Saturday, 1 August 2015

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Elementary A, November 2014 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Goodbye pic


Library, 21 August

Tasks today:

(1) Writing

(a) Do the writing task we have prepared today, from the book.


(b) Write a short blog post (on the class blog) about the museum visit or REPLY to a blog post written by another student. Discuss what you saw, what you liked, which exhibits were explained well, what you learnt, what you didn't like, etc.

(2) Do your corrections of previous written work, with your partner.

Leaving ceremony: 5.45 p.m.


(3) Look at the new Cambridge web site to see what it offers you that is useful:

(4) Think of something that you need to improve - e.g. the present perfect? articles and quantifiers? gerunds? - and find some online tasks or games to practise it.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

NEW NCM PHOTOS added to the photos page

Hi students,

Don't forget to look at the photos page :)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

FREE online course - British Culture

from the British Council....

Exploring English: Language and Culture

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.

Reading and Writing task

Task 1
Do you need to write essays in English?
How do you organise an essay?
What makes an essay better?
Task 2 -
1.     How many basic sections should an essay have?
2.     Find the ‘5 steps’ for writing a good essay. Do you agree?
3.     What is a thesis sentence, and where do you write it?
4.     Find some ideas about organising the body of the essay: how many sentences in each paragraph?
5.     Tell your group some useful things you discovered.

6.     Look at some example introductions.
7.     Write an introduction for this essay: ‘Theme parks are the most popular destination for family days out’.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Writing: a professional style guide from 'The Economist'


This is my newest discovery: a how-to-write-well guide from the excellent magazine, The Economist, for professional writers.

It's organised alphabetically, so just search through it for what you want.

It contains gems of information such as:

'Long paragraphs, like long sentences, can confuse the reader. “The paragraph”, according to Fowler, “is essentially a unit of thought, not of length; it must be homogeneous in subject matter and sequential in treatment.” One-sentence paragraphs should be used only occasionally.'

Remember that these are rules for CLEAR WRITING, not for writing IELTS ESSAYS,which are somewhat different (though not very different - clarity is still key!)

Link on Writing Page

Sunday, 3 August 2014

New link added to the WRITING page

Manchester University's guides to writing CVs and covering letters, etc. - longer documents, to download - lots of detail plus examples.

Thanks to Rocio for these!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Library tasks - 16 July 2014

Hi Students,

Your tasks for this lesson:

1. Please create a Gmail/Google login if you don't have one.

2. Write a job application letter (minimum 20 minutes - on your own.)

3. Review future tenses, using the documents for practice (paper tasks) or links on my blog - with a partner, if you like.

4. If you're confident with future tenses, do some self-study: choose a topic with a partner, and look at web links on this blog to help you . Make notes about what you find out. You will report back to the class afterwards.

5. Tutorials: I will do tutorials with 2 or 3 students (Majed, Jiny, and Jun).


Friday, 11 July 2014

A History of the world in 100 objects - listening, writing and speaking

With your partners, look at the web site of the British Museum and/or the BBC about A History of the world in 100 objects.

Choose at least one object and listen to the talk. 
Discuss what you heard with your partner - why was the object significant enough to be included in this list?

Listen again. Write a short summary of the object:

  • what it is
  • when and where it's from
  • why it is in the list
  • what you think about it
  • etc.
(If you finish early, choose another object.)

Work on this until 4pm, when we will share our writing with the other groups and discuss what we listened to.

2.55 Jiny
3.10 Majed
3.25 Sayer
3.40 Rasheed

(Next week - Jun.)

After break - room 3.1

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Wednesday 2nd July


Today's tasks:

(1) In pairs of one 'old' student and one 'new' student please do your corrections from previous writing tasks: COPY the whole text, paste it underneath my comments, and remove as many mistakes as you can. Talk about it together. Ask me if you're not sure.

(2) We're going to have a blog discussion today, using the class blog. The first pair of students to finish writing will write a blog post on a topic somehow connected to 'The Economy'. 

(i) Other students will respond by creating new posts replying to the first student. (Please don't use the comments boxes, as it would get even more confusing!)

(ii) In your post, make it clear WHO you are replying to.

(iii) Remember the conversation will flow upwards: the newest posts will be at the top. Try to comment on everything that people say which is controversial or interesting.

Sunday, 29 June 2014


I've been forgettinfg to post photos here recently.

This one's from Maitham.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Wednesday - library

1. Writing task - page 137.

2. Please look at your corrections from last week, in pairs. (COPY your writing and PASTE it below the original text. Using this COPIED TEXT, correct your mistakes with your partner's help.)

3. After that, if you have time left:

(a) Look at other links on this blog to help with your weakest skills. 

(b) Read this amazing story of endurance:

(c) Look at the Student Zone on the National Geographic site:
See what you can find that will be useful in your studies.

Tutorials this week: