The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012  How do we as teachers feel about  the SOL Teacher Training co...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012    Next, the survey focuses on theteachers experiences with so...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012      During the past week, I havevisited more places with my S...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                                               ...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                                               ...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                                               ...
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The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Strange people                                                ...
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The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                              12 Things to do i...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                             12 Things to do in...
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The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                          My Own                 SOL Experience...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                   Expressions learnt in Barnst...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                     Expressions learnt in Barn...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012            Traditional British-made                 socks and ...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                                           Meth...
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The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012The key for themethodology quiz:                         9-11 c...
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The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what notto take on a trip toNorth Devon       ...
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The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what notto take on a trip to                  ...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what notto take on a trip to                  ...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012       Lynmouth sits at the edge of Exmoor where rolling moorla...
The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012                                                               ...
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  1. 1. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 How do we as teachers feel about the SOL Teacher Training course? We found out! We were proud to learn It feels almost surreal, being from the survey that several ofhere, in Bridge Chambers in us have had no less than 20Barnstaple after what feels like no years of teaching experience!more than a couple of days, but it Most, however have beenactually is just under 10 days! Time teaching for about 10 years,flies when one is having fun, that along with a few young aspiringwe know, but how much work, fun teachers, who have been in theand exploring is really going on with business for just under 5 years.the teachers at a typical Teacher Everybody has their ownTraining Course at SOL in North reasons for embarking on a 10-Devon? We asked the participants day SOL course in Norththemselves! Devon, the most frequent one At a SOL course, teachers come being the wish to meet newfrom many different backgrounds.Most of us however, teach at a people and explore the English way of life. Naturally, anotherpublic school, and do some tutoring motive we had in common wasin addition. A slightly smaller to learn new teaching methodsnumber of us is employed in private and a great opportunity tolanguage schools and only one speak English 24/7.among us teaches in a private Towards the end of theUniversity in her home country – course, teachers were asked ifhow admirable! they found the course helpful, When it comes to levels of EFL and an amazing 90% said theywe teach, many of us work with were learning a lot and lovedstudents between ages 7 and 14 – the fast pace of each new dayvery important age when it comes in North Devon, while more thanto languages - and an experienced a half is sure they will use thefew also teach adult learners and new information in theirchildren in preschool. classroom.
  2. 2. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Next, the survey focuses on theteachers experiences with some of Being in the UK, weather isthe must see towns of North an inevitable issue! Curiously,Devon. Interestingly enough, most many teachers said they did notteachers fell in love with Lynton and mind the weather, howeverLynmouth, their gorgeous many of us also admitted it waslandscape, the ocean and the unbearable to keep up with howfamous clotted cream tea. much it changes on a dailyBarnstaple was praised for its bases.hospitality and great history, while, The one part of North Devoninterestingly enough, the most lifestyle that got mostly mixedmemorable thing about Appledore reviews was its food. Some ofwas its wonderful sunset. us loved it, while other agree that food is not one of its strong points. The traditional English sweets however, seem to be everyones favourite. As the experience in Barnstaple draws to a close, we were very happy to hear that most of us would like to come back and visit North Devon in the future, and some would Overall, all of us liked North Devon even do it in a heartbeat!based on what we visited. Most of Overall, the course proved to beus got the impression it was a a great success, according tolovely and quiet seaside area with our survey.very polite locals and many greatstories to tell. Although most will agree that theEnglish way of life greatly differsfrom the one we lead at home, allof us connected very well with ourhost families and most of us foundthem to be understanding andpleasant people.
  3. 3. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 During the past week, I havevisited more places with my SOLgroup than I had done in the pastcouple of months all together. Thevisit to Appledore will stick with meas being both educational and fun,having ended in a wonderfullycrowded pub with a cider orGuinness in most of our hands. Croydes beaches offered methe first glimpse of the Atlanticocean and its amazing surf.The most stunning moment Even now, sitting in Bridgehowever, perhaps for all of us, Chambers in Barnstaple with mymust have been standing near the fellow teachers, all worked upedge of the cliff in Lynton and about our online newspaper,gazing at the vast ocean. No nothing can compare to the feelingwonder Wordsworth used to stay of teamwork and companionshipthere... that not many people experience, but that we have right here. That is something very special and worth remembering!
  4. 4. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Interesting people At 65 years old – There are a lot of people So, this is exactly what changing his career who work until they age happened with Ernie 60 and 65. They collect Wills (75 years old) from their gold watch and Barnstaple. This former only want the well- engineer decided that deserved rest after so retirement was not his many years of working. cup of tea, so he Experts say that today decided to attend more seniors are another college and choosing to retire and to become – guess what? make a change in their – a bee-doctor. career. Here is what he had to say about recareering. •Some people look forward to retirement but they see it as a time of leisure. What aboutErnie Wills (75 years old) - former engineer – you? now a bee-doctor No. I tried it for 2 weeks but it just didn‟t suit He recovered from 4 illnesses and he still had me. I couldn‟t face months and months of doing strength to start a new career. nothing. Then, I said to my wife: “Sorry, I can‟t You can see him in this photo, enjoying his do this, I must find something different to do.” I glass of wine in his lovely garden didn‟t want to go back to engineering. Once you leave a company things change.
  5. 5. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Interesting peopleIt‟s not fair to the company to try and go back and •Have you ever thought It just doesn‟t work to gochange back again, so I decided to look for of returning to the place back and try to take oversomething brand-new. I was listening to the news of employment from again.one day and I heard about bees suffering from which you have retireddiseases and I thought to myself: “That‟s but on a part-time •Jobs most often filledsomething I would be interested in!” So I phoned basis? by seniors are:up the college and asked if there were any courses No, because it just accountants, school-buson bee-keeping and they said “Yes!” I enrolled in won‟t work. When you drivers or librarians.the course for 3 months. I decided that was what I leave, things change. Why did you choose towanted to do. Then I went to different shows and Somebody else takes be a bee-doctor?meet new people and started to import different your job and they havetreatments. different ideas, different Because it was ways to do the job. something different.•Do you think that retirement would be a propermoment to explore a new career? Why? Yes, because it gives you a new outlook on life •Volunteering often gives seniors aand it gives you more friends, more things to look chance to use the skills they spent so muchforward to, to wake up in the morning and look for time cultivating. Can volunteer opportunities beanother day. found in North Devon? You can volunteer for different things for •Is it easy for a senior to find a job in North Devon? charity, but not for working. You can‟t volunteer No, it‟s not easy at all. to go and do engineering because apprentice people are coming through the ranks, so they need the jobs. If you want to go doing an engineering job, you will stop someone else from moving in.
  6. 6. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Interesting people•Was the chance to earn supplemental incomeone of the main reasons of your career change?And how about meeting new people? •What was your impression about teachers back then? What about now? Money was not a problem. Money didn‟t comeinto it. It was meeting new people. Since I started Teachers back then were very set in their waysdoing the bees I‟ve been going to all the bee- and they had a class of 25 or 30 students toshows, meet lots of people, made lots of friends. teach and that was all. Now, it‟s more one-to-All over the country I have lots of new friends. one. Teachers go out of their ways to make sure students have the right knowledge.•What did you do to upgrade your skills andbroaden your knowledge? I went to college and that certainly helped. For further information about bee-problems you can •What was the difference between going to visit his web site : http://www.bee-bay.net college in your ‘20s and in your ‘60s? In the „20s it was very strict because you always had to be in the classroom, but now it‟s very relaxed. You go to the courses you want to go, you go to the lectures you want to go and you do the homework in your own time, on the Internet. It is a very relaxed learning process.
  7. 7. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Strange People The Ilfracombe Dog Jerry, from Lover Ilfracombe, lives in an apartment on the outskirts As we walk up the hill next to the Ilfracombe of town with noTheatre, we notice a couple of shepherd dogs less than 17 dogs!running around, playfully. Since we are on a Havinglookout for interesting people for our North decided that ourDevon newspaper, this does not exactly grab „interesting people‟our attention. Soon, however, we find out section would‟t bethere is more to it than meets the eye. A lot Surprisingly enough, complete without atmore. when Jerry got his first least one eccentric, we approach him with our dog, who fathered what camera. He smiles, all now seems to be a tangled up in dog-leads proper pack, he was and tells us the story of going to have him himself and his dogs. sterilized. Obviously, he Needless to say, more didn‟t do it soon enough. and more black – and – ‘Now Henry is the white shepherd dogs leader of the pack’, and pups emerge from explains Jerry pointing all sides of the hill, to one of the bigger greeting us by wagging males, ‘He fought his their tails. father and he won!’
  8. 8. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Strange people Fascinating places When asked if it is difficult to take care of so manydogs at once, Jerry says it‟s a pleasure for him. The Millenium Mosaic ‘But, not many people understand’, he complains,and points out that people need to be consideratewhen walking their own dogs around such a largepack. Well, there you have it! The ultimate dog-lover of Ilfracombe! A great example of how far people are prepared togo in order to pursue their passion. The Mosaic is set in the sunken quay area of the Strand Promenade outside of the Heritage Centre. Each of the 53 panels show an important period depicting scenes of Barnstaples past, with the focus on the history of the riverfront and quayside. Using coloured mosaic tiles, the scenes were created forming a chronological sequence of significant events from the 10th to the 21st Century.
  9. 9. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Fascinating places Age Concern Barnstaple were instrumental inhelping with the mosaic and through the local office agrant was obtained from the Lottery. The people ofBarnstaple gave donations of £1 and their details areto be recorded and buried in a time capsule that will beburied in September within the Town. The first Tile was laid by the eldest lady at AgeConcern and workshops were held throughout theTown which enabled residents of Barnstaple to laytheir own tiles. The rest of the mosaic panels were made by thetwo local artists Shannon Ridd and Jonathan Rodney-Jones of Articulture who were commissioned to designand lay the mosaic.
  10. 10. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 12 Things to do in SeptemberExeter Phoenix - KinderkinoFrom 16 Oct 2011 Guided Historical Walks aroundTo 16 Oct 2012 Babbacombe and St. Mary ChurchLocation From 3 Jul 2012Gandy Street, Exeter To 25 Sep 2012Monthly Cinema events Locationfor mums, dads,carers, babies and children in a Torquaysafe and comfortable environment. Limited spaces The Babbacombe andso book early. St Marychurch Local HistoryRAW Comedy at the Barnfield Theatre Society run historic guided walks. They areFrom 1 Jan 2012 every Tuesday during July, August andTo 31 Dec 2012 September – starting outside The Royal onLocation Babbacombe Downs Road at 10.30 am.ExeterCome and join us atthe Barnfield for a night Selling Dreams : One hundred Years ofpacked full of laughter and raw talent fromnational and local stand-ups alike. Fashion PhotographySea Ilfracombe 2012 From 7 Jul 2012From 31 Aug 2012 To 2 Sep 2012To 4 Sep 2012 LocationLocation ExeterIlfracombe This is the first touringAll that is to be celebrated in exhibition from the V&A’s collection to explore theIlfracombe & our wonderful coastline! work of international fashion photographers.Come along & enjoy the ride.
  11. 11. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 12 Things to do in SeptemberYMCA Devon Summer ActivitiesProgramme Nowhere IslandFrom 19 Jul 2012To 5 Sep 2012 From 1 Sep 2012Location To 4 Sep 2012Clennon Valley, PaigntonCome and join our fun packed LocationSummer Club! IlfracombeExeter Cathedral – Cathedra 900From 23 Jul 2012 Nowhereisland’s territory originated from anTo 30 Sep 2012 island newly revealed by a retreating glacier inLocation the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.ExeterInnovative high qualitymultimedia digital art project by Mark Ware -aims to interpret the cathedrals history spanning Torbay Vintage Bus Running Daynine centuries. From 2 Sep 2012Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta To 2 Sep 2012From 30 Aug 2012 LocationTo 1 Sep 2012 TorquayLocation About 30 buses,Dartmouth several of which spentHuge extravaganza with some of their working lives in the Bay, haveair displays, tennis, running, yacht races, already been entered for the free event.childrens activities, fireworks, plus much morefor the whole family.
  12. 12. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 12 Things to do in SeptemberMussels by MoonlightFrom 6 Sep 2012To 6 Sep 2012LocationBrixhamA magical evening aboarda boat that will help spotting dolphins, seals,seabirds and other amazing marine life.Queens Theatre 60thAnniversary ExhibitionFrom 8 Sep 2012To 13 Oct 2012LocationBarnstapleThe Friends’ Committee of North DevonTheatres will be leading a day that celebrates the60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Hall andTheatre.
  13. 13. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 My real experience And the next day I had other wonderful feelings Impressions of visiting from Ilfracombe. We were visiting Chocolate Lynton, Lynmouth and Museum, Tunnels Ilfracombe beaches, passing a famous theatre, admiring beautiful How exciting and amazing places are they! nature, dark blue sea, palms, lovely flowers, Imagine rocky sandy beaches, Union coasts, green Jack on a hill etc. We hills with goats, wild really loved various horses, sea kinds of Cornish pasties. lapping, seagull crying. I really liked Impressions of the course taking photos in theValley of Rocks, walking down to Lynmouth,having cream tea, visiting a museum. I‟d like to invite you for this course. It is full of Go to see this of Exmoore National interesting ideas, suggestions and materials howPark and enjoy it and then you will understand why you can motivate pupils more in an unpluggedit is called Little Switzerland. way. At the same time you visit interesting places, meet nice people and improve your English.
  14. 14. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 My real experience Impressions of my host family I‟d like to mention my host woman Jane,because I speak to her every day. Her husbandTony has night shifts at work and I‟ve talked to himonly twice. Jane is very friendly, kind, smiling,optimistic, enhusiastic person in spite of herproblems with health. She has had 45 operations and has been waiting for the next one for 6 years. She takes 35 tablets a day, but she doesn‟ t admit anything. She is helpful. Jane painted her neighbour‟s flat and helped with cleaning because sheneeded help her friend‟s husband left her andbroke into her flat and stole furniture. I admire her power and vitality when she is soill. I was surprised by her kindess and willingnessnot only in my host family, but all around me : atrestaurants, shops, in streets. I must disagree withovergeneralization that the English people arereserved.
  15. 15. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 My Own SOL Experience Coming to an English No matter where we come home was an enormousfrom or how experienced we change, but a wonderfullymight be, the feeling of positive one, to be sure. At thisstepping into the Heathrowairport in London rarely differs point, I can honestly say I enjoy the English lifestyle, thefor any of us – nervousness, way everyone walks their dogexcitement and anticipation of in the morning before headingwhat may come when we, as off to work, the impeccableteachers of EFL come to politeness, and all of theBarnstaple, North Devon and wonderful new expressions –meet our host families for the the tea at 6 oclock, howfirst time. What came next cheep or dear things are andhowever, has proven to be a how we take coaches insteaddazzling adventure. of buses ... For me, personally,coming to North Devon was aunique experience. On the firstday, when we were greeted byour host families in front ofTESCOs - one of Englandslatest inevitable landmarks, Iremember thinking, everycorner of this town lookspicture-perfect!. And if itdoesnt the locals will strivetowards making it so.
  16. 16. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Expressions learnt in Barnstaple 2. We went to a lovely 3. During our input Why don‟t you test seaside town, Appledore yourself on lexis and sessions with Mark and and we heard the methodology? ________________ of Luke we enjoyed the the seagulls. ________________ of QUIZ a. lapping b. shrieking the birds outside. c. rustling a. twitter Choose the best b. roar alternative. c. cry 4. On the second day of our course we went to the editing office of the North Devon Journal, where the editor explained us how the Journal is made. She mentioned that one of their stories got legs. It means:1. On our very first day our professional guide Tom explained that to ford a river means. a. It‟s not true. (as it can easily run away.)a. to swim b. It‟s true. (as it stands on minimum two pieces ofb. to cross evidence.)c. to clean c. It will go on. (as it can move on its legs)
  17. 17. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Expressions learnt in Barnstaple 8. In Lynton an elderly 9. We learnt that in5. We learnt that there are some on-calls working Devon in just one for them. These people: woman told us as we were getting off day we cana. make their reports on phone by calling their experience four interviewees, as there aren‟t enough offices for the bus looking for our umbrellas: “It‟s seasons. It rained them. every day. To cheerb. are telephone geeks; who use their smart phones all right ________________ us up our trainer in their work. mark told us. “Youc. are waiting to be called in. . As you can see, it is spitting again.” can‟t have a a. sheep rainbow without.6. In one of our input _______________sessions we heard a story b. duck c. kitten _.”of a grouchy man. That a. coloursmeans that he is: b. skya. shy and modest c. rainb. grumpy and bad temperedc. impolite and rude7. Our trainer Luke showed us a picture of a 10. He has also mentioned this proverb: “Every jackdaw as a lead-in to his presentation. It cloud has a _______________lining.” is:a. A glossy black European bird of the crow a. silver family that nests in towers and steals mainly b. golden shiny objects for its nest. c. shiningb. A guy, fellow, buddy (informal way of addressing a stranger.) key: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4c, 5c, 6b, 7a, 8b, 9c, 10ac. A portable device for raising heavy objects.
  18. 18. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Traditional British-made socks and yarns from the heart of North DevonJohn Arbon Textiles & Fibre Harvest British makers of yarn and fibres We were visiting the beautiful city of Lynton when we saw this interesting place called Fibre Harvest. The sister company of John Arbon Textiles uses traditional wosted machinery to process tops and spin fine quality British yarns. After having a nice talk with the shopkeeper we found out about the latest Fibre Harvest yarns. They are: Excelana‟- a 100% British wool made from our local North Devon sheep the Exmoor, Blueface. Made by John Arbon of Fibre Harvest, this is a vintage inspired yarn supported by exclusive patterns in knitwear designer Susan Crawford‟s new book A Stitch In Time Volume 2 and Knit By Numbers‟ – a 100% Merino yarn designed and made by John Arbon. A double knit in a beautiful range of complimentary colours, a gradual tonal palette Fibre Harvest, based in North Devon, also produces the very yarns that are used to knit our John Arbon Textile range of luxury British made socks. John Arbon Textiles shop relocated to Lynton on Exmoor.
  19. 19. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Methodology bits @ SOL c. It is a teaching movement that evolved from 1. What is SOL? Where does its name come from? Danish filmmaking. Filmmakers challenged the cinema‟s dependency on special effects a. It stands for Sharing One Language. (English) technical wizardry and fantasy. In teaching the among its teachers and students. emphasis is on the here-and-now, the learners b. It means sun and it symbolizes bringing light into and the content. the heart and soul of its students and teachers from Central and Eastern Europe. c. It stands for Summer-courses On Language- learning. 2. What is DOGME?a. It‟s a brand new approach backed by the humanists involving taking dogs and puppies into the classes of young learners as it fosters learning and thus makes language acquisition enjoyable.b. It‟s an acronym that stands for: Deal with Only Grammar Materials in English classrooms. It‟s an approach based on the early Grammar- translation method claiming that the classroom 3. In connection with successful teaching Breen should be place where grammar is presented said. “Never do anything that ________________. and practised, as accuracy is more important a. hasn‟t been tested before. than fluency in the early stages of language b. you can get the students to do. learning. Fluency comes later. c. you can get the other teachers to do.
  20. 20. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Methodology bits @ SOL4. Unplugged teaching 5. Scott Thornbury “The teacher must be himself and give himself ________________ : claims that talking to ________________ people abouta. uses guitars (unplugged) DOGME is good for ________________ things and then training his in every lesson you as a teacher. pupils to talk to one another about ____________ regardless age or Why? things.” level. a. It gives teachers ab. avoids using audio- great deal of 7. What is the missing word? visual materials such freedom and as CDs DVDs in flexibility as no According to Earl Stevick (humanist English classrooms claiming planning is language teacher and thinker) “Success that the teacher must involved. depends less on materials, techniques and be the source of oral b. It is cheap as it texts as a model in the refuses the use of linguistic analyses, and more on what goes on form of live listening. any printed ________________ and ________________ the CDs and DVDs must materials in the people in the classroom.” be left for homework. classroom.c. frees teachers from the c. It challenges both dependency on teachers and For the correct materials, aids and learners by offering technology, and to a new approach to answers and also work with nothing language learning. for your scoring, more than the „raw check the next materials‟ provided by 6. What is the missing the people in the word? Find one that fits page room. Or, in other words, to „unplug‟ their each gap, according to teaching. Billows:
  21. 21. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012The key for themethodology quiz: 9-11 correct answers: Different Styles ofa, c, b, c, a, real,inside-between. Not too bad, but there is place for The Clotted Cream TeaYour scoring: improvement though.15-17 correct Why don‟t you applyanswers: Well done! for one of next year‟sAsk Grenville Yeo (the SOL courses.director) to consider 8 or underyou as a possible SOL is a MUST forteacher trainer. you!!!12-14 correct Call now not to missanswers: their early bird offer.Good job. You wouldmake a goodunplugged teacher.For more informationlook for the book onTeaching Unpluggedby Luke Meddings our After you finish with these quizes, youtrainer  and Scott deserve something very sweet, like theThurnbury and ask fora well-deserved 10 % Clotted Cream Tea!discount. Come to North Devon and try not to miss it 
  22. 22. Unplugging The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012This Being the lucky winner of one of the courses forteachers organised by SOL, I felt very positive aboutSummerDEVON UNPLUGGED from the very beginning. As a teacher trainee I expected the event to broaden myhorizons, teach me new approaches and different skills andshow me distinctively British way of life. And the course hasdone so much more than only this! It enabled me to meetnew people, share the experience and see the role of ateacher in a classroom from a different point of view. I must say that the days spent in Barnstaple are definitely one of the best that I have ever had. Trips to Appledore, Croyde, Lynton and Lynmouth or Ilfracombe were just amazingly adventorous. The sights we have seen were simply breathtaking! I will never forget the feeling I had after walking up on a hill in Ilfracombe. The wind simply blew away all my fears. There is one more thing that I will surely remember forever and that is the surfing lesson we had the chance to experience in Croyde. The instructors made the event very special. They helped us – beginners in surfing - a lot. The waves were huge, really one of the best that anybody has seen this summer! I can still feel their power. The way they bounced my body was great. To put it in a nutshell, I have just fallen in love with the Atlantic.
  23. 23. Unplugging The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 I will never forget the way I felt during theThis classes too – the atmosphere we shared with Mark and Luke, our experienced tutors was so relaxed and loose! Plus staying at a host family with 3 other teachers has given me the chance to use and improve my language skills. Not to mention the friends I have made Another thing that made here. I hope we will stay in touch forever.Summermy stay so special was Thank you so much for everything, it wasthe food. In Lynmouth we great.took the chance to try thecream tea. I just loved it! Itwas fabulous to sit in abeautiful café, chilling outwith the others, enjoyingthe sun and the gorgeousview. While visitingIlfracombe, I tried CornishPasty. It was so deliciousthat I succumbed totemptation and bought twopieces.
  24. 24. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what notto take on a trip toNorth Devon YES NO Most of the people in our group are in North Devon for the first time. It is very hard to imagine how it would be before coming here. Maybe you can check the weather forecasts, but you may YES never know what to take or not to take until you arrive here. Need a Check List? When you decide to take part in one of the SOL NO courses several questions arise. One of them is what to take. The teacher courses are mainly in summer when in our home countries is scorching hot and you can hardly imagine that in Devon you do need to wrap up warm as it can be very windy and rainy. So take those jumpers and raincoat out YES of your wardrobe. Here is a list to help you decide what to take and what to leave at home. We gave you some pictures of different objects and you should NO put a circle over the right answer : Should I take this with me or should I leave it at home in a trip to North Devon?
  25. 25. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what not YESto take on a trip to YESNorth Devon NO NO YES YES NO NO YES NO
  26. 26. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what notto take on a trip to YESNorth Devon NOYES YES YESNO NO NO YES YES NO NO
  27. 27. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012What to take and what notto take on a trip to YESNorth Devon NOYES YESNO NO YESYES NONO
  28. 28. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 Lynmouth sits at the edge of Exmoor where rolling moorland changes dramatically torugged wooded valleys which drop to the East and West Lyn rivers. A true story and realexperience of what happened in Lyn mouth 1952. Even though there passed 60 years of thesetragic storm people still can feel as it happened yesterday. It was a usual day for the Lynmouthhabitants, when the storm started. In fact, it was an experiment how clouds come together. This„simple‟ experiment caused a tragedy where many people lost their lives. The Story Behind the Song! The small coastal town of Lynmouth became known throughout the world for the disaster that struck in August 1952. On the night of the 15th, after continuous rain throughout the day, the East and West Lyn Rivers rose suddenly and filled with the waters from their Exmoor catchment. Large boulders and rocks were carried in the flow towards the village, destroying houses, roads and bridges. Many lost their lives during that dark and terrifying night. In all, 34 people in Lynmouth and surrounding hamlets were killed, and 39 buildings collapsed. The army was drafted in to help with the clear-up. Survivors told how the air smelled of sulphur on the afternoon of the floods, and that the rain was so hard, it hurt peoples faces.
  29. 29. The Bright Side of North Devon – Thursday – August 23, 2012 You can easily find the song here: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=OFO_uMkU0wY &feature=related
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