Friday, October 28, 2005

News & Fun things

We have been approached by a teacher from the British Council in Rome. You can read his message in the comments of the Showcase post. He is wondering if we would like to do some activities with his students. I think it is a great idea and it's part of what we have been talking about: the internet connects us to the rest of the world.
What about inviting them to our forum?These are some other ideas: PledgeBankImages and languageMeanwhile have a look at their blog on the side bar : Rome EFL Blog. Also this is a profile of Michael, The teacher, by one of his students: Michael by Serena. Feel free to write comments to them.
  • I've changed the link to the forum to another space in the sidebar shared by a new project: Our Podcast. Have a look here for a definition of pocasting: Wikipedia podcasting entry.
    In a few words it means that I am learning how to do recordings to post in our blog. You can subscribe to them and the idea would be for you to do podcasts yourselves. You will find some examples of podcasts below listening (right sidebar) and also if you visit this ESL podcast site: podfeed.
  • Go to Time4English and listen to the news item on the front page.
  • Write a letter to the editor about the use of security cameras in your local shopping centre in your blog.
  • Have a look at our group map, Kogarah TAFE ESOL. You can upload a photo of yourself.Check out our Frappr!
  • We are also waiting for the dates of William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vince, Martin Luther King, Agathe Christie, etc from Marcelino.
  • Your letters to the editor were very good. You got the idea of how to structure them and use supporting evidence or explanation to your arguments. Some of you did very well in linking all of the above in your conclusion. You should publish them in your blogs. Someone might use them as an example.
  • How many modal verbs can you find in all the text above? You ought to know them all by now. Just kidding!

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Thursday, October 27, 2005


Marion ShowcaseMichelle & Rosa Showcase

We had a big day yesterday! Marion, Michelle and I spent it at the NSW TAFE Quality Awards Showcase.

We had a stall with 2 laptops. One was projecting our module Approaches to Learning 4 onto a screen and the second one showed a photo story displaying your work for the module and your own blogs.

It was very pleasing to see your work in the Approaches to Learning forum today. I hope to read your fantastic summaries of the discussion in your notes.

You have also demonstrated that you can be independent learners by completing most of the extensive work Marion and I set up for you.

Well done everybody!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

You can welcome our 3 new classmates in their blogs: Irina, Yin Ie & Richa.

As you didn't have the opportunity of doing last week's work, we can do it now. Go to Hi from sunny Spain! and do the work I set up from my hometown of Huesca.

When you finish we can start work on English for job seeking. Stephanie prepared a lot of work for you on resume writing and job interviews. Go to Time4 English, Advanced-Bussiness 2 and do the following:
  1. Read all the information on Resume writing (you can print it for further reference)
  2. Do the exercises at the end
  3. Write your resume

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hi from sunny Spain!

Sorry I haven´t been able to be with you this week, but I had to be here with my family to celebrate my parents´ gold wedding anniversary.

The photo on the left is from Vienna, where I stopped for about 6 hours. I found the city very beautiful, with grand avenues and magnificent buildings. There were lots of great shops too, but I couldn´t buy anything (it was 6 am!). I went through a Turkish market that was just beeing set up. It was full of fresh fruit, candied fruit, nuts, sweets and delicious deli goods.

Just in case you go near a computer, here is some work for you:

  1. This is a photo of Loarre Castle, where the film The Kingdom of Heaven was done. Search the internet and write a summary of the plot in your blog. You can also write about the stars, film director, the setting, etc.
  2. Have a look at this collage and write a story inspired on it. All the photos have been taken by me in Spain.

3. Go to Time4English and read/listen to This week´s news and The odd spot.

4. Now work on the online module, Approaches to Learning. Try to do as much as you can.

See you soon!

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