Publié le 3 Mars 2015

The Comprehensive Teacher offers hands-on experience in teaching... for both budding as well as experienced English teachers.
It collects ideas, material and information... as well as guidance, exercises and food for thought...

The Comprehensive Teacher is enriched with a wealth of advice and plans... feedback and info on various teaching approaches... lesson plans and course engineering and management I wish I had had as a junior teacher... nothing we were taught at university...

All to optimise both teacher and student performance...

The Comprehensive Teacher also comes in audio format read by Maxine Lennon... for more portability...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 22 Février 2015

Carène -puis Karen- Cheryl a explosé les hits parades en 1975 avec des titres destinés à la génération montant et évoluant plus vite que la musique des années 70...

Carène Cheryl a connu un énorme succès justifié dans son genre avec des titres savamment carénés... elle enchaîne les disques d'or... pendant 2 ans et puis, dans le sillage de Sheila, elle embarque pour les USA et revient complètement américanisée.. et pour comme Sheila son public s'en trouve comme revigoré d'amour pour sa star qui continue de compiler succès après succès... les filles l'imitent et les garçons l'aiment...

Carène, devenue Karen pour 2 ans ouvre la porte des années 80 avec un retour en force en français... et de nous veaux succès avec de belles adaptations... au point même que Carène marque autant de points en français à adapter Karen qui avait connu le même succès en anglais... même si seulement auprès de ses fidèles fans... un cas d'école vu une seule fois auparavant dans toute l'histoire de la musique avec Gigiola Cinquetti... bien que Carène Cheryl rêve déjà d'autre chose...

La télévision lui a ouvert la porte des plateaux de présentation avec encore un succès pour Hugo Délire, entre autres, et les Série avec Les Filles D'à Côté... on n'arrête plus Carène Cheryl ! Quoi qu'elle fasse tout le monde aime... cette fille a le don de Midas...

Elle continuera sa carrières après avoir fait de vagues tentatives expérimentales en musique, curieusement infructueuse pour une Carène qui a toujours convolé avec le succès, sur les ondes radio... revenue maintenant à son nom de baptême d'Isabelle Morizet... pour toute ligne de démarcation... là encore nous la retrouvons bras dessus bras dessous avec le succès... Bravo Carène !

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 17 Février 2015

Publishers today don't do their work nor homework anymore... i.e. look for writers and scout talent... and promote writers... writers who made them rich and famous as they are today...

They're sitting there expecting you to send them their next best seller... while reaping all the money and benefits... they hardly create jobs... and will only probably take you on if you know someone or know someone who knows someone...

Who needs this ?

Today anybody who can put words together in the best -or worst- fashion can get published and sell on their own... there are a number of sites who will enable this once called vanity publishing... but who were the first publishers if not mere vanity publishers ?

Most writers cannot afford -at least in the beginning- the kerfuffle of publishing and printing their own book(s), managing the logistics, ... when they have the space...

So it appears eBooks might be just it !

Ebooks offer the option of minimized logistics and minimal costs and efforts... clocking up thousands of books storable in the one pocket device... and readable on most tablets and smartphones... while saving space and seriously curbing pollution...

Ebooks authors -if they work hard enough for it- will collect most of their rights and may end up doing very well for themselves... and sadly won't be missed by published who couldn't see...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 1 Février 2015

He was a fine fisherman… always had been… even since childhood fish just seemed to come to him naturally… just like that… bait or no bait… just like they jumped on his hook and in his nets… so much fish he caught… more than he could eat… more than his needs would meet… he gave it all away… the fish made him think… did him good… told him stories of worlds yonder… sometimes he felt he could swim like a fish… go under water share their world… become fish again… but for the time being… time suspended… time standing still… the fish looked like they were dancing on the water… in the shatters of the sun specks raining down on the water…

Life was good to him… and he loved life… all life and all lives…

A Christian born and bred he knew what fish meant… and fish meant life… but he never was much of a religious man…

One day he would run away… fly away or at least sail away from this village… across the land across the sky across the sky across the sea… away from his small town… he would have a boat of his own and go fish on the high seas… and never return… or never return the man he was…

The boy became a man… and had to prove he was… they sent him to war to kill other men like him… other fishermen probably who had nothing but life to their names… and lost it… in the hell of army life wasted to foreign lands killing foreign brothers in arms… he lost track of life as it was… and lost himself in the mayhem of life… as that life meant death… he was a lost soul…

After the aftermath of that war he found himself back home… faced with nothing and no one but himself… and a life he didn’t know what to do with… all his life was had been death… and all the people he had known were dead… he had lost his taste for life… he was hungry no more… he was angry… angry with the world angry with himself… didn’t do much with himself… didn’t sleep much… didn’t eat much… had lost his appetite… couldn’t face meat couldn’t face fish…

A wandering man he found himself by the river again watching the sun on the water… and found suddenly they were all there… and they looked alive… they talked to him… told him there was plenty of fish in the sea… in the water… waterlight… water of life… featherlight life…

He remembered now… he remembered the days when the fish were full of like and they came to him like they couldn’t wait to die for him… for him to live… but wait… no that wasn’t life… life doesn’t mean for others to die for you… nor for you to die for others… but to live for others…

He went fishing again… and the fish came… like they had been waiting for him… for his return… but this time all the fish he caught he threw back in the water… and that made him happy… happy again… for the first time in a long time… he didn’t need to eat fish anymore… he didn’t need to kill to live anymore… he had gone vegetarian… fish meant life…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 1 Février 2015

More and more people own an eReader and buy eBooks and AudioBooks... but not everyone wants to buys books or eBooks... Many are happy just borrowing eBooks to read them... and more and more libraries are lending eBooks too !

Whatever your eReader or whether you're reading on a tablet, phablet or a computer, eBook leading galore opens ups wide for you...

Here's a list to help you choose your favourite Ebooks:

Amazon's Kindle Store

http://www.amazon.com/kindle-store-ebooks-newspapers-blogs/b?ie=UTF8&node=133141011

Apple's iBookstore

http://www.apple.com/ipad/

Barnes and Nobles Nook Books

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/NOOK-Book-eBook-store/379003094

Google Books

http://books.google.com

Open Library

https://openlibrary.org/borrow/about

OverDrive

https://www.overdrive.com

Project Gutenberg

http://www.gutenberg.org

Wikibooks

http://www.wikibooks.org

and this could just be the beginning...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 21 Janvier 2015

Nobody can tell what will become of a language... and nobody can predict what the future of English will be... might be even...

We're all trying to keep up, to teach, to learn to speak English... often each to their own... but a language evolves as per what and how people speak... and use it...

Thus Northerners in the UK tend to use 'were' for 'was'... making 'were' the only past of 'be' there is... or at least they have...

Likewise the Americans are letting go of the present simple's first person '(e)s' ending... and they were responsible fo the dropping of 'shall' in favor of 'will'...

We are all making the English of tomorrow... let's see which English we want... and which English it will be...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 18 Janvier 2015

Learnt this American word from a Judge Judy (who didn't know either) court case...

A witness had 'tailgated' a football match...

Upon the request of the 70 odd honorable American judge, the witness had to explain that this meant that... not being able to afford the game tickets he and a few friend had had a barbecue picnic at the back of his car, and off the boot, in the stadium car park which tolerated the practice...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 26 Décembre 2014

Two days before Christmas 2014 I learnt I had a thirteen year old daughter… with my ex… the very person who wouldn’t have tolerated anyone doing this to her ! I wonder how she’d feel if it were the other way round…

Suffice it to be that I would rather have learnt it from the Internet… from Facebook… I was seriously concerned and disconcerted… as I had not been concerted on the matter… what’s more a child I would have gladly fathered given the right opportunity and circumstances… and when I hear of how indifferent or unconcerned or irresponsible some men and fathers may be… I’d like to share a thought on such mothers…

In a strange way I was not surprised… I had always suspected she could and would do something like that… something brash and rash… and more than anything totally selfish…

Time ground to a halt as I began to ponder on what might have been and what was to be from there on…

It may be true that what the eye doesn’t know the heart doesn’t miss still… that doesn’t change anything in my appeal here…

I always new my life’s work would never be over by the time I departed but this was the least I had expected…

I suddenly felt a surge of regret for her and I… that our lives would now never be complete… in some way beyond repair now… the worse had come to the worst… I had been robbed of my paternity and denied my paternity… likewise my parents would never know and my daughter would never know her grand-parents… half her life would be missing forever… What would happen if anything happened to her mother… if anything happened to her mother… who had no family to speak of as things stood…

I know quite a few people –mothers especially- who had decided to have their children alone… not asking –and not telling- the father of their own children… as the trend was through the eighties and nineties… the result was less than conclusive… as the kids eventually always mourned their absent father… and their education was never complete…

Whether I had wanted or not to have children didn’t come into play… I liked to think I would have like to chose my paternity… and live it with all the trimmings…

Now -and because of her- I would never be a father… and she would never be her father’s daughter… with a little hard luck she would never know I existed… and I would never know what she’d been told about me…

Family and child raising are a challenging business at best… let alone in these conditions…

I began to look at my relationship with the mother as having been used as a stand for a woman’s desire to have a child at a time in her life when the clocks was drawing stop clicking… as I knew a few other women had done… it was clear that she had deliberately used my daughter against me and that she had used me for her daughter… in the most inconsiderate and ungrateful way for both…

Of all our friends… not one of them ever told me… and those claimed to be friends…

That girl will someday in some way resemble me... she would want to know…

That girl might someday ring my bell and want to know things I could never tell her… and claim a relationship I could never give her… you don’t turn the clock back…

Any minute now would seem better than later… as we would have so much to catch up already… and the sooner the better… time flies… and waits for no one…

I wasn’t there when she was born…

I wasn’t there in her days… I wasn’t there in her nights…

I wasn’t there when she laughed… I wasn’t there when she cried…

I wasn’t there when she was hot… I wasn’t there when she was cold…

I wasn’t there for her birthdays… I wasn’t there for her homework…

I wasn’t there to give her her father’s affection and attention…

I wasn’t there to teach her what I know… and introduce her to an approach of the male world…

And everything she deserves I could have given her…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 23 Décembre 2014

You may say anything about Donna Summer... but you can't deny her singing talent... or the choice of her albums sleeves... a rare feat most fail to achieve...

Sadly the same doesn't go for her songs...

Her first albums inspired me the unconditional love I vowed her from the first time I ever heard her...

After her first wonderfully successful years in Europe, Donna decided to go back to America... and conquer her native land... which she never really did as much as she had conquered the European radios and discos...

America favours more ballads and rock than disco or dance... and her weaving her career between all the genres ended up in her issuing very incoherent albums... and often of a mediocre quality... as she had also chosen not to write her own stuff as she used to in her earlier years... and so her albums followed the lead of the America taste alternating mediocre ballads and rooks pieces... without much success at the end of the line...

She was never rewarded for albums which, despite her voice, didn't deserve acclaim they expected as they remained poor -and to my mind messy... neither here nor there- far from the gems she had accustomed her fans to... all songs too soon forgotten... where she really used to leave her mark... a string of mostly rather uninspired albums... which make me think that by the time she made it back to the States Gonna Summer had lost most of her touch... if not all...

Donna's first two albums were very much a reflection of what music was going round at the time of the mid seventies...

The first album from 1973 has been reissued under more names than I care to remember or list here... it features Na Na Hey Hey, Little Marie and Shout It Out among another string of good songs... making up a very good compilation for the time...

The second album Lady Of The Night -issued in 1974- is probably Donna's first attempt at more than just singing but also saying something... the lyrics of the songs are more political and human... tackling the issues of race, politics, relationships, as though she mere also trying to pass on some message... in a sense that was also inherited from the Hippy movement... it was also sadly the time of the first major abductions for money so Donna sang The Hostage... the Afro-American Population was eventually granted more rights so she sang Let's Work Together Now... Lady Of The Night and Little Misfit on the hardship of life...

Those first two albums would have met great success with the proper promotion back in America... as they offered a bunch of good songs and good music quite suited to the America music market... but sadly never were advertised there...

1975 saw Donna emerge in a whole new genre... sensual disco where Donna eventually put pen to paper and got more involved in the production of her own songs... to much success... she was letting go of her emotions and feelings... opening her heart and more to her audience... and never looked back fro a few years... Love To Love You Baby -inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus, which she was to eventually cover later- for a whole stretch of some never-ending 16: 52 minutes... discotheques loved her more than ever...

1976 renews the experience with renewed reward with A Love Trilogy... stretching Try Me I Know We Can Make It for further to 17: 57 minutes... all about love again... Donna still penning with comperes Moroder and Bellotte... with a cover of Barry Manilow's -then unknown- Could It Be magic... propelling Manilow in the limelight in the process...

Like The Hostage, Could It Be Magic had a French cover version adaptation that both went gold...

A second 1976 release, Four Seasons Of Love also fared very well in the genre self established by Donna... sporting 4 long tracks all centered on love in her usual sensual sexy way... taking her concept albums one step further...

1977 see Donna return more mainstream but for I Feel Love then just under 6 minutes but later stretched to over 18 minutes and cover by a few artists...

The latter 4 make some very good albums over all

Amazing all the same to realize how productive Donna Summer has become as she is now cowriting most of her own songs... as in 1977 she returns with a full fledged double concept album retelling the tale of love in a Cinderella cum Sleeping Beauty style... almost every track could have be a successful single... and Once Upon A Time, Now I Need You and I Love You gained her more than wide acclaim...

1978 opens the way for her second double concept album set to take America by storm... as guitar flood in and rock is introduced for the first time in Donna's collection... Bad Girls revolving all around the night life... Hot Stuff went beyond the success expected and so did Bad Girls even if the other singles from the album did impress much... other tracks could have been a better choice such as Journey To The Centre of Of Your Heart bringing together her early sensual repetitive style with the up-and-coming disco-rock touch... A very strong album overall which could have yielded may hit singles... side 3 is the slow side with the poorest material... but most of the other 3 sides are very inspired and strong songs...

The time for double concept albums came to a close with the issuing of On The Radio in 1979... a collection compiling all Donna's hits and more as well as the one-off duet with Babara Streisand penned by Paul Jabara encountered on the OST for Thank God It's Friday... No More Tears (Enough is Enough) a masterpiece of the genre... an influential idea of two divas coming together in the one hit... which was to inspire many and a new niche in the music market... especially in America...

The same year saw Donna Summer's first live album... with old and new songs... and the introduction of Brooklyn Dreams including Bruce Sudano... to become Donna's second husband and father to her second and third children... again another very good album...

The end of an era no doubt as Donna's following production proved to be quite erratic... although with some -rare- good material and somehow some success along the road...

1981 was a bad year for Donna Summer as her I'm A Rainbow was shelved... apparently owing to disputes with the record company... to be reissued in 1991... but proved to hold nothing worth a second hearing apart from Romeo featured in the Fame's OST...

The Wanderer in 1983 is the last effort on Moroder's behalf... apparently after a falling out between the diva and the producer... The Wanderer itself is a great track so are Cold Love and Stop Me... the rest of the album is rather uninspired and fails to retain attention... the 3 very obviously aimed at the American market while ignoring the rest of the world and if Donna's has indeed won a few new fans she has lost a lot of her old ones... and sales go to prove it...

Quincy Jones -then working with Michael Jackson- was then called upon to produce Donna Summer in 1984... Love Is In Control was a good hit... and her rendition of Jon Anderson's State Of Independence has made it to a well earned and week deserved classic status... her version features a never before heard-of famous backing vocalists... again most of the album remains rather uninspired...

in 1985 Cats Without Claws was hoping to ride the wave of popular music of the time... but the tracks remain very poor and the album didn't do much for lack of really strong material... Oh Billy Please might have fared well with the appropriate promotion as an obvious choice for a single...

The fall of 1987 saw the release of Donna's All Systems Go... mostly cowritten by her... with only one hit... the wonderful Dinner With Gershwin covered by Donna from Brenda Russell... The album was produced by Harold Faltermeyer... with his incisive touch... and was a near miss for success... even though it failed to make it completely... in all fairness Bad Reputation should have been a hit...

In her 1991 opus Mistaken Identity the accent is set on the ethnic house dance tone... full of massive styled arrangements... The color strangely is more white than black... and I'd say Donna's album would have fared much better had she used the lower keys of her voice... making it sound blacker as opposed to using her usual high pitches toning the whole affair in a much whiter tune...

Donna claims that living in Louisiana has inspired her for ethnic references... which maybe OK for Americans... but doesn't ring genuinely ethnic for Europeans which remained her most solid fan base ever...

1993 was the release year for The Donna Summer Antholgy - later reissued as Endless Summer- compiling most of her old hit with more recent hits and misses...

in 1994 Dona releases Another Place And Time, much owed to her collaboration with the famed and very successful trio of Stock, Aitken and Waterman to much success... good dance material overall...

In 2008 Dona Summer released her last studio effort Crayons with much acclaim and success... collecting big hits... Donna co-penned all the tracks... and the album make a great dance opus overall with distant rings of Another Time And Place... although it borrows from all the dance leaders of the previous years... and clearly shows that Donna is no longer a leader but a follower...

All in all a second part of a carrer that remained touch and go... a few hits with covers... a very erratic and helper skelter choice of material which, it is leaves much to be desired, will probably not leave much a a trace... while her earlier strings of hits will remain Donna's classic shots... where Donna used to lead and be covered leading Donna to eventually follow leaders... never a good sign... a sign of the times...

Dona Summer also produced former model and show woman Twiggy's Discotheque... a port album over all and Twiggy's voice didn't help...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 14 Décembre 2014

I have been hearing about conversation classes forever... or at least 30 years... and guess what ? Most of them haven't helped anyone in any way... Why ?

Because conversations lessons if they are only chatting periods do no teach anyone anything !

A proper conversation class, to be efficient, need to be organized at a certain minimum level, around a theme, with exercises and practice of the appropriate language and grammar... for lack of what they only go down the drain ! Not to mention that too often those conversations end up in the speaker's tongue... and not in the learning language !

I regularly get those conversation victims who think those conversation classes have helped them... and when I test them... they have in actual facts regressed ! And not progressed !

Our brain doesn't memorise chatter -or very little of it if any...

Our brain needs to understand and be offered things in a logical sort way that ids attractive all the while...

And if the student hasn't go a minimum conversational level so much the worse... and the waste of good time and money...

Most teachers will teach regardless of whether the students understand or not... and most students won't tell you when they don't understand... for fear of being judged or by sheer laziness... and those who are learning but did choose to learn will just agree to anything so long as the teacher doesn't bother them any further...

I always and systematically make it a point to check and test every point and progress in all of my classes, and more specifically even in conversation classes... and never start without a proper audit of the students and their needs and objectives...

Jesse CRAIGNOU - Language and Communication trainer and coach

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