Newsletter September 2010

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Located on the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, housed in five listed buildings, MOSI’s amazing galleries and outstanding collections tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future. Entry to the permanent galleries is free for everyone ensuring it is a big hit with all students. An integral part to most of our day trips to Manchester, the MOSI gives students the opportunity to learn how Manchester steamed ahead with the world's first passenger railway and exported locomotives worldwide, discover how the phone suddenly began to dominate our lives from morse to mobile, follow the thread of Manchester’s cotton industry as thunderous original machinery spins and weavers cotton into cloth in a fascinating demonstration, enjoy a fascinating seasonal view of the stars and planets as seen from the North West of England in our purpose-built Planetarium, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of real operational steam engines that powered mills all over the North West and helped to shape our world.
Also currently on show at the MOSI is the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition. through September the exhibition gives you the opportunity to see fascinating 3-D animations of Da Vinci's most famous paintings and sculptures as well as large-scale interactive machines, hand-crafted by modern-day Italian Artisans. With over 200 items on display, this is the most comprehensive and inspiring exhibition about the man who is arguably the greatest genius the world has ever seen.
You can discover 25 startling revelations about the world's most famous painting in the intriguing Secrets of Mona Lisa. Pascal Cotte, French scientific engineer and examiner of fine art, invented a 240-million pixel, multi-spectral camera to photograph Da Vinci's masterpiece in the Louvre. You can find out what she would have looked like in her original 1506 colour and walk around the world's only 360° replica. Revolutionary technology bringing science and art together, just as Da Vinci did over 500 years ago.

“Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom” Hedge, Tricia (2000)

This is a hugely informative and useful book if you want to improve your teaching skills. However, the book commands a good level of concentration and focus from the reader when considering and digesting the theories and information presented and how it could be incorporated into day to day teaching and learning.
The book is organised in a logical manner. It beginnings with a short section on how languages are learned then the author goes on to share her hugely impressive knowledge of teaching and learning. Most of the book is free of the usual ESL jargon and it is crammed with useful and practical ideas and material which can be adapted to real classroom situations.
Each section starts with a set of questions which stimulate the readers’ interest and sets the focus for the section. The author then goes on to explore the answers of the questions giving practical examples, theories and ideas.
In conclusion, this book is not one that has to be read cover to cover. It would work well as a handbook or a reference book for anyone who wants to widen their knowledge in teaching in language classrooms. Teachers with some good classroom experience would probably benefit more from this book as it might be a little heavy for new teachers.

North Wales International Music Festival – 18/09/2010 to 25/09/2010

A week of classical music concerts from internationally acclaimed artists, including the King's Singers and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The 2010 festival will celebrate what would have been festival founder William Mathias's 75th Birthday, and there promises to be some real treats in store.
The National Youth Orchestra of Wales will open the Festival, under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes. Then the Week will be packed with performances from The Sixteen, through to Red Priest, there will be something for everyone, not to mention performances from the multi-award-winning Alison Balsom, a welcome return by celebrated Welsh pianist Iwan Llewelyn Jones, and an evening with Tasmin Little.

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Gwledd Conwy Feast – 23/10/2010 to 24/10/2010

Recession? What recession? That was the reaction of the many food producers at the 2009 Conwy Feast. With visitor numbers up by a fantastic 40 per cent and traders reporting record takings, the event beat all its own records, so things are looking good for 2010. The Conwy Feast takes place over two days and is now one of the largest and most successful in Wales. With a myriad of choice from local food producers and retailers on hand for you to try (and buy) their produce plus cooking demonstrations and much more, this is a day or weekend for all the family to enjoy.

Snowdonia Walking Festival – 13/10/2010 to 17/10/2010

Snowdonia is famous the world over for its majestic rugged beauty. Betws-y-coed is long renowned for its stunning scenery emerald forests and fast flowing rivers. A natural base for a walking festival. For over a century walkers have been drawn to the village and the region in their thousands to enjoy the great outdoors. There will be some fifteen exciting and varied walks on offer. Every walk will be guided by a local expert with many years experience and knowledge of the forests, lakes and mountains that encircle the village. Each level of fitness will be catered for - from 3 mile strolls for beginners through to all day treks for the more experienced mountain walker. At night there will be an opportunity to sample local food and be entertained by traditional Welsh culture in the various hostelries in the village.