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November 20, 2011

Test Material from Presentations

Filed under: announcements,final speaking exam,final written exam — richardlstansfield @ 1:22 pm

Class 125

Vocabulary

cardio: (noun) physical exercise of relatively low intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process

weight training: (noun) a kind of physical exercise in which people lift or push heavy weights with their arms and legs in order to strengthen their muscles

yo-yo effect: (noun) when a dieter is initially successful in the pursuit of weight loss but is unsuccessful in maintaining the loss long-term and begins to gain the weight back. The dieter then seeks to lose the regained weight, and the cycle begins again.

plunder: (verb) to steal goods violently from a place, especially during a war

splendid: (adjective) excellent, or beautiful and impressive

ritzy: (adjective) expensive and fashionable

territorial: (adjective) belonging or relating to a territory

volcanic: (adjective) relating to or produced by a volcano or volcanoes

abundant:(adjective) existing in large amounts

paradox: (noun) when a situation involves two or more facts or qualities which seem to contradict each other

assembly: (noun) a large group of people who meet regularly to make decisions or laws for a particular region or country

sympathize: (verb) when you show that you are sorry for someone who is in a bad situation

in a row: (phrase) [several times] in succession

20-20 club: (phrase) in baseball, a season with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases

stolen base: (noun) in baseball, when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the pitcher is delivering the ball to home plate

define: (verb) to say what the meaning of something, especially a word, is

palace: (noun) a large house that is the official home of a king, queen or other person of high social rank

reputation: (noun) the opinion that people in general have about someone or something, or how much respect or admiration someone or something receives, based on past behaviour or character

achievement: (noun) when you succeed in doing something good, usually by working hard

eventually: (adverb) in the end, especially after a long time

select: (verb) to choose someone or something

Discussion Questions

Describe either a good way or a bad way to lose weight. Why is it good/bad?

Describe either a good way or a bad way to lose weight. Why is it good/bad?

In the past, France colonized other countries and plundered cultural assets. What do you think about that?

In the past, France colonized other countries and plundered cultural assets. What do you think about that?

Why is Dokdo important for Korea?

Why is Dokdo important for Korea?

What is the “Korean Time Paradox,” and what do you think about it?

What is the “Korean Time Paradox,” and what do you think about it?

In your free time, do you watch baseball? Why or why not?

In your free time, do you watch baseball? Why or why not?

Do you think that the “Korean Wave” is helpful to Korea? Why or why not?

Do you think that the “Korean Wave” is helpful to Korea? Why or why not?

Do you think that Eminem deserves to be famous? Why or why not?

Do you think that Eminem deserves to be famous? Why or why not?

What do you think about the Chinese basketball player Yao Ming?

What do you think about the Chinese basketball player Yao Ming?

… … …

Class 93

Vocabulary

recommend: (verb) when someone suggests that you would find a person or thing good or useful

refined: (adjective) when someone is very polite and has good manners and good taste

increasingly: (adverb) indicates that a situation or quality is becoming greater in intensity or more common

credit: (noun) praise that is given to someone for something they have done

civil service: (noun) the government departments and the people who work in them

inevitable: (adjective) certain to happen and unable to be avoided or prevented

pernicious: (adjective) when something is very harmful

shrink: (verb) when cloth or clothing becomes smaller in size, usually as a result of being washed

crack down: (phrasal verb) to try harder to prevent people breaking a rule, using something harmful, committing a crime, etc. and deal severely with those who do

girl group: (noun) a popular music act featuring everal young female singers who generally harmonise together

costume: (noun) a set of clothes worn in order to look like someone else, especially for a party or as part of an entertainment

wardrobe malfunction: (noun) an embarrassing situation caused by the clothes a person is wearing

committee: (noun) a group of people who meet to make decisions or plans for a larger group or organization that they represent

vote: (noun) a choice made by a particular person or group in a meeting or an election

overwhelmingly: (adverb) physically or mentally crushing. intensely powerful

side effect: (noun) an unpleasant effect of a drug that happens in addition to the main effect

periodically: (adverb) at regular intervals

inject: (verb) to use a needle and syringe (= small tube) to put a liquid such as a drug into a person’s body

relic: (noun) something which was made or used a long time ago and which is kept for its historical significance

invaluable: (adjective) if you describe something as invaluable, you mean that it is extremely useful

mudflat: (noun) a tract of low muddy land, especially near an estuary, that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide

addiction: (noun) a very strong desire or need for something

curfew: (noun) when someone must be inside their home after a particular time at night

adolescent: (noun) young people who are no longer children but who have not yet become adults

representative: (adjective) typical of people or things in a particular group

separate: (adjective) not together, or not joined to something else

generation: (noun) all the people in a group or country who are of a similar age, especially when they are considered as having the same experiences or attitudes

Discussion Questions

What’s your favorite restaurant in Incheon? Describe it in detail. (food, location, etc.)

What’s your favorite restaurant in Incheon? Describe it in detail.

Do you believe that men should receive credit for doing their military service? If not, then what should we do instead?

Do you believe that men should receive credit for doing their military service? If not, then what should we do instead?

What are some ways to quit smoking? Why do you think they are good methods?

What are some ways to quit smoking? Why do you think they are good methods?

What do you think about Korean girl groups’ revealing costumes?

What do you think about Korean girl groups’ revealing costumes?

What do you think the effects of the Pyungchang Olympics will be?

What do you think the effects of the Pyungchang Olympics will be?

What do you think are the positive or negative effects of K-pop?

What do you think are the positive or negative effects of Kpop?

What do you think will be the positive or negative effects of the “Internet game curfew”?

What do you think will be the positive or negative effects of the “Internet game curfew”?

What places in Incheon would you like to go to, and why?

What places in Incheon would you like to go to, and why?

Do you think that sexual criminals should be chemically castrated? Why or why not?

Do you think that sexual criminals should be chemically castrated? Why or why not?

… … …

Class 29

Vocabulary

front-runner: (noun) the leader in a race, whether political or athletic

tedious: (adjective) when a job, task, or situation is boring and rather frustrating

exclusive: (adjective) when something is limited to people who have a lot of money or who belong to a high social class, and is therefore not available to everyone

asylum: (noun) a place of safety or protection

corridors: (noun) a passageway connecting parts of a building or off which rooms open

originate: (verb) to bring or come into being; to start

radiation: (noun) very small particles of a radioactive substance that can cause illness and death

thaw: (verb) when ice, snow, or something else that is frozen melts

greenhouse effect: (noun) the problem caused by increased quantities of gases such as carbon dioxide in the air

emit: (verb) when something is sent out by means of a physical or chemical process

radio-activity: (noun) a substance that produces energy in the form of powerful and harmful rays

register: (verb) when something shows on a scale or measuring instrument

civil war: (noun) a war which is fought between different groups of people who live in the same country

rebel: (noun) people who are fighting against their own country’s army in order to change the political system there

investigate: (verb) to try to find out what happened or what is the truth

direction : instructions for doing something or for reaching a place

background : the background to an event or situation consists of the facts that explain what caused it

win-win: (adjective) when a situation benefits all participants

trend: (noun) a change or development towards something new or different

announcer: (noun) someone who introduces programmes on radio or television or who reads the text of a radio or television advertisement

exceed: (verb) to be more than a particular number or amount

professional: (noun) a person who does a particular thing to earn money rather than as a hobby

spectator: (noun) someone who watches something, especially a sporting event

traditional: (adjective) describes customs, beliefs, or methods that have existed for a long time without changing

Mongolia: (noun) an Asian country whose people, led by Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, took control of large areas of China and central Asia in the 12th and 13th centuries A.D.

native: (noun) someone who was born in a particular country or region

Discussion Questions

Why do you think social networking services are popular? Do you like them?

Why do you think social networking services are popular? Do you like them?

Would you like to go to a Halloween party? Why or why not?

Would you like to go to a Halloween party? Why or why not?

Do you believe that global warming is real? Why or why not?

Do you believe that global warming is real? Why or why not?

Tell me about a recent disaster, and give me details.

Tell me about a recent disaster, and give me details.

Do you think that watching baseball is interesting? Why or why not?

Do you think that watching baseball is interesting? Why or why not?

What audition programs do you watch, and why do you watch them? If you don’t watch any, why not?

What audition programs do you watch, and why do you watch them? If you don’t watch any, why not?

What do you think might happen in the future because of Libya’s civil war?

What do you think might happen in the future because of Libya’s civil war?

What are some interesting clothes? What countries are they from, and why are they interesting?

What are some interesting clothes? What countries are they from, and why are they interesting?

… … …

Class 61

Vocabulary

web browser: (noun) a computer program that makes it possible for you to read information on the Internet

security: (noun) protection of a person, building, organization or country against threats such as crime or attacks by foreign countries

compatible: (adjective) able to exist, live together, or work successfully with something or someone else

corporal punishment: (noun) the physical punishment of people, especially of children by hitting them

adolescence: (noun) the period time in a person’s life when they are developing into an adult

authority: (noun) the moral or illegal rights or ability to control

demonstration: (noun) when a group of people march or stand together to show that they disagree with or support someone or something

probation: (noun) a period of time when a criminal must behave well and not commit any more crimes in order to avoid being sent to prison

maltreat: (verb) to treat someone cruelly or violently

popularize: (verb) to cause something to become known, admired, or used by many people

genre: (noun) a particular subject or style of literature, art or music

typical: (adjective) showing the characteristics of a particular kind of person or thing

scold: (verb) to tell off someone because you disapprove of their behaviour

sufficient: (adjective) enough for a particular purpose

color blindness: (noun) to have trouble seeing red, green, or blue or a mix of these colors

mileage: (noun) the number of miles that it can travel using one gallon or litre of fuel

horsepower: (noun) a unit of power used for measuring how powerful an engine is

automobile: (noun) a motor vehicle with room for a small number of passengers

fascinate: (verb) to interest strongly; to intrigue

currency: (noun) the system of money, or the coins and notes, in use in a country

boom: (noun) a sudden increaseor growth in business, prosperity, activity, etc.

Discussion Questions

Which web browser do you think is the best? Why?

Which web browser do you think is the best? Why?

Do you agree with corporal punishment? Why or why not?

Do you agree with corporal punishment? Why or why not?

What have been the effects of the movie “The Crucible”?

What have been the effects of the movie “The Crucible”?

What’s your favorite computer game, and why do you like it?

What’s your favorite computer game, and why do you like it?

Describe some of the benefits of the Korean Wave.

Describe some of the benefits of the Korean Wave.

Why do you think some people want to own expensive cars?

Why do you think some people want to own expensive cars?

What are some of the difficulties of owning a dog?

What are some of the difficulties of owning a dog?

… … …

Class 157

Vocabulary

separate: (verb) to take, force or keep apart (from others or each other)

access: (noun) the right, opportunity or ability to use, approach, meet with or enter something

countryside: (noun) rural land situated outside or away from towns

prominent: (adjective) important or famous

Korean wave: (noun) the popularity of South Korean popular culture in other Asian countries

ferment: (verb) to [cause something to] change chemically through the action of living substances, such as yeast or bacteria

violence: (noun) behavior which is intended to hurt, injure, or kill people

regionalism: (noun) a strong feeling of pride or loyalty that people in a region have for that region, often including a desire to govern themselves

obsession: (noun) when someone spends too much time thinking about a person or thing

one-dimensional: (adjective) simple and not considering or showing all the parts of something ? used to show disapproval

repetitive: (adjective) done many times in the same way, and boring

addictive: (adjective) when an activity is so enjoyable that you do not want to stop

ambiguous: (adjective) having more than one possible meaning

satire: (noun) when you use jokes humour to criticize people or ideas

bittersweet: (adjective) containing a mixture of sadness and happiness

makgeolli: (noun) a Korean traditional alcoholic drink made from fermented rice

jeon: (noun) a Korean pancake-like dish made with vegetables and meat

sam-chi: (noun) a kind of fish that is often used as a Korean side dish

Discussion Questions

Do you think that the “digital divide” is a serious issue? Why or why not?

Do you think that the “digital divide” is a serious issue? Why or why not?

Do you think that Korean culture is becoming more popular abroad? Why or why not?

Do you think that Korean culture is becoming more popular abroad? Why or why not?

Do you like to watch “Aejeongnam” or “Mantis Preschool”? Why or why not?

Do you like to watchAejeongnam” or “Mantis Preschool”? Why or why not?

Do you think that K-pop singers can become famous all over the world? Why or why not?

Do you think that Kpop singers can become famous all over the world? Why or why not?

Why is a lack of sportsmanship a problem nowadays, and how can we solve this problem?

Why is a lack of sportsmanship a problem nowadays, and how can we solve this problem?

What places in Inha’s backstreets do you like, and why?

What places in Inha’s backstreets do you like, and why?

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2 Comments »

  1. Richard, did not come out on the test in addition to the text of six sentence?

    Comment by class 157, Junga Lee — December 2, 2011 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • I’m not sure what your question is.

      Scroll down until you find your class number (157), down past the vocabulary items, until you find “Discussion Questions.”

      As you know, we have class on Tuesdays and Fridays. If your appointment is on Tuesday, then you don’t need to come on Friday. If you appointment is on Friday, then you don’t need to come on Tuesday. However, do not miss your appointment and do not be late.

      Comment by richardlstansfield — December 5, 2011 @ 12:41 am | Reply


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