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April 26, 2010

Reminder about Attendance

Filed under: announcements,attendance policy — richardlstansfield @ 2:14 am

On the first day of class, I carefully went over my syllabus with you.

Let me remind you about my attendance policy.

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

You will not be excused for any reasons except for the four that I described before.

For any other reasons, you have to discuss with me after class.

Also, if you are late, you must make sure that I mark you “late” and not “absent.” Is it your responsibility.

Important Dates

Filed under: announcements,important dates — richardlstansfield @ 2:06 am

Final Oral Exam (Speaking Test):

Week 15 (appointment to be made later)

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Upcoming Holidays

* Wednesday, May 5

* Friday, May 21

* Wednesday, June 2

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* Written Test 2 (Week 14):

Class 137 – Wednesday, June 2 Monday, May 31

Class 103 – Thursday, June 3

Class 34 – Thursday, June 3

Class 171 – Friday, June 4

Class 69 – Friday, June 4

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Presentation Days:

Class 137

Wednesday, May 5 Monday, May 10

–> nobody

Wednesday, May 12

–> Group 4

Wednesday, May 19

–> Group 1

–> Group 3

–> Group 6

Wednesday, May 26

–> Group 2

–> Group 5

Class 103

Thursday, May 6

–> Group 7

Thursday, May 13

–> Group 1

–> Group 3

–> Group 4

Thursday, May 20

–> Group 2

–> Group 5

–> Group 6

Thursday, May 27

–> nobody

Class 34

Thursday, May 6

–> nobody

Thursday, May 13

–> Group 4

–> Group 5

–> Group 8

Thursday, May 20

–> Group 2

–> Group 3

–> Group 7

Thursday, May 27

–> Group 6

–> Group 1

Class 171

Friday, May 7

–> nobody

Friday, May 14

–> Group 3

–> Group 5

–> Group 7

Friday, May 21 Tuesday, May 25

–> Group 2

–> Group 4

–> Group 6

Friday, May 28

–> Group 1

Class 69

Friday, May 7

–> nobody

Friday, May 14

–> Group 1

–> Group 2

–> Group 6

Friday, May 21 Wednesday, May 26

–> Group 3

–> Group 4

–> Group 5

Friday, May 28

–> nobody

Presentations

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 1:53 am

_ Step 1. Make your groups.

Get into groups of three or four students.

_ Step 2. Write down your group members’ names on the sheet of paper.

_ Step 3. Choose a day for your presentation.

Presentations will be on hour # 3, in the last several weeks of classes. There will be a maximum of three presentations (three groups) per class. The week of your presentation, before your presentation, you must make an appointment to see your teacher, Richard Stansfield, in his office (5남246).

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Presentation Days:

Class 137

Wednesday, May 5 Monday, May 10

–> nobody

Wednesday, May 12

–> Group 4

Wednesday, May 19

–> Group 1

–> Group 3

–> Group 6

Wednesday, May 26

–> Group 2

–> Group 5

Class 103

Thursday, May 6

–> Group 7

Thursday, May 13

–> Group 1

–> Group 3

–> Group 4

Thursday, May 20

–> Group 2

–> Group 5

–> Group 6

Thursday, May 27

–> nobody

Class 34

Thursday, May 6

–> nobody

Thursday, May 13

–> Group 4

–> Group 5

–> Group 8

Thursday, May 20

–> Group 2

–> Group 3

–> Group 7

Thursday, May 27

–> Group 6

–> Group 1

Class 171

Friday, May 7

–> nobody

Friday, May 14

–> Group 3

–> Group 5

–> Group 7

Friday, May 21 Tuesday, May 25

–> Group 2

–> Group 4

–> Group 6

Friday, May 28

–> Group 1

Class 69

Friday, May 7

–> nobody

Friday, May 14

–> Group 1

–> Group 2

–> Group 6

Friday, May 21 Wednesday, May 26

–> Group 3

–> Group 4

–> Group 5

Friday, May 28

–> nobody

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_ Step 4. Think of topics.

Discuss with your group members. Think of five topics.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

_ Step 5. Choose a topic.

Discuss with your group members. Choose one topic from the five above.

_ Step 6. Make a mind map.

mindMapFive
mindMap
mindMapSix
mindMapThree

_ Step 7. Write your text.

You and the other group members, as a team, write your text.

Suggestion: One person takes notes, and the others help.

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How to Write your Text

First, begin at the center of your mind map. Write an introduction to the topic.

e.g. These days, plagiarism is a hot topic of discussion.

–or–

Our presentation is about plagiarism.

–or–

We will present about plagiarism.

Then, go along one of your mind map’s branches. Write about that sub-topic.

e.g. Plagiarism is defined as “taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own.”

When you are finished with that branch, go on to another.

e.g. Most accusations of plagiarism involve songs.

Then go further along that branch.

For example, in 2006, the songwriters of Britney Spears accused Lee Hyori‘s “Get Ya” of plagiarizing “Do Somethin'”.

Also, in 2009, some Internet users (called “netizens” in Korea) accused G-Dragon’s “Heartbreaker” of being copied from Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”

When you are finished with that branch, go on to another.

e.g. There have also been accusations of plagiarizing choreography. For example, in 2010, the Korean girl group After School

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Do not cut-and-paste from the Internet. (“Copy” = “복사”) Write it yourselves. Plagiarism (표절) will get you a score of zero/0 on your presentation.

Do not write in Korean and then translate. If you do, the English will be very bad and impossible to understand. Write in English from the beginning.

Write your text in class. Do not say, “We will write it later.” I want you to write in in class because I want to help you, correct your mistakes, etc.

You should have numbers in square brackets (e.g. [1], [2], etc.) in your texts. Information before the numbers should match the numbers in front of references.

Example:

On 2th of October, 2008, famous middle age actress, Choi Jin-Shil committed suicide and shocked many people.[1] The cause of her suicide was depression and It was known that she was hurt by malicious comments on the web. Actually, many Korean sports players, singers and celebrities get emotionally hurt by malicious comments.[2] It’s one of the social problems now. So since the past, there has been a suggestion that Korea should introduce the Real Name System on the web to prevent the malicious comments and encourage the sound netiquette.[3] But introducing it to all of the web sites is difficult actually. Also, opponents of this system always insist that it can infringe on the freedom of speech. Recently, Google rejected to the real name system suggested by the Korean Broadcasting Committee.[4] Google does not require Korean users Real Names in order to upload videos to YouTube.

References:

[1] http://isplus.joins.com/enter/star/200810/02/200810021054041406020100000201040002010401.html
[2] http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=200904281411351010
[3] http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?n=200905040037
[4] http://www.ohmynews.com/NWS_Web/view/at_pg.aspx?CNTN_CD=A0001126545

Below are examples of texts and references that were done properly.

Illegal Downloading

Real Name System on the Web

University Tuition

Cell-phone addiction

_ Step 8. Write discussion questions

Write two or three good discussion questions.

* Good discussion questions ask about opinions, not facts.

* It’s better to have Wh-questions instead of yes/no questions.

(You can add a Wh-question after a yes/no question).

Examples:

How many planets are there? –> bad

Would you like to visit another planet? Why or why not? –> good

I will put some of the discussion questions on the Final Speaking Exam. So, as a class, together, you are helping to make your own final exam.

_ Step 9. Who will do what?

( glossary, references, typing, and pictures )

Discuss with your group members. Each job must be done. Who will do which job? Decide.

_ Step 10. Glossary

A glossary is like a mini-dictionary.

Give the definitions (meanings) of at least five (5) vocabulary items. You may copy definitions from the Internet. Here is an excellent online dictionary for students of English:

Cambridge Online Dictionary

_ Step 11. References (Where did you get this information? Give the URL. e.g. online newspaper).

Here are some English-language Korean newspapers.

http://english.chosun.com/

http://english.donga.com/

http://english.hani.co.kr/kisa/section-014000000/home01.html

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/

http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/index.asp

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/

http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/index.htm

_ Step 12. Typing –> They have to be done in Microsoft Word, Notepad, or Open Office. It cannot be in Hangul, because my computer cannot read it.

– pictures (not necessary) –> Pictures should be separate from the text (different files). Also, they should be JPEG.

_ Step 13. Put your presentation on a USB flash drive/USB memory stick (Konglish: “USB”).

_ Step 14. Visit me in my office (5남246), where I will upload it onto my blog (https://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/). I will make an appointment with you. Only one member of your group has to come.

April 12, 2010

Mid-term Exam

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 1:48 am

For UE1 (first-semester freshmen):

— Wednesday, April 21,

from 13:00 (1 p.m.) to 15:50 (3:50 p.m.)

— For exact times and places, check the portal site: http://portal.inha.ac.kr/

–> There are no classes during that week (week #8).

–> Don’t be late. The door will be locked when the exam begins.

–> Don’t forget to bring a computer pen.

–> Don’t forget to bring your student ID card. If you don’t have one, bring your national ID card or, if you’re a foreigner, your alien registration card.

Review

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 1:42 am

Vocabulary Notebook

Page 30

Exercise 1

Complete the expressions.

feel better

feel sick

stay home

stay in bed

take a break

take medicine

Exercise 2

Complete the chart.

be sick

feel sick

get sick

do exercise

get exercise

do a checkup

get a checkup

go to a checkup

have a checkup

be stressed

feel stressed

get stressed

get allergies

have allergies

get a headache

have a headache

be home

get home

go home

stay home

take home (take sth home)

be in shape

feel in shape

get in shape

stay in shape

get a vacation

have a vacation

take a vacation

get a cough

have a cough

be healthy

feel healthy

get healthy

stay healthy

be a doctor

get a doctor

go to a doctor

have a doctor (go to the same doctor regularly, and you know each other)

see a doctor

Touchstone checkpoint: Units 1 — 3

Page 31

Exercise 1

– are … doing?

– have

– are … doing

– are/’re planning

wants

Are … doing

Are … listening

– is/’s

is/’s playing

practices

– is

Does … want

need

Are … kidding?

Exercise 2

1. them

2. us

3. me

4. him/us

5. her

6. it

Exercise 5

– How’s school?

– Are you serious?

– What do you want to do?

– No way! What kind of music?

– What instruments do you play?

– Not well, but I’d love to play in a band.

– Yeah? I am too.

– Me too. I have my first piano lesson today!

April 8, 2010

What might be on the test

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 1:53 am

* Questions and Answers

I give you an answer. You write a question.

Examples

Page 2, Exercise 1

Page 3, Exercise 3

Page 3, Exercise 4

Page 12, Exercise 1

Page 16, Exercise 16

Page 23, Exercise 2

* Using “too” and “either”

You are allergic to kimchi, not a fan of Kang Ho-dong, like to watch historical dramas, and can’t afford a new car.

Your partner isn’t allergic to kimchi, is a fan of Kang Ho-dong, likes to watch historical dramas, and can’t afford a new car.

Write sentences about you and your partner.

* Using “both” “neither”

Example

Ji-young likes fried rice and pizza, but doesn’t like kimchi or silkworm pupae.

Chul-soo likes kimchi and fried rice, but doesn’t like pizze or silkworm pupae.

Write sentences about Ji-young and Chul-soo.

* Rejoinders

Example

What are three rejoinders for when you hear sad news?

* Starting a Conversation

Example

– You meet someone at a party at Jim’s apartment. What can you say to start the conversation?

* Stopping a Conversation

– What are four phrases you can use to end a conversation?

* “Actually”

– What are three reasons why native speakers use the word “actually”?

* Music Genres

You listen to some music, then write down the genre.

* “Really”

What are two reasons why native speakers use the word “really”?

* Health

Write sentences about your good and bad health habits.

Use adverbs of frequency.

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

Examples

Good

I usually eat fruit.

I always drink black tea.

Bad

I hardly ever go to the gym.

I often drink soda.

* “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 )

* Listening

There will be some listening.

* Extra Online Practice

http://www.cambridge.org/touchstonearcade/

April 7, 2010

Vocabulary to Know

Filed under: announcements,lessons,vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 3:45 am

Vocabulary will definitely be on the test.

I give you a definition. You write the word or phrase.

Example:

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

Unit 3: Health

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

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

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

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

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

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: (noun) 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: (verb) 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: (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

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

Unit 2: Interests

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

meditate: (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

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

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

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

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

Unit 1: Making Friends

neighbourhood: (noun) an area of a town or city that people live in; area around your home

get together: (phrasal verb) to meet in order to do something or spend time together

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

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

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

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

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.

April 1, 2010

Homework (Optional):

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 1:37 am

– Page 15, Exercise 4, Part A

Answers:

1. A. it

B. Everybody

2. A. him

B. Everybody

3. A. it

B.  nobody

4.  A. her

B. everybody

5.  A. them

B. Nobody

– Page 18, Exercise 1, Part B

Answers:

sushifreak – cooking

literockfan – music

handyman – crafts

petlover – pets

bookworm – collecting

concernedmom – cars

grungeking – fashion

daredevil – outdoors

– Page 18, Exercise 1, Part C

Answers:

To: daredevil — climbing

To: sushifreak — Asian recipe book

To: handyman — advertise your stuff

To: concernedmom — Race Track

To: literockfan — tickets, cash

To: bookworm — hardback and paperbacks

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