Monday, 13 June 2016

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday this year. She celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday, on April 21st, and her official birthday, on the second Saturday in June.

Surf the following sites to get more information.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen' s birthday

The Queen in 90 images. One picture from every year of her life.

Birthday' s celebrations:


The Queen at 90

Trooping the Colour 2016

Some information about the UK form of government

Surf my mindmap. You can also click here to open the image.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Shakespeare for young learners - A webquest and some resources

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in the Tudor England at the time of Queen Elisabeth I. He is one of the world's greatest writers. He wrote plays for the theatre but he composed sonnets, too.
At the beginning of his career he went to London  to be an actor, but he suddenly became famous for writing plays.

Nowadays Shakespeare plays are performed all over the world. 
Shakespeare died 400 years ago, on April 23rd 1616.

Surf the following mindmap I made with Cacoo  and Thinglink. Then answer the questions.

Click here to open and enlarge.

  1. In 2016 England, and all the world, will commemorate 400 years since the death of the Bard. Can you list any of the events and activities planned on this occasion?
  2. What is the "Complete Walk"?
  3. Where and when was Shakespeare born? 
  4. Who were Shakespeare' s parents? 
  5. When did he get married? 
  6. When did he move to London to begin his theatrical career?
  7. Where did he die and  where was he buried?
  8. Where does the name "Globe" come from?
  9. Was the Church happy with theatre performances? What did the Church call the theatre?
  10. What was the name of Shakespeare' s acting company?
  11.  Describe briefly the structure of the Globe.
  12. Where there any actresses in the Elisabethan theatre?
Some resources

Shakespeare invented a lot of words and expressions that are still used today all around the world! Here you can find some of the most famous Shakespeare' s quotes:

Would you like to perform any Shakespeare' s play in your school? Below you can find some free scripts, adapted and revised, for students. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The London International Mime Festival: an idea for a lesson about miming and non-verbal language

The London International Mime Festival  is taking place from Saturday 9 January to Saturday 6 February 2016. It  is an annual theatre event in London and it features live art, new circus, clown and physical theatre at various London venues. It was established in 1977 by Joseph Seelig and Nola Rae.

Click on my Blendspace lesson below to get more information.

An example of a Mime Performance at the Festival

Mime stimulates imagination, physical control and self confidence, moreover non-verbal language is doubtless a very important part of the communication (most of all for non-native speakers who use it while speaking a foreign language to be better understood!). For these reasons I prepared a lesson for esl students about miming and non-verbal language,  using some sources from the Web.

What does "mime" mean?

Some Esl Miming Games!

Miming Games Worksheets

Let's have fun with mime vocabulary and theatre audience etiquette with flashcards, quizzes, tests and games!

Can you guess what they are miming?

What is non-verbal communication?

Cultural differences in non-verbal communication
As an Italian, I can say that non-verbal communication is very important in my language!

(slides from  my presentation "Differences between Italians and British")

Watch the following videos

Now describe some gestures or body movements that are typical of your own culture.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film.
It tells the story of count Dracula, the owner of the Hotel Transylvania where only monsters can go. 
On the occasion of the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis, Dracula invites some monsters for a party, but the hotel is unexpectedly visited by a “human” young boy, Jonathan. Dracula must protect Mavis from falling in love with him.

Hotel Transylvania 2 was released in 2015 and the story takes place seven years later. The hotel is now open to human guests, too. In the meanwhile, count Dracula had a grandson who is not a pure-blood vampire…

     Hotel Transylvania - Trailer

"The Zing" song

Hotel Transylvania soundtrack 

Let' s meet the main characters

I made this Piktochart poster for you

Answer the following questions after watching the film

  1. Did you enjoy the film? Why/why not?
  2. Which is your favourite character? Why?
  3. What is your favourite scene? Why?
  4. Would you like to be Jonathan? Would you like to have an experience like his own?
  5. What would you do if you were Mavis, would you always obey your overprotective father or would you try to win more freedom?

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Using Google Versal to create an interactive (and flipped) lesson - An introduction to the UK

I have just tried Versal to prepare an interactive lesson about the UK.

With Versal you can create interactive online learning experiences (from full courses to short lessons or homework assignments) to share with your students. It could be great for a flipped lesson. You can add text, links, images and videos; you can create slide shows, quizzes, diagrams, maps and timelines. This is my example.