Wednesday, 26 July 2017

connecting to nature

We don't seem to know very much about nature these days:
Public losing touch with nature, poll suggests - Telegraph

Why not learn a little here:
BBC Radio 4 - Natural Histories - Clips


BBC Radio 4 - Natural Histories

For example:
BBC Radio 4 - Natural Histories, Grass
BBC Radio 4 - Natural Histories, Blackbird
BBC Radio 4 - Natural Histories, Raven

barenboim and education

The musician Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim - Wikipedia
BBC - Culture - West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: Uniting Arabs, Israelis

had something to say about education last week:
Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech | Music | The Guardian
Conductor Daniel Barenboim interrupts BBC Proms to make plea for European unity - Telegraph
Barenboim’s Brexit speech was out of order – the Proms are, and must be, politically neutral | Coffee House
BBC accused of turning the Proms into a platform for anti-Brexit fanatics - The Sun
Daniel Barenboim’s Proms Brexit sermon was just poor conduct | The Spectator

See from 1.50:
BBC iPlayer - BBC Proms - 2017: Barenboim's Elgar

And here is his speech:


Proms 2017 - Daniel Barenboim - YouTube

Daniel Barenboim speech at #bbcProms - YouTube

Monday, 10 July 2017

what's going to happen next? >>> predicting from youtube videos

Lessonstream's Jamie Keddie by Jamie Keddie Home -

... has a book out:
| VideotellingVideotelling | YouTube stories for the classroom
Videotelling: YouTube Stories for the Classroom: Jamie Keddie: 9780995507807: Books

One thing he likes doing is asking us to predict what's going to happen...

Stop here at one minute and guess:

World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion - YouTube

who owns english?

Jamie Keddie has the excellent Lessonstream website for teachers - although we can all learn something from him:#

Posted 15/3/16
A few months ago, I collaborated with James and Luke Vyner from Creative Listening. We produced a short video in which I go into the streets of London to investigate an English word which may or may not exist!

The video explores attitudes to variation in English, especially concerning different ways in which native and non-native speakers use the language. Although the video focuses on a single word (touristic) the idea is that it raises general issues.

Of course, there are many differences in the ways that native speakers use language and I have made two videos to demonstrate this.

Before uploading a PDF lesson plan, I would like some feedback. How would you make use of these videos in your own classroom? What questions would you ask students and what tasks would you set? You can leave a comment below.

Note that all videos contain subtitles.

Posted 15/3/16

56 Responses to Owning English?

  1. Ana says:
    I think the videos are great!. I do a lot of things with them. I show the very first minute or so and then ask my students to predict what is going to happen or what you are going to say or to do; I make them listen to the wole video and afterwards they have to tell me in their own words what they have understood, I make them write what they have seen (activity which reveals a lot about my students manipulation of grammar), I ask my students to imagine how they would make a short video with the same objective. I ask my students even to describe your clothes so as to revise that vocabulary. I love your videos because I have a lot of speaking and written activities to create with them. Thank you very much!!! by Jamie Keddie Owning English? -