May 2014 – Because I'm Happy!

Dear Teacher,

The second “Speak Up Explains” video will be published next week – it examines the phonetics in Pharrell Williams’ ubiquitous Happy and you can see a preview of the video at here. This is also the first of this month’s three additions to the Downloadable Worksheets page on, with an activity prepared by regular contributor Mena Bianco.

A new explanation video will be published every two weeks, and Let Her Go by Passenger will be online in mid-May. This is our second new worksheet this month, with activities sent in by Lilian Mierez, Argentina.

Bonnie and Clyde, America’s most famous bank robbers, were gunned down 100 years ago this month (on the 23rd) – Claudia Cantaluppi from Como has written a simple gap fill activity for The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde, a Number One for Georgie Fame in 1968.

Thank you to all teachers who have submitted worksheets – I look forward to receiving your contributions in the future.

The Tune Into English Roadshow is now in its final month of this year’s tour, and well as visiting six Italian regions will also return to Andalusia in Spain. Thank you to all those who have hosted the show – you can read the latest comments here and see a large selection of videos and photographs on facebook.

With the end of the school year in sight you may be looking for a Teacher Training course this summer. If your school has applied for an Erasmus+ grant you may be eligible for funding for these courses held in my hometown of Cork – you can read full details here.

As temperatures rise the Tune Into English T-shirt is an essential addition to your and your students’ wardrobe.  Made of high quality material and featuring the Tune logo, it is available exclusively through this newsletter at a special reduced price for the month of May – click here to avail of this limited offer. All orders come with a free badge!

You can sing along with the UK Top 10 Charts on the Speak Up site – updated weekly, there is a link on the Tune Home page too. The Karaoke page of Tune Into English now features over 9,000 songs.

Teachers at the Scuola Superiore di I° Grado may be interested in Up To You!, ELI’s holiday book, consolidating and revising vocabulary and structures presented during the year. Written by Kavanagh and Morris, you can read more about this here.

Remember, a 48-page worksheet based on the film Once, an Irish love story with a difference, and the 95-page e-book Notes from an ELT Consultant are available to download on the site.

Finally, Tune Into English supports the research on PCDH19, the rare genetic children’s disease. Full details of how to donate your 5 x 1000 are here.

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English

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