Thursday, 22 December 2011

Happy Holidays!!!!

Happy Holidays and all the best for 2012!!!

Friday, 9 December 2011

OUP Days in Slovenia and Croatia - Dec 2011

Finally made it to this part of the world with no ash clouds, blizzards, or strikes. Loads of teachers signed up for the events and everything extremely well organised :) Great to finally meet Sue!

On the programme in Slovenia: Michael Swan, Edmund Dudley, Mario Maleta/Marina and I.
On the programme in Croatia: Michael Swan, Jennifer Bassett and I :) Handout on curiosity HERE

Some links that might be interesting:
Creative Vocabulary Teaching
Curiosity in the Classroom

Friday, 2 December 2011

Oxford Magazine - December Issue

In this issue you’ll find an interview with Patti Trimborn, a new recipe from Daniela Ayala, classroom ideas from Sandra Rodrigues on how to use puppets to create holiday stories alongside ideas for the holiday season and lots more!

Link to the magazine

Thursday, 1 December 2011


Conference organised by Buen Pastor School and Saint Mary's School in Seville. This is the second year that they organise this event and I was kindly invited to give a talk on the benefits of bilingual education.

You can find a summary of the session here

Saturday, 26 November 2011

IX Jornades de Llengües Estrangeres, Salou

Handout from the talk "Creating Curiosity in the Classroom". Wonderful, energetic audience and extremely patient with all the technical (and non-technical) 'glitches' (remote control didn't work, unplugged the projector, couldn't get microphone headset to fit, I almost wiped out)....what a session!

Here are some links that might come in handy:
Brain Breaks
Ice breakers
Article: Curiosity: The Fuel for Development

Thanks to the organisers, Montse, JJ and the rest of the team!

More information on the event can be found on the Oxford Blog

Don't forget to check out the Oxford Primary Magazine :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Granadilla - Reconstructing an abandoned village

This week I visited an amazing little village in Extremadura called Granadilla. Students from IES around Spain and reconstructing the village which was 'abandoned' years ago. Beautiful spot and interesting project. I talked to one of the teachers and one of the students and both said that the experience was very rewearding. For more information on the project CLICK

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

ACEIA Conference, Seville

Handout from the session 'Creating Curiosity in the Classroom' at the ACEIA Conference in Seville (sponsored by OUP). Thanks to the wonderful team from ACEIA for organising another incredible conference.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Oxford Primary Magazine

Visit the online Oxford Primary Magazine where you'll find articles, links, classroom ideas, interviews and much more. PLEASE participate and share your ideas :) If you have any suggestions please let me know!

Monday, 26 September 2011

British Council Conference Madrid

Great day in Madrid at the British Council Conference :) Workshops given on Vocabulary and Writing..very active participation from teachers :)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Tunisia with British Council

Many thanks to Sarah and the teachers/staff at British Council Tunis for their fabulous treatment and active participation on the course. Very special evening with dinner by the sea, home-cooked meal and a Tunisian wedding...incredible!
Here's a short video of the two days :)

Some useful links:
Primacy-Recency Effect
Differentiated Instruction

Friday, 2 September 2011

Bucharest, Sept 2011

Attending the extremely well organised Fischer International National Conference for Language Teachers. Some top-notch speakers on the programme include Herbert Puchta, Jeremy Harmer, Gary Anderson, John Hughes, David Evans and Zoltan Rezmueves. Many thanks to Daniela and her team for an unforgettable experience.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Turkey - August 2011

Back in Turkey -- Ankara and Istanbul ...wonderful!
Some useful links:
Andrew Wright's Website (stories and articles)
CLIL Principles
Using stories in the classroom (using The Emperor's New Clothes)
Reading (Kate Ruttle)
Changing Views on Education (Ken Robinson - RSA Animate)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

NEW! Nina Teacher Training Videos on You Tube

Watch videos of teacher training session and video from training trips :)

Nina Teacher Training on You Tube (click here)

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Back to BRAZIL :)

Back in Brazil doing my 3rd year of Oxford Teacher's Academy with Mary Meyers and Edmund Dudley. Wonderful couple of days in Rio to get 'settled in' before the seminars..with my faithful Explorers, of course!

Some links that might be useful:
- Student Centered Learning
- Oral Correction
- Drama activities for class
- Tips for teachers: pronunciation

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The Explorers in Poland

The lucky Explorers are fitting in very well in Wroclaw, Poland ;)

Storytelling Workshops in Poland

Wonderful whirlwind tour around Poland --- Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Poznan :)
Online stories from Suprise: Click HERE
Effective Storytelling
Some online stories
Story organisers from Education Oasis

Thursday, 7 April 2011

On the road with the Explorers

Having a great time 'on the road' around Spain with the Explorers :)

Friday, 25 March 2011

Latvia and Bulgaria March 2011

Wonderful visits to Riga (with Jeremy Bowell) and Sofia (with Shaun Wilden and Olha Madylus)
:) Thanks to Dace, Milena and the OUP/Bookshop staff :) The explorers and I had a great time!