Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Presentation Guidelines

EXPECTATIONS FOR PRESENTATIONS

WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS? – Presentations demonstrate your ability to research a topic in English, to organize the information, and to communicate the information clearly to your classmates. Moreover, it demonstrates your ability to speak English fluidly.  Mistakes are o.k.!  Just make sure people can understand what you are saying.

DO YOUR RESEARCH IN ENGLISH – Don’t try to research your topic in German and translate it into English.  That’s an extra step and will make your preparation too long.

SUBMIT AN OUTLINE FOR REVIEW – at least two weeks before your presentation, present an outline to the teacher for feedback.  The outline should be detailed and reflect the structure and content of your presentation.  You should also list the sources you used in constructing the presentation.

SPEAK FREELY – Don’t read or memorize your presentation.  You may have a notecard with keywords to remind you what you want to say. Remember Bela Lugosi as Dracula. 

BE PREPARED! -  Know your topic backwards and forwards so that you can speak freely and answer questions.  Look up words you don’t know or use an easier word for your audience.  Double-check pronunciation. 

VISUAL AIDS – Powerpoints should be used as a visual aid to help your audience understand what you are talking about.  Pictures, labels, graphs, keywords are all good things. Do not put large chunks of text on a Powerpoint slide that you intend to read.  Also, do not use long videos to substitute for your presentation

HANDOUTS - Handouts are a good idea to help your audience remember your topic and to give them ideas for further research.  You may include an outline of your talk and your sources.

REMEMBER THE BASICS – Use good eye contact with members of your audience.  Don’t dress down the day of your presentation.  Modulate your voice so your audience doesn’t lose interest.  Don’t be too relaxed or stiff.  It’s always a good idea to interact with your visual aids and with your audience.

NO EXCUSES – I’ve heard them all:  “I forgot my presentation” “I accidentally erased my power point” “I didn’t know it was today” “I had a test in another class” “My dog ate my USB stick”  If you are absent the day of your presentation or if you defer your presentation , you may or may not have the chance to make it up.  The presentation counts as Mitarbeit, so the important thing is to give it – a zero is worse than a 51%!

IN THE END, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LANGUAGE – I don’t care how brilliant your slide show is.  I care about whether you are speaking English from the heart.


2C - Homework for Thursday, January 29

For Thursday, January 29, you should read over the pages in your textbook about how a four-stroke engine works.  This is in preparation for Tag der offenen Tür, when students of the second class are expected to spend time in the English room (Aufenthaltsraum) and describe how a four-stroke motor works in English.

Brownie points to students who make a decent poster of a four-stroke engine with the parts labeled in English (hand-drawn or computer generated).

4AHK - Homework for Friday, January 30

For Friday, January 30

1) Finish the homework for Tuesday, January 27: look at the vocabulary on page 53 (Complaints) in preparation for writing letters of complaint on Friday.

2) Think about how your complaint can bring about the best results (remember the phrase:  "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.")  How much does language play a role in obtaining a satisfactory result?

1 HAS - Homework for Friday, January 30

1) Finish homework for Tuesday, January 27 - Review page 14 in the Self-Study Grammar Guide (present perfect tense)

2) Homework for Friday, January 30 - Review page 38 in the Self-Study Grammar Guide (Adjectives/Comparison)

3) On Friday, we will look more closely at the Schularbeit and start work on the Building Blocks (grammar and vocabulary) for Module 4 - Fashion.

4) On Tuesday, February 3, you will have several tasks to work on in class.  You will turn this work in at the end of the hour.  It will count as Mitarbeit.

Monday, January 26, 2015

1C - Homework for Monday, February 2 - Groundhog Day

For Monday, February 2

1) Finish the exercises on pp. 49-51 (reading:  Man Turns Paper Clip into House, and Ex. 1 & 2)

2) Do exercises 4, 5, 6 on pp. 51-52 (present perfect tense, explanation on p. 55).

We will be celebrating Groundhog Day!  What is Groundhog Day?  Who celebrates it? Where is it celebrated? Why is it celebrated? Do you believe in Groundhog Day?

7C - Homework for Thursday, January 29

No stress!

For Thursday, we're going to do a vocabulary exercise in class.  You can prepare by simply reading over the texts on page 41 (The Alps:  Living Space, Resort and Transit Zone) and page 43 (Environmental Challenges in Constructing the Gotthard Base Tunnel) and MARKING THE VOCABULARY YOU DON'T KNOW. 

We will start the lesson on Thursday with exercise 4 on page 42 (words with similar meanings) so you might prepare that as well.

This may take you half an hour (30 minutes). Make it so!

Friday, January 23, 2015

4AHK . Homework for Tuesday, January 27

For Tuesday, January 27,

1) prepare to talk about awesome examples of customer service. You and your partner will present your case study to the class.  You should be able to do this without notes. 

Hannah Hilmar - Lego
Sebastian Julian D - Bungie Studios / Halo
Marko Julian B. - Taco Bell
Jela Verena - Opryland /Spa Machine
Vanessa Alexandra - Ritz Carlton
Christoph Manuel - United Airlines
Hubert Andreas - Sainsbury Tiger Bread
Lisa Tamara - Morton's Steakhouse

2) Study the vocabulary on page 53.  We will use it in class next week when we do complaint letters.

3) Take a look at notalwaysworking.com  which has funny stories about bad customer service!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Academic Integrity

Before you turn in an assignment, go through this checklist.  If it is not your own work, don't hand it in.  This wastes your time, the teacher's time and leads to unhappiness all the way around.

*   Is your text your own work? Have confidence in yourself that with a little practice, you, too, CAN ACTUALLY WRITE ENGLISH!
*   Did you copy it from the Internet? (if the answer is 'yeah, but I changed a few words' or 'yeah, but it was a German text and I ran it through Google Translate' then it is NOT your own work.  Stop being lazy and start over!).
*   Did you copy it out of the book?  (if the answer is 'yeah, but I rearranged a few words and left some stuff out' then it is NOT your own work.  Stop being lazy and start over!)
*   Did you copy it from a classmate?  (if the answer is 'yeah, but she's in the other group' then it is NOT your own work. Stop being lazy and start over!)
*   Did you run a German text through Google Translate?

*   Did you copy a classmate's computer file and print it out with your name?

5IW - Homework for Wednesday, January 28

To wrap up the chapter on pricing, write out answers to Tasks 54, 55, 56, 57, and 58 in your course book, International Business and Marketing, Section Train your Brain pp 221.

This is due on Wednesday, January 28 OR BEFORE!

Don't copy things from the book or the Internet (see this post Writing Checklist and Expectations), and don't copy from your classmates.  Prove to us that you understand what you're talking about!

Good Luck!
 Frau Prof. Fuchs & Frau Prof. Sandrock

4IW - Homework for Wednesday, January 28

Finance - Sources of finance                          http://www.bized.co.uk

Questions - Case study - Biz Training
Scenario 1:
Biz Training Inc. is considering buying a new online learning system to enable them to deliver the training they do for their corporate clients. They are looking at three different systems and the cost of each system is as follows:
System A
System B
System C
$120,000
$100,000
$85,000
Scenario 2:
Biz Training is contemplating relocating to new premises. Two possible sites are available with slightly different features and aspects. The re-location will help them to be able to meet clients' needs more effectively.
Location A:
Investment required for the move = $10 million
Location B:
Investment required for the move = $8 million
Biz Training is a small corporation formed ten years ago by a group of five professors. The five are the main shareholders but there is also a shareholder who was a local businessperson who initially approached two of the five to run a training course for her company.
In each scenario, evaluate the sources of finance that might be available to Biz Training to carry out the projects outlined. (20 Points)
In doing this you need to be thinking of what types of finance may be available and what the appropriateness of the finance available might be. Some of the points available are going to be for knowledge - i.e. for you recognizing the range of finance sources available, some will be for application - how well you link the knowledge of sources of finance to the actual scenario and case study given; some will be for analysis - being able to break down the issues into key features and to identify the impact of these points and the remainder will be for making a judgment about what, in the light of your analysis, would be an appropriate source of finance in each case, from the variety you have looked at, and why this is the most appropriate.
Remember, that there is no right answer to this type of question. You will need to try to present a balanced account of the sources of finance and how appropriate they are to this type of company.

Work out a written report in pairs and submit it by January 28th, 2015.
Be aware of that the paper will be graded. Copying from classmates, the book or the Internet does not pay!  Submit your own individual work output!

Good Luck!
Prof. Fuchs and Prof. Sandrock

HELPFUL LINKS
Internal vs. External Funding http://www.bized.co.uk/virtual/usbank/business/finance/sources/theories1.htm
Which is the best funding source?  http://www.bized.co.uk/virtual/usbank/business/finance/sources/theories2.htm
Angel Investor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_investor
Crowdfunding http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdfunding

ADDITIONAL WEBSITES
Crowdfunding von Sunny Bag, Graz,  auch Berechnungsbeispiel
ansehen https://www.greenrocket.com
The ultimate iPhone protective case with a secure and hidden wallet at the touch of a button. iPhone 5S, 5C, 5.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects 
Crowfunding für Projekte von Kulturinstitutionen
http://www.startnext.at/Blog/Blog-Detailseite/b/Crowdfunding-fuer-Projekte-von-Kulturinstitutionen-566

Monday, January 19, 2015

1C - Homework for Monday, January 26

For Monday, January 26

1) Look at the vocabulary for Chapter 4 (Home Entertainment). Write any words/phrases you don't know in your vocabulary notebook.

2)  Read the text on page 48 and do exercise 5 (multiple matching - Matura Aufgabenstellung)

3) Read the text on pages 49-50 and do exercise 1 (True/false justification - Matura Aufgabenstellung)

4) Read over the grammar on page 55 (present perfect)

This assignment should take you about an hour. Make it so!

7C - Homework for Thursday, January 22

We are doing Chapter 4 Transit Traffic in Focus on Modern Technology 4/5.

For Thursday you should

1) Look at the vocabulary on page 48 and note the words you don't know (in your vocabulary notebook)

2) Read the reading on page 43 "Environmental challenges in constructing the Gotthard Base Tunnel"
Then on page 42 do:
a) exercise 2 (making up headings for the text - see page 150 for help)
b) exercise 3 (reading comprehension), and
c) exercise 4 (vocabulary building)

3) Think about the impact of transit traffic on the environment

EXTRA PRACTICE (I will give you feedback if you hand in these exercises)

1) read the text on page 41 "The Alps:  Living Space, Resort and Transit Zone" and do exercise 2 on page 40 (reading comprehension)

2)  Read the text on p. 45 "Tunnel Boring Machines," then do exercise 8 (reading comprehension).

Friday, January 16, 2015

4 AHK - In Class, Friday, January 23

9 Awesome Customer Service Stories:  http://www.oddee.com/item_99200.aspx
Ask me about a special assignment!

10 Unforgettable Customer Service Stories: http://www.helpscout.net/10-customer-service-stories/

Sainsbury's Tiger Bread
Lego
Morton's Steakhouse
Trader Joe's
Taco Bell
Spa Machine
Halo
Ritz-Carlton
United Airlines
Opryland

Read the story, see if you can find out more about it,  then summarize it for your classmateson Tuesday.  Explain why it is an example of great customer service.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

4C - In Class, Thursday, January 15

REWRITE THE QUESTIONS SO THAT THEY ARE CORRECT

1. Why is Ferris sister angry?
2. Why does the headmaster don’t trust Ferris?
3. Where does these three have the Ferrari from?
4. How did Mr. Rooney recocnise, that Ferris wern’t home?
5. What was the problem when Mr. Rooney wants to enter the house?
6. What happened in Ferris house after his sister comes home?
7. Which music was played, when the rubbers drove the car?
8. What’s the name of Ferris sister?
9. What dog does Ferris had?
10. What song sings Ferris on the parade?
11. Why does Mr. Rooney getting flowers while ihe is standing in front of Ferrises house?
12. On what museum they are go to?
13. What technology use Ferris on the door?
14. What car drives Ferris’ sister?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1 HAS - More practice for Schularbeit

In your textbook, Just go for it 1, do these exercises for practice:

p. 6, ex. 4a (present simple - first form, he/she/it, das-s muss mit)
p. 6, ex. 4b (match subject to verb)
p. 7, ex. 4e (questions in present simple)
p. 20, ex. 4a (pronouns)
p. 26, ex. 1a (present progressive, am __ing, are __ing, is __ing)
p. 29, ex. 1b (present simple and present progressive, we did this one in class!)
p. 30, ex. 2b (present progressive)
p. 31, ex. 2e (present simple and present progressive)
p. 35, ex. 5b (present progressive)
p. 55, ex. 3a (simple past - you need the CD for this one!)
p. 56, ex. 3b (simple past - 2nd form)
p. 56, ex. 3c (simple past)
p. 57, ex. 3d (questions in simple past)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

4AHK - Homework, Friday, January 16

1) Select 2 or 3 questions from the "20 questions" handout on Tuesday that you would like to discuss in class.
2)  Watch this video:  Franklin Covey Big Rocks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmV0gXpXwDU
 
















3) We will finish talking about the 20 questions in class and we will do an activity based on the big rocks video.  We will also start the next chapter (Customer Service)

Tense Practice with Examples and Links

BASIC TENSES
Present simple
+ I have football practice on Mondays.
She doesn't have football practice
When do you have football practice?

Present progressive (aka present continuous)
+ I am studying.
He is not studying.
Are you studying?

Past simple - Regular verbs
+ I failed the driving test.
He failed his driving test.
Did you fail the driving test?

Past simple - Irregular verbs
+ I took a taxi.
She did not take a taxi.
Did you take a taxi?

Past progressive
+ I was playing my guitar.
She was not playing the guitar.
What were you doing (when the car crashed into the tree)?

Present perfect simple and continuous
Present perfect simple
+ I have forgotten.
- He hasn't forgotten.
? Have you forgotten?

Present perfect continuous
+ I have been practicing.
- He hasn't been practicing.
? Have you been practicing?

To be - Present and past
Present simple/present continuous:
+ I am at the cafe.
He is not at the cafe.
Where are you?

Past simple/past continuous.
+ He was late last time, too.
I wasn't late.
Were you late last time?

1 HAS - In Class, Tuesday, January 13

Monday, January 12, 2015

2C - Grammar Practice for Schularbeit (Thursday, January 15)

PASSIVE EXERCISES
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises_list/passiv.htm
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/passive
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/passive-forms

ADVERBS/ADJECTIVES
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises_list/adjektiv_adverb.htm
http://a4esl.org/q/h/9801/dg-eding.html

BASIC TENSES
Present simple
+ I have football practice on Mondays.
She doesn't have football practice
When do you have football practice?

Present progressive (aka present continuous)
+ I am studying.
He is not studying.
Are you studying?

Past simple - Regular verbs
BASIC TENSES

Present simple
+ I failed the driving test.
He failed his driving test.
Did you fail the driving test?

Past simple - Irregular verbs
+ I took a taxi.
She did not take a taxi.
Did you take a taxi?

Past progressive
+ I was playing my guitar.
She was not playing the guitar.
What were you doing (when the car crashed into the tree)?

To be - Present and past
Present simple/present continuous:
+ I am at the cafe.
He is not at the cafe.
Where are you?

Past simple/past continuous.
+ He was late last time, too.
I wasn't late.
Were you late last time?

What kind of learner are you?

This test is in German, with results in German.  Note what kind of learner you are (visual, auditory, kinetic) and pay attention to the learning hints!

Veritas Lerntypen - http://www.veritas.at/sbo/extproj/Lerntypentest/lerntypentest.php

Post your results in the comments with your initials and class:  Visual, JS, 5C

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Terrible Twins and Triplets of Grammar - Part I

THE / A / AN

THE is a definite article and refers to something specific.
 I saw THE moon last night.

A is an indefinite article. It refers to something general, not specific.
N.B.: use A before a CONSONANT
I saw a star in the sky.

AN is an indefinite article. It refers to something general, not specific
N.B. use AN before a VOWEL (a, e, i, o, u)
I saw AN asteroid in the sky.

BIG IMPORTANT DETAIL!
If the vowel sounds like a Y or a W, use A.
He is a one-trick pony. (one = won)
He wears a uniform. (uniform = you-niform)

THIS / THAT / THESE / THOSE

THIS is a singular demonstrative pronoun. It refers to something close at hand.
This pen is running out of ink.

THESE is a plural demonstrative pronoun, referring to things close at hand.
These high heels are killing me!

THAT is a singular demonstrative pronoun.  It refers to something comparatively far away.
That car over there is burning a lot of oil.

THOSE is a plural demonstrative pronoun, referring to things comparatively far away-Those trees over there are birch trees.

YOUR vs. YOU’RE

YOUR is a possessive pronoun meaning “belonging to you”
Your mother wears army boots!

YOU’RE is a contraction of “you are”
You’re the love of my life.

HOW DO YOU CONSOLE AN ENGLISH TEACHER?  THERE, THEIR, THEY’RE

THERE is adverb of place.  Answers the question where?
I live there (in that place).

THEIR is possessive pronoun meaning "belonging to them"
That's their house. They live there.

THEY'RE is a contraction for THEY ARE.
They're waiting for us at the movie theater.

ITS vs. IT’S

ITS is the possessive pronoun “belonging to it”
The jury has reached its decision.

IT’S is the contraction of “it is” or “it has”
It’s past my bedtime.

TO/TWO/TOO

TO is a preposition indicating place to which.
I am going to the store.
TO can also be used to indicate an infinitive verb.
I have to buy ice cream.

TWO is a number
There were two ducks swimming on the lake.

TOO can be an adverb meaning also (auch)
I am going to the Maturaball too!

TOO can also be an adverb meaning excessively
 I am too tired to watch the movie.


FUN vs. FUNNY

FUNNY is an adjective to describe a person or thing that makes you laugh.
A comedian is funny.  He tells funny jokes.
(Note:  funny can also be an adjective meaning “strange”.  The gym has a funny smell.)

FUN is an adjective or a noun.
As a noun, it means enjoyment. (Spass)
We had a lot of fun at the amusement park.

As an adjective it means “bringing enjoyment”
The amusement park was fun. We’ll have to come back sometime!

LIFE vs. LIVE

LIFE is a noun meaning “das Leben”
“Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller

LIVE (short i) is a verb (zu leben, zu wohnen)
I live in Austria.

LIVE (long i) as an adjective means “alive, in the flesh” (lebend).
We always use LIVE bait when fishing.

DIE/DEAD/DEATH

DIE is a verb meaning to lose one’s life (sterben) (die, died, died)
My cat died last night.

DEAD is an adjective meaning not alive (tot)
My cat is dead.

DEATH is a noun meaning the absence of life (der Tod). Sometimes personified.
I’m very depressed since the death of my cat.
Death waits for no man,

OWLS SAY WHO, NOT WHICH WITCH.

WHO is a question word, asking about a person.
Who drank my Coke?

WHO can also be a relative pronoun, referring to a person.
The woman (the one) who drank my Coke was wearing lipstick.

WHICH is a question word, which asks about a specific thing.
Which dress do you like best?

WHICH can also be a relative pronoun, referring to a thing.
The car which we rented was a Maserati.

WITCH is a noun that means “Hexe” in German. Don’t confuse it with WHICH.



1 HAS - Lehrstoff für Schularbeit, Tuesday, January 20

1 HAS - LEHRSTOFF – SCHULARBEIT 1

The Schularbeit will be one hour on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

You can expect
-          a grammar section
-          a writing section
-          a reading section

GRAMMAR
die Zeiten, die wir bisher gelernt haben, wie und wann wir sie verwenden, und wie wir sie formen in positiven und negativen Sätzen, und Fragen
Present simple
Present progressive
Past simple
Past progressive
Nouns, verbs, adjectives

VOCABULARY
Essential verbs (hand out)
Chapter 1, pp. 5, 12
Chapter 2, p. 24
Chapter 3, p. 38

TOPICS
Describing yourself
Describing other people
Describing pictures
Your relatives
Shopping
Your last shopping trip
Hobbies
Activities in winter, spring, summer, fall
How to get the most out of English class
Holidays (Feiertage, Ferien)
Describing your winter break



Saturday, January 10, 2015

3C - More Practice for Schularbeit

PASSIVE EXERCISES
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises_list/passiv.htm
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/passive
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/passive-forms

RELATIVE PRONOUNS
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/pronouns/relative_pronouns.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/pronouns/relative_pronouns2.htm


BASIC TENSES
Present simple
+ I have football practice on Mondays.
She doesn't have football practice
When do you have football practice?

Present progressive (aka present continuous)
+ I am studying.
He is not studying.
Are you studying?

Past simple - Regular verbs
+ I failed the driving test.
He failed his driving test.
Did you fail the driving test?

Past simple - Irregular verbs
+ I took a taxi.
She did not take a taxi.
Did you take a taxi?

Past progressive
+ I was playing my guitar.
She was not playing the guitar.
What were you doing (when the car crashed into the tree)?

To be - Present and past
Present simple/present continuous:
+ I am at the cafe.
He is not at the cafe.
Where are you?

Past simple/past continuous.
+ He was late last time, too.
I wasn't late.
Were you late last time?