Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thanks for being Awesome!

Today is our last class and I wanted to thank all of you for your contributions and enormous efforts. I've seen everyone put a great deal of work into their writing and it's resulted in improvements all around. Well done! Give yourself a pat on the back.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Fat Tuesday!

class overview

1) tweet: Before sitting down to write for any length of time, I often/always ___________________. // , I think it's a good idea to________________. or While writing essays, ________________________.

2) review points from Monday and complete scrambled sentences from rest of document?

3) thesis statements:

History of CG techniques through movies.
The benefits of positive thinking coz it can release ur stress, make u be fascinated, and create ur self.

Women around the world have been denied certain rights.

4) make five questions for your classmates about your topic

5) in writing an answer be sure to answer some of these questions, also include an image, a link (to put sth in context) sub-headings. Before you start writing please fill in the following outline:


attention grabber-

introductory points


main points


main points


main points

Thursday, February 16, 2012

connections (part two)


1) tweet:  After a __________, I'm _____________________.

2) read through writing for the web

3) blog - easiest ways to put up links, HTML or Link button after highlighting the word

assignment #1 add a video, image and hyperlink to a website to one of your blog posts

4) putting up backgrounds

5) remembering to cross your Ts and dot your Is : grammar points from perdu -

6) assignment is to write up a short post of no more than four sentences that summarize the important points in writing for the web. Include at least three new words and include links to help other ESL students understand those words.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Online Writing

What is the difference between a blog and a website?

In partners find a blog and a website related to 1) Vancouver, 2) learning English, 3) food and 4) the topics of your blogs. How are the blogs and websites different? How are they the same? Post links to each and make your comparison in twitter posts.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

20 Tips to Connecting with the World

Good afternoon! Could you please tweet your answer to the following question: What are your thoughts on Valentine's day? How does your blog topic relate to Valentine's day?

Today's Assignment:

In partners research six of the points from "19 tips for driving traffic to your blog" and find examples of each way of increasing traffic to your blog. At 2:10 each group will have five minutes to present their findings. Please be sure to both speak loud and clearly in front of the class.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday! the Week is Almost Through

Today's class will happen in real time, right in front of your faces. If you're reading this and thinking, "Well, that doesn't help me, I'd like to know more about writing on the web." Sorry, you'll just have to sign up for the class.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hump Day Almost Done

Good Afternoon,

Today we're going to focus on creating a post about a site that interests you. In order to write as effectively as possible, we'll first need to read an article about developing your online style:


Blog about an English site that's related to one of your interests, (an interest that's stated in your bio) In a three paragraph post answer the following questions:

First, however, share your site of interest with your partner. Ask each other the following questions:

paragraph one:
Who is behind the site? Is there one person or many people behind this blog? What do you know about them? What can you find out about them on google? How long has the blog been around?

paragraph two:
What is the tone of the site? (informal or formal) Why is the site engaging? What emotions or ideas does it provoke? What is it about the overall design and content that might keep people coming back again and again? Are there a lot of links on the site? What questions does the blog ask?

paragraph three:
What can be done to improve the site? What would you do differently? (be sure to write all this in a positive tone)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday's Class: How to Create Great Content

Please go to this link:


A. vocabulary: (please write one word answers on your screens)

1. Find another word for "spreading", as in "spreading news". (para1)
2. What's an adjective that means "very recent"? (para2)
3. What's another word for "uniquely specialized"?(para3)
4. What's another word for "possible to imagine"? What's the opposite? (hint: you can make opposite by adding "in")(para3)
5. What's a verb that is often paired with (or a collocation with) "niche"? (para3)
6. What's another word for the world of blogs?(para3)
7. Find another word for "an enormous amount".(para3)
8. What's another word for "using"? (DefineyrAudience)
9. Find another word for "token" (DefineyrAudience)
10. What's an expression for "not succeed"? (DefineyrAudience)

B. meaning - please discuss the following questions in partners:

1. What is the example of a niche topic given in the article? Can you think of three other equally niche topics?
2. What kind of tone does your blog take?
3. What is bot fly extraction? What emotion can your blog provoke?
4. Why do people like answering questions? What questions can your blog ask?
5. How can you make yourself an authority source?

Monday, February 6, 2012

New "Writing for the Web" Class

Welcome to the 21st Century Classroom! This is our second week studying various forms of writing on the web. Over the next three weeks, we're going to study different kinds of blogs, Wikis, Ezines, newsletters and ad copy. My name is Kevin Spenst, I work at ILSC Vancouver and I'm looking forward to applying my fourteen years of teaching experience to the subject and process of online writing.

Here are some of my students speaking no evil, hearing no evil and seeing no evil at the appropriate links.