Author Archives: My Name Is Not Sir

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Alternative outlooks on learning and study, language and language learning, reading, writing.

My Name Is Not Sir

November 26, 2020

Speaking Aloud and Loving Yourself

Creative and inspirational activities to practise and develop speaking, listening, understanding and a range of other communication skills and strategies.

Self-presentation, body language, voice, projection, phonology, intonation, volume, direction. Sustaining confidence and attention. How to go about it if you’re shy.

These sessions will inspire you to find new and creative ways to get your message across.

Programmes can run from a single day or week to more extensive residencies. All sessions are also available online.

For more information about these sessions, go here.

My Name Is Not Sir

November 26, 2020

Active, Intelligent and Meaningful (AIM) Reading in English

These sessions will make you more confident with your reading. You will learn strategies for dealing with the texts you need to access in your life, your studies and your work.

For more information on these sessions, go here.

Active, Intelligent and Meaningful (AIM) Reading in English (For teachers)

These sessions will make you more confident in selecting accessible texts and using stimulating activities to support learners to develop English language reading skills across all subject areas.

In these sessions you will

  • learn active strategies for dealing with texts in the classroom.
  • develop subject specific resources for your own teaching.
  • understand the reasons why your students find reading difficult.
  • learn how to assess the ‘readability’ of texts for your students (topic, length, language, etc).
  • understand how embedding language skills development into subject learning is useful.
  • receive free resource templates to create specific classroom reading activities.

Format: Guided activities investigating the processes involved in accessing, reading and understanding English language texts.  Using models and templates, participants will collaborate and develop activities and resources for use in all learning environments.

Participants: This session is for teachers of all subjects who want to develop their skills in supporting learners to access English language texts in arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities and other curriculum subject areas.

For more information on these sessions, go here.

My Name Is Not Sir

November 26, 2020

These sessions are creative writing development sessions integrated with craft-based sessions. The Cardboard Library Sessions are part-writing, part book-making. A particular combination of personal qualities, skills and knowledge is required to participate successfully in these sessions as careful craft skills are developed.

Participants are led through a series of stimulating journeys, both real and virtual, which form the catalyst for poetry, flash fiction and short story writing. The products from these sessions are collated and constructed into a hand-made book for the participant to take away.

Programmes can run from a single day or week to more extensive residencies of a month or longer. All sessions are also available online.

For more information about these sessions, go here.

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My Name Is Not Sir

November 26, 2020

“College? Uni? Next year? The year after? Where? What do you need to get in? What’s the best course for you? How do you apply? UCAS? Personal statement? It’s got to be how many characters?!”

If you’re having any of these thoughts popping into your head and you don’t know where to go to find the answers, at My Name Is Not Sir, we can help.

My Name Is Not Sir College and Uni Application Sessions help you work out where to look for the answers to all the questions you might have about applying to college or university. They will also help you with the application process itself, personal statement writing, application form filling, interview preparation, etc., etc.

If you, or someone you know needs this support, get in touch here.

My Name Is Not Sir

November 25, 2020

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With The Safe House, My Name Is Not SIr presents:

The Flash Fiction Writing Sessions.

These sessions can be done independently or in structured group sessions, face to face or online.

Click the links below to access sample sessions:

About This Person
Soup Like Windows
Lizard in the Luggage
A Bit of People Watching

If you are interested in participating in these sessions, either as a facilitator or attendee, or both, or if you would like to discuss developing Flash Fiction Writing sessions for you or your organisation, follow the link here.

My Name Is Not Sir

November 25, 2020

Activities in these sessions lead participants on a journey of self-discovery and personal reflection in preparation for learning.

Through the Illusion Learning Sessions, participants acquire and develop skills, knowledge and personal qualities to help tackle the challenges of learning.

The Illusion Learning Sessions can be done randomly or strategically.

For more information on these sessions, click here.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 27, 2020

The present perfect

Level

CEFR B1 – Trinity Grade 5 – Cambridge First Certificate

What is it for?

It is used to link past to present when the result of the action is more important than the time it happened ..

1. When something started in the past and is still going on – “I have lived a thousand years.”

2. When the time period has not finished – “More than 3,000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year.”

3. To talk about actions repeated a number of times in the past – “I have died multiple times.”

4. To talk about recent things – “I’ve just seen a ..”

5. When the time of the action is not known or not as important as the action itself – “I have been to the mountain top.”

How is it constructed?

My God, what have I done?

Use ‘have’ (or ‘has’) and the past participle of the main verb.

For questions, invert the auxiliary verb (‘have’ or ‘has’) with the subject pronoun: “My God, what have I done?”

In the negative, put ‘not’ (or  ‘n’t’) after the ‘have’ or ‘has’: “I haven’t died yet.”

Things to remember

Is it ‘have’ or ‘has’?

There are regular and irregular past participles.

Pronunciation and spelling of the past participle.

never and ever , since and for , just, already and yet.

Why is it difficult?

Some languages use it differently so the meaning can be confusing.

There’s a bit to remember in its construction.

Answer this

What’s the closest you’ve ever come to death?

Follow up with

Maps through your Bones and Skin

Lizard in the Luggage

A Walk In The Park

Other tenses

The past simple

The present perfect continuous