ENGLISH LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS!

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  • If you type <synonym:yourword> without the <> and without any spaces, Google provides a list of synonyms from the Webster dictionary.
  • If you type <define:yourword> without the <> and without spaces, Google will provide you with the definition of your word
Powerpoint
For beginners: here is an easy guide to help you with your first Powerpoint slide presentation.
Pictures
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DON’T UPSET ME!
I’M RUNNING OUT OF PLACES
TO HIDE THE BODIES!
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DON’T UPSET ME!
I’M RUNNING OUT OF PLACES
TO HIDE THE BODIES!
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DON’T UPSET ME!
I’M RUNNING OUT OF PLACES
TO HIDE THE BODIES!
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What are emoticons?
Emoticons, also referred to as smileys (or smilies) are little faces made by typing the certain characters on a computer keyboard. The word emoticon is short for “emotional icons”. Emoticons were originally intended to help people show emotion over email and in chat rooms in a clever, creative way. These cute smileys have since evolved into a fun diversion all by themselves!An emoticon can let your reader know you are happy, sad, kidding with them, or upset about something. They can also represent your face, a celebrity face, or a cartoon character’s smiley face.
The basic smiley looks like this :-)

To see it correctly, tilt your head to the left side. The colon represents the eyes of the face, the dash is the nose, and the close parenthesis is the smiling mouth. Other common emoticons include:

Emoticon Meaning Emoticon Meaning
:-) Basic smiley face :-( I’m sad
:) Happy (mini smiley) :'( Crying
:^) Happy (in profile) :’-) So happy you’ve got tears in your eyes
%-) Drunk and happy :-O Surprised
>:-( Angry :- ] So Surprised Your Jaw Has Hit the Ground
>:-@ Extremely angry *:-O Alarmed
:-@ Screaming or very angry :-(0) Yelling
#:-0 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :-@%$# Swearing
( :+( Scared :-P~~ Blowing a Raspberry
>:-) Devilish grin %-) Confused or cross-eyed
>;-) Devilish wink %-( Sad and confused
😮 zz ZZ Bored ¦-O Yawning or bored
¦-| Sleepy or sleeping ¦^O Snoring
-,- Sleepy (sideways) )|-[ Tired, grumpy and very unhappy
d :-) Hats off to a great idea :-# Oops! You just said something you shouldn’t have
If you find smileys interesting, you really should visit this site: Netlingo’s ever-growing list of smileys…enjoy!
Oral Presentations: Evaluation
It is important for learners to know how their performance will be evaluated. These grids will guide you:
Quick talk
without notes
Beginning
1
Developing
2
Accomplished
3
Exemplary
4
Score
Organization
&
Structure
No structure – impossible to follow Student jumps around – difficult to follow Information mostly in logical order – quite easy to follow Information presented in logical, interesting order – very easy to follow
Subject knowledge Poor subject knowledge, student unable to answer questions Uncomfortable, can only answer easy questions At ease, answers all questions but doesn’t elaborate Demonstrates full knowledge, clear explanations and elaboration
Vocabulary Rather repetitive, simplified language, clichés Rather poor vocabulary, few or inappropriate expressions Some good expressions and varied vocabulary Very rich vocabulary and expressions
Grammar Frequent and important grammatical errors Some important grammatical errors Some minor grammatical errors No grammatical errors, or very few minor ones
Elocution Frequent mispronunciation. Student mumbles, speaks too quietly for us to hear. Mispronunciation, mumbling or quiet voice makes understanding difficult Clear voice, most words well-pronounced and audible Excellent articulation, pronunciation and voice level
Task Too short A bit short Nearly right Just right
Full Presentation Beginning
1
Developing
2
Accomplished
3
Exemplary
4
Score
Organization No structure – impossible to follow Student jumps around – difficult to follow Information mostly in logical order – quite easy to follow Information presented in logical, interesting order – very easy to follow
Subject knowledge Poor subject knowledge, student unable to answer questions Uncomfortable, can only answer easy questions At ease, answers all questions but doesn’t elaborate Demonstrates full knowledge, clear explanations and elaboration
Grammar Frequent and important grammatical errors Some important grammatical errors Some minor grammatical errors No grammatical errors, or very few minor ones
Elocution Frequent mispronunciation. Student mumbles, speaks too quietly for us to hear. Mispronunciation, mumbling or quiet voice makes understanding difficult Clear voice, most words well-pronounced and audible Excellent articulation, pronunciation and voice level
Eye contact No eye contact: (student reads all his notes) Little eye contact (student reads most of his presentation) Good eye contact most of the time Excellent eye contact (student hardly looks at his notes)
Task Too short +/- 6 minutes +/- 4 minutes +/- 2 minutes
Visual aids Superfluous or no visual aids Occasional use of aids that don’t support the presentation Visual aids relate to the presentation Visual aids reinforce the presentation and help understanding
Keyboard Shortcuts
Very useful and time-saving! Here is a list of the “Top 20”, but some are easier to remember than others… (Applies to Word, Internet Explorer and many other programmes)
Select everything on the page Ctrl + A
Cut the selected text Ctrl + X
Copy the selected text Ctrl + C
Paste the selected text Ctrl + V
Save the file Ctrl + S
Undo the last action Ctrl + Z
Redo the last action Ctrl + Y
Find a word or some text on the webpage Ctrl + F
Print the page or selected text Ctrl + P
Open a new window Ctrl + N
Close the window Ctrl + W
Make the selected text bold (gras) Ctrl + B
Make the selected text italic Ctrl + I
Make the selected text underlined Ctrl + U
Make the text on the page bigger/smaller Ctrl + Roulette souris
Scroll down towards the bottom of the page Espace
Scroll up towards the top of the page Espace + Maj
Open a link in a new window Maj + Clic souris
Go to the previous page visited Alt + Flèche Gauche
Go to the next page Alt + Flèche Droite
Webquests
Go to the WEBQUEST page
Culture Capitals of Europe
(2nde) Instructions and worksheets for your folders and presentations
Trivial Persuits Famous People
(2nde) An activity to get you to talk about famous people
Telephones, TXT & SMS
(2nde) Camera Phones, Mobile Phones, TXT & SMS
Oral Comprehension
  • Using the Black Eyed Peas/J.Timberlake song Where Is The Love?” on http://www.blackeyedpeas.com (link Audio/Video)
  • Using the song The Grave by George Michael
    N.B. For copyright protection reasons, you’ll have to ask your teacher where you can listen to this song.

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