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NEW LEARNING RESOURCE: Large Numbers in Academic English

May 25, 2011 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Large numbers


Often in an academic environment you have to understand and write down large numbers. In lectures catching and writing down large numbers in real time can cause learners problems.

Click here for interactive activities for very large numbers in lectures:


May 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment · Academic English Vocabulary


Prefix and suffixes


In Academic English you often encounter higher level words in texts that consist of multi-parts. Welcome to the world of the PrEfIx and the SuFf Ix.  So let’s get started.)

2-Word Parts:


Mis       –     lead    –                 ing


Warning!!! The root is also known as the base in some books and web sites.

CHALLENGE: How many words can you think of that  fit into the prefix-root-suffix pattern above?

3-Here are some prefixes and suffixes you might encounter in your studies:

Explore and work through the exercises on this site.

4-Vocabulary Investigation:

The activity below looks at whether you can take a word apart.  It will ask you for up to 5 answers: Good Luck.)

Click here to begin.)


5-The Ultimate Challenge

Click on one of the websites below and choose an article that interests you.  Have a quick scan through the text.  Highlight any words with prefixes and suffixes and try to deduce their meaning using your new found knowledge.  If you come across any new prefixes or suffixes remember to record them around the overriding theme (For example: Chemistry) and then group them into smaller theme groups, as we did in the lesson.)

The New Scientist

New scientist 



The Economist







Please post any other sites that you enjoy reading or are useful for your studies so that other students can benefit from this collaborative, collective, knowledge.  (How many prefixes, suffixes and roots in that*!!!:)

Earth World Day

March 21, 2011 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Have a look at this clip.)  What will you do on earthworld day?

Glogster-student proposal for the School of Languages 2nd International Conference.)

March 14, 2011 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

You should really consider applying for this:)

Alternative Graph Writing.) PART 1

March 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized



Contents of every College Student's Ipod.


Created by Catie @ http://graphjam.memebase.com

Created by Catie @ http://graphjam.memebase.com


My Thoughts of Twilight As the Movie Progressed

2-     a-Describe each graph either by

  • speaking with a partner.
  • recording yourself
  • writing a description

b-Looking at Graph Language

  1. Compare your descriptions in 2A with the descriptions of similar graphs at the links below:


  • Line graphs


  • Bar charts


2. What are the similarities and differences with your descriptions and the links?

3.Download the file Graph Writing Vocabulary and collect the language in the work sheet.

4.A challenge -Just for fun:)  Can you describe this graph below:


C-For More Graph Review

Other useful links for your own enjoyment:

1-an unbelievable collection of activities and links – http://www.admc.hct.ac.ae/hd1/english/graphs/index.htm-

2-explaining pie charts and programmes to  create them -http://www.ehow.com/facts_5717965_description-pie-diagrams.html -

3-a simple PDF on graph writing – http://lc.hkbu.edu.hk/sall/english/doc/Introduction_Steps_writing_graph_description.pdf

If you are using any other activities please post:))

One in Eight Million-The New York Times

March 1, 2011 by · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Listen to th e


Listen to the lives of some of  New York’s residents

Connect to the stories and photos.

Listen to the Avatar for the instructions:

One in Eight Million – The New York Times

Want to know more…..

The Team Behind One In Eight Million

The Team Behind One In Eight Million

An interesting question and answer discussion with the creators:

Finding the Ones

Q. The One in a Million series is a fascinating portrayal of the city’s diversity. How do you find the subjects for the interviews, and what criteria do you follow?

— Eric Lilhanand

Q. So, how do you select the people to profile? (Interesting, good talkers, not mentioned before in NYT — sounds like me!!)

— Michele Israel

Q. This series is really tremendous. I have been really been moved by some of these stories. However do you find your subjects?

— Vallestya Lynch

If you want to find the answers connect to the article HERE

Interested in the New York Music scene have a listen to some of New York’s music:

Summary & Rewriting-*Star rewrites*, a challenge, links and a video

March 1, 2011 by · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The star rewrites have been added and also you can find some useful links about how to write academically.  Click on the Glogster below to make it interactive and enjoy.  If you want to do the challenge please feel free.)  If you have any questions or comments please reply below.)