Welcome back everyone!
It was really great to see everyone today, and I'm glad that you enjoyed your summer vacation. Even though it was the first day of class, we were still busy!
I went through the IE 3 Syllabus in the first part of our lesson. We have finished with the writing component of our course, so now we are moving on to the listening component. The syllabus, schedules and guidelines are in the IE3 --> course information section on the website.
Cambodian Writing Program:
In the second part of class, you were able to learn about the lives of your Cambodian writing partner from my NGO school, the Bayon English Academy, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
You received your first letter from your partner, and got a chance to discuss your letter with your groups. For next week, please make sure to complete your letter and submit it in class. I will provide you with an envelope, so you don't need to bring one to class. Remember these points for your letter:
1. Write 5-6 pages on paper from an A4 writing pad
2. leave a space between each sentence
3. include pictures or drawings
4. make a copy of your partner's letter and your letter
5. bring the copies and your letter to class next week
During the semester, you can follow your partner's studies on the BEA Blog: www.bea-cambodia.org
Cambodian "Culture" Vocabulary:
The "culture" vocabulary from your partners' letters are in a slide presentation in the Cambodian Research section of the website at the bottom of the page.
Enjoy your weekend!
Blog Question #1:
What is your impression of Cambodia and Cambodian people after reading your partner's letter?
*Write 12-15 sentences.
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Tuesday, October 1 by 6:00pm.
I hope you all had a great summer! As promised, here is all the information you'll need for the fall semester of our course. Please download, print and bring these to class this Wednesday. In the file, you will find:
a. Fall Syllabus
b. Fall Schedule
c. Cambodian Writing Exchange Program Guidelines
d. Group Presentation Guidelines & Groups
e. Interactions Schedule (our listening discussions)
It is also very important that you attend this Wednesday's lesson. You will get your first letter from your Cambodian partner and the program guidelines. Please respect the deadlines for this program, especially since we are working with another school, teacher and course in another country.
You can click on the following link to view photos of your partners preparing their letters for you:
BEA Kids and Writing Exchange Program
Also, you can check the BEA Facebook Page for more information about BEA and your partner's involvement in the school.
BEA Kids at BEA (Facebook page)
It'll be an exciting first day, so I hope to see everyone bright and early at 9am!
See you soon!
It was really great to meet all of you yesterday. I'm really looking forward to our lessons this year.
Syllabus and Schedule:
In the first period, we had a short introduction activity in which you got to meet your classmates. We then went through the syllabus and our course schedule. All of this information is in the IE 3 Course Information section. We have a lot of work to do this semester, so if you have any difficulties with our course, make sure you let me know so that I can help you.
We learned how to complete a discussion worksheet. You will have to download the worksheet and complete it before your discussion. The discussion sheets are in the Discussion Skills section. You can either type or write your worksheet. There are also links to different English language newspaper sites in the Useful Links section.
The power point presentation on How to Complete your Discussion worksheet is also in the Discussion Skills section if you need to review it while completing your worksheet.
We had a short activity to help you learn some expressions for giving your opinion and for agreeing and disagreeing with opinions. Make sure to support your opinion with a reason and/or example. When you want to ask for somebody's opinion, you can use these expressions:
1. What are your feelings on this?
2. What do you think about this?
1. Journal entry #1 / Topic: self-introduction
2. Discussion Preparation
3. Blog Posting #1
Have a great weekend!
Blog Question #1:
What has been one of the most memorable experiences in your life?
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Tuesday, April 16 by 6:00pm.