YouTube and TED as learning tools

With YouTube,  many videos have interactive transcripts, which are like subtitles.

Here is an example,  a Stanford University commencement speech by Steve Jobs.

Listen and read along.

In YouTube search “famous speeches”  and you will find some great material for listening.

TED is also a great resource with lots of interesting speeches on interesting topics by interesting people.
You can follow along with the subtitles in English (or even other languages).

You can practice shadowing or just listen to the rhythm and stress of the speech.

Our very first learning is by modelling.   We copy our parents.   We can use modelling effectively in language learning as well.

Final Computer Lab

1.   Write a two-part post.
                  i)   Write about what you learned in August?   What did you like best?  What are
                       some favourite memories?
                  ii)   Write about how you will continue to learn English  after this
                        class.   Think about the different tools and techniques you have learned this
                        month.   Will you do anything different?   Will you be a better language

Songs (mostly Canadian)

Listen and sing along to this song from Mary Poppins.

This is another fine traditional Canadian folk song.

This version includes the lyrics:



Here is another fine Canadian music band, The Gords, playing the Ian Tyson song, “Somewhere in the Rubies”



This is their website:   The Gords


And here are the lyrics to the above song.


Here is another popular Canadian song by the children’s entertainer, Charlotte Diamond.  “I am a pizza”



Some of my favourite TV programs

Some of my favorite television programs

These can be found quite easily online to watch in English, sometimes with subtitles.

You can practice listening and they will help you to better understand Canadian and Western culture as well as your own culture.

1.   Crayon Shin Chan

YouTube Episode

2.   Fawlty Towers

YouTube Episode

3.  No Reservations

YouTube Episode  (Tony in Cambodia)

4.    Wallace and Gromit

IMDb info.

Script for A Close Shave

5.   Seinfeld

IMDb on Seinfeld

Seinfeld Scripts and more

Seinfeld Excerpt on YouTube (the top 10 funniest scenes)

Computer Lab #6

Today,  I want you to make sure your blog is up to date (see Tuesday’s blog post “Blog Update”)


Please read my comments on your blog.
Continue to work on your blog.  Les will walk around and give you feedback on your blog.
1.   Go into design in Blogger and add three or four gadgets to your blog.  I recommend “links” and “blog roll”.   Try a link.  If you don’t like it, you can delete it.

2.   For post #7,  find an English fable you like and post a link to it in your blog.  Introduce and summarize the story.  Tell why it is important to your.

In the same post,  choose a favourite Japanese folk tale and summarize it in English.  Tell why it is important.

3.    Do 3 of the vocabulary activities from this website:

Then read and explore the other posts in this blog (vocabulary and grammar)

Fables, Folktales and Nursery Rhymes

These short simple stories make for easy reading or listening.   Try to understand the moral of the story.

Aesop’s Fables in MP3

Aesop’s Fables   (655 stories plus morals)

Aesop’s Fables with Flash animation



Nursery Rhymes

Reading nursery rhymes aloud will help to develop your stress, rhythm and pace when you speak.

Here are some good websites to find the nursery rhymes.
With audio files to listen.
Just to read
Another website   (this one has explanations)

Blog update

                Your blog thus far …


  1. Enabled comments
  2.  Read and commented on 2 of your classmates’ blogs  Create a blog.
  3.  E-mail the address to Les.
  4.  Give the blog a name.
  5.  Post #1 — about yourselves (biographies)
  6.  Post #2 — about Vancouver Island
  7.  Post #3 —  a blog review
  8.  Post #4 —  about hike to Colliery Dam Park
  9.  Post #5 —  Linked and embedded 2 youtube videos
  10.  Post #6 —  about your own native country