Thursday, January 31, 2008

My review for Alzheimer’s disease


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Teach Yourself Accent Reduction - review this site

Here's a new web page on Accent Reduction

I have not checked it out, so I am asking you to look at it and review it. Let me know if I should add it to my list of speaking resource. Reviewing it also means telling us what you think is wrong with the site or confusing about it.

There are 10 modules to follow at your own pace and improve speaking skills. You can also download and print modules.

And now a few words about the writing assignment - write and post a review of the site. In the past. I've asked you to let me know what you think of sites. Some responses are good. Others are disappointing - and still others missing altogether. Perhaps specific guidelines will help you write a review.

Writing reviews or evaluations is a common writing task both in school and the workplace. Reviews are not just about movies or books. Students and scholars write reviews of the literature in their field. In business, you may be asked to review a product, a procedure or even someone's performance. Reviews even show up in informal writing, such as when someone asks your opinion about a book, movie, destination or activity ("What did you think about....?")

You can apply the following guidelines for writing book reviews to writing other reviews

A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Reviews can consider books, articles, entire genres or fields of literature, architecture, art, fashion, restaurants, policies, exhibitions, performances, and many other forms.

Above all, a review makes an argument. The most important element of a review is that it is a commentary, not merely a summary. It allows you to enter into dialogue and discussion with the work's creator and with other audiences. You can offer agreement or disagreement and identify where you find the work exemplary or deficient in its knowledge, judgments, or organization. You should clearly state your opinion of the work in question.

Evaluating web sites

Monday, January 28, 2008

I return from trip in Athens.

Hello to all and you Ms Vanessa. I come back at my home two days ago. My trip is nice. Actually I rested a lot. I had to visit my sister and my children.
My sister has a beautiful baby boy. Lacily it is very quite baby. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay in her home because one of my daughters was sick. I mustn’t go there until she gets well. But I visited after a few days. In the mean time I went for a shopping. Here in Greece we use the expression “shopping therapy”.
Generally it was the first time that I had only to go for a walk, or for a coffee, or for a visit. But ‘home sweet home’. I’m glad that I came back. I missed this class. You are my friend. I know (and you know) that somewhere there is someone that wants to listen me. Even I want to speak for a disease
Today is the day that I have to begin the things that you ask for us.
So I decide to write a review for Alzheimer’s disease .I found the article from
‘The New York Times’ newspaper. I found it interesting. But it is big enough so I need some time to study it. I think that you find it interesting too. Before a month ago I saw an English movie with this subject. It is very-very good movie. The movie’s title is “The Notebook”. Perhaps you know this movie.
Another reason that I want to read this article is that sometimes I forget some things. I wonder if this disease comes after me or beside me.

Also I have to write a report about the ‘the new year resolutions’ .This is easy.
The next days I’ll study and by the end of this week I’ll post to you.

Regards matoula

New materials on speaking from "Splendid Speaking"

"Splendid Speaking" uses Skype as a learning tool for learning and improving English. They do a nice job, I think. Take a look at the newsletter and see for yourself.
An easier and more effective way to improve your speaking skills and confidence in English.
Sunday 27th January 2008
Welcome to the Splendid Speaking Newsletter. First of all, a big 'Thanks' for all the feedback we've received from our visitors over
the past few months. Your views will be invaluable in helping us develop the site further. This week we're pleased to announce some exciting changes and additions to our services. See our new Colloquial Vocabulary feature below and news of our new speaking task sheet for use in class and self study.
In this week's issue:
This week we're pleased to announce the first of our new speaking task sheets. Each newly-designed sheet comes with two tasks: one presentation and one pair/group activity. We also include a vocabulary list and links to relevant recordings from our archive.
In addition, if you're looking to practise your presentation skills for work or your studies, preparing for an exam and will have to do a short talk then this week's featured recording, which looks at structuring a short talk will be of interest to you.
You'll find a link to the new task sheet, the featured recording and the transcripts from here:
Interested in improving your use of colloquial vocabulary? How many of the missing words below do you know? Visit our website on the dates below and use our three-stage quiz to help you learn the key words, understand the meaning and, most of all, remember the expression so you can recognise and/or use it later. Print this newsletter, then each day during week beginning 28 January 2008 fill in the gaps of any new expressions you come across. You can do the quiz here (Click 'Today's Vocabulary Quiz' - make sure your computer allows popups):
Monday 28 January 2008. Topic: Communication
1) If you need any help just ........ the word and I'll be round immediately.
2) Look, if there's something the matter just get it off your ........ and stop sitting there with a long face!
3) The builder was late again today. If he's not here at 9.00 tomorrow I'm really going to give him a ........ of my mind.
Tuesday 29 January 2008: Agreeing and Disagreeing
4) Sorry, but I've got to ........ issue with you over something you said earlier.
5) This discussion could go on for hours. Shall we just agree to ........ and move on? 
6) The two sides in the dispute are ........ odds over how to deal with the problem.
Wednesday 30 January 2008. Topic: Money
7) Frank used to make a ........ selling insurance before he went into teaching.
8) If you'd like to make a ........ buck do you fancy helping me with a job on Saturday?
9) We're beginning to ........ the pinch since Graham started to work part-time.
Thursday 31 January 2008. Topic: Business
10) I've just spoken to their sales department and they think they can supply us with what we need. But they have got a track record of not delivering the ........
11) We had a salesman in the office earlier trying to give us the ........ sell with a new photocopier. We just couldn't get rid of him.
12) I'm enjoying having my own business but if there's one thing I hate doing it's cold ........ to try to get new orders.
Friday 1 February 2008. Topic: Learning
13) Schools should go back to ........ and make sure children can read, write and do simple maths.
14) Nobody thought he would make the ........ but he surprised them all and ended up going to university.
15) I've been reading these instructions again and again but I just can't ........ my head around them.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Learning ESL After 60 Can Improve Health

Just goes to show that learning English is good for you. Not only are you never too old to learn, but learning keeps you mentally young.

Sadamu, any comments on this article?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Websites: Pronunciation, Reading

Phonetics Focus  - Attractive colouful flash diagrams and exercises, clickable phonetic chart, printable flash cards and more.

Phonetics: the Sound of American English

and now for reading ....

Larry Ferlazzo's

Since you have pronunciation and reading resources in the same post, take a hint - READ OUT LOUD!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

My first blog

This is my first blog. I come here for learning English. But I hope make new friends too.
In new year, I wish I could carve out to make high income. I am living in QingDao China in which will hold 2008 Olympic Games.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

EVO Workshop

Let me tell you more about EVO or Electronic Village Online. EVO is part of TESOL 2008 but is taking place now, before the annual TESOL conference, which is for ESL/EFL/ESOL instructors. EVO, like an online class (this one for example) is an opportunity for instructors to participate in TESOL 20008 even if they can't attend the actual conference.

EFI is hosting a workshop, Tips & Tricks for Teaching and Learning. I am presenting / moderating Week 5, Computing, Writing and the ESL Classroom
I'm collaborating with Beyza, who teach English in Turkey - preparing students to take classes in English at the university. Her classes are not online but she uses the internet, in particular wikis and msn messenger for tutorials. They are what is called "blended." She uses Wikis. Our focus is class management, and we will be comparing how we use different internet communication tools to manage classes. There are other workshops in how to use the technology - and there is a lot of it. The one on social networks looks particularly interesting.

I am looking at the workshop schedule trying to decide if I have time to enroll in one on new technology. At the beginning of next month, I start teaching college classes online again and will have prep work before classes start.

So you are wondering now, "what does this have to with us or with this class?"

Well, that's easy. I am presenting on how I use and have used email, groups, text chat and blogging to manage my EFI classes. The less time I spend on administration - processing applications/ orienting new students - the more time I can spend on the course itself. This blog will be my workshop example of using blogs. Don't worry. I won't let strangers join our blog. A private place to write and share writing is more important than the workshop. I'd like to use some screen shots - with your permission.

I would also like to invite you to join the blog, Computing, Writing and the ESL Classroom, that I set up for the workshop - and participate by telling all the esl instructors what you think of blogging in the esl class and how they could use it in the classes they teach.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Also updated - ESL Podcasts

I forgot to mention other updates in the previous message:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Podcasts. These are the 30 newest podcasts for ESL learners.   
This page also now has the Flash MP3 player for each podcast. 
It includes most, if not all, of the MP3 podcasts listed on the Internet TESL 
Journal's ESL links page.      

VOA Special English Features - Read and Listen Daily, All on one page

Charles Kelly, who has the "many things" ESL page, just announced an update.  "VOA Special English Features - Read and Listen Daily" now includes the text and MP3 player for VOA's 2 daily "features."

If you subscribe the the RSS feed in iTunes, you also get the complete "text" in  the description tag.  This means you can also read the text on your iPod as well, if you access the "description" on your iPod.

I hope you will find this useful.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

On ILY and learning English

Do you know what ILY is ? If you do, tell us about it. If not, your assignment is to do some research and then post what you found. What do you think ILY might have to do with learning English and New Year's Resolutions? 

From DC Blog at,Tuesday, 1 January 2008

On learning English

A correspondent from the Czech Republic asks a powerful question: 'How would you encourage English language learners at secondary and postsecondary schools; what do they have to be careful about and what joys can they expect when dealing with a language of some 2 billion speakers worldwide?'

I would say to them...

In a way, the question answers itself. English enables you to communicate with a third of the world's population, and that has to be a plus on the agenda of anyone with an international outlook. That third, moreover, is hugely diverse. English is present, as a first, second, or foreign language, in every country in the world. So, in using it as a tool, you have an unparallelled opportunity to explore the individuality of nations and peoples.

The metaphor of the tool is important. English is not a prism, through which you see others. It is a tool which enables you to have a close encounter with others. Culture is not wholly dependent on language, but it does need language to explain its uniqueness - an experience all travellers have had, as they watch, say, a local folkdance and wonder what it is all about.

However, the metaphor of the tool only goes so far, because you can change the character of the tool to suit your purposes. If you have adopted English as one of your languages, then you are able to adapt it - to take personal ownership of it. One of the great joys of making headway in a new language is that you can use it to talk about what you want to talk about - and if that means inventing new words, to express your local experience, then do not hesitate to invent them. Just translating the culture of your school and town into English - such as the names of localities and personalities - will immediately add dozens of new expressions. Don't restrict yourself to the words that are already in the dictionaries. English is yours now. The words and expressions you and your fellows invent today might be in the dictionaries of tomorrow, if they catch on.

You're doing nothing that hasn't already been done thousands of times before. New words were added to English within days of the first settlers arriving in America from Britain, and the same pattern has been observed in all countries where a community of users has evolved. What you find yourselves doing you will see being done elsewhere. So - to adopt the motto of the scouting movement - be prepared. Be prepared for linguistic diversity, change, playfulness, and creativity wherever you listen and look - on radio and television, in the press, literature, film, pop music, the internet... Develop a sense of the kind of English that is appropriate to particular circumstances - American, British, Australian..., informal, formal, literary..., scientific, religious, journalistic..., emails, chatrooms, blogs.... And make it your major aim to be so in control of your own English that you can vary it to suit the circumstances in which you find yourself. Your goal is not to learn English, but Englishes. The same principle applies to any language, of course, but it is particularly important in the case of English because of its global reach.

And use English in another way - as a means of appreciating the uniqueness and richness of your own language(s). The critic George Steiner once said, 'Is it not the duty of the critic to avail himself, in some imperfect measure at least, of another language - if only to experience the defining contours of his own?' I think that is exactly right. Each new language-learning experience tells us something about our own linguistic identity.

You ask if there is anything to be careful about. There is one big thing: to remember that a language spoken by 2 people is just as wonderful a creation as a language spoken by 2 billion. Never let your love-affair with English make you dismissive of your own language, lessen your concern for minority and endangered languages, or forget the extraordinary richness of the human linguistic tool-cupboard.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges... (Voltaire)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

In Perspective

Think about your life in perspective - as part of a bigger picture - history.
Read the news for the year you were born...

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Friday, January 04, 2008

My New Year Day's Resolutin

Hi All

New Year Day had come again. I made my New Year Day's resolution yesterday. I'd made it last year too. As I made it only about learning English last year, I decided to make it about my whole life this year.

1 Fit in fitness and keep my weight
I believe that I'm able to be in good shape if I can stop eating between meals. Since I was a child, I liked eating snacks and big meals. So I made many efforts to loose weight. Now I weigh 68 kilograms and it's almost OK. I always have good appetite. It's very difficult for me to overcome it.

2 Learn my hobbies deeply
2-1 to make progress in learning English
2-1-1 I'll do followings everyday.
(1) I'll read an article on web news paper
(2) I'll listen News on CNN, BBC, and NBC etc at least 5 minutes.
(3) I'll try to utter News and record and listen to it.
(4) I'll write my journal.

2-1-2 I'll post to Blogging English and write to three friends in English once a month.
2-1-3 I'll take English conversation class twice a month.
2-1-4 I'll read three e-books this year. All books was left over from last year.

2-2 to improve my skill to play bridge
I attended many tournaments last year and I got 15 MP( master points) last year. I'll attend bridge school and tournaments as many as possible this year.

2-3 to play my ocarina better than now
I practised to play ocarina but I couldn't make big progress on it last year. I try to make progress on it this year too. I'd like to show you my performance at the end of this year.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

my resolution for new year

Merry christmas Vanessa and every body ....I want to write my resolutions here

my resolution for new year

I promise to exploit of good chances to raise my life on top .
do thing good when the chance come .
I promise to listen to my teacher .
improve my english by all skills it and study almost every day .
spend a lot of time with my family .
enjoy life more .

my hopes

I hope to read the books by english without problem in language
I hope to design my web site
last year best thing that happened : I finished my course of computer diploma
worst thing that happened: death of wife my brother


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's Eve and Day

Auld Lang Syne
The song, "Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. The tradition of making of New Year's resolutions dates back to the early Babylonians, The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

The day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.

The Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring), a logical time to start a new year. January 1, on the other hand, is purely arbitrary and has no astronomical or agricultural significance.. The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar, continually tampered with, became out of synchronization with the sun. To set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year.

4000 years later making New Year Resolutions remains a common tradition at the end of the year. Have you written yours yet? Don't forget to blog them to share with us.

Tips for our New English Learning / Teaching Year

Here are a number of great tips to help you improve your English learning or teaching in the
coming New Year. Choose a few tips for your own English New Year's Resolution.

What are the
odds of keeping the resolutions you make? 63 percent of the people questioned in a University of Washington survey were still keeping their number one 1997 New Year's resolution after two months. Of the people who successfully achieved their top resolution, only 40 percent of them did so on the first attempt. The rest made multiple tries, with 17 percent finally succeeding after more than six attempts.

Top 10 New Years Resolutions

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
2. Fit in Fitness
3. Lose Weight
4. Quit Smoking
5. Enjoy Life More
6. Quit Drinking
7. Get Out of Debt
8. Learn Something New
9. Help Others
10. Get Organized

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