EfScience 162 Class Blog, (Fall 2003 - Fall 2004)

This blog is for my ESP, English for Science 162 students, at Kuwait University, to post their online writing assignments. I, the class instructor, will be posting comments to help my students improve their writing skills.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

AudioBlogging via VOIP!

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Presenting our Work at TESOL Convention 2005, Next Week!

Dear Students,

This message is to remind you that my presentation, at TESOL Convention, on the work we completed together in the session of Summer 2004, will be on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in San Antonio, Texas, US. It will be at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Kuwait Local Time.

Therefore, I would like to invite you to join me and my audience, at that time for a short chat, at Yahoo! Messenger, to talk a little about the projects you did.

It will be really great to see you present online, and I'm sure that my audience would be interested in chatting with you.

I am so excited about sharing everything we did together with other EFL/ESL teachers and students from allover the globe.

Looking forward to meeting you online, at Yahoo! Messenger, on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Kuwait Time.

Best regards,

Teacher Buth (YM ID: buthaina_3)

Friday, July 30, 2004

Inviting Webhead Renata to Post Comments to My Students' Blogs

Dear Students,

Few days ago, I invited Webhead in Action, Renata, who is also an EFL Instructor in Japan, to check out your blogs and post comments if possible. Renata has actually done that, and I am so grateful for her.

Therefore, I would like you to go to your blogs to read Webhead Renata's comments on your summary paragraphs and to answer her questions, if you got any.

Renata and I are looking forward to reading your answers and comments.

Thanks Renata for your time and effort, :-)

Thank you students for your hard work and enthusiasm, making learning and teaching, during this summer class, such a wonderful and interesting experience.


Buthaina al-Othman

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Amna's Essay: “Traffic Congestion in Kuwait”

“Traffic Congestion in Kuwait”

  Traffic congestion is one of the most important problems we are facing in our contemporary time in Kuwait. There are several ideas to reduce such a problem. We suggest that schools and ministries begin their day at 8:00 am while universities begin at 9:00 am . Also increasing the number of bridges can also solve this problem. This paper is focused on the two suggestions above.  
The first efficient suggestion is let employees in the schools and ministries begin their day in a different time than universities. First, such a decision can reduce the number of cars in the streets in a certain time so people can reach their places quicly and easily. Also it can reduces the number of accidents that might happen because people will not drive in high speed to avoid the time in which cars begin to congest. In addition it will save people money by saving cars petrol because cars congestion consume its petrol with out any good things.
Another good idea is to increase the use of bridges. First using bridges in stead of some traffic which waste people time also let the emargency to reach their place quicly and easily with out stoping in the red traffic light. Finally it is reduces as we said the cars accidents because teenagers or crazy drivers will not challenge the red traffic and pass it.
As you can see starting peoples day at different times and building more brides do not only solve the problem of traffic in Kuwait but also save people life, time and money. The government should seriously consider these solutions as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Kholoud's Essay:"Traffic Congestion in Kuwait"

Traffic congestion in kuwait

Traffic congestion is famous problem in most country in the world; such as Kuwait.The government try to reduce this problem by many ways.One of these ways is receive any suggestion from people that help to solve this problem.
One of the beneficial suggestion is building a subway system that can be boost business in Kuwait.First, this kind of transportation can connect different parts in the country, which would increase conunication between companies. Also, a subway system can attract tourists to visit Kuwait.Tourists can move between the different parts in Kuwait in less time and spending less money.
Moreover, good way to reduce traffic congestion buses service in kuwait.Buses service would become basic source of constant income for the country.
In conclusion, can not only solve the problem of traffic in Kuwait it can also boost the economy and reduce environmental pollution in the country.The government should seriesly considerd the solution as soon as possible.

Hala's Essay on "Traffic Congestion in Kuwait"

Traffic congestion
Traffic congestion is a serious problem which faces
different countries in this century after these great car
inventions. Kuwait is one of these countries which are suffering
from this problem nowadays. Many people are complained of traffic
congestion and they try to avoid this hard problem. This paper is
focused on how can the government solve this problem and cover it.

One of these suggestions is improving bus service.
Using companies and schools buses service to transfer their workers
and students is a beneficial way to solve this problem. First, it
reduces the expenses on buying expensive cars. So, the country could
use this money in building huge enterprises. Also, oil consuming
will be decreased and especially that Kuwait is a country which
exports petroleum to foreign countries. Therefore, this saved
petroleum can boost the economy of the country by exporting it.
Finally, the arrival of employees to their job at appointed time
would be fulfilled by improving this kind of services. So, the
business and the work will be developed.

On the other hand, differentiating between working
hours in the working places could be another effecintial suggestion
to encounter the traffic congestion in Kuwait. First, it might
remarkably decrease the transportation in the street. the less
number of cars could save time when everybody can reach to his point
without consuming time. Furthermore, the pollution will be reduced.
Therefore, healthy environment would be created with healthful
plants and animals which are eaten by man. Finally, the traffic
accidents would be reduced and that would have positive effects on
society by less number of traffic accident's victims.

To conclude, improving buses service and differentiating
the working hours between ministries and schools could cover the
solution for traffic congestion. These suggestions would improve the
economy of our country and boom it without spending a lot of money.
These solutions should be considered seriously by the government as
soon as possible.

Reem's Essay on "Traffic Congestion in Kuwait"

Traffic Congestion

Traffic congestion in Kuwait was not as high as now days.Walking and using bicycles could be a solution for this problem.So,my paper will talk about walking and bicycles in details as a solution of traffic congestion.

Walking can solve the traffic congestion in many ways.First,it will reduce the numders of cars,which will lead us to a healthy environment.Second,people who walking daily feel well.Heart trebles,diabeties,blood pressure and other diseases will disappear from our society.Also walking is the easiest way to save your money that you expend in fixing a car.

Bicycles also help us in our problem.In medically way,it moves your muscles.Bicycles are not depending on gasoline,which affect the atmosphere.And of course it is cheeper than cars.

As you can see,walking and bicycles benefit our society in different sides.Both of them save your money and keep you healthy in the same time.In addtion,let us breathe a pure air.The goverment should seriously consider it as a solution.

Blonde's Essay on "Traffic Congestion in Kuwait"

Traffic congestion
one of the main problem in this century in different countries is traffic congestion.Kuwait is one of these countries which is encounter this problem recently.many people are traying to reduce this big problem and they are still complaines on traffic congestion.this paper is focused on how can the goverment seriously consider this problem.

one of the efficient suggestions is differentiating between working hours and schools.First,it could decreases the crowded transportation in all street.less cars save time soevery body can reach his point in the same time.Also it reduce the number of accident cars and reduce environmental pollution.therfore,would be healthy people and environment.

On the other hand,using buses service to transfer students to school and workers is a beneficial way of this problem.First,decreases the oil consuming.so,it can boost the economy of kuwait which exporting oil.Furthermore it save money on buying expensive victims.So it booming kuwait economy.Finally,the worker go to their job in its time.So,business would develope.

To conclude,differrentiating between working hours and schools and improving buses srvice can not only solve the problem of traffic in kuwait it can also boost,the economy and reduce environmental pollution in the country.The goverment should seriously cnsider these solutions as soon as possible.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

This Week-5 Assignment: "Essay Writing & Peer Review"

During the previous assignment you have all posted to this 162 Writing Blog your suggestions on ways to reduce the problem of traffic congestion in Kuwait.

This week-5, you are to choose two (2) of your suggestions posted to this blog, earlier, to write a 4-paragraph essay. Please, read the following:

Pretend that you are to convince a government committee to seriously consider your suggestions. To do this, you have to explain the advantages of your suggestions. For example, if one of your suggestions was to build a sub-way, you have to explain the benifits of having a sub-way. You have to present the advantages a sub-way would have if it were built.

You need to provide three (3) benifits to support each suggestion.
Remember that the 4 paragraphs should include an introduction paragraph, 2 body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph.

Looking forward to read your essays, girls.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and hard work.
EfS 162/53 Instructor: Buthaina al-Othman
To do a Review, Use  Peer Review Form for Evaluating Writing
Note: Please remember that to post your review or recommendations to your peers, you need to click on (Comments) below each essay you are assigned to review. 

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Today's Writing Assignment: "Congestion"

Hello Students: One of the new words we learned, yesterday, is congestion.
read the question, below, and post your answer to this blog by clicking on the "comment" button, below, on the right side of this post.

The question:
Do you have a suggestion for reducing traffic congestion, in Kuwait? (If you are a non-Kuwaiti student, you could provide a suggestion that is suitable for your own country on the same problem).

Notice that your answer should be in the form of a short paragraph,a 3-sentence paragraph, including a topic sentence, one supporting point sentence, and one supporting detail sentence,i.e one example on how your suggestion can solve such a problem.

Thank you,

Buthaina Al Othman

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Hello & Welcome Students!

Dear Students,
The purpose of this blog is to make our online communication easier and faster. We are going to use it for your writing assignments that are included on my EfS 162 Summer 2004 website. I will provide needed comments on your writings to help you imporve your academic writing skill throughout this summer session.

I hope you enjoy the new learning experience and find it useful.

Best wishes,

Your English Instructor: Buthaina Al Othman