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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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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 zunal.com where many other Webquests can be found.

Zunal home (click here)
http://zunal.com/index.php

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.
http://www.ted.com/pages/5"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WebQuest

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 Zunal.com 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.

zunal.com (2001-2010).
The easiest way to create a WebQuest with more than 89.3 thousand users, Retrieved March 12, 2012, from http://zunal.com/index.php

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.

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