Saturday, May 30, 2015

8C - Timelapse of Malta

So you think Malta is just boring museums and clubs you won't remember the morning after?  Here's a timelapse of where we're going in just ONE MONTH!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

3C - Homework for Thursday, June 11

We will have a general grammar "test" (for points) on Thursday, June 11.

To study, use the following resources:


See this post:  

PRONOUNS: Resource coming soon!

ARTICLES: See this post:  When NOT to use Articles

GENERAL MISTAKES:  See this post;  Terrible Twins and Triplets)

2C - Homework for Thursday, June 11

We will have a general grammar "test" (for points) on Thursday, June 11.

To study, use the following resources:

VERB TENSES:  pp. 40-41, FMT 2 (verb review)
Units 1-21 in Essential English Grammar (answers in the back of the book!)
Also, this post:  

PRONOUNS:  Units 60-65 in Essential English Grammar
ARTICLES: Unites 66-73 Essential English Grammar (also this post:  When NOT to use Articles)

GENERAL MISTAKES:  Units 74-84 Essential English Grammar (also, this post;  Terrible Twins and Triplets)

HOMEWORK:  Chapter 3, FMT 2
p.33, Ex 5
p. 34, Ex 7 (Matura Aufgabenstellung)
p. 36, Ex. 1-3

10C - Matura Vorbereitung Teams and Termine

For your topic, please prepare a list of 5 questions we can discuss.  Include a list of vocabulary and phrases that are helpful for the topic.  Print out 5 copies (one for you, one for Sandrock, and one for your classmates).  Leave room on the paper for notes.

Meeting 1 - Thursday May 28 - 4-5 Stunden
TOPICS:  Sports, Alcohol(Drugs/Smoking)

Meeting 2 - Monday, June 8 - 5-6 Stunden
TOPICS: Big Brother is Watching (Freßner), Solar Energy (Fokter), Wind Power (Fokter)

Meeting 3 - Thursday, June 11 5-6 Stunden
TOPICS: Education (Svago), Advertising (Svago), All about Cars (Freßner)

Meeting 4 - Monday, June 15 - 5-6 Stunden
TOPICS: Transportation (Brandner), Violence and Gun Control (Brandner), Ecotourism (Fokter)

Gelegentlich - Hydropower, Waste and Recycling, Plastics

Happy National Hamburger Day! May 28

National Hamburger Day (you can find the lyrics to the song under the video on You Tube)

Check out this menu from My Sister's Place in Grand Marais, Minnesota, home of Clifford's Goober Burger!

Then watch this video from Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, as he ties into a goober burger!


Topics for the English Oral Matura, HTL-Zeltweg, Außenstelle Trieben

1.  Sport
Types of sport, sports in society, current sports incidents, American sports (baseball, football)
2.  Transportation
Types of transportation, effects of transportation on environment, transportation infrastructure
3.  Big Brother is Watching
Different types of surveillance, uses, effect on society, pros and cons, technological advances, biometrics, privacy concerns
4.  Violence and Gun Control
Second Amendment rights in the US, arguments for and against gun ownership, causes of violence, Bowling for Columbine
5.  Education
Importance of education, differences between educational systems (Austria, England, US), personal experience with school, MIT
6.  Smoking/alcohol/drugs
Addiction, current topics (e.g. legalization of marijuana), teen drinking, dangers of drugs
7.  Ecotourism
Definition, practices, carbon footprint, sustainability, alternative energy sources
8.  Food and Nutrition
How to take care of yourself, different food lifestyles, fast food, food miles
9. Advertising
Importance for the economy, methods, new developments in technology, Superbowl advertising
10.  All about cars
Conventional motors and fuels, green alternatives, components, features, specifics
11.  Solar Energy
Types, advantages/disadvantages, current developments, comparison with other technologies
12.  Hydropower
Types, advantages/disadvantages, current developments, comparison with other energy
13.  Wind power
Development of technology, advantages and disadvantages, comparison with other energy sources
14.  Waste and Recycling
Importance for the environment, doing your part, how different materials (electronics, plastic, metal, paper, glass, etc) can be recycled
15.  Plastics
Production, uses, advantages and disadvantages, recycling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5IW - Matura Vorbereitung for Wednesday, June 3 (Team Sandrock)

Continue with the plan to discuss the six Allgemeine Themen from May 27. (We've done a question about finance and a question about the economic crisis)

We will do three hours of Matura preparation (1., 2., 3. Stunden) on Wednesday, June 3.

See language tips posted here:

5 IW, 10C - Language for Oral Matura

5IW - Individual Group Topics


Projektgruppe Eye catcher
PMPA - efficient meeting/taking notes in meetings, small talk, triple constraint, pitch, milestones, how-I-feel message – improving performance
BKO - Questions_CSR-CI-Promotion, Questions-Marketing Information System, questions types of business, Questions_place, questions branding, questions chapter 9

Projektgruppe Europe (ohne Michelle)
PMPA - SMART, pitch, efficient meeting/taking notes, Gantt-diagram-milestones list, team development, WBS/ kick-off meeting, project manager tasks
BKO - European Integration (Train your Brain 76, 77,78,79,80,81,82,83), Questions-Marketing Information System,  pricing_Quest, Management-Leadership, Quest_chapt5,7_8, Growth and Expansion_quest.

Projektgruppe Lesemarathon
PMPA - Watzlawick/ body language, the different stages of a project, project manager tasks, how-I-feel-message - improving performance, Small talk, triple constraint
BKO - Questions_CSR-CI-Promotion, promotion_questions, Quest_chapt5,7_8, Growth and Expansion_quest., International Cooperation_SME-LSE, Marketing Mix and Marketing Trends

Projektgruppe MMM (Michelle)
PMPA - risk management, Watzlawick/body language, stages of a project , efficient meetings/taking notes ins meetings, tasks project manager, Gantt-diagram and milestones list
BKO - questions types of business, questions strategic planning, questions_place, questions_BasicsCorpStructure_MNE, Location of industries, Methods of Growth


5IW - Matura Preparation for Wednesday, May 27

For Wednesday, May 27
Die Kandidaten bereiten die am 21. Mai zugewiesenen Themen aus dem allgemeinen Themenpool für eine Probeprüfung vor.

Die Kandidaten beantworten in einer Probeprüfung am 27. Mai eine erst an diesem Tag zugewiesene Fragestellung.

Austria as a business location, quest_AustriaBusiness…  Nico
Setting up a business, business plan  Michelle
Ongoing Economic Crisis Sigrid
Financing, Funding  Melanie
Sales Contract Kathi Pötsch
Starting a small business Julia Rindler
Rapidly growing firms Peter

Katrin Bretterebner - Rapidly growing firms
Marco Lackner - Sales Contract
Carla Lemmerer  - Setting up a business, business plan
Julia Reisinger - Austria as a business location
Marco Resch - Ongoing Economic Crisis
Katharina Stoiber - Starting a small business
Michael Tiefenbacher - Financing, Funding 

5IW - Matura Vorbereitung - Teams and Termine

Neumann M
Pötsch K
Rindler J
Schweiger S
Stocker P
Wechsler N

Bretterebner K
Lackner M
Lemmerer C
Reisinger J
Resch M
Stoiber K
Tiefenbacher M

Team FUCHS has Matura Vorbereitung on the following days:
Wednesday, May 20 - 1 hr (with Sandrock)
Mi, 27. Mai 7:40 – 8:30 und 9:30 – 10:20
Do, 28. Mai 8:30 – 9:20
Mi, 3. Juni 9:30 – 10:20
Mi, 10.Juni 7:40 – 8:30 und 9:30 – 10:20
Do, 11. Juni 7:40 – 8:30 und 8:30 – 9:20

Team SANDROCK has Matura Vorbereitung on the following days:
Wednesday, May 20 - 1 hr - 1st lesson (7:40 - 8:30)
Wednesday, May 27 - 2 hrs - 2nd & 3rd lessons (8:30 - 9:20, 9:30 - 10:20)
Wednesday, June 3 - 3 hrs - 1st, 2nd, 3rd lessons (7:40 - 9:20, 9;30 - 10:20)
Wednesday, June 10 - 2 hours - 2nd & 3rd lessons (8:30 - 9:20, 9:30 - 10:20)
The last hour of Matura Vorbereitung and additional meetings TBA.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

2C - Homework for Thursday, May 28

For Thursday, May 28:

1) Go over the vocabulary and grammar in Chapter 3 of Focus on Modern Technology 2 (pp. 40-42).
2) Do the self-checks on pp. 19 and 31 of FMT 2
3) For points, go to this post, and follow the instructions for leaving a comment in answer to Philip's questions.
4) Read English or watch English videos online.  For points, leave GOOD links in the comments below.

1C - Homework for Monday, June 1

On Monday, May 19, you received a text in class entitled, "Look Up" by Gary Turk.  Your homework is to:

a) mark all of the words in the text you don't know (there will be quite a few!)
b) watch the video to the text
c) answer the question:  How much time do you spend on social media (Facebook, WhatsApp) and your cell phone?

Be prepared to discuss this and other technology questions in class on Monday, June 1

All you need is at this link (lyrics and video): 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

3C - Into the Wild - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 -The Stampede Trail

Epigram:  graffito by Alexander Supertramp
(you can skip the text by Jack London)

This chapter is about the Stampede Trail.  Don't get bogged down in the details.  The most important thing is the description of the bus and how Chris McCandless' body was found.

JOURNAL EXERCISE:  Pretend you are one of the people who found Chris McCandless.  Write an entry in your diary (Tagebuch) describing how you felt when you found the body.

3C - Into the Wild - Chapter 1

Chapter 1 - The Alaska Interior

Read the epigram (postcard written by Chris McCandless) and answer this question in your journal:

JOURNAL ENTRY QUESTION:  Why is the epigram at the beginning of Chapter One important?

VOCABULARY:  Pick out at least one phrase (and it's meaning!) on each page that expands your English vocabulary.  Keep a list of 5-10 words (and their meanings!) that you learn from this chapter.

to protrude - "A rifle protruded from the young man's backpack"
misfit - "dreamers and misfits"
exceedingly "His gear seemed exceedingly minimal"
to lurch - "the truck lurched over a bridge"
foolhardy - "the hitchhiker's scheme was foolhardy"
gung ho - "He was determined. Real gung ho"
to insist - "Alex insisted on giving Gallien his watch"

 to fish for something (information) - "fishing for a last name"
to reject the bait - "rejecting the bait"
no picnic "Livin' in the bush isn't no picnic"
to be up to - "Gallien asked if his parents or a friend knew what he was up to"
to deal with - "I won't run into anything I can't deal with on my own"

muskeg (it's a plant)

3C - Reading Journal/Portfolio - Into the Wild


  • For points (to be determined, but at least 30) – Due Thursday,  June 18 at the latest!
  •  Buy yourself an A5 Heft.  Write your thoughts and exercises in the Heft to turn in.
  • Do the work yourself.  Don’t rely on the Internet or your friends to do the work for you.11
It stands to reason that the more you read (and listen to!) English, the better your texts will be. Why? Because you are constantly improving your vocabulary, sentence structure, story structure and reading comprehension.

We have chosen the book, Into the Wild, because the story of Chris McCandless is interesting. To begin with, how could an intelligent guy end up dying of starvation/poisoning? In addition, his life philosophy (giving away all his money, living off the grid, pitting himself against the elements) has been an inspiration to millions. Many have aspired to live like “Alexander Supertramp,“ although perhaps not to such an extreme.

To get the most out of the book, you should heed the following guidelines:
  • Find a quiet place for a few minutes a day to read the book (15-30 recommended). No distractions! No cell phones, music, television, etc. Unplug and go Into the Wild with Chris McCandless!
  • The epigrams at the beginning of each chapter are not so important (unless it is a letter/postcard from Chris McCandless). You can skip them.
  • The chapters are quite short, so you can do different exercises for each of them. 
  • Resist the urge to look up every word you don’t know (try to figure out the meaning from context ) BUT you should try to improve your vocabulary. For every page, you should write at least one phrase (and its meaning!) in your reading journal. You may also keep a list of words that occur more than once, or are really important. 
  •  See the blog for more hints and tips!
Some of the exercises you can do:
  • Keep a running list of phrases and vocabulary
  • Write a summary of each chapter.
  • Respond to the chapter: did anything make you think? 
  • Pretend you are Chris McCandless, and write a postcard to one of his friends based on the chapter. 
  • Keep a list of quotes that inspire you
  • See the blog for more suggestions: 
Tasks to sum up the book:
  • Write a review about the book for a school newspaper
  • Write about Chris McCandless’ life philosophy, using examples from the book.
  • What do you think would have happened if Chris McCandless had lived?
  • Pretend you are Chris McCandless in his last days, and write a letter to his parents
  • Would you like to go on a journey like Chris McCandless? What would you do differently?
  • See blog for other tasks:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

1C - Homework for Monday, May 18

TASK 1:  Read the text on page 79 (focus on Modern Technology 1). Then do exercises 1, 2, 3 on page 80.  WRITE OUT the answers on a separate piece of paper so you can a) answer quicly in class, b) correct your mistakes, c) turn in your homework for points.

TASK 2:  Read the text on page 84 and do exercises 1 & 2 on page 85.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

4AHK - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Friday, May 22

Chapters in Focus on Modern Business 4/5
Chapter 4 - Customer Service
Chapter 5 - Body is Big Business
Chapter 6 - Examining Media

Text Types:  e-mail/letter (both formal and informal), blog entry, blog comment, summary, NEW:  report, letter of complaint, responding to complaints

Topics:  Customer service, complaints, plastic surgery, sports enhancements, history of media, old media vs. new media, how to tell the difference between good websites and bad websites

Extras: Fawlty Towers, Super Bowl

Expect 1 listening
Expect 1 reading
Expect 2 texts to write

1HAS - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Tuesday, May 19 (1 hour)

Chapter 4 - Time to dress up or down?
Chapter 5 - A special place to be
Chapter 6 - Simply Enjoy

Present tense (simple, progressive)
Past tense (simple, progressive)
Forms of verbs (go, went, gone)
Adjectives (1st form-positive, 2nd form-comparative, 3rd form-superlative: good, better, best)


TOPICS (including vocabulary)
Wizard of Oz
False Friends
Synonyms (words that mean the same:  big, great, large, huge)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

1 HAS - Homework for Tuesday, May 12

We have been working on FALSE FRIENDS.  This will be on the Schularbeit on Tuesday, May 19. Here are some more false friends to practice! For help, see:

1HAS - False friends (Achtet ihr auf den Unterschied zwischen Groß- und Kleinschreibung!)

art means ______________________ in German

Art means _____________________ in English

angina means ______________________ in German

Angina means _____________________ in English

bad means ______________________ in German

Bad means _____________________ in English

bald means _____________________ in German

bald means _____________________ in English

brand means _____________________ in German

Brand means _____________________ in English

fast means _____________________ in German

fast means _____________________ in English

gift means _____________________ in German

Gift means _____________________ in English

handy means _____________________ in German

Handy means _____________________ in English

labor means _____________________ in German

Labor means _____________________ in English

mist means _____________________ in German

Mist means _____________________ in English

note means _____________________ in German

Note means _____________________ in English

rat means _____________________ in German

Rat means _____________________ in English

Roman means _____________________ in German

Roman means _____________________ in English

sender means _____________________ in German

Sender means _____________________ in English

slip means _____________________ in German

Slip means _____________________ in English

smoking means _____________________ in German

Smoking means _____________________ in English

stapler means _____________________ in German

Stapler means _____________________ in English

1C - Homework for Monday, May 11

We've been working on modal verbs:
can ______ = be able to __________
may ______ = be allowed to ________
should ______ = ought to ________
must _______ = have to ________
want to _______

We will have a short written control of modal verbs in the second hour of class (practice in the first lesson!)

Monday, May 4, 2015

The coolest cars you'll never drive - from Engadget

The Coolest Concept Cars ever! Which is your favorite and why? Leave a message in the comments!
Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster

8C - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Monday, May 11 (2 hours)

Chapters 4, 5, 6 Focus on Modern Technology 4/5
Topics:  Transit traffic, ecotourism, globalisation
Grammar:  Word formation, verb tenses, relative clauses (defining and non-defining), terrible twins and triplets 
Text types:  formal email, informal email, blog entry, blog comment, summary, NEW:  report
Extras:  Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Superbowl

Expect:  a reading section, a listening section, a writing section (2 hours)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

New Research by Jon Krakauer into Chris McCandless' death

4C - Homework for Wednesday, May 16

So... let's do this: 1) EVERYONE should do the homework from Monday (