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    Tuesday, June 06, 2006

    Foreign Languages, Identity and Intercultural competence

    Thanks a lot to Gloria for a very entertaining show yesterday. Her imitation of Raphael was spot on. It brought back memories that were buried by many layers of new multicultural experiences.

    I'm still waiting for someone to tell us what is new about our class blog appearance. And does anyone know where this photo was taken?
    • Barbara Dieu (or Bee) is mentoring a group of young caucasus women. She has given them, and other esl students that feel like contributing their thoughts, some issues to think about.
    She starts from the premise that language is a very important component in a person's identity. Nevertheles many of us live in a community where our mother tongue is not the dominant language. At the same time English is becoming widely spoken in all the world.

    Watch and listen to her introduction, close to my heart, as it is a very good example of a photostory or movie story, like the one I would like you to create.
    Read her questions here: young caucasus women- mentor page.

    Can you answer the questions she asks about languages, identity and intercultural competence?
    Her students have started answering them in their blog foreign languages identity and intercultural competence. Write your answers in your blog and leave them a link to your blog in their comments .

    • Susan Marandi, a teacher form Iran, has a new class blog, Susan Marandi's blog,where you'll find links to her students' blogs. They are worth reading. Susan's students' English is very good and they cover a range of topics from English literature, Iranian traditions to the validity of housework. Read them and write comments to them. Maybe you could chose 1 or 2 students and visit them regularly and invite them to visit your blog regularly.
    • Last week we didn't have a lot of time to do our work. Visit the Canadian site, Dear Ai, with advice, information,etc. and One stop English Friendship Advice Forum. Like I told you last week, they would make a very interesting funny radio program. One of you is Agony Aunt and the rest phone in with questions, unusual situations, etc .
    • Go to Time4English and read Cultural Mistakes in Intermediate.
    • Also in Time4English do the grammar excercises for Will and Would. You will find them in Grammr book, lettter W.
    • Finally, also in Time4English, do WOULD & WOULDN'T WITH IF. It is more practice for the conditional sentences.

    • Visit Sydney's People Podcast or Let's Talk to listen to Chika's radio program on transport and Anna's radio program on movies. Remember to pay attention ot your contribution in order to improve on your spoken language. Check with me if you have any doubts about your oral performance.
    • Listen to Suzanne's Podcast, if you still haven't done it.

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