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March 31, 2014

Mid-term Course Evaluation

Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 12:11 am

Go to this link:

http://www.inha.ac.kr/intro/notice/noticeView.asp?pIdx=10508&groupcode=01

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March 30, 2014

2014 Incheon Half-marathon

Filed under: marathon — richardlstansfield @ 10:11 am

Today, I did the 2014 Incheon Half-marathon.

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Unit 2: Interests

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 9:17 am

College News

Books closed.

Listen to the interview with the new reporter, Brad Hayes.

1. What does Brad like to do?

2. What does Brad hate doing?

Answers

1. What does Brad like to do?

creative writing,

designing cards, drawing, computer graphics, learning new programs,

playing the saxophone, playing the piano, (he’d like to play in a jazz band), singing (but he’s not good at singing),

watching sports on TV, playing pool (billiards), jogging (occasionally)

* hates going to the gym and working out

learning new skills.

2. What does Brad hate doing?

going to the gym and working out

Page 12, Exercise 1, Part B

Answers

4 — Are you good at sports?

3 — Can you play a musical instrument?

5 — Are you interested in learning new things?

1 — What are your hobbies?

2 — What else do you enjoy doing in your free time?

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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/’d like + infinitive

* enjoy + gerund

* preposition + gerund

e.g. I’m good at drawing people.

e.g. I’m interested in running a marathon.

Page 13, Exercise 2, Part A

Answers

1. A: Do you enjoy cooking?

B: Actually, yeah. I like making/to make my own food.

2. A: Are you good at reading music?

B: No, but I can play music by ear.

3. A: What kinds of games do you enjoy playing?

Do you like to play games online?

B: No. I hate sitting/to sit at the computer in my free time.

4. A: Are you interested in joining a gym class?

B: Well, I enjoy going to the gym, but I’m not interested in taking a class.

I’d like to start tennis lessons, though.

5. A: How do you like spending/to spend an evening?

Do you prefer being/to be alone or with friends?

B: That’s easy. I love eating/to eat out with my friends.

Pair Work

You and a partner ask each other these questions. Remember to use Rejoinders and Follow-up Questions every time.

* Can you play a musical instrument?
* Do you enjoy cooking?
* Are you interested in learning new things?
* Are you good at sports?
* Are you interested in joining a gym class?
* What kinds of games do you enjoy playing? Do you like to play games online?
* What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
* How do you like to spend an evening? Do you prefer being alone or with friends?

Example:
A: What are your hobbies?
B: I like to raise snakes.
A: I can’t believe it! What kinds of snakes do you like to raise?
B: I like to raise cobras and pythons.

Post-discussion

Tell us some things that you learned about your partner by completing at least three of these sentences.

My partner can/can’t __________.

My partner would/wouldn’t like __________.

My partner enjoys/doesn’t enjoy __________.

My partner is/isn’t good at __________.

My partner is/isn’t interested in __________.

My partner likes/doesn’t like __________.

My partner loves __________.

My partner hates __________.

My partner prefers __________.

March 16, 2014

Unit 1: Making friends

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:39 pm

Page 3, Exercise 3

Possible Answers

1. Are you one of four children? / Are you from a big family? / Are you an only child?

“only child” = somebody with no siblings (brothers or sisters)

2. Where does your sister/mother work? / What does your sister/mother do?

3. Do you have your own car? / Do you use your own car? /
Do you have a car? / Do you take the subway/bus to class? / Do you walk everyday?

4. What’s your favorite colour? / What colour do you like best?

5. Are your parents from Korea? / Are your parents from here? (Are your parents living near here?)

6. What do you do with your friends? / What do you usually do with your girlfriend/boyfriend/family/friends on the weekend? / What do you and your friends do in your free time?

7. Does your mother/sister/best friend/girlfriend live nearby/near here?

8. Are your classmates smart? / What do you think about your classmates? / What are your classmates like?

Page 3, Exercise 4, Part A

Answers

1. What’s your favorite season?

2. What’s your favorite band?

3. Do you ever go out on weeknights?

4. Do you have any pets?

5. How much time do you spend with your family?

6. What do you usually do on the weekends?

Page 3, Exercise 4, Part B

Listen again and answer these questions.

1. What is her favorite season? Why?

2. What kinds of bands does she listen to?

3. What does she usually do on weeknights? When does she usually get home?

4. Does she have any pets? What kind of pet would she like to have? Why can’t she have one?

5. Does she spend a lot of time with her family? Why or why not? When does she usually see them?

6. What does she usually do on weekends?

Page 3, Exercise 4, Part B

Listen again and answer these questions.

1. What is her favorite season? Why?

winter: * sunny * sky is blue * beautiful

2. What kinds of bands does she listen to?

* “Toy” * new bands * not well-known * a lot of different (kinds of) music

3. What does she usually do on weeknights? When does she usually get home?

* usually goes straight home and has dinner and watches TV * sometimes goes out for dinner with a friend * about 7 or 8

4. Does she have any pets? What kind of pet would she like to have? Why can’t she have one?

* goldfish * cat * lives in an apartment

5. Does she spend a lot of time with her family? Why or why not? When does she usually see them?

* not much * live an hour away by car * on holidays * calls Mom every Sunday

6. What does she usually do on weekends?

* usually meets friends and go out for coffee and chat * sometimes go out to a club and dance or go and see a movie

Discussion

Work with a partner. Ask each other these questions.
When your partner gives an answer, give a Rejoinder and a Follow-up Question.

A: Question
B: Answer
A: Rejoinder and Follow-up Question
B: Answer

Example

A: Are you an only child? (Question)
B: No. (Answer)
A: Oh really? (Rejoinder) How many siblings do you have? (Follow-up Question)
B: I have one younger brother.

1. Are you an only child?
2. What does your mother/father do?
3. How do you get to class?
4. What’s your favorite colour?
5. What do you and your friends do in your free time?
6. What’s your favorite season?
7. What’s your favorite band?
8. What do you usually do on the weekends?
9. Do you have any pets?
10. How much time do you spend with your family?

Post-discussion

Tell us three things that you learned about your partner.

Page 4, Exercise 1

Books closed. Listen and answer the questions.

Conversation 1

1. Does the first person like dogs?

2. Does the second person like dogs? Why or why not?

Conversation 2

1. Does the first person watch a lot of television?

2. Does the second person watch a lot of television?

3. What kinds of television programs does the first person watch?

4. What kinds of television programs does the second person watch?

Conversation 3

1. Does the first person like to shop?

2. Can the first person afford anything?

(afford = have enough money to pay for something)

3. Can the second person afford anything?

“Too” and “Either”

positive + positive = “too”

Person A likes football. Person B likes football.

à Person A likes football, and Person B does too.

negative + negative = either

Person A doesn’t like football. Person B doesn’t like football.

à Person A doesn’t like football, and Person B doesn’t either.

Discussion

Work with a partner. Ask each other these questions.
Respond with a Rejoinder.
If you are similar to your partner, respond with “too” or “either.”
Examples

A: Do you watch sports on television?
B: Yes. I watch a lot of football.
A: Oh really? (Rejoinder) I watch football too.

A: Do you watch sports on television?
B: No, I don’t.
A: Oh, yeah? (Rejoinder) I don’t either.

1. Do you like sports? What kinds of television programs do you like to watch? (e.g. news, talk shows, cartoons, documentaries, etc.)
2. Are you allergic to anything?
3. Can you afford a new laptop (notebook computer)?
4. Are you a morning person?
5. Do you like to eat chocolate? What kinds of food do you like to eat?
6. What kinds of clothing do you like to wear? (e.g. sweater, suit jacket, miniskirt, etc.)

Can you tell us something in common with your partner?

e.g. I love to eat chocolate, and she does too.

e.g. I don’t like to wear miniskirts, and she doesn’t either.

Books closed. Listen and answer the questions.

1. Do they know each other? How do you know?

2. What topics do they talk about?

salary // family // weather // health // neighborhood // problems // things they see // interests

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1. They don’t know each other.

How do you know?

They introduce themselves to each other.

“My name’s Chris.”

“I’m Eve.”

2. They talk about four things:

– the weather (“It’s cold tonight.”)

– things they see (“There are a lot of people out here tonight.”)

– interests (“Are you a big hip-hop fan?”)

– family (“My brother’s in the band.”)

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In Korea, people don’t introduce themselves to strangers (people they don’t know). People are introduced by other people like friends, elders (“선배”), etc.

However, in countries like Canada, the United States, people introduce themselves. So, learning how to start a conversation is an important skill.

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Starting a Conversation

* Excuse me, I like your _____ .

* Are you a friend of _____ ?

* Could I ask you something?

* Could/Can I ask _____ ?

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Introductory Exercise answers

Could … something?

… teacher …

Do you think …

… a friend of Jim’s?

How about you?

… Jim a long time?

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Stopping 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.

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Introductory Exercise answers

… nice talking to you.

… you excuse … ?

It’s been … See you …

I’d better …

… get a chance …

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Starting a Conversation

* Excuse me, I like your _____.
* Are you a friend of _____?
* Could I ask you something?
* Could/Can I ask _____?

Stopping 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.

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Page 7, Exercise 3, Part A

Answers

1. This is a great party.

2. Is it me, or is it really hot in here?

3. Are you a friend of Tom’s?

4. The desserts look good.

5. I don’t really know anyone here. Do you?

6. Great music, huh?

Page 7, Exercise 3, Part B

Answers

1. He has a lot of parties (about once a month).

He plays volleyball.

2. He cooks.

He takes beautiful photographs.

3. He has four sisters.

4. He’s a great cook.

He’s allergic to peanuts.

5. He goes to the gym.

He’s training for a marathon.

6. He sings in a band.

Page 6, Exercise D

Possible answers

1. “The flowers are beautiful, huh? I love spring.”

on a bench in a park

2. “Gosh, it’s so crowded here. And it’s hot!”

in a club / at a conference

3. “Wow. The elevator is really slow today.”

in an office building / in a hotel

4. “Hi, there. It’s windy, huh?

at a bus stop / on a hiking trail

5. “Hmm. This food doesn’t look too good.”

in a cafeteria / at a buffet (restaurant)

6. “I’m a bit nervous. Is it your first class, too?”

at school / in a class

Pair work

Choose three of the situations and have a short conversation for each of them.

* “The flowers are beautiful, huh? I love spring.”
on a bench in a park
* “Gosh, it’s so crowded here. And it’s hot!”
in a club / at a conference
* “Wow. The elevator is really slow today.”
in an office building / in a hotel
* “Hi, there. It’s windy, huh?
at a bus stop / on a hiking trail
* “Hmm. This food doesn’t look too good.”
in a cafeteria / at a buffet (restaurant)
* “I’m a bit nervous. Is it your first class, too?”
at school / in a class

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Actually, …

Page 7, Exercise 2, Part A

Answers

1. It’s really chilly in here.

b. It’s the air conditioning. Actually, I feel OK.

2. Is this your first class here?

c. Yes, it is, actually. I’m a little nervous.

3. So, you’re a full-time student?

g. Um, part-time, actually. I work in a hotel.

4. Do you like this neighborhood?

f. Yeah, I do, actually, it has some great stores.

5. Do you drive to class?

a. Actually, I take the subway. It takes an hour.

6. I like your sweater.

d. Thanks. It’s actually from a vintage store.

7. Do you play guitar or anything?

h. Actually, I do. And piano.

8. So, you’re from around here?

e. No, actually I’m from a small town about three hours away.

Pair Work

Practice the mini-conversations with a partner. Use a Rejoinder and Follow-up Question every time.

Example:

A: It’s really chilly in here.

B: It’s the air conditioning. Actually, I feel OK.

A: Oh, really? What’s your favorite kind of weather?

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Homework — Answers

Page 8, Exercise C

1. (8) Leave politely.

2. (3) Ask questions.

3. (2) Make a comment about your surroundings — for example, the weather.

4. (1) Smile and say “hello” when you meet someone new.

5. (4) Listen actively.

6. (7) Answer people’s questions with interesting or funny stories.

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Vocabulary Notebook

Page 10

Exercise 1

Complete the word webs for clothes and food using words from the box.

* clothes: jacket

* food:

Answers

* clothes: jacket, skirt, sweatshirt, jeans

* food: bread, pineapple, rice, yogurt

Follow-Up Questions

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:37 pm

What … ?
Where … ?
When … ?
What kind of … ?
Why … ?
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?

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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.

Rejoinders

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:35 pm

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.

B:
(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)

B:

(a) That’s great!
(b) Oh, yeah?
(c) I’m sorry to hear that.
(d) Oh, really?

Here are the different kinds of rejoinders.

Happy:

– That’s great!
– Terrific!
– Wonderful!

Sad:

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

Interested:

– I see.
– That’s nice.
– Oh, yeah?

Surprised:

– You’re kidding!
– I can’t believe it!
– Oh, really! / Oh, really?

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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!

Answers to Homework: Self-introductions

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 12:31 pm

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?

Homework: Useful Language

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 12:30 pm

Complete the conversations by using the phrases on Page viii of your text book.

The phrases are:

“How do you say ___ in English?”, “I’m sorry. What did you say?”, “How do you say this word?”, “What do we have to do?”, “I don’t understand. What do you mean?”, “Do you mean ___ ?”, and “Can you spell ___ for me, please?”

1.A:
B: We have to do Exercise 3, Part A, on Page 3.

2. A:
B: Sure. You spell it like this: u – n – i – v – e – r – s – i – t – y.

3. A:
B: You say it like this: “u – ni – ver – sit – y.”

4. A:
B: In English, you say “university.”

5. A:
B: Yes, that’s what I mean. / No, I mean …

6. A:
B: I mean …

7. A:
B: I said, “We have to do Exercise 3, Part A, on Page 3.”

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Answers

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

2. A: Can you spell ___ for me, please?
B: Sure. You spell it like this: u – n – i – v – e – r – s – i – t – y.

3. A: How do you say this word?
B: You say it like this: “u – ni – ver – sit – y.”

4. A: How do you say ___ in English?
B: In English, you say “university.”

5. A: Do you mean ___ ?
B: Yes, that’s what I mean. / No, I mean …

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

7. A: I’m sorry. What did you say?
B: I said, “We have to do Exercise 3, Part A, on Page 3.”

March 2, 2014

Syllabus: Track 3, Semester 1, Fall 2014

Filed under: syllabus — richardlstansfield @ 8:59 am

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

Website: http://RichardLStansfield.wordpress.com

(Notice the “L” between Richard and Stansfield.)

Classroom: 5남231

Level: Track 3; Semester 1

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

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

* Do not buy a used book!

Buy a new book!

Teacher’s Schedule:

Monday

11:00 to 11:50 — Class 57

13:00 to 14:50 — Class 87

Tuesday

9:00 to 10:50 — Class 27

12:00 to 12:50 — Class 147

Wednesday

9:00 to 10:50 — Class 57

13:00 to 14:50 — Class 117

Thursday

11:00 to 11:50 — Class 27

12:00 to 12:50 — Class 87

Friday

11:00 to 11:50 — Class 117

13:00 to 14:50 — Class 147

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Class 57

* Monday, 11:00 to 11:50

* Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:50

Class 87

* Monday, 13:00 to 14:50

* Thursday, 12:00 to 12:50

Class 27

* Tuesday, 9:00 to 10:50

* Thursday, 11:00 to 11:50

Class 147

* Tuesday, 12:00 to 12:50

* Friday, 13:00 to 14:50

Class 117

* Wednesday, 13:00 to 14:50

* Friday, 11:00 to 11:50

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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.

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Plan:

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

Weeks 1 to 7:

* Units 1, 2, and 3

* Focus on listening to prepare for the Mid-term Exam

Weeks 9 to 14:

* Units 4, 5, and 6

* Focus on Conversation Strategies (e.g. how to start a conversation) to prepare for the Final Exam

* Presentations

Important Dates:

* Holidays

* Monday, May 5th (Week 10)

* Tuesday, May 6th (Week 10)

* Friday, June 6th (Week 14)

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

from Monday, March 3rd to Wednesday, March 5th, at the Institute of General Education office, 5남434B

* Changing Classes Within a Track

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

Friday, March 7th, until midnight (12:00 am)

(must do it on-lne, through the portal site: http://portal.inha.ac.kr/ )

* Attendance counting towards marks

– Monday, September 9

– will be taking pictures from then on

* Mid-term exam

Week 8

* “I give up.”

– Week #10
Written Test #1
– the second class in Week 7, exact dates TBA (To Be Announced)
Written Test #2
– the second class in Week 14, exact dates TBA (To Be Announced)
* make appointment for Oral Final (speaking test): in Week 14

* Final Exam (speaking test)

Week 15

Marks:

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 a valid, official doctor’s note.

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.

* Education majors who are doing a teaching internship must inform me and provide documents

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.

I will carry yellow, red, and green cards. If you receive a green card, you receive points on participation. If you receive a yellow card (bad) or red card (very bad), you will lose points on 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. (I don’t care if you make many mistakes –what is important is to do the homework and learn from your mistakes.)

Example of homework: Pages 72 and 73.

30%: Final Exam (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. Put your cell-phones in the bag at the beginning of class.

– 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”)

* Be sure to give an e-mail address to the school! If you didn’t, go to the Institute of General Education office, 5남434B.

If you don’t give an e-mail address to the school, I will mark you absent every class!

Grading:

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: 5남242

* Telephone Number: (032) 860-8858

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.

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