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Writing: You guessed it ... writing stuff on this wiki page can be good practice. Try writing on a Microsoft Word document first so that you can use the "Spell Check" and the "Grammar Check". Ask around, if you don't know about this or if you have any questions.

Check back on your writing and correct your writing using my 'edit marks' as follows:

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[ S P ] correct your spelling

- Kinetic 02/16



Learn English Grammar: The Sentence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dr5lN1jqRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPyo8-Pr55Q

Some English Grammar videos:
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary

- Kinetic 02/16

20 Parts of Speech Videos
1. BrainPOP Parts of Speech Video
2. Schoolhouse Rock: Conjunction Video
3. Schoolhouse Rock: Nouns Video
4. Schoolhouse Rock: Pronouns Video
5. Schoolhouse Rock: Adverbs Video
6. Schoolhouse Rock: Interjections Video
7. Schoolhouse Rock: Verbs Video
8. Schoolhouse Rock: Prepositions Video
9. Schoolhouse Rock: Adjectives Video

Parts of Speech Game
10. ABCYa! Parts of Speech Game for Kids

Parts of Speech Printables
11. Parts of Speech Bookmarks
12. Parts of Speech Flip Book (Primary)
13. Parts of Speech Posters
14. Parts of Speech Poem

Parts of Speech Worksheets
15. Find the Correct PoS
16. PoS & Sentence Types – Multiple Choice Quiz
17. PoS Crossword Puzzle
18. PoS Obstacle Course Lesson
19. Identify the PoS Quiz
20. Identifying PoS Worksheet
21. Circle the Correct PoS (BONUS)
22. PoS with Pictures Worksheet (BONUS)
23. Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives Worksheet (BONUS)
24. PoS Handout & Exercises (10 Pages) (BONUS)
25. PoS – Diagnostic Tests (42 Pages) (BONUS)
…and more Parts of Speech Worksheets.





LEARN to TYPE with 10 Fingers !
Attention all Learners ... Everyone PLEASE learn how to type with all 10 fingers ! For the next few years, it's a must in order to get around in life.
Start now, and get more homework done in less time by typing efficiently.Your kids must learn how to type too.
- Kinetic 2/16
Here is a free online typing tutor
http://www.typeonline.co.uk/
and
http://www.typingstudy.com/
or
http://www.powertyping.com/

and this one is good with a game
http://www.freetypinggame.net/



10 Rules for Capitalization


1. Names of people
This one may seem obvious, but there’s also a catch. Of course, you capitalize the first letters of a person’s first, middle and last names (John Quincy Adams), but you also capitalize suffixes (Jr., the Great, Princess of Power, etc.) and titles.
Titles can be as simple as Mr., Mrs. or Dr., but they also apply to situations wherein you address a person by his or her position as though it’s their first name. For example, when we talk about President Lincoln, we are using his role as though it were a part of his name. We don’t always capitalize the word president. Indeed, we could say, "During the Civil War, President Lincoln was the president of the United States."
2. Names of mountains, mountain ranges, hills and volcanoes
Again, we’re talking about specific places. The word ‘hill’ is not a proper noun, but Gellert Hill is because it’s the name of one specific hill. Use a capital letter to begin each word in the name of a mountain (Mt. Olympus), mountain range (the Appalachians), hill (San Juan Hill) or volcano (Mt. Vesuvius).
3. Names of bodies of water (rivers, lakes, oceans, seas, streams and creeks)
From here, it gets pretty easy. The same rules that apply to mountain names also apply to water names. A river is just a river, but the Mississippi River is a proper noun and must be capitalized, just like Lake Erie, the Indian Ocean and the Dead Sea.
4. Names of buildings, monuments, bridges and tunnels
Man-made structures also often have names. The White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel are a few good examples.
5. Street names
Capitalize both the actual name part of the name (Capital) and the road part of the name (Boulevard); both are necessary for forming the entire name of the street (Capital Boulevard).
6. Schools, colleges and universities
All of the words in the name of the educational institution should be capitalized. For example, Harvard University, Wilkesboro Elementary School, Cape Fear Community College.
7. Political divisions (continents, regions, countries, states, counties, cities and towns)
As is the case with regions of a country, the divisions may not always be political, but you get the idea. When you refer to New England, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest or the South as a region (as opposed to a compass direction), you capitalize it. Also, continents (South America), countries (Belgium), states (Wisconsin), counties (Prince William County), cities (London) and towns (Lizard Lick) get capitalized.
8. Titles of books, movies, magazines, newspapers, articles, songs, plays and works of art
This one’s a little tricky when ‘and,’ articles or prepositions are involved. If ‘the’ is the first word in the given name of a work, it must be capitalized (The Washington Post, The Glass Menagerie). If ‘a’ or ‘an’ is the first word, it too is capitalized (A Few Good Men), and if a preposition leads the way, you guessed it: Capitalized (Of Mice and Men). However, if any of these words come in the middle of the title, it is not capitalized.
9. The first letter in a sentence
The last two rules are easy. Always capitalize the first letter of a sentence. If the sentence is a quotation within a larger sentence, capitalize it, but only if it’s a complete sentence. If it’s merely a phrase that fits neatly into the larger sentence, it does not require capitalization. Study the following two examples for clarification:
  • The waiter said, “My manager will be here shortly,” but he never came.
  • The waiter told us that his manager would “be here shortly,” but he never came.
10. The pronoun I
It’s only necessary to capitalize other pronouns when they begin a sentence, but ‘I’ is always capitalized.

This is an "English Language Learning" course. Let's practice our writing by writing our own words.
This is not a place for perfect writing. This is a place to practice your own writing. To make a million mistakes, and correct them.
Start with one sentence. You can do it !

- Kinetic 09/15


Indirect Speech / Reported Speech

Indirect speech (sometimes called reported speech), doesn't use quotation marks to enclose what the person said and it doesn't have to be word for word.
When reporting speech the tense usually changes. This is because when we use reported speech, we are usually talking about a time in the past (because obviously the person who spoke originally spoke in the past). The verbs therefore usually have to be in the past too.
For example:
Direct speech
Indirect speech
"I'm going to the cinema", he said.
He said he was going to the cinema.


A Reminder of the Important Things in Life!

Below is a link to a YouTube video reminding us what the important things in life are.
Do you agree with all the examples?
Which example in the video is most important to you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=choOYBFZBVA

Make a list of 5 of your own "Important Things in LIfe".
Imagine that you will pass this list along to your children or grandchildren.

- Kinetic 09/15



ASSIGNMENT W#1: Stereotypes


I don´t eat burritos or chile and frijoles everyday
I don´t own a horse or a donkey
and I am not María or Juan Pérez...but they are my friends

I have a president, not a King or a Queen
I speak Spanish, not Castilian
And I play football soccer not American Football

I can proudly wear a Mexican football shrit wherever I go
I dont like corruption or bribery
We make the peace no violence

That the Tequila is more than only a beverage
That people is nice and warm
That Mexico has the best beaches in the world!
Mexico is incredible!

Maybe my name is not in Spanish but I am Mexican!!

Wild, August 8, 2012
Mexico

Something About Movies...
April 12 2012


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There are a lot of movies for everyone, in this time, like: horror, drama, animation, action, comedy, documentaries, adventure, musicals, and sci-fi.

But so many of them are poor in terms of story, or the script, or maybe the budget is not too big, like a masterpiece.

I am a Movie buff, and enthusiastic for the seventh art like anyone, I like seeing the movies and tasting the good popcorn twice a week,

(popcorn with butter and salt, or caramel popcorn, like the kernel’s shop) and I like watching movies in a very comfortable and entertaining theater or in my living room, with some cushions.
Well to start, I am a Graphic Designer, I love all the motion graphics and shapes in the animations, and the ads, and I am a very detailed person, maybe it’s for my profession but I like to see details,like the cover of the cds, dvds, Blu-rays or whatever, the cover of magazines, the ads in the city, and the posters of the movies.

Last Friday I went to the theatre close to square one called “Coliseum” to see the one of my favorites movies when I was a kid called “Wrath of the Titans”, it is a fantasy-action film,

(I like this movie because I love the Greek myths and Greek gods) about one man living in the earth like any human, but in his blood have the god’s power, this man is called “Perseus” who ten years after (in other movie) he defeated the kraken, now he lives like a fisherman trying to live a human life with his son.
All story of the movie was so poor, and the characters like Hades (God of the underworld) and Zeus (king of the gods and the thunder and lighting) was weird, first they are fighting and then they fight together, and Ares (god of war and violence) son of Zeus, he betray his father, giving a heavy blow with his powerful mallet, and he took the place of hades and Zeus to conquer the world of humans.

The script was a little poor, but the effects, wow that was amazing like the Pegasus flying for the skies, the great quimera (a myth animal with lion body, 2 heads with horns, and the tail of snake, and with fire-breathing) the demon of kronos, with all the body covered with lava, and the giant Cyclops. You can see this movie in 3 formats, 3D, conventional and IMAX. All the theatre was full, and the people like this kind of movies.

I enjoyed this movie a lot, also with great company, like the person who shares your passions.


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by Dynamic
dynamic.jpgThank You!


Weekly Journal From Apr.02 to 06
By: Lucky
We started a new session of our LINC class on Monday evening. Our teacher gave a certificate to me. It showed that I had successfully completed LINC Level 5 with high benchmarks-- my listening, speaking and writing levels were 7, and my reading level was 8. What a big surprise to me! I don't think I really have such high English levels, because many times when I try to express something to others, I have to stop in the middle and try to find out a word or a right phrase in my mind. To be honest, I did feel a little excited and upset at the time when I got the test result. I asked our teacher how to understand the certificate's meaning. Our teacher told me that it proved that I had passed the level 5 assessment and I could start to learn the level 6 class. Our teacher also told us a couple of reasons why some of us would get a high record on their assessment. Firstly, we tested in the class, that would let us feel more comfortable than in an assessment center; Secondly, some might have higher English level than their test results.
After several weeks practice in the class, they gained their confidence and expressed themselves better. I'm encouraged by our teacher's words. Yes, I must practice my English confidently. To speak to others who live in Mississauga on the street, on a bus or in a restaurant. Don't be shy and never mind if others look at me in a strange way. A chance came to me on Tuesday morning. I've been here for about three months and I don't have a credit card for myself yet, it was time to practice my English. TD Bank sounded great, so I went to Square One at once.

Walking to the reception of the bank, I asked to apply for a credit card. After I waited about ten minutes, an occidental man guided me to his office. As expected, we had our conversation, of course, in English. In the early beginning, I introduced myself and my willingness to the clerk, although it was only several sentences, I spoke them quite smoothly, I've been doing this kind of introduction with each other in my LINC class for almost two months, see, the practice came into play. During our conversation, I learned that if people wanted to open a savings account, they should say deposit account, people, who work for a bank, always say deposit instead of saving.

There was a job fair on Wednesday. Wanting to get some feeling about the job fair, I arrived at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 10:30. The waiting line became to a huge circle around the lobby of the Center. The line moved slowly, half an hour later, it was my turn to register at reception desk. At the job fair, there were many training agencies, Colleges and job hunting or searching companies. Several industry's companies came from other province. Only a few of them had had positions related to engineering. It seems not easy for me to find a job in my professional area even outside Ontario, I must think about this seriously.

My Thursday's presentation brought me back to the past working days in a factory. It would be one of the most precious working experiences in my life, it was my first job in Canada. I learned that no matter how hard you work as a general labor, it is difficult for you to feed yourself well, not to expect to make a good life for your family.

The grammar practice was quite important for me, I could learn what time I should use what tense. I understood the difference between present perfect continuous and past simple in this class. I'm very happy to see my improvement step by step.

Playing a soccer game on Friday was also an opportunity to practice my English, Sometimes I needed to argue with other players, because they broke the playing rules to benefit themselves. That's great! One game provided me two exercises -- physical and lingual training. I'll be there next Friday.

Thanks for your time.

Lucky, 11.Apr.2012

Verb Tense description and practice;

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage

Awesome Lucky! This is exactly how I want the journal entries. Keep up the great work !
- Keen 120411



Three parts of a paragraph
The first part is the introduction, which contains the statement of purpose.
The body is the largest section that will elaborate on the statement of purpose.
. The conclusion is similar in size to the introduction. It reminds the reader of the the statement of purpose and leaves the reader with something to think about.
Read more: How to Write a 3 Paragraph Essay | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4530604_write-3-paragraph-essay.html#ixzz1leg2GCpm

Hi
Find below the parts of a paragraph which are good to know before you write any paragraph
Parts of a paragraph
Topic sentence

- first sentence in a paragraph, introduces the main idea
- gives the reader a clear sense of the content
- contains words or phrases called
controlling ideas

Supporting details
- after the topic sentence
- �body� of a paragraph

give details to develop the
main idea of the paragraph (facts, examples, � )
3. Closing sentence
- last sentence of a paragraph,
(Concluding)
- restates the main idea in different words
(http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/paragrap)
(
http://www.unc.edu/depts/wceeb/handouts/paragraphs.html)





English learning strategies

Speaking
In China there is a famous English teacher named Li Yang. He created a way to practice English speaking fluently by repeating one English sentence loudly at different speeds: from a slow speed to a normal one, then to a very fast one. Using this way, English learners can improve the fluency and articulation of speaking.

Vocabulary
I once bought a book teaching people how to remember English vocabulary. The author presents English words in the context of natural sentences to enable users to speculate about the meaning of the words from the context of the sentences. He asks the users to remember about 20 English words each time, then speak out all the meanings of those words within a short time limit (so that) to help the users improve the agility of understanding English words. I felt the book was pretty useful.
-happy July 10 2011

Very interesting speaking strategy, Happy. Thank you for sharing this with us. As I mentioned earlier, English speakers have a way of linking or slurring together vowel and consonant sounds so that you don't hear the 'space' between the words. Practicing slowly at first, then normal, and then super uber quickly may result in the words slurring or blending together as native speakers do. If you are watching TV or listening to the radio , or eavesdropping on a conversation, you can also try copying the sound exactly regardless of meaning just to 'feel' the English on your tongue.

Guessing words by the context is also what we all do ... this is good practice. Make it a game and see how many you get right !

- Keen 11 July 2011


English learning strategies. By Diplomatic, Monday July 11 th. 2011

Describe a study strategy. How to apply good study habits to current English learning.
A useful strategy that can help anyone to improve her/his English vocabulary is to keep a small notebook with you where you can add any English words that you don�t know. For example, when you read a book, although you understand the general meaning of the text, you realize that there are some words that you don�t know. This is the right moment to write these words in your notebook, even better if you write the entire sentence in order to know the context where they have been used. Then, you can search for the meaning of these words found throughout the day, and internalize their definitions. It�s very important to not only add new words to your notebook, but also review them continuously. This strategy allows you to accomplish better results with English learning and especially it will help you to increase your vocabulary.
TIPS on supporting sentences writing in a paragraph.
1) Write concise sentences. Keep it simple only using necessary words." A sentence should not contain unnecessary words".2) Write about datisl and examples to support your idea."with no support or examples, your ideas have not strenght".
Tips were obtained from this webpage.http://www.word-mart.com/html/sentence_and_paragraph_writing.html

Diplomatic, July 11 th. 2011.
Diplomatic, this is an excellent tip. I think that everyone should try carrying around a little notebook in their purse (or man-purse) and every time they come across a word that is not clear, write it down. Adding the phrase or context the word was used in is also brilliant. Adding 'collocations' or idioms that use this new word and it's new meaning will also add to your English comprehension and repertoire. When you practice and review the contents this little notebook, you will be more ready to use your English language learning from the classroom to the street !
Diplomatic, would you be willing to google "Gerunds" and the uses of -ing ?
Keep up the great work !
- Keen 11 July 2011


Today, we have Internet, which is an excellent tool that helps us to learn, for example, another language, such as: English. But, as in my case, I can both find a lot information and feel lost at the same time, if not used appropriately.
I want to share my opinion on what is helpful in learning English, based on my past experience:
  • Taking notes of highlights or the main ideas, but at the same time, it is important to understand the explanation of theses notes. Even, if we take notes but we do not understand the meaning of theses notes, it won�t be useful at all.
  • Taking time to look for more information about the class or subject in order to understand more and increase knowledge. Sometimes, we do not have time in class but at the same time, we can find a lot of helpful resources on books, good dictionaries or Internet.
  • Discussing what we have learned with a study group.
  • Also, try to speak, for example, interact with the people on the street, it is an excellent way to improve communication skills. Sometimes, you can find friendly people to talk to. In fact, I have English-speaking friends who help melot with the language and the culture. Even, it is a good, nice and interpersonal way to learn other languages.
  • Similarity to that, keep up to date, be involved in assignments and find time and a place to study, preferably, where you won�t be interrupted.
  • Of course, have the support of the teacher.
  • Finally, part of the good habits is ourselves motivated. Sometimes, as a newcomer or immigrant, we feel a quite frustrated because we want to move quickly in order to settle as fast as we can to be involved in our new country, Canada.
Magnetic, July 11th, 2011

You are so right Magnetic ! One of the best ways to learn English and culture is with our friends, that is, how to 'sound' like everyone else and not a bit 'odd' like a book. I also agree with you that the student must take an interest and initiative in taking the learning of English into his/her own hands by doing the research, the homework, and getting down to business. I hope that you will all start now in feeling confident in getting out into the street for that 90% learning outside of the classroom. I would like you all to share your positive English language learning experiences here with me and your fellow students ... and that way, I will understand your challenges and see that you are doing your homework! You must make the opportunity to use what you learn in class right away outside of the classroom, or you will not retain (remember) it. With a partner, or even a friend, you can make a game or joke with it ... for example in class one day, we learned the idiom "sitting on pins and needles" ... and throughout the next few days, we tried to insert that idiom in as many situations as we could possibly dream up ... sometimes it was a stretch ... but it sure was funny !

Thank you for sharing your valuable opinions and experience with us, Magnetic.

- Keen, 11 July 20


Indirect Speech / Reported Speech

Indirect speech (sometimes called reported speech), doesn't use quotation marks to enclose what the person said and it doesn't have to be word for word.
When reporting speech the tense usually changes. This is because when we use reported speech, we are usually talking about a time in the past (because obviously the person who spoke originally spoke in the past). The verbs therefore usually have to be in the past too.
For example:
Direct speech
Indirect speech
"I'm going to the cinema", he said.
He said he was going to the cinema.