Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

Xmas in Huesca. Photo by my brother Manolo

Xmas at home in Australia

Merry Christmas and a peaceful 2006! Australian map from Wendy's homepage

If you get bored these holidays, try this interesting webquest (click on the title above).
If, on the other hand, you feel a bit lazy, just click here and explore different parts of the world and how they celebrate Xmas. You could go to my country, Spain, and find out what "the Mass of the Rooster" is or what "hogueras" are.
You could also read about your own country (in English!) and tell us about some of its traditions for this time of the year.(Write in comments)

For those of you who don't know about Christmas in Australia, go to this interesting site, Christmas in Australia, and read about many different aspects of an Aussie Christmas.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

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Nielsen Park, Sydney (dusk)

  • Last Sunday a group of friends celebrated the birthday of one of us with a picnic in Nielsen Park. If you haven't been there, go during the holidays. It is a beautiful safe beach-it has a shark net- with a big park full of huge fig trees, which makes it perfect for picnics.

A couple of weeks ago I told two of our ESOL students about it and they took themselves there by public transport. From Nielsen Park they walked to Vaucluse House, visited it and continued their walk to Pasley Bay and finally Watsons Bay. They loved it and thanked me for having recommended it to them. So, if you want to see a diferent area of Sydney, get yourself a map, train /bus timetable, or drive there, and search the net for information on the park, bushwalks, Vaucluse House, etc. and ...enjoy Sydney!

While you are searching for information, see if you can answer these questions:
  1. Who runs Nielsen Park?
  2. How long is the Hermitage Foreshore walk?
  3. What facilities are there?
  4. Who runs Vaucluse House?
  5. When was it built?
  6. Who lived there?
  7. What architectural style was it built in?
  8. What can you do in a day there?
  9. How long is the walk from Nielsen Park to Watson's Bay (you can measure it in Google Earth)
  • Visit our Sydney's People Podcast and listen to Dimitra's interview.
  • Keep visiting Time4English. Chose whatever activities you feel like doing.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Last class for 2005

Today is our last class. We can do many things, but first have a look at Yuki's Podcast in his blog, Torpedo.

Visit our Sydney's People Podcast, listen to the Birthday Podcard and answer the questions. There's a more challenging text about intercultural exchanges below the podcast, read it and tell us what you think in the forum.
If you want to learn how to post voice too, read the instructions on how to record your voice, posted in Sydney's People Podcast.

Please read the post about the New Zealand blogs.
Karen, the teacher, has emailed saying they are interested in doing something together next year. So it looks as if we may be doing work with Italy and New Zealand. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to visit them in person? I'm afraid virtual tourism is more probable!

You can listen to the news in Time4English an then chose anything you feel like doing from their extensive range of activities.

Some new students haven't had time to go into our online module Approaches to Learning. Today would be a good time to do itl, so that you can work at home during the holidays... if you haven't got more interesting things to do!

Anyway, enjoy your long break and keep an eye on this blog. I'll try to find interesting things for you to do. I would love if you did the same and keep me and each other entertained with your blogs and podcasts.

See you next year!

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