sexta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2009

Workshops - Jeremy Harmer and Jack Scholes

This was a busy and fruitful week! On Wednesday I watched a workshop with Jeremy Harmer at Seven Idiomas, and today I saw one more talk by Jack Scholes at Disal.
Harmer mentioned the importance of teachers being updated with new technology, such as using the sites Twitter and even Second Life, for example, not only to exchange information among themselves, but also to have students practice English with these tools. However, he also reinforced that something essential for teachers is merely to talk to other teachers, to discuss the good practices and the problems we all face in our careers.

Regarding Scholes' worskshop, I learned new pieces of vocabulary, as usual. These are some of them. Have you ever heard or used these expressions?

to go berserk - to get very angry or out of control - My mother will go berserk when she finds out I've ruined her favourite dress.

a can of worms - a source of many unpredictable or unexpected problems - Buying a company we know nothing about would be opening up a whole new can of worms.

in the offing - in the projected future; likely to happen - A wedding is in the offing.

chicken feed - an insignificant sum of money - He's so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.

to jump the gun - start doing something too soon, act too hastily - The local weather bureau jumped the gun on predicting a storm; it didn't happen for another two days.