Sunday, December 17, 2006

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Words to Auld Lang Syne (Happy New Year song from eot exhibit) are here. This is done by Charles Kelly. You can sing and repeat; it's a video.

Picture above from:

Kolk, Melinda. candles.png. 1-Aug. Pics4Learning. 17 Dec 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

trip to kentucky

November, 2006- CESL goes to Kentucky!




Friday, October 27, 2006

Halloween party, 066


Friday, October 20, 2006

Welcome to CESL!


All CESL students, former students, teachers and former teachers are invited and encouraged to post on the CESL active weblog system, which includes all the classes (EAP2, EAP1, AE2, AE1, GE2, GE1, GSE, AC, Newstalk), the poetry websites (GE & AE Poetry, EAP Poetry), the special groups (Tokushima, SeJong, NCKU, and Chung Buk), the CESL students page, the Activity Calender, and CESL Alumni.

To post, go to, and use our e-mail address as logon:

Password is a well-known building that we call home, all one word.

Go Salukis!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Farewell to Tokushima students! We'll miss you...


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

GE bubblegum bubble contest

More pictures here

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

CESL Activity Calendar, check for updates

Check out the CESL Activity Calendar for updates about fun stuff to do with CESL students and teachers. The next CESL activity is coming up in a few days. This Saturday, September 2nd is the trip to the DuQuoin State Fair. Visit the Activity Calendar for more details.

Jessica Montgomerie
Office: Faner 3327
CESL Activities Coordinator

Monday, August 28, 2006

T-shirt day!


Monday, August 21, 2006

Welcome to Chloe Marie!

Mandie has shared pictures of her new baby- Chloe Marie Colon, born this summer. CESL welcomes the newest member of its family! For more pictures, go here.

Chloe and Mandie

Monday, July 24, 2006


Friday, July 14, 2006

Hello from Suree


Suree, former CESL student, got an MBA this spring...she says,
"Hope you're having a nice summer!"

Congratulations, Suree!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

karaoke night- Friday!


image from

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Welcome to 064!

Emu picture from Exzooberance; deer picture from mynaturephotos.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Activity Calendar

Where else but on a weblog! You will also be able to access it from the template (to the side). We hope you use it!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Parents suffering with their children by Khalid Doubi

Khalid Doubi
Parents suffering with their children
Video games are one of the biggest problems that parents face with their children; they become the best friend for the child. They affect his health in general. Most of these video games have a lot of violence. The child who's sitting in his chair and playing video games will spend a lot of time playing them. The parents must control it because it's become more and more difficult to control than in the past; at the end of the day you can see that the child spent all his time on these games, and because of that the parents should make strict rules to control it.
I did research on video games and how it affected children, and I found that there is publicity about those children who spend all day playing it and default on all their day work. It's not good at all for their health, especially their eyes, because these games work on electricity and the others work on lasers; the child falls under the effect of the radiation of those dangerous games. It will hurt their eye, brain and body. These children are sitting in an unhealthy way, without any moving; that’s why they become fatter than they were. If they play these video games, they will not contact with the society. They will not be a productive for the country, they can not improve their skills while they are spending all the day playing these video games. The development which happens in the world will stop if the parents did not stop their children and control them, because the children are the generation of the future.
There are a lot of things that children can spend their time on instead of wasting their time with video games. They can read a story, contact with the society, visit his reality and read the newspaper. The scholastic level for the early childhood will go down; there are a lot of people in the world who leave the school and become useless. I find this situation a lot in my country, Saudi Arabia. The society oppresses the child who is banished from school. In my experience I had a hypomania on these video games, especially Grand Theft Auto, but my parents stopped me and punished me. I started to read stories and some magazine, What my parents did to me was good for me; I started to show my skills and improve them.
Most of these video games have alot of violence; this is the biggest problem that has an effect on children and sometimes adults. When the children kill each other on the video games, they will think that it's normal to kill; the murder rate will go up. Indiana state faced a problem; it was about a child who was playing violent games called Grand Theft Auto; he was killing people in the game every day, then he thought that it's normal to kill people, so he went to the street and killed two policemen and he became a murderer. These children could practice violence with their family first, then their friends; because of that, we can say that it changes the behavior and the thinking of the child, it changes the personality of the child, and when he grows up he would grow as a murderer and a killer. In Saudi Arabia we face a lot of these situations on the video games; when murderers kill people, they are hng or he commits suicide by himself. Last month, I read in the newspaper that there is a child from Saudi Arabia who killed his brother with his father's gun; these was a hullabaloo, and all the people were talking about it; the government is trying to stop these video games and also the parents have the biggest role to stop it or control it to stop all these problems.
In conclusion, if the parents control the situation they can make the video games funny, interesting and more safe. If they neglect this situation, the problem will get bigger and it will be the worst. If we use a thing that we have in a good way, it will make us succeed, even the video games, and if we use it in a bad way it will give us a bad effect. There are a lot of things that can develop the children and let them improve themselves, for example educational material.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Happy Birthday CESL!

Picture from giftsforgeezers

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Saori and Miho

Saori and Miho say: We miss CESL already! We will come back to visit as soon as possible!

CESL chat

CESL chat will return in the fall- and will be renamed as international chat. See you then!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Dance Party

See you there!

picture from

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

CESL Today

CESL Today, CESL's student newspaper, has just published volume 65 (term 062) in both online versions and paper version (available at the CESL office). Please help yourself to as many as you can use...send some home! We are proud of our work- we have worked hard to make articles that are interesting to everyone- and, at all levels, from GSE to GE. We use what you put on the class weblogs- please keep it up! - and, we use your name, unless you ask us not to. Thank you for contributing to CESL Today!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Welcome to CESL 063!

photo by Eric Jang


To former CESL students completing graduate degrees this spring.

Bader H.K. Alotaibi, Ph.D., Economics

Hui-Tzu Wang, MA-TESOL

Ryuji Ito, MBA

Sureeporn Lertpittayapoom, MBA

Poonthip Sirikulchayanon, MS (Geography & Environmental Resources)

Eun Jin Hwang, MS, Ed. (Curriculum & Instruction)


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Friendship Plaza

The City of Carbondale recently unveiled its new sculpture, shown here (picture by Dave More), at the busiest intersection in town, Mill Street and South University Avenue. The statue commemorates international friendship and global awareness, and will have special plaques for each of our sister cities, Nakajo, Japan, Shimla, India, and Tainan City, Taiwan.

I'm proud to live in a city that puts its international awareness right up front!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


to Eric Jang - for winning the prize, and providing us with some new logos!


Essay Contest

$500 prize....any takers?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

boat regatta- no takers?

SIU has a cardboard boat regatta every year about this time.
Usually CESL students are too busy studying English to make
a boat. You have to have some cardboard and some time.

These pictures are from the last time they did it.

A new world is created!

Set sail, all aboard!

Everyone gets wet- it's tradition!

Monday, March 27, 2006

CESL activities this term - JOIN US!

1. March 29, Wednesday 5-8pm. Bowling/Food night at the SIU Student Center Bowling Alley. All CESL students are invited and encouraged to compete in a friendly inter-level competition. The top 3 scores from each level will be averaged and the highest average will win a SUR-PRIZE given out at the end of term gathering in May. The food will be from Subway. There will be unlimited soft drinks. So, bring your camera and your fun spirit to have a good time with your CESL classmates and teachers. Good luck to everyone! Did I mention it’s FREE?!

2. April 15, Saturday 2-4:30pm. SIU Baseball game vs. Creighton University at SIU baseball fields, south of the Arena. Snacks are available but not included. Come one, come all to see this most important of all American pastimes. It’s free and exciting. Enjoy the springtime outdoors in Southern Illinois. Bring your friends!

3. April 29, Saturday 2-5pm. CESL’s Picnic in the Park. All CESL students are encouraged to come out to Evergreen Park, just south of the university to enjoy an afternoon with their classmates and teachers doing a number of fun activities such as soccer, volleyball, horseshoes, baseball, croquet, egg toss, and more! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Bring your cameras and be ready to have fun while practicing English!

Friday, March 24, 2006

CESL TODAY volume 64

Volume 64 of CESL Today is now on the web, and also available in paper form in the CESL office. It is made by students and for students. Good job! Enjoy!

Monday, March 20, 2006

T-shirt contest!

lst prize: $75.00 tuition waiver + 3 t shirts
2nd prize: $50.00 tuition waiver + 2 t shirts
3rd prize: $25.00 tuition waiver + 2 t shirts

Welcome to the new spring term! Here are the
rules for the new T-shirt contest:

1. Participants must incorporate the words:
Center for English as a Second Language or CESL

2. Design may be no larger than 12” x 12.”

3. Student must sign agreement entitling CESL to use and modify their design at will (see reverse).

4. No more than three colors may be used.

5. Any medium (charcoal, colored pencils, etc.) may be used.

6. Submit t-shirt designs any CESL teacher by Friday, April 7th @ 4:00.

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Join us for CESL CHAT!

...Online Conversation Hour...


Learn to use English in a new medium!
(one you probably know better than the teachers)
Read, write & EMOTE ^^

on the web, go to
Log in as either guest or member (member takes longer)
Once in (make sure "enable chat" is checked),
you'll be in the Reception Area. Look up to the right under
"Featured Passageways" and find the "Comfy Conference Room"
and click on it. You're here! If no one greets you, wait a minute!

EAP2 has been chat pioneers this term. Any questions? Ask them! They're good at it. We teachers are kind of slow to pick up on it, but we're patient!

Here are some things to remember:
1. It's fast. There may be several conversations at once.
2. It all goes on a transcript which is available to members.
3. Grammar & spelling problems are common & permitted.
4. There's a world of emoticons; you may not understand them all!
5. American students, teachers, alumni, others - all welcome. It's a social experience! Tell your friends.
6. I believe it's good for your reading-writing fluency...write and tell me what you's an open question.

-Tom Leverett, CES: teacher

Monday, February 06, 2006

Help CESL get a new home page!

Take a short survey and tell us what you think about four different home pages. Which do you like the best?

Remember that you probably know what would work better than we would! We appreciate your input!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Go Salukis!


This is an Egyptian dog! It's the symbol of the SIU teams, like the basketball team, which just won its 42nd game in a row at home...Go Salukis!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Happy New Year...Welcome 061 new students!