I love to teach and I love to learn. Over the years I've created hundreds of fun activities that make learning easy. We tried them out over and over again in the hallways, in the garden, in the street and yes, even in the classroom. Many are posted on this blog, "Shakespeare slept here." Many of you may have participated in them. 
I've always been both a teacher and a student in San Francisco, in Mexico and in Madrid. I was an English teacher at UEM for 18+ years. Now I'm happily retired and on to the next adventure.

Últimas publicaciones

Back to school. Unfortunately, the Christmas holidays are over.

The professors are all back at the U. What about you? Are you in class or are you procrastinating, telling your parents that you don't start till next week and taking a few more days off for a great ski-trip, a few more home-cooked meals and long lazy mornings. Hey, it's time to get back.


Organize and carry out an event. Talk to people and get to know them. Practice your languages on our multi-lingual campus. Then give all the proceeds to charity!

That's what we do in the Language Center, and we've been doing it for 9 years. Have you noticed? It was hard not to if you were in Building B this trimester. Maybe you saw the GIANT PUMPKINS on display or heard the CHRISTMAS CAROLS. You might even have participated.


Christmas time is here again and most of us usually get together to eat,
drink, celebrate and generally have a good time. Many people partake in their special family traditions at this time of year. Family traditions and special



Many of you helped us with our Social Responsibility activities in 2012-2013. You donated books or bought books. You baked desserts or ate desserts. And you bought hundreds of candy canes. Hope you do so again this year. All our Social Responsibility Activities earned money, and we gave that money in its entirety to the NGO AVINTE.


802: What am I talking about?

The 17th BOOK EXCHANGE & SALE brought in 802 € thanks to you:

YOU who contributed books, helped with the publicity, got the word out about the sale, brought down the tables, carried up all those boxes of books, set up the stands, organized everything, volunteered to sell, helped with recycling and of course to all of you who bought hundreds of books ! Hope to see you at our 18th BOOK EXCHANGE & SALE next spring.


Come to Building B between 11:00-18:00 on Tuesday, November 12th and/or

Wednesday, November 13th. There's a big book sale.

Look at books. Buy books. Browse through the books. Practice your English.

Be a volunteer! You can help us sell books if you'd like to.

All the money collected will go to the NGO: Aprendices Visuales.

Hope to see you at the UEM LANGUAGE CENTER'S 17th BOOK EXCHANGE & SALE.



to browse through: echar un vistazo "I'm just browsing"


This arch is visible from the freeway/highway/expressway/dual-carriage way/ motorway. That's "autopista" for those of you who speak Spanish. It's about 2 hours from Madrid, going north. If you're paying attention you'll see it high on the hill on your left. What is it? Where is it? Who built it?


Multilingual people have more opportunities. They know what's going on around them in more places than their monolingual and bilingual counterparts. Where do you fit in? Only in your hometown, or are you comfortable conversing with others around the world?


It's almost time for the GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST. This year our UEM PUMPKINS will be on

display in the Main Hall of Building B from Wednesday, October 23rd or whenever the first pumpkin appears, until Wednesday, October 30th. There will be a weigh-in ceremony and 17:00 on the 30th, so that those who brought pumpkins, can take them home for Halloween.


giant pumpkin: calabaza gigante

weigh-in : pesar