If you look at the right hand side of this page you will see a section called Michael's Shared Items. This section will contain posts from other blogs that I think will be helpful for students. Don't forget to leave a comment on their blog.
Some of you will already know about Answer Tips. For those of you who are new here, Answer Tips is a gadget that has been added to this blog. If you double click on any word on this blog, Answer Tips will pop up with a dictionary entry for that word. Answer Tips will also give you the pronunciation of the word.
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This website is a really good resource for any student studying English. It is called howjsay. It works the same way as a dictionary. You enter a word you want to find. Instead of giving the meaning of your word, it will show your word in a pink font. If you put your mouse cursor on the pink word the website will say that word.
How can this website help you improve your English?
You should look up words that are difficult to pronounce. Listen to the pronounciation a few times. Then start trying to pronounce the word as close to the website as you can. This might take you a few tries.
You will need some speakers or headphones to use howjysay.
iTunes U was announced at Cupertino, California on May 30, 2007. The service was created to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video content for students within a college or university as well as the broader Internet. The online service is without cost to those uploading or downloading material. Content includes course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights and campus tours provided by many top colleges and universities from the US, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.
What do you need to start learning form iTunes U?
You will need to download iTunes to your computer from here.
Many of you have studued the AWL. It is such a long list of words. Will you ever be able to remember them all? Maybe. Will you ever have to use them all? Probably not.
It would be better for you to study words that will be useful for you. This website has a great list of exercises that are categorised by university subject. Choose the subject that is closest to what you will study and start learning.
Soap Operas are popular in many countries throughout the world. Australia is no exception. Neighbours and Home and Awaythe two most popular enjoying success not ony in Australia but also the United Kingdom.
However, this article brings up an interesting issue about Australian soap operas. Are they too white? Most of the characters are white Australians and this does not reflect Australia's multicultural society.
Is Australian TV racist? What do you think?
Neighbours airs weeknight (Monday to Friday) at 6:30pm on channel 10.
Many people worry about the unethical content on the internet. Unethical businesses have seen a wave of customers move over to more ethical businesses- Coffee is the most commonly quoted example of this. Fair trade is becoming a big part of modern business practices.
How does all this relate to the internet? This story is about the idea of introducing a labelling system for ethical websites.
Click on Download audio to listen to the story and think about the questions below.
America had a very historic day yesterday. Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States of America. He will be a very important man for the world when he begin his new job in January next year. We should get used to listening to him.
So...Here is a video of his victory speech, it also has the text of the speech so you can read as well as listen.