University English: the blog for ESL students

April 23, 2012

Presentations

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 2:34 am

You will begin preparing presentations today. In my syllabus, I told you that presentations are worth 10% of your mark.

All presentations must have these sections, in this order:

1. Glossary

2. Text

3. References

4. Discussion Questions

5. class #, group #, and group members

Now you will begin preparing your presentations.

Step 1.

Form groups of 3 or 4 students each.

Step 2.

Write down the names of your group’s members.

Step 3.

Choose a presentation date. Each hour will have a maximum of two presentations. If too many groups choose the same time,

then you will settle it with games of “Rock, Scissors, Paper.”

Step 4.

Discuss with your other group members and think of 5 possible topics. Write them down. Do not choose one yet.

Step 5.

Discuss with your other group members and choose one topic. Remember that your presentations should be:

– interesting.

– easy to write about in _English_

– easy to research.

– be good for discussion questions.

Discussion questions are to be about opinions, not facts.

Step 6.

Think of ideas and organize them by using a mind map.

Step 7.

Write your text. As you write, I will walk around the class to all groups. I will give help and corrections. You must write your text in class.

Do not write in Korean and then translate into English. The English will be bad. Write in English.

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

Step 8.

Write three or more good discussion questions.
They should be about opinions, not facts.

Bad –> How many planets are there?

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

Step 9.

Choose 5 vocabulary items for your glossary.

Then go to this web-site to find definitions:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/learner-english/

Step 10.

Find your references.

Then number your references and put the reference numbers in your text.

Step 11.

Prepare your presentation.

Pictures should be separate from the text (different files).

Pictures should be JPEGs.

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

Step 12.

Upload your presentations.

Here are some examples of model presentations:

https://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/illegal-downloading-2/

https://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/real-name-system-on-the-web/

https://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/university-tuition/

https://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/cell-phone-addiction/

April 17, 2012

Mid-Term Exam

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 3:12 am

Wednesday, April 18, 13:00 (1 pm)

Listening

Units 1, 2, and 3 in your text book (Making Friends, Interests, and Health)

Location: find you by going to the Inha website

You must not be late. When the test begins, the door will be locked.

You must bring:
– marker pen for the computer card
– your student ID card

April 2, 2012

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 6:38 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

Vocabulary

Filed under: announcements,self study,vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 6:27 am

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

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

wreck: (verb) to destroy or damage something completely

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.

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

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).

novel: (noun) a book that tells a story about imaginary people and events

pool: (noun) a game in which two people use long, thin sticks to hit coloured balls into holes around the edge of a table; similar to billiards

skill: (noun) the ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it

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

celebrity: (noun) a famous person

genre: (noun) a type of art or writing with a particular style

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

cut down sth: (phrasal verb) to eat or drink less of something, or to reduce the amount or number of something

e.g. My doctor says I should cut down on cigarettes.

give up sth: (phrasal verb) to stop an unhealthy habit or stop having something unhealthy

e.g. I gave up smoking cigarettes.

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

recipe: (noun) a list of foods and a set of instructions telling you how to cook something; e.g. “I have a recipe for carrot cake.”

freak: (noun) someone who is very interested in a particular subject or activity [informal], e.g. “My brother’s a bit of a computer freak.”

handyman: (noun) someone who is good at making things or repairing them

bookworm: (noun) someone who enjoys reading very much

daredevil: (noun) someone who enjoys doing dangerous things

Possible Test Material

Filed under: announcements,self study — richardlstansfield @ 6:27 am

* Vocabulary

I give you a definition. You write the word.

Example

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

Answer

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

* Starting a Conversation

How can you start a conversation with a stranger in these situations? Write two sentences.

1. You’re at a party at Jim’s apartment. The food is really good.

2. You’re in a classroom. The new class is about to start. It’s a really cold day.

3. You’re in a waiting room. Someone arrives. He’s wearing a very stylish, fashionable shirt.

4. You’re in a long line at a movie theater. It’s a hot day.

5. You’re at the bus stop on a beautiful day. Someone arrives. You recognize the person. She was at Sally’s party last Friday.

1. Are you a friend of Jim’s? This food is delicious!

* Stopping a Conversation

What are four ways to stop a conversation?

– Would you excuse me?

– Well, I’d better be going/I should be going.

– (It’s been) nice talking to you.

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

* Rejoinders and Follow-Up Questions

Complete the conversations with a rejoinder and a follow-up question.

Conversation 1

A: My dog died last night.

B: _______________ . ____________________ ?

A: He was a Jindo dog.

Conversation 1

A: My dog died last night.

B: That’s too bad./I’m sorry to hear that./Oh, no!

What kind of dog was he?

A: He was a Jindo dog.

Conversation 2

A: My girlfriend is Tae-yeon from Girls’ Generation.

B: _______________ ! ____________________ ?

A: We met at M-net Countdown. There was a fan meeting after the performances. I asked her for her autograph.

Conversation 2

A: My girlfriend is Tae-yeon from Girls’ Generation.

B: You’re kidding!/I can’t believe it!/Oh really!/?

How did you meet?

A: We met at M-net Countdown. There was a fan meeting after the performances. I asked her for her autograph.

* What’s the question?

Complete the conversations by writing the question.

Conversation 1

A:

B: Red.

Conversation 1

A: What’s your favorite colour?

B: Red.

Conversation 2

A:

B: I enjoy writing. I like to do a bit of creative writing every day –in the evenings mostly.

Conversation 2

A: What are your hobbies?

B: I enjoy writing. I like to do a bit of creative writing every day –in the evenings mostly.

* Verb Forms

Complete the conversations with the correct verb and correct form.

Conversation 1

A: Can you _____ ?

B: No. I never learned how to swim.

Conversation 1

A: Can you swim?

B: No. I never learned how to swim.

Conversation 2

A: Are you interested in ____________________ ?

B: Yes. Karate is really interesting for me.

Conversation 2

A: Are you interested in learning karate?

B: Yes. Karate is really interesting for me.

* Music Genres

Name 10 music genres

hip hop and rap
jazz
country music
folk music
pop music
Latin music
rock music
classical music

acapella
blues
disco
electronica
heavy metal
hymns
new age
opera
punk rock
R & B (rhythm and blues)
reggae
Gregorian Chant

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If, When, and Adverbs of Frequency

Complete the conversations. Use “if” or “when” and an adverb of frequency.

A: I feel awful. I still have this terrible toothache.

B: __________________________________ to the dentist.

A: Thanks.

Possible Answer

A: I feel awful. I still have this terrible toothache.

B: When I have a toothache, I always go to the dentist.

A: Thanks.

Unit 3: Health

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 6:24 am

Watch the video. What is he doing to be healthy? You should find eight (8) things.

1. running/jogging (at 0:06 and 1:53)

2. skipping rope (at 0:21 and 1:21)

3. push-ups (at 0:25 and 0:50)

4. boxing (0:35)

5. lifting weights (1:00 and 1:25 and 2:25)

6. sit-ups (1:05)

7. chin-ups (1:35)

8. running up stairs (2:12)

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Page 22, Exercise 1

Listen.

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.

How about you? What do you do to be healthy?

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Page 23, Exercise 2, Part A

1. A: How do you cope with stress?

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

2. A: What kind of exercise do you usually do?

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

3. A: Are you eating a lot of fast food these days?

B: love … I’m trying … doesn’t like

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Page 23, Exercise 3, Part A

1. Ian: “I’m trying to cut down on _chocolate_ and _candy_.

2. Kaylie: “I want to give up _coffee_, but I can’t. It’s very hard.

3. Martin: “I _drive_ everywhere. It’s bad, I know. I never _walk_.

4. Silvia: “I _work_ a lot. I _get home_ late almost every night.

cut down sth: (phrasal verb) to eat or drink less of something, or to reduce the amount or number of something

e.g. My doctor says I should cut down on cigarettes.

give up sth: (phrasal verb) to stop an unhealthy habit or stop having something unhealthy

e.g. I gave up smoking cigarettes.

Discussion

1. Do you eat chocolate or candy? Are you trying to cut down? Why or why not?

2. Do you drink a lot of coffee? Do you want to give it up? Why or why not?

3. How do you get around? Do you drive, use public transportation, or walk? Why?

4. Do you get home late almost every night? Why or why not? Do you want to get home earlier?

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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?

Answers

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]

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Practice the conversation again, but change the words.

cold –> fever // flu // cough // stomachache // toothache // headache // sore throat // upset stomach // allergy

drink hot vinegar with honey –> stay in bed // go to the doctor // lie down for a while // drink hot tea with honey // take aspirin

e.g.

A: Hello?

B: Hi, _Richard_. How are you feeling?

A: Awful. I still have this terrible _stomachache_.

B: That’s too bad. Are you taking anything for it?

A: Just some _stomachache_ medicine.

B: Hmm. I never take that stuff when I have a _stomachache_. But if I get a really bad _stomachache_, I _lie down for a while_.

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

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Page 25, Exercise 4

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

when –> usual situations

if –> unusual 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 A

Join the phrases to make sentences that are true for you. Use “when” or “if” and an adverb of frequency.

100%
always — almost always – usually — often — sometimes — rarely — hardly ever — never
0%

examples

1. have a fever / take medicine

When I have a fever, I rarely take medicine.

2. get a stomachache / stay in bed

I almost always stay in bed if I get a stomachache.

Discussion

Read your sentences to each other.

If you are similar, respond with “too.”

If you are not similar, tell your partner about yourself.

example

A: When I have a fever, I rarely take medicine.

B: Me, too.

A: I almost always stay in bed if I get a stomachache.

B: Oh, really? If I get a stomachache, I hardly ever stay in bed.

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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

e.g.

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?

Answers

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.

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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.

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Homework: Page 29, Exercise 1, Part C

Possible Answers

1. If you …

– can’t sleep well or can’t concentrate.

– feel depressed or want to cry a lot.

– have a headache or an upset stomach.

– can’t relax and you feel irritable.

– are extremely tired.

2. Stress can make you sick. It can also affect your memory or concentration.

3. If you feel stressed, you can …

– take a deep breath.

– exercise.

– talk to a friend.

– meditate.

– take a bath or have a massage.

– do something you enjoy.

4. I like the idea about talking to a friend because it’s an easy thing to do.

5. I think the leaflet is helpful because it gives some ideas about how to deal with stress.

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