Monday, February 28, 2005


At this time of year, we begin to pull together the next volume of CESL Today, the program newsletter. To do this, we use the class weblogs, and if we see something in your personal weblog, we might ask you if we can use it. But it's good for us to remember that some of you prefer not to have your name, picture, etc. in the public eye.

If you are one of those people, this is to remind you: If you DON'T want your name, picture, or even your writing on the public web, OR in the print version of <CESL Today, let us know! We will by all means respect your wishes! You really have three possibilities, or ways to complete the assignments without having your name on the web.
1. Ask us to remove your full name.
2. Ask us to remove ANY NAME.
3. Ask us to just not include your writing; then, after next WED, remove it from the weblogs yourself.

We think you should be proud of your work, and of doing the best you could. However, privacy concerns are sometimes more important than that. If so, let us know!

-Tom Leverett

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Grammartalk weblog

Questions about TOEFL? Questions about grammar? A new weblog has been started for you. It's for anyone who wants to get to the bottom of questions about grammar that are very difficult for learners.

It's called grammar talk. Come visit! Bring your questions! Pass the TOEFL!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Hello everyone,

I am the new writing assistant for CESL. I would like to let you know that I am available to help anyone with this contest. I can not make it for you, but I can show you how to make it by using various tools on the computer or through the arts and crafts shop.

Lets find the artist among us!!
Even if you are not the best at it, that is okay.
If you need help with ideas or creating a logo. Please, let me know.
Contact me or Marie, and we will help you.

Thank you everyone,

John Whitaker

Wednesday Weblog Workshop

Marie will be staying in the CESL lab this Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 to work on weblogs with those who are interested. Those who still want to start one may move to the LMC if she gets help with this workshop. We would like you to be able to fix them up, work on them, upload pictures, etc. if you like. In TOEFL class? Take heart, someone will still be around when TOEFL class is over...

Best weblog contest: every term we offer Best weblog prizes. These depend on the generosity of local merchants, but we're hoping to do it again. Also, we'd like to reward those who laboriously put good content (i.e. good papers, reports, etc.) on their weblogs, as well as those who fix them up with flashing and dancing things (also good). This shows the world what we do...and what we learn...and that's good!

CESL LOGO CONTEST---Artists among us, see the message below!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Logo Contest!

CESL needs logos! We need logos for various reasons: for stationary, for the web, for the "best weblog" contest, and.........for t-shirts! That's right....the details are still being worked out, but we are thinking about making t-shirts for all our students, faculty, friends, etc., available at cost. This is often done by groups on campus, but we haven't done it in years. Why not? BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A GOOD LOGO. That's where you come in! Are you artistically inclined? Make a good logo BY MONDAY MARCH 1 to win. You may enter any or all of these as many times as you want:

1. General logo (color)- for t-shirts, pictures, brochures, web

2. General logo (black & white)- generally easier for t-shirts, and cheaper too.

3. General logo for web (this could also be one of the above)

4. "Best weblog" logo

All logos should say CESL on them somewhere.

Give logos to Marie Poteete, Undergraduate Assistant.
Good luck!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Help a charity, have fun, show off trivia knowledge!

The International Trivia Contest is being sponsored by SIU Rotaract (a civic organization) to help the fight against polio. Entry fee is $5 per person, which will go to the fight against polio. Prizes are: 1st place, $250, 2nd place, $175, 3rd place, $100, Best Decorated Table, $25. Teams must have a minimum of 3 countries represented, maximum of 8 people per team. The LSA (Linguistics Students Association) has already organized two teams which CESL students can join, or, CESL students can have our own team.

What do you think? If you're interested, contact Marie Poteete (undergraduate assistant); go to CESL Conversation Hour (TH 3:30-5, south end of the International Lounge, second floor, Student Center...See you there!

Monday, February 07, 2005

English Conversation Table

Practice English with casual conversation.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5:00,
International Lounge, second floor of the Student Center.

Hope to see you there!

Contact writing assistant for more conversation opportunities.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Welcome, John!

Our new Undergraduate Writing Assistant is John Whitaker. Some of you already know him from the Conversation Hour. He's a nice guy. He'll be hanging around the LMC, CESL lab, and certain classes trying to find out a little about CESL in the next few days. He'll have his office hours posted soon.

He knows a lot about computers, but maybe you can teach him a little about Macs and about weblogs!

An Apple For the Teacher!