Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Last class for 2006

Who's this?

G'day all,

Well this will be our last computer class for 2006 because we have to finish at 12.00 next Thursday so that I can do the paperwork required for the class for the end of the year!

Today, I'd like you to finish up any work you didn't complete last week, especially the grammar!

What will you do for Christmas? Do you celebrate it in your country? If not, what do you celebrate? Is New Year more important to you? Do you have a person like Santa Claus in your culture? If you have children, do they know about Santa from school or friends? Put your answers in your blog.

Well, I've really enjoyed teaching you all this year and sharing a little bit of your lives with you. I wish you and your families all the very best for Christmas and I hope to see you in 2007.

Don't forget to keep writing in your blogs. I'll try to keep mine up regularly with what's going in with me!
Thanks for a great year!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Another busy week!

Who's this? and why is he on my blog?

G'day all,

Well, the end of the school year is drawing to a close very quickly, isn't it? I'm delighted at the progress that some of you have made with your English and especially your writing on the blog. Well done!

I've had a really busy time lately. Last Thursday evening my husband and I went to a reception with
John della Bosca to launch the fundraising bid for the Australian Paralympian team for Beijing 2008. I met some interesting people there including a hand cyclist called Kahi Puru. He used to be a power lifter! He hopes to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games in the hand cycling event!

On Saturday night my husband and I went to see the rock band called
U2. They are very famous all around the world and they come from Ireland! By the way, there is an Irish man in the final of Australian Idol! I hope he wins!

It was great to see everyone so busy in the library last Monday. I hope all the research for your short talk is finished and I look forward to hearing your biographies next week.
Remember the story we read this morning called 'Do the Right thing'? Well, check out the 3 stories on culture and cultural misunderstandings in Time4English . Then write in your blog about something funny that has happened to you or someone you know because of a cultural mistake.
Also check out the grammar section to get more practice with Modals!!
Peter, the teacher from Dublin is really keen for you to write to his students. Lookwhat he wrote in a comment to me in the post before last. It would be great for you to do it.
I must go now because I have to interview new clients for our English classes! I might get back to my blog later but maybe not! Well, I mustn't spend any more time doing this so bye and happy blogging!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Melbourne Cup winners!

G'day all,

Well, what an exciting week it's been?? While I was off learning how to do podcasts, the class were entertained by Andrew! I'm looking forward to reading your
recounts of his talk all about Bangkok and adoption.

The Melbourne Cup has been run and I know that there are both happy and sad punters out there today! Congratulations to our class sweepstakes winners - Timmy, Ling, Gordana and Nancy. Nancy got the consolation prize for her horse which finished in last place! My horse is still running! I think he's heading back to Ireland!

By now you will have received the name of the person for your research and presentation. I hope you can find information easily. Make sure you ask me for help if you need it.

If you need to do more work on the Passive, remember to check it out in the Grammar Book in Time4English .

By the way, welcome to our new classmates- I'm sure you'll make them feel at home!

All my efforts to add images to the blog today have been blocked by Internet security so sorry for the boring looking page!

Happy blogging!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Report writing and more!!

What's this flower????

G'day all,

I hope you are having a good week! It was great to hear some of you telling your
Dreamtime Stories to the class on Tuesday! I was very impressed! Well done! Now I'll be looking forward to reading your opinion of a story of your own choice! I hope that some of the expressions from this morning helped you!

Today, you'll have a chance to do some research for your report on an Aboriginal item! Do a Google search for the topic you have to research. Please remember NOT TO COPY the text. You can print the information but you MUST write asbout the item IN YOUR OWN WORDS! Do not plagiarise! You can submit your work on your blog but I would like to have a hard copy of your final copy! It makes it easier for me to correct! Remember to include a picture! You'll also have to include a bibliography!

If you finish your research, please log on to
Time4English and go to the menu on the left side of the page. As you are doing a unit of work on Health with Gordana, I thought this work would be useful for you!!!!!!!!!Click on to Stories and then check out the following: Elementary- Doctor's Appointment; Intermediate- Acupuncture & Chiropractic! These are interesting listening activities!

Finally, open
Our Class 2006 and listen to the podcasts by Rosa's students from the Health Expo! Of course, this is all dpeendent on you have sound and or your headphones!!

Happy Blogging!

PS Check out Nancy's opinion of one of the stories in Comments!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Welcome to Term 4

Why are these pictures here ?

G'day all,

It was good to see that some of you actually went on the web during the break and worked on your blogs. Very well done to Ling and Nancy who have added some interesting posts on their blogs! Have a look!

Today we'll be quite busy getting our quiz up and ready for next Tuesday. It would be advisable to work in groups so that we get everything completed! It should be a fun day... if we're ready! I'm looking forward to trying all the yummy food you're going to prepare!

Speaking of quizzes, some of Peter's class have written some questions in the comments section of a few of your blogs. I'll print of the questions and the whole class can try them on Monday. If you'd like, you can post the answers on your blog in a new post.

Friday, October 06, 2006

New friends in Ireland!

G'day all,

Hope you are all enjoying the break. I'm having a real lazy time but I'm loving it!

If anyone is checking the blogs, check out the blog s of an English class in Dublin, Ireland!

Peter's class come from very different countries to ours! Notice how many Chinese students he has!!!!

Their teacher would like us to be online friends! For starters, you can check out their country quizzes and see if you can do a Google search to find the answers. Perhaps you could do a similar true false quiz about your country!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Last class for Term 3!


As usual I'm rushing to get something on the blog! I really will have to try to manage my time better next term! It's been a long term but a good one I think! I hope you agree!

I hope you all had a good excursion to the Camellia Gardens yesterday. I tried to put a link to the gardens, but I think they are all very disappointing links unless you want to plan a wedding or check out the tea house! I'll be waiting to read a recount of your excursion on your blogs VERY soon!! Don't forget that you are also to post the research you did on your country/town!

Congratulations to Vicky who did a great job on identifying the objects in Rosa's puzzle pic! Ling came a close second though, as did Maria whose answers were very similiar!!!! Poor Li Ping inadvertently deleted the template of her blog so is unable to publish any posts! (Rosa suggests you just change your template design and you may be able to continue! I hope so!)

By the way, check out the comments on Wendy's blog post from last week! She had an interesting visitor to her site! Did anyone else????

Please be careful when writing your posts! It is very important that the words you use are your own and NOT taken straight from a websie. That's plagarism and it is cheating! You must also be careful of infringing the copyright rules. If you DO copy someone else's words then PLEASE acknowledge the source.

Anyway, to today's work! Open Ourclass2006 and read Rosa's instructions for the activities about the Health Expo. Try the surveys and do the BMI test! It's fun and interesting, I think!

Any of the work you don't finish today you can complete during the holidays! Remember too to try and get some donations for the raffle! Everyone is depending on our class!!!!

Thank you all for a great term's work. I hope you have a bit of a break and come back refreshed and ready for a short 8week term.

Happy holidays and happy blogging!