Song for Practicing Second Conditional courtesy GetEnglishLessons.com

on Sunday, October 30, 2011


 Song for Practicing Second Conditional :Courtesy GetEnglishLessons.comChange the World

Change - Eric Clapton                                       Change - Eric Clapton
Fill in with the correct forms of the verbs in parentheses. Fill in with the correct forms of the verbs in parentheses.
Then listen to the song and check:                          Then listen to the song and check:
If I [1] ___________ (can) reach the stars                  If I [1] ___________ (can) reach the stars
I [2] ___________ (pull) one down for you                   I [2] ___________ (pull) one down for you
Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth             Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth
That the love inside is everything you see                  That this love inside is everything you see
But for now I find it's only in my dreams                    But for now I find it's only in my dreams
CHORUS:                                                     CHORUS:
That I can change the world                                 That I can change the world
I [3] ____________ (be) the sunlight in your                I [3] ____________ (be) the sunlight in your
universe                                                    universe
You [4] ___________ (think) my love was really              You [4] ___________ (think) my love was really
something good                                              something good
Baby if I [5] __________ (can) change the                   Baby if I [5] __________ (can) change the
world                                                       world
If I [6] __________ (be) a king even for a day              If I [6] __________ (be) a king even for a day
I [7] __________ (take) you round my queen                  I [7] __________ (take) you round my queen
I [8]___________(have) it no other way                      I [8]___________(have) it no other way
And our love [9] _________ (rule) in this                   And our love [9] _________ (rule) in this
kingdom we have made                                        kingdom we have made
Till then I [10] __________ (be) a fool wishin'             Till then I [10] __________ (be) a fool wishin'
for the day                                                 for the day
CHORUS:                                                     CHORUS:
That I can change the world                                 That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe                    I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something                 You will think my love was really something
good                                                        good
Baby if I could change the world                            Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world                            Baby if I could change the world
- GUITAR SOLO -                                             - GUITAR SOLO -
CHORUS:                                                     CHORUS:
That I can change the world                                 That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe                    I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something                 You will think my love was really something
good                                                        good
Baby if I could change the world                            Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world                            Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world                            Baby if I could change the world
   From  GetEnglishLessons.com                                       GetEnglishLessons.com
Answer key:
1. could
2. would pull/’d pull
3. would be/’d be
4.would think/’d think
5.could
6.were
7.would take/’d take
8.would have/’d have
9. would rule/’d rule
10. would be/’d be

word of the week ;Courtesy British Council

on Saturday, October 29, 2011



word of the week

  • Do you find it easy to learn new vocabulary in English? Word of the week is a great way to learn new words. Every week there's a new video showing children in the UK using the word.
     
  • Rubbish is stuff that you put in the bin, or it can mean really bad.
    "Like this book. It's rubbish!"
     
  • Nonsense is something silly or stupid.
    "My baby sister talks nonsense sometimes."
    "You mean, like this? Bla, bla, ga, ga....."
     
  • secret is something you and only a few other people know, and you mustn't tell anybody else.
    "What are you two whispering about?"
    "It's a secret."
     
     
  • party is when you get together with family and friends to celebrate something special.
    "For my birthday, I'm going to have a party with eighteen friends."
    "Oh good! Can I come too?"
    "Hmmm.... maybe."
     
  • When you recycle rubbish, you put it in a special container so it is used again.
    "Do you recycle rubbish at home?"
    "Yes, we recycle glass, plastic and paper."
    "So do we."
     

22 Frames - Captioned Videos & More for ESL

on Thursday, October 20, 2011


22 Frames - Captioned Videos & More for ESL

22 Frames is a new service that provides a central location for locating captioned videos for learning English and for Internet users who have hearing impairments. 22 Framesprovides more than just captioned videos. For each video 22 Frames provides a list of idioms, slang words, and commonly mispronounced words in each video. 22 Frames tells viewers where each use of idioms, slang, and commonly mispronounced words appears in each video. Viewers can click on any of the words in the lists provided by 22 Frames to find a definition for each word and to find pronunciation tips.

Applications for Education22 Frames could be a great resource for ESL/ EFL teachers and students. The videos found on 22 Frames range from current news stories to videos from popular culture. Using a current news video on 22 Frames could be a good way to combine an English lesson with a social studies lesson. 

10 Resources for ESL & Foreign Language Students


10 Resources for ESL & Foreign Language Students

While writing about LangMedia yesterday I realized that I've reviewed a lot of resources for foreign language and ESL/EFL students and teachers over the last couple of years. Here are ten of the better free resources for foreign language and ESL/EFL students.

Smart.fm is a free service designed to help you learn languages, mathematics, and history independently. At it's most basic, Smart.fm provides a flashcard-like service for learning languages, learning formulas, and learning facts. You can hear the flashcards read to you, read the flashcards, and play games based upon the flashcards you're studying.Smart.fm takes the flashcard concept a step farther by offering a personalized repetition schedule based upon what you've learned and what you haven't yet learned. The schedule adjusts each time you revisit your account.

Vocabulix provides numerous free tools for learning Spanish, German, or English. Vocabulix can be used to create quizzes or take quizzes online. Vocabulix provides dozens of drills and activities designed to help students learn Spanish, German, or English. The verb conjugation chart can be used on the Vocabulix website. The verb conjugator code is freely available for use in third party blogs, wikis, or websites. As most new language learning websites do, Vocabulix has a social networking option that helps match native speakers with learners.

Forvo can best be described as an audio wiki for word pronunciations. One of the problems with learning to speak a language that is not phonetic is trying to figure out how to pronounce the words. Forvo hosts hundreds of recordings of word pronunciations by native speakers. Currently there are nearly 200 languages supported on Forvo. Along with word pronunciations, Forvo provides some basic demographic information about each language.Forvo's content is user supported and user generated so new pronunciations are added every day.

CAPL, Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon, is a project developed by Dr. Michael Shaughnessy at Washington & Jefferson College. The purpose of CAPL is to provide images that demonstrate the true meaning and intention of the words in a language. CAPLcurrently has collections of images for teaching and learning English (North American), German, French, Chinese, and Spanish. CAPL also has images for Japanese, Russian, and Ukranian. All of the images in the collection are licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows for re-use and manipulation for non-commercial purposes.

The Story Place is a children's digital library produced by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina. The Story Place features digital stories in English and Spanish for students of pre-school age through elementary school. The digital stories are arranged by age group and by theme. I looked at the pre-school story about firefighters and thought it that it is the type of story I would share with my pre-school aged child, if I had kids. Along with the digital stories are activity guides for parents.

Verbs Online provides foreign language students with a good selection of activities for practicing verb conjugations. Practice activities are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. The practice activities deal with the past, present, and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs. Students can choose to do the activities in sets of ten through fifty practice items.

WordSteps is a resource for learning the vocabulary of your choice of nine languages. To start learning vocabulary withWordSteps select the language you are trying to learn then choose a set of vocabulary words in that language.WordSteps provides six types of practice activities for each set of vocabulary words. The sets of vocabulary words are called dictionaries byWordSteps. You can use the dictionaries made by other WordSteps users or create your own dictionary. WordSteps can be used without creating an account, but in order to create your own dictionary you must create an account.
Kindersay is designed for use by pre-K students. The user interface is easy to navigate using clear, kid-friendly icons. There are more than 500 activities that students can use. There is not any distracting advertising on Kindersay.

ESL Basics is a site that provides short video vocabulary lessons for beginning and advanced ESL students. For teachers, ESL Basics has a small collection of suggestions and ideas for teaching ESL.ESL Basics is adding new content on a regular basis.

Make Beliefs is a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. Make Beliefs provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most impressively,Make Beliefs allows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Latin.

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Six Visual Dictionaries and Thesauri


Six Visual Dictionaries and Thesauri

Here are six visual dictionaries and thesauri that can help your students better understand the meanings of words.

Snappy Words is a free visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition. Click and drag any node to explore other branches of the web. Double click on a node and it will generate new web branches.

Visuwords uses a web design to show users the definitions of words and the connections between words. To useVisuwords just type a word into the search box and Visuwords will generate a web of related words. Place your cursor over any of the words and the definition appears. Use the color-coded key to understand the connections between the words in any web.

Lexipedia, like Visuwords, provides the definitions of words along with a webbed diagram of related words and their definitions. In addition to definitions and diagrams, Lexipedia offers audio pronunciations of words although when I tested it the audio didn't seem to be working properly. In my side-by-side comparison of Lexipedia and Visuwords, both performed equally well, but occasionally offered different definitions and connections for the same word.

Merriam Webster's Visual Dictionary is divided into fifteen thematic categories containing more than 6,000 words defined and accompanied by images. You can find words and definitions by browsing through the categorized images or by using the text search bar.

Wordia is a free visual, video dictionary. Wordiafeatures a selection of user-submitted and professionally created videos explaining the meaning of a word. The videos focus on the everyday use of words while the text accompanying each video provides the dictionary definition of the word.
Got Brainy features two sections; Brainy Flix and Brainy Pics. Brainy Pics is comprised of images that demonstrate the meaning of a word. Most of the pictures are submitted by students. Brainy Flix is comprised of short videos that illustrate the meaning of words. Just like with Brainy Pics, most of the videos are submitted by students.

English Pronunciation – British and American Pronunciation

on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

English Pronunciation – British and American Pronunciation English pronunciation is not always predictable from the spelling forms that you see. Words that look the same might have very different pronunciations. For example, cough, tough, through, bough, though, borough all end in ough but all have a different British English pronunciation (though in American English pronunciation, the last syllable of borough rhymes with though). Online dictionary with audio pronunciations Each Macmillan Dictionary definition comes with free audio pronunciation and may help you with your English pronunciation in two ways: every headword is spelled out using the International Phonetic Alphabet; where more than one pronunciation is acceptable, variations are shown most headwords have a pronunciation button ; if you click on the button you will hear the audio pronunciation. In the British edition, you will hear the British English pronunciation, and in the American edition, you will hear the American English pronunciation. For example, the audio pronunciation will illustrate the difference between British tomato and American tomato, where the middle vowel is different. Or try laboratory, which in British English pronunciation has the primary stress on the second syllable, but in American English pronunciation has the primary stress on the first syllable.

User:Balqis Thaahaveettil - WikiEducator

User:Balqis Thaahaveettil - WikiEducator

on Saturday, October 8, 2011

Introduction to English Gerunds The English gerund form of the verb is the 'ing' form of the verb. Gerunds are verbs that are used as nouns. In other words, by adding 'ing' to any verb you can change that verb into a noun. Gerunds are often used at the beginning of sentences when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation. Examples: Playing tennis is good for your heath, and good fun! Listening 10 minutes a day to English will help you improve your understanding of the language. It's also possible to use gerunds in any other position in a sentence. As a direct object of a verb: Examples: Hanna enjoys listening to classical music.Verbs + Gerunds There are many verbs that are always followed by the gerund form. Here are some of the most important: admit advise avoid consider delay deny discuss enjoy finish keep postpone recommend regret risk suggest tolerate Examples: He avoided paying late fees on the account. She denied knowing anything about the crime. I postponed making a decision until Monday. She regrets not studying French in college. NOTE: Notice that the negative gerund form is 'not + verb + ing'. Jason admits spending too much money on toys. Phrasal Verbs + Gerunds Gerunds are used with phrasal verbs that end in prepositions. Phrasal verbs are verb phrases which are made up of two or more words, generally the verb plus one or two prepositions. Not all phrasal verbs combine with other verbs. Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs that do combine with other verbs in the gerund form: bring about call off check into cut out figure out get over look into put off take over Examples: The coach called off practicing for the day. Tom looked into finding a new job. She took a long time to get over losing her dog.

The Edupunk Channel

on Friday, October 7, 2011


To get to know more about The Edupunk Channel ,detailed view of Edupunkers click here .If you are interested to enter in to a discussion about Edupunk ,it's going on ,you can click here 

What is Edupunk?

by Tammy Taiba
Posted on 07 October, 2011
Many of us have heard about this term “Edupunk” but maybe many do not know yet what does that refer to exactly. Here is just a brief idea about it:
o   Edupunk is a group of people who want to redefine the concept of non-traditional learning/ teaching in an online environment. They are “people of light minds and alike interests moving together toward certain goals”.
o   It is a new way for people to communicate and learn together.
o   It is a portal or group setting where people can earn money (not only teachers but also students).
o   It is a separate channel where people can create their own activities and games in a live environment.
o   It is not a place for depending on others (anti-slavery community).
o   It is an environment that has free empowered people who have the ability to do something unique.   
Some of the Basic Concepts in the Edupunk Channel:  
o   Self discovery by making experiments through different online fun centric activities like “games” or “English corners”.
o   Everyone can teach and everyone should teach. (e.g. teaching children, helping friends, sharing information…etc).
o   Human interaction (i.e. individuals or teams).  
o   Brining value (everyone has something valuable to offer and share).
o   Creating several games’ levels which are suitable for student’s need (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).
o   Combining objectives with goals: teaching along with helping people.  
o   Connecting the individuals’ visions and ideas together for the purpose of reaching fruitful goals in the future.
Who is an Edupunker?
An Edupunker is a person who is:
o   Self fulfilling and true to oneself.
o   Willing to help others and is critically needed by the surrounded people.
o   Unique and special in the way of learning/teaching.   
o   Leader not a follower.

by The Edupunk posted on 07 October, 2011
Great points, I would add
FUN and games and FUN and singing and Fun stuff with experimenting and FUN activities with discovery
Oh and did I mention FUN?
Thanks Tammy

by Tammy Taiba posted on 07 October, 2011
I guess Edupunk is mainly about "FUN" activities.
Thank you George.
by Balqis Thaahaveettil posted on 07 October, 2011 (Edit Reply)
Yes, Tammy you did it ! This is really great !!!
This discussion is really good for people who wanted to know what "Edupunk " is .There are a lot of creative people around who looks in to things with a different perspective (the right brain stuff ).  This channel is meant for all those whom you have mentioned above :)
In short, this is the The Fun Place to Learn!
by Tammy Taiba posted on 07 October, 2011
Thanks so much Balqis for this clarification. You are absoluetly right.  If we work all together along with many people, Insha Allah we will be able to move forward and achieve something great as an organization. "Fun" is fun and we would like to use that as much as possible for better outcomes.

Good Luck Edupunkers!!





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