Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MI questionnaire

Would you please take the questionnaire:
What kind of a learner are you?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


When you write to Vikipeedia, you need to
* choose your topic
* find out what has been written about it in Wikipedia, Vikipeedia and other sources
* decide if the sources are reliable
* figure out how the format works
* consider the style and requirements
* make sure what the system is for references
* be precise about the layout and punctuation (NB! spaces and full stops matter, too!)

--- which is what you need to do for most of your academic writing, so the method or process is similar.

NB! To complete the task, you have to read, think, check, re-check and cross-check a lot more than write.

Choosing the topic - any ideas?

Mõistete loendid
Tööriistade loend
Puuduvate artiklite loendid
Toimetamist ootavad

Good articles 
Missing articles 

Sample articles:
Chalk line
History of writing the article
Discussion about the content 
Beef cattle
Discussions may become quite heated - but if you know you have point, stick to it:
Tuhaplokk, arutelu
How NOT to do it:

Naljad ja muu kustutatud jama 

You will notice, learn and practice
* what terminology is and how to work with it
* what is relevant enough for an online encyclopedia and where the content comes from
* how to structure your topic - the main ideas, subtitles, links to terms and concepts in the text (=you have to notice what the terms are) etc.
* how references work (for Vikipeedia - you always have to make sure what rules to follow for referencing!)
* how to avoid sloppy work - including punctuation (capitals, full stops, spaces, dashes [short or long], paragraphs, typos etc). After all, your writing often determines the first impression about you as a professional.
* taking responsibility for your (public) work
* understanding style (neutral for Vikipeedia)
* your contribution = entries on technical terminology are needed!

Monday, January 18, 2016


Vikipeedia as a terminology bank:
Ivo Kruusamägi, an administrator of Estonian Vikipeedia, speaks about Vikipeedia as a terminology bank ("Vikipeedia rollist terminisõnastikuna") (see: VAADAKE VIDEOSALVESTIST:, downloadable, starting  0.51.51)
slides to his presentation:

Mida Vikipeedia ei ole
Kasutajakonto eelised
Kaastöö põhimõtted

KKK kaastöölisele

Example for editing:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EK choice of videos

Spreadsheet for phrases
Est-Eng dictionary


the reason I find this video useful is that

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Independent reading  choose an article and tell us what it was about. Choose 5 words or phrases that you want to remember and tell us which ones you chose.

Voice recording Vocaroo:

How to make goat cheese

Common irregular verbs grouped 
with audio

long list of verbs, Quizlet

English tenses explained in Russian

What is a report?

Increasing your vocabulary

Listening exercise

Jazz chants
Big Mouth John Brown
Major Decisions
Twelve Cans of Tunafish Rag
Food and containers (clicking on the dark blue item gives the pronunciation)

Friday, June 13, 2014

A 1. Activities

The spreadsheet with the vocabulary and phrases we used in the class.
Irregular verbs with Russian translations

English-Russian dictionaries:
Irina's favorite:

Searching for videos with captions
A lion called Christian: a doc with captions: 

Monday, May 5, 2014

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Smart... or not really?

The more inept you are the smarter you think you are:
You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
In 1999, Justin Kruger and David Dunning, from Cornell University, New York, tested whether people who lack the skills or abilities for something are also more likely to lack awareness of their lack of ability. At the start of their research paper they cite a Pittsburgh bank robber called McArthur Wheeler as an example, who was arrested in 1995 shortly after robbing two banks in broad daylight without wearing a mask or any other kind of disguise. When police showed him the security camera footage, he protested "But I wore the juice". The hapless criminal believed that if you rubbed your face with lemon juice you would be invisible to security cameras.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Construction catastrophies

This report is an independent attempt to find the
cause based on photographic evidence, numerical and analytical calculations.
Based on photographic evidence presented in media, it is obvious that the primary cause for
such collapse is the steel truss bolted tension connection.