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Archive for August, 2008

From London with love

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
So, here I am, or rather have been for a week or so. I have, so far, done plenty of sightseeing , learnt a lot of new interesting ideas to use in my classes and made a few friends. So, so far so good.
But you are not probably interested in what a good time I am having ( I am supposed to be working  very hard) I am just writing to let you know that I have come across to yet another interesting website I think might be helpful . 
This time is a visual dictionary (this always helps) , and it has an interesting section devoted to practising the vocab with games. By the way, it might only help advanced students but for lower level, you can always have a look.

 http://visual.merriam-webster.com
 It is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.
It  contains
- 20,000 terms with contextual definitions, developed by terminology experts; 
- 6,000 full-color images of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life; 
15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images 
Astronomy
Earth
Plants & gardening
Animal kingdom
Human being
Food & kitchen
House
Clothing & articles
Arts & architecture
Communications
Transport & machinery
Energy
Science
Society
Sports & games

London: get ready!

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under General
Well, gentle reader. It’s been one month since  my last post.I’ve been darn busy. Doing what? You may ask (or not) but I am going to tell you anyway.
The first fortnight of July I have been collaborating with Richmond London carrying out some review work for a textbook mainly intended for adults. I quite enjoyed this as it is something different from teaching.
Then the second fortnight of July and a bit of August I have been writing a project about School Libraries that has taken me  too long I should say . So as you can see I’ve been busy enough and now….. on Sunday I am leaving for London.
What am I going to do there? I am going to take a course…. yes, a boring course about methodology so when this next course I enter my classes you will see a “brush-up -your- English” kind of teacher … or so. To tell you the truth it is not as dull as it may seem as I hope to have a great time there.I am going to study in a prestigious school called International School in Covent Garden and I’ll be staying in a very nice area near King’s Cross  . The place is called Nido’s and it looks very smart. I cannot recommend it yet but it looks perfect to me.
Hey London!!! Get ready !! I’m coming!! Beso
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