Friday, June 22, 2007

For the Holidays

If you get time to look here during the holidays, I'll be posting interesting things.

Check out this video site: videojug. . There are many videos on how to do things (instructional or procedural texts). The health section has great gems. They are good for your English, but also for good advice for everyone in the family!

One of the best video series is the Food & Drinks/Classic (with lots of recipes). They have a video showing you how to prepare and cook everything plus the recipe with the ingredients and method. The recipe appears below the video when you visit the site itself.

For winter time, try this Cream of Chicken Soup.

VideoJug: How To Make Cream Of Chicken Soup

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Our last class

Today we had our last class in the computer room.

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We learned how to create a slide show. Have a look at your classmates' great work:

Jane's families

Sharon's Sydney show

We also had a surprise visit from Anastasiya, a former student. She did level 4 last semester and is doing a Real Estate course at our college. Listen to her story Anastasiya: On Her Way Now. I think you will find it inspiring.

Don't forget to listen to Jennifer if you want to find out more about possible course to do after ESOL 4.

Thanks for the lovely lunch you prepared on Wednesday! Andrew and I loved all your dishes: the vegetables, chicken, dumplings, sticky rice with bean paste and coconut, the beautiful hot small noodles and the very different transparent non-rice noodles. We had very good melon, mandarins cake... and very healthy green tea!

This is a photo from the day, with a very young new student on the left.

Have a great holiday!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Last Day of Our Course

This week we say goodbye to each other after a semester working together. Last week everyone was saying how quickly time has gone.

  • Last week we had the pathways session to help you with your choice of course for next semester. One of the speakers was a teacher from CEEW, Jennifer Julian. Listen to her talking about her course in the podcast, Jennifer: Empowering Women. It may help you decide what to do next semester if you are still unsure.

  • As promised, let's play with slide shows. You can use bubbleshare, slide, photobucket and many other image hosting free software. You will have to join, though. Today let's use bubbleshare, as it allows you to write captions and later at home to record your voice on each slide. Remember that a few weeks ago Marion's students started playing with slide shows. Have a look at what they did in their blogs (all linked in Marion's class blog).
  • You can choose your own work from Time4English today. I recommend you to try the highest level.
  • Publish your opinion text

I hope you all have a great future in this country, no matter what course of job you do. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Slide Shows

A forest of... guess what!
Two weeks ago Marion's students started playing with slide shows. Have a look at what they did in their blogs (all linked in Marion's class blog)

Today, if you are interested, I can help you try too. It's very easy, you just follow the instructions in bubbleshare. It's good practice for your reading skills in following instructions (also known as procedural texts)

  • Also related to reading instructions and computers, see if you can follow these instructions on how to use WordArt in a Word document. When you finish, print your work and show it to your teacher.
  • Listen to my interview with Carol Dilley. Print the worksheet after a first listening. It will help you a lot. You can also watch the video clip with the same interview. As with Nikki's interview, don't panic if you don't understand everything. Once you do the listening exercises you will get nearly everything. As work for this week, write an article on Carole as indicated in the worksheet.