Friday, 25 April 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Click here to read a fascinating article from The Telegraph which explains why William Shakespeare always says something new.
Click here to learn how he has become a global icon and here to find out if we will ever get bored of the Bard!
Don't forget to download the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online graphic as a PDF to read some very famous quotes.
Click here to discover an amazing blog post dedicated to William Shakespeare's birthday.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Charlotte Brontë was born on 21 April 1816, the third daughter of Reverend Patrick Brontë. At the age of four she moved with her family to Haworth in Yorkshire where her father had been appointed curate and where she lived for the rest of her life. Her mother died in 1821. She lived with her brother and sisters in wild and beautiful surroundings but with little contact with other people. They had to rely on each other for company and as a result became a very close-knit group. They were taught partly by their father and partly at school, but they were mainly self-educated. They were deeply influenced by Romantic writers, especially Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley. Charlotte also read French novelists.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Thursday, 17 April 2014
An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, which can make idioms hard for ESL students and learners to understand.
Here you can find a site which provides English idiomatic expressions, with definitions, arranged alphabetically.
Now you can watch some helpful videos to discover lots of idioms! Have fun!
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014
This afternoon I had the chance to meet Erri De Luca at a seminar at the local library. He is a famous Italian novelist, translator and poet. He is self-taught in several languages including Ancient Hebrew and Yiddish. In 2013, he received the European Prize for Literature. I was just impressed by his limpid and intense speech, his capability to use words to illuminate his own personal experiences, emotions and values while inspiring everyone to ponder over their own life.
Here you can read a beautiful interview by Kourosh Ziabari to discover this fascinating writer.
Invincible is not the one who always wins, but who, defeated and defeated, never stops standing up to fight again.
Erri De Luca
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
William Shakespeare is Britain's national poet, the world's most performed and translated playwright. He was born about 450 years ago - on 23 April 1564 to be exact - the same year as Galileo. He died about 400 years ago - on 23 April 1616 - the same day as Miguel de Cervantes whose Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern European novel. He added hundreds of words to the English language; coined expressions that anyone who speaks English probably uses every day – made a virtue of necessity, dead as a doornail, fair play, neither here nor there - and wrote plays that still inspire audiences of every generation and in every language spoken on the planet.
Click here to find suggestions for teaching and learning William Shakespeare in honour of his 450th birthday!
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
AN APRIL DAY
When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
'T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.
I love the season well,
When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
The coming-on of storms.
From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart with winter's cold,
The drooping tree revives.
The softly-warbled song
Comes from the pleasant woods, and colored wings
Glance quick in the bright sun, that moves along
The forest openings.
When the bright sunset fills
The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
And wide the upland glows.
And when the eve is born,
In the blue lake the sky, o'er-reaching far,
Is hollowed out and the moon dips her horn,
And twinkles many a star.
Inverted in the tide
Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
And the fair trees look over, side by side,
And see themselves below.
Sweet April! many a thought
Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
Life's golden fruit is shed.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)