Friday, March 27, 2015

4AHK - In Class, Friday, March 27

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29727876

This story is not about money. It's about a woman who runs a beauty salon.  She and her clients have something in common.  Read the story, watch the videos.  Then discuss why the work that Musarat Misbah and Bushra Shafi do is so important.

Acid - Säure - a caustic substance that can burn the skin.
Dowry - Mitgift .  money that a bride brings with her into marriage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Find of a Lifetime!

Some kids were digging in their yard when they made an unbelievable discovery! Click here for the story!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

8C - "Homework" for Monday, March 23

This is a time for you to catch up!  We have been talking about eco-tourism.

In particular, attitudes towards eco-tourism (p. 52 of your textbook)
and ways a resort can be environmentally friendly (pages 53-54 of your textbook)

Here is an online version of the article on pages 53-54 of your textbook (it's not exactly the same, but similar enough for review!)  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/catalyx-and-ramona-tribe-start-work-on-100-off-grid-renewable-energy-eco-tourism-resort-62027202.html

Here are the homework exercises you could have done.  Monday, March 23 will be the last time you may hand them in for points: http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2015/03/8c-homework-for-monday-march-16.html

Some vocabulary you absolutely, positively have to know to discuss this topic!
environmentally friendly
environmentally responsible
sustainable
renewable
CO2 emissions
facilities
to ruin = to destroy
to damage = to harm
marketing spin
adverse environmental effects
impact
alternative energy
off-grid

Here are some videos to get a better idea about ecotourism:

COSTA RICA



AFRICA

THAILAND

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

4IW - Homework for Wednesday, March 25

Follow the directions at this link:  http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2014/11/5-iw-homework-for-wednesday-december-3.html

Only the due date has changed:  March 25

Here's a recent video with Hunter CEO, James Seuss
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/b/8d432562-79d6-49f8-a637-b9cb444d6f17


5IW - Homework for April 22, 2015

For Wednesday, April 22

When you have finished the Wal-Mart case study, do exercises 75-82 in the textbook.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4AHK - Homework options for Tuesday, March 24

Make sure you look at page 67 (vocabulary).  In order to discuss the topics in this chapter, start writing vocabulary you don't know in your vocabulary notebook.

To help with vocabulary, do the following exercises (write out full sentences on a separate piece of paper to hand in)

1) page 56, exercise 1 - Fill in the gaps with the words fom the wordbank IN YOUR BOOK (Do NOT rewrite the full text).  But use the SAME WORDS in the wordbank to produce a short text on either A) what are the ironies in Ms. Montag's story? OR B) Give your opinion about Heidi Montag's choice to have so many surgical procedures.

 OR

2) page 62, exercise 4 - Pair the VERB on the left with the NOUN PHRASE on the right.  Thewrite a sentence using the new phrase that means the same thing as sentences 1-5.

OR

3) page 63 - Match the QUESTIONS on the left with the ANSWERS on the right.  Then explain IN ENGLISH what the words in italics mean.

You may, of course, do any or all exercises!

1HAS - Homework Options for Tuesday, March 24

1) Read the text on page 54 and answer the true/false questions (5 pts).
 OR
2) Write a summary (Zusammenfassung) about the text on page 54.  To write a summary, pick out the important facts from the text by choosing the most important fact from each paagraph (Absatz) and try to put it in your own words.
OR
3) Practicing tenses:  On pages 6-7, do exercise
3b (13 pts) 
OR 3c (8 pts)
OR 3d (6 pts)
OR 4a (9 pts).
Write out the full exercise on a piece of paper to turn in.  

You do not have to do all of these exercises - do the ones you want to do!

Monday, March 16, 2015

1C - Homework for Monday, March 23

1)  Reread the text about baseball.  Write a summary about the article.  Include (in your own words):  * the structure of major league baseball in the U.S.
 * the importance of the World Series
 * where and when baseball began
 * popularity of baseball in the U.S.
 * the basics of baseball (object of the game, basic equipment)

NOTE:  Do NOT add information that is not in the text.  Do NOT add your opinion to the end.

2)  Watch this video (in German) to get an overview of baseball.  Of course, we will talk about (and play!) baseball in English!  Know what these words mean in English: pitcher, base, inning, run, safe, umpire, out, flyout, groundout, strikeout, strike zone, scoreboard,


3) Now try it in English! Here are some more words you need:  offense, defense, pitcher's mound, catcher,  bat, batter, hit, home run, grand slam, swing, miss, foul ball, glove, ball, forceout, tagout, diamond, infield, outfield, first base, second base, third base, home plate, shortstop, dugout

Friday, March 13, 2015

4AHK - Homework options for Tuesday, March 17

For Tuesday, March 17, you can

1) Find someone on the internet who displays extreme body modification:  tattoos, piercings (keep it clean!), extreme weight loss, overweight, underweight, plastic surgery success story, plastic surgery disasters, extreme sports bodies (body builders, wrestlers, people who use anabolic steroids). Then introduce the person to the class in a one minute talk.

Example:  This is Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1970s.  He won the Mr. Universe title and then was Mr. Olympia seven times. He achieved his massive body (his chest was 145 cm, his arms were 50 cm and his thighs were 72 cm) partly by taking steroids. His family was rather poor when he was growing up in Austria.  His father was abusive, and preferred his older son, Meinhard, over Arnold.  It is possible that Arnold started training to be a body builder because he wanted to be his own individual - and there was a lot of money in body building back in the day.  

2)  You may also give a 2-3 minute presentation on customer service, as we outlined in class today.  

3) We will plan to do some St. Patrick's Day related exercises in class.

1 HAS - Homework Options for Tuesday, March 17

1) Watch this video

1960s Fashion

Then write a text (80-100 words) comparing fashion today to fashions of the 60s.  "Compare" means use the phrases we've learned over the past few weeks:  as __ as, not as __ as, -er than, more __ than, -est of all, most __ of all.

Here are some things you can compare:
- colours
- hairstyles
- hemlines (Rocklänge)
- men's fashions
- accessories (glasses, jewelry, hats)
- hippie vs. hipster fashion
- patterns (polka dot, check, paisley, blocks of colour)

Here are some adjectives you can use (or use your own!)
- colourful
- funky
- groovy
- mod (short for modern)
- old-fashioned
- psychedelic

Begin your text:  Today I went to the Fashion Museum and saw a video about 1960s fashions.  I think fashion in the 60s was really...

(like the 60s?  Here's some English slang from that decade http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/slang/1960s-slang.html)

OR

2) Watch this video


Then write a text (80-100 words) describing men's fashions, using comparative and superlative adjectives.  Use some of the phrases we've learned over the past few weeks:  as __ as, not as __ as, -er than, more __ than, -est of all, most __ of all.

Here are some things you could compare:
- colours
- hairstyles
- suit vs. t-shirt
- sleeve length
- accessories (glasses, jewelry, hats, ties)

Here are some adjectives you can use (or use your own!)
- colourful
- funky
- old-fashioned
- cool
- formal / informal

Begin your text:  Today I went to the Fashion Museum and saw a video about men's fashions.  Over time, men's fashion has changed for the (better/worse)...

OR

3) Do exercise 1a & b  on page 47-48.  Write an email to your friend Alex about the party, and answer the questions on p. 48. Write about 80 words.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

1HAS - For class, Friday, March 13

100 years of fashion in 100 seconds


1960s Fashion

Not forgetting the guys!

Write a text comparing fashion today to fashions of the 60s.  "Compare" means use the phrases we've learned over the past few weeks:  as __ as, not as __ as, -er than, more __ than, -est of all, most __ of all.

Here are things you can can compare:
- colours
- hairstyles
- hemlines (Rocklänge)
- men's fashions
- accessories (glasses, jewelry, hats)
- hippie vs. hipster fashion

Here are some adjectives you can use (or use your own!)
- colourful
- funky
- groovy
- mod (short for modern)
- old-fashioned
- psychedelic

Begin your text:  Today I went to the Fashion Museum and saw a video about 1960s fashions.  I think fashion in the 60s was really...

(like the 60s?  Here's some English slang from that decade http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/slang/1960s-slang.html



3C - Homework Options for April 16

READING JOURNAL - PFLICHT
Begin reading "Into the Wild" (do the pre-reading exercise first!)  Sandrock will post questions to guide your Reading Journal and will update you via WhatsApp!

There are other exercises you can do to earn points for English class.  Here are some options:
1)      Answer questions about “Black Boy,” or “The Outsiders” (to be posted by Sandrock to the blog this weekend).  In your words, no points for Abschreiben!
2) In your textbook, p. 98-99.  Read the text “Born to Ride.” Then, using the mindmap on p. 99, write a summary of the article. 
3)  Read over p. 102 (grammar review:  indirect questions, indirect orders/advice/requests) and do exercises 1 or 2 on page 103 (you may do both exercises for extra points). Write out the answers on a separate piece of paper to turn in.

No points for Abschreiben, copying from your classmate, from the Internet, from the text or for using Google Translate to produce a text! 

3C - Into the Wild Pre-Reading

Start by watching this short video:


Then read the original article from Outside Magazine by Jon Krakauer:
http://chsenglishap3.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/5/2/13523052/death_of_an_innocent-original_outside_magazine_article.pdf

 Here's a link to the original magazine article with pictures (unfortunately a page or two is missing!)
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/Death-of-an-Innocent.html

You will have time to do this exercise in class on Thursday, March 12.  Don't copy the language from the text; formulate your own answers.

1) "Immediately Gallien began to wonder if he'd picked up one of those crackpots from the lower 48 who come north to live out their ill-considered Jack London fantasies."

a)  What is a 'crackpot'?
b)  What are 'the lower 48'?
c)  Who was Jack London?

2) What made Gallien think that 'Alex' was ill-prepared for a journey into the bush?

3) Krakauer says people thought McCandless intended to commit suicide, "But I for one am not so sure."  What personal reason does Krakauer give for this statement?

4)  What are the two "seemingly insignificant blunders (mistakes)" Chris McCandless made that contributed to his death?

5) Write a short character sketch of Chris McCandless.  What was he like?  Formulate your own text (don't copy from the article or from the internet), and write at least FIVE sentences using descriptive adjectives (e.g. "Chris McCandless was single-minded - he wanted to go to into the Alaskan wilderness alone and no one could talk him out of it.")

Keep tuned to the blog for Reading Journal assignments!  You will have assignments to turn in at our next meeting April 16. Don't drop the ball!

2C -Homework Options for Thursday, March 26

1) Read p. 16 - Review of if-clauses.  Then do exercise 1 or 2 or 3 on pp. 16-17 (you may do all of them if you want for extra points!) Write out the answers on a separate piece of paper to turn in.

N.B.  If you use a computer, do not share your computer file with other students.  No points are awarded for Abschreiben!

2)  Read the text on page 15 (Off-Roading for Beginners).  Then do Ex. 3 - write a post for an internet blog about the pros and cons of 4WD vehicles.  State your opinion and point out reasons for it.  (For help and suggestions, see p. 110).

3) Read through Chapter 2 (especially the vocabulary on p 30 and the grammar on pages 28-29.
You may work ahead and do exercises 1 or 2 or 3 on pages 28-29.  Write out full sentences OR record the answers in a sound file and send them to me!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

4AHK - Homework for Friday, March 13

Same exercises as Tuesday - you get an extra three days to work on it!

In Focus on Modern Business Communication, do either

pp. 67-68, exercises 5 and 6 (write out full answers on a separate piece of paper to hand in)

OR

pp. 69, exercises 1, 2, 3 (write out full answers on a separate piece of paper to hand in)

You may do both exercises for extra points/extra knowledge.

OR

page 70, exercise 5 (and exercise 6 if you're feeling motivated!)

1 HAS - Homework for Friday, March 13

Same HW as Tuesday.  You get an extra three days to finish it!

Write out the answers to these exercises (full sentences, please!) on a separate piece of paper to turn in. The exercises are in your book 'Just Go For It'

p. 43, Ex. 2a
p. 44, Ex. 2
p. 45, Ex. 3a, 3b

Monday, March 9, 2015

1C - Homework for Monday, March 16

* Do exercises 5, 6, and 7 on page 64.  Write out the answers (full sentences) on a separate piece of paper to turn in. For help, read the grammar explanation on p. 68.

* Write a summary of An American Dream (pp. 60-61)

Last chance to do these exercises for points:

b) Read An American dream on p. 60-61 and answer the multiple choice questions on p. 62.


8C - Homework for Monday, March 16

O.K., folks!  Time to get serious.  We are going to talk about ecotourism whether you like it or not!

So, for Monday, March 16 do the following homework (for knowledge! for points!):

*1) Read the article on page 52 (FMT 4/5)
*2) Answer the questions in Exercise 2 on page 51 - in your own words, on a separate piece of paper to hand in.
*3) Be prepared to evaluate attitudes towards ecotourism (like those on page 52)

In class on Monday, March 16, we will do a discussion in class about ecotourism.  We will do at least one listening exercise (for points) and we will do the exercises associated with the reading on page 53 (Technology in Harmony with Mother Earth). You can be super well-prepared for class by reading this article in advance! 

Check out this video of the Ramona Indian Reservation


In addition, you may want to earn extra points:4) Multiple choice:  You can get ahead by doing other exercises, including the reading on page 56 (fill out multiple choice handout and define:  cathodeanodeelectrolyte andcatalyst in your own words)
4) Short answer:  Read pp. 53-54 and answer the questions on page 55.  Write out full sentences to exercises 4 and 5 to turn in.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

1 HAS - Homework for Tuesday, March 10

Write out the answers to these exercises (full sentences, please!) on a separate piece of paper to turn in. The exercises are in your book 'Just Go For It'

p. 43, Ex. 2a
p. 44, Ex. 2
p. 45, Ex. 3a, 3b


Thursday, March 5, 2015

5C - Homework Options for Thursday, March 12

We are working our way through "Waste & Recycling" and "Plastics" (Units 8 & 10, Focus on Modern Technology 4/5).   Watch this video about The Story of Stuff.  Yes, it's 20 minutes.  But it's everything you need to know about the cycle of stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM


For Thursday, March 12, you can do any or all of these exercises.  Each is worth points towards your point goal this semester.

1) Do the pre-reading exercises for "Into the Wild."  Write out the answers to the questions in your own words (not copied from the text or the internet) to turn in. 

OR

2) Chapter 8 - Read the text on page 94 and answer the questions (exercise 2).  Write out the answers to the questions in your own words (not copied from the text) to turn in. 

OR

3) Write a short text (150-200 words) for a brochure entitled "Reduce Reuse Recycle" for families.  In your text include:
  • a short introduction: Why is it important for people to be environmentally conscious?
  • three bullet points: Give one or two examples of ways families can 
    • Reduce
    • Reuse
    • Recycle
  • a conclusion reinforcing the importance of saving the environment
We talked in class about living a  "zero waste" lifestyle.  Learn more about that here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/10-ways-to-adopt-a-zero-waste-lifestyle/

10C - Into the Wild - Post #1

Start by watching this short video:


Then read the original article from Outside Magazine by Jon Krakauer:
http://chsenglishap3.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/5/2/13523052/death_of_an_innocent-original_outside_magazine_article.pdf

 Here's a link to the original magazine article with pictures (unfortunately a page or two is missing!)
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/Death-of-an-Innocent.html


Answer these questions before we meet on Thursday, March 12.  Don't copy the language from the text; formulate your own answers.

1) "Immediately Gallien began to wonder if he'd picked up one of those crackpots from the lower 48 who come north to live out their ill-considered Jack London fantasies."

a)  What is a 'crackpot'?
b)  What are 'the lower 48'?
c)  Who was Jack London?

2) What made Gallien think that 'Alex' was ill-prepared for a journey into the bush?

3) Krakauer says people thought McCandless intended to commit suicide, "But I for one am not so sure."  What personal reason does Krakauer give for this statement?

4)  What are the two "seemingly insignificant blunders (mistakes)" Chris McCandless made that contributed to his death?

5) Write a short character sketch of Chris McCandless.  What was he like?  Formulate your own text (don't copy from the article or from the internet), and write at least FIVE sentences using descriptive adjectives (e.g. "Chris McCandless was single-minded - he wanted to go to into the Alaskan wilderness alone and no one could talk him out of it.")

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

5IW - Dates for EUWS Matura Preparation

1. Stunde - 20. Mai
1., 3., Stunden - 27. Mai
1., 3. Stunden - 3. Juni
1., 3. Stunden - 10. Juni

Die letzte Vorbereitungsstunde wird noch bekannt gegeben!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

4AHK - Homework for Tuesday, March 10

(are you looking for homework for Friday, March 6?  Click here.

Homework for Tuesday, March 10

In Focus on Modern Business Communication, do either

pp. 67-68, exercises 5 and 6 (write out full answers on a separate piece of paper to hand in)

OR

pp. 69, exercises 1, 2, 3 (write out full answers on a separate piece of paper to hand in)

You may do both exercises for extra points/extra knowledge.

OR

page 70, exercise 5 (and exercise 6 if you're feeling motivated!)

For your weekend enjoyment:  the WORST customer service stories! http://www.oddee.com/item_99253.aspx

Monday, March 2, 2015

1C - Homework for Monday, March 9

For Monday, March 9
1) Prepare the vocabulary on page 70 (FMT 1) to use in class on Monday.
2) Read the grammar on page 68 (future tense)

To get ahead and get extra points:
a) Read the article on page 58 and write out the full text to exercise 5 (p. 59) to turn in.
b) Write out the answers to exercise 6 (p. 64) to turn in.
c) Read An American dream on p. 60-61 and answer the multiple choice questions on p. 62.

8C - Homework for Monday, March 9

For Homework on Monday, March 9, you absolutely, positively must (*):
*1) Read the article on page 52 (FMT 4/5)
*2) Answer the questions in Exercise 2 on page 51 - in your own words, on a separate piece of paper to hand in.
*3) Study for the verb revision.  Verbs covered: present simple, present progressive, past simple, past progressive, present perfect, future (including will, going to, and present as future).  Study the irregular verbs below, and use this page http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2015/01/1-has-tense-practice-for-schularbeit.html for examples and links.


Multiple choice:  You can get ahead by doing other exercises, including the reading on page 56 (fill out multiple choice handout and define:  cathode, anode, electrolyte and catalyst in your own words)

Short answer:  Read pp. 53-54 and answer the questions on page 55.  Write out full sentences to exercises 4 and 5 to turn in.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

4AHK - Homework for Monday, February 8

Watch this episode of Fawlty Towers https://vimeo.com/53253713. Comment on Basil's customer service practices.

Background:  Basil Fawlty and his wife run a 22 room hotel on the English coast.  In episode 1.1, we meet Basil, Sybil, and their staff members Manuel (from Barcelona) and Polly.  We also learn that Basil wants to attract a better class of customer.  This is the reason he treats customers like Lord Melbury so well and others (like Mr. Brown) so badly.

For your text, write about instances of good and bad customer service in this episode. Include:
* What is the purpose of customer service in the hotel industry (introduction)
* An analysis of Basil's customer service in the episode (good examples, bad examples)
* A recommendation for Basil to improve the quality of his customer service (conclusion)

OR

Write a letter of complaint.  You are the one of the people in Room 12 who missed their train because they didn't get their alarm call.
* Begin your letter with a compliment on the accommodations or food.
* Explain that because you didn't get your alarm call, you had to pay an extra £20 each to rebook your train tickets.
* Ask the hotel to reimburse you for the extra expense or give you a voucher for your next stay.







1C - "Homework" for Monday, March 2

We will have another verb revision on Monday, March 2.  The verbs come from the list you received last week (and posted below).  The focus of the verb revision is the present perfect simple tense, which we practiced in January (Focus on Modern Technology 1, Chapter 3, p. 55 - exercises on pp, 51-52). An overview of all tenses we've learned can be found at http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2015/01/1-has-tense-practice-for-schularbeit.html

Also, Tobias and Martin, Cvjetko and Endriti are giving presentations.  Check out the presentation schedule and guidelines at:  http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2015/03/1c-presentations.html



1C - Presentations

Monday, March 2 - How Playstation works - Martin J. Tobias B
Monday, March 2 - How cars work - Endriti, Cvjetko
Monday March 9 - How to ski - Markus, Lukas H.
Monday, March 9 - TOPIC? - Alexandru, Kevin
Monday, March 16 -How ice cream is made - Jakob, Roberto
Monday, March 23 - The wonderful world of kebap - Daniel, Lukas B.
Monday, April 13 - How soft drinks (Coca Cola) are made - Christoph, Fabian
Monday, April 20  - All about motor sports - Corinna, Stephanie

Monday, April 27 - SCHULARBEIT

Things to remember:

1) Each student speaks for about 2 minutes. Be ready to answer questions!
2) Speak freely - do not read or memorize your presentation
3) Use a poster or power point - but don't write your presentation on the slides
4) If you use a video, turn down the sound and give your own narrative.
5) No excuses - if you are absent the day your presentation is scheduled, you may not get another chance!  If your partner is absent, you will give your part of the presentation alone.

6) Handouts are always nice!