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May 28, 2013

Final Speaking Test

Filed under: final speaking exam — richardlstansfield @ 3:34 am

Four Conversations

Conversation 1

Student A begins a conversation with Student B.

Student B then asks Student A a question from the list from his class’ presentations.

During the conversation, Student B corrects Student A on something that Student A said.

Student A ends the conversation.

Conversation 2

–It’s the same as Conversation 1, but Student A and B reverse roles.–

Student B begins a conversation with Student A.

Student A then asks Student B a question from the list from his class’ presentations.

During the conversation, Student A corrects Student B on something that Student B said.

Student B ends the conversation.

Conversation 3

Student A begins a conversation with Student B.

Student B asks Student A an embarrassing question.

Stuent A responds with a “Conversation Killer” and then a “Conversation Keeper”.

Student B responds with a “Conversation Killer” to change the topic of the conversation.

Student B then asks Student A a question from the list from his class’ presentations.

During the conversation, Student B asks Student A a Clarification with a Question Word.

Student A ends the conversation.

Conversation 4

–It’s the same as Conversation 3, but Student A and B reverse roles.–

Student B begins a conversation with Student A.

Student A asks Student B an embarrassing question.

Stuent B responds with a “Conversation Killer” and then a “Conversation Keeper.”

Student A responds with a “Conversation Killer” to change the topic of the conversation.

Student A then asks Student B a question from the list from his class’ presentations

During the conversation, Student A asks Student B a Clarification with a Question Word.

Student B ends the conversation.


Example of Conversation 1

A: Hi. Are you a friend of Sally’s?

B: Yes I am. We met in high school.

A: I see.

B: So … What do you think about President Park Geun-hye?

A: I think that many people don’t trust her because of her father, Park Chung-hee. Park Chung-hee was a dictator, so some people worry that she might become a dictator. However, I don’t think that people should judge her because of her father. I think that she has made some bad decisions but some good ones as well. She should be given a chance. She has only been president since January.

B: Actually, I think you mean since February.

A: Oh. You’re right. I mean, since February. Well, I should be going.

B: OK. Bye.


Example of Conversation 3

A: Could I ask you something? How often does the bus come?

B: It comes every five minutes.

A: Thanks.

B: How much do you weigh?

A: Umm, ahhh, I’d rather not say. How about you?

B: I’d have to think about that. What do you think about illegally downloading music?

A: Music is made by songwriters, musicians, singers, producers, and other people. They have a job and they need to earn money. If you download music without paying money, then how can they earn a living? I know that music can be expensive, but illegal downloading is wrong. You can listen to music and then decide if you want to buy it or not. For example, you can go to -blah blah- and watch music videos there.

B: I’m sorry? You can go where?

A: You can go to YouTube.

B: Oh, I see.

A: It’s been nice talking to you.

B: OK. Bye.


To do well on the test, you have to:

– answer the question from the list from your class’ presentations with complete sentences and a lot of details

– correctly use the conversations strategies (e.g. how to answer an embarrassing question)


Written Test #2

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 3:09 am

* Vocabulary from Presentations

* Vague Expressions

* Vague Responses

* Difficult or Embarrassing Questions

* Correcting things you say

* Correcting Someone

* Clarifications with Question Words

May 27, 2013

Discussion Question List

Filed under: final speaking exam — richardlstansfield @ 1:53 pm

Scroll down and find your class.

__________ Class 28 __________

When you have a meal, do you prefer a noisy, crowded restaurant or a quiet restaurant?

What are some of the problems with cars?

What’s your favorite restaurant at Inha’s back gate? Why is it your favorite?

What are your favorite kinds of spicy foods? Why do you like them?

What kinds of exercise do you like to do? Why?

Would you like to visit Munich or Hawaii? Why?

If you participated in Halloween, what would you want to be? Why?

What kinds of fashion items do you like? Why do you like them?

__________ Class 59 __________

What’s your favorite kind of festival? Why?

Do you think it’s good to have a late-night snack? Why or why not?

What’s your favorite movie genre? Why?

Which Olympics impressed you the most? Why?

Which of the Seven Wonders of the World would you like to see in person? Why?

Do you think palaces are boring or interesting? Why?

Which martial arts do you think are interesting? Why?

__________ Class 90 __________

If you could be like one of the Avengers, who would you be like? Why?

What do you think are some of the problems with girl groups?

Who is your favorite king of the Joseon Dynasty? Why?

What festival would you want to go to? Why?

Would you like to change your hairstyle to a popular hairstyle? Why or why not?

What is your favorite kind of TV program? Why?

What things about Inha University make you proud?

What do you enjoy most at Inha’s festival? Why?

__________ Class 121 __________

What do you think about the fact that Korean men must serve in the army for two years?

What kind of new restaurant would you want to open around Inha University? Why?

Do you think Dae-jung Kim deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

What are some criticisms of Korean variety programs?

Why do you think Psy is internationally successful?

What do you think about the water pollution around Korea?

Do you like Social Networking Services? Why or why not?

__________ Class 152 __________

What do you think about audition program competitions?

If you could make your own restaurant, what kind of restaurant would you make?

What’s your favorite movie?

What do you think about Internet bullying?

What do you think about the high salaries of famous baseball players?

What’s your favorite kind of place in Inha’s back gate? (For example, hair shop, etc.)

What kind of Korean food do you like? Why?

Would you like to visit China? Why or why not?

Vocabulary List

Filed under: vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 1:52 pm

Scroll down and find your class.

__________ Class 28 __________

mussel (noun): a similar fesh water bivalve mollusc which forms Mother – Of – Pearl on the insede of its shell

visionary (adjective): showing of marked by great foresight or imagination

worthwhile (adjective): worth the time, money or energy expended

excavator: a large, powerful machine with a container connected to a long arm, used for digging up the ground

compact: small and including many things in a small space

fiber: cloth made from thin threads twisted together

smother: to make a fire stop burning by covering it with something

abundant: existing in large quantities

vary: when things of the same type are different from each other

eunuch: a man who has had testicles removed

addict: a person who cannot stop doing or using something, especially something harmful

turmeric: a yellow powder, used as a spice to flavor particular foods, especially curry

metabolism: all the chemical processes in your body, especially the ones that use food

pelvis: the group of bones that forms the area below your waist and above your legs and to which your leg bones are joined

palm: the inside surface of your hand

pearl: a small, round object, usually white, that forms around a grain of sand inside the shell of a sea creature, especially an oyster

brewery: a company that makes beer or a place where beer is made

limit: the greatest amount, number, or level of something that is either possible or allowed

memorial: an object, often made of stone, that is built to help people remember an important person or event

admiral: an officer of very high rank in the navy

accomplish: to succeed in doing something good

inspiration: someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something

symmetry: the quality of having parts that match each other, especially in a way that is attractive, or similarity of shape or contents

prominent: very well known and important

__________ Class 59 __________

celtic: relating to the people of Ireland, Scotland and Wales

sculpture: the art of forming solid objects that represent a thing, person, idea, etc.

harvest: when crops are cut and collected from fields

scallion: a small onion with long green leaves

hypertension: a medical condition in which a person has very high blood pressure

diabetes: a medical condition in which somesne has too much sugar in their blood

parody (verb): a film, book, etc that copies someone else’s style in a way that is funny

appropriate (abjective): suitable or right for a particular situation or person

masterpiece (noun): a painting, book, or film that is generally considered to be of excellent quality

tournament: a competition with a series of games between many teams or players, with one winner at the end

discipline: when people’s behaviour is controlled using rules and punishments

continent: one of the seven main areas of land on the Earth, such as Asia, Africa, or Europe

altitude (noun): the height of something above sea level

conquerors (noun): someone who has conquered a country or its people

outskirts (noun): the outer area of a city, town, or village

structure: a building or something that has been built

connect: to join two things or places together

exotic: unusual and often exciting because of coming (or seeming to come) from far away, especially a tropical country

solitary: the only person or thing in a place

imagine: to create an idea or picture of something in your mind

combat: a fight between two people or things

__________ Class 90 __________

establish: to start a company or organization that will continue for a long time

agent: someone whose job is to deal with business for someone else

symbol: a sign or object that is used to represent something

charming: pleasant of attractive

sailor: someone who sails ships

agency: a business that provides a service

compile (verb): to collect information and arrange it in a book, report, or list

devastate (verb): to destroy or damage something very badly

admiral (noun): an officer of very high rank in the navy

magnificent: very good or very beautiful

spectacle: an event that is exciting or unusual to watch

accommodate: to provide with a place to live or to be stored in

plait: to twist three pieces of hair, rope, etc together so that they form one long piece

temple: the area on each side of your head in front of the top of your ear

abundant: existing in large quantities

satirical: a humorous way of criticizing people or ideas to show that they have faults or are wrong

occupation: a person’s job

ridiculous: foolish or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at

microorganism: a living thing that on its own is too small to be seen without a microscope

felicitations: an expression used to wish someone happiness, or to praise or show approval

ambience: the qualities of a place and the way it makes you feel

harmonic (adjective): relating to the way notes are played or sung together to make a pleasing sound

skewer (noun): a long thin pointed piece of metal or wood that is pushed through pieces of meat, vegetables and etc.

auction (noun) : a public event at which things are sold to the person who offers the most money for them

__________ Class 121 __________

crease: a line on cloth or paper where it has been folded or crushed

poll: a study in which people are asked for their opinions about a subject or per son

responsibility: something that it is your job or duty to deal with

whip: to make a food such as cream more solid by mixing it hard with a kitchen tool

buffet: a meal where people serve themselves different types of usually cold food

cutlet: a small piece of meat still joined to the bone

celebrity: a famous person

secretary general: the most important official of an organization

athlete: someone who is very good at a sport and who competes with others in organized events

acronym: a word made from the first letters of other words

representative: someone who speaks or does something officially for another person

sympathize: to understand and care about someone’s problems

billboard: a very large board on which advertisements are shown, especially at the side of a road

unique: being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusal, or special in some way

drugs: any natural or artificially made chemical that is used as a medicine

mud flat: a tract of low muddy land, esp near an estuary, that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide

diabetes: a medical condition in which someone has too much sugar in their blood

box office: the place where the tickets are sold in a theatre, cinema, or concert hall

social networking: using a website to communicate with friends and to meet other people

spread: to arrange something so that it covers a large area

immediate: happening or done without waiting or very soon after something else

__________ Class 152 __________

broadcast: television or radio programme

commercial: intended to make a profit

overstate: to talk about something in a way that makes it seem more important then it really is

crunchy: when food is hard and makes a noise when you eat it

moist: slightly wet, especially in a good way

steam: the gas that water produces when you heat it

conquer: to take control or possession of foreign land, or group of people, by force

escape: to get free from something, or to avoid something.

theme: the main subject of a talk, book, film, etc.

vicious: intended to upset someone

revenge: something that you do to punish someone who has done something bad to you

credentials: documents that prove who you are

infield: the part of a cricket or baseball field that is closest to the player who hits the ball

fly: in baseball, a ball that has been hit high into the air

protective gear: equipment or clothes that are able to keep someone or something safe from injury or damage

calligraphy: (the art of producing) beautiful writing, often created with a special pen or brush

console: to make someone who is sad or disappointed feel better by giving them comfort or sympathy

withdrawal: an act of taking something back, removing something, or moving something back

ingredient: a component of a mixture or compound

intestine: the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus

nutritious: of or providing nourishment

hotpot: a mixture of meat and vegetables, usually including sliced potatoes, cooked slowly in a covered dish inside a cooker

irrigation: providing water for an area of land so that crops can be grown

seashell:a hard outer layer of a marine animal, found on beaches

May 26, 2013

Stopping a Conversation

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 1:39 pm

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.

Starting a Conversation

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 1:28 pm

Excuse me, I like your _____ .

Are you a friend of _____ ?

Could I ask you something?

Could/Can I ask _____ ?

Situations and Examples

* You’re in a long line at a movie theater.

Boy, there are a lot of people in line.
Boy, there are a lot of people waiting to see the movie.
Boy, this movie is really popular.
Could I ask you something? Do you know about this movie?
Could I ask you something about the movie?

* You’re at the bus stop.

Could I ask you something? Do you know when the bus comes?
Could I ask you something? Do you know how often the bus comes?
Could I ask you something? Where are you going?
Could I ask you something? Does the bus come often?

* You’re at Sally’s party.

Are you a friend of Sally’s?
This is a great party.
I don’t really know anyone here. Do you?

* 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?
Could I ask you something? What kind of exercise do you like?

* You are in a new class. You meet someone during the break.

Could I ask you something? Do you know the teacher for this class?
Is this your first class here?

* You’re in a waiting room. It’s a cold day.

Ooh, it’s cold today.
It’s cold. Can I close the window?
Is it me, or is it really cold in here?

May 22, 2013

About World Festival;

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 2:26 am

Class59 team6
김민지, 박성철, 서민비, 신예진
Our presentation is about world festivals. There are many festivals in the world, so we divided it by seasons.
In spring, there are Cherryblossom Festivals in Korea, Keukenhof Festivals in the Netherlands, and Sechselaeoten in Zurich of the Switzerland. First, we will introduce the Keukenhof Festival in the Netherlands. Keukenhof Festival is flower parade show, and people can look at decorations in the park, such as flowers and sculptures. The Keukenhof Festival is held from March 22nd to May 20th in Keykenhof, a park in Lisse, Keukenhof is a compound word ‘Keuken’ means Kitchen, and ‘hof’ means garden. The origin of this festival is flower is when a countess grew vegetables and herbs for the nobility .
Next festival is Cherryblossom festivals in Korea. Korea’s spring is very beautiful because many places are decorated by cherry blossom trees. So, Cherryblossom Festival is held in many regions in Korea. This festival first started when Korea was a colony of Japan. Japan planted cherry blossom trees in Chang-gyeong Palace to make the Koreans feel calmer.
Last spring festival is Sechselaeoten in Zurich of Switzerland. Sechselaeotenmeans the sound of a bell at 6 o’clock. This festival held to celebrate the coming spring on April’s third Sunday and Monday. At 6 o’clock, they ring a bell and set fire to Boogg, which looks like a snowman.
In summer, there is Rio-carnival from the end of February to the beginning of March in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Rio-carnival in held for four days, and plays Samba parade. It’s one of the three most famous festivals in the world. The word carnival comes from the Latic word for “Carnelevamen”. Rio-carnival originates with purpose enough eating and drinking to supply nutrition.


And Naadam festival in Mongol is held from July 11th for three days. July 11th is Independence day of Mongolia. Ering Gurvan Naadam means ‘the three important matches. It is the formal name of the Naadam festival. The three important matches are wrestling, archery, and horse race. Origin of this festival is that Genghis Khan, who established the great empire in the Far East and the Middle East made soldiers wrestle, shoot an arrow, race horse to celebrate themselves.
Also there are many mud festivals in Korea. But the Boryeong Mud Festival is the most famous mud festival. According to research, mud is good for one’s health if placed upon the skin. I think it’s fun. But I don’t want to do it!
In fall, Halloween is a yearly celebration in many countries on October 31th. It origins are from the harvest festivals on Celtic Samhain. Typical Halloween festivals include costume party in school, Trick or treating and Jack O’ Lanterns.


And Thanks Giving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the U.S. and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the U.S. and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanks Giving Day has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, but has long been celebrated in a more secular manner as well.
In winter, there are the most famous 3 festivals. One of them is Harbin Ice Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month. The first ice lanterns were a winter-time tradition in northeast China. During the Qing Dynasty, the local peasants and fisherman often made and used ice lanterns and put them outside their houses or gave them to children to play with during some of the traditional festivals.
And the Sapporo Snow Festival is a festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan over seven days in February. The snow festival began in 1950, when six local high school students built six statues in Odori Park. The subject of the statues varies and often features an event, famous building or person from the previous year.

snowflower festival

*Discussion Question
1. Do you like festivals? Why or why not?
2. What’s your favorite kind of festival? For example rock festivals or movie festivals?
3. Do you think Korean festivals are well-organized or not?

1. celebration : when you celebrate a special day or event
2. celtic : relating to the people of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
3. sculpture : the art of forming solid objects that represent a thing, person, idea, etc.
4. harvest festival : a celebration that is held in churches and schools in the autumn to give thanks for crops and food.
5. Jack O’ Lantern : a light made from a hollow pumpkin with holes cut into the sides like the eyes and mouth of a person’s face, inside which there is a candle.

* Very, VERY late! *

A late -night snack

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 2:16 am

1. Glossary
(1). chiterrings
– beef intestines.
– A scallion is a small onion with long green leaves.
in BRIT, use spring onion
– Sesame is a plant growm for its seeds and oil, which are used in cooking.
sesame seeds.
– Hypertension is a medical condition in which a person has very high blood pressure.
(5). diabetes
– Diabetes is a medical condition in which somesne has too much sugar in theri blood.

2. Text

Our presentation is about late-night snacks.
Many people like to eat a late-night snack,
Do you know “late-night snacks”?
A late-night snack is food that we eat at night.
When do you enjoy snacks?
What kind of snacks do you like?
So, we reserched two questions.
In result, many people’s favorite snack is chicken and favorite time is 11p.m~12a.m.


A late -night snack seems to be a growing trend these days.
One example is TV programs. Do you know “Happy together”?”야간매점”is a section of “Happy together”and it introduces snack recipes.
We will commend a recipe from “야간매점” to you.
The recipe is “곱창버거”


캡처 (2)

chitterings (cow intestines), hamnurgers buns. 1/4 onion, a little scallion,
2 tea spoons of sesame oil, 1tea spoons of fish sauce.
How to
1. Cut the 1/4onion.
2. Scallion into 5cm sections.
3. Roasting chitterlings (cow intestines), onions and chitterling’s sauce in frying pan.
4. Roast for 3minutes.
5. Toss a little scallion cut into 5cm sections, 2 tea spoons of sesame oil and 1 tea spoon of fish sauce in bowl.
6. Cover hamburger bun upper in seasoned the scallion and roasted chitterlings on bun.

Until now we have discussed about enjoying snacks but now let’s think in terms of snack’s disadvantage.
If you often eat late-night snack, your healthy will be good.
For example, maybe you will have obesity, hypertension, diabetes and so on.
Like this, late-night snack have Pros and cons.
Let’s spend a good time with the appropriate use midnight snack.

3. References

4. Discussion Questions
(1) Why not eat late-night snack too much?
(2) How to order late-night snack?
(3) What is the main reason for eating late-night snack?

5. #class number, students name.
class number 59.
group 3. 12131649 권세훈 , 12131668 김유리 , 12131605 조명기, 1206273임동선

* Very, VERY late! *

May 20, 2013


Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 8:51 am

– All members should speak.

– You should speak to the audience and not read. You can have small cards to help you. You don’t have to completely memorize your part of the presentation –-you can look at your cards a few times, but you should not read them.

– This is the procedure:

1. Stand at the front of the class, introduce yourselves, and introduce your topic.

2. Present the Glossary.

3. Present the text and explain the pictures.

4. Ask your classmates (the audience) if they have any questions. If they do, answer their questions.

5. Go back to your seats and sit down.

6. Mr. Stansfield will go over the Discussion Questions.

7. Everybody in the class will discuss the questions.

Clarifications with Question Words

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 8:28 am

(also called “Checking information” and “Echo questions”)

First, say:

– Excuse me

– (I’m) Sorry


– Pardon (me)?

Then say something like:

– You did what?

– He went where?

– She’s coming when?

– He’s how old?

– We’ll meet who?

Who will meet us?

– I didn’t understand what you said.

– Did you say _____ ?

– What did you say?

– It’s how far?

– There are what kind of shops?

– It opens at what time?


– They cost how much?


A: A new ***** is playing at the theater.

B: I’m sorry. A new what?

A: A new musical.

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