September 2009 – Back to School

Dear Teacher,

The school year is about to begin – I hope you all feel refreshed after the summer break.

The Tune Into English Roadshow is currently preparing its Autumn schedule, and I would be delighted to visit your school for this, or indeed for Tune Into Ireland. A letter with full details has been mailed to Italian schools – you can access this by clicking on

Response to the new has been phenomenal over the summer break – thank you to all of those who have registered. The site now contains a bookstore with over 50 titles for those of you looking for alternative reading material for your students.

This month, as always, there are some exciting new additions to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of the site – this page is now password protected, so please Sign Up to continue accessing the web’s best resource for learning English through pop music.

Appropriately the first addition is Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day submitted by Vicente Maroto, Huelva, Spain.  Don’t forget that Earth, Wind and Fire’s September is also online!

The Beatles are in the news at the moment with the rerelease of their entire catalogue, and the second addition to the site, sent in by Laura Casolero, Grumo Nevano (NA) is All Together Now, ideal for young learners. This is, of course, used to advertise an Italian mobile phone company, but check out the link on the site to the wonderful advertising campaign for a very famous beer!

The third worksheet is taken from a short course I recently did based on the life and lyrics of Bob Dylan. Forever Young looks at expressing wishes with the modal verb may (thanks to Mena Bianco from Giugliano for preparing this). You can read about this course on the Roadshow page of the website.

The Karaoke section of the website continues to grow, with over 2,000 songs including all those mentioned in this newsletter, as well as all of this summer’s top hits – why not organise a classroom singing session with your students to ease them into the new year?

Finally, thank you to all those teachers in the Scuola Superiore di I° Grado who adopted Team Up, published by ELI, making it one of Italy’s biggest titles in 2009. You can read further details about the course on the Teachers’ Area of the site.

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

Best wishes, and indeed Buon Lavoro!

Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English

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