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Welcome to my world of ESL/EFL. A place where you can explore the world of learning English as a second language. There are many materials for you to download and use. Feel free to use the materials in a way that helps you. Every day there seems to be something new. I encourage anyone who logs on, to leave a comment or two... Looking forward to see how the site develops. I hope it helps... Mondo

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unit 10 Is it Art?

Ready for IELTS Pp. 140-149
Vocabulary: Words associated with Art
Listening:IELTS Section 2 - Radio program about a street exhibition
Task 2: Describe a favorite work of Art
Task 3: Advantages / Disadvantages of the arts society - Arts funding - Does Art have an educational role
Reading: Graffiti (Street Art or crime)
Breakingnews English:
1. Art galleries waste of time for kids, says artists 2014 (link)
2. The Louvre is most visited art gallery 2013 (link)
3. Graffiti and litter linked to obesity (link)
4. Pensioner attacks famous work of art (link)

Speaking Tasks
(link) Super Best IELTS
Describe a work of art that you really like. Tell:
* What it looks like
* Where you first saw it
* Why you like it

Describe a well-known painting you have seen or know about You should say:
* What it looks like
* What is interesting about it
* Why it is well-known

Objective IELTS 10.1 (Communicate) Pp. 8-13
Reading: Whistling in Gomera (Scanning / True - False - NG)
Grammar: The Passive
Speaking Task 1: Problems communicating
Listening: Part 1 (Completing a form)
Reading: The Functions of Language
NPR Listening (National Public Radio)

1. Miami Area Muralists Rouse A New Reputation For An Industrial City (link)

2. When There's Art On The Bus, You'll Get To Your Stop Sooner.
3. On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope'

Graffiti and Street Art (British Council) Link

TED: My wish - To use art to turn the world inside out (link)

Ted: Art that craves your attention (link)

Writing Task 1 (General) Letter of Complaint (lesson Link)

Letter of complaint language cards (link)

Writing Task 2:

1. Graffiti is a form of street Art. What is your opinion of graffiti as a form of art?

2.More graffiti would make the city look more beautiful.To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

3.What are the advantages / disadvantages of legalizing graffiti?

4.Some people think that the government is wasting money on the arts and that this money could be better spent elsewhere.
To what extent do you agree with this view?

5. Art is considered an essential part of all cultures throughout the world. However, these days fewer and fewer people appreciate art and turn their focus to science, technology and business.
Why do you think that is?
What could be done to encourage more people to take interest in the arts?

6. Some people think that art is an essential subject for children at school while others think it is a waste of time.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

7. Artists need a certain amount of freedom to develop their creativity. Some people think that artists should have total freedom to express any thoughts and ideas.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

8. Most artists earn low salaries and should therefore receive funding from the government in order for them to continue with their work.
To what extent do you agree?

Writing Task 2: Two part question essay Worksheet (link)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

IELTS Unit 9 What is Beauty? (Architecture)

Ready for IELTS Pp. 116-125
Vocabulary: Adjectives Talking about buildings
Describe physically and how it makes you feel

Breakingnews English:
1. World's tallest building opens in Dubai 2010(link)

2. World's largest building opens in China 2013 (link)

3. Cubans can now build their own homes (link)

Online Interactive Quiz Modal Verbs Jeopardy (link)

Objective IELTS 10.2 Pp. 68-69 Reading: Norman Foster - Architect
Grammar: Infinitives (~ing forms)

Grammar (British Council) -ing forms (link)

Prefixes: Under / Over (link)

Vocabulary to talk about buildings - TEFLTASTIC: (link)

Homes and architecture vocabulary Pictionary (link)

Speaking Task 1:
Practice with these Speaking Part 1 questions: (link)
*Describe your neighbourhood.
*What kind of house do you live in?
*Are there any monuments in your hometown?
*Do you like to visit historical buildings?
*Have you ever visited a famous structure?
*What are the landmarks in your hometown?
Speaking Task 2: Describe a building you like or dislike.

(link to,
(Link to IELTS Mentor: Describe an unusual building you have visited)

NPR Listening (National Public Radio)

1. After Decades, A Shanghai Preservationist Heads Home To America (link)

Lesson at (Link)
1. After Decades, A Shanghai Preservationist Heads Home To America
2. Words You'll Hear: Gentrification
3. Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65
4. Encore: Housing Costs Inspire London Builders To Create Underground Mansions
5. Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses
6. This House Is A Work Of Art, So The Owner Is Donating It To A Museum

Writing Task 1 (General) Letter: There is a problem with your accomodation

Writing Task 2 Writing Task 2 Discuss Both Views (+opinion) Essay Lesson (Link) IELTS Advantage Website

Topics: *In the past, buildings often reflected the culture of a society but today all modern buildings look alike and cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar. What do you think is the reason for this, and is it a good thing or a bad thing? (link)

*Some people feel that the design of newly constructed buildings in big cities should be controlled by governments. Others contest those who finance the construction of a building should be free to design it as they see fit. What is your position? Discuss both sides in your response.(link)

*It is more important for a building to serve its purposes than to look beautiful. Architects do not need to worry about whether it is a real work of art. Do you agree or disagree?

*Modern buildings are appearing in large numbers. Some people believe that we should build our buildings in traditional styles. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

TED Talk How Can Public Spaces Change A City's Character? (link to video)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

IELTS Unit 8 The History of Geography

Breakingnews English British Museum has most successful year (link)
Sahara desert twice as old as we thought (link)
Map shows Chinese discovered America (link)

Conversation Questions on Geography (link)

Practise IELTS Speaking Conversation Topics - Geography (link)

Task 2
Describe a historical place that you know about. You should say:
what the place is
where it is located
what is the historical significance of the place
and describe your experience of the place.

Follow-up Questions:
• What do you think of the future trend of historic places?
• Will government strengthen its protection toward historic places?
• What are the changes brought about by the historic place in local economy, people, etc?
• What is the effect of tourists on the place?

Part 3 IELTS Simon (link)
Catalyst (Video): Thursday, 28 February 2013
Measuring Our Coastline (link)

Ready for IELTS Pp. 104-113
i. Interchangeable nouns
ii. Verbs related to changes in Maps

Listening: IELTS Section 4 - Migration (gap fill)
Speaking: Section 2 - Describe a place which is special to you.
Reading (Academic): Cartography
i. Complete endings
ii. Fill in table
Task 1: Maps
Writing Task 2 (Link)
Task 2: Benefits outweigh drawbacks essay

Some people think that all children should learn geography in school. However, some others think that it is more important to learn subjects that are more relevant to life. Do the advantages of learning geography at school outweigh the disadvantages?

Paraphrase question
Thesis - Write what you believe...
Body paragraph 1
Body paragraph 2
Body paragraph 3

Listening - Antartica (link)

Writing Task 1 (General) (link)
Your car is hired from a company and while you are driving on holiday, you have a small accident. You will have to write a report to the company to explain it.
In your letter: You need to explain the following:
» When and where you hired it?
» Describe how the accident happened?
» What kind of action did you take after the accident?

Writing Task 1 (Academic) Maps IELTS Liz Video Tutorial (link)

IELTS: Describing maps By Sam McCarter (Link)

Ready for IELTS

NPR: National Geographic (link) Around The World In ... A Lot Of Steps
Paul Salopek has discovered that the best way to a storyteller is by foot.
Lesson connected to this listening (link)
Contents: Vocabulary / Listening for main ideas / Fill in table from listening /Speaking / Writing: Benefits outweigh Drawbacks
TED Talk
Mapping the future of countries Parag Khanna (link)
Instant IELTS:
* The History of Migration (Academic reading Passage 3)
* Homegrown Maps (Academic reading Passage 3)

Brief History of Cartography and Maps (link to video)

John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online (link to video)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Content Lesson (passives): The Empire of the Incas (link)

Thursday, August 04, 2016

IELTS Unit 7 The World of Work and Training

Breakingnews English:
Travelling to and from work is work, says EU (link)
Chinese maths teachers to help UK schools (link)
Finland has world's best education system (link)
*ESL Conversation Questions on Work (link)
*iPass IELTS (link)
*IELTS Advantage (link)

Writing Task 1 (general)(link)
You want to apply for the following job. Write a letter to Mr. Moore
*describing your previous experience
*and explaining why you would be suitable for the job.
* Waiter/waitress required for evening work. Some experience necessary.
You should write at least 150 words.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Writing Task 1 (Academic) (link)
The bar chart below shows the results of a survey conducted by a personnel department at a major company. The survey was carried out on two groups of workers: those aged from 18-30 and those aged 45-60, and shows factors affecting their work performance. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

IELTS Liz Bar Chart Video (link)

Australia's Unemployment rate (link)

Writing Task 2:
IELTS Liz Questions about Work (link)

*Some people think that all teenagers should be required to do unpaid work in their free time to help the local community. They believe this would benefit both the individual teenager and society as a whole.
Do you agree or disagree?

*The length of the working week does not reflect modern lifestyle needs. It should be substantially reduced to give people more leisure time and time with their families.
How far do you agree with this statement?

IELTS Liz Essay Questions (link)

Vocabulary for IELTS: Striving to Achieve
Complete IELTS: Unit 1 Getting Higher qualifications
Worksheet (link)

TED Talks on working smarter (link)
TED Talks: Changing education Paradigms (link)

Thursday, 23 October 2014
Open Plan Office (link)

Dateline: “Secret Lives of Call Centre Workers” (link)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

IELTS Unit 6 Fruits and Seeds

Breakingnews English:
New Zealand to rid non-native pests by 2050 (Link)
Desert beetles used to get water from air (Link)
Bananas in danger of becoming extinct (Link)
Massive coral reef found in Amazon River (Link)

ESL Conversation Questions on Conservation (link)

IELTS Environment Vocabulary (link)

Writing Task 1: IELTS Mentor
The diagrams below show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth (link)

IELTS Diagram: Introduction and Overview (link) IELTS Liz

NPR Listening: Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead (link)

Worksheet for NPR Listening (link)

TASK 1 (Academic): Process

*IELTS Liz Life Cycle Activity (link)
*IELTS Advantage: Process (link)

IELTS Writing Task 1: Useful Language (link)

Language for IELTS Writing Part One- Describing Processes & Tasks Worksheet (link)

IELTS Academic Writing Part One flowchart phrases (link)

Writing Task 1 (General): Letter
You have been doing some voluntary work to help your local community. However, now you are unable to continue doing this work. Write a letter to the manager of the organisation where you have been working. In your letter:
*describe the work you have been doing
*explain why you can no longer do this work
*recommend another person who is interested in the work.
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing task 2:
IELTS Writing - Key Words & Expressions (link)

Writing Task 2

Some people think that wild animals should not be kept in zoos. Others believe that there are good reasons for having zoos. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. (link)

Essay Structure (link)

IELTS Academic Writing Part Two- Longer Phrases TEFLTASTIC (link)

When You Change Your View of The World You Change The World You See | Vikram Dewan | TEDxWilmington (link)

Catalyst Thursday, 25 September 2014 HONEY BEES (link)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

IELTS Global problems and opportunities

IELTS Global problems and opportunities

Online Interactive Exercises
*Countable uncountable a an rally (link)
*Countable uncountable nouns game: Choose whether to practice countable uncountable nouns by navigating a treacherous galaxy filled with green monsters, a sea filled with pirates or a river filled with crocodiles. (link)
*COUNTABLES & UNCOUNTABLES - Exercice 8 (link)
*COUNTABLES & UNCOUNTABLES - Exercice 9 (link)
*Other count/non count exercises (link)

Conversation Questions on Global Warming (link)
IELTS Speaking
(link) Part 1 – sample questions
What is the climate like in your country?
Are there any problems with the climate in your country?
What is your favourite type of weather?
What kind of weather do you dislike?
Would you prefer to live in a hot or cold country?
What is the best/worst weather for travelling in?

Part 2
Describe an environmental problem. You should say:
what it is
how long it has existed
how it affects people’s lives
and explain how you think the problem will develop in the future.

Part 3 – sample questions
Which environmental problems are people most concerned about in your country?
What are the main causes of these environmental problems?
Do you think it is the responsibility of governments alone to protect the environment?
What measures can individuals take to protect the environment?
Do you think large companies and business organisations should be more environmentally friendly? Why? How?
How can we teach children about the importance of protecting the environment?

Breakingnews English:
Snow leopard under threat from climate change (link)
UN - We can control Global Warming (link)
Climate change threatens fish populations (link)
Adidas to make shoes from ocean garbage (link)

Finally, Some Good News For Manatees And Green Sea Turtles (Link)

Manatee Lesson (link)

IELTS General Writing: environment problem (link)

Writing Task 1 (Academic) (link)

Writing Task 2 IELTS Liz Essays (link)

*DC IELTS: IELTS writing task 1 – process diagrams – an introduction (link)
*The language of process diagrams (link)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

IELTS Technology - Now and Then

ESL - Conversation Questions on Technology (Sean Banville) (link)

IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks about technology TEFLTASTIC (Link)

IELTS Speaking Test - Technology (link)

Online Grammar games
Present perfect vs past tenses rally (link)

Past Simple Tense vs Present Perfect Tense- Spin the Wheel Game Pactice differentiating past simple from present perfect by answering the questions the arrow drops you on (link)

Vocabulary online (Phrasal Verbs) English Phrasal Verbs Quiz, Match Phrasal Verbs to Similar Verbs (link)

Breakingnews English:
*People use technology more, sleep less (link)
*Internet Addiction – A Growing Problem (link)
*Technology goods to become cheaper (link)

Writing: 7 Types of Task 2 questions for IELTS (link)
Technology Questions from IELTS Liz (link)

TechnoPop: The Secret History of Technology and Pop Music (link)

Writing Task 1
Letter (general) (link)
IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter explain

*Why you are selling the television
*Describe the television
*Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write and addresses.

Academic Task 1 (link)
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
*The graphs show enrolment in different colleges in the Higher Colleges of Technology in 1999.
Write a total of 150 - 200 words about the information in the three graphs.
Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information given.
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing Task 2:
IELTS Writing Task 2 Problem and Solution Essay Lesson (link)

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 TOXIC TICKS (link)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

IELTS We are all friends now

Online Interactive Vocabulary game: Jeopardy (link)
ESL Conversation Questions on Friends (Sean Banville) (link)

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue Card 1: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a friend who you really like to spend time with.
You should say:
*When and how you met.
*How often you see this friend.
*What kind of personality your friend has
*and say why you like to spend time with this particular friend.
Follow-up Questions:
• Is friendship important in your culture? How many close friends can you have?
• Are friends more important than family?
• What are the important things among good friends?
• Do you have any friends from foreign country?
• What are the difference between real life friends and pen friends?

Cue Card 2
Describe a social networking website you know.
You should say:
*what is it
*how long have you been using it/why you don't use it
*give details information about the website
*and explain why people often browse this website.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Follow-up Questions:
*How long have you been using the Internet?
*How Internet has changed our life-style?
*What would be the possible uses of Internet in the future?

Online activity: Adjectives for personality (link)
Match the adjectives on the right with their opposites on the left.

IELTS Personality Vocabulary (link)
*IELTS Mentor (link)
Breakingnews English
*Rent-A-Friend Agencies Growing in Japan (link)
*A billion people on Facebook in one day(link)
*Do You Suffer From Facebook depression? (link)
*Volunteering helps you live longer (link)
When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

NPR Lesson Worksheet (link)

Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Online Interactive Grammar games
Billionaire Conditionals Grammar Game (Link)

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1: (link)
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend.
*Give contact details for when you are away
*Give instructions about how to care for your pet
*Describe other household duties
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing Task 1 (Academic): Language of Graphs
* Bogglesworld Reporting Changes (link)
* WriteFix (link)
* IELTS Buddy (link)
* ESL Flow Describing Graphs Worksheet (Link)
* IELTS Academic Writing Part One- Worksheet Trends Bingo (link)

Watch Catalyst Episode (link)
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 LIVE LONG DIE YOUNG
Tuesday, 6 October 2015 DIAGNOSING DEPRESSION (link)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

IELTS Organic Food

These Videos are related to content in Cambridge English - Complete IELTS Bands 5-6
Unit 2: It's good for you! Pp. 17-25

Monday, May 09, 2016

IELTS - Writing Task 1: Descibing Maps

Describing Maps
Check out this Academic Writing Task 1 worksheet: Activity on Describing Maps

Check out this interesting TED Video by Parag Khanna on:
Mapping the future of countries

Friday, March 04, 2016

NPR: Can't buy love!

Check out my lesson for the NPR listening above: Lesson

Sunday, January 17, 2016

NPR: The Meaning of Work (IELTS)

Check out my lesson for the NPR listening above: Lesson

Sunday, January 03, 2016

NPR Lesson: What predictions came true from 1984 (IELTS)

Check out my lesson based on the NPR Lesson above: Lesson

Lesson link:
NPR Page:

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

In Google We Trust (Upper Intermediate Video lesson)

• Do you use the Internet on a regular basis?
• What do you think of customer loyalty programs?
• Are you aware of all the data that is being collected about you and your habits?
• Do you think that companies have the right to collect your digital data?
• How can we protect ourselves against the misuse of information (that is collected)?

Watch the video (Click here)
Lesson for "In Google we trust" (click here)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lorde Releases Single for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Lesson

Listen to the VOA Podcast (click here)
and complete the worksheet (click here)
Lorde Lyrics (click here)
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (Music Video) Click Here

Thursday, October 09, 2014

TED Talks: Jeff Smith - Business Lesson from Prison

Listen to the Ted Talk (Click here)
"Once an up-and-coming star in the Missouri State Senate, Jeff Smith went to prison for covering up an election law violation..."
Complete the worksheet (click here)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Phrasal Verbs in Action


Phrasal Verb English ESL Rap Song That's What's Up with Fluency MC!

ESL Find Someone Worksheets

Pre - Intermediate
1. Intro & Getting to Know you (Click Here)
2. Like (click here)
3. Personality and Feelings (click here)
4. Phrasal Verbs (click here)
5. Modal Auxiliary "Might' (click here)
6. Future Tense (Click Here)

6. Modal (Should) for Advice (Click Here)

6. Have you ever (Present Perfect) (Click Here)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Learn how we actually use the "Second Conditional"

Second Conditional (Used to talk about imagined or unreal ideas in the present and the future)
If + verb (past simple) + modal verb (would, could, might) + base verb

Watch the Second Conditional in action:

Friends Scene using second conditional

Big Bang Theory

Watch different songs using the Second Conditional

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Everybody Loves Raymond Lessons for Season 1

The following lessons are made for Season 1 of Everybody Loves Raymond. They are made for use in lessons and should not be altered in any way without permission from Mondosworld. Please enjoy using them and feel free to give me feedback on the lessons...

(i)Episode 2: I Love You (Click Here)
Season 1 (1996) Ray finds it hard to say 'I love you'.

(ii)Episode 4: I wish I were Gus (Click Here)
Season 1 (1996) Ray delivers Gus' Eulogy and helps to settle an argument between Marie and Aunt Alda.

(iii) Episode 5: Standard Deviation (Click Here)
Robert has to give an IQ test to Ray and Debra, which gets some surprising results.
(iv)Episode 6:Coming soon
(v)Episode 7:Coming soon
(vi)Episode 8:Coming soon
(vii)Episode 9:Coming soon
(viii)Episode 10:Coming soon
All links are to files made public and stored on Google Docs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mondos Link to BBC 6 Minute English

Welcome to the BBC 6-minute English portal. Now you can try to work your way through the 7 levels: Serf, Servant, Minstrel, Monk, Merchant, Knight and King/Queen. Listen to each of the programs and then find someone to talk with about them... Good luck and enjoy listening...(click here)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to make a small book...

View this video on Youtube at:

Friday, February 08, 2013

Current Topics: Internet Safety

Internet Safety - Newsround Caught In The Web
Watch the story...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Current Topics: Bottled Water

Have you ever thought about how small sized plastic bottles impact the environment? Well, neither did I until I came across a few resources online... Actually, I used to think that buying these little bottles was better, not to mention more convenient. However, for the little amount of convenience comes a cost in not only trash, but more direct forms of pollution. What I didn't know was that a lot of the recycled bottles end up being exported to other countries to deal with. I guess it's "Out of sight, out of mind." This week, I would like you to think about whether small plastic bottles should be banned/reduced or not?

Breaking News English Lesson

Pet Bottle Recycling in Japan

You can also access the video at:

Most stores follow ban on bottled water

You can also access the article at:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Current Topics (T.G.I.F) "Weekends"

Who works the longest? BBC article:

Friday - Rebecca Black - Official Music Video

Latest internet sensation Rebecca Black - see what you think???? I find this quite repetitive...


Last Friday Night - Kate Perry
See what you think of this video???? It has quite a lot of rhyming... (E.g. Bed - head, park - dark)

The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
This song is the best of of this bunch... I have always liked the cure...


Friday, January 18, 2013

Boeing 787

or access it at:

Article U.S. experts join Japan probe into Dreamliners (click here)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Current Topics: Hapifork

or at Youtube:

BBC article on eating slower click here

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wanna Speak like an American?

Thank you to H. Heller for sharing this video of Paddy Kennedy. The idea that accents are not the problem certainly fits within the philosophy here at Mondos ESL/EFL World. I think that accents are beautiful and should be preserved. They show character and give depth and flavor to language.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Identify the Main Idea and Write a Summary...

How to Identify a Main Idea in a text?
Please go to this site and read to get a good understanding of how to extract the main idea from a text. How to write a Summary?
Please go to this site and read to learn how to summarize a text. The site provides an easy step by step approach to doing summaries.

Monday, November 26, 2012

IBU Internet English Blog

Hi everyone. This is a link to a new directory of my students Blogs. During the semester they will be responding in writing to a number of internet sites. The first is a response to either BBC 6 minute english or ELLLO... Hope you all enjoy it over the weeks to come... Click the following link: IBU Internet English

Friday, May 18, 2012

ESL Song Lessons (Grammar and Topics)

If you want to either teach grammar through songs or use songs to learn grammar, visit the following website... You will find songs categorized by: Grammar and Topics Truly a wonderful resource...

Current Topics: The Importance of Bilingualism

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day dreaming and allocation of time to switch off

Please check out the following article. It is a follow up to the ideas on motivation that I posted a little while ago. It also connects with the ideas put forward by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Ted about right brain processes... Can you make the connedction? Why Top Innovators Make Time to Waste Time
Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

Friday, March 30, 2012

Language as a Window into Human Nature (Steven Pinker)

What is a Veiled Bribe? What is an indirect speech act? What are some examples from your own life that illustrate these concepts?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lesson Planning

Well, it's that time of year again everyone. A time when all teachers need to be thinking about the next semester, how to plan for and keep good records...
I would like to post a couple of lesson planning sheets that I developed. The first focuses teachers on writing different kinds of goals and the second is a quick and easy lesson plan format for the busy teacher.
I encourage people to take care when planning lessons to be inclusive of many kinds of learning outcomes and different kinds of activities.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Broken links

Recently, I've had some problems with the links to this website. It is a temporary problem that I will be trying to fix in the weeks to come. I hope this does not cause too much inconvenience to anyone out there. Ciao Mondo

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Are you a Polyglot?

How many languages can a person learn? How many languages can you learn? What is the value in learning many languages? These are some of the questions that I had when reading the following articles... I also went onto YouTube to check out the lifestyles of Polyglots... It is somewhat like learning Mathematics, or physics... I was quite interested in the comment made by Timothy Doner, when he said that language wasn't so much for communication... I don't really agree, but it may have a lot to do with how he learns language...

Read more:

The 10,000 hrs Rule Principle

Friday, March 16, 2012

Student Self Evaluation

I was working on a self evaluation sheet to give to students, and thought that I might share it here with everyone. The purpose of this sheet is to help students notice different elements in their learning. It's focus is on the 4 macro-skills, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation strategies.
The main parts to the worksheet are as follows:
(i) Orientation: Marks the lesson completed and the grammar focus (you can change the focus if you like).
(ii) New Vocabulary: Gives students a chance to write down new vocabulary items for further study and review.
(iii) Understanding My Learning: Gives a list of learning areas for students to contemplate and give a score on how they feel they went.
(iv) Reflection: Gives students a chance to have an overview, but also plan for future learning.

I have put a link to both pdf and word files. Feel free to alter the document to meet the needs of your classes. I just ask, that you consider leaving a comment to tell me how the sheet worked for you.

The evaluation form gives the scaffolding for reflective learning. Students can use this form to collect data on their feelings toward lesson performance. It also enables them to orientate their learning toward areas they truly have difficulty with, therefore maximizing their learning time. This gives a certain amount of autonomy over learning, as they can use this information to create personalized learning goals.

The data from this form can also be used to create graphical representations that illustrate their learning. Doing this can enhance intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as students can see their progress clearly...
What does the research show about self evaluation? See the following link...

By Carol Rolheiser and John A. Ross

I encourage you all to create opportunities for students to utilize self-reflection in their lessons...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pray for Japan

One year on... Please take some time to pray for the people of Japan...

News on

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

My first animation

I decided to experiment a little with making animations... This cartoon is my very first. I used Stykz and imovie for this one. Hope you enjoy it...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Internet English

Visit this site for links for a variety of different online activities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


A very good friend put me onto a book recently that talks a little about the underlying things that motivate us. Essentially they are autonomy, mastery and purpose...
The book is called 'Drive' by Daniel Pink.
You can get yourself a copy at amazon (click here)
and you can watch the video below on YouTube...


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Cosby Show

Do you know/remember the Cosby Show? I have been working on some some study guides for the first season of the show. Hope that you enjoy watching the show in your classes...
Check out some scenes from the show on Youtube...

Season 2 (click here)

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Most Interesting Job competition

Hello everyone... My IBU students have just completed a project that was inspired by Chuck Sandy... The Most Interesting Job competition...It was a competition with a box set of Indiana Jones movies as the prize for the winner... We would appreciate those of you that can take the time to visit, and review entries from the following website and vote for the best entry under each category...

Q.1 Which Poster is the best for language proficiency?
Q. 2 Which "Poster" do you think has the most interesting and creative design?
Q.3 Awareness of Audience Needs????
then click submit....

I would like to thank you all in advance....
Steven Mondy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GC2 Podcast Listening 2011 (click here)

Visit this site for a link to VOA (Voice of America) and lessons that accompany the videos.
The first unit: The Royal Wedding

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

English in the Media 2011/12 (click here)

This website presents a series of Webquests for students to complete.
The lessons are linked to where many other Webquests can be found.

Zunal home (click here)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Mondos ESL/EFL Website Survey

Please visit the following website and complete the survey (click here).
Your answers will help me to improve my website and to understand who is coming to visit the site.

Click here
to check out the results to the survey.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Do you know "Zumba"?

Remember to take care of your 'mind, body and soul'. Check out your local gym for a Zumba class... You can get back on the road to a healthier lifestyle and maybe you can reduce a bit of stress...

Watch the following video from the Today show to find out what people have been crazy about since 2007.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Writing Class C (Semester 1, 2011)

This is a blog for the Writing Class C students. Students will review material each week and write an online response to it. Responses will include paraphrasing of the material, and a reaction in the form of an educated opinion.
Students will need to take care that their responses are thoughtful and are logically worded.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Mondos link to TED

This site is devoted to providing links to TED online and providing support material for TED lectures.

image taken from TED homepage
"TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design."

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Do you know what a WebQuest is? (click here)
According to web sources, a WebQuest is "an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by students is online. By providing links necessary to complete the quest, the student is able to focus on the material rather than spend time looking for it."
I have chosen to look at a number of WebQuests for the purpose of extending my teaching base into the area of Problem Based Instruction (PBL), thus providing realistic and authentic learning activities for students.
Please check out some of the WebQuests from and let me know what you think. I have just listed a number of lessons that might be useful, however, I am looking into developing lessons based around the WebQuest idea for ESL/EFL. If you can help me by giving ideas, I would be very grateful...
You can leave a comment below or e-mail me at the address in my profile.
Thanks a lot in advance, everyone. (2001-2010).
The easiest way to create a WebQuest with more than 89.3 thousand users, Retrieved March 12, 2012, from

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Kolb's Learning Style Inventory

Survey (click here)

Try to take the above quick survey based on Kolb's learning style inventory.
It is designed to measure your strengths and weaknesses as a learner.

Experiential learning is conceived as a four stage cycle:

(1) immediate concrete experience is the basis for

(2) observation and reflection;

(3) these observations are assimilated into a "theory" from which new implications for action can be deduced

(4) these implications or hypotheses then serve as guides in acting to create new experiences.

The effective learner relies on four different learning modes: Concrete Experience (CE), Reflective Observation (RO), Abstract Conceptualization (AC), and Active Experimentation (AE).

(click here) See the accumulative results of this survey

According to Kolb’s model, ‘Divergers’ tend to favor concrete experiences and reflective observation. They are imaginative and emotional people who like to take part in activities that require idea generation. They like to take on learning experiences that allow them to take a single experience and move toward multiple possibilities. Thus, for the Diverger, activities such as brainstorming can encourage greater engagement and deeper learning.

Assimilators on the other hand have the most cognitive approach, liking to watch, think and act. They favor a more logical and concise learning approach. They tend to focus on ideas and abstract concepts and are attracted to logically sounding theories. They like organized and structured understanding. They prefer learning experiences that include lectures (with demonstrations), readings, and having time to think logically. They will also learn in discussions that are logical and thoughtful.

Converger’s tend to be solitary, preferring to take on problems with a practical application. They seem to like situations with a single correct answer, and tend to focus on specific problems or situations (Danish & Awan 2009). According to Chapman (2003-2010) they are more attracted to technical tasks and problems. They like to experiment with new ideas, to simulate, and work with practical situations.

Accomodator’s are completely opposite to Assimilators. These kinds of learners prefer hands-on experiences, and according to Chapman (2003-2010) they prefer intuition, rather than logic. They tend to take creative risks, and be quite flexible with change. They have a strong preference for doing, rather than thinking. They tend not to like routine, and rely heavily on others for information and analysis.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Broken Links

Sorry everyone, if the links are broken on this site. I recently had a very unfortunate accident where my data was wiped out on my server. I am in the process of trying to restore all the links, if possible.

Repair made so far:
I have repaired many of the links...
Graded Readers (Most if not all have been repaired)
Current Topics (All links repaired)
Communication Arts (most of the video links have been repaired)

Pls let me know if there are any other pages or links to be repaired.
Leave a comment in the comment box...
Thank you for your patience. Ciao Steven Mondy from Mondosworld.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is Problem Based Learning (PBL)?

What is PBL?
1. (click here) for a quick Wikipedia definition
2. (click here) for a more detailed understanding (.pdf file format)
3. Watch the video for a clear explanation of how to implement PBL in the classroom.

What is PBL? from Metafoor Media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Writing Class C (Semester 2, 2010)

This is a blog for the Writing Class C students. Students will review material each week and write an online response to it. Responses will include paraphrasing of the material, and a reaction in the form of an educated opinion.
Students will need to take care that their responses are thoughtful and are logically worded.

Monday, October 04, 2010

E3 English in the Media 2010

A course designed to help students understand and use English in a variety of mediums; written, spoken, heard, and read. This course will promote learning through critical thinking about the content of the class.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Writing A Class

Welcome to Mondo's Writing A Class Blog for YMCA Students (Creative writing project focused on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves). Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area. What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word blog entry on a topic. It can be on any subject, but should be done by Friday each week.Choose topics to write about, get it checked by someone, and then publish it on the blog - it's that easy!
Visit the Website at: (click here)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Podcast Listening

A course designed to increase listening input. Students will have the opportunity of listening to a variety of sources of English in a variety of contexts. Through Podcasts, students will access listening material that both uses English, and talks about how English is learned. Students will be required to access the Internet to download programs to listen to on their ipods.

English through Sitcoms (click here)

Dramas and sitcoms (situation comedy) are particularly useful for learning new vocabulary and idioms. The situations create an intriguing and relaxing learning environment in which the students learn not just English words but also culture, humor and body language. Through the dialogs within the episodes, this particular course focuses on familiarizing students with native English speaking sounds and patterns. Also, the natural repetition throughout the series will help students internalize the spoken words and the students connection to the characters will help promote predictions about language choice. The series will also help students get a better grasp of humor and be better able to understand sarcasm or jokes.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Reading Skills Supplementary (click here)

Visit this site to get supplementary videos to support your readings from Active: Skills for reading (book 1) second edition - Neil J. Anderson

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

E2 2009 Writing Blog

Welcome to the E2 blog. Mondo's E2 Writing Class Blog for YMCA Students (Creative writing project focused on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves). Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area. What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word blog entry on a topic. It can be on any subject, but should be done by Friday each week.Choose topics to write about, get it checked by someone, and then publish it on the blog - it's that easy!

GC1 2009 Writing Blog

Mondo's GC1 Writing Class Blog for YMCA English Course Students (Creative writing project focused on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves).Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area.
What to do? Each week you must write a 50~100 words directly to the blog. It can be on any subject, but should be e-mailed to your teacher by Friday each week.
Choose a topic to write about, get it checked by someone, and then get it published.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

3. Graded Readers (click here) for Teachers and Students

This area is devoted to providing materials for teaching and learning using graded readers. There are various levels spread across a number of different publishers. All graded readers are easily available from bookstores carrying English language materials, or directly from the publishers themselves.

Lessons Using Graded Readers
1. The Prince and the Pauper (Penguin Level 2)
2. The Man in the Iron Mask (Macmillan Level 2)
3. The Canterville Ghost and other stories (Macmillan Level 3)
4. The Phantom of the Opera (Macmillan Level 2)
5. The Black Cat (Macmillan Level 3)
6. Drive into Danger (Oxford Starter)
7. The Long Tunnel (Macmillan level 2)
8. Mine Boy (Macmillan level 6)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

6. Voice of America (VOA) ~ Special English lessons (click here)

Visit the pages on this site for interesting and informative stories created in special English for ESL students.

1. Have a headache, you're not alone
2. American Orchestra performs in North Korea
3. WHO Sees Tobacco Risk to a Billion Lives This Century
4. How to Do It: Making Paper by Hand
5. Music Would Not be the Same Without the Guitar


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