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December 8, 2015

Homework Assignment

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Write or print out your name, class number, and the answers to the questions below.
Write complete sentences and use the conditional (condition clause + result clause).
Put your paper in a box that will be in front of my office door from Monday, December 14 to Friday, December 18, 5 pm (17:00).

1. If you meet your friend later, what will you do?
2. If you met the leader of your country, what would you say?
3. If you spoke perfect English, would you be very proud? Why or why not?
4. If you lose your phone, will you buy a cheaper phone or a more expensive phone? Why?
5. If the weather is good tomorrow, will you go out? Why or why not?
6. If you had enough money, would you travel into space? Why or why not?
7. If you had a million dollars, what would you do?

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October 16, 2015

Week 8 Homework Assignment

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 9:52 am

Read the text. Then write the answers on a piece of paper, and put the paper into a box in front of the teacher’s office during Week 8. The deadline is Friday, October 23rd, at 5 pm (17:00). Don’t forget to write your name and your class number.

Text

Why all the interest in texting?

An article on the Internet recently caught my eye. It was about the Texting Championships in New York City. The 17-year-old winner texted 149 characters in 39 seconds and won $50,000. That is certainly impressive, and much, much faster than me – LOL : – ). However, I started to wonder: Why is there still so much interest in texting? After all, texting is a commonplace activity these days.

It’s clear that texting, with all of its abbreviations and symbols, is now part of our lives. According to research, about 75% of Americans send text messages, and almost one third prefer to text rather than talk on their phone. It’s just quicker to send a text than make a call. Typing SUP is faster than asking “How are you?” and listening to the answer. It’s also more discrete because no one can overhear your conversation – and that’s FBM.

OTOH, texting has its downsides, too, and perhaps it’s these problems that create all the interest. Texters gripe that they are getting more spam texts than ever before. Teachers complain that students’ test scores are getting worse because teens spend more time texting than they should. Some also say that texting encourages bad grammar and punctuation and IMO, that’s true. Students don’t realize they shouldn’t write their essays in “textese,” and they get low grades as a result. Many young people are sleeping less because they wake up in the night every time a text pops up on their phone. Others have injuries to their hands and thumbs from the constant texting.

There are also more serious problems with texting, however, such as the accidents that happen when people text and drive at the same time. Fortunately, many countries are passing laws that make it illegal to text when you’re behind the wheel of a car. In addition, public service advertisements warn of the dangers of texting while driving. Perhaps, then, there is good reason for all the interest in texting.

Textese

Match the textese with its meaning.

1. LOL __
2. : – ) __
3. SUP __
4. FBM __
5. OTOT __
6. IMO __

a. Fine by me.
b. In my opinion
c. Laugh out loud
d. On the other hand
e. Smile
f. What’s up?

Vocabulary

Match the vocabulary with their meanings.

1. caught my eye __
2. wonder __
3. discreet __
4. overhear __
5. downsides __
6. warn of __

a. disadvantages
b. not noticeable
c. hear without intending to
d. got my attention
e. say there’s a problem
f. ask myself

Questions

1. What are two reasons why many people like texting better than talking on the phone?

2. What is “textese” and what kinds of problems does it cause?

3. What are four downsides to texting?

Mr. Stansfield’s Office: 5남242

October 6, 2015

Homework

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 9:31 am

Class 5

* Page 88, Exercises 2 and 3

* Page 89, Exercise 11

* Page 94, Exercises 5 and 6

Class 14

* Page 88, Exercises 2 and 3

* Page 89, Exercise 11

* Page 94, Exercises 5 and 6

Class 23

* Page 88, Exercises 2 and 3

* Page 89, Exercise 11

* Page 94, Exercises 4, 5, and 6

Class 32

* Page 88, Exercises 2 and 3

* Page 89, Exercise 11

* Page 94, Exercises 6

Class 41

* Page 88, Exercises 2 and 3

* Page 89, Exercise 11

May 31, 2015

Reading and Writing Assignment

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 2:52 am

On a piece of paper, write your name, class number, and the answers to the questions below. Write complete sentences and use the conditional (condition clause + result clause). Put your paper in a box that will be in front of my office door from Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19.

1. If you meet your friend later, what will you do?
2. If you met the leader of your country, what would you say?
3. If you spoke perfect English, would you be very proud? Why or why not?
4. If you lose your phone, will you buy a cheaper phone or a more expensive phone? Why?
5. If the weather is good tomorrow, will you go out? Why or why not?
6. If you had enough money, would you travel into space? Why or why not?
7. If you had a million dollars, what would you do?

September 20, 2014

Homework: Unit 7

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 11:53 pm

Homework: Unit 7

Go to Page 72. Read the text.

* Vocabulary *

Next to each definition, write the word from the text.

__________ (noun) a curved, round roof of a building

__________ (noun) a large group of animals, such as cows, that live and eat together

__________ (adjective) pleasant and attractive

__________ (noun) a large South American animal with a long neck and long hair, often kept for its meat, milk, or fur and to carry heavy loads

__________ (noun) objects relating to famous people or events that people collect

__________ (verb) to appear through or from behind something, or to make something do this

__________ (adjective) excellent

__________ (noun) an electric vehicle for carrying passengers, mostly in cities, which moves along metal lines in the road

__________ (noun) a long, difficult journey that you make by walking

__________ (noun) a vehicle that is used for carrying things but that is smaller than a truck

__________ (verb) to walk slowly about a place without any purpose

Read the text and answer the questions.

* Controversy Tram Hotel, The Netherlands *

1. What are the rooms?

2. What are the themes?

3. Where do the owners sleep and cook?

* EcoCamp, Chile *

Where is EcoCamp?

1. At EcoCamp, what is amazing?

2. What can you do during the daytime?

3. What can you do during the evening?

* Giraffe Manor, Nairobi *

1. What should you bring? Why?

March 16, 2014

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.”

April 14, 2013

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

Homework: Unit 2

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 12:28 am

Page 18, Exercise 1, Parts B and C

Answers

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

March 24, 2013

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

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Answers

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

“Yes”

“Hmm”

“Uh-huh”

“Right”

“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.”

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