What a beautiful day today! I hope you can enjoy the sunshine during your breaks.
The Secret Garden
After speed discussion, we completed listening and discussion activities about two of the songs you'll hear in the Secret Garden musical this evening (or tomorrow evening). In these activities, we looked at idiomatic expressions, character relationships and themes.
Make sure to meet me in front of the theater at 6:40pm and I'll give you your ticket. We'll be sitting in a group in the theater. Please don't forget the map from class, or you can check the map on your phones - justclick on this link for the map: IE Field Trip map
We had a short activity on how to show interest during a discussion. We need to show interest to let the speaker know that we are listening to him/her. You can use these expressions:
Discussion Leader Absences:
In today's class, THREE of the four discussion leaders were absent, so we could not have our discussions. It would have been very unfair to today's leader to lead a discussion with the entire class!
In the future, you can only reschedule your discussion if you have a serious illness and you must do the following:
For those students who do not following these steps (which are explained in the course syllabus), you will automatically receive 0% for your discussion.
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #6
3. Journal Topic #5:
Blog Question #6:
What did you think about our field trip to see the musical The Secret Garden (interesting and/or suprising observations)?
It was really great to meet all of you today. You are a talkative group! I'm really looking forward to our lessons this semester.
Syllabus and Schedule:
We had a short introduction activity and you got to get to know each other. We then went looked at the syllabus and our course schedule. We have a lot of assignments to do this semester, so if you have any difficulties, make sure you let me know so that I can help you.
We had a short activity to help you learn some expressions for asking for and giving your opinion. Make sure to support your opinion with a reason and/or example.
We also learned expressions for agreeing and disagreeing with opinions. The expression "Tell me about it!" is a slang expression, and it is used to show strong agreement.
We learned how to complete a discussion worksheet. You will have to download the worksheet and complete it before your discussion. In the Discussion Skills section, you can find the slide presentation from our lesson "How to Complete your Worksheet". There are also links to different English language newspaper sites in the Useful Links section.
We'll be going on a theater field trip to see the musical production of The Secret Garden. Some of you will go on Thursday, May 15 and other on Friday, May 15. I will reserve the tickets for us, so make sure to bring 2500 for your ticket to next week's class. I'll collect the money and pay for the tickets.
Enjoy your weekend!
Blog Question #1:
Tell me about your spring break.
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, April 15 by 6:00pm.