Wednesday, 24 June 2015

SUMMER ACTIVITIES 1 - HAS TECHNOLOGY RUINED OUR LIVES?

Reading, listening, writing

Watch the video, read and complete the text 
Read this article: Take the test - Do you have social media addiction?
 then answer the following questions:
1. How much of your life have you wasted on facebook? (take the test)
2. What is the best test to check if you are a social media addict?
3. What advice does the blogger suggest to stop beind addicted? 
4. Now write down a list of advantages and disadvantages related to the use of social media. Which of your two lists is the longer one? 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

WATCH THE SUNRISE, DREAM YOUR LIFE, DANCE SHAMELESSLY

In the last couple of days, these summer tasks went viral. They were posted by an Italian teacher, Cesare Catà, on his facebook page  and from there they made it to the national press and were spread all over the Net. What's special in them? See it for yourself.  I've translated them for you. Useless to add, I'd sign them myself.

In the mornings, sometimes, go and walk along the seashore in complete solitude: look how the sunlight reflects on it and, thinking about what you most love in life, feel happy.

Try to use all the new words we learnt this year: more things you can say, more things you can think;  and more things you can think, more free you are.

Read as much as you can. But not because you must. Read because the summer inspires adventures and dreams and  reading you feel like flying sparrows. Read because it is the best form of rebellion you have (for good reading advice, ask me)

Avoid all things, situations and people that make you negative or empty: look for stimulating situatuations and the company of friends who can enrich you, understand you and appreciate you for what you are.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

LEARNING ENGLISH IN BRISTOL

At the EC Language School - Bristol 
We realize that every experience in life teaches us something once we evaluate its pros and cons. I asked my 4scA students to reflect on our week in Bristol (14th/20th April 2015) and point out its advantages and disadvantages.
While we were there, they went to EC Language School and had native-speakers teaching them for 4 hours and 30 minutes every day, they lived with English host families, they visited Bristol in the afternoons, went to Bath  and London at the weekend. They had plenty to tell once we were back.
In my questionnaire I also asked my students about the best and the worst moments,  or what they liked and disliked (click here to see my questions). Here are some of their answers. On the whole all of them thought it was a great experience. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

CLIL LESSONS - ELECTROMAGNETISM & MAXWELL'S EQUATIONS 2

CLIL - LESSON 2




N.B. Download the audio files for this lesson from the flash widget_box on the right sidebar
 ( Folder Audio Files ) Electromagnetism: Audio Files & Texts 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Sunday, 11 January 2015

DIDACTIC ACTIVITIES ON ROMEO & JULIET WEBSITE



I was asked to create didactic activities for the latest "Romeo and Juliet" movie website http://www.romeoandjulietilfilm.it/materiale-didattico/ They have just uploaded them. You'll find 10 different workheets containing reading comprehension and watching comprehension tasks, character analysis and discussion questions.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

LORD BYRON - CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE : ONCE AGAIN UPON THE WATERS


TEXT ANALYSIS : ONCE MORE UPON THE WATERS

Fragments from CHILDE HAROLD’S PILGRIMAGE , Canto III , lines 5-18; 109-117; 127 -144 

 The lines below from Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage provide an insight into the wild beauty of Nature and  the Romantic themes of solitude, melancholy and the transcience of life.

LINES 5 -  18
Awaking with a start,
The waters heave around me; and on high
The winds lift up their voices: I depart,
Whither I know not; but the hour’s gone by,
When Albion’s lessening shores could grieve or glad mine eye.
Once more upon the waters! Yet once more!
And the waves bound beneath me as a steed
That knows his rider. Welcome to their roar!
Swift be their guidance, wheresoe’er it lead!
Though the strain’d mast should quiver as a reed,
And the rent canvas fluttering strew the gale,
Still must I on; for I am as a weed,
Flung from the rock, on Ocean’s foam, to sail
Where’er the surge may sweep, or tempest’s breath prevail (... )

Tuesday, 25 November 2014