Weird and wonderful UK Summer Traditions – Part II

Carrying from last week’s theme of strange UK festivals and traditions we would like to share some more of our favourites.

nettleWorld Stinging Nettle Eating Championship

Like many UK traditions, this one also started off in a pub, probably as a crazy bet. For this annual event in Dorset, in the south of the UK, contestants battle it out to strip and eat the leaves and stalks from as many nettles as possible – not so easy given that the leaves sting and cause tongues to swell and blacken! Read more about this championship.

conkerWorld Conker Championships

For the final UK tradition, we present the annual Conker (horse chestnut) Championships which dates back to 1965. Each player’s conker has a hole drilled through the middle and a piece of string attached. The aim of the game is to break your opponent’s conker by striking it. Conker players from around the world gather in a small village in Northamptonshire to compete for the world title of King and Queen Conker every year! Click here to find out more!

There are many more weird and wonderful traditions throughout the UK from worm charming, Morris dancing and pea shooting. A quick search on the Internet will reveal a lot more!

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Weird and wonderful UK Summer Traditions – Part I

Hopefully you should all be enjoying the holiday season or escaping the heat wave. Meanwhile in the UK, in the few days that the sun appears, we often celebrate at one of many strange festivals and traditions that take place all across the country.

This week we’d like to share our pick of these traditions, which you could consider replicating (or not) on your return to the classroom in September!

Cheese Rolling in Gloucester

CheeseRollingThis world famous event consists of international competitors racing down an extremely steep hill after a large round of cheese. The first person to the bottom wins the cheese! This one is not for the faint-hearted and the race often results in a few broken bones! Watch the following mad clip of this year’s competition.

 

Man versus Horse Marathon

manvhorseThis wild annual race takes place in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells (pronounced clan-ooh-er-tid) where runners compete against riders on horseback over a 35km course across the countryside. As you can imagine, the winner is usually a horse and only once in 25 years has a man won! You can read more about this eccentric race here.

Have you seen any quirky traditions on your travels or any that you take part in?

We’ll bring you some more strange UK traditions next week! Enjoy the summer!

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We’re all going on a summer holiday

niña-salta-globos_14035912At long last, it’s summer time again! It’s time to put your flip-flops on, smother yourself in sun cream, grab yourself an ice cream and head for the beach. Congratulations to everyone who has made it through the year. Now’s the time to relax and take a hard-earned break before planning and preparing for the next school year!

From everyone here at Oxford Professional Development we hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday away from the classroom. In the meantime we’ll be busy working behind the scenes preparing plenty of new and exciting training opportunities and ideas for the classroom! We’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Have a great summer!

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Special Mentions

The Meet the Authors road tour has now finished! First of all we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in making the events so memorable and enjoyable this year; from the people behind the scenes to all the, authors, experts and teacher trainers that took part. But, we’d like to extend an even bigger THANK YOU to all of you, the teachers, that make these events so worthwhile! We wouldn’t be here without you!

We would also like to share with you some special mentions of our authors and trainers who are constantly on the move, sharing their ideas and shaping learning together with educators worldwide.

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Jamie Keddie has recently been busy at the British Council ELTons Awards 2015 in London, an annual ceremony celebrating innovation in English Language Teaching around the world. Jamie, who gave his talk on Storytelling for Teens during the Meet the Authors tour, gives his reflections on this year’s awards ceremony and remembers his own experience as an award winner. You can read more about Jamie’s reflections here.

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Meanwhile in Finland, CLIL pioneer David Marsh is hard at work with EduCluster, an expert organization dedicated to creating educational excellence across the globe. The EduCluster website features David’s participation with OUP as a plenary speaker on English language and bilingual learning themes throughout Spain, and even includes a mention of our very own Mara DeRitter.

Finally, there is no one busier than OUP author and teacher trainer Nina Lauder who has been running from one country to another giving talks at several different international conferences, most recently Egypt, Bulgaria and Italy to name a few. You can read all about her adventures as well as grab some new teaching ideas on her blog.

You can find links to a number of blogs from Oxford teacher trainers in the Blogs We Read section on the right hand side of this page.

That’s all from us for now. Best of luck as you finish out the academic year!

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Make the Most online courses

Whilst this academic year is coming to a close, we’re already preparing for next year!

As in previous years we will be offering the Make the Most online courses. For those of you unaware, our Make the Most courses are online courses based on OUP titles that show teachers how to exploit their course book and didactic materials while discovering the methodology behind the lessons.

We invite you to take a sneak peek at some of our most popular Make the Most online courses using the following login details:

Username: preview
Password: preview2015

Access the preview

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In the preview you’ll find a selection of course content from different Make the Most courses. You also have the added bonus of joining a teaching community made of other teachers that use the same course book and methodology around Spain.

You can learn more about the Make the Most courses and what they entail here.

In the not-so distant future we will send out an email invitation for teachers who would like to sign up for the online courses.

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Sketchnotes: concept note-taking

Sandy Millin's sketchnotes for Katherine Bilsborough At first glance you might simply see mindless doodling, but these sketchnotes (created by Sandy Millin at our Meet the Authors Mallorca) also have cognitive benefits and you may want to give them a go with your students.

You may find that your students connect more with the notes they are taking as they draw images to illustrate ideas. Also, thanks to the illustrations and graphics the notes are much more interesting and attractive, which can result in the note-taker reviewing their notes more often on their own – and with classmates. These are just a few benefits but there are plenty more to consider.

Need extra encouragement to try with your students? They’re likely already familiar with the concept of sketchnotes as it resembles the ever popular infographics and whiteboard animations – remember this one about education paradigms?

Why not try out sketchnotes with your students in class one day this week? They’ll love the change of pace and the chance to draw their notes – and they may even remember them better!

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MTA Valencia & Vigo Photo Galleries

PHOTOCALL-33PHOTOCALL-14The Meet the Authors Valencia and Vigo photo galleries are now up and running.

Have a look around and find your pictures from the event!

 

MTA Valencia Photo Gallery

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Meet the Authors photo galleries are up!

Javier de Agustín AldeguerWe’ve been having lots of fun at this year’s Oxford Meet the Authors all across Spain! It’s such an inspiration to see so many teachers participating in professional development in the evenings and at the weekend! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication throughout the year – it’s an honour to be working alongside all of you.

 

If you joined us on a Saturday, or if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to, click on your location below and enjoy the pictures!

Valladolid     Barcelona     Madrid

Coming soon…Valencia

 

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Did you know that Oxford University Press is on social media?

You can follow Oxford ELT Spain on Twitter at @OUPELTSpain or find us on Facebook via Oxford University Press – ELT to connect with the teaching community, receive updates about the latest educational news, concepts and events, enter competitions, and much more! You can also subscribe to the OUPSpain Youtube channel, where you’ll find some video highlights of our recent events.

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During the Meet the Authors events you can share any of your pictures or comments on our Twitter page @OUPELTSpain using the hashtag #MTA… and your city, for example #MTAMadrid. We’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences!

Don’t forget if you haven’t already signed up, there is still time to register for all of the upcoming events! Join us for a fantastic lineup of workshops with ELT & CLIL authors and experts, so don’t delay and register today!

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First stop, MTA Valladolid!

Meet the Authors 2015 is finally underway! First stop was Valladolid, which took place on Saturday 21st March. We thoroughly enjoyed the event and found all the sessions truly engaging and captivating!

The teachers had the chance to spend time with the authors and experts and gain some practical tips and activities for the classroom as well as have some fun with the surprises we had to offer! You can see all the photos from the event including the photocall in the Meet the Authors photo gallery, click here to see them!

Here is just a taster of what happened last Saturday in Valladolid:

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Don’t forget you can also share any of your pictures on our Twitter page @OUPELTSpain using the hastag #MTAValladolid!

Next stop, Andalucía; in Málaga and Sevilla on the 15th and 16th April respectively. You can see the full details for all the upcoming events for either Primary or Secondary Education or register directly by clicking on the image below:

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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