You'll probably use this blog for various activities over the next few weeks, and possibly even start your own, but for today, all you need is this link to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary Online (OALD). Click it now and use it when you're completing your vocabulary cards.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
2. It's free to take the buses. Nevertheless only a few people use them.
3. Although houses in Seoul are so expensive, many people have their jobs in Seoul…
4. Incheon is the nearest city to Seoul…
5. Now, it is winter in Korea including Incheon but it is summer in Brisbane.
6. There is another difference, related to the traffic system.
7. Despite that, people don't use the buses much.
8. Although Brisbane is a tenth as big as Seoul, the population of Seoul is much higher than Brisbane's. (the population of Brisbane is 1.857.594, but the population of Seoul is 10.356.000 (2006))
9. First, the population of Seoul is much higher than Brisbane's.
10. Most residential buildings are one or two storey houses.
11. In contrast to Brisbane, there are a lot of apartments in Seoul.
12. We both have four seasons and a big river.
13. Nevertheless, the buses in Gwang-ju have no vacant seats.
14. I don't want to make a comparison between these two cities…
15. …both allow you to do a lot of sports…
16. I think Seoul is one of the most developed cities…
17. …there is too much rain in summer in Seoul.
18. At first , I was a little surprised, but I'm getting used to Brisbane.
19. It's hard to see foreigners…
20. …in Brisbane they use a ferry as a means of transportation but not in Deajeon.
This morning we're going to look at your wonderful writing from last week.
- Work in pairs.
- The list of 20 sentences below are all from your writing last week. Copy them into a Word file.
- Work with your partner to find the mistakes and correct them in Word.
- I'll post the answers here on my blog in about 15-20 minutes so you can check.
1. There are few of similarities between Brisbane and Incheon. Nevertheless, both have one thing in common.
2. It's free to take the busses, nevertheless only few people use them.
3. Although the house in Seoul is so expensive, many people have their jobs in Seoul…
4. Incheon is the nearest cities to Seoul…
5. Now, the season is the winter in Korea including Incheon but it is the summer in Brisbane.
6. There is another difference, related to traffic system.
7. Despite that people doesn't use the busses much.
8. Alhough Brisnane is a tenth as big as Seoul, population of Seoul is much more than Brisbane. (population of Brisbane is 1.857.594, but popultion of Seoul is 10.356.000 (2006))
9. First, population of Seoul is much more than Brisbane.
10. Almost of residential buildings are one or two storied houses.
11. In contrast to Brisbane, there are a lot of apartment in Seoul.
12. We both have four season and big river.
13. Nevertheless, the buses in Gwang-ju have no vacant seat.
14. I don't want to make a comparison between this two cities…
15. …the both allow to practice a lot of sports…
16. I think Seoul is one of the most developed city…
17. …there are too much rains in summer in Seoul.
18. At first time , I little suprised, but I get accustomed to Brisbane.
19. It's hard to see foreigner…
20. …in Brisbane they use a ferry as a transportation but not in Deajeon.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This morning we're doing to do a reading activity. To prepare for it, and to do some listening practice, we're going to watch a short YouTube clip of the first 5 minutes of the film, Super Size Me.
Click here to watch the clip and open this link in a new window to read the transcript as you listen. Check any words you don't know in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
- Think of two cities/towns/villages that you've lived in or know fairly well (for example, these could be Brisbane and your hometown).
- Make note of as many differences and similarities as you can between those two places.
- Read the text I've written below comparing Brisbane and Edinburgh.
- Work in pairs: Discuss these questions regarding the structure of the text:
- How many paragraphs are there? What is the purpose of each paragraph?
- How many different comparing/contrasting expressions are used?
- I've used several that we haven't discussed in class yet. Which ones are they?
Nevertheless, there are a number of major differences between Brisbane and Edinburgh. The main one is history: Edinburgh is far older than Brisbane - about four hundred years older, in fact. As a result, the two cities have developed in very different ways. The oldest surviving buildings in Brisbane - the Windmill on Wickham Street, and the Old Commissariat Store on William Street - were built by convicts in 1828. The oldest building in Edinburgh, in contrast, was built in the 12th century! In addition, Edinburgh is divided into two parts: the Old Town and the New Town, which dates from about 1766. Even in the New Tow, there is a lot of architectural consistency. Brisbane's architecture has no such consistency; it's just one big architectural mess, really!
So, particularly in terms of lifestyle and music, Brisbane and Edinburgh are quite similar. As far as history and architecture go, however, the two cities could hardly be more different!
- Using my text as a model, and your thoughts and notes from Stage 1, write your first draft of your own comparison of two places you know well.
- Remember to use a variety of linking expressions (but, although, however, nevertheless, in spite of, despite) and comparing/contrasting expressions.
- Be careful with your use of nouns. When you use a noun in your writing, think about it: Is it countable or uncountable? Should it be singular or plural? Does it an article (a/an, the) or a quantifier (some, any, many, a few, a little) before it?
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
We're called the Bell Divers, and this is our website: www.thebelldivers.com. You can read about us and some of the things people have written about us, look at some photos of us, and download our debut album for free!
- Work on your own.
- Read carefully through the printed-out version of your blog post about your hero, and think about how you can correct the highlighted errors.
- Edit post your post, making any necessary changes.
- Publish it when it's ready.
- Read the blog posts that your classmates have written and find out about their heroes.
- Add comments at the bottom of their posts to give them some feedback.
- Find the answers to the questions below and post them to your blog.
- What does Minsun admire about Myung bo Hong?
- How have Tolkien's books influenced Alain?
- Why was 2002 such an important year for Ronaldo?
- What sets Lewis Hamilton apart from other Formula-1 drivers?
- According to Agnes, how does Rod Stewart feel about London, his birthplace?
- In what ways is Richard P. Feynman unlike most scientists?
- What is so significant about Heath Ledger receiving an Oscar award?
- If you prefer, you can listen to Queen and David Bowie playing the song live or Oasis
- Complete the lyrics while you listen and post them to you blog when you've finished.
- Check your answers with a partner.
- Read the complete lyrics.