IDEAS AND LINKS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AND SOCIETY (GOVERNMENT)
Schools of Thought appeared in the 'Australian' magazine on January 25, 2014, and tells the truth about public vs private education, for once. It is parents who most influence the outcome of education, with good solid support for their children and clear aspirations for the future. There is a systematic undermining of the public education system in Australia, because it is expensive. If it is privatised, the government supply money without responsibility. It sickens me to hear parents and the media talking about the cost of a "good" education when referring to private schools, as if it is not possible to have a "good" education at public high schools. Support the public system. Use any money you save, on travel, newspapers and books to widen the minds of your children.
Much grammar on the internet is being explained by teachers of English as a foreign language, and it can seem overly
complicated. We do need to know enough to function well and understand what we are doing but getting bogged down in
modalities, for example, is rather exhausting. In fact,
I believe people who have never studied grammar are making up names for parts of grammar that already have a name.
Photos: Larkspur in my garden; Salt Lake at Lochiel, SA
USEFUL TEACHING RESOURCESColin Welch's Educational resources on Lexiconic Net discovered via Elements of Fiction page. Some great stuff.
Readplus book reviews, an impressive SA based resource from experienced librarians
Puzzlemaker and clip art gallery by Discovery School.
School project photos, animals, Education.com, hassle free clip art, Color.com: pictures useful for assorted projects.
Paper dolls: on Pinterest. Good for characters in a novel.
e cards, and more; All posters;
Illuminated letters; Illuminated manuscripts.
Art Deco architecture site.
WW1 postcards-fantastic pictures; Trenches on the web.
USA 1935-1945: Library of Congress photo database.
List of genres.
Teaching Ideas on Facebook.
Refdesk: books and literature.
Arts and Letters Daily.
Scripts on screen.
ENGLISH TOPICSAuthor interviews interviews with current authors
Script-O-Rama: scripts for TV shows, films.
Books: you can read on the WWW, from scientific reports and classics to popular fiction. Copy what you need for comprehension exercises and the like.
Audio books for free.
Shakespeare dictionary; Glossary; Cliff Notes; Super Summary Guides; Shakespeare on line; Absolute Shakespeare; Holloway images page; Shakespeare Web; Complete works; Timelines: life and works; Shakespeare's sonnets; Shakespeare upon Ipod; Shakespeare's Globe: a direct link to the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre, very close to the original site of Shakespeare's Globe.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
The Elizabethan Costuming Page; Elizabethan Clothing; Clothing; Shakespeare in context; Elizabethan Furniture; Pepys Diary - life in 1660s; The Luminarium: a glorious site with Medieval to 18th Century literature; modern illuminations; heraldry; Culpeper: 'The Complete Herbal'
other medieval links; Medieval/Renaissance food.
GOVERNMENT: LOCAL, STATE and FEDERAL
Where is? and Google maps-where you are in Australia.
Captain Cook's voyages, Cook Memorial Museum; Sir Joseph Banks: his papers in the State Library of NSW; Endeavour Voyage Maps; Ships of the first fleet; Convict creations; Port Arthur; Project Gutenberg on the First Fleet.Epals; Teacher's Corner; Penpal Schools if you are looking for educational email partners. The opportunities for exchanges are limited by holiday times in the northern and southern hemispheres. One of the first exchanges I did was with New Philadelphia Welty Middle School in 1994. I still have the recipe book. Here is an article which appeared in MacNews in 1994 when we were using Nexus at Unley High.
Below are the term dates for South Australian public schools for 2022:
I am now retired so links are gradually disappearing and no new topics are being addded.
Page History: "English Teaching" first created for Geocities, Jan '98. Switched to Adelaide Net with Camtech, May, 2000. to Big Pond, June, 2001. Bigpond shut down their free web pages, Jan 2008. Moved to my own domain name, 22-1-2008. Moved this page from the front of my website as the index page, on December 21st, 2011, to mark the start of my non teaching life. Joined various English and Society and Environment pages on one page on 5-4-2013.
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