Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weather and Severe Weather

Hello, class!

This month we are learning about emergencies and how to be prepared for them.

Please click HERE to go to the Windsor Star's weather report for today.

What's the temperature in Windsor today?

Is it warm or cool? Is it cloudy or clear?

Now visit THIS WEBSITE to get a weather report from your first country.

Compare the weather between these two places. Are they the same or different? How?

You can click HERE to practice spelling weather words.

If you click HERE, you can watch a NASA video of Hurricane Irene from start to finish. Wow!

If you have more time, you can click HERE to watch a video about making a family emergency plan.

Higher level students: try this listening lesson about weather.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Telephone Talk

If you are new to computers and need practice with the mouse, please go to MOUSE MASTER.

This week we will be talking about using the telephone, taking and leaving messages.

Please watch these videos:

Wrong Phone Number

Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim students!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August Rush (Movie)

Hello, Seniors Class!

This Thursday we will watch the movie August Rush. Please watch a trailer of the movie here.

Use Google Translator or a Learner's Dictionary to find the meanings of these words:

  1. prodigy
  2. fairy tale
  3. orphan
  4. orphanage
  5. wizard
What do you think the movie is about? We will discuss it in class tomorrow.

Tomorrow we will also finish the Tim Horton's worksheet with relative vowel sounds. If you want, you can practice your vowel sounds HERE.

Click HERE for Scotia Bank's online banking tour.

To see TD Canada Trust's online demo, click HERE then choose "view our demo."

For RBC, click HERE and choose "Take a personal online banking tour."
RBC Royal Bank

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hello, Cas' class!

On Thursday we will be watching the movie August Rush.

Use the Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary or the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary to find the meanings and pronunciations of these words:
  1. prodigy
  2. orphanage
  3. charismatic
  4. disheartened
  5. unwavering
  6. beckon
  7. makeshift
  8. unleash
  9. wizard
  10. impromptu
  11. enigmatic
Watch this music video of "Moondance." Who wrote it? The lyrics are here. Do you like it? Is it romantic?

Now visit the website for the Corpus of Contemporary American English. A corpus is a database of spoken and written language that allows you to search for words, phrases, word combinations, idioms, collocations, etc. to find actual samples of those terms in real contexts.

Enter the site.

Do a search on the word "unbeknownst." Explore the samples of real language where this word was used. Does this help you understand how to use the word?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Computer Lab - August 16


Please visit the 211 website and look around.
What is it?
What kind of information can you get here?

Look at this list of food banks. How many are downtown or close to downtown?

Read about the Downtown Mission food bank here.

Click HERE to learn about the new bus fares starting August 15 (yesterday). Here is a news article about it.

You can use Ellis software or any other English learning website.

Have fun!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Computer Lab - Tuesday, August 9

Hello, class!

Please click HERE to practice spelling words to do with Transit Windsor.

Click HERE if you would like to see bus maps and schedules.

We are going to the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) on Wednesday. Click HERE to learn more about the current exhibits.

You can use Ellis or any English learning website, as well.



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Computer Lab - Tuesday, August 2

I will give you a worksheet with questions to answer about this site.

After break, please visit the Transit Windsor web site. Turn your worksheet over and answer the questions about Transit Windsor.

If you finish, you can do this reading and listening lesson about using a bus schedule.

Please bring your worksheets to class on Wednesday.

Cas' class:

You may use any website in the sidebar (on the right). I recommend VOA Special English newscasts for learning English. Another good site is Breaking News English and its easier counterpart, News English Lessons.

After you listen to a news story, there are online quizzes and games, plus worksheets. Call me over if you want to print a worksheet. If it's not too long, I will print it for you.

Another good site for short, interesting broadcasts is National Public Radio's StoryCorps. Each one is a podcast that you can listen to while viewing the text of the story.

Those of you with very high listening skills may wish to try Call me over and I can show you how to bring up the transcript or subtitles while you listen.

Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim students!