Sunday, March 30, 2008

WRITING: What is the TWE?

The Test of Written English (TWE) is a required part of the Computer-Based TOEFL. You must compose an essay in thirty minutes. This demonstrates your academic writing proficiency in the following:
  1. Generating and organizing ideas on paper.
  2. Supporting those ideas with evidence or examples.
  3. Using the conventions of standard written English.
TWE test results help institutions evaluate your academic writing proficiency and decide how to place you in writing courses.

What is the TWE? explains the TWE, its function, how it is scored, and sample essays.

In general, model TOEFL essays concentrate on: Suitable word usage; Content; Organization; Examples / Evidence; Formal writing style; Correct grammar and Sentence variety.

The best way to prepare for any writing test is by writing. Here are some sites to help you prepare for the TWE:

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Read The Words

How would you use this application to improve your English skills? Would you use it only for listening? How could you use it to improve reading and writing? Post your ideas and thought as comments to this post.

How Read the Words Works

First, You must create an account. Accounts are completely free and ready to go in less than 1 minute. Your information will never be shared with 3rd parties. Once you create an account, you will be taken to the “My Readings Page”. You can manage your current Readings and create new ones by Clicking the button, Create New Reading.
Step 1 - Select what you want read
  • Upload Adobe PDF
  • Upload MS Word
  • Upload HTML File
  • Write Text Content
  • Cut and Past Text
  • Input Website Address
  • Input RSS Feeds URL
Step 2 - Select a Reader
  • Listen to Reader’s samples
  • Choose 1 of 14 Different Readers
  • Each Reader has a Unique Voice and Some Have Accents
  • Control your Reader’s Speed
  • Play with your Reader’s Pitch
  • It takes our readers approx 1 minute to generate a 1 hr long recording
Step 3 - Sit Back and Listen
  • Listen to your reading online
  • Download your reading to your ipod or other mp3 player
  • Broadcast your reading as a podcast and share it
  • Post your reading in your Website or Blog
  • Save yourself Time
  • Turn the readers of your blog into listeners
  • Allow your readers to listen while they multi-task and download your blog

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Learn English Video - Shopping

From Ed-Tech list:
Uploaded: a new Learn English video to the Internet.

The topic of the new video is Shopping. 
The address is: 
The new page also contains past Learn English videos. 
Feedback welcome. 

Monday, March 17, 2008

a blog by esl students

A colleague on Webheads (a group for esl teachers using technology) posted the following message that I am passing on to you. Please visit the blog and leave comments.

My students are finally displaying some of their work in http://handsacrosst heoceans. edublogs. org. They have made short movies and some are displayed in the blog. They will be very happy if they see comments about their work from people around the world.

The instructor also asks (us teachers):
What are your thoughts about correcting students' work before it goes online? Thank you in advance.

What do you think? If you wrote something that would be published publicly rather than just shared here in our group, would you want it corrected before you put it online?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Eight Taste of life

Dear all contributors
Hello, my name is Allun, came from Hong Kong. Firstly,
I must thank for Teacher Vanessa invited me to join this blog.

This is my first time to be a member of online blog and
posting my comments to the website. I want to learn English through
this blog for improving my English reading and writing.

Below are some comments from me about the life.
Appeal all of contributors to taste it and comments.

The Eight Taste of life
Birth is doomed awaiting death.
The elderly know the value of youth.
Inverted disease when understand the value of health.
It is the face of death is the impermanence of life.
Love is a good friend of trouble.
Parting is an opportunity for the first date.
Grievances the excessive number of hidden expectations.
Hate is the opposite of love.

If found any mistakes and queries, please feel free let me know for
improvement. Thanks.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

About ESL: Writing Style   ESL

from Kenneth Beare
This week's newsletter deals with some advanced subjects including writing essays help and advanced past tense help. Both resources can be used in class, or on your own.

In the Spotlight
Writing Style
This series of four lessons is designed to help students become familiar with writing an essay in English. The first lesson is designed to give students an overview of more


Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous Resources
She had been working for ten hours before she finally took a break. (example of past perfect continuous and past simple) more

Most of us like to play sports, and in order to talk about these sports we use very specialized vocabulary. These sports vocabulary review sheets focus on the location more


The world turn beatiful beacause there are volunteer

There are many people such as me want to study English, but they no time, no money, or others reason can't go to school to lerarn. So we come here for learning , and it come possible for there are many volunteeres such as Venessar

Sunday, March 02, 2008


YouTube offers authentic examples of everyday English used by everyday people. Study English with free videos from YouTube,

YouTube - Essay Writing for ESL/EFL Students

YouTube and ESL

YouTube Videos in the ESL Classroom

ESL videos, with quizzes

You can also visit YouTube and do search for ESL or just look for videos in English that interest you.


Go to youtube and look for videos. Pick one (or more) share with the rest of the class. Write a brief description and review.

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