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November 29, 2005

A Dystopian Future for The English Language?

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"He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future." ~ George Orwell

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November 28, 2005

How Do You Spell Excitement? One Freshman's Thoughts

Today's definition article courtesy of English-blog contributor Allison R.:

Defining Excitement

“Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement, and you are bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new zest, deeper interest and greater meaning. You can think, talk, and act yourself into dullness or into monotony or into unhappiness. By the same process you can build up inspiration, excitement and surging depth of joy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Stated in this quote is a way to define excitement. As something that fills life with meaning and understanding. By comparing excitement to dullness it is shown that to put yourself in the dark makes one unhappy. To live life with excitement brings out a new outlook on life and how it is lived . . .

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November 26, 2005

'Bram Stoker’s Dracula' Re-imagines a Classic

Today's Film Review courtesy of English-blog contributor Daniel M.

*Warning: Article may contain spoilers!

The Evolution of Dracula

Count Dracula has gone through many changes since the original publication by Bram Stoker in 1897. Dracula has been depicted in many different views in film and theater. He has gone from a hideous beast, to a suave gentleman, and then as a tired old man. In the 1931 film Dracula, and the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula the vampire is portrayed in two very different ways. The differences and similarities in the two films are both minor and drastic. At the same time though, the films seem to get much of the same elements across . . .

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November 25, 2005

Using Halloween for ESL Class: Anytime!

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"There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world." ~Jean Baudrillard

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November 24, 2005

Impromptu ESL Teaching Demonstrations

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"It usually takes me three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech" ~Mark Twain

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November 23, 2005

ESL Jailbirds and Stool-Pigeons

"I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there" ~Charles Bukowski

ESL Inmates? Sounds like the title for a new blog on the horizons . . .

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November 21, 2005

DIY: How to Successfully Ride a Horse

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Allison R.:

The Steps to Take in Order to Enjoy the Ride

Trotting along through a wooded forest, looking at the surroundings, listening to nature exist as I ride on a horse. This sounds like the perfect day, but as much fun as riding a horse can be, there are some steps that must be completed before it is time to ride. A horse is a responsibility not just a hobby; it involves cleaning it, putting a saddle on, and preparing it to take out of the barn. In this process essay, I will cover these steps and explain some minor cautions to take while preparing your horse for a ride . . .

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November 20, 2005

ESL Italian Style

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"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." ~Anna Akhmatova

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November 19, 2005

DIY: How to Batik Like a Pro

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Samantha V.:

The Fascinating Process of the Batik

The batik is a method of textiles by adding wax to parts to be left uncolored. Batiks are an ancient tradition that are evident to have developed in parts of Middle and Eastern Asia and India. The process of creating the batik can take several hours, and often leads to taking a couple days to complete. There are many uses of the batik; such as, clothes, bedding, curtains, table cloths, and any other decorative fabric. Although the batik has many forms, the method that will be discussed is a batik tapestry. From sketching the design, outlining the design in wax, and dying the fabric, the finished product will exhibit all the hard work it takes to be produced . . .

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November 18, 2005

DIY: Understanding PC Viruses - How they Operate!

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Terrell W.:

No Cure for This Disease: How a Computer Virus Works

In today’s society, the computer has become a staple of the American lifestyle. Nearly every American household has a computer, and the Internet has become the biggest means of communication in the world. However, despite this technology, there are drawbacks to the use of the computer. One of these drawbacks comes in the form of a computer “virus”, which is a type of program that can significantly affect how a computer operates. Similar to a medical disease (such as AIDS), a computer virus can grow to epidemic proportions if nothing is done to stop its progress. But most people do not understand exactly how a computer virus works. The following explains the steps involved in creating a virus and how it affects computers . . .

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November 17, 2005

ESL Vitas, Reference Letters and You!

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"It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles." ~Niccolo Machiavelli

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November 16, 2005

When Students Evaluate their English Instructor

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"There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it." ~ Dale Carnegie

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November 15, 2005

DIY: How to Train a Guard Dog (To Attack on Command)

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Rachael T.:

The Right Way to Train Dog Without Biting the Hand That Feeds

When one thinks of a highly trainable animal the first thing that most often comes to mind is man's best friend, the dog. They're intelligent, obedient, and very easy to train to do numerous things such as opening a door on their own and attacking potential threats. Dogs are seen in movies doing amazing stunts and listening better than most human actors, and police dogs are often used to take down a dangerous criminal with extreme ease. How does one just pick out a dog and train it to be a guard dog or an animal actor? Being an animal actor doesn't seem practical, seeing as not everyone has Hollywood contacts, but being a household protector is. To teach a dog, or puppy, to be an ideal guard dog there are certain things trainers must do and steps they must follow . . .

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November 14, 2005

Encouraging English Course Students to Talk

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"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names" ~ John F. Kennedy

Ever wonder what to do on the first day of class? Nervous about remembering new students' names? Well, the first day of class is the perfect opportunity to satisfy both of these apprehensions.

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 04:20 AM and is filed under Literature.

November 13, 2005

DIY: Maximize Your Potential - How to Live Healthy

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Thoryn S.:

Healthy Life is Easy

Every year there is an increase in the people who get disease from such things as obesity or bad habits like smoking. People suffer because of the way they live their lives. There have been cures for some of these diseases but there is another safe way to prevent these diseases. Living healthy means staying away from bad habits, exercising, and eating all of the right things to improve your overall body health and life span . . .

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November 12, 2005

Impressing a Potential ESL Employer

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"Only strong personalities can endure history, the weak ones are extinguished by it" ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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November 11, 2005

ESL "Dream" Teaching Location

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"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." ~ Annie Dillard

A Slavic Garden of Eden & A Winter Wonderland

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November 10, 2005

Comments on "ESL Instruct" - October

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"He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Hi friends,

Thanks for taking the time out of your already busy schedule to provide feedback on the most recent edition of ESL Instruct.

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November 09, 2005

English Teaching Classroom Observations

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"This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer." ~ Franz Kafka

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November 08, 2005

Plagiarism and English Teaching Part II

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"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research." ~ Anonymous (of course)

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November 07, 2005

Evaluating Student Work in English Courses

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"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information." ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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November 06, 2005

PowerPoint Presentations in English Courses

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"Professors known as outstanding lecturers do two things; they use a simple plan and many examples." ~ W. McKeachie

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November 05, 2005

Plagiarism and English Teaching Part I

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"The more laws & order are made prominent, the more thieves & robbers there will be." - Lao Tzu

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November 04, 2005

DIY: In College? How to Plan the Perfect Break

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Cathy R.:

Planning a Successful Get Away

Taking a vacation is a great way for a person to relax, have fun, and forget about all the stress in life. A vacation is something exciting to look forward to during the year to help stay sane and motivated. There is, however, a process of preparation one must forego before partaking in those long awaited poolside drinks with umbrella straws. There are many things to do and buy before leaving. There has to be a place to go, a way to get there, a means of payment, and all of the essentials of living to go along. Taking the time to thoroughly plan for a vacation will help avoid any last minute stress or worrying . . .

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November 03, 2005

DIY: How to Give an Injection (with a Hypodermic Needle)

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Sean O.:

Taking More Comfortable (Subcutaneous) Injections

Many people are afraid of needles; it is a natural tendency to fear what is potentially painful. For some people though, such as diabetics, shots are part of day-to-day life. Taking injections can be a difficult ordeal, but with a little experience and technique, the pain associated with shots can be minimized. When there’s less pain, there’s less hesitation. That makes it easier to take injections when they’re needed. Confidence and freedom from uncomfortable shots make it less difficult to care for chronic medical needs or emergencies. It’s important to realize that the way an injection is administered affects the chance for pain and the absorption of medication. Keeping some important tips in mind, it’s relatively easy to improve injection technique and greatly reduce the reoccurrence of unpleasant shots . . .

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November 02, 2005

DIY: First Time Away from Home? How to Wash Your Clothes!

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Kashiff M.:

Washing and Drying: A Tool that Everyone Should Know

Many college students say that they do not know how to wash their own clothes. This is unbelievable, considering how easy the process is. On top of being easy, knowing how to washing clothes is a useful tool. For those who may not be so lucky to have a butler or maid, they need to know how to wash clothes. Knowing how to wash clothes is a tool that will be very useful in the future for many people. Washing clothes can be easily taught to anyone who wants to learn . . .

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November 01, 2005

DIY: How to Properly Use Chopsticks to Eat

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Linda M.:

Chopsticks are a Way of Life

Approximately 3,000 to 5,000 years ago, chopsticks, two even-length narrow sticks, were developed in China to be used as an eating utensil. They vary in size and length, but they are usually tapered at the end because it has more surface area in order to hold the food. Chopsticks are made with plastics, ivory, bone, metal, wood and bamboo. They are mainly used in the eastern Asian countries, such as China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Plastic chopsticks are more common and modern now, because it is cheap and it does not contain any bacteria on it after it is used. It is believed that in ancient China, silver chopsticks were used, because it was able to detect if there were any poisons in the food. If there were any poisons on it, the silver chopsticks would turn black. Chopsticks are very important in the Asian culture. A lot of the American people have not yet been able to effectively use it as a main eating utensil. There are several steps in order to correctly use the chopsticks and eat something successfully . . .

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