Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Farewell to everyone!

To everyone,
Thank you and farewell to you all! Keep in touch, and good luck with your studies! Plese keep in touch. You could email me at or add me on your messenger,
And please send me some photos we took. Thanks! I'll miss all of you! :)

By the way, I am now in Bangkok, Thailand. I'll be here until next week, and then I'm going Jakarta, Indonesia. I'll be back in the States on 9/12.

Take care!


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Homework for 8/10

1. Share you experiences being an Asian student learning English.
Please post your 2-3 paragraph answer before class tomorrow. Be ready to share them in class.


Monday, August 07, 2006

Homework for 8/9

Media Analysis – Advertisements

1. Choose one from the list of advertisements given in class. Go to the following website to view them:

2. In groups of three, look at the advertisements assigned and focus on the some of the following aspects – gender, cultural, professional, and societal aspects.
3. Complete this task sheet and write up a brief analysis.
4. Hand in one analysis per group with your presentation.

The main objective of this activity is to get you to practice analyzing media. The activities are designed to provide you the opportunity to see how images and language can control viewers through stereotypes. You would be able to build your analytical and critical thinking skills and use these skills to look beyond the surface of media and how the media affects the society.


(Name of Advertisement)
General plotline or concept

Who are the people portrayed in the advertisement?
1. Age group:
2. Gender:
3. Ethnic background:
4. Profession:

Who are the intended audience?
1. Age group:
2. Gender:
3. Ethnic background:
4. Profession:

Does the advertisement conform to any stereotypes? How is the advertisement designed to appeal to the intended audience?

You could also analyze the foreign commercials listed below.


Choose one from the list of foreign advertisements provided below, and write a script of what you think the models/characters in the ads are saying. For your presentation, play the ad in class, using your own script and interpretation. You may do this with a partner. Be creative! :)

TV commercials to choose from
(second one)

If you want to challenge yourselves, too, you could both write a script for a foreign commercial and analyze it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Homework for Friday (8/4)

For homework, please go to the website below and answer the 6-question survey to see what type of sport best fits your personality. In class, tell us what your sport type is, and how accurate the result is with your personality. Have you ever played the sport? If yes, did/do you like it? If not, would you consider trying it out? If you think the result is inaccurate, what sport do you think best fits your personality?

You would first need to sign up using and enter your email address. If you are not directly taken to the test, then click on:
1. "Fun Tests"
2. "Sports"
3. "Sports Type"

Please be ready to share your results with a group of 3 classmates tomorrow (we will form the groups tomorrow)


Thursday, July 27, 2006

What did you learn this week?

For this week's blog entry, please do the following:
1. In 1-2 paragarphs, write about 1-2 things that you learned in our class the whole week.
2. From the 4 websites presented in class today, choose your most favorite one, and share what you liked most about it, and how it is useful to you as an ESL student, teacher, or both.

This is due before Monday.

Enjoy the sunny (hopefully) weather this weekend!


P.S. Just like other postings, simply click on comments to add your posting. And don't forget to sign your name. :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Website presentation urls and guidelines

For tomorrow's 10-minute (per group) presentations, please visit the website assigned to your group (see list below).





In summarizing and evaluating the website, you could do the following:
1. Give an overview of the website
2. Highlight important/helpful parts or functions of the website
3. Discuss the good and the not-so-good qualities of the website
4. Provide suggestions how to improve the website

Summarizing Internet Resources
Quick Reference
Title of resource:
What are the main points in this resource?
What facts can you use for your research or study of English?
An important part of the learning process is asking questions. The more we learn, the more we realize how much we don't know! As you explore each source, you should be asking yourself some questions. Some will be practical and some will be more theoretical. Write as many questions as you can think of as you explore this source.

Part of your presentation is an evaluation of the website assigned to you. Please visit the following 2 websites to help you with the evaluation.



Monday, July 24, 2006

Beomeosa temple trip

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a great time at Beomeosa temple. From my conversations with many of you, this trip proved to be a succesful one.
As part of our trip discussion, please share with us in writing (1-2 paragraphs) what you liked and learned from the experience. Please be ready to share your writing/posting in class.

See you later!