Tuesday, 30 November 2010

1 DECEMBER - Celebrations Around the World

ROMANIA  - the Great Union Day (also called Unification Day)
December 1, 1918 – the National Assembly of all Romanians in Transylvania, Banat and the Hungarian Country convened in Alba Iulia and decreed, by unanimous vote, the union of Transylvania with the Romanian Kingdom.

PORTUGAL - Restoration of Independence from Spain in 1640

ICELAND  - Independence Day
Although not a public holiday, many Icelanders celebrate it. On December 1, 1918 Iceland became independent from Denmark.

NEW ZEALAND - Chatham Island province Anniversary Day

  • National Pie Day is also celebrated on January 23 by tossing a cream pie in your best friends face. The best way to celebrate this day is to:
-         bake pie
-         eat pie
-         teach pie making
-         share pie
-         sing pie songs, read pie books, quote pie poems etc. Crazy! Enjoy pie!
  • Rosa Park’s Day  On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama she refused to obey the bus driver 's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
  • Eat a Red Apple Day (origin unknown) This is one of those "made up" food holidays, but it's a great reminder to incorporate fruit into our daily diet.
The United Nations’ World AIDS Day is held on 1 Dec. to honor the victims of the AIDS pandemic.

Every six years, the federal government is changed on December 1.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

What a good language school never teaches

A good language school never teaches about indifference, fecklessness or bull-headed resistance. A good language school doesn’t limit itself to teaching content, or skills. Good language teachers don’t provide their students just knowledge.

We give our students ownership over their performance by developing the students’ competences. This is what we do at Lexis; this way, the teachers and the parents can describe the students’ progress in terms of:
• pragmatic competences
• sociolinguistic competences
• strategic competencies

I haven’t mentioned the intercultural and existential competences which are two aspects we are going to deal with some other time.

We also select the texbbooks carefully; the ones that provide more than just reading texts, grammar and vocabulary. We prefer the coursebooks in which the learning aims are clearly explained and plenty of ideas are given to help the students with their learning strategies.

Thus, the learners are helped to recognize what they know and what they can do with the language. From an early age they are given the possibility to realize why they are studying, and what they can actually do with the language and how they are progressing.

Mr. Lex

Thursday, 11 November 2010

PROFILES: Stefana Stoica, Sibiu, Romania

1st prize in the Lexis ... and the whole world is yours! contest

Stefana has been a Lexis student for 7 years. She is now an FCE Student, even if she ‘s only 13.
“Stefi might be short, but she has a big heart and a wide smile. She is  competitive, funny, hardworking, optimist, cheerful, smart, determined and…. I could go on and on. We all call/pet  her  “the little one” but I really and truly think that she should be called “ the great one”- Mirela Radu- her teacher for 3 years

Stefana :”  I have 3 hobbies : spending time with my friends, reading science- fiction books. And I like LEXIS. Lexis has been teaching me not only English, but also the value of friendship and respect. I just love it and I wish I could become a teacher like the ones from Lexis”
LexisTopStudents has published just fragments from Stefana's ppt video presentation and poem.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

PROFILES: Ioana Dicu, Bucharest, Romania

Ioana Dicu is an English student at Lexis Mozart. " Ioana has been a Lexis student since she was in primary school. At present, she's a B - Senior student with exceptional writing skills and an interest in computers." (Mrs. Florentina Tudor, Lexis branch director)

In her essay for the Lexis ... and the whole world is yours! contest, Ioana proves a well-organized writer. In a simple style, she mentions different fields of activity people cannot do without the English language.

"Frankly speaking, it is highly essential to know the language for communication. ... In this computer age, English is the only language that any one can understand. So to say, it has become as an ideal language for expressing our feelings. Unless we have fluency in English, it would not be possible to use a computer. ...
But not only the computer world is dominated by English language.
  • tourism
  • education  "More and more people are leaving their countries to study abroad. ... Without a medium level of English the studies are impossible. Education enhances the role of the English language." 
  •  "The Internet world is an English world. It is very hard and almost impossible to translate each and very relevant web page in other languages, despite the fact the there are attempts to do so. In e-commerce or in education, like I said before, English is bound to grow. Imagine a networking site like Facebook or Twitter in some other language than English? It will be a very funny way of networking around the world."
 Definitely, no other language can take us around the world. Networking in another language? Yes. But just locally.
LEXIS TOP STUDENTS has reached a conclusion: Ioana is going to be successful in one of these activities: photography, writing or IT. 
Good luck! 

    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    A Lexis Q & A Collection

    Have you ever wondered ...
    • What is the Sun like inside?
    • What makes black holes black?
    • Where dinosaurs brainy?
    • Who drove war chariots?
    • Who was Mr. Bentz?
    • What is Mischief Night?
    "A Lexis Question & Answer Collection" is guaranteed to entertain and inform our fans aged 7 to 100. Let the contest begin!
     CIVILISATIONS    You probably remember that around 8000 BC people began to grow crops and keep animals. These early farmers settled down and lived in small villages, which later grew larger and became towns.
    • Which was the largest known ancient city ? (Clue: Over 6000 people lived there by 6250 BC.) 1 point
    • What animal was first tamed? When? 2 points
    • Did Stone Age people hunt wild animals? What was the largest? 1 point

    Monday, 1 November 2010

    Who is Mr. Lexis ?

    Mr. Lexis is this cute little mascot. He was born 15 years ago in Ploiesti, Romania when a Lexis Schools branch was opened there. Although still in his teens, Mr. Lexis has a lot of experience to teach English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing and to give you advice on how to prepare for international and national exams.
    He'll answer all your questions about the Trinity College London examinations, the Cambridge ESOL exams and extracurricular activities.
    Mr. Lexis is not just a picture. He really exists and you'll
     see him as soon as we receive a picture of him from Ploiesti.
    Mr. Lexis'  first lesson will be posted soon. The topic is What a good language school doesn't teach. Do you know?

    A village called ... Earth (1)

    Supposing you shrink the Earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the present human ratios remaining the same, it looks something like this:

    57 Asians                                    52 females                        70 non-Christians           70 non-white
    11 Europeans                              48 males                           30 Christians                  30 white
    14 from the Western Hemisphere
    8 Africans

             89 heterosexual                                                                 6 possess 59% of the entire World’s wealth
             11 homosexual                                                                                       80 live in substandard housing
                                                                                                    70 are unable to read
                                                                                        50 suffer from malnutrition
                                                                                          1 is near death
                                                                                          1 is near birth
                                                                                          1 has college education
                                                                                          1 owns a computer
    When one considers our world from such a perspective the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent. The following is also something to ponder:
                …if you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than a million who will not survive this week.
                …if you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million in the world.
                …if you have food in the refrigerator, clothes to wear, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep, you a richer than 75% of this world.
                …if you have money in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

    If you can read this message you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

    You don’t know exactly what happened in the past. You don’t know what is going to happen in the future. Ironically, you don’t even know what is happening 100 metres away from where you are right now. What are other people doing? Where are they? What are they experiencing? You don’t know. There are so many things you don’t know, many questions you cannot answer.

    What are the things you do  know, though? The questions you can answer. The things that you have experienced, the things you experience. What is happening in your reality? How does the world look like when seen with your eyes?

    One of the things we all have in common is that we all exist at the same time.
    Some create, some dream, some give, some gain. Some are afraid.
    Teachers have the antidote to fear – knowledge.

    Anonymous writer