Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Today's Work

  1. Read the summary of last week's forum. If you didn't participate, you can do it today.
  2. Go to Time4English and find the 100 Most Common Words. Print the page and start learning them...or do you already know them?
  3. Do a search on the Internet to find a list of the 1000 Most Common English Words. Print it. How many of them do you know? Try to learn them bit by bit. Practise the spelling, check the meaning in a dictionary and write sentences using the new words.
  4. Read the Time4English Study Guide. You can print it too. It will help you with your learning plan for this semester.
  5. Go to Intermediate 6O (Listening-grammar Lady) & 6P (Grammar) and do the exercises.
  6. Today we are going to practise sending and receiving emails. First you have to add your classmates’ addresses to your address book. Get a list from your teacher or ask your classmates directly.
  7. Now we are going to practise sending an attachment on an email. Chose any of the exercises on Time4English. Save them on My Documents in the hard disc. Write an email and attach the saved document. Send it to one of your classmates with a copy to your teacher.
  8. Reply to your classmate's message and forward it to your teacher.
  9. Open and save the received attachment to a folder, create new folder if necessary.
  10. Write a post with your impressions of Sanja's story.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Last Week's Forum

Last Thursday we discussed in our forum how we feel about learning English. Most of you said that after discussing it in class you came up with some good intentions. These are some of them:

1. I will read English newspapers at least three pages every week, keep watching TV and listening to the radio every day.
2. In class, I should be positive, if I don't understand, I will ask my teacher or other classmates.
3. I will do my homework on time, don't miss the class.
4. Wherever, if I meet an unknown word, I will record it in my workbook, and then look it up in the dictionary, at the same time try to remember it.
5. I will often go over my worksheets and workbook.
6. I will try my best to do everything by myself, not depend on my husband, I think it’s very important to learn English to live in Australia.
7. If I don't give up I can speak well in the future.
8. I will talk to my neighbours.
9. I will do everything by myself if I can. I will be braver and more confident.
10. I will talk to my husband about my learning every day.
11. I will write the new words which I learn everyday on a pece of paper and I’ll put it on my bedroom's wall. When I go to bed or wake up, I’ll read them many times.
12. Everyday I’ll write a diary and do homework on time. I won’t don't miss the class.
13. I will think about how to use the English (for example how to ask this question, how to answer them...)
14. In the class, I will be more positive. If I don't understand, I’ll ask the teacher.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Welcome Back!

Hello everybody and welcome to our new students.

This semester we are going to be very busy with, not only our blogs but also our new online module: Approaches to Learning.

Today we are going to visit some new audioblogs and continue our work with Time4English and our forum.

  • Go to Time4English, click on Vacation English and do the reading and listening activities: TOPIC FOUR - Australian Culture: V4.3 Public Holidays
  • When you finish ask your teacher for a worksheet with a webquest on famous Australians.
  • Go to Time4English-Intermediate and do the listening: 5O A Misunderstanding
  • Go to Madrid Young Learners Podcasts (RH sidebar link) and after listening to The dog on the bus, write the answers in your blog.
  • Finally, go to the forum and write your opinion about this week's topic. Remember to read your classmates' contributions and respond to them.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Hello Teachers!

Welcome to the world of blogging. Have a look here for a definition of Weblog: Wikipedia Weblog.

You can also have a look around this blog (Our Class 2005) to get an idea of a possible use of blogs in ESL teaching. Look at my students' blogs on the right-hand sidebar. There are many other (some much better) examples of class blogs. You will find them on the links Other ESL Class Blogs (RH sidebar).

To set up your own blog, go to the tutorial

To see which programs I use to create the posts here, go to Web services and programs used in Our Class 2005.

And to learn how to do it, just do it! That's the best way. Any problems, look at blogger most FAQ or ask me for help. I may not have all the answers, but we'll learn on the process.

Later on I can show you how to add your own links to the template.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

July 2005, Kangaroo Valley NSW

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Our last day of semester lunch.

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We worked on our blogs before lunch.

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