University English: the blog for ESL students

September 22, 2009

English Course, Fall 2009

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Teacher’s Name: Richard Stansfield


Description: Track 3; Semester 2

Focus: listening and speaking

Text Book: Touchstone 2 or Touchstone 2B (blue cover; must have CD)

Marks: 20%: Mid-term exam (Week 8; Listening; based on Touchstone text book, Chapters 7 to 9)
80%: English course

10%: Attendance

– 12 hours absent = Fail (F)
– 3 lates = 1 absent
– 20 minutes late = absent

– using cell-phone = late
– forget pen/pencil, textbook, notebook, or folder = late
– sleeping in class = absent

* Acceptable excuses for absences:

– was sick (give me a doctor’s note)
– family member died
– something academic (give me a professor’s note)

* Unacceptable excuses for absences:

– M.T. (“membership training”), school festivals, etc.

I don’t care about “membership training.”

10%: Participation = being active, not passive

* pay attention
* take notes
* speak in English, and speak in complete sentences
* discussion questions are not a race; they are practice

30%: Assessments

* tests
* presentations (entries into this blog)
* homework (given at beginning of the week; due one week later)

* class rules:
– no sleeping in class
– set cell-phone to vibrate. Do not send or read text messages.
– don’t sit in the back of the classroom. Sit near the front, near me.
– always bring:
1. pen or pencil and eraser
2. text book (Touchstone 2)
3. note book (ringed is better)
4. folder (to hold handouts; handouts = Konglish “print”)

30%: Oral Final (speaking test) –> Week 15


* 3 hours per week
* 1 unit/2 weeks (approximately)
* Week 8: Mid-term exam (Listening)
* Week 15: Oral Finals (Speaking tests)


30% A
40% B
30% C, D, F

This is based upon student rankings. So, if you want your mark to be changed, you must have a good reason (e.g. Was there a mistake?). If an B student goes up to an A, then an A student goes down to a B.

Contact Information:

* Office: 5남246
* Telephone Number: (032) 860-8861
* E-Mail Address: (English only. Emergencies only.)

My Schedule (Come any time I’m not teaching. If I’m not there, leave a message.):


* 12 ( Class 138 )
* 1 ( Class 102 )
* 2 ( Class 102 )


* 9 ( Class 32 )
* 10 ( Class 32 )
* 1 ( Class 172 )
* 2 ( Class 172 )


* 9 ( Class 67 )
* 10 ( Class 67 )
* 12 ( Class 175 )
* 1 ( Class 138 )
* 2 ( Class 138 )


* 11 ( Class 32 )
* 12 ( Class 102 )


* 11 ( Class 67 )
* 12 ( Class 172 )
* 1 ( Class 175 )
* 2 ( Class 175 )

Announcement: From September 24 to September 30, other teachers will be teaching my classes. (I will go to Canada to attend my sister’s wedding.)


September 7, 2009

Unit 7: Going Away

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 2:47 am

Discuss with your partners:

1. What are these things?
2. In which countries are they? What do you know about them?
3. Would you like to visit these countries? Why? What would you do there?
4. What are some other interesting monuments?



Listening: Listen to the conversation between Alicia and Rita. Answer these questions.

1. Where is Rita going?
2. What are two things that she will do there?
3. What are two things that Rita needs to do before she leaves?
4. Is it hard (difficult) to find bargains? Where can you find bargains?

Practice: Practice the conversation with a partner. Use the “Look-Up-And-Say” method.

Free Talking: Discuss these questions.

1. What are fun places to go on a trip?
2. What are fun things to do on a trip?
3. What are different ways to travel?
4. What are things that you always take with you on a trip?

Answers to Page 67, Exercise 2, Part A

1. I need to get a phrase book to learn some expressions. – e
2. I need to call the embassy to ask about a visa. – a
3. I need to go on the Internet to get a flight. – b
4. I need to call a travel agent to get a hotel room. – f
5. I need to buy a guidebook to find out about trains. – c
6. I need to go to the bank to change some money. – d


With your partner, make conversations. The first one has been done for you.

A: I need to get a phrase book to learn some expressions.
B: Why do you need to learn some expressions?
A: To talk with foreign people.
B: Why do you need to talk with foreign people?
A: To make friends and to be able to ask for help.
B: Oh, I see.

Workbook Answers

Exercise 1.

A. 1. d 2. a 3. e 4. b 5. h 6. g 7. f 8. c

1. Jim and Ann are planning to go to Ecuador to learn Spanish.
2. First, Jim needs to call the embassy to find out about visas.
3. Then he’s going to go on the Internet to look for a cheap flight online.
4. Ann has to go to the bookstore to buy a good guidebook.
5. Then she’s going to the library to do research before they go.
6. Jim’s going to go to the bank to change some money.
7. Jim and Ann are going to go to the mall to buy some suitcases.
8. They’re going to the bus station to pick up an airport bus schedule.

Exercise 2. There is more than one possible answer for each.

Exercise 3. Questions:

1. Is it important to bring a guide book?
2. Is it safe to carry cash?
3. Is it good to rent a car?
4. Is it easy to find good restaurants?
5. Is it hard to get around at night?
6. Is it necessary to make hotel reservations?

Answers: There is more than one possible answer for each.

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Talking About Trips

Tell the class about what you will bring on one of your trips (camping trip, skiing trip, or beach trip). Also, tell us why you will need them.

Useful Language:

We will bring …

We need …

We should have …


On our camping trip, we will bring a tent to sleep in when it rains.

Also, we need hand sanitizer to not get sick.

We should have a flashlight to see at night.

— — — — —


Jenny is going on a camping trip. Her mother suggests some things to bring. What are they?



Have similar conversations. One of you is a parent (mother or father). The other is a son or daughter. Talk about either: 1. a camping trip, or 2. a skiing trip, or 3. a beach trip.


Son: I’m going on a camping trip, Mom.

Mother: You should take some hand sanitizer to not get sick. And you need a flashlight to see at night. Also, why don’t you bring a towel to dry your body? ( etc. … )

Son: I’m sorry, Mom. Did you say something? I can’t hear you with my headphones on.

— — — — —


1. Chris makes some suggestions to Adam. What are they?
2. Does Adam agree or disagree? How do you know?

— — — — —


– should … (e.g. We should take a few days off.)

– could … (e.g. We could go to Mexico.)

– Why don’t … ? (e.g. Why don’t we quit our jobs?)

– Let’s … (e.g. Let’s tell our boss that we’re sick.)

For Suggestions that you like: – That’s a great idea. // That sounds great. // I’d love to.

For Suggestions that you don’t like: – I guess we could, but … // I don’t know. // I’d like to, but …

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Page 71, Exercise 3, Part B: Listening and Speaking

Discuss Michael and Diana’s statements.

If you agree, say: That’s right. // That’s true. // I agree. // You’re right. // I think so, too. // That’s a good point.

If you disagree, say: I’m not sure I agree. // I’m afraid I disagree. // Maybe, but … // Perhaps, but …

1. Do you think that everyone should travel to a foreign country sometime?
2. Do you feel that everyone should learn another language?
3. Do you think that world cultures should be a required class in high school?
4. Do you feel that it’s a good idea to travel with a friend?
5. Do you think that you should read a lot about a place before you go there?
6. Do you feel that it’s nice to try the local food in a new country?

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Asking for Advice

In groups of three, ask for advice and give advice. For each question, decide which person gave better advice. Example:

A: I really hate my boss. What should I do?

B: You could quit your job and find a new one.

C: Why don’t you kill your boss?

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Page 73, Exercise 1, Part C

1. You have to dive.

2. It takes about an hour.

3. You can see the salt hills, lakes, hot springs, and Fisherman’s Island with its 12-foot cacti.

4. The sun gets extremely bright.

5. It has an art gallery, a chapel, a movie theater, a disco, and an ice fireplace in the lounge. There is also a sauna.

6. It melts in the spring.

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Page 73, Exercise 2, Part A

1. 2 (The Lighthouse Hotel)

2. 1 (The Cave Hotel)

3. 3 (The Spa Hotel)

4. 1 (The Cave Hotel)

5. 3 (The Spa Hotel)

6. 2 (The Lighthouse Hotel)

Which hotel would you like to stay at? Why? Discuss with your partners. Example:

A: I would like to stay at the Ishollet Ice Hotel, because I think ice looks beautiful. Also, being cold makes me feel refreshed. How about you?

B: I would not like to stay there. I don’t like the cold. I get sick easily. I would like to stay at the Lighthouse Hotel. It’s high up, so we can see everywhere. I want to watch the birds and dolphins.

September 2, 2009

Introduce your partner

Filed under: exercises — richardlstansfield @ 2:57 am



This is Park Bom. Her full name is Park Bom-ee, and her English nickname is Jenny.

She lived in America for six years. At university, she studied psychology, but changed her major to music.

In addition to Korean, she can speak English and Japanese fluently. She can also play the piano, flute and cello.

She likes to sing, dance, and draw hearts. Her idol is Lee Hyo-ri.

After returning to Korea, she auditioned for YG Entertainment. They said no. So she practiced and auditioned again later. They rejected her again. She continued to try. After three years of trying, YG Entertainment accepted her as a trainee. She has been with YG Entertainment since 2005.

Recently, she debuted as part of the new group called 2NE1. She is the group’s main vocalist (singer). They have been very successful. They won contests on the TV shows Music Bank, Inki-gayo, and Music Core.

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