English Two
Winter Term 2008-9
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.

12 February
– Prepare a short presentation of your book (three minutes max). Think about what might motivate the others to read your book. Did it move you, is the author a fascinating character, did it give you new ideas?

5 February
– For one of the topics you dealt with during the last three classes, explore the material a little further wherever your curiosity takes you. Work with different media: books, newspapers, television, the Internet etc. Prepare a short talk on one of those items that find particularly interesting because it made you appreciate something about English that you weren't aware of before.

29 January
– For the stations that your group has done so far, try and amplify the material covered there by consulting some additional sources, such as the obvious Internet-based ones. I'd like a short presentation of whatever you find that the others might be intrigued by.

15 January
– Study your findings from last week's class. Do some additional research on that material wherever you expect that something interesting might be waiting. Bring this additional material to class.

8 January
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18 December
– Practice reading Bierce's short story "Chickamauga". By now you should know what to pay attention to. Also make sure to look up the words most obviously unknown to you. (As always, you should look at about two hours of work for this. Not that you'd need to be reminded... ;>)

11 December
– No homework for today.

4 December
– Where can you detect rising and falling tones of voice in the AtR recordings? What patterns does this follow? If there are patterns, what characterises the blocks of words that sentences get divided into? Practice reading the AtR text according to the patterns that you discovered.

27 November
– Listen to all three recordings of "Arthur the Rat". Create a transcript of the text.
– Apart from the pronunciation of individual words, where and how do or don't these recordings differ?
– Make sure to complete the phonetic symbols worksheet.

20 November
– Make sure you can apply what you know about vowel sounds to your half-column of The Chaos.
– Additionally, try and work out the solutions to the the exercises on the phonetic symbols worksheet (on the Resources page).
– Represent a handful of characteristics of one of the accent in your video using phonetic symbyols.

13 November
– Look up the pronunciation of all the words in your group's half-column of The Chaos in order to familiarize yourself with the phonetic symbols. (If you don't have a printed dictionary ready to hand, there's a link on the home page directing you to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary's online edition, which has all the information on pronunciation you will need.)
– Bring your results on the videos we didn't get to last time. They will be the basis of our discussion of the sound repertoire of English.

6 November
– Watch all the videos with Billy Connolly, Patrick Stewart, and Frank McCourt in them. Then choose one and analyse the differences in accent of the two speakers. Try to detect a couple of patterns, e.g. which kinds of vowel sound are consistently pronounced differently in the two accents. Use any kinds of examples or descriptions you need. If you want to look ahead a little, you can use the phonetic symbols to categorise the sounds you're dealing with.

30 October
– After listening to all the audiobook excerpts, choose one of them and create a word-for-word transcript of the text. Bring a typewritten copy to class.

23 October
– Watch the Ken Robinson video at least one more time. Make sure you understand all the things he talks about.
– Collect five phrases Robinson uses that you think are interesting and that you would like to use yourself. Try to find out as much as you can about them: what do they mean, how are they used, etc.?
– Upon watching the video again, which ideas struck you as being the most influential in Robinson's talk? Be prepared to discuss your choice.

16 October
– This is our first session. Just come as you are.


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Topic revision: r19 - 30 Mar 2009, PeterMonnerjahn


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