My friends: this week I'd like to start with some Honourable Mentions. This is a list of students who have contributed recently to the Blog by leaving messages or comments. Their names are: Savina, Marina, Cristian and Anna.
Congratulations to those people! However, there are only four of them, out of the many students who could be reading this blog and trying out the links. Please don't limit yourself to reading the Blog. Try out a link - and tell us if you found it useful. Likewise, try the Six Minute English quiz - and write the answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.
Some students have expressed concern about Pronunciation. This is a complex area, and right now I can only give you a quick answer. On this Blog, go down the page and check the right hand side for this heading: "Web Sites for New English File". Choose the book you are using and click on the link.
On the left hand side of the window, look for "Pronunciation". Click here, and in the new window that opens, choose what you'd like to practise: Vowels, Diphthongs, Consonants and - an interesting one here - Stress Monsters. This is a video game that tests your knowledge of word stress.
As always, let everyone know how the Pronunciation pages helped them, or didn't, by leaving us a message.
And now it's time for Six Minute English. Eyes down on these questions - then click on the link I will provide, and try to answer them all. This week it's about Keeping a Diary.
1. Anne Frank's Diary, published in 1947, has been read by:
(a) 10 million people;
(b) 17 million people
(c) 31 million people.
2. Has Neil (one of the speakers on the programme) ever kept a diary? Why (not)?
3. Why do people keep diaries? Because ..... (give a short answer)
4. Why does Gyles Brandreth ( a writer and politician) keep a diary?
5. Gyles Brandreth re-read his diaries for the first time in many years. What was this experience like for him?
6. The most interesting thing about many diaries is the ....... (short answer)
7. What is a 'time capsule'?
Now listen to Six Minute English and leave your answers in a Comment after this posting, or on the Tag Board.
And you may like to read more about Gyles Brandreth.
That's all for today. I look forward to seeing your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.