Monday, January 24, 2005

Thank you, Shalaigh!

Shalaigh has left us for somewhere we don't know....I hope you contact us and tell us where you are! You know the password!


Friday, January 14, 2005

need ideas for your blog?

Take a look at student weblogs of The New Tanuki, Aaron Campbell's students in Japan; or, click on the students' names on the side of BeeOnline; they are in Brazil. Nice weblogs! Not better than ours, though...

Monday, January 10, 2005

Best Virtual Tours

Congratulations to everyone who made a virtual tour: they're great, they show us the world, and they show us your favorite parts of it.

The winner of the 046 Best Virtual Tour Award, First Prize, was Ammro Al-Kurashi, AE1, for a tour of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, entitled "My City". Good job! I love the pictures, though I'm not sure you took them yourself, or they would be directly in CESL Today...

Second Prize is Pei-Shan Yu, of AE2, for 5 Days in Beijing, which was very interesting and told a story about a trip there that she took with her friend.

Third prize is Chih-Ying (Jamie) Lin, of AE2, who did New Orleans, a wild city south of here where they have a Mardi Gras festival. She also got a nice picture which became the center of the latest edition of CESL Today.

But there were other good virtual tours. Don't forget Istanbul (by Alp), Palestine (by Awni), or Cheju Island (Korea), by Myo Young.

Teachers made some good ones, too. Take a look at New York (by Marie), Chicago (by Shalaigh), and Carbondale, by yours truly.

One good thing about a virtual tour is that one thing leads to another. You go there, you see cool stuff, and it just gets better and better.

Thanks again!

Best Weblogs

Congratulations to Luciana Mottola-Lugo, Grand Prize Winner who worked hard on her weblog and included great photos from her trip to Aruba, an island between here and her home...

Also, Awni Najim was First Prize Winner: he's got colors, pictures, friends, tons of links, friends, a virtual tour, tons of things! Good job, Awni!

Finally, there's Soo Kwon Jung, whose award is entitled Best Scrolling Poetry, because the original scrolling poetry is the best part of the page. When he won the prize, you had to wait a minute for the poetry to appear, but it did, and it was good. Now it's changed a little, or maybe it doesn't work the same way on Safari. I'm not sure. Anyway, good job!

By the way, there were lots of excellent weblog portfolios in the upper classes, which are learning how to put formal writing on weblogs and make presentation an art. Of mention here are Yen and Selena especially, who worked hard on their papers and did an excellent job with their weblogs. This is not easy. It's especially difficult to take a paper and present it to the world in a formal way. But, now you can find yourself on the web: just type in key words to Google!

Congratulations to all CESL students! And Happy New Year...I look forward to more!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

CESL Today V57

Hello everyone and I hope you had a good holiday and a good New Year.

CESL Today Volume 57, which was made from the work from term 046, is now available for you to look through, click around, etc. As you know this newsletter now has a print version and a web version, and your work may go in both or either, depending on when it's available and its quality. We can't and won't print anything you copied, but we like most of the other things you've written!

By the way, Volume 56 (term 045) was pretty sloppy in its links, but now it's a little better: you should be able to see the whole thing. It too was fantastic!

Once again I'd like to remind you of several things: the web will be here for a long time, and will allow people to find you; if you don't like that, let us know; anonymity is possible! And it's possible in several ways, including just deleting your work! We don't like to do this, of course.

We are very proud of CESL students and hope to have another good and creative term in the spring!

Tom Leverett, CESL