Nov 23, 2015

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley can be described as the first great horror story. Published in 1818 it has remained popular untill this day and has formed the basis for a number of films. The film adaptations tend to present the monster as an evil character, but the book itself tells us a different story…
Abridged version for B1+ students.
Text and audio taken from Opportunities Pre-Intermediate, Longman

Nov 4, 2015

5th November: Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

On November 5th people in the UK go out and celebrate Bonfire Night in commemoration of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

In 1605, a group of some English Catholics made a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament because they were angry with the King of England, James I. The plan is known as the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ and the leader of the group was called Guy Fawkes. The gunpowder was discovered before it exploded and the men involved in the plot were caught, tortured and killed. To celebrate his survival, King James ordered the people of England to have a bonfire on the night of November 5th.

All over Britain there are firework displays and bonfires with models of Guy Fawkes, which are burned on the fire. 

This video from The British Council's LearnEnglish site explores the origins of the festival and looks at how it's celebrated now. It comes together with interactive tasks and worksheets to download for offline use.

Nov 1, 2015

My Learning Diary for the "Introducing Technology-Enhanced Teaching" Course

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Did you know that two-thirds of teachers in the European Union learn about ICT in their own time, and almost all are positive about its impact on students, according to the Survey in schools: ICT and education (2013)? Despite this readiness however, many teachers in Europe still have a lack of competence in using ICT in their teaching and use it only to a small extent in their classrooms.

In order to meet this challenge, the European project MENTEP (Mentoring Technology-Enhanced Teaching, managed by European Schoolnet Academy and funded by the European Commission) developed an online self-assessment tool to empower teachers to progress in their Technology-Enhanced Teaching (TET) competence at their own pace.

This course was the first in the MENTEP MOOC series on improving Technology-Enhanced Teaching. The MENTEP MOOC series will support the project’s goals to: - Boost teachers’ competence and confidence to use ICT in the classroom - Increase the number of teachers able to innovate using ICT - Enhance the uptake of ICT in teaching and learning - Strengthen the professional profile of the teaching profession - Improve data on teachers’ digital competence and training needs - Promote stronger coherence between EU and national approaches to the assessment of Technology-Enhanced Teaching competence

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