Students of English want to be able to use the language they have acquired in the same way English people use it. As a result, they want to be able to read and understand English newspapers. The students who have passed the exams with good marks may be disappointed when they start to read newspapers, for the British newspapers have a style of their own: "the newspaper English". Our aim was to help teachers with some ideas and exercises based on newspapers that improve the students' reading and writing skills -to prepare them for reading comprehension tests. With reference to the newspaper articles, their vocabulary will also be extended, and they will learn more about the given culture. With the help of the Internet many newspapers became available for the students, they only have to be exploited. Here are some sites that we found useful:
These sites were collected by Laura Furcsa and Bernadett Gyorgy (Gyorgy Attilane).
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Probably not, so let's see an example.
This is a Cryptic Puzzle based on anagram, that is the rearranging of
the letters of a word to get another word:
CONFUSED STARER IS DETAINED BY COPS.
Here 'detained by cops' is the synonym of the answer, 'starer' is the
cryptic clue, and 'confused' refers to the anagram, it tells you that the
letters are confused. So if you rearrange the letters S-T-A-R-E-R in the
appropriate way, you get arrest, which means 'detain by cops', doesn't
it ? :-)
Let's then see some types of wordplay that can be used to code the answer.
Apart from anagram, you can also have
when you have to read the cryptic clueword backwards to get the solution. In this case the clue referring to reversal can be 'backwards', 'upside down', 'wrong way' and the like. Example:
Put those streetcars backwards to get wise.
where 'streetcars' is the cryptic clue, a synonym of which you have to reverse to get a synonym of 'wise'. Try and find it out. If you give up, you'll find the answer at the bottom of the page.
when the answer is actually hidden inside the clue, incorporated within one of its words or cross-secting a word-boundary. Typical clues are 'within', 'inside', 'in', 'among', 'hidden', 'contains'. An example for cross-secting:
Do not disturb - only within high speeds.
where 'high speeds' is the synonym of ...?
when the answer sounds like the cryptic clue-word. Clues are obviously things like 'sounds like', 'I hear', 'audience', 'eavesdrop'.
Sounds a little like a person working under the surface.
when the definition gives both meanings of a homophone. Here usually no clue refers to the coding.
when the answer gives another meaningful word without its first letter as well:
A one-unit-long curve on a face without the head.
Make up your own, or visit PFSS - the Dragon Fire - Cryptic Crossword!
Written by Juli
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(Designed by Agi and Anna)
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The only information you can get about this college by looking at its
website is the phonebook of the BGYTF, the Guide to entrance exams and
the description of their Botenical garden.
What I find the best about this website is the homepage of Joe (József
Horváth) and the CALLer, which is an on-line report on a CALL material
developing project conducted at JPU, Pécs. Joe's Internet Book contains
course materials and a selection of links that can be interesting for students
of English. It also contains descriptions of exams, eg. multiple choice
test (the ideal solution included as well), essays, English Department
News service, a students' newsmagazine, interesting articles and useful
ideas for future teachers as well. The CALLer contains links, on-line CALL
materials, and a search project.
This site does not only contain some useful information about the college,
but it also gives a description of its departments and relationships. You
also have access to homepages of students and employees.
Unfortunately the website of this university does not contain any specific
information about the English department, but it contains very nice pictures
about the university in winter and features websites of different student
organizations at the university (I really liked the page of chemist students).
It also contains general information for today's and future's students.
This site has a wide range of information, eg. description of Eger and
its county, pictures about the town, photographic archives, students' newspaper,
etc. Unfortunately the website containing info about different departments
is under construction.
What I really liked about this site was the Employees' homepages. Although
some of them are quite plain, you can find brilliant ones as well (just
check out Attila Béres's). This site also contains information about
Szeged, about the university (pictures, departments, news). However it
lacks any homepage of the English department.
You can see very nice pictures about the town, but unfortunately the
homepage of the English department is still under construction.
What I liked most about this website was the sensitive map of the university.
You should really check it out.
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