Monday, February 25, 2008

Martin Luther King and his speech “I have a dream”

I read the Martin’s Luther King Jr biography and I decided to write some things for him.

Martin Luther King was born at January 15, 1929 and die at April 4 1968. He was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. With the speech “I Have a Dream” raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I Have a Dream”

This is the last speech of Martin Luther King Jr. at the March for Jobs and Freedom held in Washington DC on August 28, 1963

In the first place he spoke about the Emancipation Proclamation called light of hope for all Negro slaves. But 100 years later the negro has not his freedom ,he is wronged, he is poor .The promises that the American people had to keep was that all people black and white must to had unalienable rights in their life , freedom and the same opportunities.
He said that even the American did not keep the promises now is the time to make real the promises of democracy, the time of racial justice. And this justice be a reality for all of God's children.

He said that be wrong the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. The fights will make stronger and this year is not the end but the begging of these fights until the justice come.

It consulted the persons do not fight for rights via the animosity and physical violence. He said that there are people that fight with Negron.

He spoke about his dream that will come the time that black and white children will sit together at the table of brotherhood.

He had a dream that the freedom and justice won’t late to come.

He had a dream that the black people won’t be judged by the color of their skin but but by the content of their character.

These dreams was his hopes and believe them.

Note from Vanessa: I can't remember who submitted this writing assignment but think it might have been Sadamu

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My ocarina play

My Dear Teacher Vanessa

Thank you very much for your reply. I attached two files. Both are for

First one is a song for rain shower. A child enjoys raining and she or
he is hoping that her mother brings an unbrera to them.

Second one is a song for crows. Children wonder why it sing loudly in
its flying. They guess it sing for their children waiting it at their


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

About ESL Newsletter: Complicated Sentences


  About ESL

  from Kenneth Beare
Things can get complicated in some English tenses: for example, when you are referring to a future time before which something will have happened, or speaking about something that had been happening up to another point in time. This week's newsletter features some new advanced tense resources.

In the Spotlight
How many years will you have studied by the end of the year?
Teaching absolute beginners requires the teacher to pay Wow! The phrase above is complicated! It's an example of the future perfect tense. Here are guides to those complicated future and past more

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Useful Phrases - Saying No Nicely, Showing Preferences, Maki
Here are useful phrases with follow-up quizzes for everyday situations: more

Its OR It's difficult?!
The choice between it's or its is an example of a common mistake. There are a number of common mistakes that even native speakers have problems mastering. Here is more


Monday, February 18, 2008

Informal letter

Hello every body
my name is Eman,  I am a student in this class I learning english very good but I suffering in divide the time, I took a lot of the hours in a day but noticed I don't advance much especially the vocabulary. How you divide the time to learn english?
thanks for you.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

About ESL Newsletter

  About ESL Newsletter

from Kenneth Beare
We use a wide variety of forms depending on whether we are speaking to colleagues at work, friends at school or the director of a company. These articles will help you understand which forms you should use.

In the Spotlight
First name or last name?
Hello, Mr Franks! doesn't make much sense if you are talking to your friend Peter. However, it makes plenty of sense if you are speaking to the director of more

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Register Use
Imagine you are speaking to a colleague at work. Which do you think would be a better way to ask for some help: Tom, could you give me a hand, please? or Mr. Ackerman, could I trouble you to help me for a moment? more

Finding a Job for English Learners
The cover letter should always be included when sending your resume or CV for a possible job interview. This letter of application serves the purpose or introducing you and more


Friday, February 15, 2008

Top 100 American Speeches of the 20th Century

An early assignment in the online college English course I just started teaching asked them to select a speech to listen to and write about.

Doesn't  that sound like a good assignment for you as well? Listening, reading and writing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New Online: Learn English with Pictures

From: Jacob Richman,

Today I launched a new website called: Learn English with Pictures  

Learn English with Pictures is a free, online, resource to learn English  words in a fun way. The site has over 400 words and photographs ranging 
from animals to kitchen appliances. The interface is simple  and both 
kids and adults who are learning English will find this  educational 
website entertaining and useful.  

Feedback is welcome.  Have a good day, Jacob 

Saturday, February 09, 2008

More about EVO

Here's more about EVO (Electronic Village Online) that I probably should have posted before my last one on the Week 4 Tips and Tricks presentation by Ali Boumoussa.

CALL- IS = Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section are sponsoring EVO. The TESOL CALL Interest Section organizes a computer lab, called the Electronic Village, at each TESOL Convention, where convention participants can explore language software and Internet applications and discuss computer-mediated instruction with colleagues around the world. EV puts on special events at the annual TESOL Convention: EV Fairs, EV Mini-Workshops, Ask the CALL Experts and Developers' Showcase. Webheads put on EVO, which is sponsored by CALL-IS, takes place before and is entirely online.

Webheads are a community of language teachers worldwide, coordinated by Vance Stevens, that explore Web communication tools and share the best ways of using them in teaching practices, engage with students in virtual classes, collaborate on projects, and participate in conferences as audience and presenters. This collaboration takes place online, as Webheads are geographically apart.

So far, the EFI workshop,Tips and Tricks, presented using WiZiQ and Second Life for ESL classes emphasizing speaking. WiZiQ is a online classroom and conferencing platform with features that allow teachers to show power points and video clips on line - and then discuss them live with a class. There is also a whiteboard, a real time collaborative tool. The downside is that WiZiQ does not run well on dial up.

What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.

If WiZiQ does not run well on dial-up, Second Life does not run at all on it. In my opinion, both reflect a serious blind spot about and indifference to the digital divide. However, both have tremendous potential as teaching tools - especially for speaking and real time speech interaction with other speakers. Superior to audio tapes and videos, it adds real time interaction and approximates spending time with native English speakers. There is are also studies suggesting that over-reliance on real time voice technology interferes with developing strong reading and writing.skills.

Friday, February 08, 2008

EVO Week 4: Teaching oral communication skills online

Hello all

I've been busy preparing material for my online college writing classes that start next week. I should also be working on my EVO presentations for the teaching tips and tricks next, but I've barely spent any time even thinking about it, let alone writing something. When I do get started, I'll probably test my material on you and ask for your suggestions from the learner's perspective. Since our focus is using computer based resources /internet tools for class and course management,

Course management includes: processing applications, enrolling students, record keeping and general course relate email correspondence as well as delivering course materials and moderating discussion,

Our focus is on writing. I added reading because I developed and taught a online reading class for EFI a few years back. Unfortunately,ALL my online reading resources are on an inaccessible computer, so that's something else I will have to work on. But whether or not specifically built into the course, reading is an inescapable part of any web page, internet forum, listserv or email based online class. T
here are no lectures: student must read study materials. The same holds for writing. Discussion is in writing, so students must write.

The following is from the Week 3 session on teaching oral communication online. Please spend some time visiting and comparing the following websites then answer the following questions:

The first one is certainly an attractive design, but I can't get into the phonetics tests and other resources. The instructions tell me to "click the buttons" but I can't find any buttons that are active links. Anything I can click just takes me in a circle. What about you?  The other is not as attractive but at least works the way it is suppose to.

1. What are the strong points of each website?
2. What are their weak points?
3. If you could add two things to improve one or both pages for your own use, what would these be?

If you have other pronunciation websites to recommend, please post them,

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