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Saturday, February 26, 2011


Hi students,

Here are a few bits and pieces that you might find fun and useful.

The first two links below are beautiful songs by a singer called Michael Buble . He is from Vancouver, but has become an international star. Both of these songs have all the words on the scree, so they are very easy to sing along with. This is very good for your pronunciation and the songs are great too - not too fast and very emotional.   You might want to think about the meaning.

Michael Buble Lost with the words

Before I talk about the next group of links, look over at the top of the right hand side. There is a poll ( a survey) with a question for you to vote on. Please vote and let m,e know what you think.

Also, I have added more links to the side, including a whole section on  how to videos. These are not ESL videos. They are just fun and useful

So, below are a few links to help you study for your grammar test. Don't fortget, I will be testing you on compound sentences (and, but, so , or ) 
The next group of links are to help you practice for your grammar test. The first one is about time clauses and has an answer key.

The next few are  practice and explanation with modals.  The final ones are from YOU TUBE. You Tube has some excellent teaching videos and I will be adding a few.




CONJUNCTION JUNCTION    ( A fun way to remember conjunctions and what they do)

It’s gonna take awhile, 

but you can do it one step at a time!

Standing at the bottom and looking up at the steps to success can be an intimidating experience. Thank God they are steps though! When you focus on each step one at a time it suddenly becomes possible!

One of my mentors always used to say "That’s how you eat an elephant, one bite at a time"
And that is so true. To one man standing there looking at an elephant sized goal it’s just an impossible dream, but to that same man looking at a single step that single step is easily done!
That's why it's a good idea to remember that learning and improving English is a step by step process, but you do have to take the first step. 

That's why tests can be a good idea for some people. It gets them focused on taking the necessary steps.


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