This was the message received by the poor people staying at a lovely hotel in Tenerife that unfortunately hosted a guest who didn’t know he was infected. The thing is that the translation seems a bit rushed and… Continue reading

🧐 Free: Spelling on Twitter πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ πŸŒŽ

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These last years I’ve been compiling a collection of linguistic mistakes I happened to read on Twitter. These tweets have been great real examples for my students. They found them fun and challenging.Β  Here it is a small selection of the top 30 and different ways to exploit this freebie.
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πŸŽƒ This is Halloween πŸ΄σ §σ ’󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

This time I would like to recommend a Halloween story. The king of a story I would have loved to read in my literature class at uni but sadly we never found the time for it.


This one happens in Scotland but not in October as we are used to celebrating such spooky festivity. August is the time for enchantments and rituals that will bring terrifying consequences in Scottish lands.

The text is full of interesting vocab, folklore and it is beautifully written by Philarète Chasles. Its title: The Eye With No Lid.

As a teacher, you already know plenty of ways to work with such texts. The way I go with this one is by introducing the author and the story a bit. We talk about how the students celebrate this holiday and what do they think of scary tales in general. Then we read the text almost to its entirety since I remove the ending so they guess first what could happen in the end after all we’ve read. But that is the final activity besides asking about their opinion of the whole text. Continue reading

πŸ“š Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan πŸ‘οΈ

San Francisco. An unemployed guy ends up in a bookshop where they are offering a job as a shop assistant. After a quick interview, he’s given a chance to work there. What makes this an extraordinary place? Well, the place is open 24/7, it is run by a lovely but mysterious guy, Mr. Penumbra, and even if there are not many clients there are some regulars who come looking to borrow the special coded books at the top of the endless shelves. Who are these people? What are they trying to decode? From that point on you will get hooked trying to know what this secret society is all about.

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