Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cause and Effect Sentences

Here is a quick exercise to practice cause and effect sentences. Follow the intructions and check your answers.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My sentences(S) don't look(V) correct (C)!

Are you have trouble making correct sentences? This is a common problem for a lot of students.

This problem often happens when students forget to put the elements of their sentences in the incorrect order. This website has a quick quiz where you can practice choosing sentences that have their elements in the correct order.

The next website also works on this problem but it focuses more on sentenes for academic essays. Once again you have to put the elements of the sentence in order. Bu this time you have to do it one word at a time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Which diet is the best?

This post has been written to show you what it might be like to listen to a lecture in English. First, you will need to do some reading to prepare for the lecture. Then, you will go to the lecture, listen and take notes. Finally, you will put all your information together and reflect on what you have learnt.

Start by visiting this website to learn about nutrition.

What are carbohydrates?
What is fat?
What is protein?
Which ones are good and which ones are bad for you?

Visit this website to learn about the Atkins diet.

What is the main idea behind the Atkins diet?
How is the Atkins diet different to you current diet?

You will now listen to the lecture. It is a long lecture. Try to listen for about 15 minutes then take a break. Do this a few times until you have finished the lecture. While you are listening take lots of notes. Try to answer the following questions;

What does the lecturer think about diets like the Atkins diet?
What evidence does he have to support his opinion?
What does he think we should eat instead?

You will find the lecture here.

After you have listened to the lecture use your notes to write a summary.

Finally write a paragraph about this question: “Is the Atkins diet a good way to lose weight?”

Good Luck!

Ideas from Gondwanaland

Here is a simple exercise that will test your ability to find the main ideas in a text. Folow the instructions below.

This test is in two parts, one of eight questions, the other of five. For the first part you have to read the text, and then match the paragraph headings A - H with the paragraphs 1-8. Write the letter in front of each heading into the box next to the number of the paragraph it belongs to. When you have finished the whole test press 'Answers' to see if you were right.

Monday, July 28, 2008

A, An, The or ...?

Using articles in English can be very confusing. Many languages don't have them so they might be a new concept for you. Here is a great website that explains when to use the different articles in English. It describes three basic rules that you should follow and it also uses this easy to use flowchart (you can see a bigger version of the flowchart if you follow this link here).

Friday, July 25, 2008

Listening to Australia

The Best of the ABC website has some great radio segments and videos. Choose a story that interests you and watch or listen to it. At the bottom of the webpage you change choose to look at previous stories or the archives. This should help improve your listening. For an extra challenge take notes while you listen and write a summary paragraph about the story afterwards.

Sentence Elements and Patterns

Here is a website that shows all the elements of a sentence and common sentence patterns.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Stress? Stressed? Stressful?

Here is a simple website that explains the causes and effects of stress. It also defines stress and lists a number of ways to cope with stress.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Write paragraphs that will knock your reader out!

The Paragraph Punch website in an online tutorial that helps you improve your paragraph writing skills. It takes you through the step by step process of writing a great paragraph.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Better Speaking

Do you want to improve your speaking skills? Here is a great website for you. The website has a series of interviews with advice on how to improve your speaking skills.

"Better Speaking is all about how you can become a fluent, confident speaker of English. In the programmes we hear from learners of English from around the world and also from someone who specialises in teaching speaking, trainer Richard Hallows. Better Speaking is presented by Callum Robertson".

You can stream the interviews off the internet or download them. You will need a pair of headphones or some speakers to listen to the interviews.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Word Class

Here's a quick quiz to test your knowledge of Word Class.

Good Luck!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Aussie Slang

Hey cobbers

I've got a website here to teach you all about Aussie slang. Click on the Map Search section on the left of the webpage. Go to region 23 - Melbourne Region. Maybe you can learn a few words that the locals use. 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Anzac Biscuits

Here's an easy recipe to try if you have some free time.  These biscuits are very traditional in Australia. People began making them during World War I. All the ingredients are really cheap and they are so simple. 

Click here for the recipe.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pronunciation Tips

The BBC Learning English website has a great section on Pronunciation Tips. Click here. It's an interactive website which means that you can click on sounds and hear how to pronounce them correctly. You will need some headphones or  speakers to hear the sounds. 

Here's how to use the website:
  1. Choose a unit which focuses on sounds that you have trouble with (e.g. Unit 5 Sock and Coat).
  2. Follow the instructions on the website. 
  3. Don't forget to say the sound aloud if the website tells you to. 
There are also some interesting sections on features of English. If you feel really motivated try one of the quizzes too.

Good Luck 

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Melbourne Issue

Here's an article on an issue that a lot of Melbournites feel strongly about.

Who are Tram Conductors? What do they do?

How does the writer feel about tram conductors? Why? 


Welcome to the Tylingual page. This blog has been designed for you to practice and extend your English skills. I will post a number of different websites, articles and videos chosen especially for you. Some of them will be for to practice and improve your English. Others will be just for fun.

See ya.