Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Final Class is Here!

As this is our final class, let me say how much I have enjoyed working with you the past seven weeks. I hope that each of you have enjoyed some of the things we've done together in class, and that you have learned some tools that will help you in your future English learning.

Today we will have the Harry Potter group presentation, do some listening from Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, and finish our recordings. The Harry Potter group will begin their presentation at 9:30 (or earlier if they all arrive before that), the listening will be from 10:30 to 11:00, and the last hour will be a chance for those without three recordings to finish their three.

Today's materials:

The 50 words:
a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, than, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you

Green Eggs and Ham Video

Current status of posts, videos and presentations
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Class #6 Materials

This week we will have the presentation from the Shawshank Redemption group, as well as listening practice about technology. Here is the schedule.
1. 9:00-9:30 My Hometown video recording and presentation preparation
2. 9:30-10:30 Shawshank Redemption group presentation (Yeah!)
3. 10:30-11:15 Listening practice and writing response
4. 11:15-11:35 Blog writing
5. 11:35-12:00 Risk game

Here is the podcast we will listen to for today.

The website for this podcast is
Listening Questions:
1. What should everybody be involved in everyday?
2. What are the two tech tips?
A. What is special about the first resource? Who is it primarily for?
B. What is the purpose of the second site? How could you use this site?
3. What is an ageless learner?
4. Where does an ageless learner get their information?
5. What are some of the old search engines that were used 10 years ago?
6. What is formal learning?
7. What is non-formal learning?
8. What is informal learning?
9. What percent (%) of adults are engaged in informal learning?
10. What percent (%) of adults are engaged in formal learning?

As many of our classmates do not have a lot of posts on their blog, I will give you 15 minutes in class today to write one post. Remember, to pass the class each person must have a)five blog posts b)three videos and c)participate in their group presentation.
Here is my information for each student as of this morning.
# of blog posts # of videos group presentation
Mandy 2 2 next week
Vivan 1 2 next week
Jingya 1 3 Yes
Phillip 6 2 Yes
Sean 1 3 Today
Elvis 2 1 (and 1 dino) Yes
Sam 1 2 Yes
Maggie 5 1 next week
Mega 4 3 Today
David 3 1 (and 1 dino) Yes
Chien Fong 3 2 Today
Anne 4 1 Yes
Viola 0 2 next week
Leon 1 3 Today
Hope 3 3 next week
Jillian 2 2 Yes
Edith 2 3 Yes
Fenny 4 2 Yes
Amanda 4 1 Yes
Cherry ? 1 next week

My Hometown Videos

Students describing their hometown in response to "The News from Lake Wobegon" from the Prairie Home Companion.









Chien Fong

Friday, November 21, 2008

Class #5 Materials

This week we are very busy!
1. The Matilda group will have 15 minutes (or so) to finish their presentation, starting at 9:00.
2. Listening- "A Prairie Home Companion"
This is an American radio show broadcast every Saturday night. It has live music, funny jokes, and many stories. Below is a video clip to give you an idea what it is like.

APHC- Ruth Harrison Reference Librarian Script
We will be listening to a story from the show, called "The News from Lake Wobegon." This is a section where the host of the show tells about things that have happened in his "home town." As you listen, try to write down the following:
1. Who are the people mentioned in the story?
2. What events or holidays are mentioned?
3. What is the conclusion?
4. What is one funny part (or one joke) from the story?
Your writing for today (and what you will record for our 3rd video) will be about your "home town." Think of something funny or interesting from your life that relates to the place you lived when you were young. Write about it.

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events group report. This will run from 10:30 to 11:30. I'm really excited to see your presentation!

4. 3rd recording on the topic of "My Home Town."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Class #4 Materials

First of all, because of family issues our class this week will end at 11am instead of 12pm. I'll make this hour up on our last class. Since our time is shorter, I will come to class at 8:45am and begin recording those students that didn't record their "This I Belive" video last week. If that is you, try to come a few minutes early, or right on time.
Because of the Matilda group's presentation, we don't have a lot of materials this time, just listening from the BBC's "6 Minute English."
BBC 6 Minute English- Wisdom
mp3 download

If there is any extra time, we play PIT. (See below for rules of the game.)
Rules for the game of PIT
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Monday, November 10, 2008

UPDATED This I Belive Videos

These are videos of classmates expressing their beliefs in the style of the NPR radio program "This I Believe."


Edith "I Belive Everything Will Find Its Way"

Fanny "I Belive Everything That Happens to Me is All Right"

Jingya "I Believe in Always Looking on the Bright Side"

Leon "I Believe Concentration is an Essential Trait for Life"

Mandy "I Believe True Winners Can Balance in their Life"

Mega "I Believe in Doing Yoga"

Phillip "I Believe in Cause and Effect"

Sam "I Believe in Not Putting All My Eggs in One Basket"

Sean "I Believe in Individual Thinking"