Thursday, October 27, 2005

To All Students starting in October 2005!

This is your Blog. It tells you how to practise and learn English on Internet. You can do this in your free time, on your home computer or in an Internet café.

Or you can do it at work. If your boss sees you, you can honestly tell him or her that you are using The Net to learn English better. In this way you will become more valuable to your organisation.

All the sites listed here will work on any computer running Windows 98 2nd edition or later. You should also have, as a minimum: Real Player, Windows Media Player and Flash. These can be downloaded free.

When you have finished reading this message, I want you to click ‘Comments’ and leave your comment to prove that you have visited us.

Your comment need not be long and should take no more than two minutes to write! In your comment, tell us all which Internet site you liked best, and which activity you found most useful. And also, the contrary.

Web Sites Everybody Should Visit:

1. The British Council’s ‘Learn English’ site

Click ‘Fun Stuff’, ‘Games’ then ‘Word Game’ for a choice of vocabulary games.

Try the current
grammar game: ‘some’ and ‘any’

Click on the grammar game link.

Also, do check the extra links shown at the bottom of the page.

Level 1B (1BTTh18): try the
Adjectives Game – click on Adjectives.

Level 1 (S1TTh19) try ‘
Common Objects’.

Also, use the Search facility. For example, I typed in ‘past simple’ and the site gave me 10 answers, from ‘past simple’ to ‘future in the past’, including ‘already, yet and still’, and ‘past continuous’. This is a good exercises for Level 3. (YL3WF15, Sat310)

2. The BBC ‘Learning English

Click on:
- News English: listen to ‘Words In The News’
- Grammar and Vocabulary: level 5 try ‘Funky Phrasals’.
- ‘The Flatmates’ (Levels 3 and 4)
- Country of the month: Brazil

3. The British Council’s ‘
In2English’ site

Important: ignore the Chinese script. You do not need to know Chinese in order to make good use of this site.

This site is very good for levels 4 and 5 (I4WF18, E5Sat14)

However Young Learners’ Level 3 can click on Music Genre and try the listening exercises. The listening exercises are also good for level Four.

How? Just click on the slide controls on the Studio Control Panel and choose the genre of music you like best.

And if you are in business, there is plenty for you here. Just click on ‘English At Work’.

4. Another British Council site, designed for students in the Middle East: ‘

Ignore the Arabic script. You do not need to know Arabic to use this site.

Level 1B: Click ‘Vocab and Grammar’ and try the ‘Spelling Jobs’ exercise. Is it ‘directer’ or ‘director’?

Levels 3 and 4: Click ‘Vocab and Grammar’ and try the ‘Articles’ exercise.

Levels 4 and 5: Click ‘English In Action’ and try some of the activities.

Enjoy these sites ' and, very important:

Write your comment to this message!

All you have to do is click 'Comment' and follow instructions.


Rosa said...

Hi Michael,

I tried to find an email address, but I couldn't. Thanks for contacting us through Our Class 2005 blog.
I think we could try to get our students to do something in common. Do yours have their own blogs?
I had a quick look at Rome EFL BBlog and it looks as if we have similar ideas. I will start by putting a link to your blog in mine and let my students know about it. I'll start thinking about some interesting activity to engage both groups in real communication in English. What would you say about participating in our forum? If you email to me (see my profile for the address)I can send you our username & password and your studetns and mine could hav an ice breaker the first session and then we/they could set up topics of discussion.Thanks for the opportunity and I'll keep in touch.

Rosa Ochoa
ESOL teacher & Adult Study Centre coordinator
St George TAFE
Sydney Institute

Stefania said...

This blog is very good. It's an important and amusing way to learn easly English. I did a small crossword and some activities on 'some' and 'any'.I completed the two activities on the adjectives: I did two mistakes! End you? I See you next lesson!