Friday, 19 November 2010
The Catalan tradition of building human towers are now on UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
"Castells" are regarded by Catalans as an integral part of their cultural identity, passed on from generation to generation.
Go to castellersdebarcelona.cat to find out where and when you can see the spectacular show.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Every year there is an open-air film festival on Montjuïc. Movies are shown every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you haven't been there yet this year it's about time! The movies are shown close to the castle on the top of the mountain and you can go by car, motorbike, Montjuïc “teleférico” or by bike.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Described by many as one of Barcelonas hidden treasures. The Pedralbes Monastery located in Les Corts is one of the city's most interesting examples of Catalan Gothic architecture.
The cloister's three-story structure hosts the museum, showing the remains of the nuns' everyday lives. The collections include paintings, ceramics, furniture, gold- and silverware and textiles.
How to get there:
Monday, 7 June 2010
Or moving to another country to teach?
On this website I've found excellent stories from other teachers working in different parts of the world. Job possibilities in Asia, requirements for teching in Latin America.. Its all there!
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Grammar challenge (learn English) is originally 6 minutes long but can be shortened if needed. Verb forms, tenses, prepositions and pronunciation are presented in a easily comprehendible way.
The Song Tree Music and educational resources for school children aged 5 to 7. For musical activities, learning and performing songs.
Talk about English (learn English) A 20 minute chat show that can be divided or shortened. Covers different topics and highlights useful words and expressions.
Programmes about news, sport, history, film etc. are also available. Why not let the students choose their own pod cast to listen to as homework?
For seven years Greig Martin has been teaching in
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
- It started as a hobby two evenings a week when I worked in stock exchange in
Do you have any advice for someone who hasn't got much experience of teaching? What should they have in mind?
That you're guiding a bunch of people through a forest. You might not know everything that's in the forest but it's important you know your destination and help them get there. Knowing grammar and specific vocabulary points, don't worry, that can take years before you know all that. You just have to get them to the one point that you're doing with the class.
What is the most important characteristics of a great teacher?
Patience, leadership, patience, communication and more patience.
What is the most challenging thing you've done as a teacher?
Now I’m mainly organizing costumed courses for different multinationals, with students of different professions in the classes. It’s continually challenging to try to make that class very useful to them as individuals. The most difficult thing was when I had to teach the names of fruit and vegetables in four different languages, for one of the largest fruit companies in this part of
What would you advise a person coming to teach in
Just do it. I came with one sentence and not a lot of teaching experience. So I had a big drive to learn Spanish because when you really want to speak and need to speak on a daily basis you can learn it very quickly.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
After a short ride, luckily without transfers or pick-pocketing incident, I got off at Passeig de Gràcia, remembering that it was the same as Paseo de Gracia, the Spanish name for the stop as it was written on my map. I had done some recon during the week before the course and knew exactly how to get there: follow the exit signs, see the Gaudi house, Casa Batlló on the right, sigh in awe, and proceed one block down Aragó. Only this time something went terribly, terribly wrong. There was no Gaudi house to greet me as I excited the metro, no Carrer d’Aragó to reassure me that I was on the right track, and obviously no sigh of relief or awe.
Eventually, my unsystematic scheme did work and I caught sight of an interesting store next to the school (Note to self: check that out after class). As I raced up the stairs, barely managing to breathe a bon dia to the portero at the door, I thought today I’ve earned that chocolate croissant breakfast and maybe even one more for lunch.
Monday, 15 February 2010
One of Barcelonas most famous museums Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona is a great place to go if you're looking for some inspiration. The MACBA, designed by American architect Richard Meier opened to the public in 1995. All the art dates from the mid-20th century onward.
September 25th to June 23rd
Weekdays: 11 am to 7.30 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays and holidays: 10 am to 3 pm
Closed: Tuesdays (except holidays), December 25th and January 1st
Plaça dels Angels, 1
Tel +34 93 412 08 10
Fax +34 93 412 46 02
A great way of learning Spanish without paying anything is to do a language exchange. This means that you "exchange language" with another person. You teach them a language you know and vice versa. On the two websites listed below you can find a person to learn Spanish or Catalan from.
The first one only has people in Barcelona while the second one has people from all counties.
Where in Barcelona can you find books in English? Listed below are three of the best bookshops in the city.
- HIBERNIAN-BOOKS - Second hand bookshop in Gracia with good selection. Reasonable prices
Carrer de Montseny 1708012 BARCELONA Tel: (+34) 932 174 796
- BCN BOOKS - English course books for all ages. Contemporary and classic fiction. Dictionaries
Three shops in the city, see website for more information
- LLIBRERIA ANGLESA COME IN - Fiction and non-fiction, travelguides and a big selection ofEnglish course books and teaching material.
C/ Balmes 129 bis08008 Barcelona - Spain93 453 12 04/93 453 18 06
http://www.cvtips.com/cover-letter/ - Covers everything from Resumes and CVs and Cover letters to Interviewing.
http://www.usingenglish.com/teachers/articles/perfect-cv-cover-letter-for-tefl-teacher.html - Information about writing CV for teaching jobs.
http://cv-masterclass.com/cv-demo1.html - Examples of CVs.
Do you know other websites with CV tips feel free to share them!