четверг, 30 июня 2011 г.

121. Language death: one language becomes extinct every two weeks

Have you ever thought that our life can be traced, recorded and remembered as long as our language continues to exist? There are approximately 6,500 languages in the world, half of which will disappear by the end of the century. An alarming statistics indicates that currently one language is disappearing every 14 days! For example, Berbice Dutch (a Dutch creole) spoken in part of Guyana (a country in South America) has been declared officially extinct according to the March issue 2010 of National Geographic magazine.

понедельник, 27 июня 2011 г.

Decor 101: Yard sale/Garage sale

Garage sales (or yard sales) have been an integral part of American culture since the 1960s. Generally, a yard sale is put together in spring when a family takes on a project of cleaning up their house (or garage) of the items they don't need. The venue for the yard sale can be one's front- or backyard, a carport, or a garage. The articles sold at such sales are mostly kitchen utensils, mismatched furniture, used toys, board games, random knickknacks, and clothing.

пятница, 24 июня 2011 г.

Decor 101: The Housewarming party

For the majority of American families moving houses happens much more frequently than for Ukrainian or Russian families. A relocation is usually associated with a different stage in life. For instance, eager to enjoy their independence, young adults move in pursuit of education (or perhaps just the fun student life), new career opportunities, and marriage. On the contrary, senior citizens choose relocation as a way of coping with their "empty nest" feeling once the children are gone or in an attempt to improve their health (in this case they follow their doctor's advice to move into a warmer climate).

среда, 22 июня 2011 г.

120. Weddings in America, part 2: Wedding Vows

Everybody wants their wedding to be special, unique, and unforgettable. Each wedding you attend, no matter how similar it seems, always incorporates some unusual elements, such as candle-lighting, special music and dancing, vibrant colors, unconventional ceremony, and personal vows. Wedding vows are the essential part of an American wedding, this is where the bride and the groom are free to write their own meaningful message rather than following a traditional one. A dictionary states that a vow is a solemn pledge that indicates one's commitment.

понедельник, 20 июня 2011 г.

119. Weddings in America, part 1: General Overview

Just like anywhere else in the world, weddings in the United States mean great celebration, often rather expensive and perhaps more extravagant than in other countries in the world.

According to the Bridal Association of America, the average wedding in 2009 cost approximately $30,000 (this amount does not include the Honeymoon expenses or the cost of the engagement ring).

вторник, 14 июня 2011 г.

Teacher's tips: Case Study 2.

Today I would like to invite teachers to comment on a new case study that deals with lesson planning and curriculum development. If you are or have been developing classroom materials and/or syllabi, I would like to hear your feedback and comments on this case study! Again, the names have been changed and content slightly modified for privacy issues.

понедельник, 13 июня 2011 г.

118. People of England: King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII was by far one of the most notorious kings of England. He reigned from April 21, 1509 until his death in 1547 and was the second of the Tudor dynasty after his father, Henry VII had passed away. Apart from squandering the majority of his father's hard-earned wealth, Henry VIII was known to have been married six times. His psychological insecurities had led him to see treason in every person around him, thus he decreed two of his wives to be beheaded as he had suspected them in marital and political infidelity.

пятница, 10 июня 2011 г.

117. Lessons learned from King George VI: The King's Speech

Reading through the May issue of Reader's Digest (May 2011, p. 20) I came across an interesting article on "How to Master Your Presentation: 5 Lessons from The King's Speech" by Jesse Desjardins from slideshare.net. If you haven't yet had a chance to watch this wonderful movie, I suggest you do that soon. If you are in the process of learning anything watching this movie will definitely encourage you. If you are a teacher, you will be enthused and inspired. To read more about King George VI as well as the story behind the movie and to watch the movie trailer check out one of OnlinEnglish recent posts by clicking here.

среда, 8 июня 2011 г.

Decor 101: Creating an office space in a small apartment

Moving apartments or houses has never inspired me much. However, there are times when you have to do that, and there's no way around it. In exactly five weeks my husband and I will be moving into a new apartment complex, and even though the reality hasn't quite sunk in yet I'm already feeling its inevitable approach. Yet, this doesn't seem to scare me a bit. In fact, I have been rather enthused about the possibility of decorating our apartment, as it will be completely unfurnished.

пятница, 3 июня 2011 г.

Teacher's tips: Case Study 1.

Please, read the following case study from my teaching experience and let me know what you think about this prospect teacher. Give some reasons and support them. Why do you think this teacher may or may not be effective? What does he need to work on? The name is fictitious.

четверг, 2 июня 2011 г.

Webinar 3: Perfect Tenses

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среда, 1 июня 2011 г.

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