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?
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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