: you could get a grant for taking part to a training course up to 6 weeks.
Why not taking a chance before the next deadline?

Here you can find all National Agencies

I know that for Italy the next deadline is on 17/09/13 (for training activities taking place from 1/1/2014 to 30/4/2014)
 /2013_moduli_llp/COM_GRU_IST_Applicants Guide_2013 _1_.pdf Guida 2013 alla compilazione delle Eforms.pdf 
/2013_moduli_llp/IST COM 2013 Istruzioni per la compilazione del budget.pdf Guida alla compilazione del budget Formazione in Servizio 2013.pdf 
If you are not Italian, don't worry: around that date there should be deadlines for the other countries as well.
I know that some of you have another question: where am I supposed to go and what course am I supposed to attend? 

Sometimes it happens that you get an invitation to a course, but if you are not so lucky you can look for offers in the Comenius Training database:

You can select a language course in English...
... and that's it! you will find a long list of possibilities!
Good luck!!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Stereotypes and misunderstanding

Our world seems to become smaller as time passes by, and some places are getting very "international".
Are ideas about people changing at the same speed or are stereotypes still there with all their strength?
In my opinion a good way to go beyond them is to find the funny side of this matter.  :)

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Am I ready for a PET certification?

If you are a full time student, you are probably ready for any exam as far as you decide to study for it.

The less time you have for studing (because you are working, you've got a family and you are living the busiest time ever!), the more doubts you have about your level of "English reliability".

I am thinking of my experience: I didn't have the possibility of studing English full time, and when I started learning it, I was already working as a full time teacher. It's not the best condition you could face, but, if I did succeed, I stronlgly believe you can do the same!

In any case, if you are still doubtful, a good idea could be starting with a test about your A2 competence concerning grammar and vocabulary.

You could face two different situations:
  • you don't have any problems neither with grammar nor with vocabulary. That's a good starting point for concentrating just on B1 preparation, and stopping you from having doubts;
  • you are not satisfied with the results, and you are aware of some gaps in your previous preparation (it's not your fault, but you couldn't find enough time for English), that's not to bad! If you need a refreshment about your A2 English, you can go through the Reach your A2 blog and maybe find some useful materials.
In any case remember: never give up English!! :)

Monday, 5 August 2013

Looking for a holiday destination?

If you have enough money, time and a passport, why don't you fly to...


Do a reading comprehension activity to find out more about your destination...
If statues could talk

...and then go!

Have a nice journey!

Friday, 2 August 2013

August news - The international Beatles week

Did you know that the international Beatles week is taking place in Liverpool from the 21st to the 27th of August?
Read the brochure to find out more

Why don't you watch a video about the history of the most famous pop group of all time?

You can also complete a multiple choice listening comprehension quiz about the video.
Here comes the sun

If you like singing, I selected a couple of songs for you...

A day in the life