Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – Issue 4 – April 2017

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Entropy Publishing 

Quarterly Digest – Issue 4 – April 2017

Editorial

Welcome to our Quarterly Digest – April 2017.

Our team at Entropy Publishing would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a very joyful spring season if you -like us here in the UK- happen to be in the Northern Hemisphere, and a beautiful autumn period for those readers down under. 

In this issue we are pleased to share with you our highlights from February 2017March 2017 and April 2017. We hope you find our free interactive activities useful, benefit from the best quarterly deals and enjoy our recommended reading.

 

With best wishes,

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Inside this Issue

Editorial      –      Nature Nurtures, Nurture Nature      –     February 2017      –      Education Articles in Spanish – Multiple Intelligences: The Importance of Music in Learning by Inmaculada Sancha Serrano and Antonio Cortés Villena      –      Our Polls      –      March 2017      –     Education Articles – Learning Language through the Body: Lessons from the Martial Arts by Dr George Jennings      –      April 2017      –     El Rincón de lo Bello     –      Consultancy Services      –     Subscriber Benefits      –       Thank You 

 

Nature Nurture, Nurture Nature

We are delighted to share with you in our April 2017 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Image – April 2017

 

Phascolarctos cinereus – Koala
Photograph: Female Koala Courtesy of Quartl

 

Koalas live in Australia and have a life span of twenty years in their natural habitat. Koalas weigh up to nine kilograms and their size ranges from sixty to eighty-five cm. These mammals sleep up to eighteen hours per day in the trees and, when awake, they feed on eucalyptus leaves.This vulnerable species need a lot of space to live comfortably (one hundred trees per animal), do not require much water and are usually active at night.

(National Geographic, 2017)

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – April 2017

 

 “To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” — Terry Tempest Williams 

 

February 2017

 

Featured Publications

o    Audiobooks – Languages for Kids – Be my Valentine – Mi Valentín Enamorado – English and Spanish Text with Spanish Audio Guide

o    Pre-Orders – Spanish for Teens & Adults – Lost in Translation Series – Volume 2 – Spanish Idioms – ¡Esto Es La Leche!

o    Entropy Publishing – Quartely Digest – Issue 3

   

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Free Interactive Activities

Our February 2017  Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog.  During the month of February we published interactive activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Kids

Be my Valentine – Mi Valentín Enamorado

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Exam Preparation – Grammar – Reflexive Verbs

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Exam Preparation – Science and Technology – Energy

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Culture Quiz – Facts about Spain

 

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Recommendations

We would like to recommend Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary as a valuable Spanish language learning tool.

 

If you would rather enjoy a passionate love story in Spanish, our recommendation this month goes to El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Cólera by novelist Gabriel García Márquez

 

 

Education Articles in Spanish

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Multiple Intelligences – The Importance of Music in Learning

Inteligencias Múltiples – La Importancia de la Música en el Aprendizaje

Inmaculada Sancha and Antonio Cortés Villena

Email: isancha@spanishlanguagebites.com

Vivimos en un mundo en constante proceso de cambio, todo tiene una durabilidad efímera y caduca y en esta vorágine sin sentido está inmersa ahora mismo también la educación.

Los modelos tradicionales, obsoletos, no nos dan las herramientas necesarias para afrontar de una manera sana y óptima este ritmo de vida tan frenético.

El desarrollo del alumno se debe de basar en el conocimiento de varias áreas, siendo el objetivo fundamental el aportar al alumnado un conjunto lo suficientemente amplio de modelos de trabajo que les permita estimular las distintas Inteligencias Múltiples preparándoles así para la vida con una nueva forma de aprender.

“La inteligencia es la capacidad de solucionar problemas o elaborar bienes valiosos.”

La Teoría de las Inteligencias Múltiples de Gardner ya advirtió que la inteligencia académica (el expediente académico) no es un factor decisivo para conocer la inteligencia de una persona. De este modo definió las 8 inteligencias:

Por todo esto hay personas que, a pesar de obtener excelentes calificaciones académicas, presentan problemas importantes para relacionarse con otras personas o para manejar otras facetas de su vida. Gardner y sus colaboradores podrían afirmar que Stephen Hawking no posee una mayor inteligencia que Freddie Mercury o Leo Messi, sino que cada uno de ellos ha desarrollado un tipo de inteligencia diferente.

Hasta ahora la escuela, ha pensado que la lengua, las matemáticas y las ciencias eran, lo más importante para el desarrollo intelectual de los alumnos, relegando la música a un segundo plano dentro del currículo escolar.

La teoría de las inteligencias múltiples, demuestra que la música puede ser y es una de las herramientas más importantes para desarrollar habilidades referidas a la creatividad y desarrollo emocional del alumno estimulando la  percepción, producción y composición musical.

Por estos motivos el profesorado debe de  trabajar la inteligencia musical de sus alumnos para que desarrollen su creatividad, habilidad o herramienta tan necesaria para afrontar el futuro.

 

Inmaculada Sancha Serrano

Profesora de Historia y Bibliotecaria del Colegio Nobelis.

Email: isancha@spanishlanguagebites.com

 

Antonio Cortés Villena

Músico, Compositor y Profesor de Guitarra.

Canal YouTube Redes Música 

Facebook – Redes Música

 

Recommended reading: Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice by Howard E. Gardner

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Our Polls

Your preferences do inform the design and content of our language products. We endeavour to offer you the best educational resources to inspire, guide and support you in your personal language learning journey.

There are two open Polls on our Site at the moment and we would appreciate your participation.

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March 2017

Featured Publications

o   Happy International Women’s Day – Feliz Día de la Mujer

o   Entropy Publishing – Spanish – Library of Interactive Activities

o   Entropy Publishing – Book Releases – Categories

o   Entropy Publishing – Book Releases – Offers

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Free Interactive Activities

Our March 2017 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During March we published activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Teens and Adults

History of Languages – Arabisms in Spanish

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Grammar Workout – Subjunctive Mood – Uses

Spanish for Students

 Exam Preparation – Grammar – Verbs Quiz

Spanish for Kids

Outdoor Activities – A Trip to the Lake

 

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Recommendations

We would like to recommend Master Chef Celebrity. Las mejores recetas as a valuable recipe book in Spanish.

 

If you would rather have a thorough vocabulary and grammar workout instead of a cooking session, try Talk Spanish Grammar by Susan Dunnett, a useful study guide for Spanish language learners. 

 

Education Articles

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Learning Language through the Body: Lessons from the Martial Arts

George Jennings

Cardiff School of Sport

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Email: gbjennings@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Language learning and martial arts practise might sound like an unusual or even a bizarre combination, but in practical reality, they often operate in unison. Even with forms of combat that have their origins in English-speaking countries, such as mixed martial arts (MMA) developed in the United States, people learn movements to words and expand their lexicon through sometimes daunting and more often than not (initially) painful techniques.

There is something about the combination of feelings, conscious effort (willpower), movement and memory that made me put pen to paper. When my colleague, Cristina, very kindly invited me to write an educational article for Entropy Publishing – spanishlanguagebites – I pondered on various options from my time as an English as a foreign language teacher in Mexico, and thought of a theme that might connect to my research in physical culture. The topic of language learning through movement sprung to my attention, and it is with joy that I share these early insights with readers – students, teachers, education providers, publishers and policy makers alike – in hope that it might stimulate a new way of looking at modern (and even ancient) languages from an old expression of humanity: the martial arts.

This inclusive term, ‘martial arts,’ is an umbrella term for an array of styles and systems from around the world and from periods across history. With the rich culture and the philosophical concepts that shape these arts come the languages of ethnic groups that founded them and nation-states where they are under centralised control. Japanese words of respect and reverence are expressed in the Budo arts of Japanese Aikido, Judo and Kendo, Cantonese technical terms abound in the Southern Chinese martial art of Wing Chun Kung Fu, and there are numerous other examples from the prescribed vocabulary of martial systems from across the globe. Through studying, repeating and embodying these words, we start to understand technique, but also their underlying principles. Yet not all martial arts are Asian: Fighting systems from all around the globe can act as gateways to foreign tongues, and with them, their ways of thinking, acting and being.

An example of this eclectic way of combined academic and embodied learning is the recently invented martial art of Xilam (see www.xilam.org), which is inspired by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican warriors and is also rooted in Aztec philosophy. Developed and taught in Mexico by a Mexican woman, Marisela Ugalde, and her team of instructors, it is disseminated primarily in the Spanish language, but also shared terms in the indigenous languages – not dialects, as they are often regarded – of Nahuatl, Mayan and Zapotec. This is because the art is designed to educate modern Mexicans about their pre-Columbian heritage in a more dynamic and physical way than they may have experienced through the relatively passive book reading and en masse visits to museums in which artefacts and documents are displayed through protected glass cabinets – intangible and unreachable items for direct, sensuous learning.

One way to reinforce language learning is through a combination of forms of sensuous learning via collective and individual efforts of oral mantra and physical movement – something common in many martial arts pedagogical strategies, in which students call out the names of techniques in the native language of the art (I still recall the ‘men’ and ‘do’ strikes to the head and waist in the Japanese sword art of Kendo). With the fierce yet composed intent, one’s memory is forged around a single syllable. Invariably, we tend to remember the numbers in another language far more easily than other vocabulary and expressions. Why is this? Perhaps the tactile and mobile nature of counting using our fingers combined with just how often we use numbers in day-to-day life and count in order within classes. There is thus a logic of ease and nature with remembering numbers. Several years after my initial ethnographic study of Xilam in 2011, I can still both recall and, quite instantly, call out, the first twenty numbers in Nahuatl: “Ce, ome, yeye, nahui, machuilli, chicuacen, chicome, chicyeye, chicnahui, matlactli…” thanks to hours of shouting out these figures while pumping out repetitions of techniques in a low, gruelling stance or whilst wincing in pain during a warm-up full of exercises for all joints of the body from the fingers to the ankles – twenty repetitions for each part, repeated for every single person lined up in the studio. I remember the first five numbers in Mayan (hun, ka ox, kan, ho…), as we were only given a list of some of the basic numbers and the seven animals, which form the structure of the system, in Zapotec, such as venda (snake), the foundational level, and migu (monkey), an intermediate stage.

The case of Xilam illustrates a connection between documents provided by the teacher for personal learning within the more informal pedagogy (printed lists of vocabulary to take away as homework) and ways to embody this as a collective group within the formal pedagogy (through movement and mantra, often combined). By reading, writing and note taking followed by verbally repeating and physically expressing these words – and combinations of this sequence – we can truly remember words for years to come, as they have become part of us: Not just in our heads, but in the very fabric of our being.

Of course, the importance of linguistics in the formal curriculum and informal practice at home or with training partners differs from teacher to teacher and from school to school, but the central idea of grasping the basis or essence of another language could be achieved by using one’s whole self and different senses: To learn in silence, by writing and even in movement. Language teachers and students alike could make the “ce, ome, yeye” mantra a call of “ein, zwei, drei” or “un, deux, trois” in physical exercises of their own accord – something meaningful that unites thought, emotion and action, be them in the guise of press-ups, Yoga asanas or Zumba movements. Little by little, we might be able to acquire our new language, quite literally, one step at a time.

 

Author bio

Dr. George Jennings is a lecturer in sport sociology / physical culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research is focused on martial arts cultures and pedagogy from a qualitative approach. George is the cofounder of the recently created Documents Research Network (DRN) with Aimee Grant and Maria Pournara of Cardiff University. He is becoming increasingly interested in the development of a critical martial arts pedagogy tied to lifelong learning and wellbeing. George was an English teacher and translator in Mexico City prior to his return to full-time academia. He is also the founder of Research English Services, an emerging, bespoke service to support non-native speakers of English working on research presentations and publications.

 

Recommended reading: 

Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion by James Maffie

Kendo: Culture of the Sword by Alexander C. Bennett

Mexican Female Warrior: The Case of Marisela Ugalde, the Founder of Xilam by Dr George Jennings

The Origins of Xilamhttps://www.xilam.org/english

           

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April 2017

Featured Publications

o   Education Articles in Spanish – Multiple Intelligences – The Importance of Music in Learning by Inmaculada Sancha Serrano and Antonio Cortés Villena

o   Education Articles – Learning Language through the Body: Lessons from the Martial Arts by Dr George Jennings

o   Entropy Publishing – Consultancy Services and Language Products

o   Available Now – Spanish for Teens & Adults – Lost In Translation Series – Volume 2 – Spanish Idioms – ¡Esto Es La Leche! by Cristina Higuera Martín

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Featured Partner Publications 

o   Spanish for Kids – Language Together – Spanish Set 1 

o   English for Kids – Language Together – English Set 1

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Free Interactive Activities

Our April 2017 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During April we have published activities covering the following topics:

Spanish for Students

Idiomatic Expressions – Food & Drink

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Song Lyrics in Spanish – Antonio Orozco – Eres Mi Mejor Casualidad / You Are My Best Coincidence

 

Spanish for Students

Grammar Workout – Verb To Be

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Culture – Holidays and Celebrations – Easter in Spain

Spanish for Kids

Animals – Whale Medallitas / La Ballena Medallitas

 

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Recommendations

 

We would like to recommend an album entitled Destino by Spanish poet, singer and composer Antonio Orozco. All lyrics are entirely written in Spanish and would be suitable for adults with an intermediate Spanish language level or above.

 

Our film recommendation this month goes to La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In), written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar (2011) and starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez and Bárbara Lennie. This film is a psychological thriller that would be suitable for advanced Spanish language users aged 15+.

 

El Rincón de lo Bello

Welcome to our section in Spanish, dedicated to all that is beautiful. In this Issue, we are delighted to share with our readers the poem entitled Sal Abierta by Maria-Mercè Marçal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sal Abierta

Nunca ningún amante osó llegar
a los lugares que tú me acaricias.
De dentro a fuera, amor, siento las olas
y me hago arenal y duna y peñasco.

Recuerdo de mañana, arena, manos,
del riesgo, ardiendo espejo de la sombra
del ayer que a ti te hizo huésped mío,
yo vivo en ti, en tus acometidas.

Vives en mí, en el común cercado
-agua atenta a las voces de la tierra
que con sal borra el rastro de la guerra-

¿Oyes cómo el levante tienta, alma en ayuno,
muelles remotos donde el orgullo me cesa?
Creciendo en ti, el mar y yo ya somos uno.

Maria-Mercè Marçal (1982)

 

Enjoy more poems by Maria-Mercè Marçal – Antología Maria-Mercè Marçal (Spanish) 

 

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Our team at Entropy Publishing would like to take this opportunity to wish you a great quarter. We look forward to sharing with you and yours our next issue in July 2017.

Until then, a big thank you to you all!

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