English Two

Summer Term 2008
Thursdays, 4−6 pm; room 049, Computer Science building, Takustr. 9.


Dates given on this page always refer to the lesson a particular homework task is due for. If you have any questions at all, please don't be afraid to write an e-mail and ask. All materials can be found on the Resources page.

Additional class on Friday, 18 July, at 6 pm in room 049. We're going to watch a movie, and you can send in suggestions.

17 July
– Still the poems, really. Maybe the recording of Handel's "Messiah" (on the Resources page) helps you get into the mood. smile
– Please prepare a short presentation of the book you read. Give a personal, perhaps even emotional, account of what the book meant to you and why you would recommend it to your colleagues.

10 July
– The two poems, see 3 July.
– If you haven't presented your findings on Kate Fox, you will this time.

3 July
– Rehearse performing the two poems (PDF). Use the tools you have learnt about in the context of Arthur the Rat and come up with a reading that you think makes sense and does the poems justice.
– Please get hold of Kate Fox's Watching the English from the reserved bookshelf. Read one of the chapters in the book and make appropriate notes. Present that chapter and the ideas you find most remarkable in it so that someone who has not read it can appreciate the point that Fox makes in that chapter.

26 June
– Please create a transcript of the Daily Show interview with Eric Idle. Pay special attention to the differences in intonation between the host and his guest. Be prepared to demonstrate these differences.

19 June
– In the Arthur the Rat text, mark all the text blocks within sentences that you think shouldn't be separated -- based on a) which words are obviously linked phonetically and b) where the speaker makes a pause that doesn't hinder the understanding of the sentence. Practise reading the text according to your text block pattern.
– Watch the Daily Show excerpt with Eric Idle. Pay particular attention to the differences in dynamic range between the speakers' intonations. If you feel you could use the exercise, create a transcript for that clip.

12 June
– Watch one of the Enough Rope videos. If your last name starts with a letter in A to L, watch the Billy Connolly video, if your last name starts with a letter in M to Z, watch the Steve Irwin video.
– What characterises the accent of the talk show guest? Give phonetic symbols for words or sounds containing these characteristics. Also, do they use any expressions that strike you as typical of English? If so, define the intonation pattern that they are said in and make sure you can imitate them.

5 June
– Do the worksheet on phonetic symbols.
– For your words due last time, give the pronunciation in phonetic symbols.
– Denote the differences in English accents using phonetic symbols.

29 May
– Practise the short vowel sounds we looked at last time with the Arther the Rat text.
– Also, make sure you have a good grasp of the remaining symbols and that you can use them in giving the pronunciation for the next batch of words on your list.

22 May
– Pick a couple of different recordings from the audio book or the Arthur the Rat group. What differences in accent, above all in pronunciation of individual words, can you make out? Try to write these differences in the IPA phonetic symbols that you can find e.g. in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, which is available in the library.
– Bring your vocabulary list with you and make sure you know how to pronounce the words on it.

15 May
– Download the Arthur the Rat file. Listen to all the recordings. Choose one of those recordings and create a transcript of that recording. Where do the different speakers differ in their pronunciation? How can you characterise these differences in terms of which sounds one or another of them uses?
– Pick one paragraph from the audio book you chose to transcribe and practise imitating the intonation and word stress of the speaker in the recording.

8 May
– Download the Listening Comprehension Starter Kit. Listen to all the recordings. Choose one of those recordings and create a word-for-word transcript of that recording. Can you identify a few peculiarities of the speaker's accent?

24 April
– No homework for today.

17 April
– This is our first session. Just come as you are.


Please feel free to leave comments or post questions that might be relevant to your colleagues. For everything else, please send an e-mail.

"audio book or the Arthur the Rat group" doesn´t it have to be "of"? wink

-- McBok - 20 May 2008

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