Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tutorial: Twitter 101

Do you use Twitter to help you learn English? Other uses? Still don't get Twitter? This micro-blogging network is a useful tool for finding out what's going on with the people and things that matter to you the most. It is also a good learning tool. More and more learners are using Twitter in the classroom and learning on their own. With this simple and engaging tutorial, you can learn various ways to use Twitter.

♦ Larry Ferlazo ~ Twitter Chats for ESL Teachers (& How to Participate)
♦ Teaching ESL to Adults ~ How Twitter Helps ESL Students

Want more? Just search the #ESL hashtag

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Learn English - with Audio and Transliterations

Jacob Richman" < an educational website called Learn English with Audio and Transliterations

The site is a free, on-line, educational resource for ESL and EFL students to learn English words. The flash site incorporates 40 topics, along with over 1,500 English words and phrases. When you click on a word or phrase you can hear it spoken. The high quality audio was created in a sound studio.

The site is multilingual. The menus, transliterations and translations are in four languages: French, Hebrew Russian and Spanish. There is an English Only menu, for those that prefer not to use language translations and transliterations.

Both the student and the teacher will find the site easy to use and very educational. As mentioned, the site is free to all.

Feedback (in English) is welcome. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


My favorire "stop sopa" page is Zachary Johnson's shadowbox with the moving light (just move your cursor) on Zachstronaut. Adding this one to my feed reader... tomorrow. Today ..... 

Sites are striking in all different ways, but they are united by this: do the biggest thing you possibly can and drive contacts to Congress. *Put the source code for this page your site* ~ it's my main page at Mountainair Online (the web page). I have no control over blog policies. I'm not really up to tinker with source code to show a black out page on my blogs. So I am settling for posting information and exhortations (like this one). Except for following #sopastrike on Twitter and @fightfortheftr) and Reddit, I'm staying off public pages today. No Facebook or 

Personal blackouts seem to be running either 24 hours (midnight to midnight) or 8AM EST to 8PM EST. Major supporting sites like Wikipedia, WordPress, Google, Internet Archive (+ Wayback Machine), Electronic Frontier Foundation, Tucows and many, many more are striking for 24 hours. Looked like a major slow down on Facebook when I checked (before 8 am).  

What can you do to support the strike if you don't have a blog or web page, can't blog and RT #sopastrike stories? Make a call; sign the petition; learn more; the action of the hour is to speak out. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, opposing the bills. Contact local news stations and let them know that this is an issue worth covering. And there is still email, what they could be coming after next...

Today's Google search page:

Sunday, January 08, 2012

So what is Academic English? | ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY. COM

"Academic English is the genre of English used in the world of research, study, teaching and universities. If you read an article in an academic journal or listen to someone giving a presentation or a talk about an academic subject in an academic environment, Academic English is probably being used. If you are studying in an English speaking university (or going to) you will need to learn this type of English.

Native English speakers also have to learn Academic English too because it is not like the English that is used every day by English speakers. Academic English is different from other types of English and it often has features like these..."

Read the rest of the article So what is Academic English? and more at ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY
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