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March 28, 2013

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Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 12:41 am

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March 24, 2013

Vocabulary: Unit 1

Filed under: vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 4:32 am

afford (verb): to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something

allergic (adjective): when someone becomes sick or develop skin or breathing problems because they have eaten certain foods or been near certain substances

boy (interjection): used when you are excited or pleased

broke (adjective): to not have any money

by the way (phrase): used when you say something that does not relate to what is being discussed

gym (noun): a building with equipment for doing exercises

hang out (phrasal verb): to spend a lot of time in a particular place or with a particular group of people

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

laundry (noun): the dirty clothes and sheets that need to be, are being, or have been washed

laundromat (noun): a place where you pay to use the machines there that will wash and dry clothes

night owl (noun): a person who prefers to be awake and active at night

only child (noun): a child who has no sisters or brothers

vegetarian (noun): a person who does not eat meat for health or religious reasons or because they want to avoid being cruel to animals

weeknight (noun): the evening or night of any day of the week except Sunday and usually Saturday

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

wreck (verb): to destroy or badly damage something

Homework: Unit 1

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 4:27 am

Page 9, Exercise 1, Part C

Look at the article again. Find these things.

1. an interesting topic of conversation

2. an example of an information question

3. a suggestion that you would like to try

4. a question to show you’re interested in the other person

5. something you can say to show you’re listening

6. something to say if someone asks you a difficult question



1. an interesting topic of conversation

current music, fashion, or sports

(also: events in the news, restaurant reviews, and movie reviews)

2. an example of an information question

“What do you do in your free time?”

“What kind of food do you like?”

3. a suggestion that you would like to try

[your own answer]

4. a question to show you’re interested in the other person

“How about you?”

5. something you can say to show you’re listening





“I know”

“Really? That’s interesting.”

6. something to say if someone asks you a difficult question

“Oh, I’m not sure I can answer that.”

“I’d rather not say.”


March 18, 2013

Unit 1: Making friends

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 12:42 am

Page 3, Exercise 3, Part A

1. A: What’s your favorite color?
B: Red.
2. A: Are you an only child?
B: No, I’m not. I have one sister.
3. A: Do you have a car?/Do you have a driver’s license?
B: No, I don’t. I don’t drive.
4. A: Where does your brother/father work?/What does your brother/father do?
B: He works in a store.
5. A: What does your family do on the weekend?/What do your friends do on the weekend?
B: We usually go out to dinner or see a movie.
6. A: Do your parents go out a lot?
B: No, they don’t. They don’t have time.
7. A: Do you like mornings?
B: No, I hate mornings. I’m not a morning person.
8. A: Do you have a job?/Do you work?
B: Well, I have a part-time job. I work Saturdays.


Page 6, Exercise 1, Part B

Think of a way to start a conversation for each situation.

1. You meet someone new at a party. The food is really good. “This food is delicious.”

2. It’s a very hot day. You’re just arriving at a new class.
Ooh, it’s hot today. // Ooh, it’s hot. Can I open the window? // Is this your first class here? // Could I ask you something? Do you know the teacher for this class?

3. You’re in a long line at a movie theater. It’s a cold day.
Boy, there are a lot of people in line for the movie. // Could I ask you something? Do you know about this movie? // Ooh, it’s cold today.

4. You’re working out at a new gym. The music is very loud.
Gosh, the music really is loud, huh? // Is it me, or is it kind of noisy in here? // Hey, I don’t know you. Do you live around here?

5. You’re in a new English class. You meet someone during the break.
Could I ask you something? Do you know the teacher for this class? // Is this your first English class here?

6. You’re at the bus stop on a beautiful day. Someone arrives and smiles at you.
It’s a beautiful day today. // Could I ask you something? Does the bus come often? // Hi. I like your smile.

Follow-Up Questions

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:40 am

What … ?
Where … ?
When … ?
What kind of … ?
How … ?
(How long … ? // How far … ? // How late … ? // How big … ? )

–> Wh-questions

We use Follow-Up Questions to:

– show that we are listening.
– show that we understood.
– show interest.
– continue the conversation.
– get more details about a topic.

When talking, first use a Rejoinder, then a Follow-Up Question.

Example 1:

A: How was the tennis match?

B: I won!

A: That’s great! Who did you play with?

Example 2:

A: We’re having problems with the car again.

B: Oh, no! What’s the matter this time?


Introductory Exercise One Answers

3. A: Oh, really? That’s late. What were you doing until midnight?

5. A: I see. Where did you go?

8. B: Really? What kind of test?

10. B: Oh, no! How long are you going to study for it?

12. B: You’re kidding! How many words are on the test?

13. A: About 30 words, and they are very hard.


Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:37 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 each example, 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) Oh, yeah?
(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: That’s nice. / I see.

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!


Filed under: announcements,Useful language — richardlstansfield @ 12:31 am

Correct the errors. Write the sentences again, correcting the errors.
The answers are colored in red.

What your name?
What is your name? / What’s your name?
What your major is?
What is your major? / What do you major in?
What is your hobbies?
What are your hobbies?
Where born? Where living now?
Where were you born? Where are you living now? / Where do you live now?
How many families do you have?
How many people are in your family?
Could you telling me about your family?
Could you tell me about your family?
Who is your best friends? How met your best friends?
Who is your best friend? / Who are your best friends?
How did you meet your best friend(s)?
Have you ever travelling other countries?
Have you ever travelled to other countries?
What countries you want visit?
What countries do you want to visit?
Have you ever a pet?
Have you ever had a pet?
What is your dreams?
What is your dream? / What are your dreams?
Anything you afraid of?
Are you afraid of anything?

Useful Language

Filed under: announcements,Useful language — richardlstansfield @ 12:28 am

Complete the conversations by using the phrases on Page x of your text book, under “Getting help”.
The answers are in colored in red.

A: What do we have to do?
B: We have to do Exercise 3, Part A, on Page 3.

A: Can you spell “__” for me, please?
B: Sure. You spell it like this: __________

A: How do you say this word?
B: You say it like this: ” __________ “.

A: How do you say “__” in English?
B: In English, you say ” __________ “.

A: Do you mean __ ?
B: Yes, that’s what I mean. / No, I mean __________

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

A: I’m sorry. What did you say?
B: I said, ” __________ “

March 3, 2013

Syllabus: University English, Track 3, Semester 1 (Spring 2013)

Filed under: announcements,syllabus — richardlstansfield @ 12:07 pm

Hello. My name is Richard Stansfield. It will be my pleasure to be your English instructor for the next 15 weeks.


Classroom: 5남231

Level: Track 3; Semester 1

Duration: 15 weeks (We do not meet in Week #16.)

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

* Do not buy a used book! Buy a new book.

Teacher’s Schedule:


12:00 to 12:50 – class 121

1:00 to 2:50 – class 90


9:00 to 10:50 – class 28

1:00 to 2:50 – class 152


9:00 to 10:50 – class 59

1:00 to 2:50 – class 121


11:00 to 11:50 – class 28

12:00 to 12:50 – class 90


11:00 to 11:50 – class 59

12:00 to 12:50 – class 152


Class 121

Monday, 12:00 to 12:50 // Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:50

Class 90

Monday, 1:00 to 2:50 // Thursday, 12:00 to 12:50

Class 28

Tuesday, 9:00 to 10:50 // Thursday, 11:00 to 11:50

Class 152

Tuesday, 1:00 to 2:50 // Friday, 12:00 to 12:50

Class 59

Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:50 // Friday, 11:00 to 11:50


Cell-phones and iPads

At the beginning of class, I ask every student to put their cell-phones in a bag. You can have them back at the end of class. If I see someone using a cell-phone in class, I will ask for it and give it back one hour after the end of class.

You can use a tablet computer (such as an iPad) in class. (I use one myself.) However, you must use them for learning and class work. Do not use them to play games, chat on Kakao Talk, etc.

Sleeping in Class

Don’t do it. It’s very rude (impolite). If you sleep in class, I will ask you to do one of two things:

1. Wake up and stay awake.

… or …

2. Please leave my class.



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

Weeks 9 to 14: speaking > listening and writing


* 3 hours per week
* 1 unit per 2 weeks (approximately)

Important Dates:

* Holidays

Wednesday, April 24th (Week #8)

Friday, May 17th (Week #11)

Thursday, June 6th (Week #14)

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

from Monday, March 4th to Wednesday, March 6th, 4 pm, at University English (UE) office, 5남434B (Week #1)

* Changing Classes Within a Track

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

Friday, March 8th, 5 pm (Week #1)

(must do it on-lne, through the portal site: )

* Attendance counting towards marks

– Monday, March 11th (Week #2)

– will be taking pictures from then on

* “I give up.”

– Week #10 (from Monday, May 6th to Friday, May 10th)

* Written Test 1 (Week 7)

Class 121 –> Wednesday, April 17th

Class 28 –> Thursday, April 18th

Class 90 –> Thursday, April 18th

Class 59 –> Friday, April 19th

Class 152 –> Friday, April 19th

* Mid-term exam

Week 8 (Monday, April 22nd to Friday, April 26th)

* Written Test 2 (Week 14)

Class 90 –> Monday, June 3rd

Class 28 –> Tuesday, June 4th

Class 121 –> Wednesday, June 5th

Class 59 –> Friday, June 7th

Class 152 –> Friday, June 7th

* make appointment for Oral Final (speaking test): in Week 14 (Monday, June 3rd to Friday, June 7th)

* Oral Final (speaking test)

Week 15 (Monday, June 10th to Friday, June 14th)


20%: Mid-term exam (Listening; based on Touchstone text book, Chapters 1 to 3)


80%: English course

= your mark

(20% + 80% = 100%)

English Course: 10% (Attendance) + 10% (Participation) + 30% (Assessments) + 30% (Speaking Test) = 80%

10%: Attendance

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

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

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

1. went to the hospital

You must have one of these:

– doctor’s note

– symptoms, written in English

– medicine prescription, written in English

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).

–> You must bring me documents that I can keep.

* Unacceptable Excuses for Absences:

– everything else (I don’t care about “membership training” (MTs), school festivals, etc.

10%: Participation

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.
* Leaving a comment on a blog post can be a bonus.
* If I have to ask you to not sit in the back of the classroom, that can be a penalty.

Participation is important in every class. However, sometimes I will have a “participation day.” On “participation days” I will pay more attention to participation.

30%: Assessments

* Presentation (entries into this blog)

* Written Tests # 1 and 2

Presentation (10%) + Written Test 1 (10%) + Written Test 2 (10%) = 30%

– You can lose marks if you don’t do homework.

Example of homework: Pages 72 and 73, Exercise 1, Part C.

30%: Oral Final (speaking test)

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

* class rules:

– No sleeping in class. (= absent)

– Set cell-phone to vibrate. Do not send or read text messages. (= absent)

– Don’t sit in the back of the classroom. Sit near the front, near me. (= penalty on participation)

– 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”)

– make sure that you have given an e-mail address to the school.

Not following these rules will make you lose marks.


20-to-30% –> 80 to 72 points / 80
30-to-40% –> 71 to 64 points / 80
30-to-50% –> 63 to 0 points / 80

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 a student goes up, then another student must go down. I won’t do that. If you want a good mark, then study hard.

Contact Information:

* Office: 5남243

* Telephone Number: (032) 860-8859

You must give an e-mail address to the school.

Do not send an e-mail to my Inha e-mail account, because I rarely check it. (My Inha e-mail account is very slow, clumsy, and inefficient, so I hate it.)

How To Contact Me

Do not send an e-mail to my Inha account. Leave a comment here, at this website.

1. Go to leave a comment.

2. Under “Leave a Reply”, write your message. Include your class number.

3. Write your e-mail address. (Only I will see it. Other people will not see it.)

4. Write your name.

5. Click on “Post comment.”

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