There is no Frigate like a Book - Emily Dickinson


Call Me By Your Name

Posted by Professor G on March 9, 2018 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Cerebral and carnal.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York) was first published in 2007 and has recently seen a major surge in popularity thanks to the release of the transcendent film of the same name.

Rarely is a film able to hold ground with its literary counterpart, but in this case both the novel and the film are each legends of their own merit. Both complimentary and independent, the novel and film are lovingly intertwined both offering their own insight and emotions serving only to augment and not detract from the other.

The novel, a Proustian styled romance as told from the recollections of its main character Elio, unguardedly recounts the events of Elio’s first love during an Italian summer some 20 years prior. Aciman transports and immerses the reader into the emotional and tender realm of the awakenings of a boy on the cusp of becoming a man struggling with identity, desire, love and loathing.

The film, expertly directed by Luca Gaudagnino with a screenplay by James Ivory, is a slow-burning, emotive visualization of the angst of first love. The outstanding performances of Timothée Chalamet (Elio Perlman), Armie Hammer (Oliver) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Elio’s father) only lend further depth to the rich tapestry of the emotional longing and turmoil laid out in the source novel.

A new page on EnglishCaddy has been created to host different book and film activities for English learners and lovers of the story in general.  Many of these activities are designed to help develop a personal relationship with the story, and find some of the deeper conections we find with the summer story of Oliver and Elio.  Click here to visit the Call Me By Your Name page on EC.

Experience the novel, the film or both. As Elio confirms while trying to rationalize his sexual feelings, “We are not written for one instrument alone; I am not, and neither are you.”, and neither is this this story.

Day 4 of the 13 Days of Hallowe'en

Posted by Professor G on October 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Lyrics Training

Improve your English while listening to music!

"The Cask of Amontillado" by the Alan Parsons Project based on the story by Edgar Alan Poe.

created especially for the 13 days of Hallowe'en

Also try out these other Hallowe'en related songs on Lyrics Training!

"Thriller" by Michael Jackson

"A Love Song for a Vampire" by Annie Lenox

"This is Halloween" by Marilyn Manson

and finally for "In the Flesh" fans...

"Charon" by Keaton Henson (Featured in season 1, episode 1 of "In the Flesh")


Game of Thrones English Challenge

Posted by Professor G on September 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This year I'm happy to announce the theme and challenge for 2013/14!
A Game of Thrones. 

I also don't mind bragging a bit when I say there was a lot of work involved.  The size and the scope of the story is enormous, so it only stands to reason that adopting it as a theme would be an enormous undertaking as well.  And thus, as a direct result, this year's challenge and activity collection is the biggest and boldest thus far on EnglishCaddy. 

But that being said, the yearly theme and challenges are designed for your enjoyment and to provide you with a completely different approach to improving your English skills. 

Some of the new things to look forward to..

  • A very challenging challenge, with many more task, higher points, more competition and physical challenges as well ;). (You could be asked to locate objects in Strasbourg.)
  • An open forum discussion.  A place for you to ask questions, share ideas and practice speaking in English.
  • Fun handicrafts and games.  If you're feeling creative and like to work with your hands, there are some interesting projects.  Also games, on line or offline. Have fun learning English while you play!
  • Epic video exercises.  20 + videos about the history of the houses, lands and peoples of the seven kingdoms, all with short listening comprehension quizzes!


If you have any comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me at englishchallenge@hotmail.com

Bon voyage!


Game of Thrones Bookmark Project

Posted by Professor G on June 7, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Are you a fan of the saga A Song of Ice and Fire?  Why not class up your books with some high quality classy bookmarks with a fun project you can do easily with just a few supplies.

What you will need:

  • A color printer
  • Card stock or thick photo paper
  • Scissors or an exacto knife
  • A ruler or straight edge
  • Templates (pdf)


  • A paper hole punch
  • Metal eyelets (from any craft or sewing goods store)
  • Hammer
  • Ribbon
  • Tassels
  • Beads
  • Leather rawhide laces or strips
  • A larger sewing needle (to pull the strips or ribbons through the beads)

The Templates:  here are two templates that you can download and print.  You can print them double-sided on both A4 and American 8 1/2" by 11", just adjust the template proportionally to fit the maximum width of your landscape size paper.

Look at the pictures above to get some ideas but really all you need is your imagination to adorn the bookmarks once you've printed them. For even more ideas, simply go to your local craft or sewing goods store.

The Templates:  There are 2 ways you can download the templates:

  1. Right click on the individual images below and save them to your computer, you can then insert these into any word processing or photo editing software and adjust the sizes.
  2. Click on the link PDF.  There you can download a double-sided PDF file that you can simply print.  Follow the instructions of your printer for printing double-sided documents.

Template 1 PDF (both sides)    Template 2 PDF (both sides)

Template 1 (front):

Template 1 (back):

Template 2 (front):

Template 2 (back):

Once you've printed your bookmarks, simply cut them out and adorn! That's all there is to it! 

If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy Reading!!!

For more Game of Thrones activities, visit:  The Game of Thrones English Challenge page.

Game of Thrones: The Next English Challenge!

Posted by Professor G on April 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Not much to say :D  Check out the preview of the next English Challenge!

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die."

Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

Posted by Professor G on January 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the most celebrated American novels of all time - Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is often discussed but not often read. However the people at The Big Read have created a wonderful solution to this problem!

Available in serialized form, famous authors and celebrities will each take one chapter and read it aloud; these chapters will then be published and available for downloading at the rate of one per day. All completely free!

“I try all things, I achieve what I can.”

Having multiple readers has lent a unique property to the novel; each reader brings their voice, their passion, their professionalism and their character to each chapter.

Included among the guest readers are: David Cameron (Ch. 30), Stephen Fry (Ch. 10), Fiona Shaw (Ch. 25), David Attenborough (Ch. 105), Tilda Swinton (Ch. 1), John Waters (Ch. 95) and many more! 

A great way to make literature accessible and enjoyable for all!


Listen to a sample extract from the project, Chapter 58: Brit as read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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From Wikipedia:

"Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851. It is considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. The story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge."

Free copies text copies of Moby-Dick are available in the Library @ EnglishCaddy.

Banned Books Week

Posted by Professor G on September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Every year in the United States and other countries, there are many attempts to censor what we can read.

For the past 30 years the American Library Association (ALA) has been fighting to make these censorship attempts counter-productive by promoting the books people and organizations have requested be removed from circulation.

Celebrate your freedom to read.

Join the ALA in their 30-year fight for fREADom during Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2012).

For more information please visit the ALA Banned Books Week or EnglishCaddy's Banned Books page.

Have you read a banned book?

EnglishCaddy Announces This Year's Theme

Posted by Professor G on September 20, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

La Rentrée 2012 is just behind us now, and you are most likely settling into your routine at your respective shools. 

The purpose of this blog entry is to briefly talk about what to expect this year on EnglishCaddy....

First off, I would like to announce this year's theme for EnglishCaddy....  The Hunger Games

This is an exciting novel by Suzanne Collins, and now a blocbuster film!  This story has taken the world by storm and garnered the respect of many critics including Stephen King!

So this year  many theme-based activities have been developed for your class and here on EC, concentrating on topics such as;

world hunger,


self discovery, and


For example...  here is a little game that will help increase your vocabulary and send rice to those in need..

Free Rice 2.0 is an organization that donates rice to hungry people around the world.  For each vocabulary question you get right, the sponsors of Free Rice will donate 10 grains of rice.  The site has sent over 96 billion grains of rice since it's inception.  You can play a part, it's completely free and you will increase your vocabulary as you play.

Try it out today!

A game everybody wins!

Let the games begin and don't forget to check back regularly for exciting new activities here on EnglishCaddy! 

Click here to visit the Hunger Games Theme Page on EnglishCaddy!

Mr. Ray Bradbury dies at age 91

Posted by Professor G on June 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The world may lose a great visionary, but we will never lose his words.

Today (June 5, 2012) Ray Bradbury left us after 91 years of his journey here on earth. 

Mr. Bradbury was a master of science fiction showing us a future of optimism mixed with the anxieties of our contemporary society. 

Among his works he is most noted for Fahrenheit 451 - a future dystopian American where books are outlawed and ignorance is encouraged. (a little like the George W. Bush presidency) - and the Martian Chronicles.a collection of stories of people fleeing to Mars from a politically troubled Earth.

Mr. Bradbury's books have become a staple in American high schools igniting the imagination of several generations and sparking inspiration in future writers and teachers.

R.I.P. Mr. Bradbury...

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”




Have a Horrific Hallowe'en!

Posted by Professor G on October 31, 2011 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

EnglishCaddy wishes you a frightful and chilling Hallowe'en!

And what is a holiday without presents?  Well not much of one at all!

So, on this dreadful day of grisly gouls and ghastly goblins your special gift will be a gruesome gift of  sickening suspense and tenuous terror by the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe and his petrifying piece, The Pit and the Pendulum!

So click the image below to get your free bloodcurdling book with ominous audio and a terrifying  translation into fearsome French by none other than the famous French poet Charles Baudelaire.

Enjoy the book and have a horrendous Hallowe'en!!!