Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What's wrong with my po-now-see-ay-shion?

Pronunciation can be a difficult thing to practice from home. Forvo lets you listen to a clear model of natural pronunciation. Just choose a word and play the pronunciation. Then try to say the word as closely to the model as possible. Repeat this as many times as you need to.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Listening to ABC Radio National

The ABC Radio National website allows you to listen to radio programs whenever you like. All the presenters are Australians, and so are many of their guests.

Click on the Listen Live icon at the top left of the screen. Or use the menu on the left side of the screen.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

It's a Furphy

Here is a great story about Aussie language.

A furphy is a rumour or a yarn. The term was given to us by an Irish immigrant family who settled in Victoria in the 1800s.

Accounts of the precise origins of the term 'furphy' have changed over the years, however. There have been a few furphies within the furphy story.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Greener World

Here is a great website with a lecture on how to live in a "Greener" way.

Reading Practice

Here is a quick reading quiz.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A quick quiz on realtive clauses, which looks a bit challenging.

Here it is!

I need more support!!!

If you are having trouble thinking of support for a paragraph in an Argumentative Essay, have a look at this website.

It gives some great examples and then asks you to think of your own answers. It looks at the issue of legalising marijuana.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dependant & Independant Clauses

This is a quick quiz to test your knowledge of dependant and independant clauses.

Here is a link to a previous post on Grammar Revision.


Monday, September 8, 2008

Paul Kelly-Deeper Water

This is my favourite song by an Australian singer named Paul Kelly. Listen to the song and try to understand the song. Then click here and check if you understood the words.

Say it like an Aussie

The fonetiks.org website has a great page where you can hear Australian pronunciation. Put your mouse cursor over the words in pink to hear how Australians say their vowels. You will need some speakers or headphones to hear them. Copy the pronunciation until you sound the same.

From Simple to Complex

The Quick Quiz website offers a great quiz that tests your knowledge of simple, compound and complex sentences.

Unfortunately you have to use enter your email address. Use your university address because they will probbaly send you some junk mail.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Build your Vocabulary with AWL Quizzes

This website has some great quizzes on AWL1. Have a go and check your answers.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Language Man

This is an episode of a TV show called Message Stick. The show covers many stories about Aboriginies and Aboriginal Culture. This is a very interesting episiode.

John Bradley was in his early 20s when as a new teacher he was sent to the remote aboriginal community of Borroloola in the Northern Territory. For most of his adult life he has been working with the Yanyuwa (pronounced Yan.you.a), documenting their language and culture, and is now a fluent speaker himself … one of the last.

You can see Message Stick at 1:30 pm on Sundays on ABC1 (Channel 2) It is repeated at 6pm on Fridays on ABC1.

A Day in the Life of a Homeless Man Part 2

A Day in the Life of a Homeless Man Part 1

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What are the Causes of Homelessness in Australia?

This website has lots of statistics about homelessness in Australia. How many causes of homelessness can you find?

Listen, Write, Check

This website is great. It lets you listen to a story or spoken text. While you listen, you can type what you hear. The website will let you know if your answer is correct. You can listen as many times as you want.

If you like this website you can sign up for free. This will allow you to create an account and check your scores on a graph.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Getting some Order for your Sentences

Here is a quick exercise about word order. Try to think about SVOCA when choosing the correct answer.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Word Classes in Movie Titles

Here is a fun quiz about word classes that will also test your knowledge of famous movie titles.