Category Archives: Speaking

Student Presentation: Coffee in Portland

In Noelle’s Advanced Speaking and Listening class, her students were asked the question: “What Makes Portland Weird?” Each student created a photo story and presented their findings to the whole school.  Portland can be a weird place, but what exactly makes it so? Noelle’s students went on journeys around the city in quest of the answer. Here is one such presentation, on Portland’s coffee by Rawah Alsenan.

KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD: COFFEE IN PORTLAND by Rawah Alsenan

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Student Presentation: Pittock Mansion

In Noelle’s Advanced Speaking and Listening class, her students were asked the question: “What Makes Portland Weird?” Each student created a photo story and presented their findings to the whole school.  Portland can be a weird place, but what exactly makes it so? Noelle’s students went on journeys around the city in quest of the answer. Here is one such presentation, on the historic Portland landmark, Pittock Mansion by Nada Saud. Now a museum and local attraction, Pittock Mansion was once home to Henry Pittock, publisher of The Oregonian.

PITTOCK MANSION by Nada Saud

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Have a Pen Pal to Practice English

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While snail mail may be a thing of the past, corresponding with a native speaker across the globe to practice your English is not! The Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate globally, allowing students to connect with others around the world with a simple online sign-up. Below are a few links to pen pal websites. Unlike personal social media sites such as Facebook, pen pal websites are designed to meet people that you don’t know, many for the purpose of exchanging language and culture.

http://www.penpalworld.com/

http://www.interpals.net/language/EN

http://www.hipenpal.com/data/index.php?ln=en

http://penpalsnow.com/index.html

http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/menu_penpals.php

http://www.penpals.us/home.html

 

Conflicting Proverbs from Grammar.net

grammar-proverbsGreat article on English Proverbs and their seemingly conflicting meanings: 

“Proverbs and sayings are nuggets of truth wrapped up in pithy word packages. As brief as two words, often centuries old, these maxims express wisdom in simple ways that transcend time, language, and culture. As Lord John Russell put it in Notes to Roger’s ‘Italy’, ‘A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.’ ”

Read the full article at: Grammar.net

 

Idioms: At the Drop of a Hat

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At the Drop of a Hat: Willing to act immediately

John told Nancy that if she ever felt ill again, he would be be by her side at the drop of a hat. 

From James Rogers’ Dictionary of Cliches: “In the 19th century it was occasionally the practice in the United States to signal the start of a fight or a race by dropping a hat or sweeping it downward while holding it in the hand. The quick response to the signal found its way into the language for any action that begins quickly without much need for prompting.”