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March 31, 2010

Unit 3: Health

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 3:31 am

Page 22, Exercise 1


What does each person do to be healthy?

Brian Jones …

– doesn’t eat junk food.

– doesn’t eat red meat.

– does karate.

Carmen Sanchez …

– drinks diet drinks.

Mei-ling Yu …

– walks everywhere.

Michael Evans …

– eats a lot of snacks.

– doesn’t exercise at all.

Lisa da Silva …

– eats anything she wants.

The Parks …

– exercise six days a week.

– go swimming every other day.

– go to the gym every other day.

– go hiking once in a while.


Health Survey

Step 2.

Possible Answers:

Good for Health

– brush and floss your teeth (bacteria between your teeth can cause poor health)

– do interval training

(4 minutes intense exercise, then three minutes easy exercise
–> repeat three times; be careful if your health is not good)

– drink black tea (or green tea, etc.)

– drink fruit juice (be careful; they have more calories than most people think)

– drink enough liquid

– eat fruit

– eat vegetables

– get plenty of sleep (about 8 hours)

– go jogging

– have positive thinking

– meditate

[meditate: (verb) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity]

– do yoga

[yoga: (noun) a set of exercises for the mind and body, based on the Hindu religion]

– take multivitamins

Bad for Health

– smoke cigarettes

– drink too much alcohol (especially cheap, low-quality alcohol)

– being sleep-deprived (not having enough sleep)

– sleeping too much

– eating too much

Maybe Good or Bad for Health

– drinking alcohol in moderation (especially high-quality alcohol)

– drinking “health” drinks (Do you know what’s inside them?)

– drinking coffee
(it’s good for you in moderation; too much can be bad for you)


Page 23, Exercise 2, Part A

1. A: do … cope

B: I’m taking … I’m enjoying … don’t get

2. A: do … do?

B: like … go … I’m not swimming … goes

3. A: Are you eating

B: love … I’m trying … doesn’t like


Page 23, Exercise 2, Part B

Ask each other the questions. Give your own answers.


Page 24, Exercise 1, Part A

Think of more health problems.

Possible Answers

asthma: (noun) an illness which makes it difficult to breathe

bloodshot eyes: when your eyes are red in the part that should be white

bruise: (noun) a dark area on your skin where you have been hurt

burn: (noun) a place where fire or heat has damaged or hurt something

constipation (noun) when you are unable to empty your bowels as often as you should
(bowels = the long tubes that carries solid waste from your stomach out of your body)

cut: (noun) an injury made when the skin is cut with something sharp (e.g. a knife)

insomnia (noun) when you find it difficult to sleep

itchy eyes: (noun) when your eyes feel uncomfortable and you want to rub them

nausea: (noun) the unpleasant feeling of wanting to vomit

(vomit = when food or liquid that was in your stomach comes up and out of your mouth)

rash: (noun) a group of small, red spots on the skin

runny nose: when your nose is producing liquid all the time

sprain (verb) to injure part of your body by twisting it, but not so badly that it breaks

sunburn: (noun) when your skin becomes painful and red from being in the sun too long

bee sting

bee: (noun) a flying insect that has a yellow and black body and makes honey (honey = sweet, sticky food)

sting: (noun) a painful wound that you get when an insect, plant, etc puts poison into your skin


Ask each other about these health problems.

“Have you ever had … ?”

e.g. Have you ever had a toothache?

e.g. Have you ever had allergies?

e.g. Have you ever had asthma?

“Have you had … recently?”

e.g. Have you had the flu recently?

e.g. Have you had a headache recently?

e.g. Have you had a bruise recently?

Page 25, Exercise 3

Listen and answer the questions.

1. How does Mark feel?

2. Why?

3. What is he doing (because of how he is feeling)?

4. What is Sonia’s advice?


1. He feels awful.

2. He has a terrible cold.

3. He is taking cold medicine.

4. She suggests that he drink hot vinegar with honey.

[vinegar: (noun) a sour liquid that is used in cooking, often made from wine]


Page 25, Exercise 4, Part A

“If” and “when” have very similar meanings and usage (almost the same).

if –> unusual situations

when –> usual situations

You can change the order of the clauses.

When the when/if clause comes first, put a comma (,) after the clause.

Page 25, Exercise 4, Part B

Ask each other: “What do you do if/when … ?”

e.g. “What do you do if you have a bad cold and have to go to class?”

Use adverbs of frequency in your answers.

( never — hardly ever — sometimes — often — usually — almost always — always )


Do the conversation from Exercise 3 again, but change the words.

Words that are similar to “awful” and “terrible”:

–> dreadful, horrible

Phrases that are similar to “That’s too bad.”:

–> I’m sorry to hear that.

–> Oh, no!

Example #1

A: Hello?

B: Hi, [person’s name]. How are you feeling?

A: Dreadful. I still have this horrible stomachache.

B: I’m sorry to hear that. Are you taking anything for it?

A: I’m just staying in bed.

B: Hmm. I never do that when I have a stomachache. But if I get a really bad stomachache, I go to the doctor. I can help you go there.

A: Oh, no thanks! I don’t feel that bad!

Example #2

A: Hello?

B: Hi, [person’s name]. How are you feeling?

A: Horrible. I still have this awful constipation.

B: Oh, no! Are you taking anything for it?

A: Just some anti-constipation medicine.

B: Hmm. I never take that stuff when I have constipation. But if I get really bad constipation, I eat some kimchi mixed with yogurt. I can make you some.

A: Oh, no thanks! I don’t feel that bad!


Page 26, Exercise 1, Part A

* how come: (phrase) [informal] used to ask about the reason for something, especially when you feel surprised about it


A: “Kate’s gone to the party on her own.”
B: “How come?”

Books closed. Listen and answer the questions.

1. Why is Adam tired?

2. Where does he work?

3. When does he wake up?

4. When does he go to bed?


1. He is tired because he is working two jobs. He is only getting about four hours’ sleep each night.

2. He works at a supermarket and at a restaurant.

3. He wakes up at around 5:30 a.m.

4. He goes to bed around 1:00 or 1:30 a.m.


* Follow-up Questions: Questions you ask to continue the conversation.

Wh-questions (e.g. Who … ? When … ? How … ?) are better than Yes/No questions, because you have to answer with a sentence, not “Yes,” or “No.”

e.g. How come?

e.g. What time do you go to bed?


Page 26, Exercise 1, Part B

1. d

2. a

3. e

4. f

5. c

6. b


Page 27, Exercise 2, Part A

Listen and write the expressions that you hear.

1. Really? You’re kidding!

2. Are you serious?

3. Wow!


Page 27, Exercise 3

Ask each other the questions.

Answer the questions, and do two more things:

1. Use phrases like:

“Oh, really?”

“That’s too bad.”

“You’re kidding!”

2. Ask follow-up questions.

“How come?”

“What time do you go to bed?”


Page 29, Exercise 2, Part B

* chill out: (phrasal verb) [informal] to relax completely, or not allow things to upset you

e.g. “Chill out, Dad – if we miss this train there’s always another one.”

Do two things:

1. Number the pictures.

2. Write the activity under the picture.

First Picture:

– 2

– sit in a park

Second Picture:

– 3

– take a bath

Third Picture:

– 4

– fish/go fishing

Fourth Picture:

– 1

– read a book

Page 29, Exercise 2, Part C

What else do they do to relax? Listen and write them down.

1. When she’s tired, she sometimes watches TV.

2. He likes to sit and watch people at the mall.

3. She plays with her little girl.

4. He likes to swim –especially alone.


Ask each other, “What do you do to relax?”

– – Use phrases like:

“Oh, really?”

“You’re kidding!”

– If you are similar, say, “Me too!”

– Ask follow-up questions.

“How often do you do that?”


March 24, 2010

Unit 2: Interests

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 3:46 am

Watch the video and answer the questions.

a. What is his hobby?

– His hobby is … … …

b. What does he do well?

– He can … … …

– He can’t … … …

– He’s good at … … …

– He’s not good at … … …

c. Were you surprised by anything?

– I was surprised because … … …



If you are wondering, here is the order of his performance:

Seung Ri – Strong Baby
Super Junior – Sorry, Sorry
2PM – Again & Again, I Hate You
2NE1 – Fire
Brown Eye Girl – Abracadabra
SNSD – Genie
Kara – Mister
G-Dragon – Heartbeaker
SHINee- Ring Ding Dong
TaeYang – Wedding Dress
2PM – Heartbeat


Page 12

journalism: (noun) the work of writing articles for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio


Page 13, Exercise 2

infinitive = to + basic verb

e.g. to whistle

gerund = basic verb + -ing

e.g. whistling

* I can/can’t + basic verb

* I like/love/hate/prefer + infinitive/gerund

* I would like/I’d like + infinitive

* I enjoy + gerund

* preposition + gerund

e.g. I’m good at drawing people.

(verb) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity

martial art:
(noun) traditional skills of fighting, especially from East Asia
e.g. tae-kwon-do, from Korea; karate, from Japan


Talking About Interests

Part 1

Complete the sentences.

1. Can you … … … … … … … … … … ?

2. Do you enjoy … … … … … … … … … … ?

3. Are you good at … … … … … … … … … … ?

4. Do you like … … … … … … … … … … ?

5. Are you interested in … … … … … … … … … … ?

6. Do you prefer … … … … … or … … … … … ?

7. Would you like … … … … … … … … … … ?

Part 2

Ask each other your questions. Answer with these phrases:

1. Yes, I can ( … )/No, I can’t ( … )

2. Yes, I do./Yes, I enjoy …

No, I don’t (enjoy … )

3. Yes, I am (good at … )/No, I’m not (good at … )

4. Yes, I do./Yes, I like ( … )

No, I don’t (like … )

5. Yes, I am (interested in … )/No, I’m not (interested in … )

6. I prefer …

7. Yes, I would (like to … )/No, I wouldn’t (like to … )


A: Can you whistle?

B: Yes, I can (whistle).


A: Do you enjoy cooking?

B: No, I don’t (enjoy cooking).


Page 14, Exercise 1

Other Genres:


– ballads




heavy metal


new age

– opera

punk rock

R & B (rhythmn and blues)



Who are your favorite music artists?

Step 1. Make a list.

#1 = favorite, #2 = second-most favorite, #3 = third-most favorite, etc.

Artist ………. Genre






Step 2. Talk with a partner.


A: Who is your favorite artist?

B: Metallica. They are heavy metal/rock.

A: Who is your second-favorite artist?

B: 2NE1. They are electronica/dance/pop/hip-hop/R&B music.


Step 2. Write sentences.


Chul-soo ………………… Ji-young

1. Metallica …………….. 1. Justin Timberlake

2. 2NE1 …………………. 2. Britney Spears

3. U2 ……………………… 3. 2NE1

4. Green Day ……………. 4. Girls’ Generation

5. Girls’ Generation ……… 5. Eminem


Ji-young could write:

–> Chul-soo likes Metallica, but I don’t.

–> Both of us like 2NE1.

–> Chul-soo likes 2NE1 more that I do.

–> Both of us like Girls’ Generation.

–> I like Girls’ Generation more than Chul-soo does.

–> I like Justin Timberlake, but Chul-soo doesn’t.

–> Neither of us like 2PM.


Page 16, Exercise 1, Part B

What hobbies do Sarah and Mike have?


– knitting [knit: (verb) to make clothes using wool and two long needles to join the wool into rows]

– sewing [sew: (verb) to join things together with a needle and thread


– photography

Page 16, Exercise 1, Part B

1. e

2. a

3. f

4. d

5. g

crochet: (verb) to make clothes and other items using wool and a special needle with a hook at one end

6. c

7. b

Page 16, Exercise 1, Part B

Ask and answer the questions. Give your own answers.


Page 17, Exercise 3, Part B

collecting teddy bears –> Eva

gardening –> Phil

making jewelry –> Jeff

playing golf –> Kim

Page 17, Exercise 3, Part C

Listen again and complete the chart.

enthusiastic: (adjective) having a lot of enthusiasm

enthusiasm: (noun) a lot of intereste in something and wanting very much like to be involved in it

Also, answer these questions.

1. What kind of jewelry does Jeff make?

2. How does Eva get her teddy bears?

3. What’s Kim good at?

4. What kinds of vegetables does Phil grow?


Jeff …

–> makes money on his hobby.

–> spends a lot of money on his hobby.

1. He makes necklaces and silver jewelry.

Eva …

–> isn’t very enthusiastic about her hobby.

2. She gets them as gifts.

Kim …

–> spends a lot of money on her hobby.

–> isn’t very good at her hobby.

3. Kim’s good at watching golf on television.

Phil …

–> isn’t very good at his hobby.

4. He grows peas, onions, and tomatoes.

March 22, 2010

Starting and Stopping a Conversation

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 11:55 pm

Starting a Conversation

* Excuse me, I like your … .

(e.g. “Excuse me, I like your shirt. Where did you buy it?”)

* Are you a friend of … ?

(e.g. “Are you a friend of the host of the party?”)

* Could I ask you something?

* Could I ask … ?

* Can I ask … ?

(e.g. Can I ask if you know about the teacher?”)

Stopping a Conversation

* Would you excuse me?

* Well, I’d better be going.

* Well, I should be going.

* It’s been nice talking to you.

* Nice talking to you.

* I hope we get a chance to talk again sometime.


Pair Work

Step 1

(a) Students A and B read the information about the situation.

(b) Student A reads out to Student B.

(c) Student B begins a conversation.

(d) Students A and B talk for one-and-a-half (1 1/2) minutes.

(e) Student B ends conversation.

(f) Student As change their seats.

(All Student As move to the seat in front of them. The Student A in the front moves to the back.)

(g) Start again at (a).

Step 2

Vice versa.

March 15, 2010

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,lessons — richardlstansfield @ 1:44 am


Filed under: conversation strategies,lessons,Rejoinders — richardlstansfield @ 1:43 am

Rejoinders are special phrases. We use them for three reasons:

1. to show that we are listening

2. to show that we understand

3. to show that we are interested

For example, for each conversation, choose the best rejoinder.

Example #1

A: My dog died last night.


(a) That’s great!

(b) That’s nice.

(c) I’m sorry to hear that.

(d) Oh, really?

Example #2

A: I won the lottery last night. (Lottery = “lotto” in Konglish)


(a) That’s great!

(b) That’s nice.

(c) I’m sorry to hear that.

(d) Oh, really?

Here are the different kinds of rejoinders.


– That’s great!

– Terrific!

– Wonderful!


– That’s too bad.

– I’m sorry to hear that.

– Oh, no!


– I see.

– That’s nice.

– Oh, yeah?


– You’re kidding!

– I can’t believe it!

– Oh, really!/Oh, really?


Introductory Exercise — Answers

3. A: That’s great!

5. A: I see.

7. A: That’s too bad.

9. A: Oh, yeah?

11. A: I see./That’s nice.

13. A: I see./That’s nice.

15. B: You’re kidding!

17. B: Wonderful!

19. B: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.

21. B: Oh, no!

23. B: I can’t believe it!

25. B: Terrific!


Exercise Two

Step 1

Student A reads out a sentence.

Student B listens and then gives an appropriate rejoinder.

Example #1:

A: I broke my finger yesterday.


(a) Wonderful!

(b) Oh, yeah?

(c) Oh, no!

(d) Oh, really?

Example #2:

A: Two members of Girls’ Generation will marry each other and adopt a baby from Vietnam.


(a) That’s too bad.

(b) You’re kidding!

(c) I see.

(d) That’s great!

Step 2

Vice versa.

Student B reads out a sentence.

Student A listens and then gives an appropriate rejoinder.

Step 3

First, fill in the blanks.

Then, take turns reading out your sentences and giving appropriate rejoinders.

Step 4

Take turns with your partner. One person tells about a recent travel experience, and the other gives rejoinders.


A: This past vacation, I went on a trip to Jeju Island.

B: That’s nice.

A: My uncle is the mayor of Jeju City.

B: Oh, really!

A: So I stayed at his house for a few days.

B: I see.

A: Unfortunately, I was punched by a drunk man.

B: Oh, no!

A: But I wasn’t too hurt, and I received a lot of “blood money.”

B: That’s great!

[ etc. … ]

March 8, 2010

Unit 1

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 11:54 pm

Page 2

Lesson A

1. Getting Started

Questionnaire: How well do you know your new classmates?

Your Name

2. What does your name mean?

e.g. Richard means “strong king.”

4. Are you named after someone?

–> Did your parents choose your name from a famous person or a family member?

e.g. I was named after a king, Richard I of England (“Richard the Lionheart”).

e.g. My middle name, Lionel, is my grandfather’s name.

Home and Family

2. Do you like your neighborhood?

neighborhood = area around your home

(neighbor = person who lives next to you)

5. Where are your parents from?

–> What is your parents’ hometown?


1. Are you a full-time student?

–> All of you are full-time students. So, all of you should say, “Yes, I am.”

2. How do you get to work or class?

= What kind of transportation do you use

e.g. bus, subway, walking, riding a cow, etc.


3. What are your friends like?

= Describe your friends. (e.g. funny, friendly, strange, ugly, etc.)

4. Do you and your friends get together a lot?

= Do you and your friends meet often?

get together = meet


Report to the class. Tell us one interesting thing about your partner.

e.g. Marcella has seven brothers and sisters.

e.g. Richard’s name means “strong king.”

e.g. Richard has a middle name, Lionel. It’s his grandfather’s name.

e.g. Ji-young rides a cow to school.


2. Speaking Naturally: Stress and Intonation

stress = saying it more loudly and clearly

intonation = tone = pitch (e.g. low pitch and high pitch; low pitch = big drum, high pitch = violin)

When you speak English, you stress the last content word (e.g. noun, verb, or adjective).

e.g. Do you have a NICKname?


Page 3

3. Grammar

A. Possible Answers. Capital letters = stressed syllable

1. What’s your favorite COLor?

2. Are you an only CHILD?


Are you from a big FAMily?

3. Do you have a CAR?


Do you have a driver’s LICense?

4. What does your FAther do?


Where does your BROther work?

5. What do you and your friends do on the WEEKend?

6. Do your parents go OUT a lot?

7. Do you like MORnings?

8. Do you WORK?

B. Ask each other the questions. Pronounce the stress properly. Give your own answers.


4. Listening and Speaking. What’s the question?

Answers. Capital letters = stressed syllable

1. What’s your favorite NAME?

2. Who’s your favorite ACTor?

3. What do you do on WEEKnights?

4. Do you have any PETS?

5. When do you spend time with your FAMily?

6. Do you go out a lot on WEEKends?

–> Ask each other the questions. Pronounce the stress properly.


Page 4

Lesson B

Things in Common

If you and somebody else have something in common, then you are similar in some way.

Example: I like to play role-playing games.

My friends Mark and Emanuel also like to play role-playing games.
We have something in common. We like to play role-playing games.


* afford: (verb) can afford = to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something
[e.g. I can’t afford a new car. = I don’t have enough money to buy a new car.]

* allergic: (adjective) when you have a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch

[e.g. I’m allergic to cats. When a cat is near, I get a runny nose.]

* broke: (adjective) not have any money

* noisy: (adjective) when people or things make a lot of loud, unpleasant sounds

* wreck: (verb) to destroy or damage something completely


Fill in the blanks, so that the sentences are about you.

I like (kind of animal —>) __________ .

I don’t like (kind of animal —>) __________ .

I like to watch (kind of TV program —>) __________ .

I don’t like to watch (kind of TV program —>) __________ .

I like to __________ .

I don’t like to __________ .

I am allergic to __________ .

I can afford __________ .

I can’t afford __________ .

I am a fan of __________ .

I am not a fan of __________ .


Talk with a partner.
If you are similar, respond with “too” or “either.”
If you are not similar, then don’t use “too” or “either.”

– I am (too).

– I’m not (either).

– I do (too).

– I don’t (either).

– I can (too).

– I can’t (either).

Example #1

A likes professional wrestling. B likes professional wrestling.

A: I like professional wrestling.

B: I do too.

Example #2

A likes professional wrestling. B does not like professional wrestling.

A: I like professional wrestling.

B: I don’t.


Write a sentence about you and your partner.


* I’m allergic to kimchi, and my partner is too.

* I’m allergic to kimchi, but my partner isn’t.

* I’m not a fan of Kang Ho-dong, and my partner isn’t either.

* I’m not a fan of Kang Ho-dong, but my partner is.

* I like to watch historical dramas, and my partner does too.

* I like to watch historical dramas, but my partner doesn’t.

* I can’t afford a new car, and my partner can’t either.

* I can’t afford a new car, but my partner can.


Page 5, Exercise 3, Part B

Weekend Activities

– sleep late
– go to the movies
– go swimming
– go skiing
– watch TV

TV Shows

– cartoons
– sports
– game shows
– sitcoms
– the news
– soap operas
– talk shows
– documentaries


– fruit
– bananas
– pasta
– salad
– milk
– cheese
– eggs
– fish
– shellfish
– vegetables


– jacket
– sweater
– jeans
– pants
– suit
– tie
– dress
– top
– skirt
– blouse
– coat


Page 6, Lesson C, Part A

Starting a Conversation

You have met somebody for the first time.

What are good things to say? Which aren’t? Why not?

a. How much money do you earn?

b. I have the flu today.

c. How many people are there in your family?

d. Where do you live?

e. Are you feeling well today?

f. Where do you come from?

g. Do you think it will rain soon?

h. I broke up with my girlfriend yesterday.

i. Do you think that you should lose weight?

j. Do you think those trees look pretty?

k. What’s your religion?

j. What do you do for a living?

m. You’re very sexy.

n. How old are you?

o. Which political party do you like, the Democrats or the Republicans?


Good: c (your family), d (where you live), f (where you are from), g (the weather), and j (things you see around you).

Bad: a (your salary), i (someone’s appearance, especially weight), k (religion), m (appearance), n (age), and o (politics).

Might be OK if they naturally become part of the conversation: b, e, h.


Listen to the conversation. What three topics do they talk about?

(Eve = woman, Chris = man)

– the weather

(“It’s cold tonight.”)

– things they see around them

(“There are a lot of people out here tonight.”)

– taste in music

(“Are you a big hip-hop fan?”)


Page 6, Lesson C, Part B

Possible Answers:

1. “This food is delicious!”

2. “It’s really hot today!”


“Is this Room 4B?”


“Is this Mr. Stansfield’s class?”


“Have you had this teacher before?”

3. “It’s freezing out here!”


“This movies seems to be popular.”


“Have any of your friends seen this movie?”


“This movie got a great review.”

* review: (noun) a report in a newspaper, magazine, or programme that gives an opinion about a new book, film, etc.

e.g. The film has had mixed reviews (= some good, some bad).

4. “Do you like this loud music?”


“This music is loud, isn’t it?”


“Do you come here often?”

5. “Do you want to get some coffee?”


“Have you had this teacher before?”


“What do you think about this class?”

6. “How often does the bus come?”


“It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?”


“Have you been waiting for a long time?”


Page 7

“Actually … “

People use the word “actually” to …

– give new information

(e.g. “Actually, I do come here often.”)

– give surprising information

(e.g. “Actually, I like cold weather.”)

– “correct” things that people say or think

(e.g. “Actually, I’m not a big hip-hop fan.”)

Page 7, Exercise 2, Part A

Match each conversation starter with a response.
Why is the word “actually” used?

1. d

– give new information

2. c

– give new information/”correct” something

3. e

– give new information/”correct” something

4. b

– give new information

5. f

– give new information

6. a

– give surprising information


Page 7, Exercise 2, Part B

Practice the conversations.

Use the “Look up and say” method.


Page 7, Exercise 3, Part A

Listen to six people talk at Sally’s party.

Which conversation starters are the people responding to? Number the sentences.

1. Is it me, or is it really hot in here?

2. This is a great party.

3. Are you a friends of Sally’s?

4. Mmm. The food looks good.

5. I don’t really know anyone here. Do you?

6. Gosh, the music is really loud, huh?


Page 7, Exercise 3, Part B

Now listen to the complete conversations.

What do you find out about Sally? Write one or two sentences.

1. Sally’s looking for a roommate. She lives in a big apartment.

2. Sally travels –all over the world.

3. Sally does karate. She’s good at it.

* karate: (noun) a sport from Japan in which people fight using fast, hard hits with the hands or feet

4. Sally is a vegetarian and a very good cook.

* vegetarian: (noun) someone who does not eat meat (some eat fish)

5. Sally is a writer. She writes for a sports magazine.

6. Sally’s in a band, and she plays the guitar.


Page 9, Exercise 3

Talk with your partners. Listen and remember, because you will tell us something about your partner.

Choose the correct word in parentheses, (), or complete the sentence.

– My partner (starts/never starts) conversations with strangers.

– My partner (thinks/doesn’t think) it’s odd when a stranger talks to (him/her).

– My partner (is/isn’t) a talkative person.

– My partner (thinks/doesn’t think) (he/she) talks too much.

– My partner (thinks/doesn’t think) that (he/she) is a good listener.

– My partner is usually the (“talker”/”listener”) in a conversation.

– My partner likes to talk about … … …

– My partner tries to avoid the topics of … … …



can’t stand sby/sth = to hate someone or something

work out: (phrasal verb) to do exercises to make your body stronger

gym: (noun) a building with equipment for doing exercises; similar to HEALTH CLUB

odd: (adjective) strange or unusual

avoid: (verb) to stay away from a person, place, situation, etc.

e.g. I try to avoid the topic of politics. = I try not to talk about politics.

Useful language for getting help

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 1:42 am

Look at Page x.

Look at the phrases on the left (“Getting help”).

A: What do we have to do?

B: We have to talk about what we do when we are sick.

A: I’m sorry. What did you say?

B: I said that we have to talk about what we do when we are sick.

A: I see. When we are sick, we go to a 병원.

B: How do you say “병원” in English?

A: I don’t know.

B: It can mean “hospital,” “clinic,” or “doctor’s office.”

A: Are they all the same?

B: No. Hospitals are for serious illnesses or injuries. Clinics or doctors’ offices are for mild illnesses or injuries.

A: I don’t understand. What do you mean?

B: When you are very sick, you go to a hospital. When you are a little sick, you go to a clinic or doctor’s office.

A: Do you mean that hospitals are for people with cancer? And that clinics are for people with the flu?

B: Yes, that’s right.

A: Can you spell “hospital” for me, please?

B: H – O – S – P – I – T – A – L.

A. Thanks. How do you say this word?

B: The pronunciation is HOSpital, not hosPITal or hospiTAL.

A: Thanks.

March 1, 2010

English Course, Spring 2010

Filed under: announcements,syllabus — richardlstansfield @ 12:54 pm

Teacher’s Name: Richard Stansfield


Description: Track 3; Semester 1

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

Class 137 – Monday, 12:00 to 12:50 and Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:50

Class 103 – Monday, 1:00 to 2:50 and Thursday, 12:00 to 12:50

Class 34 – Tuesday, 9:00 to 10:50 and Thursday, 11:00 to 11:50

Class 171 – Tuesday, 1:00 to 2:50 and Friday, 12:00 to 12:50

Class 69 – Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:50 and Friday, 11:00 to 11:50


Weeks 1 to 7: listening and speaking > reading and writing

Weeks 9 to 14: listening, speaking, and writing


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


20%: Mid-term exam (Week 8 {April 19 to 23}, Listening, based on Touchstone text book, Chapters 1 to 3)


80%: English course

= your mark

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

* 4 Acceptable Excuses for Absences (all require documentation):

1. went to the hospital

The Korean word 병원 can be translated as “hospital” or as “clinic”/”doctor’s office.”

If you have a cold or the flu, you go to a clinic/doctor’s office.

If you have cancer or a knife in your chest, you go to the hospital.

I only accept going to the hospital.

2. family member died

3. military service (e.g. physical examination)

4. You have a job already (not a job interview or a job offer).

* Unacceptable Excuses for Absences:

– everything else

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

* Presentation (entries into this blog)

* 2 Tests:

– Written Test 1 (Week 7)

Class 137 – Wednesday, April 14

Class 103 – Thursday, April 15

Class 34 – Thursday, April 15

Class 171 – Friday, April 16

Class 69 – Friday, April 16

– Written Test 2 (Week 14)

Class 137 – Wednesday, June 2

Class 103 – Thursday, June 3

Class 34 – Thursday, June 3

Class 171 – Friday, June 4

Class 69 – Friday, June 4

30%: Oral Final (speaking test)

–> Week 15 (June 7 to 11)

–> Make appointments at the beginning of Week 14 (May 31 to June 4)

* Do not miss any of your tests. If you do, you might fail (get an F).

* 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”)

Not following these rules will make you lose marks.


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
* Leave a comment on this blog site. I will be notified by e-mail.

–> Write in English. Do not write in Korean.

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


12:00 to 12:50 – Class 137

1:00 to 2:50 – Class 103


9:00 to 10:50 – Class 34

1:00 to 2:50 – Class 171


9:00 to 10:50 – Class 69

1:00 to 2:50 – Class 137


11:00 to 11:50 – Class 34

12:00 to 12:50 – Class 103


11:00 to 11:50 – Class 69

12:00 to 12:50 – Class 171

–> I take Korean classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at Inha at 6:30 p.m. So I will probably be in my office until 6:15 p.m. on those days. (If I leave I will probably come back.)

Changing Classes

* Changing Tracks (e.g. Track 3 to Track 2)

–> Thursday, March 4th

–> Friday, March 5th

* Changing Classes Within a Track

(from one Track 3 class to another Track 3 class)

–> Monday, March 8th

–> Tuesday, March 9th

–> must do it through the portal site:

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