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Homework for Quarter 3

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Communication Skills

  • Review Conversation Gambits units: units 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20.
  • Review English First Hand 2: units 1-7
  • Prepare Reading in the Real World Intro: Unit 7 Anti-smoking Laws.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • Do extensive reading, about 4,000 words a week.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • Review Business email structure
  • Write your own business email, attempting to purchase something for your shop.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • Do extensive reading, about 3,500 words a week.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review pronunciation, conversation strategies, and vocabulary from Orbits units 1-12.
  • Preview Orbits unit 13 Culture Note and Conversation Strategies.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 13 article Credit Cards & Internet Security.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • World Plaza will probably reopen from 2nd October.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Class party

Sometimes Andrew’s classes will have a class party. If we have a class party, it’s for four reasons. One, students have worked hard and have achieved a lot, and should be rewarded. Two, to practice and rehearse attending office and staff parties and events. Three, to develop informal social-linguistic skills. Four, get experience in how to host informal events at work.

Usually, the parties will be in the morning, so they will be brunch parties; half breakfast, half lunch. If you can, bring food or drink to share at the party. You may need to bring paper plates, plastic knives, paper cups, whatever. Please avoid buying cheap sugary food from convenience stores, because most people prefer healthier options. Not everyone has time to prepare something, and not everyone has the money to spare to make or get something. Consequently, if you can, bring extras; if you cannot contribute this time, please bring extra next time. Don’t know what to bring? Google search “brunch food” or “brunch recipe” for morning parties, and “healthy snack recipe” for afternoon parties. Please avoid sugary foods.

What to do & rules for class parties:

  1. DO NOT bring smelly or difficult-to-clean-up food & drink. Imagine if it spills, can it be be cleaned up easily?
  2. Use only English. If Andrew hears any Japanese being spoken, the party will end immediately, and he will give everyone grammar worksheets to do.
  3. Move some tables to the middle of the room, and push all the chairs to the sides. Put the food and drinks (opened) onto the middle tables. Keep bottles in the centre.
  4. Small talk with people. Talk about summer plans, an extensive reading book, part-time work, club activities, about the food at the party, about an article we discussed in class, anything.
  5. Do not stand silent talking to no one; always mingle. If Andrew sees anyone not mingling the party will end immediately, and he will give everyone grammar worksheets to do.
  6. Small talk with people you don’t normally talk to. Avoid talking to friends and your normal class partners.
  7. Selfies with friends is ok, but ask first. Also, if you post photos to social media, ask first and ONLY say nice things about people.
  8. ALL the food must be eaten. Otherwise, it makes cleaning up difficult.
  9. Clean up. Find an empty bag so everyone can use it as a rubbish bag. Clean up any spills immediately. EVERYONE must help clean up in the last ten minutes.
  10. If the party goes well, we may have another.

OC & CS classes: During speaking tests

Don’t waste time during speaking tests. Use the time wisely. Use ONLY ENGLISH. You can adjust the air conditioning any time as needed.

  • Practice & prepare for your speaking test
  • Review articles & vocabulary
  • Review conversation strategies / conversation gambits
  • Review pronunciation (especially of key vocabulary)
  • Do Word Engine study
  • Do your extensive reading
  • OC classes: Bring your laptop and work on your final report
  • OC classes: Do Orbits Unit 12
  • If we have a class brunch party, plan what you will bring. Remember that not everyone can bring something.

Giving compliments

You cannot give compliments on looks alone. You should also compliment people for other things like their skills, achievements, and effort. Sometimes it’s even wrong and insulting to ignore people’s achievements, skills, and effort. The resources mentioned in class:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/kissthemirror?src=hash

Here are some ideas to get you started. Please use these, and more, in class.


Ideas of compliments to give.
Ideas of compliments to give.
Also, for the ones that were a bit…  Could say, “Wow! Your vocabulary is great. I guess you’ve been using WordEngine a lot”, and “Your conversation skills have really improved. I guess you’ve been going to the World Plaza a lot”.

OC Class: During pronunciation checks

For my oral communication classes. While other people are doing their pronunciation checks, do not waste time doing nothing. Do the article discussion.

1. What to do: For the first one or two partners, start from question one. From your third partner, choose any question to begin with.  If there are any difficult points, ask your partner for help, and help your partners understand the article more. This topic could be used in the final speaking tests, so do practice this sincerely.

Changes: Change partners every ten minutes. After five partner changes, do the next activity.

2. Preparation: Use this time to properly prepare for unit 10. That means checking vocabulary pronunciation for the Dialogue list, and writing the pronunciation and simple-English meanings for the Article list. If you finish early, do your WordEngine study.

Note: Next unit we will do video recordings so you can prepare for your next final report. You should also have done extra research, so you can have more interesting conversations.

Homework Quarter 2

Q2, Lesson 10, 17th & 18th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 10, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Extensive Reading reports due on the 27th July in class (can be submitted earlier).
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Speaking test topics:

  1.  RRW Intro unit 3, p40
  2.  RRW Intro unit 4, p48-9
  3.  RRW Intro unit 2, p22
  4.  About your extensive reading
  5.  About your extensive reading
  6.  RRW Intro unit 5 p60-1

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar videos, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Complete revisions to article. Due Monday 10th.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Final Report, Portfolio and Extensive Reading reports due in class, 24th July. Can be submitted earlier.
    • Portfolio to include all writing tasks in Q1 & 2 (tasks 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6), any three blog entries, and final report (task 6).
    • See the sample final report in the the sample portfolio (here).
    • Include all drafts (tasks 1-5), Self-reflections, and Topic Research Sheets.
    • Extensive Reading reports to be stapled and submitted separate to the portfolio.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-12: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 12: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Work on your final report. Compare an early to recent video recorded conversation. See the course info packet for details. Due 12pm, 31st July in the World Plaza (open from 10.30 to 12pm). Can be submitted any time before the 31st.
  • Speaking test is one article randomly chosen from units 7 to 12.
    • During speaking tests:
      • Prepare for your speaking test
      • Review pronunciation & vocabulary
      • Work on your final report
      • Do Word Engine study
      • Do extensive reading
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

 

Q2, Lesson 10, 13th & 14th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Extensive Reading reports due on the 27th July in class (can be submitted earlier).
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar videos, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Complete revisions to article. Due Monday 10th.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Final Report, Portfolio and Extensive Reading reports due in class, 24th July. Can be submitted earlier.
    • Portfolio to include all writing tasks in Q1 & 2, any three blog entries, and final report.
    • See the sample final report in the the sample portfolio (here).
    • Extensive Reading reports to be stapled and submitted separate to the portfolio.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-11: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 11: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Work on your final report. Compare an early to recent video recorded conversation. See the course info packet for details. Due 12pm, 31st July in the World Plaza (open from 10.30 to 12pm). Can be submitted anytime before the 31st.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

 

Q2, Lesson 10, 6th & 7th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar studied, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Complete revisions to article. Due Monday 10th.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Review Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-9: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
    • Will video record conversations about the unit 10 articles on the 10th & 11th July.
    • Bring your USB memory stick so you can make a copy of the video
    • Use the audio recorder on your smartphone to make a backup of the conversation.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 11: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Q2, Lesson 8, 3rd & 4th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar studied, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Review the How to Write an Opinion Paragraph video, at the Writing Page.
  • Watch English Grammar In Use u113 video on the Grammar page.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Review Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-9: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 10: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Q2, Lesson 7, 29th & 30th June

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Prepare for the pronunciation quiz on Monday. See the pronunciation page for audio and videos.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar studied, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Review the How to Write an Opinion Paragraph video, at the Writing Page.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Read Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection, the topic research, and copies of references.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-9: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 9: article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check, see the Pronunciation page.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

 

Q2, Lesson 5, 22nd & 23rd June

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 18, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Update your a short summary, review problem sentences, and add notes to answers for discussion questions.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection, the topic research, and copies of references.
  • Read Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-8: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 8: article, discussion questions, and research task. The research task can relate to anything from this unit (not just the article).
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check, see the Pronunciation page.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Q2, Lesson 4, 19th & 20th June

Note: My Friday classes may have make up classes on this Wednesday. Check Porta for updates.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16, 24, 27
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Update your a short summary, review problem sentences.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection and the topic
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-8: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 8: article, discussion questions, and research task. The research task can relate to anything from this unit (not just the article).
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Q2, Lesson 3, 15th (& 16th) June

Note: My Friday classes may be cancelled. Check for updates on Porta later today or early morning.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16, 24, 27
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-5, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • English Firsthand 2, preview unit 6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Update your a short summary, review problem sentences.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection and the topic
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-7: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 8: Vocabulary, pronunciation, article, and discussion questions.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

 

Q2, Lesson 2, 12th & 13th June

We may be in a different classroom for this Quarter. Please check Porta for updates and info.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16, 24
  • English Firsthand 2, review unit 5, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Photocopy, check vocabulary, make a short summary.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Make a photocopy of “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection and the topic
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-7: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 7 research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • If you can, set your phone system into English.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

 

Q2, Lesson 1, 8th & 9th June

We may be in a different classroom for this Quarter. Please check Porta for updates and info.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16
  • English Firsthand 2, review unit 5, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Photocopy, check vocabulary, make a short summary.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4, The Body Shop, read, check Vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-7: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Listen & do Orbits unit 6 dialogue, and read the article at home.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 7 article, discussion, & research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • App Store, look for language learning apps for your smartphone or tablet. For instance Babbel, Learn English Magazine (by ESL Pod), Busuu, and others.
  • Enjoy life 🙂

OC: During speaking tests today

For my Oral Communication classes, while I’m busy with other students doing their speaking tests, please do not waste time. Use this time productively. You can do any of the following:

  • Video record a conversation sample (you can use your speaking test as your conversation sample for your final report). You should take your mobile phone with you, and make an audio recording of the test, in case there’s a problem with the video recording; use the audio recorder app.
  • Make a copy of the video onto your own USB memory stick
  • Review your conversation sample, and work on your final report (if you brought your own tablet or laptop computer). See info at the Oral Communication page.
  • Prepare for your own speaking test
  • Do WordEngine & vocabulary review
  • Review Orbits, and do unit 6 dialogue listening
  • Study or do extensive reading for another class

How to use the video cameras:

  • Start the recording with your name and student number.
  • Olympus: Push the record button once to preview, once more to record. Do a sound check.
  • Canon: Red button once to record. Do a sound check.
  • Use the headphone splitter to watch and review with your partner.