Monday, September 19, 2005

(Re)creation





It’s holidays and this weekend I spent some time at my mother’s holiday place in the country. Here there is no television, no telephone and no computer. So what did I do? I went for walks, read the latest Henning Mankell translation, slept and played scrabble. Some photos:



4 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:31 pm

    I just came across with your blog and it made smile to hear you read the latest Mankell translation during the weekend. I am also a teacher of English at a high school in Madrid and one of the earliest Mankell fans in Spain (I bought the first book because I had been living in Denmark and southern Sweden...)
    Regarding more seriuous matters, I will visit your blog again since I share some your opinions on teaching. But I am in a hurry since I must go to school now.
    Regards
    Jaime

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  2. Thank you for your comment Jaime. I would really like to visit Sweden because of the enjoyment I have had with Henning Mankell's books. Have you read his African books (Secrets in the Fire)?
    Back to school matters: I am interested that you teach English in Madrid. What age groups do you teach? What novels are you studying with your students?
    Jo

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  3. Anonymous12:30 am

    I posted a message yesterday but I am afraid something went wrong. Regarding my students, I teach teenagers and young adults. I follow the principles of the extensive reading program with little success in most cases. However, when it works, it does work and my students benefit greatly. I think the main problem is the lack of interest in reading both in English and Spanish. It is difficult and very demanding for them. They are not used to reading the usual texts and this makes the teacher doubt whether to use the new texts formats online (email, sms, websites, blogs) or to stick to the more traditional printed formats. It is hard to find a balance and I am working on it at the moment ;-)
    Regarding the books I use, I can mention OUP and Heinemann Readers. I also recommend a couple of books each year: Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Haddon's The curious incident with the dog in the Night Time. Is there any Australia-based reader you might recommend to my students and me?

    Back to Mankell, I wonder if you have read other books by Veit Heinichen or Frank Vargas. They are quite popular in Europe at the moment. I also like them quite a lot.

    Regards from Madrid
    Jaime

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  4. Hi, Jaime,
    Yes I know what you mean about how hard it can be to promote interest in reading by students. We have an independent novel study where the students choose their own novel to try to engage them. There is a large variety of books they like to read. Some Australian books that always seem to be popular are the books in the Tomorrow series by John Marsden (this is for year 9). Our year12s study the curious incident of the dog in the night time. These are students in their final year of school. It is an interesting book, isn't it. I haven't read the books you mention but I will look out for them.
    Jo

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