Women of Ideas (and what men have done to them) by Dale Spender

I came across this nearly 800-page long book in Barter Books, a second-hand bookshop in Britain. I gently took it out of the shelf and stared for a moment at both its size and title. Then it dawned on me: was I the only one who didn’t even imagine so …

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Il Signor Diavolo e le variabili sociolinguistiche (SPOILER)

Ho visto un film. E già questo potrebbe meritare un articolo, poiché non capita più molto spesso nell’epoca delle serie tv on demand. “Il Signor Diavolo”, film di Pupi Avati del 2019 tratto dall’omonimo romanzo, di per sé, mi ha inquietato. Saranno state le luci, saranno state le occhiaie che …

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Who says intonation doesn’t matter?

Sometimes language learners are so worried about grammar accuracy to think that intonation doesn’t matter that much after all. Personally, I have always felt a bit down when my sentence stress was so influenced by my mother tongue to force my interlocutor to repeat what I had just said, even …

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Should – Must – Have to

Should, Must and Have to are modal verbs, and they are used to give advice, express obligation/prohibition and necessity. What do I have to do during Covid-19 lockdown? What do we have to do? Watch to find out! And you? What do you have to do these days? Should, Must …

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Can Can’t

Can is a modal verb. It can be used to talk about ability, possibility and permission. This video is intended for Italian lower secondary school children (aged 10-12), but it is suitable for anyone approaching English. CEFR A1 A2.

Can è un verbo modale e mi serve per parlare di abilità, possibilità, permesso. Questo video è rivolto ad alunni di una classe I della scuola secondaria di I grado, ma è adatto a chiunque sia alle prime armi con l’apprendimento della lingua inglese. QCER A1 A2.

Comparatives and Superlatives

This awful lockdown we are all experiencing due to COVID-19 has brought me back to this website. Having to teach my students online because schools are closed led me to learn how to use Google Classroom and finally… YouTube!

This video is for Italian Students, A2 CEFR.

I’m grateful to Simon for suggesting me how to teach this topic.

Little Tony e Little Pony: coppie minime e fraintendimenti comuni per chi apprende inglese

Sta spopolando da un paio di giorni la notizia del distratto pasticciere sicialiano e della povera bambina che si è ritrovata a spegnere la sua nona candelina su una torta con sopra impressa un’enorme fotografia di Little Tony. Evelina aveva chiesto ai suoi genitori di ricevere una torta con sopra raffigurati i personaggi …

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