Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wonder Wheel

I have found a new way of searching in google, the Wonder Wheel. Here is an example of what it looks like, if you click on it it will take you to the page and you can do your own search.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bloggging at home


This week you are going to work independently from the comfort of your homes. Keep watching this space for more ideas. First click on post a sticky at the bottom of the board below. Then follow the intructions on the board.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Word Processing & emailing

Can anyone guess where these photos were taken?

Write your answers in comments.

Today Shaoming is going to teach you how to use Microsoft Word for typing. He will give you some instructions to read and if you follow them, you should be able to do the following:

  • Open a word document.

  • Type a recount about your weekend. Remember to use the past tense. You may be able to use some past continuous to practise the grammar we have been learning for the last 2 weeks.

  • Save your word document on the desktop to find it easily

  • Open your email account (the TAFE one or Yahoo, hotmail, gmail,etc)

  • Write me an email

  • Attach your recount

  • Send it

If you have spare time, please look at past weeks and do any outstanding work.

For the weekend

Lina told us how she used Audacity to practise her short talk. What a great idea! For those of you interested in doing the same, here is a link to tutorials that may help you with it and other things you can do on your blogs. Check the ones with audacity and or podcasting in the name of the tutorial.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Belongings: Personal Narratives

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First of all, congratulations to the students (Jin, Pei he & Keya) who followed my instructions on how to add a cloud photo! You pass reading instructions and using technology to improve your English language skills!

Also thanks so much to all the students who have already talked to us about books they have borrowed from the library (Doaa, Roy, Keya & Pei He). A couple of you have to try and find the dewey number of your book. Check the online library catalogue now!

Ok, let's work:

  • Today I would like to continue calling you individually to record your voice in our World Map.
  • Check past posts in this blog and make sure you have done all the work in them (Computer Health, listening to the Librarian podcast, work in Time4 English, etc).

  • Read this worksheet about Belongings, visit the links in it and then write a draft of your own text.
    Links: The Migration Heritage Centre & Edda Marcuzzi


Weekend work

  • Watch this very interesting video of an English teacher talking about how to describe things using English

  • Take a photo of the item you are going to write about and add it to your blog post.

  • Read your classmates posts
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    Cloud maker Instructions

    This is how I did the cloud with a face in it:

    • Go here

    • Get a picture of your face ready

    • Upload it

    • Resize it

    • Click on the PrtScn (print screen) key on th etop right hand side of your keyboard

    • Open paint (Programs/Accessories/Paint)

    • In edit, click on Paste (or click on Ctrl+V)

    • Select the picture and drag it to the corner of Paint

    • Save as jpg in your pc (desktop/my pictures folder) or your USB (memory stick or pen drive)

    • Upload it as an image in your blog post
    • Now it's your turn. Have fun!

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009


    Hi again,

    First of all, congratulations on your sticky notes on last week's wallwisher. Take time to read them all and listen/watch the links that your classmates left there about Learning English.

    Visit your classmates' blogs. I think Keya has already put a picture of a keya (flower from Banglades). Write a comment on everyone's blog.

    We have been learning about the language of instructions. This is an instructional class blog. Your teacher (me, Rosa) tells you what to do to practise your English online. So if you read my posts, you can follow my instructions, which often are expressed with the imperative verb form.

    • Count the number of imperatives in last week's post. There is one answer in comments, but it's not correct. You can try to write the answer in comments. The helpdesk has told me the filter has been lifted. If not, write it on your notebook and check with me.

    • Visit your classmates' blogs. I think Keya has already put a picture of a keya (flower from Bangladesh).

    • Write a comment on everyone's blog.

    • I thought you may be interested in watching this video about How to grill the perfect steak. Do you know how to cook? What's your favourite dish? Write a recipe in your blog.

    • I will call you individually to record your voice in our World Map.

    • Ask for help if you still learning how to add links and pictures to your blog.

    • Go to Time4English, Intermediate, 7 LIVING IN AUSTRALIA 1. Do 7A (a vocabulary exercise on Insurance) and 7B, reading about types of car insurance.
    • Finally, tell us in comments what you think about today's picture

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