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.
Wow! There was so much to do in yesterday's class. I can't believe how quickly three hours passed!
Opinion Giving and Discussion Leading:
We had a short review activity about the 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?
I was very impressed with your discussions yesterday, especially your preparation. Most of you were able to give your summary without your notes! Great work!
However, remember these points to improve your discussions next week:
For the writing section of our lesson, we learned about the purpose and structure of a persuasion essay.
A persuasion essay gives the writer's opinion on a topic and the writer wants to convince the reader to support his/her position (either for or against something).
We read a sample persuasion essay and identified the different parts. Remember that we'll be learning about each part in more detail over the next few weeks. All of the materials are in the Writing-->Persuasion Essay section on the website.
Finally, we also brainstormed a variety of topics that you can choose from for your topic.
You exchanged journals with your writing partner. You will keep your partner's journal this week and write 3 pages in your partner's journal:
a. one page of comments on your partner's writing
b. two pages on this week's new topic
1. Discussion preparation (see schedule)
3. Essay Structure Activity
4. Choose essay topic
5. Blog posting #2
Enjoy your week!
Blog Question #2:
Tell me about one of your childhood experience in your hometown (include the name of your hometown in your post).
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Tuesday, April 23 by 6:00pm.