Thursday, October 25, 2007

Latest comments

Dear All,

Thanks very much indeed for all your comments, beginning with an enthusiastic comment from Edoardo in class 3BWF19, and ending with Carlo's (4BTTH19) revelation that he studied the text on "Why Men Don't Iron" for four hours. That is real dedication and encouragement for us all.

Alfredo (4BTTH19) has given us a very useful link indeed: to WordReference.com, an online dictionary between English and Spanish, English and Italian, English and French, and definitions in English only.

And now something for class 3BWF19: (but you might all be interested)
Remember last lesson we looked at a TV series, "That'll Teach 'Em", about an experiment in which 30 modern 16-year-olds spent a month in a 1950s British boarding school? Well, here are two links to the series:

Channel 4 - "That'll Teach 'Em"

"That'll Teach 'Em" Fan Site

We might see a video on education in Britain next lesson.

My next job: to reorganise the lists of links in the right-hand column. I'll do this as soon as I can.

More soon!
Mike

Friday, October 19, 2007

Web Sites for You

On this Blog, look at the right-hand part of this window.

You'll see a list of links. They will take you to sites that you may find useful for your English.

Some of them are sites I have found; others have been found by colleagues.

Please try as many of these sites as you can, especially the listening sites.

And every time you have finished visiting a site, send a comment here. It's very helpful for your fellow students.

And if you find a useful site, we all want to know.

So just send your recommendation in a comment to the most recent posting on this Blog.

Meanwhile, in the next few weeks I'll try to organise the links so that you can easily find what you are looking for.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Special Commendation - Clothes

For Rossella (of the Saturday 4b course) for rapidly finding the details of the Cords and the Gilet on Johnnie Boden's online clothing site.

Do continue to visit this site and collect more clothing vocabulary.

Do you think you could order clothes from the Boden web site and look good in Italy?

More soon,

Mike

Friday, October 12, 2007

All About Clothes

This is for class 4BTTH19, but may be of interest to lots of other people.

You will remember that in our lesson we were on pages 55-56 in "English File Upper-Intermediate", collecting vocabulary associated with clothes.

Here's a useful site for you, which I also wrote on the whiteboard at the end of the lesson:

Boden UK Online Clothes Shop and Mail Order Clothing Catalogue

Here's what you can do:

In the left-hand column, click on "Women" or "Men".

Then click on any of the images under "Johnny's favourite" (Johnny Boden is the founder of the company.)

Collect as much vocabulary as you can: names of garments, materials, colours, patterns and styles.

Then leave a comment and tell everybody what you have discovered.

Two sample questions in the "Men" category:

(1) Find a gilet. What is is product number? What colour is it?
(2) Find a pair of needlecord jeans. What colour are they? How much do they cost?

Special commendation to the first student who tells us the right answers in a comment!

See you next week,

Kind regards,
Mike

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

To All New Students in October 2007.

Hello and welcome to the British Council.

Welcome also to the Rome English Blog. OK, it is not Beppe Grillo's Blog, but it is a place where you can find Web resources which can help you learn and practise your English.

We can begin with the site associated with our classroom book: "English File". Different levels are using different versions of English File. Here is a summary:

S1SAT10 - Level 1: English File Elementary

S2TTH18 and S2WF18 - Level 2: English File Pre-Intermediate

3BWF18 - Level 3: English File New Intermediate

4BTTH19 - Level 4: English File Upper-Intermediate

If you are in Levels One, Two and Three, can I suggest this:

Try the Grammar and Vocabulary exercises for the file that we are in now. For levels One and Two, this is File One. For level Three, this is File Four.

If you're in level 4, the 4B class, then you can download the File Four Grammar Reference document which is in Adobe PDF format. At the same time, download the Grammar Key document.

Four Level Four, I will try to find something more stimulating on the Net. Meanwhile, all Level Four students should visit the British Council Hub, read the articles and if possible join in the discussions. You need to be a member: ask me about this.

I would like everyone to leave a comment. This is most important. Comments help us become an online community. Your comments also give me valuable feedback. And if you have a query or a problem, you can get help from your classmates as well as from me.

It is very easy to leave a comment. Simply click where it says 0 comment(s) - or 1, 2, 3 or more comments. A new window opens. Write your text in the window. Type in the "Word Verification" letters you will see on your screen.

Then choose your identity. You do not need to be a member of Blogger to leave a comment, but if you are, then you're welcome to send a comment as a member of Blogger.

If you are not a member, then no problem: simply choose "Other"/"Altro" and enter your name and Web site if you have one. Or you can cghoose "Anonymous", but please... if you do so, do leave your name at the end of your message.

Then click "Publish". Your comment will appear almost immediately.

Good luck, and enjoy the Blog.

- Mike

Friday, October 05, 2007