Tuesday, March 08, 2011


Hello all

It was good to meet you in class this morning. I hope that by now all your emails are now active. Prove it to me by replying 'Hi'.

I was interested to see you learning about paraphrasing. Did you know that NZ Polytechnic students also need to learn about that too? At the Learning Centre we have a free leaflet about that subject. You can come by to F121 and get a copy of it if you like.

I took a look on You Tube and found this 1-minute video about it.

That's all for today.

Thank you.

By the way, these emails are not active yet: Kangsl1, Leemr1, Chosy1 and Taufaal1

Monday, February 28, 2011

Pariya's 2011 level 4 ESOL class

Hello everybody. Thank you for reading my email, and for following the link to this blog.

My name is William Lucas. I used to work with Pariya, and I taught English for many years. But for the last few years, I've been working at the Learning Centre. One of you, Suraiya, has already been to my room to see me. Let me introduce myself, and the Learning Centre, to the rest of you.

The Learning Centre helps students from the whole Polytechnic with their studies. We show people how to study, how to do their assignments, even how to handle numbers. We don't usually help ESOL students study English, because that is what your teachers do!

However, I would like to contribute to your class. The best way that I can do that is through my blog, which is a kind of diary. It is a tool that you can use to communicate with me, and to search through for the online English resources that I've located.

In April I will move to Uto near Kumamoto in Kyushu, Japan with my wife and baby. I shall continue to work for Otago Polytechnic from there. Some of you come from that country. In fact, there is someone in your class who has the same surname as my wife! In Japan I shall work part time online. One of the things I could do is to help your class, but I will only do that if you need me.

Let me know if you receive this email by sending a quick reply. I would be happy to start an ongoing conversation with you. Good luck to you this year from me.