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.