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Welcome!

Are you an English teacher? Are you interested in sharing ideas about teaching methods? Do you want to have fun? This is the right place for you to be!!!

We are looking for highly motivated teachers who are afraid of not giving enough to students. We’ve created this blog for all English teachers who:

  • need support
  • want to have fun
  • don’t mind sharing tips, thoughts, plans, ideas and teaching experiences.

As this is meant to be OUR teachers’ blog, feel free to write anything you might find relevant.

If you have any thoughts on how we can improve, complement or innovate, whether it be in our current areas of activity or those which are related, we’d love to hear from you.

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Creative learning and the Lovewell Method

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Over the past 20 years, the Lovewell Method has been utilized in cultural exchange and language acquisition programs in Sweden, Russia, Italy and America. Two of the main ingredients that make the Lovewell Method so successful and effective are “creativity” and “project-based” activities. Students are highly motivated to learn more about the language and culture of the other students while working together on a self-generated, collaborative, top quality theatrical project.

The Lovewell Method follows a highly structured yet flexible protocol of exercises, activities, trainings and events wherein teachers guide the students through the process of creating original characters, plot lines, dialogue, songs, lyrics, dances, and visual elements (costumes, scenery, props, lighting, etc.) that contribute to the ultimate production. Since the ideas and characters are created by the students, they take ownership of their project and are consequently highly motivated to stay engaged during the entire process. The English language is explored and contextualized through nuanced usage and physicalization as ideas are transformed into artistic expression. Crafting a theatrical and musical artwork based on students’ own experiences and perceptions gives the students and teachers the inspiration and incentive to work hard, have fun, and open up their minds to a new type of transdisciplinary learning opportunity.

In this workshop, you will learn how to use cutting edge techniques, “tricks of the trade” and exciting new lesson plans that will revolutionize your classroom into a fertile and creative learning environment where acquiring proficiency in the English language is a genuinely fun and joyful experience. Teachers will join students in the creative process and reap the benefits of a truly collaborative educational adventure.

January 26th, ICS “Fabio Filzi”, Via Ermanno Wolf Ferrari, 6 MILANO
January 29th, Istituto Comprensivo via G. Raiberti, 4 Monza
January 30th, Ottavo Circolo Didattico, via Don Giovanni Minzoni, 39 Piacenza
January 31st, Istituto Comprensivo Assisi 2, Piazza Martin Luther King, 10 Santa Maria degli Angeli (PG)
February 1st, Liceo “Isacco Newton”, Via Manzoni , 47 ROMA
February 2nd, Scuola Media Statale Viale delle Acacie, Via Giacomo Puccini, 1 Napoli
February 6th, Istituto Superiore “Mario Rutelli” Piazzale Giangiacomo Ciaccio Montalto, 3 Palermo
February 7th, Liceo Ginnasio Statale “G.Pantaleo” Piazza Regina Margherita, 1 – Castelvetrano (TP)

Dr. David Spangler is and is the Founder of the Lovewell Institute for Creative Arts, the organization that worked with students at Nova High School to create the highly acclaimed production of “The Weight of Words”. David has spent close to three decades developing and refining the Lovewell Method, an interdisciplinary and therapeutic approach to teaching and learning. He has also served as a professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Nova Southeastern University and has worked professionally in theatre, film, and television as a director, writer, composer, and performer. His Broadway credits include The Magic Show, Seesaw, and Elizabeth I. He has also written and produced 35 songs for the Emmy Award-winning Romper Room & Friends (9 CBS/Fox videos achieving “Gold” status). As an interdisciplinary arts administrator and consultant, he has served in various capacities with the Miami City Ballet, Walt Disney World Entertainment, the Theatre League of South Florida, the Arts Advisory Committee for the Broward Public Schools, and was appointed by the Florida Secretary of State to serve as a grant panelist and evaluator for the State Division of Cultural Affairs. Working with other CLC faculty, David has adapted and enriched the Lovewell Method to create groundbreaking trauma-informed Creative Process Coaching strategies for educators and school professionals. During the activity-focused training for Creative Process Coaches, David will guide trainees through the practical application plans in this section. From this training, new Creative Process Coaches will acquire the skills and confidence to implement traumainformed strategies and support arts integration into the classrooms and the mission of their schools.

To participate you must register online at http://corsi.educoitalia.it/ or send the registration form at formazione@educoitalia.it. In order to obtain the certificate of attendance through S.O.F.I.A., teachers will also have to register on the platform http://sofia.istruzione.it/.

Reading in the Station

Read More This Year with the 2018 Reading Challenge

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Let’s be honest, most New Year’s resolutions are pretty dismal. Luckily, we’ve found the cure: A goal that you’ll look forward to accomplishing. Yes, it’s time for the 2018 Reading Challenge! Make a promise to read more books this year. Goodreads makes it easy to set your own reading goal, track your progress, and celebrate your success with the annual Reading Challenge.

Last year, more than three million readers joined the Challenge and collectively finished more than 43 million books. In a recent survey of Goodreads members, 82 percent said they wanted to spend more time reading. So…what are you waiting for?

Want help achieving your goal this year? Here are some tried and true tips:

Set your goal:
• Keep it fun! You can begin the year by committing to an easily achievable goal to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you quickly gain on your goal, you can always increase the number of books in your challenge.
• Some people set a calendar-based goal: 12 books (one per month), 24 books (two per month), or even 52 books (one per week).
• The Reading Challenge is all about what you want to read. If you’re focused on reading a long literary classic like War and Peace, that will take more time to read than a graphic novel. Plan accordingly! If you find yourself breezing through lots of short novels, try being more aggressive.
• Rereading counts! Want to go back and re-experience an old favorite? Or maybe you just want to get over a reading slump by reading something you know you already love.

Find great books:
• Get recommendations tailored just for you by rating books you’ve already read. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be.
• Find reader-approved books.
• The Goodreads blog is the perfect source for countless reading recommendations. Check out this list of most popular readers’ top horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & thriller, and romance novels.

Don’t Read Alone:
• Join one of our thousands of online reading groups that span across topics, themes, and genres. Your perfect reading community is waiting for you.

So, what are you waiting for? TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

adapted from Goodreads

 

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TECHNO-CLIL 2018

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Registration to Techno-CLIL 2018 training course for teachers is in the final phase!

Techno-CLIL 2018 is an entirely online and free training course, promoted by an international practice community, EVO, Electronic Village Online. Every year EVO organizes training sessions on different themes, which mainly revolve around English language teaching and technologies for language teaching.

The course will be delivered completely in English and therefore a level of linguistic competence at least B1-B2 is recommended. However, the enrollment is unlimited and can be attended by both foreign language teachers and NLD teachers (Non-Linguistic Discipline) from every school level.

The moderators as usual are Letizia Cinganotto and Daniela Cuccurullo, both experts in CLIL and learning and teaching technologies. The course is promoted by ITI Giordani-Striano in Naples and at the end of the course a special certificate will be issued for use as part of the National Plan for Training of Teachers. The initiative is totally voluntary for the moderators and free for the participants.

CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning – is a “dual focus” methodology, fostering the development of language competences and the delivery of subject content at the same time. It refers to the learning of a curricular subject in a foreign language, with great advantages in terms of students’ learning outcomes and cognitive processes. CLIL is spreading more and more, as an integrated part of school curricula in many countries. In order to implement this innovative approach, the role of teacher training is essential. This EVO session is aimed at spreading CLIL methodology, combining teaching strategies and technical tools and eliciting reflections and discussions among teachers from all over the world. It is important to share good practices from the different countries and learn from other colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous web meetings. Webinars with national and international CLIL experts will be a highlight of this session. A Moodle platform will be used for this course.

Target audience:
Primary and secondary school teachers
• Inexperienced teachers who want to implement a CLIL approach
• Experienced language teachers who want to learn about a CLIL approach and teach CLIL
• Experienced subject teachers who want to teach their subject in English
• Inexperienced and experienced teachers of sheltered instruction
• Inexperienced and experienced teachers who implement a content-based/centered learning approach.

Registration starts on Jan 8, 2018.

To join this course:
1. Go to: http://www.ittgiordanistrianonapoli.it/_moodle/course/view.php?id=83
2. Create your account.
3. An email will be immediately sent to your email address.
4. Read your email, and click on the web link it contains.
5. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.
6. Now, select the course you want to participate in (Techno-CLIL 2018)

Techno-CLIL 2018 also has a big Facebook group that is always open to new subscriptions. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/650753401732995/?fref=ts

Letizia Cinganotto
PhD, Researcher at the Italian Institute for Documentation, Innovation, Educational Research. Former teacher of English, teacher trainer and author of digital contents. She worked for several years at the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, dealing with issues relating to the Upper Secondary School Reform, with particular focus on foreign languages and on CLIL. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and published articles and chapters in national and international peer-reviewed journals and an e-book in English with Daniela Cuccurullo.

Daniela Cuccurullo
Contract Professor of English and of didactics and multimedia teaching at the University of Naples, School teacher of English, teacher trainer, e-tutor, forum moderator and author of digital contents. Engaged in research on teaching English as a second language through multimedia and CALL/MALL/MALU, she has presented papers at national and international conferences and is the author of essays on didactics and English literature, reviews and translations. She has planned, coordinated and taught CLIL courses at International, national and local levels.

 

 

Training

Teach English Through Drama And Motivational Activities

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Educo is proud to introduce a funny and powerful 4 day training event with fantastic Romina Tappi.

Emotion is the engine, drama is the vehicle!

EDUCO’s methodology follows the theories (and results) of many accredited linguists and classroom practitioners. This workshop will explore these theories using scripts, songs and drama based language activities, with emotions as the engine and drama techniques as the vehicle. Using Educo’s holistic approach to learning, TEATRINO has for many years entertained and motivated students through T.I.E. TEATRINO puts into practice the theory that second language teaching should focus on encouraging ‘natural’ acquisition and providing input that emotionally stimulates the learner. The experience is memorable because the students are emotionally involved and having fun! With TEATRINO students acquire the linguistic skills they need for communication without realizing they are learning. Drama is a learning medium rooted in a child’s experience of play and has a fundamental and valid place as a powerful ESL teaching tool. Educational practices and developments are definitely a ‘work in progress’, so lose your inhibitions, have fun, and Aspire to Inspire!

Programme:
1. Physical and vocal warm-ups
2. Phonetics exercises: fluency, intonation, pronunciation, rhythm, volume
3. Exercises in paralinguistic communication, mime and body language
4. Using Drama as a teaching tool
5. Music and songs in the classroom
6. Action and grammar games
7. Story telling techniques
8. Using emotional involvement in the classroom
9. How to set up an English Show
10. How to motivate students

TIMETABLE:

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 12:30 Warm-up & workshops
12:30 – 14:30 lunch and break
14:30 – 18:30 Workshops
18:30 – 19:30 Break
20:00 – Deenner & Free Time

Romina Tappi (Educo Artistic Director)
Romina has been the Artistic Director of TEATRINO for the last 17 years and a Teacher Trainer for just as long. As a graduate of the School of Creative Arts, Wollongong University (Australia) her training and skill set has been put to good use, working both behind the scenes and centre stage under the spot light. Born in Italy but growing up in Australia, Romina brings a bilingual conversion of culture to the mix, with a work history in theatre, tv, radio, music performance and drama teaching. During her time in Italy, she’s written 10 variations of popular fairytales with original scores and songs, not to mention hundreds of theatrical sketches, workshops and didactic materials for actors, tutors and teachers. She’s trained thousands of facilitators including; tutors and camp directors for English summer camps; actors from around the globe for T.I.E. tours; teachers of English in various countries from all scholastic levels. She’s been invited to speak at numerous ESL conferences over the years and has been directly involved in both European and International projects with Italian students and teachers. Aspire to Inspire has always been her motto!

Choose the course near you and check out details of dates and costs on Educo website.

February 24-27 – Hotel Ambasciatori Viale Vespucci 22 Marina Centro – Rimini
March 3-6 – Hotel San Giorgio Via Prenestina, 31 Fiuggi (FR)
March 10-13 – Grand Hotel Villa Itria Via Antonio Aniante, Viagrande (CT)

The course is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. For information: formazione@educoitalia.it, tel 0184.1956219.
Online registration on Educo website: http://corsi.educoitalia.it/mappa.

 

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Aspire To Inspire – On A Journey With Educo

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Educo presents a free training seminar for teachers of English language in public, private and private schools of all levels. Participation is limited and registration is mandatory.

Speakers:

Ray Parker, English Language Teaching Consultant
Manuela Kelly Calzini, Teacher Trainer and Trinity College London Italy Academic Coordinator
Nick Moore, OHC Worldwide – Sol Camps Manager
Roberta Pugliese, Dirigente Scolastico IIS Tassara-Ghislandi, Breno
Romina Tappi, Educo Artistic Director

The event will take place in different cities across Italy. Choose the one nearest you on Educo website.

November 16th – Istituto Santa Caterina Amendola Via Lazzarelli, 12 Salerno
November 18th – Istituto Comprensivo Musco Viale G. Da Verrazzano, 101 Catania
February 19th – Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore “Bertarelli – Ferraris” Corso di Porta Romana, 110 Milano
February 20th – Hotel Mercure Viale Pietro Pietramellara, 59 – Bologna

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This initiative is included on S.O.F.I.A., the Operational System for Training and Update Initiatives prepared by MIUR. You can register by sending an email to formazione@educoitalia.it, to obtain the attendance certificate through S.O.F.I.A. teachers must also register on the http://sofia.istruzione.it/ platform.