Hey there 3rd year! This is going to be your blog with me—your online host and English Auxiliar—Rudi Kraeher. I admit that this is my first attempt at making a blog so it should improve as I play around with it more. I’ve included a picture here of a very famous monument from my city, Love Park, with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Philadelphia Museum of Art in the background.

Fun fact: The “LOVE” sculpture is partly a reference to Philadelphia’s motto, “The city of brotherly love.”

Over the course of the year we will use the blog in a number of ways.

For one, it will serve as a forum for hosting class discussions. Sometimes I will post questions related to class material for you to comment on and discuss as a group on the blog. At other times the questions might not be related to class content at all!

I will also be using it as a source of information for you all. I might post links to online resources for English, items of cultural interest, photos, articles, videos, songs etc.

My hope is to make it always interesting and engaging so that you all want to visit the blog and make your own contributions to the discussions. For now I’ll link you to a short blurb about Philadelphia that is brief and easy to read. You’ll also find a number of pictures of Philly and other “beautiful” American cities as well.

Philadelphia and more in the USA!

If you would like to see a page with a collection of some common American English idiomatic expressions and slang terms, you can check out this site if you click here! This website also has a lot of other useful pages to help you with grammar, idioms and conversational English.