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Hem pensat que era hora d’unir-nos tots els que ens dediquem a ensenyar ANGLÉS professionalment. L’objectiu és que puguem intercanviar experiències i materials i formar-nos. Volem convertir-nos en un punt de trobada dels professionals de l’anglés i organitzar jornades, xarrades i seminaris. Volem ser la veu dels professionals de l'anglés i col·laborar amb tots els relacionats amb l'anglés i amb l'administració educativa i que se’ns tinga en compte com a interlocutors a l'hora de prendre decisions.

An association to unite us all who teach English professionally has been created. The aim is to share experiences, exchange materials and encourage further training with conferences, lectures and debates and ultimately become the voice of teachers of English and liaise with all those involved and especially with our educational authority.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Brilliant Blog

We came across this wonderfully simple  blog by  Natalia López Zamarvide , asesora at CIFE  Juan de Lanuza, Zaragoza. 
There you can find a substantial number of video clips subtitled by the author for English learners' convenience.

In her own words 

" This site is aimed at learners of English as a second language (ESL). In this site you may find videos taken from authentic sources. All the materials were freely available on the Internet.
You may watch them with or without subtitles in English (activate or deactivate the option on each video).
On the sidebar you may find the different topics / categories into which the videos have been grouped. Click on them to navigate the page more easily, and feel free to find a video which might interest you.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own the videos, nor is the artistic / creative content related to me in any way. The only work I've done is to subtitle them in English (in 95% of cases), in order to make them more accessible to learners of English, and foster autonomous learning.

Please, feel free to use this material in your lessons, embed it in your learning blogs, or for your own personal learning. Just remember to share it with others. "

You will also find her other blog " competencia lingüística y comunicativa" at  terribly interesting

The Latest on APAVAC Reading Club


While looking up last year's Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, I came across an article that mentioned that two of her "short" stories  had been made into "full length" films. That really aroused my curiosity....and the collection of short stories under the name Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage...was what I chose to read.

  Unlike most impact-causing books set in high-flying locations that shock us to the core, this book has its stories set in small town Canada.  The characters are, without exception, ordinary people doing stock, mundane, run-of-the-mill stuff.  Yet, you find yourself spellbound, watching Ms Munro unmasking the personae in each story. The irony here being how the ordinary could possibly grip one so!

  Her unblinking observations catalogue details with an unbiased precision that seems to border on the cold.  These penetrating descriptions find parallels in what could so easily be our own lives.  The myriad of thoughts and feelings coursing through us while we hold an urn of a loved one's ashes, an unexpected happy ending to a seemingly far fetched relationship, a relative with an air of superiority paying a condescending visit to the family, catching up with an old friend and wishing circumstances were different.  We use relationships as stepping stones in pretty much the same way as Queenie does, we've lost friends our age unexpectedly and we'd dread having to look after a partner whose mind is drifting further and further away from reality.  

  We too, often relate our everyday stories but tend to let our bias guide our listener, Alice Munro doesn't.  This master storyteller, simply....tells the story!!!

The Fellowship of APAVAC Reading Club 
  With our next book, Love in a Headscarf, a chick lit novel, we accompany the author Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, in her quest for a husband. 

See you then

Michelle Ann Prabhu  

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

As passed by Valencia International: An invitation for teachers

This is a wonderful activity for teachers of English, history, Tourism
and Cinema studies.
Please pass it on to any colleague who may be interested, and come yourself.

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Fwd: Interrogating Voices / Writing from the Black Soul / The Man-Made World - NOVEDADES EDITORIALES

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Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Women’s Short Stories


Carme Manuel, ed.





Este libro ofrece una breve, aunque representativa y muy interesante, colección de relatos breves de once escritoras norteamericanas desde el periodo inmediatamente anterior a la guerra civil norteamericana hasta los primeros años del siglo XX. Estas autoras, pertenecientes a diferentes orígenes étnicos, ayudaron a darle forma a narrativa breve norteamericana y recrearon en sus textos su inagotable entusiasmo por participar en los asuntos políticos, económicos, sociales, culturales y raciales de su época.






Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century African American Short Stories


Carme Manuel, ed.





Los relatos breves afroamericanos sólo pueden apreciarse si se leen teniendo en cuenta primero las variopintas respuestas a las circunstancias políticas, económicas, sociales y culturales del momento. Las historias presentadas en Writing from the Black Soul ilustran los diversos y provocativos modos en los que los escritores afroamericanos de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX en adelante exploraban numerosos temas que no sólo eran relevantes para el desarrollo de tradiciones nuevas y originales, sino también para el avance de las relaciones raciales en los Estados Unidos del momento, tras la esclavitud y en situación de segregación.


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