I teach English in Australia to adult students from other countries. I work in language schools in the city and I occasionally teach individual students in person or on video calls.
I have been thinking about the ultimate goal of this teaching and this is to help people to communicate in English for their daily life and their future.
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I wrote a Python script to extract information about my blog articles: title, category and date published.
Here is the list for your browsing pleasure. Scroll through the categories and click the headline to read that article.
I have written 325 articles since December 2006.
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I was asked to list my 10 favourite web sites. This is difficult to answer as the World Wide Web is an integral part of my professional and personal life.
I have many favourite and interesting sites so here is a selection of ten sites for your exploration.
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There are some dangerous pedestrians in Sydney.
Walking is not difficult – you look ahead in the direction you are walking, listen to sounds that tell you what is happening nearby, and most importantly you use your common sense.
Sadly there are too many idiots walking dangerously on footpaths, in shopping centres and railway stations. I don’t know why it is so difficult for people to walk intelligently, safely and being aware of other pedestrians.
These are the 7 most dangerous and annoying habits I have observed:
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I created this article to store links to the most useful web sites for teachers of English as a second language.
There are many web sites containing useful worksheets, lesson plans and games for learning and teaching English.
I teach English as a second language. Last week I brought in a jar of Vegemite and a packet of cracker biscuits for my students to taste.
I wished I could have filmed the reaction of the Chinese teenagers here on a 2 week study tour of Sydney. Their faces expressed disgust!
So what is Vegemite? I prepared a handout for the students as well as showing them an old TV commercial.
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Instagram. Isn’t this some sort of social media thing that young people use to share photos of their food, browsing the latest fashions or posting daring selfies?
I like using Instagram which may come as a surprise to younger readers as I am a Baby Boomer and much older than the typical teenager or 20-something who have naturally embraced this social network.
Instagram is my personal photography gallery – a place where I can showcase my work to the world as well as looking at the photos of others.
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Why am I learning Korean?
The main reasons are an interest in Korean culture, speaking with Korean people and Korean food.
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This article was written as a one page Mentoring brochure for a Toastmasters club. You can download the flyer to use in your club.
The remainder of this article contains the text of the brochure.
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Here is a video I made while I was on a walk. My goal in making this film is to tell a story using video with impromptu speaking. I am also developing my film-making skills.
I hope you enjoy this ten minute video!