Monday, October 31, 2016

9C - For Thursday, November 3

1) English Activity Journals - Next collection, Thursday, November 3

2) You got a handout in class on Monday, October 31 about different tenses and passive voice.  Study for your Verb Revision on Monday, November 7.

2C - Homework for Monday, November 7

1) English Activity Journals:
  Group A:  Due Monday, November 7
  Group B:  Due Wednesday, November 9 (not November 3, silly me, I thought y'all had English on                  Thursdays!)

2) Bring Focus on Modern Technology 2 to the lesson.

3) Learn words for parts of a car (p. 14 FMT 2 and Lehrer für Schüler Tausch cars.pdf)




Friday, October 28, 2016

Activity - Halloween

All Hallow's Eve or Hallowe'en is the day before All Saints Day (saint = hallow = heilig)
You can read more about the holiday here:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/halloween-2016-why-do-children-trick-or-treat-and-whats-with-the1/  (Hint:  There are videos at the link as well as text! Choose your activity!)

QUESTIONS:
Is Halloween an important holiday (Feiertag) in Austria?
Have you ever dressed up (sich verkleiden) for Halloween?
When do people dress up in costumes in Austria?
When people dress up in Austria, what kind of costumes are popular?
What would you dress up as for Halloween (see the possibilities at this link:  http://www.partycity.com/category/halloween+costumes/teen+costumes.do)
Do you think Halloween is a good idea or a bad idea for Austria? Give reasons for your opinion
What's the best part of Halloween?  The candy?  The costumes?  The pranks?

BONUS ACTIVITY (to write about in your English Activity Journal!); 
Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho?
If you have, describe the characters and plot (Handlung) in your own words.
If you haven't seen Psycho, would you like to see it after watching the trailer (below)?
What do you think about horror movies? Are they better when there's a lot of gore (Blut)? or are psychological thrillers better?



9C - Homework for Monday, October 31

Work on activity journals.  Next Abgabetermin November 3.

Practice for VERB REVISION on Monday, November 7.  (you can do this by doing exercises on https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar).

You can also get practice by watching DVDs and hearing how people use English tenses IRL.  In honor of Halloween, watch this 6 minute trailer for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. How many tenses are in it (both text and spoken word)?


BONUS ACTIVITY (to write about in your English Activity Journal!);
Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho?
If you have, describe the characters and plot (Handlung) in your own words.
If you haven't seen Psycho, would you like to see it after watching the trailer (above?)
What do you think about horror movies? Are they better when there's a lot of gore (Blut)? or are psychological thrillers better?



3C - Homework for Thursday, November 3

For Thursday, November 3:

If you want to write an entry for your activity journal, write it on a separate piece of paper and paste it into (einkleben) your Quart-Heft when you get it back next week!  Next Abgabetermin:  Thursday, November 10 (two entries=Einträge)

1) For homework, read page 62 in Focus on Modern Technology 2
2) Do exercises 1, 2, 3 on page 63 in your book.
3) Review the passive voice on page 66-67.
4) Write the answers to exercises 1 and 2 (page 66-67) in your Hausübungsheft to hand in at the beginning of the lesson on Thursday, November 3.

5) Don't forget to bring your STEREOTYPES ARTICLE to class on Thursday, November 3.  We will go over tips for writing the second draft (verbesserte Version).

Looking ahead:  Verb revision on Thursday, November 10 - all tenses, active and passive.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1C - Group B Homework for November 8

YOu have a lot to do because we won't have English for two weeks!

1) Do English activities and write AT LEAST TWO more entries in your activity journal (50 words each).

2) Finish the worksheets you got in the lesson on October 25.

3)  Study for a vocabulary quiz over appliances and tools.

To prepare, look at the vocabulary on page 30.
Then do the following exercises in your book:
 * exercise 3, page 22
 * exercise 5, page 22
 * exercise 1, page 25
 * exercise 2, page 26
 * exercise 3, page 26-27

9C - Homework for Thursday, October 27

You got a "Matura Aufgabenstellung" in class.  You may prepare it beforehand, or you can prepare it in the lesson.  At least five students will present during class.  It will count towards your Speaking grade.

Situation:  You are an exchange student at a university in Scotland.  You have been asked to give a presentation about the water crisis in your Introduction to the Environment class.

MONOLOGUE – Speak at least two minutes, hit all the bullet points, and don’t read from the text.  Try to bring in your own ideas.

·         outline the importance of water for life on earth (see text 1)
·         analyse the threats to clean water sources (see text 1)
·         suggest ways in which individuals can make a difference

For suggestions, you could use the text you prepared for Monday:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

3C - Homework for Thursday, October 27

1) If you have not done your article about stereotypes, this is your highest priority.

2) Work on your English Activity Journal

3) Do "Do You Remember?" on pages 56-57.  Check your answers on page 108.  If you don't understand something, Thursday will be the day to ask!

4) Review the passive voice (pp. 66-67).  Read page 62 which will help you understand the exercises.

LOOKING AHEAD:  VERB REVISION on Thursday, November 10!  All tenses, active and passive.

7C - Homework for Monday, October 31

1) Finish exercise 6 on page 26

2) Read the text on page 27-28 and answer the questions with a MAXIMUM of FOUR words (Matura bzw. SA Aufgabenstellung).

3) Gather all your "talking points" to discuss artificial intelligence, virtual teachers, robots.  We will practice a Matura Aufgabenstellung and some students will actually present a monologue for points!

4) Start reviewing verb tenses for the Verb Revision on Tuesday, November 15 (active and passive)


Monday, October 24, 2016

2C - Homework for Monday, October 31 (Halloween!)

KEEP WORKING ON YOUR ACTIVITY JOURNALS.  REMEMBER, Don't just write in English... try to do fun activities in English (see list here)

UPDATE 10/28:  I know I still have your activity journals... write the next entry on a piece of paper that you can paste into (einkleben) your activity when you get them back on Monday.  Next Abgabetermin:
Group A:  Monday November 7
Group B:  Wednesday, November 9

1) Finish exercise 2 on page 120.

2) Do  "Do You Remember?" on pages 129-132.  Check answers on page 144.  If you don't understand something, Monday is the time to ask!

3)  Read the text on page 123.  Then write the answers to exercise 1 (p. 123-124) and exercise 2 (page 124) IN YOUR EXERCISE BOOK.  Note the instructions:  In exercise 1, use a MAXIMUM of FOUR words in your answer (this is a Matura- bzw. SA-Aufgabenstellung).

7C - Homework for Tuesday, October 25

Look on the Internet.  What does Stephen Hawking say about the future of artificial intelligence?
Also, look up some background information on Stephen Hawking... he's not just a guest star on the Big Bang Theory and the Simpsons!


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Activity - Make a Difference Day!

Call it "Make A Difference" "Pay it Forward" or a "Random Act of Kindness" - today (Saturday, October 22) is National Make A Difference Day!


Random acts of kindness don't have to be big.  They are as simple as giving someone an unexpected compliment, inviting someone to have an ice cream cone, doing yardwork for an elderly neighbor, making someone feel special or beautiful or loved.  The person who does the random act of kindness doesn't expect anything in return - they just want to make the world a better place.  They want to make a difference!

You can read more about Make a Difference Day here:  http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-make-a-difference-day-fourth-saturday-in-october/

And you can read about ways to get involved here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/87407/11-little-things-you-can-do-make-difference

Here are stories by people who have benefited from random acts of kindness:  https://notalwayshopeless.com/

QUESTIONS
Have you ever heard the term "Pay it Forward"?  Look up the term on the internet.  What does it mean?  Give an example.
There is also a movie called "Pay it Forward" - have you seen it?
Have you ever done something nice for someone you didn't know?
Has someone you didn't know ever done something nice for you?
Suggest a project for the HTL to do to make a difference in the Gemeinde Trieben.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1C - Homework for November 9

YOu have a lot to do because we won't have English for two weeks!

1) Do English activities and write AT LEAST TWO more entries in your activity journal (50 words each).

2) Finish the worksheets you got in the lesson on October 19.

3)  Study for a vocabulary quiz over appliances and tools.

To prepare, look at the vocabulary on page 30.
Then do the following exercises in your book:
 * exercise 3, page 22
 * exercise 5, page 22
 * exercise 1, page 25
 * exercise 2, page 26
 * exercise 3, page 26-27

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1C - Homework for Week of October 24

We will do a vocabulary quiz on on Tuesday, October 25 (Group B). The topic is: appliances and tools.

To prepare, look at the vocabulary on page 30.
Then do the following exercises in your book:
 * exercise 3, page 22
 * exercise 5, page 22
 * exercise 1, page 25
 * exercise 2, page 26
 * exercise 3, page 26-27

Abend HTL - Homework for Tuesday, October 25

1) Finish the worksheet you got in class (here's a copy if you've misplaced it)

2) Read the text on page 24 (?) of your Topics and Language in Use book (About School and Work)

3) Using the text on page 24, the worksheet and the vocabulary, be able to discuss the questions under Student A and Student B on the worksheet in class on Tuesday, October 25.

4) Be able to answer the question:  "How important is school for you?" (you may write a text in your English Activity Journal on this topic!)

7C - Homework for Monday, October 24

For Monday, October 24
1) keep working on your English Activity Journals.
2) Also, read the text (Virtual Eve) on pages 23-24 of Focus on Modern Technology 3.
3) Using the questions on page 24, ex. 2, write a guided summary of the article (approximately 120 words, in your own words!)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Activity - Meet Cozmo, the AI Robot with Emotions


What do you think about Cozmo?
Would you pay $180 for one?
Or would you prefer to build your own?
If you could build a mini-robot like this, what would you program it to do?
Robots aren't only fun, they're practical. Can you think of any other practical uses of robots?
Do you have robotics this semester?  What has been your experience with robots?

7C - Homework for Tuesday, October 18

For Tuesday, October 18

Group A and B:

1) Review the simple present/present progressive and the past simple/past progressive on page 12 of your textbook Focus on Modern Technology 3 Do the exercises!
2)  Look at the vocabulary on page 30 of Focus on Modern Technology 3


Group A:  Finish the worksheet you got in class.

2C . Homework for Monday, October 24

1) QUIZ OVER IRREGULAR VERB FORMS!  Pages 169-170 (and handout)

2)  Print off the Englische Zeiten from the school server (Lehrer für Schüler Tausch -> 2C -> Sandrock -> Englische Zeiten (you can do this in the EDV Room or use a USB stick) and begin reviewing tenses (see ego4u.at)

3)  Look at the vocabulary on page 128 (idioms for getting about)

4) Do exercise 1 on page 115 in your book

5) Do exercise 2 on page 116 in your book

6) Read the Grammatikübersicht on page 126 of Focus on Technology 1.

7) Try the exercises on page 121 (Ex. 4 and 5)

8)  Keep working on your English Activity Journal

Sunday, October 16, 2016

9C - Homework for Monday, October 24

1)  In your English Activity Journal, write TWO entries;

a) a response to Dr. JoJo's letter to you (handed out in class on Monday, October 17**).  Make sure you use present tense in your response.

b) a report about your trip to Munich.  This entry should be written in past simple tense (for the most part).  Need a refresher on past tenses?  See this website or do these exercises!

2)  Read this article about the importance of unpolluted water in Native American culture.

3)  In your HÜ Heft, write a 150 word summary of the article. Note that the article is written predominantly in present tense, so use present tense in your summary,  You should also try to use indirect statement (e.g.  Day says that the intent of the walk is to speak to the water, not to a human audience.

**HOMEWORK FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 24:  In your English Activity Journal, write a reply to the note from Dr. JoJo (below).  She wants to know about your current attitude toward school and what your plan is for getting all your work done this year.  Write a text in which you use the present simple and present continuous tenses in all different forms (statements, questions, negatives, as seen in the text we did in class).

Dear                       ,  

It’s your final year of technical college in Austria, and there is so much to do!  You must be under a lot of stress.  What is your attitude to school right now? Are you able to get all your work done for your classes? Are you eating and sleeping okay?  You should take time to do things you want to do instead of working all day and all night.   Going out with friends or being with your family can often help you de-stress (although sometimes they can also distract you from your work).  Do you have any hobbies you can devote your attention to, so you aren’t always thinking about your diploma thesis or the prom?  Do you have a time management strategy?  Sorry to ask so many questions, but we haven’t had much time to chat! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

3C - Homework for Tuesday, October 18

Write another entry in your English Activity Journal.

IDEAS:  Write about clowns (see blog)
              Write about Nick Vujicic (see blog)
              Write a text based on our exercise in class on Thursday, October 13 (How would life change for you if you ... lost your sight OR lost your hearing OR lost your arms OR lost the use of your legs OR became paraplegic?  What accommodations would you need?  How could technology help?)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

3C - In Class, Thursday, October 13

Bionic Olympics:  http://qz.com/807655/cybathlon-the-worlds-first-bionic-olympics-just-happened-in-zurich/
Goldsmith:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9DvHUTsmGU#t=40
Baseball player:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JFsWP911rQ
People who lost their limbs, but not their sense of humor
Nick Vujicic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJvEoLPLIg8


7C - Homework for Monday, October 17

1)  At least one more entry in your English Activity Journal (two entries are ideal!) - you will get them back on Thursday 10/13!

2)  Raphael/Edon, Tobias/Almir, Julian L./Nick - Give presentations (last chance)

3)  Mike- report on discussion with director/Malta

4)  Elma - see me.


3C - Homework for Thursday, October 20

PLEASE TYPE YOUR ARTICLE SO YOU CAN SEND IT TO frauprofessorsandrock@gmail.com

Write an article about stereotypes.  In your article:
                *  define the term “stereotype” in your own words and give

                    an example (introduction)
                *  explain how stereotypes can lead to prejudice and give an 
                    example (body 1)
                *  discuss how exceptions to stereotypes can help open 

                    people’s minds (body 2)
                *  give a convincing example of an exception to a stereotype - think about 

                    the videos we watched or use a personal example (body 3)
                * (conclusion) encourage people to be open-minded and 

                   make their own decisions

Approximately 250 words (50 words per paragraph)


1) Give your article an interesting title.
2) Start your article in an interesting way (use a question or a personal anecdote to grab your audience and make them want to keep reading)
3)  The first paragraph should be an introduction to the subject (stereotypes). 
4)  The conclusion should leave the reader with something to think about.
5)  Write your article in 5 paragraphs (introduction, body 1, body 2, body 3, conclusion)
6)  Check your text before you turn it in using this checklist

Don't copy from the internet.  Don't copy from your neighbor.  Don't use Google Translate.

You will write a draft (erster Versuch).  Try to write the best draft you can – perhaps you can avoid a rewrite!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

3C - Homework for Thursday, October 13

For Thursday, October 13:

1)  Read pages 50-51 in your textbook (Focus on Modern Technology 2 - Forgot it at school?  No problem!  Here's a link online! http://www.veritas.at/sbo/ebook/px/30833/#/50/

2)  Be able to talk about Universal Design and Accommodations (Anpassungen an spezielle Bedürfnisse).  These will be your Talking Points for our lesson Thursday and possibly your homework for next Thursday, October 20.




Idea for English Activity Journal - Creepy Clowns

(If you don't have your journal, you may write this entry on a piece of paper and add it to your journal later.  Or you can leave a comment here on the blog!)

Have you heard about the "creepy clowns"?  Clowns are appearing (erscheinen) all over the world and no one knows why.  Here is a video that explains the craze:



Ronald McDonald is the most famous clown of all.  But because of all the creepy clowns, Ronald McDonald is making fewer appearances.  Read all about it on People Magazine.


QUESTIONS
Is it normal for people in Austria to hire clowns for children's birthday parties?
Where do you see clowns in Austria?
Do you like clowns or do you have coulrophobia (fear of clowns)?
Do you have a favorite clown?
Look up the history of some famous clowns
Did you know a clown's make up is copyrighted? Check out this article on Atlas Obscura!
If you could be a clown, what would your make up look like and why???
Have you ever seen the movie or read the book "It" by Stephen King?



1C - Homework for Week of October 17 (Group A and B)

1) Do one entry in your English Activity Journal - Watch a video or film or DVD in English (with English subtitles, not German!) and write about it in your Schulquart Heft (50+ words)

2)  Read the email on pages 20-21.

3)  Do exercises 1 and 2 on page 21

4) Re-read the grammar explanation on page 23 (Befehlsform, Present Simple Tense)

5)  Do the grammar exercises on page 23.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Abend HTL - Homework for Tuesday, October 18

For Tuesday, October 18

1) Turn in your English Activity Journal with TWO new entries

2) On page 23 of the Topics and Language in Use book, learn the vocabulary and meanings of the words.

3) Make a list of nouns, verbs, and adjectives in your HÜ Heft (vocab page 23).

4) Do the Individual Work on pages 23-24 of the Topics and Language in Use book (use the new vocabulary words to complete the text)

5)  Do the Individual Work on page 25 of the Topics and Language in Use book (practice with the present simple tense)

6) For a CHALLENGE, do the exercise on page 15 in the Workbook.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Idea for English Activity Journal - Happy Fluffernutter Day!

(I know not everyone has their English Activity Journals, but you can write a text about this article and paste it in your EAJ when you get it back next week!  OR you can write a comment in the box below!)

Article:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/86283/gooey-history-fluffernutter-sandwich

https://newengland.com/today/food/new-england-made/fluffernutter/

WRITE A TEXT ABOUT PEANUT BUTTER
Have you ever eaten peanut butter?
How did you eat it? (alone on a spoon? in a candy bar?  on bread? What kind of bread? as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  what kind of jelly?  did you also use butter?)
What kind of peanut butter did you eat? There's chunky, creamy, and natural.
Do you like peanut butter?
Would you like to try peanut butter?
Are you allergic to peanuts?

Have you ever eaten marshmallows?
How did you eat them?  (alone out of the package? roasted over a campfire?  in Rice Krispie treats?  in a candy bar?  as marshmallow fluff?)

What do you think about a combination of peanut butter, marshmallow fluff on white sandwich bread?  Does it sound good?  Do you think it's healthy?


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Abend HTL - In Class Thursday, October 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqXwma7z85Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZV40f0cXF4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVPxAgy7lBA
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=8014

Abend HTL - Homework for Tuesday, October 11

1) Don't forget your activity journal! (you should get them back on Friday, October 7)

2) In your Workbook (Englisch für die Berufsreifeprüfung - Basismodul Workbook) do the exercises on pages 34-35 (present simple tense, Task 1, Task 2, Task 3).  This is practice to reinforce word order and verb formation.  You can do more exercises on pages 36-38 (Task 4, Task 5, Task 8) if you want more practice.

3) In the Topics and Language in Use book  (Englisch für die Berufsreifeprüfung - Basismodul Topics and Language in Use), make sure you can do these exercises:  p. 15 (Individual Work  "to be" and "to have"), p. 18 (Individual Work, Word order S-P-O)

4) Review vocabulary for family in Topics and Language in Use (Unit 1, Nice to Meet You).  Write any words you don't know in your vocabulary book.

3C - Homework for Tuesday, October 11

1) write 10 personal sentences in your HÜ Heft using the words/phrases from the handout in class on Thursday, October 6 and these phrases that were written on the board:

inferior to -
superior to -
to reinforce/support a stereotype
to contradict/disprove/debunk a stereotype
to be open-minded about
to have an open mind about
to make your own decisions about
to develop your own ideas about
to discriminate against
to be prejudiced against


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1C - Homework for Wednesday, October 5

1) review numbers in English (p. 133 in Focus on Modern Technology 1)

2) review/learn countries and languages on page 13 in FMT 1

3) do the quiz "Do you Remember 1" on pages 14-15.  Check your answers on p. 142

7C - Homework/Plan for Week of October 10

For Monday October 10 , students will prepare language week presentations for Tuesday, October 11.

These are the pairings and topics:

GROUP A
Brighton - Valentin, Michael
Cambridge - Raphael, Edon
Canterbury - Tobias, Almir
Cork - Ivan, Manuel
Dublin - Larissa, Thomas
York - Fabian, Elma

GROUP B
Edinburgh - Pascal, Mike
Exeter - Julian S., Matthias
Galway - Dzenis, Daniel, Jürgen
London - Julian E, Vjencislav
Manchester - Julian L, Nick

The book for Cool Tours is in the classroom.  If you prefer to do research online, here is the link:  http://cooltours.at/reisen/sprachreisen/englisch/

1C - Homework for Week of October 10

1)   In your HÜ Heft, write a dialogue based on the speaking activity in class
     Situation:  You meet a person named Alex Robinson (Alex can be a boy or a girl's name).
     Alex wants to know all about you:  Where you are from, what language you speak, how you can keep in touch (in Verbindung bleiben). You exchange (austauschen) information (email address, Facebook, telephone number, snail mail address).  You need to spell your name and the name of your town. EXAMPLE;  Alex tells you his/her name is spelled R-O-B-I-N-S-O-N.

Here's a way you can start:
ALEX:  Hi, I don't recognize (erkennen) your accent.  Where are you from?
YOU:  I'm from _____
ALEX:  What language do they speak there?
YOU:  We speak _____.  Where are you from?
ALEX:  I am from _____.
YOU:  You're cute. What's your name?
ALEX:  You're cute too. I'm Alex. What's your name?
YOU: My name is ____.  We should keep in touch.
ALEX:  Yes!  Do you use Facebook?
YOU:  ...

Try to keep the conversation going for at least five more exchanges (ten more lines)

STECKBRIEF:
Alex Robinson
1634 Garden Lane
Stowe, Vermont 05672
Phone: 802-555-4419
alexinvt2000@zedge.net
   

2)  Be able to describe your house (p. 16, 18) and bedroom (19-20***)

3) Look at the vocabulary on page 30 of FMT 1
4)  Look over the grammar (Grammatikübersicht) pp. 27-28


*** use the sentence suggestions

Monday, October 3, 2016

2C - Homework for Monday, October 10

1) Finish the exercises you began on pp. 108-109 (ex. 4-5) in your book.
2) Do exercise 6 on page 109 in your HÜ Heft.
3) Do exercise 7 on page 110-111 in your book.
4) Vocabulary quiz over all vocab in Unit 7 (Schwerpunkt VERBS!)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

3C - Homework for Thursday, October 6 (Updated October 4


1) bring your book to class (Focus on Modern Technology 2)
2) hand in your English Activity Journal with 2 (two!) entries (one of them should be about Sports Week!)
3) LOOK UP OTHER STEREOTYPES.  DEFINE STEREOTYPE, PREJUDICE, DISCRIMINATION.