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Welcome to the LEC

High Beginner English Conversation - Spring 2012

with Professor Kristina.

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In today's global environment, knowledge of the English language has become more important than ever.

People who develop an understanding and practical ability of English will have a greater chance of success in the world. In Conversation English the student is given experience and practice, with the facilitator of a professionally trained native speaker.

Here, within the bounds of the course a student with forethought, determination and a desire to learn can sufficiently master pronunciation and English communication skills, so that the next step can be taken in their English Language Acquisition.

Details, class information, notes, homework and updates will be posted here for the students' benefit.

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Here students can find details about :
information on the teacher and the classes,
events, extras study and help materials
as well as some fun links and ideas.

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For Kristina's schedule, contact info and more, click on
the "ABOUT THE PROFESSOR" link under her photo.

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Syllabus

(PDF) (MS Word Doc)

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Spring Term - Session 1

Week 1,

 

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To make this an interesting class:

* Have a GOOD attitude

* Be Prepared

* Try to do YOUR BEST

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HOMEWORK -
If you don't do it (BEFORE class), you will have problems in class.
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You CANNOT learn a language ONLY in the classroom!
Some homework is on paper, some is in the book, and some homework
is listening or practicing with a partner.

PARTICIPATE -
If you don't do it, you will have problems learning the language.
You CANNOT learn a language if you don't SPEAK!

 

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Lyrics and video links to "Ordinary Day"

and "Who Says You Can't Go Home"

Common Questions

Common Errors

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Helpful Websites

 

Regular Dictionary

http://www.thefreedictionary.com

http://www.dictionary.com (Pronunciation)

http://oxforddictionaries.com Oxford Online Dictionary
Spelling challenge

 

SLANG Dictionary

http://www.urbandictionary.com

 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

http://www.ted.com (Listening)

http://www.gutenberg.org (Reading)

http://www.kobo.com (Reading, Ebooks)

http://www.whatthebook.com (English Book Store)

http://www.praxised.com

Online game - WHERE IS THE MOUSE????

 

The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870–1946)
Pronunciation Help
http://www.madore.org/~david/misc/english-pronunciation.html

 

4 Corners Class CD

 

 

Week 1 - 03/05-03/09



Course Introduction

Introduce unit 1


Week 2 - 03/12-03/17

Unit 1: school/work rules

permission/prehobition/responsibilities

Feelings

 

Week 3 -03/19-03/23

Unit 2

(MSWord) prepositions_worksheet_with_vocabulary.docx

(PDF) prepositions_worksheet_with_vocabulary.pdf

Online game - WHERE IS THE MOUSE????

 

 

Week 4 - 03/26-03/30

Unit 3

DOWNLOAD and watch video. Answer questions.

TV Shows

Group1 - a, b, c (1.02GB)

Group2 - a, b, c, d, e, f (1.21GB)

Group3 - a, b, c (1.19GB)

Group4 - a, b, c, d, e, f (947 MB)



Week 5 -04/02-04/06

Unit 4

PREPOSITIONS

A preposition is a word that shows the spatial (space), temporal (time), or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. The words above, after, against, as, at, beneath, between, behind, by, during, except, for from, in, into, like, near, on, over, past, since, under, upon, and with are prepositions.


Some common prepositions:

A
aboard
about
above
across
after
against
along
alongside
amid
among
amongst
around
as
aside
astride
at
atop

B
barring
before
behind
below
beneath
beside
besides
between
beyond
but
by

C
circa
concerning
considering
D
despite
down
during
E
except
excepting
excluding

F
failing
following
for
from

I
in
including
inside
into

L
like

M
minus
N
near
nearby
next
notwithstanding

O
of
off
on
onto
opposite
outside
over

P
past
per
plus

R
regarding
round

S
save
since

T
than
through
throughout
till
times
to
toward
towards
U
under
underneath
unlike
until
unto
up
upon
V
versus
via
W
with
within
without
worth


 

 

Week 6 - 02/09-02/13

Unit 5

 

 

Week 7- 02/16-02/20

Unit 6

 

Week 8 - SESSION BREAK

NEW SESSION STARTS April 30!

 

 

 

 

English In Common 3

Unit 5 - Life Events
Course Introduction

Only say “Nice to meet you” after you know their name!

~ What’s your name?
~ Where are you from?
~ Tell me more about yourself

**What not to ask, do’s and don’ts,
 meeting new people in situations

~ So, how do you know him?
*Asking for information

~ Giving Opinions
~ What do you think about this?

HOMEWORK:

1 ~ Read Unit 5 for this week.
Circle new vocabulary (words or combination of words)

2 - Send your teacher an Email
Click this link and answer the questions on the EXTRAS page

3 ~ Make Class ID card

Students must submit an ID card by the second week of the term. 

Use a study/note card (~7X12 cm)


YOU NEED to put:

 

Wednesday ~ Read Unit 6 for Thursday.
* Circle new vocabulary (words or combination of words)
* Answer grammar questions
* Do Listening



Finish Unit 6: Destinations
~ Nationalities
~ Make general predictions about the future
~ Explaining Choices
~ Describe a favourite place

~ Always look at the person you are speaking to. Don’t look down

Homework for next Wednesday's class:
* Read unit 7, circle new or unfamiliar words
* Listen to Unit 7 audio files

Unit 7: Mind and Body

 

Unit 7: Mind and Body

Read Unit 8 for Tuseday.
* Circle new vocabulary (words or combination of words)
* Answer grammar questions
* Do Listening

Unit 8: Life in the FAST LANE

Read Unit 9 for Next Thursday.
* Circle new vocabulary (words or combination of words)
* Answer grammar questions
* Do Listening


Lunar New Year - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Review Unit 8: Life in the FAST LANE

Start Unit 9: Careers

~ Giving



Unit 9: Careers

~ Talking about

02/01-02/03 Harry Takes over the class

 

 

Unit 10: Animal Planet

~ Inviting

 

Unit 11: World Travel.

Unit 12: Money Matters

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Ordinary Day, by Great Big Sea

Who Says You Can't Go Home, by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles

 

 

Ordinary Day, by Great Big Sea

“I’ve got a smile on my face and four walls around me.”
*Hint: 4 walls = a home

“And, I say, ‘Way, hey, hey! It’s just an ordinary day.
And it’s all your state of mind.
At the end of the day,
You’ve just got to say, ‘it’s alright’.”

Music with lyrics

Music Video

DO NOT USE ONLINE TRANSLATION!!!!!!!

USE language you know!

 

"Ordinary Day"

I've got a smile on my face, and I've got four walls around me
I’ve got the sun in the sky, the water surrounds me
I'll win now, but sometimes I'll lose
I've been battered, but I'll never bruise, it's not so bad

[Chorus]
And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day
and it's all your state of mind
At the end of the day, you've just got to say,
it's all right.

Jeanie sings on the corner, what keeps her from dying
Let them say what they want, she won't stop trying
She might stumble, if they push her 'round
She might fall, but she'll never lie down
It’s not so bad….

[Chorus]
And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day
and it's all your state of mind
At the end of the day, you've just got to say,
it's all right.
it's all right.
it's all right.
it's all right.

In this beautiful life, there's always some sorrow
And it's a double edged knife, but there's always tomorrow, you know.
It's up to you now if you sink or swim,
Just keep the faith that your ship will come in, it's not so bad.

[Chorus]
And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day
and it's all your state of mind
At the end of the day, you've just got to say,

And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day
and it's all your state of mind
At the end of the day, you've just got to say,
it's all right.
it's all right.
it's all right.
‘Cause I've got a smile on my face, and I've got four walls around me


Note: ‘Cause = slang for because

DO NOT USE ONLINE TRANSLATION!!!!!!!

USE language you know!

 

Music with lyrics

Music Video

Who Says You Can't Go Home by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles -

I’ve spent 20 years tryin’ to get out of this place
I was lookin’ for somethin’ I couldn't replace
I was runnin’ away from the only thing I've ever known

Like a blind dog without a bone
I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold

I’ve been there, done that and I aint lookin’ back on the seeds I’ve sown.
saving dimes, spending too much time on the telephone....
who says you can’t go home

Chorus:
who says you can’t go home
there’s only one place they call you one of their own
Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone
who says you can’t go home

who says you can’t go back; been all around the world
and that's a matter of fact
there’s only one place left I wanna go
who says you can’t go home
it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright


I went as far as I could tryin’ to find a new face
There isn’t one of these lines that I would erase
I left a million miles of memories on that road

every step I take, I know that I’m not alone
You can take the home from the boy, but not the boy from his home
these are my streets, an' the only life I’ve ever known
Who says you can't go home

Chorus:
who says you can’t go home
there’s only one place they call you one of their own
just a hometown boy born a rolling stone
who says you can't go home

who says you can’t go back; been all around the world
and that's a matter of fact
there’s only one place left I wanna go
who says you can’t go home


Guitar(solo)

Doesn’t matter where you are
Doesn’t matter where you go
If it’s a million miles away
or just a mile up the road
take it in, take it with you when you go
who says you can't go home

Chorus:
who says you can't go back
been all around the world
and that's a matter of fact
there’s only one place left I wanna go

who says you can’t go home
it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

who says you can’t go home
it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

who says you can’t go home
it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

Who says you can’t go home!

 

* wanna = want to

GOOD LUCK!

 

 

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