Last week I had the privilege of delivering a session in the TESOL- 38th Annual National Convention held in the Universidad of this incredible place called Salamanca, Continue reading
For the last ten years or so, delicate birds in English-speaking countries the world over have been complaining about social networking – or to be more precise, about one site in particular. It’s not Facebook that has upset them, or LinkedIn, nor is it Instagram or Tumblr. It’s Twitter that has ruffled their feathers. The reason is simple; they can no longer do one of the things that delicate birds in English-speaking countries most like to do, at least not without everyone expecting them to keep it short and simple and add a couple of hashtags to the message. They can no longer twitter or tweet.
‘Why they had to go with our particular sound is beyond me,’ tweeted Warner Bros. veteran Tweety Bird, in an exclusive interview for Pearson ELT Learning Journeys. ‘Why couldn’t they have called it Oinker or Mooster? The pigs and the cows wouldn’t have minded. They could’ve done with the publicity.’ Meanwhile, groups of birds from other countries have expressed their relief that the site chose to go with English onomatopoeia rather than sound-words from their own languages. ‘Chu-u chu-u!’ chirped a Japanese spokes-bird, visibly relieved, while a Spanish owl in Madrid hooted in to say, ‘It’s bad enough that the pedestrian lights here go pío pío. Frankly, I’m relieved you’re not all pío-ing.’ Continue reading
The benefits associated with learning art while they are young and the impact it has on their lives.
- Art stimulates both sides of the brain.
- 33% of our pupils are visual learners.
- There are studies that show that children, who do art, read better and get better grades in science and mathematics.
- Children learn by using their senses and art is ideal in this process.
- Children need a place to express themselves at school.
- Art promotes self esteem.
- Art encourages children to give more attention to the physical space that surrounds them.
- Art develops hand and eye coordination.
- Art simulates perception.
- Art teach them to think openly. It represents a culture of questioners more than a culture of responders.
- Art teaches that there is more than one solution for a problem.
- Art teaches children to think creatively to solve problems.
- Children can share and reflect on their work of art and learn something about the world they live in.
- When art is integrated with the other subjects in the curriculum, children commit more to the learning process.
- In the process if doing art, the children is exposed to different possibilities, to discover and to freedom, this way they avoid falling into the control and the predictability of the conventional education of today.
- Art nourishes the human soul. One feels good going it.
- Art brings the cultural resources of the community into the class.
- Art involves parents and tutors in the school, inviting them to participate as volunteers in diverse activities.
- Art provides a common ground across racial stereotypes, barriers and prejudices.
- Art is valuable all by itself.
Carol Fisher author of Discover Arts and Crafts
Carnival is here and we have a present for you and your students.
Your students can dress up their favourite characters (we published them here), and play with them.
Here you have the cut-outs for the costumes.
Carnival gives us the perfect context to discover new vocabulary about clothing. Here you have some resources.
Are you still looking for the perfect costume? What about dressing-up as a tablet or as your favourite artist self-portrait?
We have reached the end of the first term! It´s time to take break and to take a breath.
But before we go. These days, families use to ask teachers for nice sites or activities to do with their children during the holidays, so…here you have our proposal.
Design and create some digital toys online with your children, print them, cut and paste and…that´s it! you are ready to play offline with your creations for a truly significant learning activity.
Here is how you can do it.
Enjoy it and have a Happy Holidays!