October 2012 – The Roadshow – now on tour!

Dear Teacher,

The Tune Into English Roadshow had its dress rehearsal in Capaccio Scalo on the 28th of September – thank you to the Just Good English school for the wonderful reception the new show received. The tour’s Autumn schedule begins in Liceo Scientifico “G.Spano”, Sassari on the 5th October, with a special performance for the visiting Swedish students on the Comenius bilateral partnership. I would, of course, be delighted to visit your school and look forward to meeting you and your students again this year.

There is a 45-second video of the show on www.tuneintoenglish.com, as well as an extract based on languages in the world, published on the occasion of the European Day of Languages (26th September). You can also see a presentation of the Primary show.

Two of this month’s additions to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of the website are featured in the new Roadshow. The first is Mamma Mia by ABBA – this is a Tense Review, written by regular contributor Mena Bianco. Mena’s more political worksheets from last month have also been published on Amnesty International’s website.

The second worksheet focuses on the Past Simple and rhyming words, using Train’s recent hit Drive By. This was sent in by Gabriella Cucinotta from Reggio Calabria.

The third worksheet comes from Germany. Written and narrated by Rava Grudeva, Let’s discover some facts about pop music is a listening exercise covering the last four decades.

This month’s new Italian worksheet, written by Caterina Ziliani, is Banane e Lampone by Gianni Morandi, available on the Tune Into Italian page of the site.

Thank you to those teachers who have submitted worksheets, I look forward to receiving your contributions. Next month we will publish a worksheet for Tune Into London, a short video documentary based on album cover locations in the UK’s capital city. Can you think of any exercises to help improve your students’ English based on the video? Send them to us before 8th October –  all published activities will receive a Tune Into English t-shirt.

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 8,200 songs.

Finally, two of my travel articles have been published on the Fodor’s Blog – the links for these are on the Guide Books page of the site.

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

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English


Edgewater College, in Ireland, is running a 2 week Teacher of English Refresher course in August 2013. Teachers are eligible for an EU Comenius grant!
The course includes modules on Using Music & Song and a lesson on Irish culture.
Full information here

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