Sunday, 21 July 2013

Lessons from an English Teacher and a Ramadan Story.

Two of my young students created this when I was teaching a class of gifted children in New Zealand. I’d asked them to choose a figurative expression and present it literally. I explained that they could take something like butterflies in your tummy, which really means feeling nervous, and then create an image of what it might look like if the words were true.

These two boys chose to work with put your foot in your mouth.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Skype, Whatsapp and Facebook: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

If you remember this movie by Steven Spielberg, you’ll also remember the bit near the end where ET lifts his little alien finger and points to the sky outside. He turns to his friend Elliott and says,  "ET phone home.”

Phoning home from Saudi is becoming rather like this. Important but not easy.