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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Guideline for written papers on readings

Please follow this guideline for your written papers on readings:

·    Papers must have a cover stating the title, the subject, the author, and the class.
·    Use white paper and a font of size 12. Arial or Courier New are good fonts. Avoid fancy fonts.
·    Chapters must include:
o       Table of contents.
o       Introduction to the paper (1 page max.)
o       Biography of the author (1 page max.)
o       Summary of the plot (1 page max.)
o       Brief description of the main characters (2 pages max.)
·        Physical
·        Personal
·        Role in the novel
o       A thought on style and language (1 page max.)
o       Personal conclusion (1 page max.)
·        Did you enjoy the reading? Why? What did you like best? and least?
o       Quotes (if any)
o       Bibliographic reference
·        Title, author, edition, publisher of the version you are using.
·        Same for any other book you maybe referencing.
·        Full URL (http://...) from any reference you maybe using coming from the Internet.

·    Use images or colour if they help or improve your work. Don’t overdo it.
·    It is a good idea to use quotes. If you do, use inverted commas to indicate them (‘…’). Then use a sequenced suprescript (xxx2) and list the pages at the end on a specific annex.

·    MOST IMPORTANT: use simple and clear language. And run the spell check.

Guideline for oral presentations

Please follow this guideline for your oral presentations:

1. Choose the topic with your teacher.
2. Find more than one source for your information:
·     Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com)
·     Britannica (http://www.britannica.com/)
3. Write your own text. Use the information you find, don’t just copy fragments.
4. Check your text.
·     English Grammar (http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/)
·     Spell check your text.
5. Prepare your presentation (rehearse your presentation)
·     Go to Internet and check this for guidance:
6. It must contain:
ii.       Title, subject and author(s)
iii.     Brief summary (index)
iv.      Introduction
·    Why this topic?
·    Popular examples or traces
·    Related topics
v.        Main section of your work
·    If it is a generic topic:
o       Main characteristics
o       Examples
·    If it is a novel:
o       Biography of the author
o       Plot summary
o       Brief description of main characters
·    If it is a song:
o       Biography of the artist
o       Lyrics. Main idea of the song.
vi.      Audiovisual samples
·    Audio
·    Video
·    Photo…
vii.    Conclusion
·    Main ideas
·    Personal opinion
·    Reasons to choose this topic
viii.  Final image (if it is a digital presentation)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Telling a story

Telling a story is an art form. I have found this web (Storyline Online) where some excellent readers tell us stories. Their voices and the atmosphere they create are simply magic. They offer captions (subtitles). Use them.

Please go there and listen to a story. Then leave a comment. 


P.S. Thanks Dolors Permanyer for taking me to this website. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flash Quizzes for English Study

Studying and revising your grammar and vocabulary has never been so much fun. Go here, and boost your learning.


PS. The image used here was taken from this web. All rights belong to the authors.

Fun, fun, fun in the English class

I just discovered a web that allows us to create comic strips. It's called Stripgenerator.com. Try it. I just registered and created this:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Voices 4 - Online activities

Click here to access the online activities for Voices 4.


Alive 3 - Online activities

Click here to go to the online activities for the Oxford Alive 3 book.

There are a few activities so you can play & practice the contents of the units we are working.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How to make a good Power Point Presentation

We have all seen examples of presentations that are not so good.

They have too much text, too many images, or too many colours. Or they have a messy look. Or they are too "full".

Here you can download a very clear example of the basic things to remember to write a good presentation. It belongs to the web of Save the children, a non-profit organization.

    1. Slide 1: introduction
    2. Just a few clear & simple slides
    3. Final slide: conclusion