Wednesday, August 24, 2011

StoryCorps: Miss Devine

The latest (and long-awaited) animated short from the folks at StoryCorps. Presenting, Miss Devine.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Speech Accent Archive at George Mason Univeristy

The Speech Accent Archive is a useful tool for listening to a wide variety of spoken English, by both native and non-native speakers. Pronunciation and listening/speaking teachers, let us know if you make use of it!

A sample page, with audio, is here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Do You See What I See?

The BBC television program Horizon recently ran an episode on people's perception of colors across different languages. This episode was based on a study previously published in the American Psychological Association's online journal. Take a look - this might spark some classroom discussion!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Current Events in the Classroom: The Debt Issue and Riots in London

Are you talking about current events in your classes? Here are some resources that might help you.

The US Debt Crisis and Credit Downgrade
The Learning Network at the New York Times has collected Times-produced articles and infographics on this evolving story. For students in the lower levels, Voice of America has a simplified article and companion audio on the debt ceiling deal.

The London Riots
The BBC's Learning English division has a glossed article and companion audio on the continuing riots in London. NPR is running some human interest stories on the riots. This story is about a historic store that was burned down.

  The images are from, which typically has great slideshows on major news events.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

End Of The Week: Mariachi Whale Serenade

Here's a little something going viral right now, in case you have not already seen it. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Going To The MoMA?

If you're going to the MoMA on a field trip, you might want to explore this project with your class.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Reminder! We are holding informal conversations between faculty and administration in the month of August, to talk about what we’ve all been up to and to share ideas and news. There is a sign-up sheet in the teachers’ room indicating the dates and times.  All meetings will be held in Victoria's office at 2:30pm and will be limited to five teachers at a time.  Sign up - we hope to see you there!

*Wednesday, August 3
*Thursday, August 4
*Thursday, August 11
*Monday, August 22

Last Conversation Piece
Last Conversation Piece, 1994-95, Bronze by Juan Munoz, Spanish, born Madrid, 1953-2001

Web Addiction in South Korea

South Korea is the most connected country in the world - in terms of web presence - but there are some serious drawbacks to this level of internet-connectivity. Check out this interesting piece from the BBC about online gaming addiction in South Korea.

(The BBC won't allow me to embed the video, so click through for both an article and a video. Thanks to Laszlo for the tip.)