Thursday, July 31, 2008
Click "listen now". It's the button under the title of this post. Now you can listen and read.
You can subscribe too. That means that every time I write a new post you can listen in iTunes.
I was able to make this blog a podcast by using odiogo.com. I'd like to thank Isabelle Jones, a Spanish and French teacher in the UK, for introducing me to odiogo.com.
Monday, July 28, 2008
i-osmosis is an English learning website operated by my friend Abhishek's company Cactus Communications. Learners can get instruction in writing English for exams including TOEIC, TOEFL and EIKEN. i-osmosis has courses in writing for general purposes too.
i-osmosis also has a Japanese website, i-osmosis.jp.
i-osmosis is having a contest called "How I learn English". If you're interested please visit this link: http://www.i-osmosis.jp/how_i_learn.html. Five Amazon.com vouchers worth ¥1,500 each are available.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
First, a link to a playlist I made on YouTube of videos with lyrics and subtitles:
Next, a webpage made by Clair Taylor, a Toyo Gakuen University teacher:
Finally, a website about J-Pop in English:
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Students in the Interest-based English 12 (Music) class have finished their presentations! They worked hard and did a great job.
These presentations are profiles of musical artists. Each student chose an artist that he or she liked. Then they found photos on flickr and on artist fan sites. After that, they did research using wikipedia, and other websites. They used three wikipedias: English, Simple English and Japanese. After they got the information they wrote the key points on their PowerPoint slides. Then they changed the key points into sentences and recorded a narration. If you want to learn more about this class and this project please read my EFL Classroom 2.0 blog post. All the students said they enjoyed making the PowerPoints very much. I'm very proud of their work. Enjoy!
Please reward these students' hard work by posting a comment. I'm sure that they will appreciate it.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Anne of Green Gables is the story of an orphan girl called Anne. Anne has red hair that she wears in braids. In the story, Anne is adopted by a man and woman called Marilla Cuthbert and Matthew Cuthbert. Anne goes to live with the Cuthberts on a farm called Green Gables. The farm is called Green Gables because the roof of the farm house is green. Also, the roof is gabled. Green Gables is in a town called Avonlea. Avonlea is a fictional town on Prince Edward Island.
Many people from all over the world visit Prince Edward Island. They want to see Anne's home. As you can see in the pictures below, they sometimes dress up as Anne too.
Happy Anniversary Anne!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Download the worksheet here: http://www.divshare.com/download/4869283-245
Watch the video. Do the tasks on the worksheet.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
K5 - Wednesday, the 9th of July 2008, 2nd period (10:40 - 11:30)
K6 - Friday, the 11th of July 2008, 3rd period (1:00 - 2:00)
K7 - Monday, the 14th of July 2008, 2nd period (10:40 - 11:30)
If you are late DO NOT ENTER THE CLASSROOM! Go to the English Lounge. Students who arrive 30 minutes late will not be able to take the final exam.
The final exam has two parts. Part 1 is a roleplay about asking for directions and giving directions.
You can prepare for Part 1 by watching a video about giving directions from Real English.com.
Part 2 is a roleplay. You will do one of the roleplays below:
A. On the telephone - Taking and leaving a message. You can prepare for this by listening to "Phone Message" on Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab.
B. In a restaurant - Ordering and Taking an order. You can prepare for this by listening to "Heavenly Pies Restaurant". This is also on Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab.
You can also watch this funny video.
The Smallest Restaurant in the World from mmmarzio on Vimeo.
C. Making a date to see a movie. You can prepare for this roleplay by listening to "Movie Show Times". This is another audio track from Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab. You can also watch the videos that I posted on the 11th of June.
The most important thing you need to do is PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Part 1: Vocabulary. Study the vocabulary using wordchamp
Part2: Multiple choice questions about Units 7 - 12 in your textbook.
Part3: A short paragraph answer type question based on the videos below. You will be asked to:
- List 2 good points about each homestay
- Choose which homestay you'd like to do.
- Give 3 reasons for choices.
Next, a video by the South China Morning Post about a homestay family in Beijing.
Next a Japanese student talks about her homestay in New Zealand.
Study hard and Good luck!!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Watch the video and answer the questions on the worksheet.
The video is about a ski trip. The video was made by my friend Paul Carr. In this video, Paul goes on a ski strip to Niigata in Japan. Enjoy the show!
There are some useful words and expressions to learn below.
jump on ~ get on a bus or train
feline ~ cat like or like a cat
idiot ~ a foolish person
kids ~ children
prepare ~ to get ready
July 1st is Canada's birthday. Canada is 141 years old today.
Recently, Canadians were asked to choose the most iconic Canadian people, places, and events. Two of the people chosen are in the picture above, and one of the events - Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope.
Happy Birthday Canada!!!