Friday, July 20, 2007

Welcome to Our Class 2007!

Hi to all the new students for semester 2, 2007 and welcome to our class blog.

Before we get going, you should think a bit about good computer habits. It is very important to get used to having a good posture when you are working on the computer so that you don't get back pain, etc. You will find very useful information and some language exercises here: Computer Health. Read the information first and then answer the Computer Health quiz. When you finish answering the quiz, print it and keep it in your folder in the blog section.

Remember to get a ring folder to be well organised with your class notes. Anderew and I will be asking you to look at things done in previous lessons.

These photos are from my holidays. Can you tell me the name of the animals shown and where my brother (who is on holidays from Spain) took the photos? You can write the answers in the comments of this post (click on the comments button below). Don't forget to write your name.

I'll give you clues if it's too hard!

This semester we are going to do work with a group of students from another TAFE college in Sydney, Liverpool. Their teacher Anna and I thought that it would be good to start with a topic that everyone knows about: your first impressions of Australia. Go to ESOLforum (on the right sidebar). Read the question and start writing. You will need the password and user name. Ask your teacher.

If you have time, look at Time4English and go to the grammar book. Do the exercises Articles 1 - Countable and Uncountable Nouns & Articles 2 - Uncountable Nouns. Ask me for the user name and password.

Now try this game to learn about computer words. You can also do this other game with more computer vocabulary in English.


Anonymous said...

Hello Rosa, I think this photo is a turkey came from Spain. Can you give as any clue?. Thanks

Anonymous said...

The first animal are bats they are sleeping in the tree....

Rosa said...

Hi Marta,
It is not a turkey from Spain, but it may be related...

Yes they are bats! But can you tell me whqt type of bats and where the photo was taken?

Anonymous said...

i think the second animal name which is emu


Rosa said...

Hi Jessica,
Not a bad guess. It's not an emu, but it is an Australian native bird. Very big, a bit smaller than the emu. It has a couple of very dangerous strong feathers to protect itself.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rosa, I think the first photo there are bats. Those are horrible animals. The second one is a turkey, look is so beautiful. But i don't know where does it come from. Can you tell me? Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosa
I think the first animals are bats.They are maybe tired.I don't know the second animal's name,Can you tell me,thanks!


Rosa said...

Hi everyone,
You are right about the animals hanging form the tree braches: they are bats, but what kind of bats?

Here are some clues:
* They are in Sydney
* They eat fruit, especially Moreton Bay figs
* They have reddish fur

The big bird is not a turkey. Here are some clues about it:
* It is big, but smaller than an emu
* It lives in rain forests
* You can find it in Australia and in New Guinea

Summer said...

I think it's Southern Cassowary,I saw it in the Featherdale Wildlife Park^0^

Summer said...

The first picture i think they are bat.hehe
I saw them in a Park where near the Opera House.

Anonymous said...

Hello Rosa:
Little Red Flying Foxes belong to a group of bats known as Megachiroptera. Flying foxes,or fruit bats, are found in tropical areas throughout the world including Australia. And the other picture is of the Southern Cassowary, they inhabit rainforests of northern Queensland also found through New Guinea and eastern Indonesia.

Anonymous said...

the second bird, it is an Australian native bird Cassowary is a large flightless bird It can grow to almost two metres in height and can weigh up to 60kgs (130lbs). The cassowary has strong powerful legs with dagger-like claws on its toes. It defends itself by kicking. Its kick is powerful enough to rip open a person's stomach or even kill them.

Rosa said...

You are so good!
You (Marta, Summer, Jessica and Eva) got the names of the animals and you got where they usually live. Summer got the location where the photo of the flying foxes was take: The park near the Opera House. But what's the name?

SHe also says she saw a cassowary in Featherdale Park. We took this photo in a similar park in Sydney, not Featherdale, though.

lisa said...

I have a photo as yours,there are a group of bats,I took the photo at the Royal Botanic Garden.