Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sculpture by the Sea 2009

These photos are from Sculpture by the Sea 2007. Next week you'll be able to take photos for your blogs of Sculpture by the Sea 2009! Remember to bring your camera and take photos of your designated sculpture and any other sculptures that take your fancy. You can also take a bit of video and upload it to your blog with the Add Video button (next Add Image).

If you've lost the excursion worksheet, get it here.

Here is a link to CityRail. Please check the timetable for the Kogarah 9:16 train to Bondi Junction and work out what time you should take it if you join us from another station (eg a student could be taking the train from Rockdale).
Now check at what time we have to catch the train at Bondi Junction in order to be in Kogarah at 2:30 pm.
Now tell us what bus we should catch at Tamarama, so that we know when we should start leaving the exhibition.

Andrew's sculptor friend is Michael Snape. You can see some of his work here. Answer these questions about his 2008 Sculpture by the Sea entry, Corridor:
  1. What type of sculpture is it? What material did he use?

  2. Did it engage with the environment?

  3. How? What does it remind you of?

  4. How does it make you feel?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sculpture by the Sea 2009

These photos are from an exhibition I saw during the holidays at Reverse Garbage in Marrickville. They are made from recycled materials found in the reverse garbage store.

I think everyone enjoyed our excursion to Featherdale Park, so Marion and myself would like to take you on another excursion. This time we want you to walk a bit and enjoy one of the nicest coastal walks in Sydney while admiring great art. It is the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, which takes place every year in November.

You can check the photos from previous years in my other blogs. For example this is the one from 2007 and 2008.

Check the link Sculpture by the Sea and answer these questions:

  • What is Sculpture by the Sea? Tell us a bit of its history as well as an explanation of what it is.

  • When does it take place?

  • Where does it take place?

  • What type of art is exhibited?

  • Why does it attract so many people?

  • What is Sculpture inside?
  • Can you find the name of the sculpture on your left? What about its sculptor?

  • Write the answers in your blog, but as a paragraph, without using numbers. It should read like a newspaper article about the event.

    We've been looking at opinion texts. A forum is a space where people express their opinions and discuss them with other people. Go to our forum and answer the question on Disciplining Children. Remember to ask your teachers for the username/password. Read Question 1 and then read your classmates answers. Refer to them when you write your opinion.

    Work to be published:
    • Report on the Tawny Frogmouths
    • Report on an animal of your choice (form Featherdale)
    • Next week: Opinion text about Physical Punishment & Children
    • Videointerview with Maya, one of the college librarians.

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Featherdale Farm

    Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
    Last Tuesday we went on an excursion to Featheredale wildlife Park. Search the Internet for information on the park. Answer these questions and write a recount in your blog (check Marion's post on recounts and my previous students' examples):

    • What/who/when/where/How (Orientation)
    • Where is it?
    • What do they have in it?
    • How much is the entrance fee?
    • What did you do?

    Choose an animal and with the notes you wrote and searching the Internet to get further information (if you need it) wirte a report on it. Follow this information on report writing. Have a look at this information on report writing: animals. You can use this template to guide your writing. Start preparing a draft for a report on that animal. On the excursion you can find out more information about your chosen animal and take photos to publish a complete report on your blog.

    Now for something very different. Listen to my interview wity Luke Kara. Do the work I ask you in the post.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    Excursion to Featherdale Park

    This is a video of some of the Australian animals we saw at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Speaking practice

    I just found out about a very good site,, to watch videos and record your voice after each sentence.
    You have to register (it's free), which is very quick and easy. Then follow the instructions, which are very clear and very easy too. Make sure your microphone settings are OK for recording.

    You can also listen to it at a slower pace (speed) or listen without reading. It gives you a score. If it's not too good, just repeat it until you get a better score.
    This one is from "Breakfast at Tiffany's: $10 at Tiffany's" . It's medium difficulty. Try it!

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    A bit of music & web collaboration

    I found this gem and, although it is not in English, I had to share it. It's such a great example of people collaboration through the www! Hope you like it! Could you think of something similar -but simpler- that you could do with your classmates?

    21 accents in 2 1/2 minutes

    Hi all, while you are enjoying your holidays, have a look at this video. Amy Walker introduces herself in 21 different accents, mostly English in just 2 and a half minutes.

    Did you think learning English was a question of getting the right accent? What do you think now?

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