English Two
Winter Term 2009-10
Thursdays, 4−6 pm; room 049, Computer Science building, Takustr. 9.
Office Hours: Mon 10-12 on Campfire or by appointment


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.

17 December
– Please see the blog for some food for thought.
– If you think you could still use some help with any phonetics-related questions, please make a note of them and address them in class.

10 December
– Please spend some time with the phonetics worksheet. Concentrate on the bits that still give you some trouble and that you might not have got right. We shall try to clear up any remaining problems in class.

3 December
– Create a transcript for either one of the Enough Rope videos. Using the phonetic symbols, how would you describe the accent of the speakers and how they relate to Standard British pronunciation? What pattern is there to the deviations from that standard?

26 November
– For at least all the sounds that were assigned to your group listen to one of the recordings of Arthur the Rat and explain how certain sound differ from a sound that is used in German, and what would be the closest equivalent there.

19 November
– Create a transcript of one of the Arthur the Rat recordings.
– According to your group, make a list of all the words in the text that contain a sound from your category. What other (sequences of) letters can be used for the same sound?

12 November
– Add a comment to the Weekly Words post on the blog.
– Have a read through Bierce's "Chickamauga". Practise reading it out loud, bearing in mind the ideas about intonation we have discussed so far.
– Do a little research on Bierce and his short stories. Report on an interesting bit of information you found.

5 November
– In your two transcripts, try to predict pauses that the speakers might make, using the criteria you established in class, by marking them in the print-outs. Compare to the actual recordings. What is your success rate? What other factors might play a role? Bring ideas and marked-up print-outs to class.

29 October
– Create a transcript of one of the audiobook excerpts on the Resources page.

22 October
– Create a transcript of the John Simpson programme on the fall of the Berlin Wall.
– Choose a book to read over the semester.

15 October
– This is our first session. Just come as you are.
Topic revision: r9 - 14 Dec 2009, PeterMonnerjahn


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