We are officially half way through our course. We'll be quite busy in June with our presentations and Book Report #2, but July will not be as busy. Work hard for the next few weeks, and you can have a bit of a break in July.
After speed discussion, we had a short activity on vocabulary collocation (=learning vocabulary in groups). Instead of making lists of words, it's better to make a group of words that are connected to the same topic. In this way, you can remember vocabulary more easily. For example, you can have this group of words connected to the word "smoking":
smoking --> causes cancer
smoker / non-smoker
--> first-hand smoke/second-hand smoke
Make sure you note down the vocabulary from speed discussion and from your discussions each week.
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
After the break, we continued with learning about presentations. In today's lesson, we learned how to use visuals. There are a variety of visuals that you can use for your presentation:
We also learned how to explain graphs and maps. When you explain a graph, use the following steps:
All of our presentation handouts from class today can be found in the Presentation section of the website.
Cell Phones in Class:
I am very disappointed that I still have to keep telling students not to use their cell phones during our lesson. When you do this, it shows that you are not interested in learning and shows that you don't care about your partner and/or group. Please be aware that I note down your name every time you use your cell phone in class, and I will decrease your final grade by -1% each time you use your phone in class.
1. Blog Post #8
2. Discussion Preparation
3. Read Graded Reader (15 pages)
4. Journal Topic #7: your future goals
5. Presentation outline
Blog Question #8:
In today's lesson, I returned your Book Report #1 with my comments and your grade. Read through the feedback.
What three things do you have to improve for your next book report?