Spicy Tooth

ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Slow writing

At the end of the 2014/15 academic year, the organisation where I work invited Chris Moyse, an associate of the late Paul Ginnis’ organisation, for staff development. One of the things I took away from the session was an idea called slow writing. What is slow writing? Firstly, slow writing is not a completely new…

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Chinese school – Are our kids tough enough?

In August 2015, the BBC broadcasted a 3-part programme called ‘Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school’. The programme documented a 4-week experiment, to see if the teaching styles used in China could have an effect on British students at Bohunt school, a comprehensive secondary school in Hampshire. The debate around different education systems is…

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

A talk by Sir Ken Robinson given at TED Talks Education in April 2013. He was addressing an audience in New York, but everything he talks about applies equally to education in England. The following are some quotes from his talk: “There is wonderful work happening in this country. But I have to say it’s…

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Whaa gwaan! British children learn to speak Jamaican Patois

Yes, it’s Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew, a popular children’s programme shown on the BBC TV channel, CBeebies. In this clip, Frank’s Fresh Style Crew has da freshest dance moves but noone turn up to dance! Rastamouse an example of stop motion animation.

The story behind spicy tooth

Last month, at the start of the new academic year, I was with my Level 1 ESOL class doing some work around the theme of food, which involved reading about the eating habits of two people. One person they read about had a fondness for sweet things and I explained what it meant to have…

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