Category Archives: Languages

A Pantomime with a Difference

Originally posted on SJB Teaching:
There’s little that says “Christmas” more than a pantomime (except Noddy Holder shouting “IT’S CHRISTMAS” of course) and last night I went to a pantomime for the first time in years. This though, was a…

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Back to the classroom

This year I enrolled in a British Sign Language evening class. I’ve already passed levels 1 and 2, so now I’m beginning Level 3. It’s always strange to be back in the class part of the classroom rather than in … Continue reading

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Getting to Know a New Class

Getting to know a new class is always hard with all those names to learn, but usually a class teacher has time on their side. Time to carry out various “getting-to-know-you” activities with a class they will be seeing every … Continue reading

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A Pedantic Rant?

There was a time when if I saw a phrase such as “the below suggestions” I would assume the text had been written by a non-native speaker of English, but more and more I see it used by – well, … Continue reading

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The History of the English Alphabet

Over the weeks I have been really impressed by how much people have pushed themselves in these 100 word challenges, trying out new writing styles that are well outside their comfort zones. I decided it was about time I did … Continue reading

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Languages at 5 – what’s all the fuss about?

The government suggest that children should start learning languages at the age of five, and suddenly in true British fashion we are throwing up our hands in horror. We are criticising the government for suggesting such a ridiculous idea. We … Continue reading

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Why I love being self-employed (Part 6)

This reason follows on from the last, as it’s still about CPD. Two years ago I decided that I would like to learn British Sign Language – partly because I’ve always had an interest in communication, partly because as a … Continue reading

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