English Two
Summer Term 2009
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.

Continuous assignments
– Read in your book for at least 15 minutes every day.
– Look up at least two words or phrases from your book every day and keep a vocabulary book (or equivalent) including English definitions and example sentences for each word you add.
– At least once a week contribute a comment to the Weekly Words post on the blog.

16 July
– Prepare a short oral presentation of your book. No summaries, please, but something that your colleagues might actually find interesting. What moved you about the book, annoyed you, made you think? Why would you (not) recommend it? Give the others something that tells them whether they'd perhaps want to read the book themselves. Please no longer than three minutes max!

9 July
– We'll continue our language quadrathlon, so please try to recall some of the things you've explored and find possible parallels in your books.

2 July
– See last time's second item.
– Have a look at the Resources page and choose one of the audiobook excerpts to create a transcript of it. Compare the actual reading to our more theoretical ideas about intonation. Does our model still hold up?

25 June
– Practise reading a paragraph or two from your book according to the principles we discussed in class. Bring that passage to class.
– Print out the Tenses Overview and Tenses Worksheets. With a partner try to decide on the correct tenses to be used on the worksheets, using only the definitions given in the Tenses Overview. Make a note of any disagreement or sentences where you think the definitions didn't give solid enough grounds for making a decision.

18 June
– Work through the Arthur the Rat text, applying your understanding of intonation in figuring out the likely places of (possible) pauses in the text by: a) identifying units of meaning, b) looking for colliding consonants that would make linking the words at least awkward, and c) systematically experimenting with prolonged pauses in different places to get a feel for where they do not disrupt the flow of the sentence.
– Only after you have marked your text up like that, go back to one of the recordings of AtR and try to verify your choices of pause locations.

11 June
– For your daily words, in addtion to looking them up and copying relevant definitions write them down using the phonetic symbols—without looking them up first. Only after that compare them with what a dictionary says the pronunciation should be. Make sure you understand the difference, if any, and are able to explain it.

4 June
– Do the pronunciation worksheet.

14 May
– Create a transcript of the Daily Show clip with Patrick Stewart. Thoroughly proof-read your text. Bring a hardcopy.

7 May
– Create a transcript of a five-minute passage of your choice from the Ken Robinson video. See the blog for details.

30 April
– Create a transcript of the Arthur the Rat recording.

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

Topic revision: r12 - 14 Jul 2009, PeterMonnerjahn


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