Friday, 16 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Ratanui, Kayaking and bird watching...
Ratanui, Kayaking, bird watching and home grown mussels! (That's right, mussells grown on an underwater farm...)
Ratanui Lodge... (A.k.a Ratatui lodge, which is what I kept calling it!)
So far the most luxurious place iFriendly has stayed in so far...
A short walk across the road to the nearest beach and a short drive to Golden Bay Kayak, where you are greeted in the Kiwi way (super friendly way) and given instructions on how to manoeuver the kayak, given a spray skirt (this is the coolest most useful invention I have seen in the world of Kayaking) which is essentially a skirt. it grips on to kayak preventing you from getting wet or burnt by the sun.. GENIUS!
We steered around the coves, between the rocks and got some superb shots of the birds and seals in the area. Shag birds and sea gulls were the predominant and we saw two seals enjoying the sun. They do smell a bit, but that is because they are in the sea a long time and because they eat octopus, which they tear apart... leaving the leftovers to rot in the sun... Nice!
In the evening we checked out a place just outside of Takaka, called the Mussel inn... Delicious big fat juicy mussels.. Yummy!
B1/ B2/ C1 Write a letter to a friend describing a place you have been recently ...
Include an interesting fact about the place.
Advise your friend to visit the place, suggest what they should do whist they are there.
B1 - 70 words
B2/ C1 200 -250 words. For extra reading, click on the links in the texts.
Friday, 9 January 2015
The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie trilogies
iFriendly visit to Hobbiton
Our visit to The Shire was much better than we had ever imagined... It was awesome... Far out! (as they like to say in New Zealand).
(Far out: Sounds American if you ask me, but pronounced with a New Zealand accent!)
Apparently, when film scouts found the Alexanders' sheep and beef farm just outside of Matamata, they knew it would be the perfect setting for Sir Peter Jackson's adaptation of the classic works of J.R.R Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie trilogies.
For those of you who are fans of the book or the movie, it is an amazing experience...
The coach picks you up and drives you straight to the film set, then it drops you off so that you can walk around. A guide walks around with you and tells you the best place to take a photo.
Walking around was a very cool experience... You could probably imagine how I felt when we went to see the third part of the Hobbit Trilogy in Wellington.... a mere two days later! Very exciting, and seeing the movie set on the big screen was thrilling! To think I had actually walked around there and sat outside Bilbo Baggin's house...
Here are some shots from our visit...
B1: Underline all the vocabulary that you do not understand and look up the words in a dictionary.
B2 / C1: Have you had the opportunity to visit a movie set? Why don't you tell me about it?
or; find out about a movie set near you and write about it.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
The plan is to visit all these places, make a note of all our the amazing experiences and blog, blog, blog away!!
Lisa Jane Grant
If you have read my blog and want to know more about me ... please read on!
Where are you from?
The short answer would be the south of England, but this is not strictly true. I was born in Bahrain, and I've lived in Spain, Scotland and England. When I worked for First Choice (Tour operator), I was sent to work in Almeria, Tenerife, Malaga, Corfu and Bulgaria! Then I moved to Brighton. I had a great time there and met some amazing people (you know who you are)! From there I moved to Alicante to become a teacher. I got a better teaching position in Toledo with Cambridge English plus, there I spent my days correcting exams, teaching kids and Adults... and now I am residing in Ciudad Real with my life partner.
Why did you become an English teacher?
I've always liked the idea of teaching, but I figured it was a good idea to get some life experience before trying to teach. So, that's what I did! I have worked in tourism, insurance, marketing, health and safety, bars and restaurants! Work experience gives you heaps of anecdotes and stories to teach your students about real life!
Why did you decide to become self-employed?
Well, it was an easy decision, I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, cooking, wine tasting, playing games, etc. When you work in a school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting down at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak.
Why online classes?
I wanted to be able to teach other nationalities and maybe provide a service to people who can't leave their house, or live out in a small village where they don't have access to a language school. Teaching online is intense, it doesn't suit everyone, but the students I have are happy with the classes.
Are online classes better than in person?
If there is a good internet connection, and the student is keen to learn online, then it can be good, but I wouldn't say it was better than in person. Learning online is intense, you have to constantly pay attention, your teacher is able to provide you with visual aids, class notes, etc. You save money on petrol and you save time! When technology improves, it will be possible to join a group, which should be cheaper for you and give you the opportunity to meet other students from around the world!
How do you fill your time?
Well, I keep a blog for my students, the number of readers are increasing everyday, which is encouraging. I won't talk about politics, religion or any subject which may offend any nationality. It's purpose is to give students something to read, which may interest them. Helping them to learn new vocabulary and expressions. I also teach at a nursery in the mornings, and one evening a week I teach children and their parents together! This gives parents the opportunity to learn with their children, making it easier to practise at home. ifriendlymft.blogspot.
comEnglish can become part of your everyday lives!
My teenage group are new, and I love teaching them!
iFriendly Summer project:
Every year I look into summer camps and the options I have to teach during our long hot summers... I have to say there is quite a wide variety of summer camps here in Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland. I have worked for the Junta de Andalucia and Combination Languages in the U.K. http://www.
I love Castilla La Mancha and I would rather stay and teach closer to home... I think I have found what I am looking for. A stunning little village not 50 minutes from my City... Saceruela.
This year I intend to set up a summer camp for kids, aged 10 -16 from the local schools and academies. In 2016 / 17 I intend to attract students from the U.K and Ireland, those who want to learn Spanish, so that we can teach both languages together. This will enable iFriendly to provide activities for both nationalities and give everyone the chance to learn from each other. A similar set up to my 'Invasion Friendly' project in Brighton, where Spanish speakers and English speakers got together every week to learn from each other in a social environment. This will also be available for adult learners, but on weekends throughout the year.
Invasion Friendly "To promote cultural integration and change. Give the word invasion new meaning. A safe way for travellers to learn languages."
Check out this stunning village saceruela.blogspot.com
I teach English through wine tasting events in Ciudad Real, at Taberna Vinalia https://www.facebook.
com/iluminavinalia?fref=ts#_=_ . Check out our events on Facebook.
From April 2014 to December 2014, I worked on a Tourism project in Toledo, due to the long commute I no longer teach the course.
And last but not least, I teach English online!
For Skype English classes Contact Lisa Jane by email firstname.lastname@example.org