November 2009 – It was 20 years ago today…

Dear Teacher,

Two 20 year anniversaries are celebrated this month, acknowledged by the three new additions to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of The first is a tense review using The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with its opening line “it was 20 years ago today”. Along with the Beatles’ version, the site also features videos of live versions by Jimi Hendrix and U2 with Paul McCartney. The latter was at Live 8, celebrating 20 years since Live Aid, and U2 will be playing at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 5th – perhaps they will play this song again?

The 20 year celebrations this time are, of course, for the fall of the Berlin Wall on November   9th – the second new worksheet is “Heroes” by David Bowie, a song inspired by Bowie seeing a couple kissing by the Wall in 1977.

November 20th is the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Mena Bianco from Naples has contributed this month’s third addition – War Child by The Cranberries – this worksheet will also be published on Amnesty International‘s Italian site – you can see this, along with other didactic worksheets, by clicking on the Links section of the Teachers’ Area of the Tune Into English website.

The Tune Into English Roadshow is now fully booked until Christmas, and is taking bookings for 2010 – thank you to all of those who have already booked. You can see a large selection of videos and photographs from over three years of the Roadshow on facebook – there is a link on the home page of the Tune Into English website.

The Karaoke section of the website continues to grow, with over 3,500 songs including most of those mentioned in this newsletter. The site also features a bookstore with over 60 titles for those of you looking for alternative reading material for your students, as well as details of language courses abroad.

I look forward to meeting you and your students in the coming months,

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English

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