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    Tuesday, August 29, 2006

    Party Invitation & Report Writing

    Anna and Chi getting their certificate.

    Last Thursday we had a party to celebrate the completion by some students of the Let's Participate (citizenship preparation) course .

    Thank you everyone for the beautiful food you prepared for the occasion. And thank you very much to Green, who gave a very good in promptu speech.

    As Marion told you, there will be another Let's Participate course at the end of this semester.

    1. Last week you analysed the language and structure of invitations and wrote one for the citizenship Party. Today you have to read this invitation for an end-of-term party and write a reply telling me that you can't come. As my phone is engaged, send me an email.
      Refuse the invitation in a polite way. Remember the stages:
      First-Thank me for the invite.
      Second-Apologise for not being able to come.
      Third-Give a reason.
      Fourth-Wish me a good time.

      2. In Time4English, go to Upper Intermediate 2G Aboriginal culture. Listen to it and do the exercises. Print the final page. Listen and repeat to learn the intonation and pronunciation. Later on you will be dictating it to a classmate. The aim will be to be undestood!

      3. Listen to Ana Maria: Flamenco. Write the answers in a piece of paper and then write an article about her in your blog.

      4. Research: search the net for information and photos-or even a video- of a traditional dance from your country. Write a report in your blog. You can read The Jota as an example.

      5. Go to Approaches to Learning and follow the instructions in announcements.

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      Tuesday, August 22, 2006

      Writing postcards

      What's the name of these flowers? (last week's answer: scribbly bark gum tree)
      Writing postcards is something we usually do when we are on a holiday trip. We write about the places we visit, their people and their food. We talk about things we've done.We use contractions and punctuation markers, such as exclamation marks, underlining (for emphasis) to sound as if we were talking (colloquial language). Last Thursday we went on an excursion to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout.

      • Write a postcard to a friend about the pylon excursion.
        If you didn't go on the excursion, you can listen to Mirella's podcast, Liz's podcast or Lizbeth's podcast (below) and write a postcard as if you were one of them. You can use some of the language they use to describe the places they visited. Remember it is a postcard, so it doesn't have to be very long. You can read some examples from last year's students here: Silvia's postcard, Jie's postcard and Jessica's postcard.

        • Listen to Lisbeth Podcast and do the 3 worksheets (you can print them to write the answers more easlily)
        • Don't forget to listen to your podcast in Let's Talk!
        • Later on today, Marion's class will come and we will learn how to create a photostory.

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        Monday, August 07, 2006

        Recipes & Train Timetables

        Who was it that brought chupa chups to class?

        • Yesterday we read a short biography of Elvis, the King. Go to the computer and in programs, educational programs, click on Issues in English 2 and on the topic Fame-level 1. You will find many exercises about Elvis. They are good fun. You can try some of them, especially the pronunciation and listening (there's even a dictation)
        • Last Tuesday afternoon we were playing a guessing game and we came across a vegetable, fennel, which is used by some cultures as a herb, others use it as a salad ingredient, some use the fennel seeds while other cultures do not use it at all. We also spoke about eggplants and their use in different cuisines.

        As we are studying the language of instructions (or procedural texts) and recipes are one very basic example of that text genre (type of text), here is a challenge for you: write a recipe that contains fennel or eggplant as one of its ingredients. Not only write the recipe, but also tell us about it, where does it come from? Has it got any special history behind? As an example, read my recipe Sicilian winter salad.

        • Planning an excursion. We are going to the Pylon Lookout on Thursday. Have a look at the cityrail Train timetables worksheet on how to read train timetables and answer the questions at the bottom. You can print the worksheet.

        When you finish the worksheet, keep the cityrail website open and answer the following questions:

        1. At what time should you catch the train to arrive in Town Hall at 9: 41 from Kogarah?
        2. What time you should catch the train from Carlton to get onto the same train as the Kogarah 9:16 am?
        3. What train do you have to catch from Rockdale to get to TownHall at 9:41 am?
        • Go to Time4English. On the Menu section, click on Grammar Book and go to letter D, Despite, Although, However. Read the theory and do the exercises.
        • Go to Approaches to Learning and follow the instructions.

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        Tuesday, August 01, 2006

        Library and Pylon

        What is this photo? Write your guess in comments
        Hi all. Today we are having a bit less time in the computer room, so we won't be doing so much work.

        1. To help you with your Library portfolio, listen to Patricia: St George College Librarian in Sydney's People Podcast and answer the questions in your blog.

        2. Forum : Is it OK to smack a child? Read the introduction to this week's topic and write your opinion. Marion's students are also going to take part in the forum, so make sure you respond to their comments.
        3. Check the Sydney Harbout BridgePylon Lookout website to prepare our visit. When is it open? How much is it? How can we get there? What can you find out about its history? What do Stuart Little, Di Smith and Cookie Monster have in common? Write about it in your blog.

        View from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon

        4. Do you know the meanings of these Aussie words and expressions?

        dunny, tucker, Waltzing Matilda,g'day, off one's face

        You can find out in Aussie Slang.

        5. Most of you have to catch up with your blog work. You can do it on Thursday or on the weekend:
        • write a post about your first impressions of Australia
        • write your opinion about Australian Story: Room at the Top.

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