Monday, June 27, 2011

Why is it so important to learn a second language?

The family of mice is just a story, but it is a true story...

But, let’s go back in time...

Five years ago a group of fanatical about Teaching English to Young Children, gathered round three wise ladies at the Department d’Eduació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. They tried to convince us of our virtues and abilities to train other teachers of English...

m&m's: "Magical Moments"
We all remember some Magical Moments for that period: lectures on linguistic, experiments on multiple intelligences and neurolinguistics, research about reflective practice, songs, dances, resources, methodology, classroom management...

We also remember many stories, metaphors and images ... Perhaps, we do remember quite well Geraldine Laboria’s story about a “Family of Mice”. Yes, of course! The one that provide us very good times in our teacher training sessions.

This is a tribute to all those teachers. To those who in some way or another were involved in publishing a PowerPoint of that story (which was then distributed and used without consideration of their credits). To those who with their continuous presence, with their absence or their intermittency make grow an incredible group of teachers, a real learning community, a real family..., a real group of friends.

As a colleague recently reminded us with the words of Elton John

“I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world”

The video is my words. Thank you, folks!

To my beloved friends: Josep, Maripi, Rosamaria, Isabel, Imma, Carme, Conxa, Edward, Júlia, Lola, Lourdes, Lídia, Maite, Melin, Nuri, Patricia, Ana, Antoni, Ceci, Elena, Estrella, Fina, Marta, Montse, Nieves, Núria, Xavi, Rosa, Maria José, Marta, Susana


  1. I had a Magical moment watching the mice again. Most beautiful memories.
    Thank you Enric.

  2. Gee, you guys are specialist in bringing tears to my eyes!!!
    Thanks Enric!