Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Unit 5: Antarctica

Please check out the required vocabulary words of Unit 5, shown on the image above.

To find the meaning of any of the words shown on the image, please use the spelling Thesaurus at:

Have fun while learning :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Shocking Heath Ledger Revelation

This video is hilarious! I actually couldn't stop laughing when I was watching it. I recommend that you watch and carefully hear the video to improve your listening skill. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Digital Conversion PSA

This is such an interesting video clip that I thought of sharing it with you. By the way, I came across this video through the blog, LangLabUnleashed at:

It'd be great if you jot feedback in the comment section on what you think of the video.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Learn English Second Life for Teens

Hi, Class,

Watch the video by teacher, Graham Stanely of British Council in Spain, and then post your note stating your opinion on this way of learning English. Would you like to learn English in Second Life?

Thank you for your cooperation,
Buthaina Al-Othman

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Dalton Sherman

This is a must see video showing an amazing American young learner delivering a speech to thousands of people, which is focused on the main question "do you believe in me?" and other possible dreams in life :)


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Google Docs in Plain English

This video should assist you learn more about Google Docs and ways to utilize this useful technology.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Evolution of Digital Communities

Hi Class,

I was watching this view and thought of sharing it with you to see how the world is changing! So, watch it and hurry to post a comment to your blog to join the digital community :)


Monday, May 12, 2008


Some of you have asked for more clarification on when to capitalize words in English. The use of capital letters or capitalization can only be with nouns.

The link below has good examples of the different categories of noun that need to be written in capital letters:

Hope it's helpful!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Unit 6: Writing Activity - Antarctica in 5 minutes

Please watch the video about places and life in Antarctica. Then, read the first article in Unit 6 of North Star. Finally, go to your blog and write an essay about the advantages or disadvantages of Making Antarctica a Touristic Place.

Use the following general statement (GS) to begin your essay:
"Antarctica is becoming a touristic destination nowadays".

Thank you!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Practice Quiz 4

Hi all,

The following are practice quiz 4 part 1 and 2:

1) Practice quiz 4-1

2) Practice quiz 4

And here is the official Kuwait University English 090 website.


What Is Your Favorite Song Now?

Play the video to watch my favorite song at present :)

When you finish watching my favorite song, it will be your turn to share with us your favorite song at the moment.

All you need to do is click the comment tab at the bottom of this post, and then embed the code of your song or add a link to it.

Thank you very much for your participation!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Kuwaiti Inventions!

Hi Class, I saw this poster in my way out of Engineering College and thought you might be interested in attending the event shown on the picture. I am glad to see such an activity taking place in our campus as it really makes us feel proud.

If you are interested we can go together tomorrow; it's near our class at the Sabah Al-Salem Theater. Well, we'll see; we can talk about this in class.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Learn New Vocabulary and Donate Rice!

Hi Class,

The following website helps you to learn new English words while you donate rice.

How it works? For each correct answer you select, you will automatically donate or give a free of charge amount of rice through the UN World Food Program!

Start playing and feeding hungry people at:

If you have a question or comment on this activity, please send it here or email it to me.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Food You Need to Have Everyday!

Watch the following video, and then send your comments to this blog, please.


Thursday, April 03, 2008

All You Need to Know to Live Healthy

Hi Eid, Yousef, and Abdelrazaq,

Hope you guys are doing well.

I've just come across the site below about healthy food and the kinds of food we need to avoid to have a healthy heart:

Hope you find it useful and helps you to better understand Unit 3 in NS.

Ms Buthaina writing you this from New York City :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Water Pollution (APES Final)

Hi, again Learners,

I've come across this video and noticed that some of the new vocabulary words of Unit 3 are used in a different context or situation that could help you better understand their meanings.

Hope you like it and find it beneficial.

I'd really like to hear your comments or any question at all on the video.

Writing this from my my Hotel room in NY, NY, USA :)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Hello from New York!

Hi Learners,

Hope you are doing well. How are your classes going? I miss you all.

I'm having a wonderful time here at the Convention, TESOL 2008, as I've learned a lot today. I participated in a long but very useful session from 9 am to 4 pm, titled "English Language Learners as Writers in a Digital Age", and I'm going to attend another one in 30 minutes; it's going to start at 5 pm to 9 pm.

The first session was really great and I've already learned a lot about how we can use Google Documents for our writing activities, and how to create podcasts using the program GaragBand (it's for Mac computers) and I'm very happy about it. We did a hands-on or a practive activity, and I've managed to record my first podcast using GarageBand. I will try to upload it to this blog later so that you can listen to it, and then, let me know what you think.

I'll talk to you more about the convention or conference, soon but I have to go to the second session now.

Best regards!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Grammar Presentation on Perfect Tenses

To learn more about the Perfect tenses, including the differences between Present Perfect Tense and the Simple Past Tense, and the Present Perfect Progressive in terms of meaning, form, and use, please visit the following Grammar page, and then look at the power point presentations or links next to Unit 3:

Please visit other grammar presentations provided for you to learn more about the use of adverbs, like:
For and Since, Already, Yet, Ever, and Never.


How to Write a Paragraph?

Hi, again Learners,

Here is a link to a website that explains the parts of a paragraph and how to write one in a simple way:

Hope this helps!

Have FUN Learning English On Line!

Hi Class,

The following link takes you to a page with customs, songs, and movie activities from different cultures in the word. Please try to do one of the activities and then write a comment or your opinion about the activity you select.

Here is the link to Different Cultures in the World:

And a direct link to one of the lessons/activity on a North American movie:

Hope this is helpful!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

NS Unit 3: A Miracle Cure?

Hi Students / Learners,

Please visit the following link to learn more about the required vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills for Unit 3:

Please note that to view the Grammar presentation on Perfect tenses, you need to use the browser, IE (internet explorer) not Firefox.

Also, don't miss watching the videos that show certain delicious recipes, and try to do the fun quizzes at the bottom of the page.

Hope this is helpful!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Interesting & Useful English Websites!

Hi Class,

I'd like to welcome you to our Class Blog, hoping that you find it helpful to you throughout the course.

The following is the URL of Rome English Blog, which is a blog created by my colleague, Michael Ivy who lives and works in Rome, Italy:

Michael has created the Rome English Blog for his English classes, and I found it very useful in terms of the links he adds every now and then, in addition to the announcements and comments he publishes usually.

I suggest that you start with the Oxford University Press links shown on the right top corner.