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
From Blogger Pictures

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
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Hobby tervort ADAM

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"

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Class #3 Materials

Listening: from NPR's "This I Believe"
A Musician of Many Cultures by Yo-yo Ma
Yo-yo Ma on This I Believe Download mp3

Character, setting, plot identification activity
Character, Setting, And Plot

2nd recording: Write about your "Belief." The instructions below may help you.
Essay Instructions for Adam's CPT Class

Friday, October 31, 2008

Class #2 Materials

Here are the things we will be using for our second class. Please download what you need, and we'll see you on Saturday!
#1 British Council Magazine article
Download here

Download the mp3 here

#2 Accent Training
Download here

Download the mp3s here.

#3 Grammar practice- TOEIC practice (grammar based questions)
Download here

#4 Scrabble Game
If you get stuck, you can use this online scrabble dictionary!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

RE: homework

Dear all,
I hope you have had a good week so far. As you can see, the videos of our classmates who recorded last time are up on the website. Watch a few, and leave comments for them if you have anything to say. Also, on the right hand side of this blog are links to everyone else's blog. You just click and can then visit their blog.
Now, about the writing homework. If possible, I'd like everyone to post their homework to their blog by Thursday night, so I have some time to look at it before Saturday morning. So far, only Mega has posted, so I encourage all of you to start your writing as soon as possible.
I will post the material for this Saturday's class by Thursday night as well.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Show me your video, part 1 (UPDATED NOV. 10)

Updated with new classmates videos!
Mandy (New Classmate)

Vivian (New Classmate)

Cherry (New Classmate)







Viola (our class leader)








Chien Fong



Friday, October 24, 2008

1st Class!!

10/25 1st class
-Introduction to course (Dead Poet's Society, Novels, Blogs, Journal Writing, Final Test)
-Student Introductions
-Grammar review
-Outline Writing
-1st recording

1. Who is Adam?
Posted by Picasa

Posted by Picasa

2. Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! (Video clips from Dead Poets Society)

Look at Things in a Different Way

3. Class Goals- To improve reading, writing, listening and speaking in an interactive way
  • Reading- Novels (Each group will present on the date noted)
  • Writing- In-class and weekly journals (to be posted on blogs) and peer review
  • Listening- In-class listening excercises
  • Speaking- 4 recordings and presentations

4. Novel groups (Divide and decide)
5. Blog setup
  1. Set up Gmail account
  2. Set up Blogger account
  1. Embed pictures with Picasa
  2. Embed movies at Youtube or Viddler
  3. Embed audio/music
  4. Embed documents/pdf files
  5. File hosting
6. Journal writing
Pick one topic from this page and write about it every week on your blog. This should be 250-500 words.

7. Final Test- There are only two grades- Pass and Fail. To pass you must write five journal articles, record three videos, and participate in your group's novel presentation. Everyone should pass! Don't Worry!

Now, for something completely different!
Student Introductions- Please introduce yourself, mentioning things like:
  • Where are you from?
  • What is your job at CPT?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What sports do you like?
  • Where do you like to go on vacation?
  • Why are you taking this class?
Grammar Review
First, take the pretest, then we'll discuss grammar.

Outline Writing
Why? How?

I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter
B. Thesis Statement
II. Main Point 1
A. Detail 1
B. Detail 2
III. Main Point 2
A. Detail 1
B. Detail 2
IV. Main Point 3
A. Detail 1
B. Detail 2
V. Conclusion
A. Restate Thesis
B. Final Opinion

And last, but not least, time to make our first recording!
You may give a simple introduction of yourself, or you may write something on a different topic, but you should follow the outline form first.

Friday, October 17, 2008

CPT Saturday Morning English Class Schedule

10/25 1st class
-Introduction to course (Dead Poet's Society, Novels, Blogs, Journal Writing, Final Test)
-Student Introductions
-Grammar review
-Outline Writing
-1st recording

11/1 2nd class
-Listening Practice: British Council Magazine
-Writing response, editing, reading aloud
-Accent training
-TOEIC type grammar practice
-Scrabble game

11/8 3rd class
-Listening Practice: National Public Radio
-Writing response, editing, reading aloud
-Character, setting, plot identification activity
-2nd recording

11/15 4th class
-Listening practice: BBC Radio
-Writing response, editing, reading aloud
-Matilda group book report
-Pit game

11/22 5th class
-Listening practice: A Prairie Home Companion
-Writing response, editing, reading aloud
-Lemony Snicket group book report
-3rd recording

11/29 6th class
-Listening practice: Tech News podcast
-Writing response, editing, reading aloud
-Shawshank Redemption group book report
-Risk game

12/6 Final class
-Listening practice: Fashion News
-Writing response, editing, reading aloud
-Harry Potter group book report
-4th recording