Friday, March 25, 2005

Enjoy your Easter holiday...

... and do use the holidays to maintain your contact with English. This is very important.
There are several ways in which you can do this:-

1. Reading. Read a few pages of English every day.

2. Listening. In my Level 3 class, I mentioned the magazine 'Speak Up', which is sold with a CD. Read and listen at the same time, and visit the magazine's web site.

And do visit the BBC's 'Learning English' web site which is full of useful facilities to help you practise your listening skills, accumulate vocabulary and learn more about grammar.

3. Writing. Practise your writing by sending a comment to this Blog, and if I can, I will reply to you, with corrections.

4. Speaking. Rome is full of English-speaking tourists at Easter. Go into one of the English or Irish pubs and start talking to someone. Recommended: The Drunken Ship on Campo dei' Fiori.

5. Interactivity: the text chat on Global Village is a very valuable tool to help you practise fluency in your use of English. Don't forget to save a trancript of your chat so that you can review what people said. Show it to me when we next meet.

And a very useful Web site to help you with Grammar (and more besides):-


Set up by Charles Kelly, a teacher in Japan.

The home page of this site will point you to many useful places where you can acquire more English.

Have a wonderful holiday - and don't forget the homework.

More soon,

Michael.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

New Look Blog; Listening on the BBC; Global Village; next week's lessons

Last week I asked students to vote on the new look Blog. Four were in favour of dark text on light background; two favoured the opposite. So I will keep the new look. Later, I may experiment with more formats.

In the news this week: Charles and Camilla's forthcoming wedding. Read about it on the BBC web site.

Listening on the BBC: how did you react to the prohibition on smoking when it was introduced in Italy? Read about it and listen on the BBC Learning English site. Your test question: how much will the European Commission spend on persuading people not to smoke? Post your answer in a comment.

Global Village is the British Council's community web site for students. Last week the British Council Rome was in the top 8 for the number of daily visits. Excellent: keep visiting and using the Chat to practise your English and meet new people.

Next week's lessons:-

Level 3: visit some of the Grammar Sites listen on this page in order to learn more about future forms in English. On Thursday we'll chat about our jobs and ambitions in The Village with people in other countries.

Level 2: visit the BBC web site to learn more about food. And plan a presentation on the best of Rome.

Finally, the Metro Zine has been updated - with photos!

See you next week!