Sunday, March 02, 2008

5. High Level Discussion, Debate and Issues - Video (click here)

This page is devoted to high level discussion topics and issues. The material will be presented in a number of different formats on specific themes. The themes that are generated are specifically chosen for their capability of stimulating conversation and in depth discussion. Please note that the content may be controversial and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Mondosworld. Warning: some content may offend some people.

Theme 1: Class Divide
Theme 2: Smoking and Cigarette companies
Theme 3: Fast Food
Theme 4: Michael J. Fox and Parkinson's Disease
Theme 5: Climate Change
Theme 6: McCartney Divorce
Theme 7: Google's New Office
Theme 8: Future Japan
Theme 9: A Funny look at mobile phones

Recommended Level: You can describe yourself as the following ~
- You have an effective, but not perfect, use of English.
Your ability: You can talk almost fluently and almost completely accurately. Everyday situations in an English-language environment do not worry you. You can take part in extended conversations or discussions and your vocabulary covers almost every circumstance. If you do not know a word you can almost always find a way of describing it. You have a knowledge of some idiomatic English, phrasal verbs, and colloquial expressions. You have studied all main areas of English grammar.

Equivalent to:

* IELTS score 5.5 - 6.5
* TOEFL iBT score 80
* TOEIC score 650 - 800

Current Topics - Readings & Activities (Click Here)

Enter this site if you want to get some extra-reading practice on current topics in the newspaper.
Articles are roughly 200 words long.
There are also lessons with each reading.

Course Description:
This class is designed to:
- promote awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of different media and develop good study habits
- expose students to multiple perspectives.
- help students develop knowledge, skills, and analytical abilities.

In dealing directly with primary sources, students will engage in asking questions, thinking critically, making intelligent inferences, and developing reasoned explanations and interpretations of events and issues that are in today’s current environment.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

4. ESL/EFL Ideas and Issues (for teachers)

This blog is a running commentary on the issues that present themselves to me as I work my way through my Masters of Education program, at USQ, Australia. It is a work in progress, and the ideas contained with the blog entries are my way of trying to come to terms with being a professional teacher and a lifelong student. The issues involve teaching and learning, both from an educators standpoint and the perspective of a student, trying to learn a second language. Steven Mondy

Welcome :-)

Hi there everyone!
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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