students’ pinboard

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  1. I am merely a student of life… I am not enrolled at Leonardo da Vinci and I am not physically present in your English classes so I wasn’t really sure whether I should add my comment here on the students’ pinboard or not.

    I am another (external) English teacher at Leonardo da Vinci who is currently working on the PON project for First Certificate. Zakk is one of the members of my class and told me about the blog!

    I wanted to write to pass on my compliments! I love the blog! I have saved it among my favourites and intend to drop in from time to time to see what you’re doing in class… if that’s OK with you?

    All the best!

  2. Dear Sally,
    I couldn’t ask for more than having you share our blog with us… come inside, make yourself at home… drop in whenever you want, leave messages, please feel one of us…
    hope to meet you soon
    b. πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you (can I say “you” to my teacher?! πŸ˜‰ ) for this blog, teacher… It’s fantastic!!! Now I know how to spend my rainy Sundays… And all my free time! I think this blog is a wonderful world for students who love English very much like me and also I can learn a lot of new things from the world… Thank you a lot! πŸ˜€

  4. Teacher, why don’t you suggest another story of creative writing?….it was a very nice idea! πŸ™‚

  5. Have you already had a look at the “creative writing page”? I suggested something new a few weeks ago, although it was not a story… well, if you insist I’ll think about a new story… stay tuned πŸ˜‰

  6. Yes, I have…I think that the idea of the story is more interesting. But I don’t know what the others think. =)

  7. Excuse me teacher, can i ask for a help? These days I’m reading Charles Dickens’s novel ” A Christmas Carol”… I really like it and I’m discovering the meaning of lots of words… but i forget the most of them because i read the chapters only once…What can i do to memorize them well? i want to improve my English, learning new words and using them when i have to write something… Is that of the “vocabulary organizer” a good system? Please, answer me soon! πŸ™‚

    • My dear Francesca. The best way to help your memory in retaining new vocabulary is to start using it in new contexts. The “vocabulary organizer” I suggest to my classes every year is another method to help your brain organize the new vocabulary you come across while reading/studying.
      Why don’t you start writing short articles on different topics for this blog? It would be great and you could improve your English πŸ™‚

    • Hi Francesca!
      It was a long time ago that you wrote your question to Teacher B asking for some suggestions to help you remember vocabulary but I have only just seen your message now. I agree with Teacher B, it’s really important to use the new words… perhaps the first step maybe to write the word down in order to jog your memory but then as you get to the end of each chapter of the book, reflect on what happened in that chapter. It’s great if you can talk with someone about it (in English), but you can also write a summary of the action and events, the characters and their feelings and responses to what happened and also how those things made you feel. A Christmas Carole has also recently been made into a film… why not get the film on DVD and watch it in English. What a great way to practice listening skills and it should also reinforce lots of vocabulary from the book.
      Enjoy the last few days of the summer break Francesca!!!!!

  8. Ok teacher…I’ll do the best I can…thanks for your help and good holidays!:)
    Ps: Did you like the fairy??

  9. Give me a couple of days teacher, to organize my work because i’ve never done anything like this…

  10. Hi everybody! πŸ™‚ We’ve visited this blog many times but we’ve never left a comment. This blog is really full of very interesting posts.. We’re going to read every single message people left here! πŸ˜‰ That’s a promise πŸ™‚ We’d like really much having other lessons with Sally.. We were so happy to have an Australian teacher πŸ™‚ We hope to see you soon Sally πŸ™‚ How are you? Are you travelling around the world visiting beautiful places? We hope you’re having a good time anywhere you are πŸ™‚ Daniela and Celeste

    • Hi Daniela and Celeste, I also hope to have Sally joining our classes (and this blog) again, I guess she’ll answer your sweet post as soon as she comes back from Australia… in the meantime leave some other comment here and there! πŸ˜‰

  11. Wow.. I love Australia.. πŸ™‚ ..Infact I am going there next year.. Probably.. πŸ™‚ to Canberra. But is Sally Australian? Or is she on a holiday there? πŸ™‚ Daniela

  12. Hello Sally! Sorry i’m in late, but i hardly ever check out comments on students’ pinboard…thank you so much for your precious advice, i really need it :)…Hope we can meet very soon. A Hug, Francesca

    • I have missed a few of these messages too but here I am now!

      To address some of the questions raised before…

      Yes, I am Australian, or at least mostly Australian… My Dad is from New Zealand and I was born in New Zealand but my Mum is Australian and that is where I grew up (so am I Australian or a New Zealander???).

      I’m in Australia at the moment because I decided to take some time off work and do some study. I am doing a Master of Education at Griffith University in Brisbane. I am also trying to have many new experiences and learn new things so that I can come back to Lecce next year with many new and fun activities to help students learn English better!

      We have a holiday from university now so I’m in Sydney seeing some friends. I spent a week in Melbourne and five days in Hobart too. I will finish university on Novemeber 3 and then start travelling around Australia. I hope to be able to post some things from my trip to share with you!

      Good luck with the new academic year! See you soon!

  13. Hi! This is the first time I’ve visited this blog. I find it really interesting and an effective way to improve my English. I think I’ll spend much of my free time here because this page is beginning to intrigue me! πŸ™‚

  14. You are not the common blog author, man. You surely have something important to add to the net. Such a great blog. I’ll return for more.

  15. I would like to thankx for the time you have contributed in writing this blog. I am hoping the same best article from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to start my own blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a good example of it

  16. I have enjoyed reading your website. Thanks for your work. I thought through some stuff after reading your article.

  17. Hello There

    I’m not a student or teacher at Leonardo da Vinci but I am really impressed with your blog.

    I work as an English Teacher in this area and have recently suggested the creation of a student blog to a PON class in Casarano. I’ll certainly be showing them this one as a good example and inspiration for their ideas.

    Hats off to all of you.!
    Sheryl C.

    • Hi Sheryl! Thanks a lot for your nice message πŸ™‚
      Hope to have you and your students back soon… have fun designing your blog, feel free to ask questions if you have any… and don’t forget to let us know!

      teacher b.

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