Friday, February 27, 2009

Australia's International Students

Here is an article from this week's Australian newspaper. It is about the number of international students coming to Australia.

What do think about the article? Are all the opinions true?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ABC TV on iView

The ABC is Australia's public broadcaster. It airs a number of TV programs that are valuable to you as learners of English. I have made a list of the "best" programs. There are many more, but this are my recommendations.

News/Current Affairs:

Australian/Aboriginal Topics:



All of these programs can be viewed on ABC1 or ABC2. You can also stream them on the internet at iView.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

La Trobe on iTunes U

La Trobe Univesity is now on iTunes U. Have a look and start learning!

Here is a previous post about iTunes U.

Monday, February 23, 2009


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Play for Hunger

Picture from Hungry Planet.

Here is a great game that will help you learn about world hunger. You can learn about the causes of hunger and how people decide to deal with hunger. 

Friday, February 20, 2009

Nina Simone

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The Story of Australian English

This is a great lecture about a new book on Australian English. You can listen to the story or you can read it by clicking on the transcript. This is an interesting and useful lecture.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Crowded House

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Ssssssppppppeeeeeeeddddddd Reading

This is a great game that will help you read faster.

First, read the words that appear on the screen. Please note that the words will not make sense. They are randomly put together.

Then, type the words in the box. Press continue to see if you are correct.

If you enter the words coreectly, the next group of words will be longer.

Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tentative Writing

Tentative Writing (or hedging) should be an essential part of your writing in university.

"Writing in a tentative tone means making cautious and careful statements. When you put forward your opinion or point of view, you have a choice. You can choose to be more assertive (confident) or more tentative (cautious)."

Here is a further explanation of tentative writing. Read this. Then, try this exercise.

Bob Dylan

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Monday, February 16, 2009

BBC Interviews with Bob Marley

Here is a selection of interviews with Bob Marley.
"None but ourselves can free our mind."
Bob Marley

Sunday, February 15, 2009

CFA Bushfire Widget

Paul Kelly

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Friday, February 13, 2009

A World of 100 People

How can you make this sentence LONGER?

This website is great! Click on the grey parts of the sentence to see hoow you make the sentence longer!

Pearl Jam

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Single Sex Schools vs. Co-ed Schools: Youtube explains

John Butler Trio

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How many words do you know?

The Word Count website is a list of 100 million words. It starts with the most common and finishes with the least common.

How can you use this in your studies?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bob Marley- Get Up Stand Up

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Catastrophic Bushfires in Victoria

There have been some terrible bushfires all over Victoria over in the last few days. The ABC News website has an very informative website that shows photos, video, stories and maps about the bushfires.

If you want to donate money to the victims of the bushfires please go to the Red Cross Australia website.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Solar Cooling? Is this possible?

Here is a story about an air-conditioner that runs on solar energy.

Is this possible?
How will this change things in Australia?
Would you buy one?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The EFL ESL Blog List

The Trylingual Page has just been added to the ESL EFL Blog List. Click on the image above to look at other blogs on the list.

Euthanasia: An Emotional Issue

Euthanasia is a highly debated issue in many countries. It often brings up strong emotions in people because they have had personal experiences with the issue.

Here is a forum from Australia on this topic.

What do you think about this issue? What do people think in your country?