Quarterly Digest – January 2017

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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde

Quarterly Digest – January 2017

Editorial

Welcome to our Quarterly DigestJanuary 2017.

Our team at Entropy Publishing would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a great year 2017 and a Happy Chinese New Year 2017Time certainly flies and we are about to welcome February already!

In this issue we are pleased to share with you our highlights from November 2016, December 2016 and January 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 – November 2016 – Our PollsDecember 2016 – Featured Education Article: Reflections on Self-Reflection by Pierre Gaite January 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 January 2017 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Image – January 2017

Ursus maritimus – Polar Bear 

The polar bear is a marine mammal living within the Artic Circle.With a body adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, a boar can weigh up to 700 kg and a sow around half that. Polar bears are carnivorous and their main diet consists of seals. This vulnerable species can swim very long distances and can live up to 30 years in their natural habitat.

(National Geographic, 2017)

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – January 2017

 “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (Courtesy of Goodreads, 2017)

 

 

November 2016

Featured Publications

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Free Interactive Activities

Our November 2016 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog.  During the month of November we published interactive activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Kids

Personality and Body Parts – Sea Animals – Octopus Celio

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Idioms – Expressions with Animals

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Culture Quiz – Spanish Artists, Society, Geography and History

Spanish for Teens and Adults

History of Languages – Indo-European Languages

-You can complete some of these activities here.-

Recommedations

We would like to recommend Collins Easy Learning Spanish Complete Grammar, Verbs and Vocabulary as a valuable Spanish language learning tool.

 

 

If you would rather enjoy a passionate love story in Spanish, our recommendation this month goes to La Pasión Turca by poet, playwright and novelist Antonio Gala


 

Our Polls

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Polls

Thank you all for your contributions so far!

 

December 2016

Featured Publications

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Free Interactive Activities

Our December 2016 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During December we published activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Grammar Workout – Quiz: numbers, gender, articles, question marks, interrogatives, prepositions, past participle

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Christmas in Spain – Las Navidades en España

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Best spanishlanguagebites of the Year – 2016 – Free Interactive Activities

Spanish for Kids

 Outer Space – Activities in Outer Space

Spanish for Kids

My Christmas in Spain

Spanish for Kids

Best spanishlanguagebites of the Year – 2016 – Free Interactive Activities

-You can complete some of these activities here.-

Recommedations

We would like to recommend Spanish Made Simple: Foolproof Spanish Recipes For Every Day by Omar Allibhoy as a valuable recipe book.

 

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. 

 

 

Featured Education Article

 

Reflections on Self-Reflection

Pierre Gaite

Reflections on Self-Reflection

Self-reflection 

“Meditation or serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.” 

– Oxford Dictionary (2016)

In a range of education contexts, including language teaching, reflection on one’s practice is considered an important part of professional development – from CELTAs to PGCEs, self-reflection forms an integral part of teaching qualifications. It is perhaps surprising, then, that more attention is not paid to encouraging student reflection in the language classroom, as it is a well-recognised tool for self-understanding and improvement.

Students and trained educators alike can be remarkably taken aback by the simple question “What have you just learnt?”  This is because learning is often a semi-subconscious process; we naturally incline towards focusing on the content itself rather than how or the very fact that we are learning it. Asking a person “What have you just learnt?” is to ask them to suddenly shift their mental gaze inwards, to draw a connecting line between the subject of study and the human being studying it. 

For many this process does not come naturally, yet it is a skill of immense value: consciously recognising our learning means gaining a greater control over it, combining our knowledge with the realisation of what we know in order to solidify our understanding. Students who are regularly made to engage in this practice tend to make larger strides in their learning journey, and on surer feet. Routinely taking even five or ten minutes at the end of class to refocus students’ minds in this way can be enough to enhance the value of a lesson.The number of activities used for these lesson ‘plenaries’ are legion, but it can be as simple as merely asking students “What have we learnt today?”, “How have we learnt it?” and “Why is this important?” In doing so we can not only demonstrate the success of a lesson, but also raise students’ awareness of the value of careful introspection.

Pierre Gaite

Education professional

Email: pierregaite@spanishlanguagebites.com

Further reading: Reflective Writing by K. Williams , M. Woolliams  and J. Spiro 

 

January 2017

Featured Publications

-You can find these titles in our shop.-

Featured Partner Publications 

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Free Interactive Activities

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

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Poetry in Spanish – Miguel Hernández – Waltz of Lovers – Vals de los Enamorados

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Proverbs – Refranes

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Poetry in Spanish – Maria-Mercè Marçal – Sal Abierta

Spanish for Kids

Worm Little Curves / La Lombriz Curvitas

Spanish for Kids

Spanish for Kids – La Abeja Dulcinea

-You can complete some of these activities here.-

Recommedations

We would like to recommend an album entitled Nos Sobran Los Motivos by Spanish poet, singer and composer Joaquín Sabina.

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 Niña De Tus Ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams), a historical drama set in 1938 when Spain is being torn apart by civil war.

Written and directed by Fernando Trueba, this film would be suitable for intermediate and advanced Spanish language users and can be enjoyed with English subtitles for additional support.

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 El Vals de los Enamorados y Unidos hasta Siempre by Miguel Hernández, from his collection of poems entitled Cancionero y Romancero de Ausencias (1938-1941).

El Vals de los Enamorados y Unidos hasta Siempre 

No salieron jamás
del vergel del abrazo.
Y ante el rojo rosal
de los besos rodaron.

Huracanes quisieron
con rencor separarlos.
Y las hachas tajantes
y los rígidos rayos.

Aumentaron la tierra
de las pálidas manos.
Precipicios midieron,
por el viento impulsados
entre bocas deshechas.
Recorrieron naufragios,
cada vez más profundos
en sus cuerpos sus brazos.

Perseguidos, hundidos
por un gran desamparo
de recuerdos y lunas
de noviembres y marzos,
aventados se vieron
como polvo liviano:
aventados se vieron,
pero siempre abrazados.

 

Enjoy more poems by Miguel HernándezI Have Lots of Heart: Selected Poems 

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Thank You

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 April 2017.

Until then, a big thank you to you all!

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