Wednesday, December 15, 2004

CESL Posted by Hello

GE sings Jingle Bells! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

CESL Today

The 046 version of CESL Today is being made from the class weblogs. Again there will be both a print version and the web version; the web version will have links and will feature the virtual tours and the music links...anyway, if there is something that you wrote, but DON'T want it to be in CESL Today (& go down in the permanent history of CESL....then tell us, and we'll remove it, or remove your name.

There will be small awards weblog, best virtual tour, etc.

Good luck with finals...good luck with the TOEFL...happy holidays!

Monday, November 29, 2004

CESL Bowling

Many CESL students went bowling for the first time during the CESL Bowling Night. Students and teachers enjoyed a night of bowling and free pizza. Contests were held for individual high score, highest team score, best team spirit, and finniest style.

Awards go to:
-Young Lee for the highest score of 165 points.
-Lane 6 for the highest team score of 810 points.
-Lane 3 won the team spirit award with thier team cheer.
-Ammro Al-Kurashi won the funniest style for his knee-slide technique.

Go Team! Posted by Hello

Kita and Team. Posted by Hello

Strike! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Virtual Tour

For this assignment, show us around a place you know well by making links to all the good places there. For example, look how Shalaigh made a tour of Chicago. You can now go to see all the interesting places in Chicago.

I'm working on Carbondale. It's not easy, because you have to know all the URL's before you start, or be able to go back to them, copy, paste, etc. Don't forget to put it on the class webpages when you're done! Thanks....

Monday, October 25, 2004

CESL Assignments

This is the first CESL-wide writing assignment for this term:

Tell us about a song, band, or musician that you like. Make a link to the song, band, or musician you write about in your post. To see an example of this assignment, look at the EAP2 045 Weblog.
*Post this assignment on your class weblog by Friday, November 5th.*

Writing assistants are available answer questions about the assignment or help you post or make links on the weblog.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Great weblogs- 045

The August-October term is ended, and it will be best remembered for the term that CESL students really started to make and enjoy weblogs. Some are understandably hesitant, as these are public places, in English, and it's like public speaking in the sense that you feel like you have to be a little careful. But, what an opportunity to use English! I think they're very useful in practicing English, reading and writing, as well as learning computer skills, uploading, moving pictures around, etc.

In addition to the prize winners, best weblog Mandy, Meng-chieh Chung of AE2, second place, Jamie (GE) and Ammro (GE), there were several other excellent weblogs. For example, take a look at Rina (AE2), Alp (GE), and Anny (GE). These are well-made works of art!

Also, some students are really becoming good at the idea of the online portfolio, in which you put finished work and show some of what you can do in English. Some of the best online portfolios were in EAP2, where they were required; take a look at Mayumi, Eric, Yen, Melina, and Robert for starters. These students put every paper including a research paper online, fixed the grammar, and in some cases connected the links on the reference sections.

In other cases, students just did a good job putting finished work up, and they deserve notice. Take a look at Masaki,
Adriana, D.K., Tang, and Oktking, all in EAP1, and Eriko and YouJin (AE2), and Seunghun, Kevin, and Awni, in the lower levels. Good job!

Friday, October 15, 2004

Best Weblog

Congratulations to Mandy of AE2, who won the Best Weblog of 045 award. Congratulations also to all the Poetry Contest winners, almost all of whom have been given prizes, handshakes, commemorative copies of CESL Today, etc. You did an excellent job!

In fact, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the class weblogs, which are looking very good, and whose contents went into the construction of the most recent issue of CESL Today. This makes me very proud, as it shows off CESL well, and shows that our students have fun and publish good stuff in English. I hope we can keep it up!

One of the fun things about this issue is the music recommendations, because they show a little about what CESL students are listening to. I would like more of this! Some of you put your picks on your personal sites, but it's not too late to contribute them! The more of this, the better...

One more thing. If your entire name was not put onto your contribution, it was not used in the newsletter. We would like to put it there, though. It's history. Ten or twenty years from now, you might want to say, this is the first thing I ever published in English. I'm not trying to sell the idea to you...if you want it, fine, if not, that's ok too. In fact, if we have too much on there, let us know; we don't want to publish anything without your permission. Really!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

CESL Today

The CESL Today newsletter will be published during finals week. CESL Today will have a link on the CESL webpage and the ceslstudents weblog. Some writing from class webblogs will be used to create the CESL Today newsletter. If you do not want your writing in the newsletter please notify one of the writing assistants. Click here to see previous issues of CESL Today.

Poetry Contest

Several great poems entered the CESL Poetry contest. They are being judged this week. Results will be announced and prizes will be awarded soon.

Best Weblog

A small prize will be awarded to the best individual weblog that is linked to the ceslstudents weblog. Judging will be based on creativity and the presentation of the weblog.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

symphony concert

One of our students, Ju Me, is first flute in the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She's giving a concert this TUESDAY....good luck, Ju Me!

Friday, September 24, 2004


Below is the picture of all of us. Well, all of us who were on those steps that day, anyway. I had some trouble with the picture. It was too big. The big version is here, but it's too long-loading for this weblog and some places they were having trouble getting this ceslstudents blog to show. Anyway now you can get to both of these from the student pictures site.

Thursday, September 23, 2004


Monday, September 20, 2004

Poetry Contest

Show everyone how much English you are learning at CESL. Enter you poem in the CESL Poetry Contest.

Deadline for poems to be submitted to the contest is September 27th.

Email poems to the writting assistants:
Marie Poteete
Shalaigh Davlin

Or take it to their office (Faner 3235)
Or put it in their mailbox (Faner 3233)

Monday, September 13, 2004

New weblogs

Congratulations to GE and members of the weblog community.
It's difficult to make a weblog...but fun! You can link to this one,
then link to your friends, then link to your own (class) page...then
let's start throwing pictures up there!

Here's one thing you can do. You can put some code right into your
post. Watch this. You can connect to the teachers' webpage, or to mine, or to anyone that you want, just by putting that little piece of code right into the post. If you don't believe me, take a look at this one. Go into ceslstudents (use "ceslstudents" as the id)...remember that the password is "fanerhall", and then take a look at THIS POST which appears under the heading "New weblogs"...and take a look at the little piece of's the same code you would use to make a link in the template...

Cheers and happy weblogging! -Tom Leverett

By the way, feel free to POST TO THIS really belongs to everyone!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Poetry contest

Details coming! Judges will come from all over campus and will include some poets. Small prizes will be given...poems will be collected on a weblog...

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

CESL students!

CESL is trying a new thing this term; we are trying to make our students more familiar with putting things online, having a spot in cyberspace, and being able to express yourself and connect to places you like. Your teacher may require that you do this, or may just hope that you do this; the writing assistants will help you do this.

To learn how, go here. Or ask the writing assistants. They'll help!

In addition, CESL Today, the newsletter of CESL students, will publish its 045 issue online in early October. To do this we'd like to collect works from all CESL classes on class weblogs, which your writing assistant will help set up.

Don't worry- your writing is good (we know this by experience)! Having it seen by others is part of the fun; that's what it's for. However, if you really want yours to be private, just say so. Put that on the weblog somewhere prominent. Hopefully your wish will be respected by everyone.

I hope you can learn to connect to your friends, and have them connect to you; we at CESL would like to see an interconnected set of interesting weblogs. We will teach you how to make links and put pictures in them. It's part of the fun. These weblogs are new...they weren't around a couple of years ago. But now's the time to learn how to use them! Good luck!