Archive | June 2015

Is it hot where you are?

El Campo

Spain, like other parts of Europe, is experiencing a heat wave at the moment!  And it’s damned hot! It’s times like this when I’m glad we live higher up. Being at a higher elevation in the mountains means that the heat is fresher, not so muggy. At least, I think so!

Campo Heat

We really should be enjoying our pool right now. But, as always, the workmen due to finish the surfacing surrounding the pool have been delayed! And the pool remains covered, only providing respite for the many wasps as they stop for a drink (there’s a puddle of water on top of the cover!). We’re hoping that the pool will be open for business this time next week but don’t hold your breath! This is Andalucía!

Even the snakes are seeking shelter from the heat. This one decided he/she liked the cool of our snug!

Snake

The dogs now require early morning walks and then spend much of the day sleeping.  Nothing, though, will stop Rio from hunting as beasties abound!

If it’s hot where you are, I hope you’re enjoying it! And don’t forget the sun cream!

Sunset

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Using Streetview

Using Google Street View in the ELT classroom, from Phil Bird.

Phil Bird

A lot has been written about the implications for Google Street View in terms of privacy; I don’t think that there’s much to be added to that discussion, and the implications are probably still not clear. For what it’s worth, I think I found myself in this picture:


Having said that, even I can’t really tell if that face in the crowd is me – So I won’t be losing any sleep over it yet. If you know where to look, you can find my flat – but to be fair, I’d be more worried, if you just came down the road and found it for real, so I’m probably OK.

What I’m more interested in is how this tool can be used in language classes; as you will see from this page:http://classroom201x.wordpress.com/teaching-links/authentic-materials/ , I’m really interested in using authentic materials in language teaching. What could be more authentic…

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Small business chat update – Karen White

A chat with Karen from White Ink Limited.

LibroEditing proofreading, editing, transcription, localisation

Small business chat interview two mugsWelcome to another Small Business Update – and today it’s rather an exciting one with Karen White, ELT editorial project manager from White Ink Limited. Karen’s a relatively new member of the interview club, first featured in March last year, but she’s actually been going since 2008, so a year longer than me, and last year was in a similar place to me in terms of being at capacity, but experiencing a bit of a revolution in the way in which she was working, so this is where she expected to be by now: “I’m pretty much at maximum capacity now, so pretty much in the same place in business terms. The world of ELT publishing is in an exciting phase of going digital, so I expect to do more work in that area in the next year”. Well, although she was running what I’d call a mature

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