Digital Events by the Royal Collection Trust – Palace of Holyroodhouse

Royal Hobby’s George Cruikshank, Royal Hobby’s 1819 – British Museum

Isaac Cruikshank, A mad Bull! or upsetting the Royal Hobbies! 1820 British Museum
Love in a Cottage, 1820 British Museum

The Royal Collection Trust is operating a timed ticket system and will launch three digital events, soon in October from the Palace of Holyroodhouse: Building the Palace (a short talk), An Evening of Eastern Encounters, and Life at the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots.

All these digital events are free of charge and should be booked in advance to guarantee your ‘digital entry’. Here is the 🔗 link for bookings.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, and the home of Scottish royal history. For more of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿, I let you know 🙂

Wherever you are, be safe and good 👍 .

‘Celebrating the World Tourism Day’

“The 2020 Global Week to Act4SDGs, on September 18-26, is a joint call to action for everyone– leaders, citizens, organizations, and institutions- to commit making this a Turning Point for People and Planet and put the Goals at the heart of their recovery plans, to use the next ten years to deliver all the Sustainable …

The ‘World Tourism Day’ is the 27th of September 2020

and I’d like to share with all my readers a fantastic online course run at Future Learn by The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP). 

On the 27th of September, I’ll be thinking of Guinea Bissau 🇬🇼 and celebrating its huge potential to grow in the tourism sector. 

In a modern and connected world, I’d like to raise awareness and leave room for discussion on the reasons why written English and digital skills combined are important to be learned and can enhance intercultural communication. 

Intercultural communication refers to communication between people from two different cultures. (Chen & Starosta, 1998:28)

So, kindly leave a comment if you wish to take part in my little project that aims to reach only 20 people, or instead like it if you really do! 

GTTP is a charity funded by the travel and tourism industry which helps young people across the globe access the skills and experience they need for a career in the sector.” 

Each year, the GTTP supports more than 800,000 young people across 16 countries.” with English language as a medium of instruction and in my humble opinion this way enhancing intercultural communication. 

English is also used in interdisciplinary subjects and fields of research. The aim of this blog is to raise awareness of the United Nations Goals up to 2030. Whereas I support Quality Education (Goal 4) through Partnerships (Goal 17) would be a good idea to look at them all as they are inter-connected.

The 17 statement goals of the United Nations are clear and set to be achieved by 2030. The questions arise such as: 

  • Do governments want their citizens to be more international?
  • Which governments?
  • And if so, what are leaders performing to get this done?
  • Why are written English and digital skills combined important to enhance intercultural communication in a modern and connected world?

Academically, English is one of the main languages used “as a global for communication” and the aim of this short blog is to explore its benefits to enhance business in the tourism sector through partnerships such as the GTTP. 

Here is the link for the course!

This blog looks at tourism, business, science, and arts, through education.

In the 21st century desirable skills like enhancing intercultural communication and establishing partnerships towards achieving the 17 United Nations’ goals such as fighting poverty through quality education and partnerships through the medium of English language and technology. 

Is it important for everyone to learn English?

In my opinion, it is very important to learn English because I live in a country where many people are bilingual and it would take me longer to learn their second language besides English was a mandatory subject in secondary school, looking back at the 20th century together with French, German, and/or Latin but it’s up to each one of us.

Nowadays, English is still mandatory in my country and now children start learning English in primary school.

I wouldn’t say that is important to everyone though as it depends on other factors and there are other important languages such as Spanish. It is helpful to know two foreign languages at least out from those assigned from the United Nations as the official languages and they are: Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and English.

English provided me with great opportunities, allowed me to access knowledge in the United Kingdom where I’m now starting my MA Education Studies, and gave me more employable chances than I had before, and opened up better-paying opportunities internationally. I lived, worked, and traveled in Asia (several countries including China) and Europe.

With that said, learning English can be beneficial, and learning it has changed my life so I want to carry on practicing my writing skills and pass on my ideas in a more efficient way but cannot generalize. 

I however would like to add that most info is written in English and being informed is a good status! 

I’m grateful to the British Council and the University of Groningen and to all classmates and supportive lead educators at Future Learn through the pandemic period from March to May 2020. 

To sum up, English skills and digital tools combined can possibly create stronger and effective partnerships to work on the United Nations 17 goals.

In the 21st century, digital tools are a key skill and no longer should be seen as a distraction or merely used as so. Social media and networks are useful to build upon the partnership to networking though English written skills and digital skills are needed and must be used by leaders to build-up to the benefit of their communities. Indeed, a powerful tool to be integrated into the curriculum and to be used through the medium of quality education and the tourism pillars despite seasonality.

COVID-19 cross frontiers faster than the speed of wifi. Who wins the marathon?


British Council

Exploring English: Shakespeare 

University of Reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study

United Nations 🇺🇳 


English as a medium of instruction by British Council

25 Sources To Help Funding Your Course in the UK

Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture (University of Leeds & Arts Council England)

Take a look at funding databases, lists, and sites which include these 25 such as:

1 British Council – Study UK 🇬🇧

Anything is Possible’

2 Save the Student! 🧠🧠🧠 In my opinion, ‘Save the Student’ is the most informative website in regard to Finance England and Finance Wales to new students in the UK besides they have tons of tips on how to make some money through apps and other sources. Give it a go.

3 UCAS – Additional Funding

UCAS is the website where you should register up to five courses and apply to university 🎓.

4 Women’s Resilience Funding

5 The Ruth Hayman Trust

The Ruth Hayman Trust gives educational grants to adults who have come to settle in the UK and whose first language is not English.

The next closing date for grant applications is  26th August 2020

6 National Association of Student Money Advisers

7 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Many other sources of funding help within this amazing website.

8 The scholarship COSARAF Charitable Foundation’s education support package is open to UK Muslim students who face financial hardship and, ideally, are the first in their family to attend university. Priority will be given to those for whom the award will make the most difference and who demonstrate a clear plan to give back to their communities and wider society.

The Sheikh Family Scholarship supports underprivileged Muslim students through top universities. Scholarship application process will reopen in October 2020.

9 The Savoy Educational Trust 💪

The Savoy Educational Trust is an independent, grant-giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training, and qualifications within the hospitality industry.

10 It is worth looking at the Charity Commission website where you can find all registered charities in England and Wales. I believe there are about 8,000 to look at, in England & Wales, here!

11 The Bell Educational Trust

Education is at the heart of everything they do. A world united by intercultural understanding, they believe in the power of language education to transform lives, remove barriers, and unlock the world for their students and so do I.

12 CAF Charity Grants

‘A grant is more than just a donation; it carries a commitment to delivering particular work and reporting on the impact of that work.’ Find GRANT PROGRAMMES list either running by themselves, or managing on behalf of other companies, trusts or foundations.

13 European Funding Guide

Find Money For Your Education

14 Trusts That Found Education

There is a list from the free Charity Excellence Framework online toolkit Maximising Income questionnaire. To access the full list of 50+, you must register.

15 Charity Choice

16 Educational Trust Forum

17 Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track and the majority of reliable websites refer to Turn2us. You need a post-code in the UK 🇬🇧 to access.

18 Grants for Individuals by Grants Gov.UK

19 Uni Grants: Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland 

20 Postgraduate Studentships

All types of funding, all for postgraduate

(Masters and Ph.D.)

21 Grantmaking bodies A-Z

22 Bibliographical Society Minor Grants

Minor Grants. The Society offers a limited number of minor grants, of £50 to £200, for specific purposes such as the costs of travel or of microfilming for research purposes (but not for attendance at, or travel to, conferences).

How to apply?

23 GrantsOnline

Funding and more funding and grants!

24 How To Get a Graduate Job?

Make your graduate job search easier and land the graduate job you want with help from the UK’s leading graduate coaching company with this new online free course. It doesn’t take too besides it’s free and learning from an expert is worth the time.

25 National Careers Service in the UK

Bolsas para pós – graduações em línguas modernas

Se quiser estudar um PGCE no Reino Unido, poderá solicitar um empréstimo de propinas através da ‘Student Finance England‘, não precisando, assim, pagar as propinas do curso antecipadamente. As suas possibilidades financeiras não são verificadas, portanto as suas circunstâncias financeiras não serão levadas em consideração e irrelevantes neste processo. Os estudantes do Reino Unido e da UE / EEE geralmente são elegíveis para este apoio. As bolsas são extra, até 17.000 libra e são a fundo perdido!

As línguas modernas procuradas são, françês, espanhol e alemão mas o chinês e inglês também foram contempladas e para candidatos ao PGCE English as bolsas são de valor inferior.

A necessidade de professores destas três línguas, no Reino Unido, é tão urgente que a eligiblidade para receber a bolsa é tão linear como ser cidadão europeu, da União Europeia, e ter residido na mesma nos três anos imediatamente ao início do curso. Claro está, que tem de preencher os requisitos exigidos por cada uma das instituições.

Ainda há vagas para começar em Setembro de 2020, deve preencher uma candidatura através do portal de educação UCAS. Irlanda do Norte, País de Gales e Inglaterra.

Hoje não vou escrever sobre a Escócia, mas voltarei para lhe dedicar um artigo exclusivo.

Deixo o link da Gov.Uk, siga as instrucções e garanto a simplicidade do processo.

Contactei mais de 100 universidades e centros que oferecem o PGCE in Modern Languages e obtive resposta de quase todas elas.

Recomenda-se fazer a candidatura de apoio financeiro nove meses antes mas é possível chegar em último na fila, dois meses antes e conseguir. Se quiser contactar-me, terei gosto em ajudar, naquilo que a minha experiência permite.

Se já tem um lugar assegurado em curso de pós-graduação no Reino Unido, no ano acadêmico de 2020-21, poderá-se candidatar a uma bolsa de estudos de pós-graduação em Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries. Cada bolsa vale £ 500 e está disponível para estudantes de qualquer lugar do mundo, até Setembro de 2020. É um dos formulários mais simples e rápidos de preencher que já tive acesso. Em menos de 10 minutos, se já tiver o documento escrito em formato Word (200 palavras máximo), pode se inscrever em todas as que apliquem a si. Este ano 15 bolsas vão ser distribuídas e os vencedores serão notificados no dia 31 de Outubro.

Não obstante, ‘The National Careers Service‘ também pode ajudar. 

Ainda hà vagas para as pós-graduações que começam em 2020.

As candidaturas para os PGCE in Modern Languages (French, Spanish, German) terminam a 7 de Setembro. ‘Get into teaching‘ com o apoio do ‘Department for Education.’

Vai tentar? Boa sorte! 😘

PS- Para uma descrição mais exacta sobre o que é o PGCE e as diferentes disciplinas, clique aqui.

Exploring English: Shakespeare

A quem se dirige este curso?

Exploring English: Shakespeare, é um curso para pessoas que estão a aprender inglês e estão interessadas na língua e no legado que nos deixou William Shakespeare.

Exploring English: Shakespeare
Neet, United Kingdom

O material foi desenvolvido para falantes de inglês não nativos que estudaram inglês até ao nível intermediário e (aproximadamente B1 no QECR) está disponível na plataforma FutureLearn.

Este curso de inglês desenvolvido pela British Council continua disponível online e tem uma duração média estimada de seis semanas, foi apoiado pela instituição de caridade Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, que reabrirá as suas portas no próximo dia 1 de Agosto.

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Explore o idioma inglês através de cinco peças de Shakespeare.

Este curso aborda a vida e as obras de William Shakespeare e leva-nos a Stratford-upon-Avon e ao Globe Theatre em Londres, onde William Shakespeare garantiu o seu lugar central na literatura inglesa, que seguimos até hoje.

Neste curso de inglês online, gratuito, da British Council poderá melhorar as suas habilidades na língua inglesa através de cinco das muitas peças de Shakespeare:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Tempest
  • Macbeth

Neste curso muito interactivo, os atores e especialistas de todo o mundo explicam e exploraram os temas universais que Shakespeare abordou em seu trabalho.

Gostei particularmente de aprender com as palavras e expressões que Shakespeare introduziu na língua inglesa, das observações dos vários actores que participaram neste curso e dos muitos recursos que são facultados, como os quizzes, para além de se poder interagir com os outros alunos e professores com as nossas dificuldades e ou ideias e opiniões. Uma das professora deste curso responde, semanalmente, às questões que lhe colocam. Esta é uma das abordagens que mais gostei, dos cursos que frequentei até agora. Algumas curiosidades sobre a vida pessoal de William Shakespeare são apresentadas. É um curso estimulante, cheio de recursos variados, os professores são super atenciosos e eu adorei completá-lo, por isso, recomendo-o no meu blog post de hoje. 

Para quem queira assistir a audios, recomendo a Folger Shakespeare Library que presenteou os seu subscritores, no início da pandemia, com inúmeras peças, algumas delas acima mencionadas. Assim sendo, mais uma vez, muito obrigada à biblioteca digital e aos artistas. E vamos fazer figas para voltarmos ao teatro, o quanto antes!