World Book Day

 "Books help weave humanity together as a single family, holding a past in common, a history and heritage, to craft a destiny that is shared, where all voices are heard in the great chorus of human aspiration."
Irina Bokova

World book day is on 23rd of April ( In the United Kingdom it is on 1st Thursday of March) and we are going to celebrate it by making book recommendation cards.
You will bring them in to the class and put them into a box. Then, each student will take one at random, read it aloud and try to gruess whom the card belongs to.
Once the activity is finished, we`ll pin all of them up to the bilingual board.

Here the information that must be provided on your card:

Book recommendation card

Title:           What is the title of the book?.

Author:      Who wrote it?.

Type:          Is it a detective story, spy thriller, horror story, historical novel, science fiction,  
                    romance, biography, etc?.  (literature genre)                   

Plot:           What is it about? Who are the main characters? What happens? (Don’t tell the
                    whole story, just enough to interest your readers). (How to write a book review)

opinion:     How would you describe the story?
                                                  realistic? amusing?
                                                  exciting?  thrilling?
                                                  fast-moving? sad?
                    What did you like especially about it?
                    How did you feel?  Happy?  Sad?
                    Why do you recommend it?  
One more thing, don't forget to be original and creative!.

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Trip to Dublin

This school year our educational trip was to Dublin. As you can imagine, a very successful and "popular" activity :)  Here a video with some of the pictures and below all what we did over there.

1- Dublin Itinerary
2- Travel Diary
3- Treasure Hunt
4- Tresaure Hunt Key
5- "Trip to Dublin" contract 

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Practising conditionals : What if...?

 Conversation questions for class

f you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?
If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be?
If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?
If you could be invisible for a day what would you do and why?

If you could date a celebrity, who would you choose?
If you could have only one food for the rest of your life (assuming that this strange situation would not affect your health), which food would you choose?
If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
if you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday, where would you go?

If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
If you had the opportunity to be different, what would you change?
If you had time machine, where would you go and why?
If you were given a chance to go to the moon, would you go? Why or why not?

If you were going to a deserted island and could only take three things with you, what would you take? Why?
If you could have any one supernatural power (flying, being invisible), which would you choose and why?  
If you were an English teacher, what would you do to improve your students' English?
What if your cell phone fell in the toilet, what would you do?

From this interesting site 

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What would you do if you were invisible?

If you were invisible, would you live your life differently? Think about this for a moment. If you were invisible and no one could see you no matter what you did, what would you be doing right now? What would you choose to do with the rest of your life?

Let’s take it one step further, and imagine that as well as being invisible, you have no name and no identity. Would you live your life differently if nothing that you did could ever be traced back to you? Would you still want to write that book or record that album if you couldn’t put your name on the cover?

Taking the time to think about your answers to this question will help you find balance in your life. How? It will help you align with your true purpose. Your answers will help you see where you are being of service to others, and where you are possibly wasting time trying to please your ego. Let me give you an example.

When I completed this exercise, I came to the conclusion that if I were invisible and nothing I did mattered, I would still clean and organize my home on a regular basis. Yeah – it’s kind of crazy, I know, but I would do that for my husband as well as for myself. It is very important to me for him to be comfortable in his surroundings and even though he doesn’t realize how much time, effort, and energy cooking, cleaning, laundry, and organizing the house requires, I know he would be a mess without it. (Come to think of it, I am sort of invisible in this regard – aren’t we all? But that’s another post!)

The other thing I would do if I were invisible is go around whispering in people’s ears – “You can do it!” I would be that voice that you sometimes hear when no one is around that motivates and inspires you to become your best. I would encourage everyone I could. Want to lose weight? You can do it! Want to go back to school? You can do it! Want to go for that promotion? You can do it! Want to start your own business? You can do it! Want to quit your job and stay at home with your kids? You can do it! Whatever your heart is calling you toward, you can do it!

So, in my daily efforts of writing books, speaking, preparing seminars, designing websites, etc., all of it falls into my passion and true purpose. All of the organizing, cooking, cleaning, writing, speech preparing, web designing etc. – all of it, as long as it is within the guidelines of helping and motivating others, (or myself), is time well-spent.

At the end of the session my higher self reminded me that I am not invisible, and that that is on purpose – by design of a Higher Power. I am visible so that I can motivate, educate, and inspire others to be their best and reach their full potential. It’s a good feeling to know that I am living a life, fully visible, in line with my true self.

But now it’s your turn: What would you do if you were invisible? Make a list of the things you would continue to do, and then a list of what you would no longer do. How many of the latter could you let go of now? Think about how much more freedom letting go of those things would give you to do the things that align with your true purpose. As you begin doing more of what your inner being calls you toward, you will find more things in that realm that please you. Living a life full of purpose requires that we remain true to our “invisible” selves.

Until next time,
Live Joyfully!

                                                                                                                       By Debra Moorhead

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