Wednesday, 18 March 2009

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!



We started the day with our first Holy Mass in English,at the school, Thanks to Fathers Robert Becser and Dennis Hess for celebrating and to teacher Kati Szel for helping with the English language hymns. During the week Sean Thompsom, our Anglo-Irish teacher in residence will be doing presentations on Ireland. Parts of the school have been bedecked in green, with leprechauns prancing about. Thank you to Mary Mile in Toronto for sending lots of St. Patirck's Day decorations and a terrific green tie. I was unfortunately not lucky with my "Kiss me I'm Irish" button.
English culture class has become Irish culture class this week. We started be casting the snakes out of Ireland (represented by hoola hoops and with rubber snakes). There will be green food and lots of songs as the week progresses. Not to leave the staff out I baked some Irish scones and brought in a bottle of Irish creme liquer.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Mini-conferences


I attended two training sessions in the recent past, the first on March 5th at the Catholic Pedagogical Institute (KPSZTI) in Budapest, where amongst other presentations Sean Thompson gave a workshop on Ireland. It was a great warm up for St. Patrick's day.
On Saturday The Foreign Languages Centre at the Karoli Universtiy had a one day course for Theolingua Language Exam examiners. My role in it was to present a "live" verbal examination for analysis. I would like to thank two of my secondary school students Julia Kende and Livia Nagy for their bravery. The two of them came and "endured" a mock exam where seven teachers watched and analysed there every move.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Toronto Photos

Just a great little site I came about, with some nice photos of TO.
http://www.torontodailyphoto.com/

Enlgish Sketches 10 . B



I'd like to congratulate the class 10 B. on the work they did learning and performing for each other the sketches Superman and the Psychiatrist and The Dentist. We laughed a lot! Have a look at some of the cell phone photos they took.

43rd International Annual IATEFL Conference

As many of you may know I'm a member of IATEFL Hungary which is of course a branch of world IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language). I'd like to call your attention to an event coming up.

Cardiff, UK 31st March – 4th April 2009
Join ELT professionals from around the world to discuss, reflect on and develop ideas. The 43rd Annual International Conference will offer many opportunities for professional contact and development. The programme offers over 400 workshops, posters, talks, panel discussions and symposiums by international presenters from over 60 countries.

Cardiff Online
If you can't attend the Cardiff conference, why not follow the event online!
In March 2008 we’ll be launching a dedicated website with news and views from presenters and conference delegates. The Cardiff Online website will give you an opportunity to share ideas with teachers all around the world. There will be interactive coverage with video presentations, reports and interviews ‘almost live’ from Cardiff.

Visit the Cardiff Online website for more information.

LEEKS, LEEKS, LEEKS!


In honour of St. David and the Welsh three of my classes took part in leek eating races. There were red faces, sweat, tears, lots of water drunk and a great desire for chewing gum afterwards (no one thought to bring their toothbrush) The winners are Krisztian Szvoboda, Lorant Somogyi, and Humer Dankhazy. Congratulations!!!

Sunday, 1 March 2009

English Cooking!?


English cooking often gets a bad rap, but it can be very exciting and fun. I've always loved cooking and baking and one my culinary ventures this year has been to discover the cooking of Jamie Oliver. I enjoy his cooking programs (so do my youngest daughters who often watch along with me) and his television specials. His website, cookbooks and tv programs are full of great ideas and recipes. Yesterday in honour of St. David I made milk chicken, orange sage potatoes, and apple pie, all recipes from his website, and all things that I've cooked before. If you are one of those who think the Brits have nothing to offer in terms of culinary expertise then give Jamie a try. What I'd like to try is to teach some of these recipes in an English class, but the logistics are still unsolved, maybe one day...

Happy Saint David's Day



Well it's been a long time since I posted, and there's a lot to fill you in on. However let me start my first post this year by wishing everyone a Happy St. David's Day. What I've done in connection was to prepare lessons on Wales for my students this week, they'll be learing a little history, the national anthem (yes, in Welsh), listening to Tome Jones and Catherine Jenkins and some will take part in a leek eating competition (not all were keen). At home I bought my wife some daffodils yesterday at the market and we had a lunch a la Jamie Oliver (who isn't Welsh) cooked by yours truly of course and had my in-laws and a friend named David over for apple pie. So it'll be a week dedicated to Wales wth lots of fun.