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Food for thought

 
 

Another good edublog

This one comes from Victoria. It came to my attention because it has linked to me, so I visited and liked what I saw.

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Much more sophisticated in IT than I am!

 

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The Sourcebooks Shakespeare

These are just brilliant, though I admit I am judging from just two — Othello and Macbeth — which (glad to say as a pensioner, sad to say from the publisher’s viewpoint) I bought last week at the remainder shop at the end of the Devonshire Street tunnel at Sydney’s Central Station. I have been going through Othello with a student in the past few weeks, and that motivated the purchase. I had no idea whether it would be worth the $9.95, but it emphatically was. 🙂

There is a website too: THE SOURCEBOOKS SHAKESPEARE. Read all about them there, and even hear some of the CDs that accompany them.

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On Othello, for example, you get speeches and extracts, sometimes in pairs so you can compare interpretations. You may contrast Janet Suzman’s amazing 1987 South African production starring John Kani (left below) with the historic Paul Robeson (right below) interpretation from the 1940s. Even more amazing, there is F Scott Fitzgerald doing a speech from Act I Scene 3, and if that isn’t amazing enough, a recording of Edwin Booth, the brother of the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, performing the role in 1890! The CD is beautifully narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi. On top of that are essays on aspects of the play, and a very user-friendly complete edition. Just great!

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Both images are links…

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2008 in English studies, HSC, Shakespeare

 

Worth visiting

And yet another email informed me about this site:

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…which is how it looks in Google Chrome. 🙂

MULTIMEDIA ENGLISH CLASSROOM is a free online classroom to learn English, designed for students from all around the world. It uses authentic material and is targeted at students of English who already have a basic knowledge of the language (though we’ll soon have a section for absolute beginners too). If you can read this and understand it (at least the general idea), then this virtual classroom is for you!

This website is very young, but it is growing quickly. Every week (on Sunday) new material is posted and the old material is moved to libraries where you can access the stuff published here before…

Most of the language used here is authentic English not adapted to any specific level and taken from real sources. Though my language is British English, so that is the variety I use myself, the material on this site comes from different countries, especially the UK and the USA; there are even some non-native speakers too. That way, you train yourself to use and understand English as it is, the English used by natives (not the simplified, artificial language nobody uses in real life).

The activities and videos are usually loaded with lots of help and explanations in case you need it. If your level is low, understanding the general idea is more than enough, or sometimes trying to understand a few things here and there will help you progress. If your level is advanced, then you should be able to focus on more difficult aims.

And remember, the more you listen and read, the more you will understand.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2008 in English language, ESL, esl for students, student help

 

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Poetry Viva — Wollongong 11 October 2008

Yet another email, this one from the South Coast Writers’ Centre.

Poetry Viva

SCWC PROGRAM
11 October 2008

Join our most exciting contemporary poets for an afternoon of challenge and contemplation. Featuring Dorothy Porter, John Tranter, joanne burns, Judith Beveridge, Peter Skrzynecki, Barbara Nicholson, Chris Mansell, Elizabeth Hodgson, Merlinda Bobis and more reading from their work. Call in to Wollongong City Gallery for half an hour or the whole afternoon, and experience these extraordinary Australian writers. A co-production of South Coast Writers Centre and Viva La Gong. Supported by the Australian Poetry Centre.

12noon – 4.30pm, Saturday 11 October, 2008
The Fine Gallery, Level 2, Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets Wollongong, NSW 2500

Free Event

More information: Ali Smith tel 02 4228 0151 or email scwc@1earth.net

Bit nostalgic this one for me… Ten years I was down there, some thirty years ago.

HSC students will find it interesting. In her email Ali Smith says: students, teachers, and school librarians are more than welcome to come along and hear these poets read their work. I have highlighted poets Year 12 students/teachers may be especially interested in seeing. Deb Westbury will be there too, apparently.

Guess it’s nice that people are using my blog to publicise things too. 🙂

 

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August wrap-up

It has been — or may have been — a record month for English/ESL. Sitemeter says 9,046 visits and 12,340 page views; the previous best was November 2007 with 8,515/11,255. WordPress, counting slightly differently and not including visits to the other bits of English/ESL on Geocities, comes up with a second-best outcome — 12,167 views in March 2008 as against 11,835 in August 2008 and 11,520 in November 2007.

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Top posts (individually visited) in the past month on English/ESL, according to WordPress, have been:

  1. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 1,542 views in August 2008
  2. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 1,090
  3. How should I write up a Science experiment? 680
  4. Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 586
  5. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s peoms updated 458
  6. SBHS Trial HSC 2007 Paper 1 Question 1: 323
  7. Six suggestions for Imaginative Journeys 274
  8. Workshop 03 — Creative Writing (Year 12 175
  9. ESL+ 171
  10. The mysteries and injustices (?) of the UAI  170
 
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Posted by on September 1, 2008 in site news