FCE Students are all invited to browse and write on our own FCE blog at:
What is this?
First things first: It is not homework.
That clarified let me state the purpose. It is twofold.
Internet is a powerful learning tool when used wisely. There is plenty of useful stuff to read, although there is lot of rubbish too. It can be a time consuming task as well and then we end up throwing our attempt away. And when you do find something worth going back to, we get thrilled for one day and then we have no trace to find the site back again. It is also lonely when you can't share what you found or you realise there is more you can do in that site but you need help. So let's share our internet journeys and see what good comes out of all this.
On the other hand, we all want to succeed in the exam. Personally, I would like you to pass with merit. That requires time and effort outside the class. Sharing exercises and tips for studying will no doubt increase our chances of getting better. Again, having a meeting point for our ideas will be empowering.
Finally, I would like you to grasp the concept that this is a free writing space. We are constantly learning rules about how to organise our thoughts within articles, stories, and letters of application. Lack of practice can make us feel a bit trapped among so many rules -dos and don'ts. When all of that is so new and so very much bound by the codes of a different culture, writing becomes all work and no play. I believe it is also important to try writing in a more personal way for your own non-academic purposes. So this will be a neutral territory in your path to develop your own style in English.
Rules of the game to bear in mind when writing comments:
- English, only English. Much richer than abbreviations or emoticons.
- Every comment must be signed. No anonymous contributions, please. When you click to make a comment, choose the option “other” so as to sign it.
- The teacher will retain a moderator role and a right to delete postings which do not fulfil these rules. If you would like something deleted, just say so (in class or by mail will be OK).
- Humorous comments are better when directed to ourselves, not others.
- A note on plagiarism. If you are quoting from another site, please copy & paste the link you got the information from. It is a question of respect. Otherwise we are stealing, pure and simple.
- Please do not ask me to correct the grammar or style in your postings, I won’t. (You may do so in class - sure) In the real world, you just do not go about telling people they are wrong. It’s rather out of line.
I have the intention of keeping sections a little organised under appropriate headings. This is for all of us to go back and re-read something fast. It is quite annoying to browse endlessly for something interesting you once read and not find it. The headings will appear as links on the right grey bar. So let’s try to include comments related to the headings. These subtitles are by no means the only ones we will have. I am looking forward to your suggestions for other sections. Just do so anywhere you feel comfortable and then I will open a separate posting to continue there.
By the way, I am no expert in this. I am just learning. I haven’t got the faintest idea about html and the like. I see beautiful things on other weblogs, but I still do not have a clue how to embellish mine. I am willing to learn, though. Any idea of how to do things better will always be welcomed with a broad smile.
Hope you enjoy the site.