Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SlideSpeech: New Year Celebrations in Poland_B

I am so proud of this.
New Year's Day and New Year’s Eve, known in Poland as Sylwester (St Silvester's Day), marks the start of the carnival period, which features celebratory events like balls and parties. A fun tradition that has been popular for centuries is the kulig (sleigh rides). Many people in Poland celebrate New Year’s Day with dances, concerts, and meals featuring traditional Polish dishes including bigos (hunter’s stew).

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides

Friday, December 19, 2014

Elvis Presley, Martina McBride - Blue Christmas


 
I'll have a Blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me

And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That's when those blue memories start calling
Youll be doin all right, with your christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue blue blue christmas
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas  
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton @ A Very Special Christ...

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton @ A Very Special Christ...:
Merry Christmas, baby You sure did treat me nice Merry Christmas pretty, baby You sure did treat me nice Gave me a diamond ring For...

Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton @ A Very Special Christmas Live ("Merry Chris...


Merry Christmas, baby
You sure did treat me nice
Merry Christmas pretty, baby
You sure did treat me nice
Gave me a diamond ring
For Christmas
Now I'm living in paradise

Well, I'm feeling mighty fine
Got good music on my radio
Well, I'm feeling mighty fine
Got good music on my radio
Well
I would have kissed you, baby
While you're standing
Beneath the mistletoe

Well, alright
Ain't that the truth now

Santa came down the chimney
About a half past three
He brought
These pretty presents
That you see before me
Merry Christmas, baby
You sure been good to me

I haven't had
A toddy this morning
But I'm all lit up
Like a Christmas tree

Well, I wanna
Wanna bring
It a little bit high
Well, I
Well I wanna bring
It a little bit high
Oh, I wanna bring
It a little bit high, baby
No, wanna bring
It a little high, baby
Little high

Haven't had
A toddy this morning
But I'm all lit up
But I'm all lit up
But I'm all lit up
But I'm all lit up
Said I'm all lit up
I'm all lit up, baby

Merry Christmas, baby
Merry, merry, merry, merry
Merry Christmas, baby

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bon Jovi - Please Come Home For Christmas (DVD Quality)







Bells will be ringing the glad, glad news
 Oh what a Christmas to have the blues
 My baby's gone (my baby's gone) I have no friends
 To wish me greetings once again

 Choirs will be singing Silent Night
 Those Christmas carols by candlelight
 Please come home for Christmas (please come home)
 Please come home for Christmas (please come home
 If not for Christmas by New Year's night

 Friends and relations send salutations
 Just as sure as the stars shine above (yes they do)
 This is Christmas, Christmas my dear
 The time of year to be with the one that you love

 Then won't you tell me, you'll never more roam
 Christmas and New Year (Christmas and New Year's)
 Will find you at home
 There'll be no more sorrow, no grief or pain

 I'll be happy (happy) that it's Christmas once again.

Bon Jovi - ** Blue Christmas ** Live [HQ]


 
 
I'll have a Blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me
And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That's when those blue memories start calling
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas
(Instrumental Break)
And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That's when those blue memories start calling
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white
And I'll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas
Yes, I'll, I'll have a blue, oh Christmas
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Michael Bublé | White Christmas


What are you dreaming of?

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
"May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white"

(I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow)

(I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
"May your days be merry and bright")

"And may all your Christmases be white"

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MICHAEL BUBLE - SWAY | LIVE IN CONCERT (HD 720p)





When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have that magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have that magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

When marimba start to play
Hold me close, make sway
Like a ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Michael Bublé - Save the Last Dance for Me






You can dance every dance with the guy
Who gives you the eye, let him hold you tight
You can smile every smile for the man
Who held your hand 'neath the pale moonlight
But don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin', save the last dance for me, mmm
Oh, I know that the music's fine
Like sparkling wine go and have your fun
Laugh and sing but while we're apart
Don't give your heart to anyone
But don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin', save the last dance for me, mmm
Baby, don't you know I love you so?
Can't you feel it when we touch?
I will never, never let you go
I love you, oh, so much
You can dance, go and carry on
Till the night is gone and it's time to go
If he asks, if you're all alone
Can he take you home, you must tell him, no
'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arm's you're gonna be
So darlin', save the last dance for me
'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arm's you're gonna be
So darlin', save the last dance for me, mmm
Save the last dance for me, mmm, mmm
Save the last dance for me, mmm
Save the last dance for me
Songwriters
POMUS, DOC / SHUMAN, MORT


Read more: The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Weird" Al Yankovic - Amish Paradise


 
 
 

What is – "Paradise" –

What is –  "Paradise" –
Who live there –
Are they "Farmers" –
Do they "hoe" –
Do they know that this is "Amherst" –
And that I –  am coming –  too –
Do they wear "new shoes" –  in "Eden" –
Is it always pleasant –  there –
Won't they scold us –  when we're hungry –
Or tell God –  how cross we are –
You are sure there's such a person
As "a Father" –  in the sky –
So if I get lost –  there –  ever –
Or do what the Nurse calls "die" –
I shan't walk the "Jasper" –  barefoot –
Ransomed folks –  won't laugh at me –
Maybe –  "Eden" a'n't so lonesome
As New England used to be!
                                                            F241 (1861)  215
We learn here that Dickinson found New England “lonesome.”
 

Monday, November 3, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Songs toTeach English and More

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....:

 Songs to Teach English and More:  Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics Don McLean's Vincent (Starry,Starry Night) Almost all images created by...

Songs toTeach English and More

 Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics

Don McLean's Vincent (Starry,Starry Night) Almost all images created by Vincent Van- Gogh. Song by Don McLean I in no way assume any credit for song or images.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Bryan Adams - Summer of 69: This is from my son, Bartek. He is a drummer and a great singer. Bartek used to sing this song for me. I love this. I brought him wit...

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

This is from my son, Bartek.

He is a drummer and a great singer.
Bartek used to sing this song for me. I love this.


I brought him with  my music and he is a music lover.

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: What is important in Education?

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: What is important in Education?: I am going to talk about active teaching. For me - teaching online is using technology in the classroom; as an additional method of ...

What is important in Education?


I am going to talk about active teaching.
For me - teaching online is using technology in the classroom; as an additional method of traditional teaching.
I am for blended learning which means - taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and possibilities given by new technologies.
Some say that: participants in online classes seemed to be more involved and engaged in lesson activities than students in traditional classes.
In my view, we can activate our learners, in the same way, in both situations.
Getting decent communication in different educational settings requires altered teaching approaches.
This way we can change them from passive learners to active students.
But how to help them learn actively and meaningfully, it is a separate issue.
Active learning includes providing chances for students to discuss and listen meaningfully, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject.
(Meyers & Jones, 1993, p. 6)
Confucius’s aphorism:
I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.
(Page 75 Instruction at FSU Handbook 2011)
Should not be forgotten.
By doing and practicing, we build our long-term memory library.
Short term recollection is formed mostly by memorizing, which is, unfortunately, assessed in the majority of schools.
My experience tells that I ought to practice active learning principles to progress activities for my students that best mirror my particular communication style. What is more, I choose the subjects, forms of thinking, and strategies to solve the problems that should be understood and relate to the topics.
This method will help me to create “active learners”.
Looking for answers to the most common questions: what, when, where, who, why, why don't, how, etc. is always the starting point.
As a result of our discussion - we can put together part of incompetent content knowledgeable student with fully involved learner and self-motivated thinker.
Traditional education focuses on teaching, not learning. In most schools, memorization is mistaken for learning. Taking part in free study lessons and online Speaking Groups, will help a lot. This would also increase our confidence in speaking, as well as improve vocabulary and pronunciation. Additional excellent setting to practice is   Virtual Classroom such as WizIQ, where teachers would encourage us to work on all language skills.
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Communication
Communicate in Languages Other Than English
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information,
express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a
variety of topics.
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of
listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

In my view, the most important skill to master is speaking the language. Communication is a difficult assignment especially if you don’t live or work in a native speaking count. We can look for reliable supports to talk to via Skype. It is essential to find someone whom we’re comfortable talking to. The process of natural assimilation, involving intuition and subconscious learning. It is the product of real interactions between people in environments of the target language and culture, where the learner is an active player. It is similar to the way children learn their native tongue, a process that produces functional skill in the spoken language without theoretical knowledge. It develops familiarity with the phonetic characteristics of the language as well as its structure and vocabulary, and is responsible for oral understanding, the capability for creative communication and the identification of cultural values.
A classic example of second language acquisition is the adolescents and young adults that live abroad for a year in an exchange program, often attaining near native fluency, while knowing little about the language. They have a good pronunciation without a notion of phonology, don't know what the perfect tense is, modal or phrasal verbs are, but they intuitively recognize and know how to use all the structures.
The traditional approach to the study of languages and today is still practiced in high schools worldwide. Attention is focused on the language in its written form, and the objective is for the student to understand the structure and rules of the language, whose parts are dissected and analyzed. The task requires intellectual effort and deductive reasoning. The body is of greater importance than communication. Teaching and learning are technical and based on the syllabus. One studies the theory in the absence of the practice. One values the correct and represses the incorrect. Error correction is constant leaving little room for spontaneity. The teacher is an authority figure, and the participation of the student is predominantly passive. Schools will teach how to form interrogative and negative sentences, force to memorize irregular verbs, study modal verbs, etc., Therefore, students hardly ever masters the use of these structures in conversation.
The efficient teaching of languages isn't that tied to a packaged course of structured lessons based on grammatical sequencing, translation or oral drilling, nor is the one that relies on technological resources. Well-organized teaching is personalized, takes place in a bicultural environment and is based on the personal skills of the facilitator in building relationships and creating situations of real communication with comprehensible input focusing on the learner's interests.
Krashen, Stephen D.  Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition.  Prentice-Hall International, 1987.
Krashen, Stephen D.  Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning.  Prentice-Hall International, 1988.