Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Visual grammar 2

Here are very simplified models of sentence structures with the present simple forms of the verbs "to be" and "to have got".




Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pancakes vs. doughnuts


British and Polish cultures seem so different, but there are some celebrations that are related. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Christianity. Lent is a time of fasting, so we spend the last days of Carnival on feasting. 
In Poland we celebrate Tłusty Czwartek ("Fat Thursday") on the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday. Pączki, full-sized doughnuts filled with rose marmalade, are consumed in large quantities. It's believed to be a bad luck if you don't eat a doughnut on Fat Thursday.
In the UK people celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) on the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The name comes from "shrive" which means "confess", as people used to confess their sins before Lent. The other name comes from the tradition of eating pancakes on that day.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Telling the time

My 6-year-old niece is in the 1st grade. Recently, she has learned how to tell the time in Polish using an analog clock. It's a very challenging task for such a young child, but she's a quick learner.
A lot of my students can't use an analog clock, so it's diffucult for them to learn how to tell the time in English. I think it's just a matter of practice. So to help them I have made an animated clock in Scratch.
I have also found a nice speaking analog clock that can be used in class or at home:
You can also find three online exercises here: