Sunday, June 28, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009


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Keep an eye on this post as I will publish a link to your last podcast about music.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hato de Foces wins Prestigious Award

Most of the music in our podcasts (Let's Talk, We talk, Sydney's People Podcasts) is from family members: my brothers groups Hato de Foces & Tresena or my son's music from TraxSmiths or Mig.

Hato de Foces is receiving a prestigious award from the town of Huesca. They received the award for their 32 years of work promoting folk music from the region of Aragon. One of their recent projects has been the Folk Music Festival iberi@huesca.folk, which showcases folk music from all the regions/states of Spain.

You can listen to some of their music in the youtube video published in the local radio website. Congratulations!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our class is coming to an end!

Semester 1 is nearly finished, which means many of you will move on and start new courses.

It's been a pleasure teaching you and I hope you have got something out of our time together.

It'll be very helpful for us teachers if you take a few minutes to fill in this evaluation survey to tell us your thoughts about the course.
Our Podcasts
Listen to the Health Expo podcasts in Let's Talk (there are two new ones The environment & Coast Walks).

Listen to Asha's (and Jovanna's) latest radio program about love. It's very interesting.
You can also listen to your interview with the dental nurse about dental care.
Another interesting program is the one on sports, prepared by Desire and Yun. Unfortunatley Yun couldn't be here to record it.
Finally we have Lina's program on Learning English. Most appropriate to finish our blog!
Well done everyone! I will publish the rest of your radio programs asap, so keep watching this space or Let's Talk if you are at home!

Read your classmates' narratives (mostly murder misteries, but also a love story) in their blogs. I"m glad we had time to learn about narrative reading and even writing a narrative. Keep the writing going. You don't have to be in class to continue using your blogs. You can do it by yourselves!

Extra work
We didn't have time to finsih this last week, so finish it when you can.

Some people can't look after themselves because they haven't got the means to do so. A school girl has recently won a prize for creating the video below about poverty. Check it out and read the poem she posted with the video and all the comments form teachers everywhere in the world. Write your reaction to this video in your blog and, if you wish, in her blog comments.

We were also talking about how to discipline children. Check this video, read the comments below the video and then go to our forum and answer the questions there. Tell us what you think.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Narrative: Greek wedding

Congratulations on all your radio programs. Listen to them in We talk: hobbies, pets and food.

You can also listen to your feedback on the Health Expo here. Dont forget towrite about it and our excursion in your blogs.

By the way our ranking has gone up to 8 in the Languages category and 594 in overall categories of podomatic blogs in the world!!! Well done everyone!

We've been reading narratives in class. Listen to this story about a greek wedding. Print the worksheet and then fill in the gaps. Keep looking at this very good English website, Gapfillers!

Tallking about pets, I found this very funny application, talking photos. Have a look at a very clever little puppy! Click on the bottom left hand corner...

More healthy tips & Assessment Tasks

Before you start your serious work, have a look at these pictures and tell me whose secret they refer too. I am talking about the secret information about yourselves that we shared yesterday in class.

Listen to your first podcast, Aussie Helpers, and answer the questions by writing a post in your blog. Do not write questions or questions numbers, but write an article about it with you own words. You can also watch the video on the Health Expo 2009. Use the images to write a recount in your blog. This is part of your listening assessment.

Read Better Health Skin Cancer, download the worksheet Skin Cancer. (You can print it. This is part of your reading assessment). Do the Skin Cancer risk test. It will help you understand if you are at risk because of your lifestyle choices. Some of you missed reading assessments, so this is your chance to catch up!

Start working on your radio programs: hobbies, music, sport, learning English, pets, food & love.
Do a bit of research to write an interesting introduction that will make people want to continue listening. Then prepare questions to ask your classmates. Be ready to improvise new questions to follow what your interviewee answers. As an interviewer, you have to listen carefully to what people are saying. This is part of your speaking assessment.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Health Expo 2009

AMEP-B students help at the annual St George TAFE Health Expo 2009. They also interview stall holders for the class podcasts.

Health Expo 2009

Last week we had the college annual Health Expo. Our class helped with the food preparation and selling it on the day. We also sold raffle tickets, handed out bags and interviewed a number of stall holders. We learned about Aussie Helpers, the beneficiaries (look this word up!) of all the fundraising.
Well done everybody! The food was delicious and your attitude was great. You were very generous with your work and time and then you practised your English all along with a smile on your face.

Keep and eye on our podcasting blogs, as we'll soon publish all the interviews. Meanwhile enjoy the pictures of the day.
BubbleShare: Share photos - Easy Photo Sharing

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Excursion & Health Expo

Chinese Garden & Aquarium

Last Tuesday we went on an excursion to the Chinese Garden and the Aquarium. We worked very hard at answering the ESL worksheets provided by the Aquarium in their website. If you want to do more work, have a look at the Aquarium educational kits.

When we were coming back Asha rang Aleya to tell her that she had won one of the Library week prizes. Congratulations!

Listen to my message in voicethread and record your own. If you do it at TAFE, you have to come to the teacher's desk.

Your blogs

Today you can write a post with a recount about the excursion and add some photos of the day. You can use bubbleshare, smilebox, voicethread, or flickr for your photos.

Click to play this Smilebox photobook: Excursion: Part 1
Create your own photobook - Powered by Smilebox
Make a Smilebox photobook

Click to play this Smilebox photobook: Excursion Part 2
Create your own photobook - Powered by Smilebox

Make a Smilebox photobook

You can also watch this smilebox, Aquarium, which has video of you having lunch (I know, in the Chinese Garden, not the Aquarium, but I was putting the videos together in this smilebox fro video & photos), some fish and the dugong. Enjoy it and try it at home.

Health Expo

Congratulations to Pat! Just back from Thailand and she won not one but two of the Health Expo prizes! Asha was lucky again and was given a Pampering Voucher for her and three friends. How lucky these two are!

We read about obesity in Australia and answered all the questions in the worksheet except the last discussion point. Go to our forum and write your opinion there.

Your blogs

Write a recount about the Health Expo in your blogs. What is it? What did you do? How did you feel? Was it worth helping? Did you get anything out of it? Would you do it again?

I'll publish your podcasts asap. Keep watching...


The other day we were looking at the difference between adjectives ending in -ing & -ed. Do this exercise from Gapfillers: -ing/-ed and feel free to explore the site for other exercises.

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