Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Webinars and workshops: the Macmillan Education Online Conference 2015 (MEOC2015)

Macmillan English is offering a five-days conference online for ESL teachers which is totally free. I am sorry that I came to know it only today and the first day has already gone, but from tomorrow, 4th November, to Saturday 7 November I won't miss out any single course! In my opinion, it is outstanding the fact that tMEOC 2015 is focusing on those skills, which play a crucial role in a second language lifelong teaching and learning, such as speaking, teaching and life, as well as exam. In addition to this, MEOC 2015 is giving a Saturday special training on how you can enjoy "Alice in Wonderland" with your students in a fresh way.

Here I'm linking the page where you can find the whole schedule of the courses: http://www.macmillanenglish.com/online-conference/
Clicking on the "Register Now" button, you can book your virtual place and read the event details. 

The 2015 Macmillan Education Online Conference

Cambridge Days: free courses for ESL teachers in Bari, Napoli and Catania

The "Cambridge Days, Simply Better Learning" are coming to Bari, Napoli and Catania next week from 10th November to 12th November, from 9:00 to 14:00. As you know, I am located in Catania, so I look forward to booking my place for the whole day course here. The training courses are absolutely free and furthermore they're accredited. If you want to read more about the complete list of authors and the workshops, please go here and take time to register!

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Today on TV: 31st October 2015

I think it's not a coincidence if you take a look at the Italian TV schedule tonight, on Halloween night, and consider how many fictional films are on! Here's a list of the ones I wouldn't miss at any cost!

  • "Le Cronache di Narnia: il viaggio del veliero" ( "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader") on Italia 1 at 21:10, based on the third of the seven novels' saga written by C.S. Lewis, a classic for children literature. The main characters of the film are in fact children who live in the imaginary realm of Narnia   along with magic beasts and talking animals.  Here you can watch the trailer: 




  • "Twilight" on La5 at 21:10. A great success has sprung in recent years from this movie, originally released in 2008, and has followed the main characters, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, now major  actors in Hollywood and idols for lots of teenagers. The film is based on the novel of the same title written by the American Stephenie Meyer and it is about the complicated love relation between a vampire and a common girl. 

  • Last but not at least, "Dracula" on LaEffe on 22:00, a great classic in English literature by Bram Stoker and here a movie directed by the great F.F. Coppola. Once again a terrific story of vampires, awarded all over the world as one of the best films ever made, with an extraordinary cast of actors.






By the way, happy Halloween folks!

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Today on TV: "Finding Forrester" on LaEffe at 21:05

Tonight, at 21:05, LaEffe channel is broadcasting a film, which is not directly based on an English novel, but inspired by a controversial and genial writer,i.e. J.D. Salinger. In "Finding Forrester" a great Sean Connery  plays the part of a talented writer, who after publishing a good novel, apparently gives up writing and a poor black guy, Jamal, who tries instead to redeem himself. It's a pleasant story of mutual support and friendship between a mature person and a young adult and it will change their lives for good.

As usual, I'm posting the trailer of the movie:


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Free workshops: "Motivate yourself and others to learn, do and be more"

Today I would like to suggest a free workshop for all the ESL teachers, who work in Catania, Sicily. This meeting is taking place next Thursday, on 29th October 2015, at "I.P.S.S.E.O.A. Karol Wojtyla" in Catania; it is held by GGallery Languages (ggalleryteachers.com) and it is accredited by MIUR. 
The course is entitled "Motivate yourself and others to learn, do and be more" and I came to know it via www.aetnanet.org:

from http://www.aetnanet.org/download/corso-gallery-languages-wojtyla.pdf

I look forward to attending it!

Today on TV: 22nd October 2015

Today Italian TV is offering a rather juicy show schedule and it won't be easy which movie to single out tonight!Here's my choice:


  • "Jane Eyre" on Iris at 21:00, a 1996 adaption of the novel of the same name written by Charlotte Bronte and directed by the Italian Franco Zaffirelli. Definitely a must for all the fans of English Romanticism. Here's an extract from the movie:








  • "Revolutionary Road" on Iris at about 23:40. The film was inspired by the novel of the same name written by Richard Yates and it is about the crisis of a couple, played by Kate Winslet and Leo Di Caprio, the golden Hollywood couple of actors.












  • "Un soffio per la felicit√†" ("Like Dandelion Dust") on La5 at 21:10 is a very intriguing story of an adoption and the never ending love of biological parents towards their son. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by the American Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Today on TV: 19th October 2015

Today I'm going to suggest you four pearls in a single post:

  • "Cuori in Atlantide" ("Hearts in Alantis") on Iris at 21:00, a film loosely based on the collection of short stories of the same name by the American writer Stephen KingThe movie stars an excellent Anthony Hopkins, who plays the part of a middle man, Bobby, revoking his adolescence and especially the magical powers of Teddy, his mother's boyfriend, who loved him as a father.

  • "Il solitario di Rio Grande" ("Shoot Out") a western classic, starring Gregory Peck, on Rai Movie at 21:15, based upon Will James' 1930 novel, The Lone Cowboy. Coincidentally, I found the full movie on YouTube, so that you watch it again entirely here, at any time you wish:




  • "Mississippi Burning" on Rai Movie at 23:10, inspired by the three murders occurred in Mississippi in 1964 in the name of civil rights. Among the main actors playing the cast of the film, directed by Alan Parker, there are Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. Here's an extract:



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  • Last but not at least, harking back to my previous post last Monday on the 50th year after T.S. Eliot's death, I would like to draw attention to "Assassinio nella cattedrale" (adapted from "Murder in the Cathedral" by T.S. Eliot) on Rai 5 at 21: 20. The play is about Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, being murdered by four royal knights  in the majestic Canterbury Cathedral in 1170