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Monday, October 27, 2008

ESL Student Blog: Halloween Disguise - Guess the Costume

Which character do the following clothing articles and accessories belong to?

1. baton, handcuffs, cap with a badge
2. tiara, sparkling gown, magic wand
3. black dress, tall hat with a dangling spider, stick-on curved fingernails
4. eye patch, sword, knee high boots, belt wit a metal buckle
5. horns, red shawl, tail belt, pitchfork, bow tie
6. white hooded robe, white wig, mask with black eyes
7. furry mask with fangs, fur hands, muscle torso jumpsuit

Answer key: (1) policeman (2) fairy (3) wicked witch (4) pirate (5) devil (6) ghost (7) werewolf
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 1:35 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Thursday, October 16, 2008

ESL Student Blog: Canadian Government in a Nutshell

The October 14th Federal Elections are now over. The Conservative Party stays in power, taking 143 seats in the Parliament out of 308. Had it taken 155 seats, it would have created a majority government. As this is not the case, the Conservatives still form a minority government (they had 127 seats in the previous elections). Stephen Harper, the leader of the Conservative Party, is the current Prime Minister of Canada.

Below is the basic structure of the Canadian government and its key positions.

Federal Government:

Head of State – Queen Elizabeth II

Governor General – Queen’s representative in Canada
 
Prime Minister (leader of the party in power)

House of Commons represented by 308 Members of Parliament (MPs) elected through federal elections, 1 member per each of the 308 electoral districts or ridings
 
Senate (105 appointed Senators)
 
Provincial Government:

Lieutenant Governor – Queen’s representative in a province

Premier – leader of the government in a province, Commissioner - leader of the government in a territory
 
Legislative Assembly is represented by Members of
Provincial Parliament (MPPs) elected through provincial elections, 1 MPP per each electoral district or riding
 
Municipal Government:

City Council represented by Mayor (in an urban setting) or Reeve (in a rural setting) and elected councilors (1 councilor per ward, city electoral district).
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 5:34 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

top Friday, October 03, 2008

ESL Student Blog: Describe Your Perfect Fall Leaf

The trees have started to turn colors and we exclaim (‘o-o-oh!!!’ and ‘a-a-ah!!!’) every time we look at their fabulous display. Had the fall leaves been featured in the Guinness World Records book, I’m sure they’d have held the world record for the number of adjectives used to describe them.

The leaves aren't just red, yellow, green or brown – they explode in multiple shades of colors. Here are some adjectives to describe the density of their color:

light/dark/bright/rich/deep/intense/overpowering/fiery/
fading/brilliant/radiant
 
Those colorful words help us to describe the hues, from reds to purples to oranges:

In the reds palette we can name: cherry, crimson, ruby or scarlet
In the purples: magenta, maroon, burgundy or violet
In the yellows: amber, canary, gold or lemon

In the oranges: apricot, copper, peach or rust

We can also say reddish to imply that the leaves are somewhat red, yellowish if they’re slightly yellow, etc.
 
Have you found your perfect leaf yet?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:07 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment



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