21 Sep 2016

Website maps surnames worldwide

Hi everyone!

Tomorrow the Advanced Students will start learning their first topic: Origins

In order to know just a little bit about the origin of your names I attach here an interesting article taken from The BBC.
Website maps surnames worldwide

Website maps surnames worldwide

David Beckham
There are more Beckhams in the United States than Britain
A website which maps global surnames has been launched to help people find the origins of their name and how far it may have spread.
The Public Profiler site plots eight million last names using data from electoral rolls and phone directories.
The site covers 300 million people in 26 countries, showing the origins of names and where families have moved to.
David Beckham, for example, has an English name, but there are more Beckhams in the US than Britain.
But the region of the world with the highest concentration of people called Beckham was even further from the footballer's east London origins - in the New Zealand province of Northland.
The site - www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames - also reveals which of the five million forenames are most closely associated with different surnames and lists the top regions and cities for each surname.
 A name is now not just a statement of who you are but where you are 
Professor Paul Longley
It was developed by a team of geographers from University College London.
Professor Paul Longley, one of the researchers, said: "The information is not just historical but geographical.
"We can link names to places - a name is now not just a statement of who you are but where you are."
Most surnames originated in specific places in the world and remain most frequent in those areas, but have often spread to other countries because of migration, the research showed.
Searches for Britain's three multi-gold medallists at the recent Olympics and the leaders of the three main political parties revealed some mixed results.
• Swimmer Rebecca Adlington's surname is most prevalent in New Zealand
• Cyclist Chris Hoy's surname is Irish but more common in Denmark
• Cyclist Bradley Wiggins's surname is most popular in the US
• Prime Minister Gordon Brown's surname tops the list in Australia
• Conservative leader David Cameron's surname is most prevalent in New Zealand
• Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's surname is still most common in Britain
Prof Longley said that the site was currently struggling to cope with demand.
"We are being deluged with requests and we ask people to be patient. There is obviously a lot of interest in family names and family history globally," he said. 


  • Spread (verb)to extend out
  • plot (verb): to make (a calculation) 
  • statement (noun): something stated, as a communication in speech or writing
  • remain (verb): to stay behind or in the same place
  • struggle (verb): to work hard to solve a task or problem. To make great efforts.
  • to cope with: to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, esp. successfully or in a calm or adequate manner
  • deluged (adjective); to flood; inundate.

If you are interested in your name or surname's origin, you can visit these two websites: 

World Family Names
What a lovely name

See you on Thursday, 


Talking point: People I know

Hello Intermediate Students!

Tomorrow we will start our first topic: family and personality. In order to check your previous knowledge here I have written down several questions so that you can think about them.

  • How big is your family?
  • Do you know anyone who has a half-brother or half-sister or a step-brother or step-sister?
  • Talk about your favourite relative and a relative you don't really get on well with. What are they like? What do they look like?
  • What memories do you have of your grandparents?
  • Do you have the same best friend as you had ten years ago? Why (not)?
  • Do you stay in touch with friends from primary/secondary school/university?
  • Is there anyone you would like to get back in touch with? How would you go about it?
Have a nice day!

See you soon, 


Classroom material

Good morning everyone!

English classes have already started and in order to practice some of the words we learnt yesterday in class (Elementary course) I have created this nice crossword!

You only have to click on the link which says: Classroom material crossword

Have a try! Have a nice day!


Classroom material crossword

P.S. If you are interested in classroom material vocabulary  I have attached also a video where you will find more vocabulary! :)

Video - Classroom material

20 Sep 2016

Welcome back!

Hey guys!

How do you do? Have you enjoyed summer? I hope so!  :)

As you know, this year you're going to have a new English teacher, it's me!

My name is Julia and I am already looking forward to meeting you!!

Our English courses start today! Don't forget it! (20th of September)

English courses dates and timetables are:

  • Elementary course: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17'30 to 18'30 in the evening.
  • Intermediate course: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18'30 to 19'30 in the evening.
  • Advanced course: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19'30 to 20'30 in the evening.

See you soon,


14 Sep 2016

WE START NEW TOPIC 'Sports and Hobbies'

We are going to start our last topic this year.  As holidays are coming soon and possibly you will have plenty of time to practise some kind of sport or to dedicate to one of your favourite hobbies, let's speak and let's work a bit about 'Sports and Hobbies'.
I propose two possible tasks to do at class in small groups:
  • Choose a hobby or a sport you would like to know or to practise, look for information about it and write a report explaining to the class everything you want.  It could have a brief description, the needed material or equipment, the possible venues to practise it, some basic rules, and many other things.  

  • Find a curious hobby or sport and let us know about it. You can structure it more or less in the same way as the previous one and you can also trace the origin of it, enclose some photograph or video and so on.  It would be good to try to encourage the rest of the students to practise it.