November 2010 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Dear Teacher,

The 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and two of this month’s additions  to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of focus on domestic violence.

The first is Behind The Wall by Tracy Chapman, submitted by Mena Bianco in Naples. 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 second is Luka by Suzanne Vega. This worksheet is written by Caroline Swettenham from Naples and focuses on child abuse. Appropriately, the 20th November is Universal Children’s Day.

2010 marks the centenary of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. The third addition to the site is El Fusilado by Chumbawamba, written by Claudia Cantaluppi from Como. This revises the past simple, while focusing on one of the key figures of the period.

Thank you to those teachers who have submitted worksheets, I look forward to receiving your contributions.

The Tune Into English Roadshow is now almost fully booked until Christmas, and is taking bookings for 2011 – thank you to all of those who have already booked; I look forward to meeting you and your students. You can see a large selection of videos and photographs from over four years of the Roadshow on facebook – there is a link on the home page of the Tune Into English website.

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 7,200 songs.

Finally, some dates for your calendar. On Saturday 13th November, as part of the Cinema e Diritti Festival in Naples, I will be chairing the presentation “Irlanda del Nord: Violazione dei Diritti Umani e Verità Negate”, with author Silvia Calamati and Paul O’Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre, Derry.

The following Saturday, 20th November, Tune Into English will be a guest at Nick Broom’s presentation at TESOL-Italy’s 35th National Convention in Rome – all are welcome to join us for the presentation “The Mobile Generation – Friend Or Foe?”

I look forward to meeting you all in the coming months.

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English

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