Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Schools : Harry Potter Book Night : celebrate the Professors of Hogwarts !

Harry Potter Book Night 2017

Hurry up for Harry Potter Book NightA Night of celebration of teachers of Hogwarts on February 2nd 2017! Oh ! Well, this is big event to Potter's fans! The Harry Potter Book Night 2017,again.

They say that the influence of a good teacher can never be erased. So who better to celebrate on Harry Potter Book Night 2017 than those who taught Harry Potter and his friends many magical skills. 

Whether it was the suave charm of Gilderoy Lockhart or the dark complexity of Severus Snape, or even Garrick Ollivander, the  finest maker of wands,many of the professors of Hogwarts had a huge impact on Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts. 

Theme 2017: 

Bloomsbury has announced that the theme for their Harry Potter Book Night 2017 will be The Professors of Hogwarts!   Wow! Agree. Who better could be celebrated in this wonder night? 

The Professors of Hogwarts
Harry Potter Book Night 2017

Inspired by how influential teachers can be on children, particularly the ones who taught Harry at Hogwarts, the UK publishers of the novels about the boy wizard by J.K. Rowling are enthusiastic about their theme for next year’s Harry Potter Book Night.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2017.

So get ready to celebrate The Professors of Hogwarts on 2nd February 2017 when once again, fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful series – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. 


Harry Potter Book Night 2017
Event Kit

UK publishers have created a brand new event kit filled with magical activities and ideas themed around The Professors of Hogwarts, so please do accept this as your official invitation to join the fun and start your own planning. 

Register here for the downloadable kit before 2nd February 2017. (Please note: registration for the printed kit has now closed and the kits will be mailed out from early January.)

Harry Potter Book Night 2017
Event Map

To help teachers promote their event as much as possible 
UK publishers have launched a dedicated Harry Potter Book Night event map so teachers can upload their own event and see where events are taking place all over the world

Harry Potter Book Night 2017
Bumber Quiz Pack

Packed with fun and brain-tingling questions including a special round based on this year’s theme, The Professors of Hogwarts. 
There are two versions available – one for superfans and a simpler one, perfectly pitched at families and newer or younger fans. 
It’s the perfect event to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night in schools, bookshops, libraries, community settings, or at home.


Harry Potter Book Night 2017
Selection resources

Teachers & Parents:
Venture deeper into J.K. Rowling’s amazing adventure by bringing the stories to life. 
Browse the selection of discussion guides and reward your group with Harry Potter certificates. 

Since the first Harry Potter Book Night in 2015 there have been over 24,000 events organised and 2017 is set to be even bigger. 
I know! Teachers have so much to do! Preparing the lessons, evaluation, but we lose something so important and funny to enhance the skills of reading. You are the Professor who teach the magical skills of Reading! Ya!
So, you are already preparing your students to take part on this big event to Potter's fans. No matter their age.
Once again, fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. 

Harry Potter Book Night 2017 can't wait to see where the imagination of the readers take them next.

There will be masses of magical ideas, events and activities to get involved. teachers and students do accept the official invitation to join for the Harry Potter Book Night 2017.

And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night using #HarryPotterBookNight.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Schools : Let's talk about English Dictionaries : Oxford & Collins

Other dictionaries are available, as Chambers. But Oxford and Collins  have released their word of the year lists, last days 2016.


The last few years we have emerging the word Brexit, the term for the potential departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Note: Teachers and students (English foreign language) can read about the huge increase in the use of the word, and how it goes about defining it, in this article by Craig Leyland, Senior Editor of the OED


Gla-ma, a glamorous grandmother, esp. one who is relatively young or fashion-conscious. 
This December’s update also have seen the addition of a number of words from the world of surfing, and David Martin has delved into the language of the sport in this article. You can also explore the chronology and meanings of our new surfing words with the interactive timeline.

Teresa Bonvalot
créditos: WSL / Laurent Masurel

Turning to the functional side of the online dictionary, OED has added further links from OED quotations to source texts in Oxford Scholarly Editions Online. Find out how to use this new feature here.
See the full list of the new words, subentries, senses, and phrases added in this update.

OED shortlist 2016

Here are the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year shortlist choices, and definitions:
adulting, n. [mass noun] informal the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
alt-right, n. (in the US) an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial contentFind out more about the word's rise.
Brexiteer, n. British informal a person who is in favour of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.

chatbot, n. a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet.
coulrophobia, n. [mass noun] rare extreme or irrational fear of clowns.
glass cliff,  n. used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high. 

Note: Teachers and students can explore the word's history from one of the inventors of the term, Alex Haslam.

credits: BBC
hygge, n. [mass noun] a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
Latinx, n. (plural Latinxs or same) and adj. a person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina); relating to people of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina).

woke, adj. (woker, wokest) US informal alert to injustice in society, especially racism. Read more about the evolution of woke throughout 2016

The full short list  of the new words, subentries, senses, and phrases added in this last update.

At the crossword blog, OED celebrated the way in which crosswords are often quicker than dictionaries at picking up on new terms. Let the students discover them.

However, only a few of the shortlisted words have popped up in puzzles. Brexiteer, from the Oxford list is on of them.

Collins Dictionary

Let's see the Top Ten Collins Words of the Year 2016: for exampleUberization, verb, to a subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology.
As for the rest, there are plenty of terms in Oxford and Collins that I read for the first time in these two lists: JomoWokerLatinix Dude Food, Sharenting and other.

Perhaps this year’s lists are more influenced than before by online subcultures that are as easy to miss as they are to spot. Both lists also seem to be striving for coverage in American papers and websites. 
And the Oxford winner brings us to the next challenge: Post-Truth.

Word of the Year : Post-Truth

Why was this chosen?

The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, but Oxford Dictionaries has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. 

credits: Oxford Dictionaries

Post-truth has gone from being a peripheral term to being a mainstay in political commentary, now often being used by major publications without the need for clarification or definition in their headlines.

I think young people are probably the most creative agents for new words because they’re not held back by convention.
‘Young people are the real artists of the language and a dictionary should reflect that."

David Swarbrick, managing director at Chambers, 2015

Agree. Our students suprises us every day with a new word. They often are the new 'linguistics'. Without young people and new technologies, languages would be 'death languages'.

No excuse for students! They don't appreciate to use the dictionary. But dictionaries are imperative resources to understan what they read.

It's a  wonderful resource for students of English language, English literature, history, law, and many other subjects.

The dictionary encourages knowledge, curiosity and vocabulary skills.

Teachers can place holder sheets practices to be used by younger students according to their learning level. 

There are interesting Quizzes online to practice the English language.

Be hygee! And don't shanting if you are a mother! e-Safety is very important tou your children.

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