Monday, March 12, 2007

Need a day off from work?

A joke for our working students:

Two factory workers are talking.
The woman says, "I can make the boss give me the day off."
The man replies, "And how would you do that?"
The woman says, "Just wait and see." She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling.
The boss comes in and says, "What are you doing?"
The woman replies, "I'm a light bulb."
The boss then says, "You've been working so much that you've gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off."
The man starts to follow her and the boss says, "Where are you going?"
The man says, "I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark."
Go here to see more jokes for English language students. (Joke nipped from

Friday, March 9, 2007

She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb

If you like mysteries, you'll like She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb. There is a ghost, an escaped murderer, a love story, and a man against nature. It is the story of a community where emotions are not hidden and the land is still a part of people's blood. If you like Mary Higgins Clark or John Grisham, read this novel. Go here to see what other readers have to say about the novel (scroll to the bottom of the page).

You can check out this book at the CEC library during regular library hours (9:00 - 14:00 and 15:00 - 17:30). Call Isabel, the CEC librarian, at 254-4666 with any questions about library service. Recommended for Advanced 1 and up.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

International Woman's Day

Happy International Women's Day to all our female students and staff!

Here is some trivia to think about today as you celebrate the women in your life:

  • Women in New Zealand were the first in the world to obtain the right to vote. The year? 1893.
  • 5000: The number of brides that are murdered or commit suicide every year in India because their marriage dowries are considered inadequate. (Source:
  • This day was first celebrated on March 19, 1911 in Germany, Austria, Denmark and some other European countries.
Also, visit this link to see more about this international day.

Welsh Rarebit

Try this recipe for Welsh Rarebit (also Welsh rabbit), a traditional snack dish eaten in Wales. For this recipe you will need, Cheddar cheese, beer, eggs, cayenne pepper, Dijon mustard, walnuts, apples, broccoli spears, and bread (toast). You can omit the broccoli, nuts, and apples if you like for a more authentic rarebit.

There are some variations of this dish, too. Put a poached egg on top for buck rarebit, add bacon for Yorkshire rarebit, or top with onions, vinegar, gherkins (sweet pickles) and herbs for an Irish rarebit.

Post a comment after you try this dish - did you like it?

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A Reason to Learn English

So, why learn English?