Monday, May 17, 2010

USING WIKIPEDIA IN YOUR COURSE.


Wikipedia formally began in January 2001, as a project to produce a free content encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute. Nine years later, Wikipedia pages seem to turn up near the top of almost every Google search. Wikipedia has become the first place millions of people go to get a quick fact or to launch extensive research.

I encourage you to use Wikipedia in your course. You may incorporate Wikipedia writing assignments into your classes. You are free to post questions for experienced Wikipedia volunteers at the talk page and share your experiences with them. Many of the projects have resulted in both advancing the student's knowledge and useful content being added to Wikipedia. "An advantage of this over regular homework is that the student is dealing with a real world situation, which is not only more educational but also makes it more interesting ("the world gets to see my work")". Wikipedia will give the students a chance to collaborate on course notes and papers, and their effort might remain online for reference, instead of being discarded and forgotten as is usual with paper coursework, or classroom systems which are routinely reinitialized. You can find some best practices guidelines to support educational and academic projects in this link.

Wikipedia:School and university projects


The guidelines are designed to accommodate editors at every level of experience. If you’re just starting out, that’s fine: The early chapters will make your editing experience more productive as well as enjoyable. Nor do you have to be a computer whiz. The really great editors are good at one or more of several things, including research, editing and writing, organizing, and working with other editors; technical matters are simply one realm of specializing as a Wikipedia editor.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

USING TRAVEL GUIDES

We may use travel guides to encourage our students to answer questions about the United States, UK and another English-speaking countries in a new and exciting way.
In addition, travel guides may teach students about the culture and sites in a city or town they are going to visit. Travel guides also will help our students learn some important vocabulary and phrases that they can need.

For example:

Vocabulary

Answering questions

Useful sentences

You may download real travel guides from this link

http://englishphonics.blogspot.com/search/label/Travel%20Guides

Bye!

Monday, May 10, 2010

MORE ENGLISH GAMES



What do you do between the time the kids finish all the activities and the time they go home?

The answer is simple: plan plenty of games and extra-activities to keep the kids entertained and delighted. And it’s easy, Internet contains hundreds of exciting things to do during any children’s gathering. The games and activities are appropriate for all ages. They are clear and simple, and the preparation is inexpensive and easy.

Games energize the school day by being both fun and educational. Games painlessly teach your students reading, logic, listening and other skills.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Games

Try this one

Some jokes...





Jokes can be very useful in order to improve the reading skills of our students. They really enjoy them and learn new vocabulary in an easy way.



Another Classic Blonde Joke

One day, a blonde left work early to go home and suprise her husband with a big dinner. When she got home she saw her husband's car in the drive way and thought "Aw, shoot there goes my suprise."

When she got inside, she heard something coming from her bedroom. She looked in and saw her husband humping her sister.
She ran out of her house and went to a sporting goods store. After buying a gun she went home and ran into her backyard. She pulled out her gun put it to her head and let out a shrill scream.

Her husband ran outside and saw his wife with the gun and said, "Honey, please don't do it!"
The blonde screamed, "Shut up asshole, you're next!"

Dumb Halloween Jokes!

Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist?
To improve his bite...

What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
Frostbite...

How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?
With scare spray...

What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a vampire?
A fur coat that fangs around your neck...

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately...

Why don't skeletons ever go out on the town?
Because they don't have any body to go out with...

What do ghosts add to their morning cereal?
Booberries...

What is a vampire's favorite sport?
Casketball...

What is a vampire's favorite holiday?
Fangsgiving...

What would a monster's psychiatrist be called?
Shrinkenstein...

What did one ghost say to the other ghost?
"Do you believe in people?"