Sunday, 26 April 2009

Saint George's Day FUN for teachers


To celebrate St. George with the staff I baked a cheesecake and Sean made a trifle and we served them up with some gin 'n tonic. It was a nice completion to the week and we toasted our one colleague named George and Her Majesty and England.

Saint George's Day FUN





With some props from the drama department we reenacted the legend of Saint George and the dragon. Classes 9. A 10 A and B and 11 B took part.. All the young men got a chance to be Saint George and the one who could kill the dragon the fastest and rescue the princess won the title.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

GOD SAVE the QUEEN



Today is Queen Elizabeth II's birthday (not the official - 2nd Sat. in June) God bless and keep Her. In honour one English group dressed all in red, like the Household Guard and in other groups we learned the anthem God Save the Queen.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

NYESZE


Today I attended the annual NYESZE conference (Trade Association of Language Schools) in Budapest on behalf of the Karoli University. I was there to support a colleague, Klara Berczik as she presented the Theolingua language exam at the segment concerning language exams. I also helped at the IATEFL stand in the foyer.

A Course on Speaking


In cooperation with a student residence I have begun teaching a seven week course for young adults on public speaking. The goal of the program is to help the participants become better at speaking in a formal situation, be it an oral exam, a job interview, or giving a presentation before an audience. This week we examined the topic of meta-communication, that is to saw what our body communicates outside of the words we speak. The participants heard a presentation and then watched a short clip exemplifying the topic and afterwards there was an opportunity for hands on practice. The conclusion of the program will be the participants each giving a formal address.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Handel



On the 250th anniversary of George Friedric Handel's death radio BBC 3 is celebrating with a Handel Week, with some of the greatest "English" music and reports on the composers life and times. If you love glorious music check the timetable and listen in.

Happy Easter


I'd just like to wish all blog readers a very blessed Easter season.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Saint Angela Days



The Vietnam Conflict
This Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were St Angela Days at the school. On these days the school invites speakers from various fields and professions and has fun and educational activities for students and staff alike. My part was to give a presentation on the Vietnam Conflict and the lessons it provides for people interested in the role of the USA in the world today.