Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Thank you, students of the seniors' class, for a wonderful party.

You are too good to me.  I hope you know how precious each of you is to me.  We are like a family.
the spread
We shared food.
We spoke from the heart.
Mr. Zhang
We listened to a poem. I think I know why Mr. Zhang chose that poem. It was poignant.
Mei, Xiumin, Hamdi, Kelly, Junjian
Hamdi taught us a dance step. Tareq drummed for us.
Mei, Xiumin
We heard a delightful story about an unlucky day turned lucky!
We solved riddles.
Dr. Peng, Xiumin, Kelly, BaoHua, Shurong, Mei
The women took a group shot.
Enjoy your two-week break. We will see each other again in 2017, Inshallah!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spelling City

Hello, students!

This week I want to introduce you to Spelling City. This is a website many teachers use. We store word lists there so that our students can practice spelling and syntax.

I have just put some of our words and sentences on Spelling City for you.

I really hope the iPads work Friday. I hope the wifi works. I hope you can try out this learning tool.

If you like it, I will load our vocabulary words onto that site more often.

Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Holidays

Happy end of term (soon)!

Congratulations on your assessments.

At the Pharmacy

Hello, students of the seniors class!

This week we honed in on the topic of talking to the pharmacist, reading the label, and asking questions. We want to be active participants in our own care.

We had our listening assessment based on these four recordings of patients being advised by the pharmacist regarding their new prescriptions. These audios are from Queens University "English for your Health" series, which we use a lot in this class even though we find the odd typo or factual error.

After the listening test, you assessed your own ability to understand this level of audio text without being able to see the speakers using a self-assessment multiple choice list.

Here are the audios again.

Patient 1
Patient 2
Patient 3
Patient 4


Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Fun App

Hello, seniors!

Let's do something frivolous and fun with our digital literacy course this Friday.

I want to tell you about a fun app called Aurasma.

First you need an interesting picture, such as this one I edited in LunaPic.

Then you need a video that you will use as an OVERLAY.

Aurasma will put the two together, and we will set up a gallery of our augmented reality pictures in the hallway. We can use this app for speaking assessments in the future.

Do you like it?

Can you think of other ways to use it?

Have a nice weekend!