Mark Wills


Mark WillsMark Wills was born in Cambridgeshire, England, but has spent most of his life on a voyage of discovery, mainly through France, Mexico, Spain and, most recently, Poland, speaking to as many people as possible on the way. He is a passionate linguist and a lover of music, world football and the local cuisine of wherever he happens to be. He has taught language through culture in secondary schools, university degree and masters courses, and various other learning contexts, and translates academic articles for publication in international journals. 'Never stop feeding the body, the mind and the soul …’


A Musical Journey Across the USA

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Mark Wills
Age: 11 – 18
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate/ Advanced
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.   

’I’m a star in New York, I’m a star in LA’. Where do your favourite bands, singers, and rappers come from and how does this shape the music they perform? New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Detroit, and Seattle are all important destinations in this wild road trip across an often unpredictable but electrifying nation…


Making and Breaking British Stereotypes

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Mark Wills
Age: 11 – 18
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate/ Advanced
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.   

England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland… What unites and what divides those four very distinct and distinctive nations of the British Isles? Do sport, music, food, the royal family, and David Beckham unite or divide or both? If you were dropped in the middle of one of these nations, how long would it take you to realise where you are? Accents, attitudes, and artists all provide important clues…


Britishness: James Bond, a reflection of changes in the British society

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Mark Wills
Age: 12 – 18
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate/ Advanced
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.   

What exactly does 'British’ mean? In this journey through time and space, we’ll visit curry and Bollywood in India, cricket and Usain Bolt in Jamaica, and discover who James Bond really is. James Bond represents what most people think of as British. But who is James Bond? And what about the women in his life? Queen Elizabeth II and the enigmatic Miss Moneypenny, for example … 

Materials:

Quizlet Vocabulary: Britishness: James Bond, a reflection of changes in the British society
Britishness The British Empire post workshop debate
Britishness James Bond reading and writing
Britishness James Bond reading and writing
Britishness James Bond pre or post workshop questions
Britishness James Bond pre or post workshop questions
Britishness James Bond Commonwealth listening and reading
Britishness James Bond Commonwealth listening and reading


British Culture Through Pop Music

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Mark Wills
Age: 12 – 18
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate/ Advanced
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.   

We will take a musical ride from Liverpool to London, stopping off at exotic (and not so exotic …) locations on the way, singing, rapping and dancing as we go. We will discover where The Beatles, Oasis and David Bowie, among others, came from and how they changed popular music forever, each with their own very local and very particular way of using language to express their thoughts and feelings about the world that they lived in.

Materials:

British Culture Through Pop Music pre or post workshop questions 
British Culture Through Pop Music pre or post workshop questions


Weird & wonderful festivals

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Mark Wills
Age: 10 – 18
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate/ Advanced
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.   

When is chocolate the undoubted star of the show? Where might you find people with frozen hair? And which dance gets you facing north, then east, south and west? We’ll look at popular and peculiar celebrations around the world and in the UK, where practically anything can be used as an excuse to set up a festival. Our final destination will be a field in the south-west of England, where cows quietly chew on grass, until once a year …

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