Sunday, 27 February 2011

"Jammin" Jamaica Day a Hit!

Yesterday's event was a great success. We packed room 104 with 25-30 participants who all enjoyed a bit of island spirit.  The guests were university and secondary school students and teachers, from various institutions,  from fields as diverse as history, theology, law, Japanese studies, language teaching, (English, German and French) and even medicine.
The presentations gave insight on the musical, linguistic, cultural/spiritual tradition and the relevancy of Jamaica's heritage. For the detailed program see below
I would like to again say thank you to the sponsors of the event (MM Pub. ELT Hun., OUP, CUP), who added colour, materials and flavour to the event. And to our patron the Honourary Consul for Jamaica.
I am also indebted to some former students, Gabor, Kristof, David, and Jozsi who came and helped with the food, decorations, IT, and so many other little but crucial things.

And thank you to the presenters who made it all so very enriching!

Here are some comments from participants:
"Fabulous event - great variety of sessions, very colourful, great balloons and rum and nibbles.  Good venue - very thought provoking, good topic" - Mark
"I was happy to be here, it was really interesting. Tasting Jamaica was the best idea, I think." - Zoltan
`The organization was fantastic!!! I was really amazed how many details I learned today about Jamaica." Andrea
"Wonderful, positive, relaxing, super-duper... let's have more of such events" Gyorgy
"Very interesting, instructive, a sphere I wouldn't have got to know otherwise"  Maggie
"Further motivation to learn more about Caribbean and other worlds" Tamas

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Resurrecting the Shark

WOW, it's been a long time since I blogged, and so very very many terrific things have happened both professionally and personally... so it looks like I have to do some catching up in sharing some of these. What I just posted is an event I'm organizing this Saturday and am very excited about, that is Jamaica Day.  If you are in Budapest Saturday drop by.

Jamaica Day

Jamaica Day
2011 Saturday, February 26th
Károli Gáspar University, Faculty of Arts,
Reviczky utca 4.  room 104
 An academic development day organized by the:
 Károli Gáspar Reformed Church University’s Foreign Languages Centre together with the
Károli Gáspar Reformed Church University’s Faculty of English Linguistics
 in cooperation with
IATEFL – Hungary
 and under the patronage of
Dr. András Batizi, Honourary Consul for Jamaica


10:00   Opening words,  Coordinator Andrew Mile, KGRE Foreign Languages Centre
10:10  Introducing Jamaica, Dr András Batizi, Honourary Consul for Jamaica
10:30  “The Home of Natty Music”, the History of Jamaican Music, 
Gabor Demeter, MA student at KGRE
11:15  Jamaican English, Dr. Dóra Pődör, KGRE Faculty Head, English Linguistics

12:00 Coffee Break with Jamaican treats, Sponsored by MM Publications, ELT Hungary

12:30 Colourful Jamaica, Religious life in Jamaica, Viktor Batizi
13:00 “Stir it up”, Reggae in the classroom, Andrew Mile, KGRE Foreign Lang. Centre
            Jamaica Quiz, prizes sponsored by Cambridge University Press, Hungary

Materials sponsored by Oxford University Press, Hungary

          For more information please contact Andrew Mile