Saturday, August 20, 2011

Free IELTS test preparation materials

Hello everyone. I have given you a link today an IELTS blog that gives you free materials to practice for the IELTS exam in case you are thinking of taking this exam at some time in the future. Even if you are not planning to take the test the practice materials will help your general English study and help you to develop your skills in listening reading writing and speaking. Hope you enjoy exploring this site. :-)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Course information

Check the website here for email information about courses, the staff you need to contact in the school of interest, career pathways, enrolment information, scholarships and more.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

World Health Organisation

Dear Students,
Here is the link for the World Health Organisation you might find it useful in your search for information for you oral presentations on disability.

Activities free or under $5.00

Dear students,
Are you wondering what to do in your spare time? Here is a link that will take you to an online version of a booklet that is full of ideas of interesting things to do that are free or under $5.00 at the time of printing. You might like to see what is on offer and try something new.


This site will give you access to an online dictionary.

Reading practice - 365 short stories. Multi level.

Hello everyone. This website is an excellent resource for you to practice your reading. You can read the text and hear it as well. There are yes /no questions, crosswords, cloze exercises, vocabulary and dictation to go with each story. Please explore this site and make a comment about its usefulness for your independent study.

Blind people using a seeing eye dog

The Seeing Eye, the innovator and pioneer of dog guide services, tells the story of how the school opens the doors of success for people who are blind. Every day, people embark on new beginnings with their Seeing Eye dogs. This story is a celebration of where they finish.

Louis Braille and the invention of the Braille system of writing for the blind

Dramatizes the life of Louis Braille, including the events that caused him to become blind as well as the cause of his death in 1852 at the age of 43 of tuberculosis. Illustrates the development of the Braille System, which he created in 1824 at the age of 15, and how it was at first rejected and even banned at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth (where Braille attended as a child and was later employed as a teacher).

A resource guide (with expanded Braille information and resource links) is available from the following URL:

Cardiovascular and psychiatric risks with ADHD drug use

Patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) who are taking stimulant drugs such as Adderall (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine), Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Strattera (atomoxetine hydrochloride) will soon be given a Patient Medication Guide each time the prescription is filled.

The medication guide will warn that there have been reports of sudden death in children and adolescents with pre-existing structural cardiac abnormalities or other serious heart problems who were taking stimulant drugs to treat their ADHD. Sudden death, stroke and MI have also been reported in adults with underlying risk factors for these events who took ADHD drugs.

The causative role of the stimulants is not clear because pre-existing heart problems themselves carry an increased risk of sudden death. Nevertheless, patients with known serious cardiac problems should generally not use stimulant drugs.

The medication guide will also warn about a slight increased risk for drug-related psychiatric adverse events, such as hearing voices, paranoia or mania, even in patients who did not have previous psychiatric problems.

FDA recommends that patients who may be treated with these drugs work with their health care provider to develop a treatment plan that includes a careful health and family history, and an evaluation of current health status, especially for cardiovascular and psychiatric conditions. Patients should contact a doctor promptly if symptoms develop that are suggestive of heart disease, or of new or worsening psychiatric problems

Natural treatment for ADHD

6,000,000 school children are being administered Ritalin and other psychiatric drugs. ADHD is a catch all label and creativity should not be medicated. Dr. Tyler Woods of Mindhance Wellness introduces natural treatments.

ADHD How to recognise symptoms

This you tube clip steps through the symptoms of "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" or ADHD, and give tips on how to recognise the disorder in children.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cream that egg

Here is a clip for those of you who hope to move on to engineering courses in the future. Pretty amazing don't you think? It took the guy six months to build and he had to work around his flatmates to do it.

Good and bad oral presentation skills

Here is a link to a you tube video clip that demonstrates firstly poor presentation skills and than a much improved presentation. Make some notes for yourself about the features about good and bad presentations. What to do and what not to do when giving an oral presentation.

Making eye contact in oral presentations

This clip will give you some tips on how to improve your presentation delivery by using eye contact

Funny: Bad oral presentation skills

This is the you tube clip we watched in class on last week. How many bad things does this presenter do during his presentation?

Wikipedia entry on Disability

Hello everyone, Here is a link for wikipedia to help you with your research for your oral presentation on disability.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

BBC Learning English. Pronunciation practice

Hello again,

Click here for an excellent site that describes the sounds of English. It has short video clips introducing the site and demonstrating the positioning of tongue teeth and lips to make each sound. In addition it has quizzes and exercises to step you through the basics of English pronunciation. Please explore this site then post a comment to say how this could be of use to you in your independent study.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Hello everyone,
This Dictation site is one I introduced to the class last week for independent study to improve your listening skills. Please click on the link here to explore the site. You will see that there are 5 different levels. You should be working at Intermediate level. If you find this difficult try some of the easier levels until you skills improve. If you find Intermediate level easy try the harder levels.
Once you have tried out the site post a comment to this blog (around 100 words) to tell me what you think of the site and how useful you think it might be for improving your listening skills. I plan to introduce a new site for you to use in your independent study time each week. Remember you should be studying around two hours each night to get the best results from your course. Lets enjoy learning together.