My thoughts on the International House 60th Anniversary Conference
Apart from ‘big names’ like Jeremy Harmer, Adrian Underhill and Martin Parrott, I was also drawn to this conference because it was held in London and also because it was the final event of 2013 which celebrated the 60th anniversary of International House World Organization. It was a great experience to listen to the speakers share some not strictly professional but rather anecdotal bits and pieces from their careers shared with IH schools and with the founders, John and Brita Haycraft. As I was listening to the final talk, given by Brita, I felt grateful for being part of this worldwide organization. And actually for me this began when I was a seventh grader in elementary school. That was my first time at IH Budapest, as a student of English. Then I went on to two exam preparation courses and passed two Euro exams one after the other. After that I applied for the CELTA course, and this summer I completed DELTA modules 1&2 and I am currently teaching at IH Budapest. This school has played a huge role in my life and I am very happy that I got my teaching qualifications from this organization. And to hear that the methodology of the Teacher Training Center hasn’t changed a bit since the beginning shows how innovative and groundbreaking it was for the very first time.
International House London at Stukeley St.
Adrian Underhill singing the International House Blues
Martin Parrott sharing 5 lessons learned from John Haycraft
Check out these articles if you’re looking for something interesting to read after going through the worksheets and interview questions. When I have time, I will make a small worksheet for each but for now, just enjoy reading! :)
If you have mostly a)s: You value relationships and the importance of having someone to share your happy moments with but you’re not currently thinking of steering it into a more serious direction. You love harmony and having things in order. You tend to avoid fights with your partner. You prefer sitting on the couch in your cozy home on Valentine’s day.
If you have mostly b)s: You are very family-centered and you like children (or animals) very much. You probably have a pet. You think that helping and supporting your partner is an important part of your relationship. You prefer being invited on a romantic dinner on Valentine’s day.
If you have mostly c)s: You’re a rather practical person who enjoys having a girlfriend/boyfirend but your carreer is on the top of your priority list. You prefer getting a box of chocolate for Valentine’s day.
Steer - guide or control the movement of something, for example by turning a wheel
Couch - sofa
Cozy - giving a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation
1. Look at the two pictures below (if you know the character, try to forget that thought for a couple of minutes). Would be these sentences nice to hear in real life? What kind of personality traits does this man have?
The world of technology has been in a constant buzz about Google’s latest project, which is still in the process of development; however, they said that they wanted to pop the bubble in the media to get valuable feedback from possible future users by generating a conversation about this new invention.
Last week I spent my easter break in London and Manchester! Wheee. As you may have already guessed it was awesome. Some pictures from the trip can be seen below ^_^
Another thing that happened during my stay in England is that I bought a book called "It’s not rocket science and other irritating modern clichés." “Cliché” I think is not the best definition for these terms with respect to language learners. These are really widespread expressions, hence very useful for people who would like to speak or write English naturally. Maybe these phrases do sound commonplace to native speakers themselves but they will be perfect for spicing up your textbook vocabulary!
Let’s start with expression #1!
This word originally comes from the slang spoken by drug addicts but is now rarely used in that meaning. Today if you’re an adrenalin-junkie or a coffee-junkie it simply means that you go crazy for these things and you spend most of your free time with searching for adventures or coffee shops.