Global Bloggers

  • Global journey

    Published on 24th May, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    Each student has to leave at some point. Some stay for a few weeks, some stay for months. You see them from the start and you witness their progress. They learn about language, about culture, literature; but we as teachers have this amazing opportunity to learn from our students. We […]more…

  • SOS!

    Published on 10th May, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    One of the most important things we can teach our students is how to deal with real world tasks. Global is a precious resource to do so. Students often ask to talk about health, health problems and how to deal with doctor–patient conversations. Global Elementary Unit 9 ‘Function globally: talking […]more…

  • Eventful!

    Published on 26th April, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    We recently commemorated 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. Belfast holds a special relationship with this unlucky ship, as it was built here. The memorial garden has been renovated and the brand new Titanic museum has just opened. This important occasion was the inspiration for a lesson dedicated […]more…

  • Desperately seeking work

    Published on 12th April, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    Some of our students come to Belfast to study English and end up falling in love with it. The next step is to find a job to be able to stay. For this reason I use the section ‘Writing a job application’ in Unit 6 of Global Elementary. First of […]more…

  • Hello?!

    Published on 29th March, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    It’s happened to all of us. Ask a student what they think is the most difficult thing in English, and they will all answer: speaking on the telephone. ‘I don’t know what’s correct to say’, ‘What if I don’t understand, what should I say?’, ‘Numbers and names are so difficult […]more…

  • It’s movie time!

    Published on 15th March, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    My students often ask me if it is a good idea to watch a movie to practise English. And it is, of course, a fun way to practise listening, learn new vocabulary, expressions, functions … This question inspired me to dedicate a lesson to movies. Global Elementary, as usual, comes […]more…

  • Pancake Tuesday!

    Published on 1st March, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    Last week we celebrated Pancake Tuesday! A very popular tradition over here in Northern Ireland, which most of the students don’t get to celebrate in their native countries. So I took the chance to teach them some food-related vocabulary. On Monday we looked at some food vocabulary and we focused […]more…

  • Cultural exchange

    Published on 16th February, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    The best thing of studying a language abroad is the chance you have to get to know people from different countries. At the moment we have many students coming from Spain, Brazil, Italy, and also Kazakhstan. What’s better than talking about Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, as in ‘Where and […]more…

  • What do you know about Belfast?

    Published on 2nd February, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    This is the most common question we ask students when we first meet them. Murals, stunning views and nature, museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, the lively music scene … a bit of everything! You might come to know more about its past, or to see where it stands now or […]more…

  • Hello from Belfast!

    Published on 12th January, 2012 in Global Bloggers by Valentina Castellani

    We have a new blogger starting with us this week. Valentina Castellani is based in Northern Ireland and will be posting about her life there and using Global with her students for the next few weeks. Read on as Valentina introduces herself … Hi everyone, I’m Valentina Castellani, I’m originally […]more…

  • Local and Global

    Published on 15th December, 2011 in Global Bloggers by Evgeniya Zimina

    Before 1918 Russia had the Julian calendar, which lagged two weeks behind the Gregorian calendar, used in the rest of Europe. In 1918, however, the government decided to get rid of the two-week difference and adopted the Gregorian calendar, triggering dissatisfaction of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Church still uses […]more…

  • Trained in combat

    Published on 1st December, 2011 in Global Bloggers by Evgeniya Zimina

    Walking in the city centre is tricky these days. Carrying your handbag, books and shopping, you dodge crowds of people who hand out leaflets, posters, flyers – general elections are coming soon! Well, you can’t say that all this stuff is completely useless – I have been given a small […]more…