Literacy Class 29th Oct

Double check this again later, as I am likely to update this with something I’ve forgotten.

On Monday the 29th Oct, you will need to submit the following in three separate piles:

  1. Task 8 corrections (if not already submitted)
  2. Task 9 (with checklist correctly completed, copies of references, topic research sheet). Do not finish this at 2am Monday morning, and then sleep and miss your first classes. Complete this before Sunday lunch at least.
  3. Extensive Reading reports (make sure you have a photo of each page in case you lose them)

On Monday we will do the typing test.

Sick days on 22nd and 23rd Oct

To all my students,

Sorry we missed our classes. From Monday morning I suffered very bad stomach flu. Which meant I experienced severe nausea, light headedness, almost passing out, extreme fatigue, sore muscles all over, and now dehydration and head and neck aches. I’ve of course seen a doctor, and still recovering at home. I don’t know if I can be back on Thursday, but I hope I can. If I can come back, I won’t be 100% my normal self, so I’ll need your help to get the class working well.

Oral Communication classes: We’ll start with presentation preparation for one topic of your choice between units 13 and 18 (yes, including Empiricism & Romanticism). Bring your laptop, and tether to the internet through your phone if you need internet access.

Communication Skills Humanities: We’ll start Extensive Reading poster presentation preparation. I lost my coloured markers, so please bring your own and other craft supplies. I will bring A2 sized poster paper.

Literacy: I’m really, really sorry, please don’t cry, but the touch-typing speed test will be delayed to the next Monday class. Please collect your marked writing from the office at R32, and revise it ready for the time we meet. Continue re-Reading and taking notes of interesting language and symbolism in Love Story.

Communication Skills Economics: I’m not sure what we will do yet. Keep doing extensive Reading, and prepare vocabulary from Cover to Cover unit 6, 72-3.

Homework Quarter 3

Oral Communication:

  • Word Engine, 300 correct responses each week, do 10mins a day of study.
  • Review and preview vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles, for Orbits units 1-18.
  • Prepare your final report using an earlier video and your most recent. Due Monday 12 Nov, 12pm at the World Plaza. You can submit earlier if you want.
  • Prepare your presentation with your partner for any research task for units 13 to 18.
  • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Humanities):

    • Word Engine, 300 correct responses each week, do 10mins a day of study.
    • Review and preview vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles in Orbits.
    • Extensive reading.
    • Read Different Worlds and finish the book (included in extensive reading weekly word count).
    • Review Into Literacy p72 to 78.
    • Poster presentation preparation: With your partner, choose an ER book together, and start reading it. Note the structure, themes, and any interesting language, similes, metaphors, and personification.
    • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
    • Have fun


  • Review all writing skills studied.
  • Love Story must be returned on the 8th Nov.
  • Word Engine, over 300 correct responses each week.
  • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Economics):

  • Review Conversation Structure
  • Review pronunciation
  • Review Active, units 1-6 dialogues, vocabulary, and Working on Language sections.
  • Preview Active, unit 6. Read and check vocabulary for all sections.
  • Cover to Cover, unit 6, p72-73 check vocabulary.
  • Extensive reading, read about 3,000 words each week.
  • Extensive reading reports due Tuesday 30th Oct (stapled). Take a photo of each page, in case you lose your reports.
  • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
  • Have fun

Communication Skills (E) speaking test will be one of these:

  1. Introduce your ER book
  2. Introduce where you grew up (Active unit 5)
  3. What you used to do when you were younger (Active unit 5)

During speaking tests

Don’t waste time, be productive.

  • Prepare for your own speaking test
  • Help a friend prepare for their speaking test
  • Review vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies
  • Do WordEngine
  • Work on your final reports.
  • Do extensive reading for your other class
  • ONLY use ENGLISH!!!

The change between speaking tests must be quick, otherwise we might not be able to finish. Bring your speaking test feedback marksheet with your name and student number on it.

Communication Skills class:  The speaking test is a 5-8 minutes. Speaking test possible topics:

  1. Into Literacy: Extensive Reading, p27-8
  2. Into Literacy: Book Clubs, p105-6
  3. Blog: Where Does Our News Come From?
  4. Extensive Reading: Introduce a book you’ve read recently
  5. Orbits: “Summary of what has happened in the story so far, and what you think may happen next, and why”.
  6. Extensive Reading: Introduce a book you’ve read recently

Oral Communication class sample videos

It is still class time, so use English only!

With your partner(s),

  • Find a quiet place, not in front of other classes, they won’t like the noise
  • Do a sound check, and make sure it all works and records. Make sure the red cameras are set on Mountains, and the black ones are set on Video. Make sure the external mics are switched on.
  • Also do an audio recording with your smart phone (not video) in case there’s a problem with the camera. If you need to send Andrew your audio, do not send your iPhone video (the file is too big), and do not use a Japanese language only file sending service, or one that needs Andrew to sign up to.
  • Start the video with your name and student number.
  • Speak for about 8 minutes
  • Return to the classroom with 30 minutes of leaving, make a copy of your video (do not cut & paste, and do not delete it)
  • Make a note of your camera number.
  • During class time, and while away from the classroom, use ONLY ENGLISH!
  • Start watching the video and make notes on it for your final report. The black video cameras have a headphone jack, so use a splitter and headphones with your partner.
  • For the black cameras, use VLC Media Player or QuickTime to view the video files
  • Include any visual-communication information in your final report if it helps.