trešdiena, 2012. gada 25. aprīlis

Brainstorming - The New Yorker

As some of you might know, I do not read 'beauty magazines' (not 'because they make you feel ugly' but because I have more important things to do in my life). There are, however, a couple of editions I do read. One of my favourite reading materials in English is tjn or The New Yorker - a magazine with aura and tradition. I know that some of you would definitely appreciate the beauty of language; it also does have a cartoon of the day for those who don't want to bother with longer texts :)

I just came across this article on brainstorming - why not start with this? And maybe find something of your interest afterwards?

The ambivalent Shakespeare

The question of authenticity of Shakespeare and his works has always been an issue. Scientists have to prove the existence of the great author, there is a special foundation in Stratford-upon-Avon that works with the audience. The most recent news you can read in this BBC article.

What do you think?

otrdiena, 2012. gada 10. aprīlis

Learning a language

There have always been a discussion whether we need a teacher to learn a language. Some of us think that a teacher can motivate and enhance learning, some of us believe that we can easily do without anyone controlling our learning process.

Here you can find a beautiful way of explaining what learning a language is like :) I strongly agree to the idea that at some point it is you, the student, who needs to take the responsibility. I would be happy if you fairly early could decide which direction to take, and I could take up the role of a facilitator :)

Any thoughts on this?

New English Studies Page

I would like to invite you to check out a new English studies page provided by the British Council. There you'll find:
- tips for doing your exams better
- practical grammar and vocabulary activities
- blog posts on books, entertainment, life, etc

Some of you might find most of the things a little easy :)
If you have any comments, please, feel free to leave them here. 

svētdiena, 2012. gada 1. aprīlis

Consumerism and kids

Sometimes we are unaware how things around us happen and make us change starting from the moment we are born. This documentary is quite thought-provoking.