University English: the blog for ESL students

April 26, 2013

About Week #9

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 10:51 pm

Dear students:

Next week (week #9), we will make groups and begin working on our presentations, so be sure to come and don’t be late.

We will also go over Written Test #1. So, you will know 30% of your English mark (Mid-term exam = 20% and Written Test #1 = 10%).

* Students who missed Written Test #1 because of teaching internships have to take their make-up test on Monday or Tuesday. Remember that to contact me, leave a comment on this web site.


April 23, 2013

About the Mid-term Exam

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 6:17 am

Thursday, April 25

UE 1, Track 3 = 13:00 to 13:50 (1 pm to 1:50 pm)

– your student ID card
– a computer pen

Listening Test –> Units 1, 2, and 3 of the text book (Making Friends, Interests, and Health)

Location: Find out by going to the Inha site.

Do not be late.
When the test starts, the door will be locked.
So, if you are late, you will not be able to take the test.

April 15, 2013

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 6:52 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

April 14, 2013

About Written Test #1

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 9:28 am

Possible Test Questions

* Vocabulary

I give you a definition, and you write the word.


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


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

(See Categories: vocabulary on my blog.)

* Useful Language

Complete the conversation.


B: We have to do exercise 3 on page 4.


A: What do we have to do?
B: We have to do exercise 3 on page 4.

(See page x in the text book.)

* Questions and answers

Write the question for each answer.


B: Red.


A: What’s your favorite color?
B: Red.

(See page pages 3, 12, and 16 of the text book.)

* Rejoinders and follow-up questions

Complete the conversations by writing a rejoinder and a follow-up question.


A: I’m so tired.
B: _______ ? _______________ ?
A: I’m working two jobs this semester, so I’m getting up at 5:30 to study.


A: I’m so tired.
B: Oh really? How come?
A: I’m working two jobs this semester, so I’m getting up at 5:30 to study.

(See hand-outs)

* Starting a conversation

Write down a way to start a conversation for each situation.


You meet someone new at a party. The food is really good.

possible answers

“This food is delicious!”

“Mmm. The food is good.”

“Boy, this food is great!”

(See hand-outs and pages 6 and 7 of the text book.)

* Stopping a conversation

Complete the conversation with a conversation stopper.


A: I think the teacher is ready to start. It’s been __________ .
B: OK. Bye.


A: I think the teacher is ready to start. It’s been nice talking to you.
B: OK. Bye.

(See hand-out.)

* Verb forms

Complete the conversations with the correct verb and use the correct form.


A: Do you like _______ board games?
B: Yes, I think they’re interesting.


A: Do you like playing/to play board games?
B: Yes, I think they’re interesting.

(See page 13 of the text book.)

* Simple present and present continuous

Complete the conversations with the correct verb and use the correct tense.


A: How _______ you _______ with stress?
B: I _______ a course in aromatherapy right now.


A: How do you cope with stress?
B: I am taking a course in aromatherapy right now.

(See page 23 of the text book.)

* Music Genres

example question

What are six genres of music?

(See Unit 2 on my blog and page 14 of the text book.)

* If, when, and adverbs of frequency

Complete each conversation by writing a response with an adverb of frequency and “if” or “when”.


A: Oh, I have a terrible cold!

possible answer

A: Oh, I have a terrible cold!
B: If I get a terrible cold, I sometimes drink hot vinegar with honey.

(See Unit 3 on my blog and page 25 of the text book.)

* Bonus questions from homework

(See pages 8, 9, 18, 19, 28, 29, and 30 of the text book and Categories: homework on my blog.)

Vocabulary: Unit 3

Filed under: vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 9:08 am

checkup (noun): a general medical examination to see if you are healthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

symptom (noun): a physical feeling or problem which shows that you have a particular illness

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

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

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

Homework: Unit 3

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 9:06 am

* Vocabulary Notebook, Page 30, Exercises 1 and 2

* Page 29, Exercise 1, Part C (Questions 1, 2, and 3)

April 8, 2013

Unit 3: Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 12:42 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)


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.


Grammar: Simple Present and Present Continuous

Page 23, Exercise 2, Part A

1. A: How do you cope with stress?

B: Well, I’m taking a course in aromatherapy right now, and I’m enjoying it. But everybody in my family is pretty relaxed. We don’t get stressed very often.

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

B: I like swimming. My wife and I usually go to the pool every day in the summer. Right now it’s cold, so I’m not swimming at all. But my wife goes every day, even when it’s cold.

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

B: Well, I love it, but right now I’m trying to eat a balanced diet. It’s hard because my husband doesn’t like fruits and vegetables.


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%


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.


Read your sentences to each other.

If you are similar, respond with “too.”

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


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.

Homework: Unit 2

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 12:28 am

Page 18, Exercise 1, Parts B and C


Part B

sushifreak — cooking

literockfan — music

handyman — crafts

petlover — pets

bookworm — collecting

concernedmom — cars

grungeking — fashion

daredevil — outdoors

Part C

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

Vocabulary: Unit 2

Filed under: vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 12:26 am

bookworm (noun): someone who enjoys reading very much

celebrity (noun): a famous person

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

daredevil (noun): someone who enjoys doing dangerous things

enthusiastic (adjective): having a lot of interest in something and wanting very much like to be involved in it

freak (noun): someone who is very interested in a particular subject or activity (informal)

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

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

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

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

local (adjective): relating to an area near you

martial art (noun): traditional skills of fighting, especially from East Asia

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

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

recipe (noun): a list of foods and a set of instructions telling you how to cook something

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

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

April 1, 2013

Unit 2: Interests

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 12:24 am

Page 12, Exercise 1


1. What are your hobbies?
2. What else do you enjoy doing in your free time?
3. Can you play a musical instrument?
4. Are you good at sports?
5. Are you interested in learning new things?


Verb Forms

Page 13, Exercise 2

infinitive = to + basic verb

e.g. to whistle

gerund = basic verb + -ing

e.g. whistling

* can/can’t + basic verb

* like + infinitive/gerund

love + infinitive/gerund

hate + infinitive/gerund

prefer + infinitive/gerund

* would like/I’d like + infinitive

* enjoy + gerund

* preposition + gerund

e.g. I’m good at drawing people.


Page 13, Exercise 2, Part A


1. Can you whistle?

2. Do you enjoy cooking?

3. Are you good at skating?

4. Do you like playing/to play board games?

5. Can you swim?

6. Are you interested in joining a meditation class?

7. Do you prefer exercising/to exercise alone or with friends?

8. Would you like to learn a martial art?


Other Music Genres

–> acapella

–> blues

–> disco

–> electronica

–> heavy metal

–> gospel

–> hymns

–> new age

–> opera

–> punk rock

–> R & B (rhythm and blues)

–> reggae

–> soul

–> Gregorian chant


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