Wednesday, 23 April 2014

HAPPY 450TH BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!


Click here to read a fascinating article from The Telegraph which explains why William Shakespeare always says something new.
Click here to learn how  he has become a global icon and  here to find out if we will ever get bored of the Bard!
Don't forget to download the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online graphic as a PDF  to read some very famous quotes.
Click here to discover an amazing blog post dedicated to William Shakespeare's birthday.


Monday, 21 April 2014

CHARLOTTE BRONTË


Charlotte Brontë was born on 21 April 1816, the third daughter of Reverend Patrick Brontë. At the age of four she moved with her family to Haworth in Yorkshire where her father had been appointed curate and where she lived for the rest of her life. Her mother died in 1821. She lived with her brother and sisters in wild and beautiful surroundings but with little contact with other people. They had to rely on each other for company  and as a result became a very close-knit group. They were taught partly by their father and partly at school, but they were mainly self-educated. They were deeply influenced by Romantic writers, especially Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley. Charlotte also read French novelists.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

HAPPY EASTER!

"For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born." 
Alice Freeman Palmer


Friday, 18 April 2014

HAVE A BLESSED GOOD FRIDAY!


Here you can read an informative article about Easter celebrations in Britain.  

Thursday, 17 April 2014

LEARNING IDIOMS





An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, which can make idioms hard for ESL students and learners to understand. 
Here  you can find a site which provides English idiomatic expressions, with definitions,  arranged alphabetically.
Now you can watch some helpful videos to discover lots of idioms! Have fun!



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

MACBETH


Here you can find useful materials to understand and analyse one of Shakespeare's great tragedies, Macbeth.


Monday, 14 April 2014

A VERY SPECIAL AFTERNOON ...


This afternoon I had the chance to meet Erri De Luca at a seminar at the local library. He is a famous Italian novelist, translator and poet. He is self-taught in several languages including Ancient Hebrew and Yiddish.  In 2013, he received the European Prize for LiteratureI was just impressed by his limpid and intense speech, his capability to use words to illuminate his own personal experiences, emotions and values while inspiring everyone to ponder over their own life.

Here you can read a beautiful interview by Kourosh Ziabari to discover this fascinating writer.

Invincible is not the one who always wins, but who, defeated and defeated, never stops standing up to fight again.
Erri De Luca


Thursday, 10 April 2014

REVISING THE TEMPEST


Here you can find some useful materials to revise The Tempest.  Click here  to download a PDF presentation of Shakespeare's play.


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

LOOKING FORWARD TO SHAKESPEARE'S 450TH BIRTHDAY!


William Shakespeare is Britain's national poet, the world's most performed and translated playwright. He  was born about 450 years ago  -  on 23  April 1564 to be exact - the same year as Galileo. He died about 400 years ago -  on 23 April 1616  - the same day as Miguel de Cervantes whose  Don Quixote  is considered to be the first modern European novel. He added hundreds of words to the English language; coined expressions that anyone who speaks English probably  uses  every day – made a virtue of necessity, dead as a doornail, fair play, neither here nor there - and wrote plays that still inspire audiences of every generation and in every language spoken on the planet.

Click here to find suggestions for teaching and learning William Shakespeare in honour of  his 450th birthday!


Thursday, 3 April 2014

QUEEN ELIZABETH MEETS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE VATICAN


You can read some articles about the Queen's visit to Rome today  in The Guardian and  The Telegraph