Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Using modal verbs

Hello everyone here is a link to help you with using modal verbs. You will need to be able to use these verbs in your next assessment Giving an opinion. Good luck. :-)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Many things

Hello again, Here is a multi- level site called 'Many Things' that has a number of interesting and useful links to help you with vocabulary, reading, listening and speaking, grammar, tongue twisters, limericks and a variety of games such as audio memory games and vocabulary games. Have fun exploring. :-)

Towson University online writing support

Here is a good site to help you with developing your writing skills. It gives very good explanations about the correct use of many aspects of written language such as:- parts of speech, sentence structure and plagiarism. It has self teaching units and a writing support hot line where you can ask a question about writing or grammar and they will respond within 24 hours.

Dave's ESL cafe

Here is another excellent site. So much to play with so many links to explore!! Some of the things you will find here include:- Phrasal verbs, ESL links, quizzes, grammar, pronunciation and idioms to name just some of the things on offer. Enjoy.

Combination of language skills found here

Hello everyone,
You're going to love this site. It is a one stop shop for all kinds of language skills. Here you will find grammar, vocabulary, crossword puzzles, quizzes, bilingual quizzes, podcasts, you tube video clips interesting things for ESL, spelling activities, listening reading, writing and pronunciation, idioms, stories, news and songs. Open up every link and find out all the things that this site has to offer, then hit the back arrow to go back to where you were. Have fun. :-)

Friday, October 7, 2011

One mans vision.

Video link see here
David Wallace and many of his neighbours in heartland Waikato have set up a protected environment on his land creating in effect an inland island. They have done this by building a predator free fence around 16 hectares of David's land to establish a kiwi sanctuary or creche for juvenile kiwi chicks. Here they will grow and develop in a safe and protected environment before being released into the wild, once they reach a more viable weight of around one kilogram.

His long term goal is much more challenging. He wants to build a 50km fence round Maungtautari (see website here) a mountain on his land that will come to be the most significant kiwi enclosure on mainland New Zealand. This new sanctuary will eventually house arond 2-3000 kiwi.

West Coast Wildlife Centre

Koanga the first 'Rowi' kiwi to hatch at the West coast Wildlife Centre this season (Spring 2011). Seen here one week old, with kiwi ranger Fiona Gordon.

The site shown here shows the work being done on the West Coast to incubate and hatch kiwi eggs. Once hatched the young kiwi chicks will be placed in a monitored, protected environment unitl they reach around one kilogram in weight. They will eventually be released into their native habitat once their increased weight enables them to protect themselves better against predators.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Project kiwi part 2

The site shown here is a private kiwi sanctuary in the North Island at Waitaia on the Coromandel. The project managers John and Paula Williams protect the environment by planting trees and trapping kiwi predators (such as stoats, rats, weasels, ferrets, possums and cats). They collect kiwi eggs and send them to a hatching facility at Rotorua where the eggs are incubated, hatched reared for a short time and then released back at Waitaia. At Waitaia the managers also keep records of kiwis which they monitor via transmitters attached to the kiwis upper legs. They are able to do health checks on kiwi, record patterns of egg incubation, manage pest control and manage the group of volunteers that give their time to help with this project.

BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust

The BNZ bank have set up a trust fund to protect New Zealand's endangered national icon - the kiwi. This site shown here gives information about the project what it aims to achieve, its progress to date and give suggestions about how people interested in the project can help with this most important cause.

David Attenburgh and the Lyre bird

The Lyre bird, seen here, in trying to show off to a prospective mate, displays all of the sounds (usually bird sounds) that he has learned to immitate (copy). What unusual sounds has this bird learned to copy? Can you find three of them?