Sunday, 3 January 2010


Dear Bloggers,
the deadline for completing your class blog activities is January 18th.
Regretfully, activities completed after that date will not be considered.
Please make sure to have at least 7 tasks finished.

In order to be able to evaluate your blog activity, I need to know who is behind the username, WHO YOU ACTUALLY ARE. Therefore, I have created a database in our Yahoo group where you can also self-evaluate your activity.
To do so, follow the steps:
1. Go to
2. Go to the DATABASE (left side menu), CONTACT LIST, and ADD RECORD. There you will see that you have to fill in your real name and your username on the blog, the number of tasks you have completed and your email address.

Let me know by email or as comment below, if you have any problems,

Thursday, 17 December 2009

"What's in a rose...." Brand names

Brand names can be a company's most precious asset. Pick up a brand name and analyze it in terms of the following:
1. is there a link bewtween the product and the name?
2. if it is an international brand, was the name translated into Romanian? If not, does the name make any difference for the consumers?
3. What are the connotations (positive, negative) that the name reflects on the product?
4. Now think of a new product you would like to introduce on the market and find a suitable name for it. Explain why you think this is the best name.

Friday, 11 December 2009


This week's task is about ADVERTISING.
Pick up a commercial you've seen on TV, YouTube, etc. or an ad or poster you've encountered in a newspaper, journal or on the street hoardings and write about it considering the following:
1. What product is being advertised
2. Describe the images that you see. Is there a link between the images and the product?
3. What are the words that you hear/ the text that you can read?
4. What is the slogan/jingle?
5. What is the idea through which the product is presented/sold?
6. Motivate your choice: Why did you choose the ad? Do you think it is a successful one? Why?

Last piece of advice: try to focus on tricks advertisers use in order to convince us to buy the product, such as "the best" , "the new"... etc.

Monday, 7 December 2009


This is an example of a Dvolver movie advertising ExtraStickyGlue created by Oana .

You can do your own ad for a product of your own choice. Go to, create an account and there you are.... direct a new ad.

In the end send me the movie by email and I will upload the link in our yahoogroup.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Speaking time!

It's time for you to record your voice! If you haven't done it on Vaestro, you will have the opportunity to do it on VoiceThread. This is a more attractive environment where you can comment using your voice and your webcam. You will find a set of questions on each slide. Choose only those questions you feel comfortable with and answer them. In the end (final slide) you can ask one of the participants a question and that participant will come to this blog post to give his/her answers.
I hope you will like this as it is a very attractive way of knowing one another and of using English, of course!
I am waiting for you on VoiceThread.


I have created a yahoogroup for distance learning EnglishDL. In order to become members, go to and click join.
In this way you will be able to receive my messages straight into your e-mail box. When you do not wish to be members anymore, i.e. at the end of the second year, you go to the same address, Click on Edit Membership and choose Leave group (at the bottom of the page.
After you have joined the group, for the beginning, you can add your photo.
Keep in touch!

Sunday, 1 November 2009


This card is valid only for the first 50 viewers. I hope the winners will be among them.