Class Blog for EICUIB1955.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Results of Blog Survey (Section 1)

A big THANK YOU to everyone who filled in the Blog Questionnaire. Here are the results from section 1:

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Answer the questionaire

Survey: Section 1
In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.
1. Did you join the class blog?
Yes
2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?
yes
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?
yes
4. Did you like having a class blog?
yes
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?
No
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?
yes
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?
yes
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?
not sure
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?
no
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs? In classtime? Outside classtime?
yes

Survey: Section 2Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.

11. How active a blogger were you? (How many posts did you create? How many comments did you add? How many posts / comments did you read? How many times did you look at the blog?). If you weren't active, why not?
I only posted one comment, and I've never created any post, although I 've looked at the blog very usual. Cause I don't have free time, and I am the one who never talk when I am not sure that everyone want to hear.
I read all short posts. Long posts make me tired and I decide not to read ;P

12. What did you like about the blog project?
If everyone really want to share, blog is an excellent ideal!

13. What did you dislike about the project?
...

14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks?
I think you should force us.

15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?
Great ideal. But I am very lazy ! :P

16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?
Mr... has a very cute daughter.

17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?
Both is okay.

18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology? Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?
I am always worried that the new technology will develope so far and I cannot reach.

19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime?
No, classtime is too short for doing bloging

20. How could I improve this blogging project?
You should force everyone to sign in and post everyweek

Ngoc Anh Answers

Survey: Section 1 In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.1. Did you join the class blog?YES
2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?YES
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?YES
4. Did you like having a class blog?YES
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?YES
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?YES
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?YES
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?YES
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?YES
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs? YES
In classtime? NOT SURE
Outside classtime?NOT SURE
Survey: Section 2Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.
11. How active a blogger were you?
(How many posts did you create? About 1.
How many comments did you add? 0
How many posts / comments did you read? 7
How many times did you look at the blog?). 6
If you weren't active, why not?
12. What did you like about the blog project? It's intersting, convience for transfering information.
13. What did you dislike about the project? No comment.
14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks?
15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks? Yes, it's also the way to submit homework to teacher.
16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?
17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?
18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology? yes.
Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future? yes, of course.
19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime? No need. should be at home.
20. How could I improve this blogging project? add more funny story in the blog...

Questionnaire

1. Yes, I did.
2. Yes, I did post some, but no comment on others.
3. I read other people's post.
4. I like it, because it gave me more many interesting informations about my classmate.
5. Not yet!
6. I prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper.
7. Yes. sure.Because i have a chance to write down and learn from the comments from teacher and others in class.
8.I use this blog whenever i have time, not after this course.
9.Yes,i did
10.Yes, all British Council courses should use blogs, outside classtime
11.I weren't an active bloger.Because i really don't have much time.
12.I like the way i post my writing and everyone can read and give me the comment
13.There is nothing i can diskike the project.

Answers

Survey: Section 1
In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.
1. Did you join the class blog?YES
2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?YES
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?YES
4. Did you like having a class blog?YES
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?NO
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?NO
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?YES
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course? MAYBE
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?NEVER
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs? In classtime? Outside classtime?I AM NOT SURE

Survey: Section 2Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.
11. How active a blogger were you? (How many posts did you create? How many comments did you add? How many posts / comments did you read? How many times did you look at the blog?). If you weren't active, why not?2 POSTS, NO COMMENTS, 3 POSTS, MANY TIMES TO ACCESS BUT CAN'T LOOK AT THE BLOG AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
12. What did you like about the blog project?I CAN TELL SOMETHING HAPPENING IN MY LIFE
13. What did you dislike about the project?
14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks?LIKE BOTH OF THEM BECAUSE IF YOU GAVE SPECIFIC TASKS, I WOULDN'T LIKE TO DO, YOU CAN PUNISH ME. HEHE
15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?YES, BUT NOT NECCESSARY
16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?
17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?BOTH OF THEM ARE OK
18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology? Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?I 'VE LEARNED THAT THERE IS SOMETHING LIKE BLOG
19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime?NO
20. How could I improve this blogging project?MAY BE YOU SHOULD GIVE SOME ARGUMENTATIVE PROJECTS FOR PEOPLE

Answers

Survey: Section 1 In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.
1. Did you join the class blog?
Yes
2. Did you post anything or write any coments on the blog?
Yes
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?
Yes
4. Did you like having a class blog?
Yes
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?
Yes
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?
No
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?
Yes
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?
Not sure
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?
No
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs?
Yes
In classtime?
Yes
Outside classtime?
Yes

Survey: Section 2Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.
11. How active a blogger were you? (How many posts did you create? How many comments did you add? How many posts / comments did you read? How many times did you look at the blog?). If you weren't active, why not?
I am not an active blogger. I created only 1 post and some comments. I read some posts and comments and looked at the blog only 3 times. Sorry, it is because I was busy with my work.
12. What did you like about the blog project?
Anyway, I like the blog project because it can help us to practice English reading and writing at home when we have free time.
13. What did you dislike about the project?
There is nothing I dislike about the project.
14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks?
I like to do specific tasks you gave.
15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?
Yes, I did.
16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?
I just feel funny and feel that other students are young, active in general. However now I really don't remember much about details. (Maybe because I have such many other things to think about and remember.)
17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?
I think it is better to have one class blog.
18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology?
Yes.
Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?
Yes
19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime?
Yes.
20. How could I improve this blogging project?
Sorry, I have no idea about this question now. Please let me answer this question later, thank you.

Answer the questions

Survey: Section 1 In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.
1. Did you join the class blog?yes
2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?yes
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?yes
4. Did you like having a class blog?yes
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?yes
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?on paper
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?yes
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?yes
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?yes
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs?yes In classtime? yes Outside classtime?yes

Survey: Section 2
Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.
11. How active a blogger were you?1 post created (How many posts did you create? How many comments did you add?no comment How many posts / comments did you read?all How many times did you look at the blog?).twice a week If you weren't active, why not?because I'm so lazy 12. What did you like about the blog project?connect all people in class
13. What did you dislike about the project?some topics I don't know how to reply
14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific be given specific tasks
15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?yes
16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?my post
17. Do you thitasks?nk it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?it's better to have one class blog
18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology?no Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?yes
19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime?yes
20. How could I improve this blogging project?post a lot replies.

Class Blog Questionnaire

Survey:
Section 1 In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.
1. Did you join the class blog?YES
2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?YES
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?YES
4. Did you like having a class blog?Of course ,YES
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?YES
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?YES
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?YES
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?YES, to keep in touch with the others
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?YES
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs? In classtime? Outside classtime?
I think that's a good idea to do so.
Survey: Section 2Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.
11. How active a blogger were you? a little bit lazy
(How many posts did you create? 3 posts
How many comments did you add? just 1
How many posts / comments did you read? alot, I really don't remember
How many times did you look at the blog?).
If you weren't active, why not? just because of laziness
12. What did you like about the blog project? everybody can read my wrighting and they can correct my errors
13. What did you dislike about the project? at first time, I find that it's so complicated
14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks?
I prefer to choose my own topics
15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?Sure
16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?
17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?
I think everyone should have their own blog to express their feelings
18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology?YES, how to create my own blog and post my writing there and invite my friends to join my blog.
Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?YES
19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime? Yes
20. How could I improve this blogging project? Take it easier to log in.
To Ngoc & Thien Hy

Answer the survey questions

Survey: Section 1
In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.
1. Did you join the class blog?YES
2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?YES
3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?YES
4. Did you like having a class blog?YES
5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?YES
6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?NOT SURE
7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?NOT SURE
8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?YES
9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?YES
10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs? In classtime? Outside classtime?
YES
Survey: Section 2
Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.
11. How active a blogger were you? (How many posts did you create? How many comments did you add? How many posts / comments did you read? How many times did you look at the blog?). If you weren't active, why not?My teacher told me and sent me an invitation mail. There are 3 my posts, and 1 comment. I read all of posts and comments on the blog. I don't remmember exactly how many times I look at the blog.
12. What did you like about the blog project?On the blog, I can make friend, know my friend deeper in side.
13. What did you dislike about the project?I don't like about the interface and how to post or register.
14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks? I like them as same as one
15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?I'm not sure
16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?There are not a thing that is most memorable on the blog
17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog? it's better to have one class blog, because we can understand the feeling of others
18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology? Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?Yes, I have learned some about computer. I think this is uesful for me now, and in the future.
19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime? Yes, I think so.
20. How could I improve this blogging project? I'll introduce the project to my friends and invite them to join. I hope my classmates would continue using this project later.

Class Blog Questionnaire

Dear Students

I would like to find out what you thought about our class blog. Could you please create a new post on our blog (call it 'Questionnaire)', and copy and paste the following into your post. Then write your answers to the questions.

Survey: Section 1
In the first part, please indicate YES or NO or NOT SURE. Feel free to add any extra information.

1. Did you join the class blog?

2. Did you post anything or write any comments on the blog?

3. Did you read other people's posts or comments?

4. Did you like having a class blog?

5. Before this blog, had you published anything on the internet?

6. Did you prefer writing on the blog to writing on paper?

7. Do you believe that writing on a blog can improve your English?

8. Will you continue to use this blog after this course?

9. Have you told other people about our blog / about blogging?

10. Should all British Council English courses use blogs? In classtime? Outside classtime?

Survey: Section 2
Please answer the following questions as fully as you can.

11. How active a blogger were you? (How many posts did you create? How many comments did you add? How many posts / comments did you read? How many times did you look at the blog?). If you weren't active, why not?

12. What did you like about the blog project?

13. What did you dislike about the project?

14. Did you prefer to choose your own topics or did you like it when I gave you specific tasks?

15. Did you think the blog was suitable for homework tasks?


16. What was the most memorable thing that you read on other students’ blogs?

17. Do you think it is better to have one class blog (as we had), or would it be better for everyone to have their own blog?

18. Did you learn anything new about computers / technology? Do you think this knowledge could be useful for you in the future?

19. Do you think we should have done more blogging in classtime?

20. How could I improve this blogging project?


Thank you very much!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What a happiest day in my life !!!

Our HoChiMinh city will celebrate SOM II (Senior Official Meeting 2) of APEC in June and they need volunteers to help them. Therefore, they held an interview to recruit volunteers who must not only be dynamic but also have good English and knowledge about APEC. In my opinion, it's a good chance for me to contact many famous people and practise my English skill, so I apply for this job.
In the first interview, every thing seemed to be not too difficult to me. Two examiners asked me many questions such as which position I choose, what I know about my position and what difficulties I think I have in my job, and some knowlegde about APEC. After that, they chose me to take part in the second round for an important position which was described as a pioneer who would accompany with the Foreign Minister. In this round, the two examiners asked two candidates to take a conversation, one played the part of Foreign Minister and one played the part of volunteer. It was a tense discussion to both of us because we haven’t been a Minister or a volunteer yet, and what I tried to do is to express myself as much as possible. After the second round, I felt so sad just because I thought I didn’t do as well as my partner.
Once I accessed to the Internet to check email, what I was surprised the best is an email from the organisation. How lucky I was, I was chosen to be a volunteer of the organisation, especially I would take charge as a liaison officer, a position I haven’t dreamed about. It was the happiest day in my life. Thanks to the God and thanks my teacher Anton, who gave me useful advice.

Friday, May 05, 2006

My business trip problem

I will have a business trip to the factory located in the countryside of China, unpopular speaking English area. As I know that most of people, who live there, do not know how to speak English. My problem is that how can I travel around the countryside alone without any trouble.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Hanoi and Halong Bay

Hello! I'm back!
I had a lovely holiday in Hanoi and Halong Bay. I thought Hanoi was a pretty city; I loved the lake and the small streets and the secondhand bookshops, and the cool - not hot! - temperatures meant I was able to walk around the city and explore it more thoroughly than I have been able to explore HCMC.
On May 1st we ventured to the outskirts of the city to have a look at Ho Chi Minh himself: we queued for about half an hour before being told that we had to surrender water bottles and cameras and mobile phones (and an electronic dictionary!). We left the water - they said we could collect it later, but all the water bottles looked the same and they were all thrown onto a shelf together - but decided not to leave our electronic valuables. We hid them in our bags and pockets. Then we queued for another thirty minutes. The security guards patrolled, making sure the queue was orderly, but as soon as they looked away, people would push in front of us, laughing... Finally, just before we entered the mausoleum, a guard called me aside and discovered my mobile phone and wouldn't let me enter. My friends, with digital cameras, dictionaries and phones, just carried on up the stairs and saw the legendary figure...
Interestingly, the taxi from the hotel to the mausoleum cost about 9ooo for a 2 km trip, or thereabouts, whereas the so-called 'METER TAXI' we took back cost about 40000 for a 6 km trip! And it took exactly the same route! Don't trust Meter Taxis!!

We took a two day trip to Halong Bay and slept on the boat. The tour was very well organised, the guide was funny and spoke good English, the cooks cooked vegetarian Vietnamese food on demand and we had absolutely nothing to do except sit and relax in the calm and atmospheric wilderness.

Keep watching - photos to come!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Note from tapescript P167

KEY PRINCIPLES OF "MONTESSORI METHOD"
(Used in Montessori schools world wide, widely copied & elsewhere)
* Belief children learn better if they re placed" enriched environment"i.e stimulate senses through pictures,sound, colour,etc..
& choose from wide variety of activities. Children need wide range of activities from which they chose what they like to do.
* Children learn through purposeful activity, not just play, i.e activity with purpose,e.g making sth, drawing pictures, etc..
Given choice- work rather than play. Toys which do not serve specific purpose are discourage.
* Children develop confidence & self-esteem-Should always be treated with respect & be allowed to develop their own pace- disciplinarian
attitudes were prevalent when Montessori develop her idea.
- Later years, Montessori travelled widely, severral years in Spain, India & the UK, event 70-she remained active & dynamic as ever,
was nominated for nobel Peace Prize in 1949, 1950 & 1951- died 1952 in Netherlands-was burried there rather than her native Italy,
considered herself " citizen of the world".
- Influence of Montessori is widely felt today-The first to put learner at centre of learning process.i.e "We teachers can help work going on,
as servants wait upon master".
- Now, 1000 Montessori schools > 50 countries & studentas inc Jacqueline kennedy & the British royal prince, William & Harry.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Montessori and Wikipedia

An interesting site all about Maria Montessori and her 'method' -
Montessori method - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In fact, Wikipedia is an excellent internet encylopedia. Take a look - Main Page - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Holiday News!

Just to let everyone know, I've finally booked my holiday and it's to Hanoi! Thank you to everyone who gave me ideas!
I'm only going for four days so I'm wondering how best to spend my time there. Do you think I have time to go to Halong Bay? And where else would you suggest I go? Let me know... there's only a few days left!!