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    Monday, July 24, 2006

    Australian Story

    Before you start today's work, please go to last week's link on computer health, Computer Stations, and answer the questions I handed out in class.

    1. We are studying the language of procedural texts (or the language of giving instructions). Go to Burke's Bakcyard, a very popular Australian lifestyle TV program, click on Burke's Bacyard and then click on the home among the gumtrees and then on the first link, Bamboo ladder. Print it and write the name of the stages next to each one of them. Remember a procedural text has a Goal, Materials and Steps. Write down a list of verbs used in the steps. You can look at other procedural texts in this website, like Clothes lines. Analyse the structre and write a list of the verbs used to give the steps. This will help you prepare for your presentation for Liz.

    2. Go to Time4English, Level 6 Upper Intermediate/Advanced. In section 3 People, listen to Stradivarius. Do all the exercises one after the other. Don't worry if you don't understand everything the first time. It gets easier as you do all of them.

    3. I found a biography of Melinda Gleeson, the creator of Time4English. You can read it and alos print it. Keep it as an example for the biography that you will write after you interview a classmate from FT4 in the near future.

    4. Another much more extensive and indepth biography from the excellent ABC program Australian Story is: Room at the Top. You can view the program first and if you find too difficult, you can listen to it while you read the script. Once you've listened to the whole program, write your opinion on it. What do you think about Heath Ducker? What have you learnt from his story? What is Aunties and Uncles? Write your opinion in your blog.

    5. Go to Approaches to Learning (link on the sidebar, below Our Internet Courses). Your user name is your student number. You should have received your passworkd on an email (if not, talk to me). Read the announcement and follow the instructions in it.

    6. Go to the forum and answer last week's question if you havent' done it yet. Write your opinion in your blog.

    7. Finally go to Let's Talk, our podomatic audio blog and listen to the firlst post Hello from Down Under. We will be recording our first post later this afternoon.

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