March 2017 – Teacher Training Courses for the Carta del Docente

Dear Teacher,

Teacher Training Courses in Ireland

Further to last month’s news on the Junior Summer Programme in Ireland, Tune Into English has teamed up with a selection of schools offering Teacher Training Courses recognised by The National Qualifications of Ireland, and therefore valid for the Carta del Docente. Further information and contact details can be seen here.


March’s New Downloadable Worksheets

I remember cycling to Cork city centre on the 9th March 1987 in my lunch break to buy U2’s The Joshua Tree on the day of its release. There are now three worksheets based on songs from that album on, as well as a further eleven from the Irish band.

With Or Without You – U2
This worksheet focuses on phonetics and was written by regular contributor Mena Bianco.

Money – Pink Floyd
I paid for my U2 album with the now defunct Irish punt, while purchasers of Pink Floyd’s early work used pounds, shilling and pence. In this worksheet, written by ELT guru Roy Boardman, students use the Second Conditional to reflect on what they would be like if they were millionaires.
Roy has just published his first novel, Honky Tonk, so we wish him well in becoming a millionaire soon!

Over 300 Downloadable worksheets now online
Most of the worksheets have been written by your colleagues – perhaps you have prepared one and want to share it?

The Tune Into English Roadshow

The tour will return to Spain later this month, with shows in Andalusia, as well as travelling throughout Italy. Thank you for the positive feedback so far!

The tuneintoenglish tour diary on Instagram
See videos from all Roadshow tours, from 2005
Ten Years of The Tune Into English Roadshow – the book
Primary show

“The best ESL experience ever!” – Prof.ssa Antonella Porcu, Liceo Scientifico “G. Spano”, Sassari

Speak Up Videos – Extracts from the Roadshow
This month’s addition to the series of Speak Up videos based on the Roadshow is, appropriately for St. Patrick’s Day, Bob Geldof’s The Great Song Of Indifference – you can preview it here.
Extracts from the Tune Into English Roadshow (with downloadable lesson plans)
See all 56 Speak Up Explains videos

Also online:
– Over 10,000 Karaoke songs
– Sing along with this week’s UK Top 10 on Speak Up
Musings In Music – reflections from Gary Friel
Notes From An ELT Consultant – free to Supporters of the site!
Once – 48-page Film Worksheet
Summer schools in Ireland
The Tune Into English T-shirt
Tune Into English on facebook

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig, a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Keep singing,

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
The web’s largest free resource for learning English through pop music!

1 thought on “March 2017 – Teacher Training Courses for the Carta del Docente”

  1. Update: due to a misunderstanding with the Ministero’s guidelines, it is not in fact possible to use the Carta del Docente for these courses. Apologies for any confusion.
    Email from the Ministry:
    Gentile professore, la faq 8 parla di enti qualificati che sono riferibili sempre alla direttiva 170/2016 o di enti culturali di paesi stranieri( con questa dicitura si fa riferimento a enti governativi… come ad esempio il british council, goethe institute, Etc.) Inoltre il documento che menziona successivamente fa riferimento agli enti certificatori di competenze linguistiche, abilitati a rilasciare certificazioni valide di lingua e non allo svolgimento dei corsi, per i quali occorre comunque essere accreditati ai sensi della direttiva n.170/2016. Pertanto se vuole usufruire della possibilità di erogare corsi ai docenti deve necessariamente essere un ente accreditato e aver effettuato la procedura di accreditamento che può consultare al seguente link:

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