is a multilingual on-line game to
practice geographical names of countries,
capitals and nationality adjectives
in five languages: English, Spanish,
French, German and Italian.
It can be used mainly in Foreign Language
and Geography classes at a variety
of levels and also to foster awareness
of foreign places and culture.
The Practice Game has two basic modes:
localization and cultural heritage.
In the heritage mode students have
to match countries and pictures of
most famous landmarks and momuments.
It also features a two-player mode.
tMundo is made by teachers for teachers.
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Alquián, Almería, Spain.
to all the teachers and nearly 650
students organized in 85 teams from
24 countries who registered to participate
in tMundo 2007.
congratulations to Etimesgut
Anatolian High School in Ankara,
Turkey and teacher
Ms Irem Ebru Gursoy (pictured
at left with her students) who led
her students to the winning position
this year. IV
from Bialystok, Poland with their
teacher Ms Anna
Lakus were second while Karmelava
from Kaunas, Lithuania led by
Ilona Mackeviciute and
winners in the two previous editions
tMundo 2007 individual winner is Ivan
Andrianov from Gymnasia 45
secondary school in the Siberian town
of Komsomolsk-on-Amure, Russia, northwest
of Japan. Ivan
set a new tMundo Europe world record
at 1:54 minutes and will receive a
100€ prize. His classmate Lena
Andrianova was second only
three seconds behind him and Pawel
Fiedoruk from IV Liceum Ogólnoksztalcace
in Poland was third.
from Zagares Gimnazija in Zagares,
Lithuania has been randomly chosen
from the list of participants to receive
a 40€ prize.
IES San Isidro, the Spanish school
that organizes the competition could
not finally participate due to ongoing
Internet connection problems during
the period for practice and competition
Participation took place between February
May 12, 2007.
tMundo World Contest - tMWC
an international online competition
that uses the tMundo game to provide
teachers with an easy resource to
complement their Foreign Language
or Geography classes as they highly
motivate their students by taking
part in the game along with classes
around the World.
Individual students can complete a
printed map of Europe and do additional
activities (charts, webquests, posters)
using the material provided in the
site under Resources
and the teacher uses those activities,
explained in a detailed lesson
plan, to elicit conversations
on geographical and cultural information.
This way teachers can increase their
students' vocabulary in the Foreign
Language while engaging them in communicative
The culminating activity is a supervised
session on-line when they have to
complete the map of Europe in a Foreign
Language of their choice within 20
minutes, individually and with no
help. Results are automatically stored
in a database.
If you have questions regarding the
contest, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
and congratulations to all
schools, students and teachers who
have taken part in the second edition
of the tMundo World Contest. More
than 340 students completed the 45-country
map of Europe within 20 minutes and
their positions had to be decided
organized in over
50 groups representing 27
countries participated in this
Our special recognition goes to the
individual winners. Egle
1, first from left) from
Joniskis Ausra Gymnasium in Joniskis,
Lithuania was the overall winner and
set a new tMundo Europe World record
at 2:19 minutes. An outstanding result
was achieved by runner-up Gediminas
Meškauskas from Karmelava
Balys Buracas in Kaunas, Lithuania,
who finished six seconds behind Egle
and by Tsvetelina
Vutova, from Hristo Yassenov
school in Etropole Bulgaria in third
position, just a second behind Gediminas.
The group ranking was dominated by
Eastern European schools: Karmelava
Balys Buracas (Kaunas, Lithuania)
renewed last year's first position
followed by Joniskis
Ausra (Joniskis, Lithuania)
Educativo San Lorenzo (San Pedro,
The group ranking is calculated by
averaging points and time of the top
ten results in each school.
The organizing school, IES San Isidro,
Spain came in 11th in the group ranking.
We would also like to show great appreciation
for the work of all teachers who make
an effort to introduce new technologies
in their schools and found in this
competition an efficient way to do
it, in particular those from the winning
groups Ms Ilona
Mackeviciute (Kaunas), Ms
Giedre Motiejuite (Joniskis) and Mr
Walter Peña (San Pedro).
The top three individual winners will
receive money prizes worth 100€,
70€ and €60. Maria
Fedosova (position 33)
45 School in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia,
has been selected randomly from the
individual list to receive a 40€
tMundo organizacion has decided to
award a special 50€ prize (It
should be 5,000 if we could afford
it) to Mr Bhupal
Shrestha and his students in Rautahat,
Nepal (Photos 2 and 3).
Amid strikes and unrest in a country
slowly making its way to Democracy
Mr Shrestha, the school Principal
Mr Rishikes Chimoriya and other teachers
finally managed to take the students
to a cybercafe in nearby Chandranigahpur
where they met other teachers, principals
from local schools and journalists.
They rode their bikes to the cybercafe
early in the morning on a rainy May
19th and completed the competition
session with only three computers
after three hours of frequent power
and Internet failures, We can only
express our greatest admiration for
such dedicated teachers and their
Balys Buracas school in Kaunas,
teacher Ms Ilona Mackeviciute,
won the team competition and Agne
Bareisaite, a student from
that school was the individual winner.
She completed the 45-country European
map in just 3 minutes and 23 seconds.
Agne's classmates Rolandas
Lipkevicius and Simonas
Bieliauskas came in 2nd and
Organizing school IES San Isidro from
Almería, Spain and SPOT from
Piaseczno, Poland, though virtually
tied, finished 2nd and 3rd, after
the Kaunas school, just 4 tenths of
a second apart, in the team ranking.
Results for the school list were calculated
by averaging top five positions (points
and times) in each school.
Prizes were awarded: Two Spanish
souvenir parcels were sent to Kaunas,
Lithuania for winners Agne and Rolandas.
Swedish student, Cajsa
Jönsson (82), was chosen
randomly from the alphabetically ordered
list of participants (using the php
programming language rand function)
excluding the organizing school. Cajsa
received souvenirs from Spain in Kastanjeskolan
school, Tomelilla, Sweden.
from 10 primary and secondary schools
in 8 countries took part in the competition
held between April 3rd and May 11th,