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Sunday, March 13

  1. page Languages edited ... I spent a couple of school summer holidays in my teenage years with Christine at their house i…
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    I spent a couple of school summer holidays in my teenage years with Christine at their house in Olonzac in the South of France and a relationship with Le Midi began. I love Languedoc, I love the pace of life, the colours, the smells, the sounds, the language, the accent, the food, the wine, the climate ... why don't I live there? Yvonne and Andre have retired back to Andre's home village of Olonzac and I took my family to stay with them a few years ago - it was like going home! They still treat me like a daughter and their warmth and generosity is typical of "les gens du Mid". But I digress, I am lost in reminiscences more suitable to a personal blog, so I will drag myself back to the present and the reason for a Languages page on my Wiki.
    That connection to French and France which started way back in 1973 led me to studying for a degree in French, German and Politics and then a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in French and Outdoor Education and a passion to travel and absorb language and culture wherever I went. I am still amazed by the connections I discover between words and their origins and how these transfer across languages and cultures and how fascinating the evolution of languages is and how much they can tell us about the history of a people or a country. I am also fascinated with the way that people acquire language; when is the best time to learn, do we all learn in the same way, can anyone learn a language? This video raises some interesting questions, answers a few and asks some more...
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    about language acquisiton.acquisition. The brain
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    vocabulary then ana bilingual speaker.
    Ref: Laura-Ann Pettito
    How can toddlers learn language so easily? It is a survival instinct, a defensive mechanism. The power and flexibility of language is unique. This video from the BBC's "The Human Body" asks some interesting questions, answers some of them but leaves plenty of scope for thought and reflection.
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  2. page French edited ... {Rose.jpeg} I recently found this wonderful website for creating stories - such potential in t…
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    {Rose.jpeg} I recently found this wonderful website for creating stories - such potential in the language classroom. I love it - it's called Storybird and the link is to a story I created in a matter of minutes. Sorry there are no accents - next time I make one I will try copying and pasting from Word and see how that works.
    The illustrations you can choose from are beautiful - a great resource - must find out if it works in school and get the students to create.
    {Fifi.jpeg} And
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    here is
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  3. page French edited ... {Rose.jpeg} I recently found this wonderful website for creating stories - such potential in t…
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    {Rose.jpeg} I recently found this wonderful website for creating stories - such potential in the language classroom. I love it - it's called Storybird and the link is to a story I created in a matter of minutes. Sorry there are no accents - next time I make one I will try copying and pasting from Word and see how that works.
    The illustrations you can choose from are beautiful - a great resource - must find out if it works in school and get the students to create.
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    {Fifi.jpeg} And here is another - managed to do the accents this time - Fifi - that was the name of one of my dolls when I was a little girl!
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Sunday, October 7

  1. page Teaching & Learning edited {IMG_20120227_195757crop.jpg} "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flo…
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    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." Abraham Lincoln
    "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." Abraham Lincoln
    "He knew? You mean this A thing is a thing Rabbit knew?" "Yes, Eeyore. He's clever, Rabbit is." "Clever!" said Eeyore scornfully, putting a foot heavily on his three sticks. "Education!" said Eeyore bitterly, jumping on his six sticks. "What is Learning?" asked Eeyoe as he kicked his twelve sticks in the air. "A thing Rabbit knows! Ha!" AA Milne
    I have created this page because I have needed a space to store the links and resources, readings, websites, videos, podcasts that I have found or been given about teaching and learning. I may even comment on them occasionally!

    September 2012
    I was invited to "Learnist" yesterday and I couldn't resist playing with it today. It looks like it could be a great way of curating resources - websites, videos, pictures and documents around a theme to create a Learning Board. I decided to make one to help people learn the Present Tense in Spanish.
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    "Tread Softly"
    I was lucky enough yesterday to meet up with Steve Wheeler and be part of a conversation with him and some other educators in Hamilton. Nigel Robertson broadcasted it via DS106 - internet radio and recorded it on his ipad. One of the other listeners also recorded it and this is his live recording.
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." Abraham Lincoln
    "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." Abraham Lincoln
    "He knew? You mean this A thing is a thing Rabbit knew?" "Yes, Eeyore. He's clever, Rabbit is." "Clever!" said Eeyore scornfully, putting a foot heavily on his three sticks. "Education!" said Eeyore bitterly, jumping on his six sticks. "What is Learning?" asked Eeyoe as he kicked his twelve sticks in the air. "A thing Rabbit knows! Ha!" AA Milne
    I have created this page because I have needed a space to store the links and resources, readings, websites, videos, podcasts that I have found or been given about teaching and learning. I may even comment on them occasionally!

    I love Tedtalks and this is a classic by a well-known, well-loved presenter, Sir Ken Robinson. Bring on the Revolution
    We make very poor use of our talents - in fact some people go all the way through their lives without ever really knowing what their talent is.
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  2. page Teaching & Learning edited ... I am conscious that I have rambled a bit here and I am not too sure of the point I wanted to m…
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    I am conscious that I have rambled a bit here and I am not too sure of the point I wanted to make! Reading back over what I have written, I think that maybe we dwell rather too much on the hows and the whys of education and learning when we have the luxury of taking for granted something that large numbers of the world's population do not have access to at all.
    December 2011
    "Tread Softly"
    I was lucky enough yesterday to meet up with Steve Wheeler and be part of a conversation with him and some other educators in Hamilton. Nigel Robertson broadcasted it via DS106 - internet radio and recorded it on his ipad. One of the other listeners also recorded it and this is his live recording.
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." Abraham Lincoln
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