December 2009 Blog Posts (106)

Dec 2: Full Moon [Blue Moon]

Dec 2nd is a full moon.

Two full moons in December 2009... Dec 2 and New Year's Eve, Dec 31st. The second full moon in a month is a BLUE MOON.

The next BLUE MOONS will be:
2012: August 2, August 31
2015: July 2, July 31

Added by Eric Snyder on December 2, 2009 at 6:25am — No Comments

The Fine Art of Working With a Translation Agency

It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

You have some words in Language A which are in dire and immediate need of being seamlessly transformed into Language B. Perhaps it’s a website, or an Annual Report. A birth certificate or an academic paper. A legal document or a love letter.

And your priorities are quite clear: fast, perfect and, most importantly, cheap. Received wisdom, however, holds that you can have one, maybe two, of those qualities, but never, ever, all three.

I shall, of… Continue

Added by daniel fernandis on December 1, 2009 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Hello world! A reading question.

Ogenki Desu ka?!!

I am living in Tokyo and starting the SQ3R method in class tomorrow, but am wondering what other people use in their classrooms? Looking forward to connecting with those who have thoughts on teaching reading / writing.

Ja ne. Arigatou Gozaimasu!

Added by Claire Santana on December 1, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The "sex ref" softballs my freshman boys wallop out of the park.

How come almost so many things a teacher can say at the front of the room during instruction can be twisted by freshman boys into some sort of sexual reference?

For example, I just used the phrase "he stiffened up" in a class of freshman (referring to the emotion of fear in a piece of lit we were reading)... and BAM, out came the giggles.

Har-Har... he 'stiffened' up. 10 kids laughed.

Of course, as soon as the words left my lips, I knew I… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on December 1, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Designing activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom

'Designing activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom' (A Comenius professional development course)

In conjunction with the Utrecht University Summer School the Faculties of Education of Heidelberg and Utrecht Universities of Applied Sciences offer a 7-day, international course exploring WEB 2.0 applications such as Wiki

and Web-logging, real-time communication (Videoconferencing and 3D Virtual Worlds) and the Language Quest format for integrating the World Wide Web into… Continue

Added by Ton Koenraad on December 1, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

TEDx at American School of Bombay today

The theme of our December TEDxASB event is “Dreams for the Lives of Others”. Enter to Learn and Serve is our school’s motto and the motivation for us to host TEDx events for our community. Our school’s mission is to “inspire all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others". On December 1st, we will focus on service in the fields of education and health, and engage in discussions… Continue

Added by oanh vovan on December 1, 2009 at 1:15am — No Comments

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