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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Computer-based English assignments

Go to Englishlearner and complete 3 of the quizzes / tests. Choose your own level and materials from the many that are there.  Do some of the exercises and view some of the videos there also. 

Then make two "glog" online posters at:
http://www.glogster.com/.   See the information about how to do them at the site, and in the post below.

 Copy and paste the 3 quizzes / tests results and the urls (the Internet address links of your glogs from the glogster.com site). Save the files as  ***.doc or  ***.rtf files in a portfolio folder to share with class.

War of the Worlds: IMDB preview

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Limerick Poem Activity


Limerick Poems have 5 LINES with a set rhythm and rhyme pattern:
  • LINE 1: 3 stresses, rhyme A (setting up the “story” conflict)
  • LINE 2: 3 stresses, rhyme A (more information about the people
  • LINE 3: 2 stresses, rhyme B (here we read/hear the solution)
  • LINE 4: 2 stresses, rhyme B (how is this conflict/problem solved?)
  • LINE 5: 3 stresses, rhyme A (back to the beginning again)
Study the pattern in Example 1, then see if you can fill in the blanks in in Example 2


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exam Slam!

Here is one written by a student about EXAMINATIONS !!! (fear and trembling):

AP exam, Advanced Placement

When I took a few AP exams3 stressed syllables and rhyme A 
I studied old history scams; 3 stresses and A
No tutor could I afford, 2 stresses and B
But in physics I scored! 2 stresses and B
College credit for knowing 'bout grams! 3 stresses and again

The AP Psych Test, Section II Free Response Bo...Image via Wikipedia
Advanced Placement exams are taken by high school students (mostly in the US and Canada) to get college credit for high-level classes. Popular subjects include calculus, physics, biology, and various areas of literature and history.

Advanced Placement exams are taken by high school students (mostly in the US and Canada) to get college credit for high-level classes. Popular subjects include calculus, physics, biology, and various areas of literature and history.

112 Free Limerick Poems from Project Gutenberg <-- click here

To help you write your own, there is a Rhyme Dictionary in the widgets column on the right.

Exam Cheat

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ode to the Spell Checker -- (but that just can't be right!?!)

Copy and paste this into your word processing program and see whether or not it helps:

Eye halve a spelling chequer


It came with my pea sea


It plainly marques four my revue


Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word


And weight four it two say


Weather eye am wrong oar write


It shows me strait a weigh.



As soon as a mist ache is maid


It nose bee fore two long


And eye can put the error rite


Its rare lea ever wrong.


Eye have run this poem threw it


I am shore your pleased two no


It's letter perfect awl the weigh


My chequer tolled me so.

(by: mjscott on wordreference.com)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yew?!




SMART OFFICIALS IN India are paying people to go to the toilet. The cash-for-deposits scheme in Tamil Nadu creates a useful supply of fresh fertilizer while gently training residents to stop pooping in unsuitable places, ie, your neighbor’s patio, the queue at McDonald’s, the hospital lobby, etc.  But don’t quit your job and fly to India yet. The pay is the equivalent of 12 US cents (HK$1) a month, a salary which is on the low side. “Even by YOUR standards,” I said to a teacher friend of mine who is always complaining about his income.

A Taiwanese guy said his country went to an extreme. At a chain of restaurants called Modern Toilet, diners sit at full-size toilets and eat out of smaller ones (pic above). They wipe their mouths with toilet paper hanging over the table. But you don't have to go to Taiwan to 'taste' these culinary delights. Take Exit F from the Causeway Bay MTR and then walk into the Watsons Superstore that is in front of you and go up to the 4/F where you'll find a toilet themed restaurant."

Food as served in bathroom themed Modern Toile...Indebted to Nury Vittachi,  The Curious Diary of Mr. Jam for this excellent (if somewhat putrescent) post

Friday, January 21, 2011

How to Use Verbs Slideshow

Internet 101


Fill in all the gaps using the vocabulary (also listed below), then click the "Check" button to check your answers.

browsers    click    content    copyright    design    format    Internet    layout    World Wide Web