“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

30 May 2015


Wh- ever phrases:

Grammar + practice
Exercise 1
Exercise 2

Exploring concession and contrast sentences

Now, allow me a personal walk down memory lane: I said maybeeeeee, you're gonna be the one that saves meeeeeee, and after aaaallllll, you're my wonderwaaaallll

Once I start to walk, I can't stop!!! So, don't stop me now, we're having such a good time!!!

There's no stopping me!!! Or you!!! Thank you for a lovely course. I'm honoured to have had you as my students. Now, never stop! Keep your English alive, no matter what! 

As a token of my appreciation:

Just as a reminder that so much can be done with so little. Outstanding!

06 May 2015


BBC Skillwise website: giving a presentation
BBC Tallking Business: Presentations: Language Expert

How to make your presentations better without opening your mouth. Body language and voice tone account for 63% of communication (according to this article).

Tips for effective presentations

Tips on making presentations (by University of Kent, the UK's European University). 
Worth checking out the part "Advanced Presention Tips: the Art of Rhetoric": 

  • tricolon effect or the rule of three (The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth)
  • use of contrast (A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up. Margaret Thatcher)
  • use of similes and metaphors (A beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion. J.F.Kennedy)
  • alliteration (Let it be our cause to give that child a happy home, a healthy family, and a hopeful future. Bill Clinton)
  • quotations (An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. Gandhi