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Hi there everyone!
Welcome to my world of ESL/EFL. A place where you can explore the world of learning English as a second language. There are many materials for you to download and use. Feel free to use the materials in a way that helps you. Every day there seems to be something new. I encourage anyone who logs on, to leave a comment or two... Looking forward to see how the site develops. I hope it helps... Mondo

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Phrasal Verbs in Action



Friends

Phrasal Verb English ESL Rap Song That's What's Up with Fluency MC!

ESL Find Someone Worksheets


Pre - Intermediate
1. Intro & Getting to Know you (Click Here)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyZ1FLZmsyQmFySTg/edit?usp=sharing
2. Like (click here)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyY1A5Ti1RQk5NV0U/edit?usp=sharing
3. Personality and Feelings (click here)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyYkJPRjd6ZXpiNHc/edit?usp=sharing
4. Phrasal Verbs (click here)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyX3B1cGRBeXpBRUE/edit?usp=sharing
5. Modal Auxiliary "Might' (click here)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKydURyQkZJWHptWWM/edit?usp=sharing
6. Future Tense (Click Here)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyZFhreUlfbUJ1cWs/edit?usp=sharing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Learn how we actually use the "Second Conditional"


Second Conditional (Used to talk about imagined or unreal ideas in the present and the future)
If + verb (past simple) + modal verb (would, could, might) + base verb



Watch the Second Conditional in action:


Friends Scene using second conditional


Big Bang Theory


Watch different songs using the Second Conditional


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Everybody Loves Raymond Lessons for Season 1


The following lessons are made for Season 1 of Everybody Loves Raymond. They are made for use in lessons and should not be altered in any way without permission from Mondosworld. Please enjoy using them and feel free to give me feedback on the lessons...


(i)Episode 2: I Love You (Click Here)
Season 1 (1996) Ray finds it hard to say 'I love you'.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyYkV4ejRNVENPd2M/edit?usp=sharing

(ii)Episode 4: I wish I were Gus (Click Here)
Season 1 (1996) Ray delivers Gus' Eulogy and helps to settle an argument between Marie and Aunt Alda.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyRGtwd3N1ZzdOUHc/edit?usp=sharing

(iii) Episode 5: Standard Deviation (Click Here)
Robert has to give an IQ test to Ray and Debra, which gets some surprising results.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKyckpSZUxhdko4OUE/edit?usp=sharing
(iv)Episode 6:Coming soon
(v)Episode 7:Coming soon
(vi)Episode 8:Coming soon
(vii)Episode 9:Coming soon
(viii)Episode 10:Coming soon
All links are to files made public and stored on Google Docs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mondos Link to BBC 6 Minute English


Welcome to the BBC 6-minute English portal. Now you can try to work your way through the 7 levels: Serf, Servant, Minstrel, Monk, Merchant, Knight and King/Queen. Listen to each of the programs and then find someone to talk with about them... Good luck and enjoy listening...(click here) http://mondoslinktobbc6minuteenglish.blogspot.jp/

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to make a small book...


View this video on Youtube at: http://youtu.be/RweNZmLJW9k

Friday, February 08, 2013

Current Topics: Internet Safety






Internet Safety - Newsround Caught In The Web
Watch the story...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgCNGvL0g1g

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Current Topics: Bottled Water


Have you ever thought about how small sized plastic bottles impact the environment? Well, neither did I until I came across a few resources online... Actually, I used to think that buying these little bottles was better, not to mention more convenient. However, for the little amount of convenience comes a cost in not only trash, but more direct forms of pollution. What I didn't know was that a lot of the recycled bottles end up being exported to other countries to deal with. I guess it's "Out of sight, out of mind." This week, I would like you to think about whether small plastic bottles should be banned/reduced or not?

Breaking News English Lesson
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1301/130104-bottled_water.html

Pet Bottle Recycling in Japan

http://www.petbottle-rec.gr.jp/english/pdf/reports/0_All_pages.pdf




You can also access the video at: http://youtu.be/Se12y9hSOM0

Most stores follow ban on bottled water

You can also access the article at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/concord/2013/01/27/cumberland-farms-not-following-concord-plastic-water-bottle-ban/QeqAuZxzYJFxsJpAcjwIRN/story.html

Friday, January 25, 2013

Current Topics (T.G.I.F) "Weekends"


Who works the longest? BBC article:

http://mobile.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18144319


Friday - Rebecca Black - Official Music Video

Latest internet sensation Rebecca Black - see what you think???? I find this quite repetitive...

Lyrics


http://youtu.be/kfVsfOSbJY0

Last Friday Night - Kate Perry
See what you think of this video???? It has quite a lot of rhyming... (E.g. Bed - head, park - dark)

http://youtu.be/_3F3ulhG_Yk

The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
This song is the best of of this bunch... I have always liked the cure...

Lyrics


http://youtu.be/wa2nLEhUcZ0

Friday, January 18, 2013

Boeing 787



or access it at: http://youtu.be/Jr8j48ExIno

Article U.S. experts join Japan probe into Dreamliners (click here) http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/u-s-experts-join-japan-probe-into-dreamliners

Friday, January 11, 2013

Current Topics: Hapifork



or at Youtube: http://youtu.be/4CZtWd6UYCs

BBC article on eating slower click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15447568

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wanna Speak like an American?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaoZolMx5Ng&feature=share&list=SP108F5E96477C3C45


Thank you to H. Heller for sharing this video of Paddy Kennedy. The idea that accents are not the problem certainly fits within the philosophy here at Mondos ESL/EFL World. I think that accents are beautiful and should be preserved. They show character and give depth and flavor to language.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Identify the Main Idea and Write a Summary...

How to Identify a Main Idea in a text?
Please go to this site and read to get a good understanding of how to extract the main idea from a text. http://www.landmarkoutreach.org/publications/spotlight/finding-main-idea How to write a Summary?
Please go to this site and read to learn how to summarize a text. The site provides an easy step by step approach to doing summaries. http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-summary

Monday, November 26, 2012

IBU Internet English Blog


Hi everyone. This is a link to a new directory of my students Blogs. During the semester they will be responding in writing to a number of internet sites. The first is a response to either BBC 6 minute english or ELLLO... Hope you all enjoy it over the weeks to come... Click the following link: IBU Internet English http://ibuinternetenglishdirectory.blogspot.jp/

Friday, May 18, 2012

ESL Song Lessons (Grammar and Topics)


If you want to either teach grammar through songs or use songs to learn grammar, visit the following website...
http://www.tefltunes.com/grammarsongs.aspx You will find songs categorized by: Grammar and Topics Truly a wonderful resource...

Current Topics: The Importance of Bilingualism


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day dreaming and allocation of time to switch off

Please check out the following article. It is a follow up to the ideas on motivation that I posted a little while ago. It also connects with the ideas put forward by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Ted about right brain processes... Can you make the connedction? Why Top Innovators Make Time to Waste Time http://bigthink.com/humanizing-technology/why-top-innovators-like-3m-make-time-to-waste-time
Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html http://bigthink.com/humanizing-technology/why-top-innovators-like-3m-make-time-to-waste-time

Friday, March 30, 2012

Language as a Window into Human Nature (Steven Pinker)



What is a Veiled Bribe? What is an indirect speech act? What are some examples from your own life that illustrate these concepts?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lesson Planning



Well, it's that time of year again everyone. A time when all teachers need to be thinking about the next semester, how to plan for and keep good records...
I would like to post a couple of lesson planning sheets that I developed. The first focuses teachers on writing different kinds of goals and the second is a quick and easy lesson plan format for the busy teacher.
I encourage people to take care when planning lessons to be inclusive of many kinds of learning outcomes and different kinds of activities.







Thursday, March 22, 2012

Broken links

Recently, I've had some problems with the links to this website. It is a temporary problem that I will be trying to fix in the weeks to come. I hope this does not cause too much inconvenience to anyone out there. Ciao Mondo

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Are you a Polyglot?

How many languages can a person learn? How many languages can you learn? What is the value in learning many languages? These are some of the questions that I had when reading the following articles... I also went onto YouTube to check out the lifestyles of Polyglots... It is somewhat like learning Mathematics, or physics... I was quite interested in the comment made by Timothy Doner, when he said that language wasn't so much for communication... I don't really agree, but it may have a lot to do with how he learns language...









Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/multilingual-teen-finds-vibrant-online-tribe-of-fellow-polyglots-20120316-1valq.html#ixzz1pd23dmtV

The 10,000 hrs Rule Principle

Friday, March 16, 2012

Student Self Evaluation








I was working on a self evaluation sheet to give to students, and thought that I might share it here with everyone. The purpose of this sheet is to help students notice different elements in their learning. It's focus is on the 4 macro-skills, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation strategies.
The main parts to the worksheet are as follows:
(i) Orientation: Marks the lesson completed and the grammar focus (you can change the focus if you like).
(ii) New Vocabulary: Gives students a chance to write down new vocabulary items for further study and review.
(iii) Understanding My Learning: Gives a list of learning areas for students to contemplate and give a score on how they feel they went.
(iv) Reflection: Gives students a chance to have an overview, but also plan for future learning.

I have put a link to both pdf and word files. Feel free to alter the document to meet the needs of your classes. I just ask, that you consider leaving a comment to tell me how the sheet worked for you.

The evaluation form gives the scaffolding for reflective learning. Students can use this form to collect data on their feelings toward lesson performance. It also enables them to orientate their learning toward areas they truly have difficulty with, therefore maximizing their learning time. This gives a certain amount of autonomy over learning, as they can use this information to create personalized learning goals.

The data from this form can also be used to create graphical representations that illustrate their learning. Doing this can enhance intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as students can see their progress clearly...
What does the research show about self evaluation? See the following link...


By Carol Rolheiser and John A. Ross

I encourage you all to create opportunities for students to utilize self-reflection in their lessons...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pray for Japan


One year on... Please take some time to pray for the people of Japan...


News on Japan.com

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

My first animation

I decided to experiment a little with making animations... This cartoon is my very first. I used Stykz and imovie for this one. Hope you enjoy it...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Internet English




Visit this site for links for a variety of different online activities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Motivation


A very good friend put me onto a book recently that talks a little about the underlying things that motivate us. Essentially they are autonomy, mastery and purpose...
The book is called 'Drive' by Daniel Pink.
You can get yourself a copy at amazon (click here)
and you can watch the video below on YouTube...



or
http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Cosby Show


Do you know/remember the Cosby Show? I have been working on some some study guides for the first season of the show. Hope that you enjoy watching the show in your classes...
Check out some scenes from the show on Youtube...









Season 2 (click here)

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Most Interesting Job competition

Hello everyone... My IBU students have just completed a project that was inspired by Chuck Sandy... The Most Interesting Job competition...It was a competition with a box set of Indiana Jones movies as the prize for the winner... We would appreciate those of you that can take the time to visit, and review entries from the following website and vote for the best entry under each category...

http://themostinterestingjobgallery.blogspot.com/

Q.1 Which Poster is the best for language proficiency?
Q. 2 Which "Poster" do you think has the most interesting and creative design?
Q.3 Awareness of Audience Needs????
then click submit....

I would like to thank you all in advance....
ciao
Steven Mondy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GC2 Podcast Listening 2011 (click here)

Visit this site for a link to VOA (Voice of America) and lessons that accompany the videos.
The first unit: The Royal Wedding

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

English in the Media 2011/12 (click here)

This website presents a series of Webquests for students to complete.
The lessons are linked to zunal.com where many other Webquests can be found.

Zunal home (click here)
http://zunal.com/index.php

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Mondos ESL/EFL Website Survey

























Please visit the following website and complete the survey (click here).
Your answers will help me to improve my website and to understand who is coming to visit the site.

Click here
to check out the results to the survey.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Do you know "Zumba"?

Remember to take care of your 'mind, body and soul'. Check out your local gym for a Zumba class... You can get back on the road to a healthier lifestyle and maybe you can reduce a bit of stress...

Watch the following video from the Today show to find out what people have been crazy about since 2007.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Writing Class C (Semester 1, 2011)

This is a blog for the Writing Class C students. Students will review material each week and write an online response to it. Responses will include paraphrasing of the material, and a reaction in the form of an educated opinion.
Students will need to take care that their responses are thoughtful and are logically worded.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Mondos link to TED

This site is devoted to providing links to TED online and providing support material for TED lectures.



image taken from TED homepage
"TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
http://www.ted.com/pages/5"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WebQuest

Do you know what a WebQuest is? (click here)
According to web sources, a WebQuest is "an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by students is online. By providing links necessary to complete the quest, the student is able to focus on the material rather than spend time looking for it."
I have chosen to look at a number of WebQuests for the purpose of extending my teaching base into the area of Problem Based Instruction (PBL), thus providing realistic and authentic learning activities for students.
Please check out some of the WebQuests from Zunal.com and let me know what you think. I have just listed a number of lessons that might be useful, however, I am looking into developing lessons based around the WebQuest idea for ESL/EFL. If you can help me by giving ideas, I would be very grateful...
You can leave a comment below or e-mail me at the address in my profile.
Thanks a lot in advance, everyone.

zunal.com (2001-2010).
The easiest way to create a WebQuest with more than 89.3 thousand users, Retrieved March 12, 2012, from http://zunal.com/index.php

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Kolb's Learning Style Inventory

Survey (click here)

Try to take the above quick survey based on Kolb's learning style inventory.
It is designed to measure your strengths and weaknesses as a learner.

Experiential learning is conceived as a four stage cycle:

(1) immediate concrete experience is the basis for

(2) observation and reflection;

(3) these observations are assimilated into a "theory" from which new implications for action can be deduced

(4) these implications or hypotheses then serve as guides in acting to create new experiences.

The effective learner relies on four different learning modes: Concrete Experience (CE), Reflective Observation (RO), Abstract Conceptualization (AC), and Active Experimentation (AE).


(click here) See the accumulative results of this survey


According to Kolb’s model, ‘Divergers’ tend to favor concrete experiences and reflective observation. They are imaginative and emotional people who like to take part in activities that require idea generation. They like to take on learning experiences that allow them to take a single experience and move toward multiple possibilities. Thus, for the Diverger, activities such as brainstorming can encourage greater engagement and deeper learning.

Assimilators on the other hand have the most cognitive approach, liking to watch, think and act. They favor a more logical and concise learning approach. They tend to focus on ideas and abstract concepts and are attracted to logically sounding theories. They like organized and structured understanding. They prefer learning experiences that include lectures (with demonstrations), readings, and having time to think logically. They will also learn in discussions that are logical and thoughtful.


Converger’s tend to be solitary, preferring to take on problems with a practical application. They seem to like situations with a single correct answer, and tend to focus on specific problems or situations (Danish & Awan 2009). According to Chapman (2003-2010) they are more attracted to technical tasks and problems. They like to experiment with new ideas, to simulate, and work with practical situations.

Accomodator’s are completely opposite to Assimilators. These kinds of learners prefer hands-on experiences, and according to Chapman (2003-2010) they prefer intuition, rather than logic. They tend to take creative risks, and be quite flexible with change. They have a strong preference for doing, rather than thinking. They tend not to like routine, and rely heavily on others for information and analysis.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Broken Links

Sorry everyone, if the links are broken on this site. I recently had a very unfortunate accident where my data was wiped out on my server. I am in the process of trying to restore all the links, if possible.

Repair made so far:
I have repaired many of the links...
Graded Readers (Most if not all have been repaired)
Current Topics (All links repaired)
Communication Arts (most of the video links have been repaired)

Pls let me know if there are any other pages or links to be repaired.
Leave a comment in the comment box...
Thank you for your patience. Ciao Steven Mondy from Mondosworld.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is Problem Based Learning (PBL)?

What is PBL?
1. (click here) for a quick Wikipedia definition
2. (click here) for a more detailed understanding (.pdf file format)
3. Watch the video for a clear explanation of how to implement PBL in the classroom.

What is PBL? from Metafoor Media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Writing Class C (Semester 2, 2010)

This is a blog for the Writing Class C students. Students will review material each week and write an online response to it. Responses will include paraphrasing of the material, and a reaction in the form of an educated opinion.
Students will need to take care that their responses are thoughtful and are logically worded.

Monday, October 04, 2010

E3 English in the Media 2010

A course designed to help students understand and use English in a variety of mediums; written, spoken, heard, and read. This course will promote learning through critical thinking about the content of the class.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Writing A Class

Welcome to Mondo's Writing A Class Blog for YMCA Students (Creative writing project focused on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves). Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area. What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word blog entry on a topic. It can be on any subject, but should be done by Friday each week.Choose topics to write about, get it checked by someone, and then publish it on the blog - it's that easy!
Visit the Website at: (click here)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Podcast Listening

A course designed to increase listening input. Students will have the opportunity of listening to a variety of sources of English in a variety of contexts. Through Podcasts, students will access listening material that both uses English, and talks about how English is learned. Students will be required to access the Internet to download programs to listen to on their ipods.

English through Sitcoms (click here)

Dramas and sitcoms (situation comedy) are particularly useful for learning new vocabulary and idioms. The situations create an intriguing and relaxing learning environment in which the students learn not just English words but also culture, humor and body language. Through the dialogs within the episodes, this particular course focuses on familiarizing students with native English speaking sounds and patterns. Also, the natural repetition throughout the series will help students internalize the spoken words and the students connection to the characters will help promote predictions about language choice. The series will also help students get a better grasp of humor and be better able to understand sarcasm or jokes.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Reading Skills Supplementary (click here)

Visit this site to get supplementary videos to support your readings from Active: Skills for reading (book 1) second edition - Neil J. Anderson

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

E2 2009 Writing Blog

Welcome to the E2 blog. Mondo's E2 Writing Class Blog for YMCA Students (Creative writing project focused on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves). Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area. What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word blog entry on a topic. It can be on any subject, but should be done by Friday each week.Choose topics to write about, get it checked by someone, and then publish it on the blog - it's that easy!

GC1 2009 Writing Blog

Mondo's GC1 Writing Class Blog for YMCA English Course Students (Creative writing project focused on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves).Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area.
What to do? Each week you must write a 50~100 words directly to the blog. It can be on any subject, but should be e-mailed to your teacher by Friday each week.
Topic
Choose a topic to write about, get it checked by someone, and then get it published.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

3. Graded Readers (click here) for Teachers and Students


This area is devoted to providing materials for teaching and learning using graded readers. There are various levels spread across a number of different publishers. All graded readers are easily available from bookstores carrying English language materials, or directly from the publishers themselves.




Lessons Using Graded Readers
1. The Prince and the Pauper (Penguin Level 2)
2. The Man in the Iron Mask (Macmillan Level 2)
3. The Canterville Ghost and other stories (Macmillan Level 3)
4. The Phantom of the Opera (Macmillan Level 2)
5. The Black Cat (Macmillan Level 3)
6. Drive into Danger (Oxford Starter)
7. The Long Tunnel (Macmillan level 2)
8. Mine Boy (Macmillan level 6)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

6. Voice of America (VOA) ~ Special English lessons (click here)


Visit the pages on this site for interesting and informative stories created in special English for ESL students.

Lesson
1. Have a headache, you're not alone
2. American Orchestra performs in North Korea
3. WHO Sees Tobacco Risk to a Billion Lives This Century
4. How to Do It: Making Paper by Hand
5. Music Would Not be the Same Without the Guitar

1. Mondos link to ELLLO Listening Activities (click here)


Visit the pages on this site for interesting and informative stories in natural English. There are many kinds of listening activities, worksheets, slide shows and explanations of specific aspects about the language used.

Special thanks to Simon for making me aware of this site, and the host of ELLLO for creating a valuable resource that everyone can benefit from.

Theme 1: Places where we live
Theme 2: Jobs and Career
Theme 3: Family
Theme 4: Pets
Theme 5: Three Meals a day
Theme 6: Daily Routines
Theme 7: T.V.
Theme 8: Learning Languages
Theme 9: Are you a shy person?
Theme 10: Favorite things

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

14. High Level Current Topics (click here)


Enter this site if you want to get some extra-reading practice on current topics in various newspapers.
Articles are roughly 300~500 words long.
There are also lessons with each reading.


Recommended Level of difficulty
- Students should have effective, but not perfect, use of English.

Student's ability: You can talk almost fluently and almost completely accurately. Everyday situations in an English-language environment do not worry you. You can take part in extended conversations or discussions and your vocabulary covers almost every circumstance. If you do not know a word you can almost always find a way of describing it. You have a knowledge of some idiomatic English, phrasal verbs, and colloquial expressions. You have studied all main areas of English grammar.

Equivalent to:

* IELTS score 5.5 - 6.5
* TOEFL iBT score 80
* TOEIC score 650 - 800

Thursday, October 16, 2008

GC1 2008 Writing Blog

Mondo's GC1 Writing Class Blog for YMCA English Course Students (Creative writing project focussed on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves) Welcome to the GC1 Writing Class Blog. Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area.
What to do? Each week you must write a 50~100 words directly to the blog. It can be on any subject, but should be e-mailed to your teacher by Friday each week.
Topic
Choose topics to write about, get it checked, and send it to your teacher to get them published.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Top of the Pops (support)

Background information and support material for Top of the Pops Listening, by Nobuhiro Kumai and Stephen Timson.
http://mondostoppops.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 03, 2008

E1 Writing Blog 2008/9 Semester 2

Mondo's E1 Writing Class Blog for YMCA English Course Students
(Creative writing project focussed on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves) Welcome to the E1 Writing Class Blog. Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area.
What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word e-mail to your teacher. It can be on any subject, but should be e-mailed to your teacher by Friday each week.
Topic
Choose topics to write about, get it checked, and send it to your teacher to get them published.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

17. Role Plays for the Classroom

This is a page devoted to collecting role-plays for the use in ESL/EFL classrooms.

1. Taxi Ride
2. Introductions
3. Appointments and arrangements

Friday, June 13, 2008

16. Mondos Study English with Cartoons


Do you enjoy watching cartoons? Do you want to get more listening practice? Well why not combine your love of cartoons and your desire to learn English by watching some very famous, classic cartoons.
Recommended for higher levels (roughly intermediate), but anyone can enjoy watching them...I will be publishing lessons to go along with these cartoons in the coming weeks. Please enjoy.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lessons in English Grammar (click here)

A page devoted to learning how to use various aspects of English grammar.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

15. E2 Writing Class Blog 2008 Sem 1 (Click Here)

Mondo's E2 Writing Class Blog for YMCA English Course Students
(Creative writing project focussed on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves)
Welcome to the E2 Writing Class Blog. Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area.
What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word e-mail to your teacher. It can be on any subject, but should be e-mailed to your teacher by Friday each week.
Choose topics to write about, get it checked, and send it to your teacher to get them published.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

8. Presentation & Public Speaking (click here)

Would you like to know more about how to make an effective presentation. Well, enter this site by clicking on the title above and learn more about how to make your presentations stand out.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

5. High Level Discussion, Debate and Issues - Video (click here)


This page is devoted to high level discussion topics and issues. The material will be presented in a number of different formats on specific themes. The themes that are generated are specifically chosen for their capability of stimulating conversation and in depth discussion. Please note that the content may be controversial and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Mondosworld. Warning: some content may offend some people.

Theme 1: Class Divide
Theme 2: Smoking and Cigarette companies
Theme 3: Fast Food
Theme 4: Michael J. Fox and Parkinson's Disease
Theme 5: Climate Change
Theme 6: McCartney Divorce
Theme 7: Google's New Office
Theme 8: Future Japan
Theme 9: A Funny look at mobile phones


Recommended Level: You can describe yourself as the following ~
- You have an effective, but not perfect, use of English.
Your ability: You can talk almost fluently and almost completely accurately. Everyday situations in an English-language environment do not worry you. You can take part in extended conversations or discussions and your vocabulary covers almost every circumstance. If you do not know a word you can almost always find a way of describing it. You have a knowledge of some idiomatic English, phrasal verbs, and colloquial expressions. You have studied all main areas of English grammar.

Equivalent to:

* IELTS score 5.5 - 6.5
* TOEFL iBT score 80
* TOEIC score 650 - 800

Current Topics - Readings & Activities (Click Here)



Enter this site if you want to get some extra-reading practice on current topics in the newspaper.
Articles are roughly 200 words long.
There are also lessons with each reading.

Course Description:
This class is designed to:
- promote awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of different media and develop good study habits
- expose students to multiple perspectives.
- help students develop knowledge, skills, and analytical abilities.

In dealing directly with primary sources, students will engage in asking questions, thinking critically, making intelligent inferences, and developing reasoned explanations and interpretations of events and issues that are in today’s current environment.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

4. ESL/EFL Ideas and Issues (for teachers)


This blog is a running commentary on the issues that present themselves to me as I work my way through my Masters of Education program, at USQ, Australia. It is a work in progress, and the ideas contained with the blog entries are my way of trying to come to terms with being a professional teacher and a lifelong student. The issues involve teaching and learning, both from an educators standpoint and the perspective of a student, trying to learn a second language. Steven Mondy

Thursday, February 28, 2008

12. Gallery (click here)


This page is a gallery of artwork created by my students. I Hope that you enjoy.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

11. Writing Class


This blog is devoted to all writing class activities. There are blogs that are for students to express their ideas, in creative and structured writing tasks. Some things are only edited by students, and other pieces of writing that are edited by the classroom teacher. Please enjoy.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

2. Mondo's Communication Arts (Watch the Videos) (Click Here)


Communication Arts is a two Semester course offered to first year English course students. The objective of the course is to enable students to work collaboratively on a project in English. Students have the opportunity to learn and use English throughout the whole process. Planning, problem solving and evaluation are key aspects of the course.

Movies just added ~ Tuesday August 28, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

9. GC2 IR - Impromptu Reading

Welcome to the GC2 Impromptu Reading class Blog site. This class is a course in reading skills and critical thinking. The content covered is focused on motivating students to become active readers, and critical thinkers.Students read, synthesize and offer responses to issues contained within readings.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

C14 Speaking Class

This site will have reactions written by C14 students to a painting within their textbook. It will also be the site for other C14 speaking activities in 2007..

C1 Reading Activities



Coming soon: Reading activities for beginners in English, with MP3 download of the reading for listening practice...
Hopefully will be running (November 2007) :-)

Friday, September 21, 2007

7. English in the Media: Dawson's Creek Discussion (Click Here)


Welcome to the English in the media Blog site. This course is designed to give students exposure to English in a variety of different ways. This semester E3/4 students will be watching the television drama, 'Dawson's Creek' (Season 1), and discussing the ideas within it, in class and on this blog site.
Steven Mondy




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Requirements:
e-mail access

Friday, March 30, 2007

GC English in the Media 2007 (Click Here)

Welcome to the English in the media Blog site. This course is designed to give students exposure to English in a variety of different ways. Students will not only listen, watch, or read, but discuss, analyse and respond to the material in a variety of ways.
Steven Mondy

Requirements:
Access to a computer with MP3 capability
Quicktime player (available free through apple at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mac.html)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The New YMCA Graduate Discussion Board (Click Here)

Are you a YMCA International College Graduate? Do you want to keep up your English? Then why not join the new YMCA discussion room, and join in on the conversation. This is a place for YMCA alumni to get online and use English. Feel free to create a topic, or even respond to others writing. I encourage you to think about things, and strive to explore all topics. Come and join us.

If you have any questions, then just send me an e-mail: mondymca@gmail.com

Sunday, December 31, 2006

E2 Blog 2006/7 - Semester 2


Mondo's E2 Writing Class Blog for YMCA English Course Students
(Creative writing project focussed on making students write regularly - Work is edited by students themselves)
Welcome to the E2 Writing Class Blog. Each week, students will be contributing some work to this area.
What to do? Each week you must write a 50 word e-mail to your teacher. It can be on any subject, but should be e-mailed to your teacher by Friday each week.
Topic
Choose topics to write about, get it checked, and send it to your teacher to get them published.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Poetry in Motion (Watch the Video)


A Seminar in Creative Writing.
Focus: Writing a variety of poems in different styles.
Time: September

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Mondo's Stories from Writing Class


E2 Writing Assignment: Write an imaginative story

Students at the YMCA International College are required to write an imaginative story, paying close attention to the various aspects of story writing. The assignments are required to have the following aspects; background, tension building, climax, and resolution. Also the students should think about character, time, setting, situation and challenges. The following stories are examples of student work for the second semester (2005-2006), Steven Mondy.

Osaka The City

Click on the above title and download a game that teaches you about Osaka city.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

C14 Listening Class

This is a blog devoted to presenting material that will assist in understanding
the C14 Listening class lectures.

Friday, December 15, 2006

JABBERWOCKY Style Poems by GC2 at the Osaka YMCA

Please visit this site for an interesting look into the world of English. Students in my GC2 PR class studied the poem 'JABBERWOCKY' by Lewis Carroll. Upon understanding the poem they were given the task of creating their own poem in the style of JABBERWOCKY. Please enjoy these wonderful poems.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Interesting Personal Experiences in Japan

A running journal of personal experiences in Japan that are either unusual or different to the ones that I am used to.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Osaka City

Hello,
Here is an ongoing portrait of Osaka City.
Check out the photos and play the Jeopardy style game to test your knowledge about the city.
Have fun everyone...

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