Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Achievement Check 2

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For the achievement check next week, you will have one listening component and one reading component. Look at the questions below and answer both of them in the comments.

1. The listening component is about vexillology. Look up that word and then tell us what you think we will hear about.

2. The reading component is an opinion article from a newspaper covering the topic of punctuation on the Internet. What do you expect to read about?

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Reading Dangerously

Some governments, schools, and parents try to prevent children and young adults from reading books that are “dangerous” or not “age appropriate” (for example: books about sex, war, drugs, rebellion, anti-religious, etc). Others argue that these “dangerous” books are often good for teaching them about adult issues, challenging their views, and making them more empathetic to different types of people. Besides, “dangerous” books can be more fun to read and, if so, will get people interested in reading even more.

Please answer ONE of the following questions in the comments:

1) What book helped to change your life, thinking, or opinion?

2) What is your opinion about allowing children and young adults to read “dangerous” books?

These vocabulary words will be important: to skew, a poll, to be risky, a psyche

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Listening: Accents

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Accents are a way of pronouncing language that is particular to an individual, place or language group. Accents can often tell us where a person lives, their socio-economic status, their ethnicity, their first language, etc…

Watch this VIDEO then, in the comments, answer one of the questions below:

1. Out of the 4 accents, which one was the most difficult to understand? What was it about that accent that made it unclear?

2. Which of those accents are you familiar with? Which one sounds the best/coolest/funniest?

3. Tohoku-ben and Kansai-ben are dialects (pronunciation and vocabulary/grammar are different), but do you know of any native-Japanese accents?

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Reading: Movie and Restaurant Reviews

five_starsIn the next class, we will be practicing reading movie/restaurant reviews. For homework, please read one of the short movie reviews HERE and in the comments, answer ONE of the following questions:

1. What was challenging about the reading?

2. What difficult/interesting vocabulary did you find in the reading? Could you guess the meaning?

3. Did you notice anything about the style of writing?

Also, these vocabulary words will be important: “style-over-substance”, novelty, the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis

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Listening: “Hands on a Hard Body”

hands on a truck In the next class we will practice our listening skills focusing on using context to guess hard-to-hear words and phrases. We will listen to excerpts from a documentary called Hands on a Hard Body about a contest held every year by a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas. Twenty-four people stand around a $15,000 hard body pickup truck. When the starting whistle blows, each person puts one hand on the truck. And they stand there … and stand there … until one by one, people get tired and drop away, and one person is left standing. That person gets to keep the truck. We hear an interview with Benny Perkins, who won the truck one year ago and came back to try to win again. He says a contest like this is not easy. You slowly go crazy from sleep deprivation.

Choose ONE of the questions below and answer it in the comments.

1. Predict what you think Benny Perkins will tell us about the contest.

2. What kind of person do you think enters and wins a contest like this?

3. What might be some of the difficulties with this listening?

These vocabulary words will be important: a contestant, one by one, a competitor, numb, self-worth, conceited

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Reading: Travel Guides and Food Ingredients

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In the next class (12/8) we will practice our reading skills using texts from a British travel guide of Shanghai and some food ingredient listings.

For homework, think about the characteristics of both kinds of text and also how you read them. Then write a comment about what you think we might read about and/or what different skills we will use to read these very different types of text.

 

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Listening Practice

In the next class (December 1st) we will practice our listening skills. For homework, please watch this 5-minute video of Kellee Santiago explaining why and how game design is important to real life. This topic relates to what you will hear in class.

Before you listen to her presentation, think about what you know about video games. Then predict what you might hear. As you listen, compare what you hear with what you expected. Finally, after the listening, critically evaluate your listening skills as well as the information she provided. Look at the questions below, choose one, then answer it in the comments.

1. Did accessing your background information and predicting help you to understand the speech? If so, how? If not, why not?

2. As you listened and compared what she said with what you expected, did it help you understand the speech better? If so, how? If not, why not?

3. How well could you understand her speech? What kinds of things helped your comprehension and what might have hindered your understanding?

These vocabulary words will be important in the next class: alternate reality, gamers, epic, crowd-sourcing

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Achievement Check 1

For the achievement check next week, you will have one listening component and one reading component. Look at both of the questions below and answer one of them in the comments.

1. The listening component is named “Music and the Mind”. What do you expect to hear? Is there anything you can share with us about music and/or our minds?

2. The reading component is an opinion article from a British magazine covering the topic of globalization. What do you expect to read about? Is there anything you can share with us about different opinions on globalization?

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Reading: Take a Nap to Get Ahead at Work

Naps boost work performance and improve health.

In the next class we will practice our reading skills in order to prepare for the Achievement Check on November 17th. We will read a magazine article from a magazine called Bloomberg Businessweek and the article’s title is “Take a Nap to Get Ahead at Work”.

These vocabulary words will be important: to take a nap, productivity, cognitive performance.

In the comments, please make a prediction about what we are going to read about.

*REMEMBER: next class is 11/10*

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Listening to Lectures

Professors’ lectures are often long and sometimes really boring, but we need to gather, process, and retain the information. How? One way is by listening actively. Sunni Brown, owner of a visual design company, explains how and why “doodling” is a great way to do this. Watch her video HERE, fill in the worksheet, then answer ONE of the questions below in the comments.

1. How do you usually take notes and keep yourself awake during a long, boring lecture?

2. What do you think about Sunni Brown’s idea about doodling?

*Remember: readings and questions are due next week October 27th before 14:20!*

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