Friday, May 31, 2013

Modals for Degrees of Certainty

Hello, class!

This weekend is Art in the Park in Willistead Park in Walkerville. It's $5 to get in, but all the yard sales around the neighbourhood are free. Go look for a bargain!

Here is a lesson on modals for degrees of certainty. After the lesson, do the quiz!

Here is a quiz on degrees of certainty.

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Pests

Here is the text of our reading. Muajab asked me how you can copy this into Google Translator. I will show you how.

Newcomers who want to relax outdoors with their friends and families during the summer

might find many uninvited Canadian guests coming to their parties for a meal: mosquitoes!

These tiny citizens aren’t at the picnic table to taste the delicious food; they’re females who

need blood for their eggs!

In Canada, mosquito bites are usually not dangerous to health, but they can be

uncomfortable because the red marks they leave on the skin are very, very itchy. One way

to manage mosquito bites is to prevent them. It helps to know the insects’ habits. They are

not very active on windy days, and they are most active in the mornings and evenings. They

are attracted to movement, human smells and brightly coloured clothing, The best way to

prevent bites is to wear insect repellent and layers of clothing. Mosquitoes can bite

through thin cloth, but if clothing is layered, it is harder for them to bite.

If you do get bites, it is important not to scratch, because that will make them itchier.

There are many products for sale in pharmacies to help with the itching, and there are

many home remedies as well. One product that is popular in Canada is calamine lotion.

Some people say that toothpaste helps, while other people use a paste made of water and

baking soda. Perhaps it is best to try many pharmacy products and home remedies until

you find the one that works well for you.
Drag the cursor over the text while holding the left mouse button down.  Use ctrl C to copy. Go to Google and choose MORE. From the drop-down menu, choose Translator. Use Ctrl V to paste. Choose English on the left and your language on the right. Voila!

 I don't have grammar activities for you today. You may use any web sites you wish, as long as it's English. Have a good weekend.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Lost and Found

Here is a podcast about a lost item. The level is a little high.

Don't forget about adjective order when you are describing a lost item!

Here is a listening lesson to do with crime. After you listen, try the exercises at the bottom.

Here are lots of conversations to do with crime. Read and listen, read and repeat.

Listen to this story about a thief.

Here is a "read and listen" story about a theft.

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Complaint against the Police

Here is the booklet A Guide to Police Services in Toronto. The Windsor Police offer very similar services.

Their resources are available in many languages.

And here is the video in English.

Today we watched this scene from the movie Crash. We talked about what we would do if the same thing happened to us in Canada. Then we filled out a complaint form against the police for an improper "pat down."

Here is another scene from the end of the same movie. This movie is set in Los Angeles and deals with racial stereotypes.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Crime and Reporting Crime

Hello, students!

Here is a website where you can enter your postal code and see the crime reports for your neighbourhood. Try it! I will ask you on Monday what you learned.

Perhaps you want to re-watch the "What Would You Do?" episode we watched in class.
Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.

Here is another episode about bias in crime reporting.

If you didn't get a chance to look at these links last week, you can do so now.

Vocabulary for law and order.

This video is set in the U.S. but is an interesting look into your rights with the police.

Here are some conversations and phrases for describing a crime to the police.

Enjoy your weekend. I'll see you Monday!