Monday, October 23, 2017

3C - homework for Friday, October 27

Task 1) Finish the exercise in Best Shots 2 (pp. 20-21).  The first five answers are 1) H, 2) B, 3) J, 4) F, 5) D.

Task 2) Do the exercises on pages 18-19 (Ex. 1, 2, and 3).  If you need another explanation of the past perfect tense, see your Essential Grammar in Use book.  You may also find the handout "Painting with Verb Tenses" useful.

Cambridge, Monday, October 23, In-Class

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/

Do two tests:  General English AND For Schools.
Show Dr. Sandrock your score on each test.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

ABEND HTL - Matura Topic Presentations

You will be the expert on your topic for Matura.  That means you should give your fellow students talking points that they can use for the oral Matura.  Don't just repeat information from the book everyone has.  Do some research, give examples, answer the Who? What? Where? When? Why? and Hows? of the topic, and MAKE A HANDOUT for everyone (14+1 for the teacher!)

We will begin presentations on December 7 and finish them by Christmas.  A good presentation should be about 10 minutes long and should engage your classmates!

Philipp G. - ???
Daniel G. - Socially acceptable drugs (alcohol, smoking, vaping)
Dominik K. - Guns/Gun Control
Harald M. - Cars
Ulrich P. - Robots/Automation
Markus R. - Fair Trade
Mario S. - Tourism in Austria
Sarah S. - Health and Nutrition
Marvin S. - Human Rights
Jan S. - Family
Achim S. - Extreme Sports
Manfred U. - Sports in Austria
Christian V. - Recent Trends in Food
Karl W. - Working for Success
Günther W. - Smart Homes/Internet of Things


9C - Homework for Wednesday, October 25

In Trauner (Englisch für die neue Reife- und Diplomprüfung), read about New Forms of Tourism (pp. 314 - 319)  Be able to describe the terms "ecotourism" and "extreme tourism".

Do the Reading Comprehension on pages 315-316 to get some talking points and practice a Schularbeit bzw Matura Task.

Here's a great website for an eco-resort:  http://www.segera.com/

1 C (Group B) - Homework for Friday, October 27

We will have a short "quiz" (Schriftliche Mitarbeit).  The topics covered will be

1) Imperative verbs (class rules http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2014/11/etiquette-and-expectations.html, dos and don'ts)
2) Describing your house/dream house/room/dream room

Use the handout you received during the lesson on Thursday, October 19 to study.  Pay special attention to the box with hints for vocabulary and grammar!

Looking ahead:
Homework for Friday, November 3: 

Task 1) Read pp. 27-28 in Focus on Modern Technology 1 (Befehlsform, Present Tense, Present Progressive)
Task 2) Read the email from Nick Cooper on page 20-21
Task 3) Do exercises 1 and 2 on page 21 (reading comprehension and pronouns)
Task 4) Do exercise 6 on page 23 (using grammar from pages 27-28 based on the text pages 20-21)

7C -Homework for Friday, October 27

Dig out your activity journal!  (if you've lost yours, buy a new one - make sure it is LINIERT with KORREKTURRAND)

We have been talking about Addiction and Dependence.  Respond to ONE of the following in your activity journal.  You should write a thoughtful, well-structured entry of about 150-200 words (no fewer than 150 words, no more than 250)

1) Watch this video http://www.drugfreeworld.org/real-life-stories/alcohol.html (we watched it last week in class).

In your journal, you may write a SUMMARY of the video:  Remember to answer the questions Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? 
* outline why people start drinking
* explain the warning signs of alcohol dependence
* describe some of the consequences of alcohol addiction
* list ways people try to kick their alcohol habit.

OR

you may write about YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE with alcohol.
* Outline your drinking habits (when did you have your first drink? how often do you drink alcohol? what do you drink?  how much do you drink?  when do you drink?  with whom do you drink?  why do you drink?
* Describe some of the things you or your friends have done while drinking (do you sometimes drink too much alcohol?  have you ever done  something you are ashamed of?  have you ever passed out from drinking too much alcohol?  has someone done something to you when you were drunk? do you know anyone who has been caught drinking and driving?)
* Analyse the drinking habits of people in Austria based on your own experience.  Do you think alcoholism is a problem in Austria?  Why or why not?


OR

2)  you can comment on the case of hazing by alcohol (see video at the link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/lsu-police-charge-10-people-death-fraternity-pledge/story?id=50413609)  If you choose this option,
* summarize what happened to Maxwell Gruwer
* describe the knock-on effect his death has for his family, the boys in his fraternity, and the LSU community (read the follow up story here:  http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2017/10/lsu_reinstates_alcohol_ban_on.html)
* discuss whether this type of tragedy could happen in Austria


3C - Homework for Monday, October 23

For Monday, October 23, you have one task:

Do the exercise on pp. 20-21 of Best Shots 2.  There is vocabulary at the top of the page (Ex. 1) which you should do before Exercise 2.  In Exercise 2, you should put the sentences (A-K) in the right spot in the text.

This is a good exercise because it:  a) helps with vocabulary, b) helps with talking points and c) is an example of a Schularbeit bzw. Matura Aufgabenstellung

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Abend HTL - Homework for Thursday, November 9

1) Finish the worksheet on the passive voice

2) You will write an ARTICLE (see p. 365 in Trauner) about the pros and cons of television.

3) You will write another entry in your activity journal (TBA)

4) Start preparing your presentation (do internet research, not just info from the book)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

7C - Homework for Friday, October 20

1) TALK WITH YOUR PARENTS ABOUT GALWAY.  Are you committed to €875 for this Language Week?  We need at least 15 students to say "yes" to the offer. 

- Dates:  June 23-June 30 (7 nights, 8 days)
Included: 
- transfer from Trieben to Munich
- Flight from Munich to Dublin
- Transfer from Dublin to Galway
- 2-3 students stay together with one host family
- breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
- lessons taught by native speaker at Atlantic Language School
- 3 leisure activities, 1 evening activity, 1 excursion

Extra cost:  Reiseversicherung, public transportation in Galway, souvenirs, snacks

Finish filling out the worksheet you got on Monday (vocabulary for addictions and dependence).  We will do a short schriftiliche Mitarbeit, to see how well you can use this vocabulary.


3C - Homework for Friday, October 20

1) Rewrite the email for lovetoknow on page 9 of your textbook.

a) Look at the comments on your first draft to see what you can do better
b) Reread the task (Aufgabenstellung)
c) Use language found in the Language Box on page 9.

Write about 180 words.  Use paragraphs.  Turn in your ORIGINAL with your CORRECTION.

2) Finish exercise 22 (pages 54-55) in your Essentials of Grammar in Use (Passive voice)

1C - Group A - Homework for Tuesday, October 24

We will have a short "quiz" (Schriftliche Mitarbeit).  The topics covered will be

1) Imperative verbs (class rules http://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2014/11/etiquette-and-expectations.html, dos and don'ts)
2) Describing your house/dream house/room/dream room

Use the handout you received during the lesson on Wednesday, October 18 to study.  Pay special attention to the box with hints for vocabulary and grammar!

Looking ahead:
Homework for Tuesday, November 7:

Task 1) Read pp. 27-28 in Focus on Modern Technology 1 (Befehlsform, Present Tense, Present Progressive)
Task 2) Read the email from Nick Cooper on page 20-21
Task 3) Do exercises 1 and 2 on page 21 (reading comprehension and pronouns)
Task 4) Do exercise 6 on page 23 (using grammar from pages 27-28 based on the text pages 20-21)

9C - Homework for Thursday, October 19

For Thursday, October 19, practice your reading comprehension on these two exercises.

1) The articles you read for the lesson on Wednesday are on Tausch > Lehrer für Schüler > 5C > Sandrock > For Thursday October 19.  The readings are part of a bigger Matura/Schularbeit task (Note Form).  See if you can fill in the gaps with four words or less!

2) In your textbook (Trauner, Englisch für die neue Reife und Diplomprüfung), there is a multiple choice Matura/Schularbeit task.  See if you can get the right answers, and summarize this text!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

5C - Homework for Monday, October 23

1) finish worksheet you got in class
2) prepare to do a gap fill using these words
3) review the passive voice in your Essential Grammar book (p. 54-55)
4) MAKE SURE YOU TURN IN THE CORRECTION OF YOUR ARTICLE WITH THE ORIGINAL

Monday, October 16, 2017

5C - Homework for Tuesday, October 17

For October 17, do the same homework as for October 16 (https://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2017/10/5c-homework-for-monday-october-16.html)

PLUS:

Do the vocabulary exercise on page 75 of Focus on Modern Technology 2 (The dark green book).  This exercise uses vocabulary from the article about food miles)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

1C - Homework for Week of October 16

Group A - Review the vocabulary to talk about your house and your room (Focus on Modern Technology 1, pages 16, 18, 19, 20).  Be able to describe the type of house you live in, the garden, the rooms in your house, and your room and the furnishings.  What does your dream house look like?

Group B - Bring the drawing of your house to the lesson.  Be about to talk about your house and your room (Focus on Modern Technology 1, pages 16, 18, 19, 20).  Be able to describe the type of house you live in, the garden, the rooms in your house, and your room and the furnishings.  What does your dream house look like?

3C - Homework for Monday, October 16

In your book "Essential Grammar in Use" read the explanation of the PASSIVE VOICE on page 54, then do  the exercises on page 55.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Abend HTL - Homework for Thursday, October 19

Task 1) Fill out the worksheet on passive verbs

Task 2) Work up talking points for the pros and cons of television (pages 32-37).  You need these talking points for an in-class writing exercise.

5C - Thursday, October 12 - In-Class

Jason Aldean was performing on stage in Las Vegas when a gunman open fired on a crowd of 20,000 concert-goers from the 36th floor of a nearby hotel.  59 people died, over 500 people were hospitalized and the gunman committed suicide.  To this day no one know what the gunman's motive was.

Coincidentally, rock and roll icon, Tom Petty, died of a heart attack the day after the Las Vegas Massacre.  He was only 66 years old.

Less than one week after the deadliest mass-shooting in US history, Jason Aldean opened "Saturday Night Live!" with these words.  He and his band then sang Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down", a song that became famous after 9/11 and the destruction of the World Trade Center by terrorists in New York City.  

"Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it's unbreakable." - Jason Aldean



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5C - Homework for Monday, October 16

For Monday, October 16 you should REWRITE the article about Austrian education.  Hand in the ORIGINAL and the REWRITE on Monday.  Here's what you need to do:

You received feedback on Tuesday with suggested changes (correct the grammar, review the Aufgabenstellung, complete the task).

Here is the original assignment:

Write an article for an international teen magazine about education in Austria.  What special programs does your country/school offer to help students get a well-rounded education that they can benefit from even after school ends?

TITLE:  Make sure it's interesting ("Education in Austria" is NOT interesting)

INTRODUCTION:  One or two sentences that describe how your education is special

BODY 1)  First example:  Vienna Week (describe some of the things you do on Vienna Week ADD and why?)

BODY 2) Second example:  Sport Week (describe some of the things you do on Sport Week ADD and why?)

BODY 3) Third example:  Language Week (describe some of the things you do on Language Week ADD and why?)

CONCLUSION:  Sum up the experiences you get from these three "road trips".  ADD:  What do you learn on these excursions?  Maintain (behaupten) that your education in Austria is special and makes you a well-rounded person.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

1C - AOC Check

http://aoc.cebs.at/student/student.php

the Schulkennzahl is 612458


5C - Tuesday, October 10 - In Class

Five lucky students will be chosen to give a monologue about food and nutrition.  Here is the task:

Describe what a balanced diet is, using examples from the four food groups
Explain in detail what can happen if you eat too much junk food
Suggest ways that people can live a healthy lifestyle (moderation, diet and exercise)

Talk for about 3 minutes.  Try to use details and linking words.

Monday, October 9, 2017

5C - Homework for Tuesday, October 10

We will do practice monologues about food talking points, then start on Chapter 6 in Focus on Modern Technology 2 (the green book)

7C - Homework for Friday, October 13

Task 1) (done in the lesson)  For the vocabulary on page 10 in Trauner, sort the words into verbs, nouns, adjectives, and miscellaneous (collocations, adverbs, etc)

Task 2)  On LINED paper, write sentences using each word in the vocabulary.  The sentences can come from the text, the internet, a dictionary, or your own imagination.  But the meaning of the word must be clear from the context.

Example:
UNCLEAR:  Behaviour is persistent. 
CLEAR:  When I was a child, my parents often punished me for my bad behaviour, like throwing temper tantrums in the grocery store.

White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane (with lyrics)



Saturday, October 7, 2017

7C - Homework for Monday, October 9

For Monday, October 9, please do the following exercises:

Task 1) In Trauner (Englisch für die standardisierte Reife- und Diplomprüfung), look through the Table of Contents (Inhaltsverzeichnis) and choose FIVE topics you would like to do this year.

Task 2) On page 10 of Trauner, match the German vocabulary words to the English definitions.  We'll work with these words in class on Monday.

Task 3) On page 11 of Trauner, do the exercise marked as Pair Work. You'll compare your answers with a partner on Monday!

Friday, October 6, 2017

3C - Homework for Monday, October 9

For Monday, October 9, do exercise 3 on page 9 of Best Shots 2.

Write an email of about 180 words on LINED PAPER (or you can type it:  14 pt font, double-spaced - zweizeilig Abstand).  Follow the instructions on page 9, exercise 3.

Change the deadline from end of November to "October 9, 2017" 😁
What is the connection between global warming and climate change?

BRIEFLY define what global warming is
Explain the connection between global warming and climate change
Predict consequences for Austria if the trend continues.

Start with the words "Global warming happens when..."

WRITE FOR 15 MINUTES.  Write about 100 words.

Here is some vocab that might help:
trap                                      prevent
cause                                    radiation
greenhouse gas                    surface
methane                               result
drought                                destructive

Thursday, October 5, 2017

9C - Homework for Wednesday, October 11 (Group B)

We'll start the lesson with reports from the group leaders.  Each group leader (Tobias, Julian S., Elma, Edon) should give a basic overview of each of the three NGOs and a summary of the discussion with your classmates (Do NGOs have an impact on our world?  Why or why not?  What are some other environmental or relief organisations or charities you thought of and what do they do to change the world?

Then we will talk a little about tourism to get ready for your trip to Munich.  If you want, you can learn the vocabulary (p. 307 in Trauner) and exercise 4.1 (page 210, Types of Tourism)

9C - Homework for Wednesday, October 11 (or before!)

On LINED paper (or TYPED double spaced - zweizeilig Abstand) write an email to your friend in Las Vegas (about 200-250 words).  In your email you should:

1) inquire about your friend's well-being (perhaps they were at the concert or know someone who was killed or injured)
2) Speculate about the causes behind the increasing acts of violence in the world
3) Give your opinion about recent acts of violence.  Will you change the way you live your life?  Why or why not?

Remember to use proper format:  a proper salutation, paragraphs, polite closing, complimentary close, and signature.

If you write a good first draft, you won't have to rewrite it.  Make it so!

P.S.  This counts as part of your Mitarbeit grade.  If you don't do it, it will count as a "zero" which will not help your Mitarbeit grade.

1C - Homework for Week of October 9 - BRING KOPFHÖRER!

We will do two English assessments:  one on the computer and one written (schriftlich).  For the computer part you will need headphones (Kopfhörer)!!

Why are we doing this?  Watch this video to find out!


To practice, you can go to this website: https://www.cebs.at/index.php?id=102

9C - Thursday, October 5, In-Class

In groups talk about the following:

 - Outline some of the violent acts that have taken place over the past few months (bombings, mass shootings, knife/machete/ax attacks, acid attacks, using vehicles as weapons). Try to be as specific as possible.

- Why to people resort to violence?  (religion, frustration, revenge, mental illness, video games, heavy metal music…) Again, be specific.  Give examples – create scenarios.

- What is the connection between violence and terrorism?  What is the point of terrorism?

- Give reasons why violence seems to be increasing (is the world a violent place? Is it just terrorists? Or has the world always been this violent, we just hear more about it because of social media?)
What would you do if you found yourself in a dangerous situation?  Would you run? Would you help people?  Would you film the event and post it to YouTube.  Give reasons for your actions.


- State whether you will change the way you live your life (will you avoid crowds? Will you stop going to concerts?  Will you stop flying?  Give reasons for your actions.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

5C/6C - Homework for Monday, October 9

For Monday, October 9th:

Review all of the talking points you know about food.  Be prepared to talk about these topics on Monday.

IN PARTICULAR YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO
describe the difference between fast food, junk food, and convenience food (with examples!)
give examples of foods that are carbohydrates.  Why does the body need carbohydrates?
give examples of foods that are proteins. Why does the body need protein?
give examples of foods that are high in fat. Why does the body need fat?
give examples of foods that are high in sugar. Why does your body need sugar?
give examples of foods that are high in calcium.  Why does your body need calcium?
give examples of foods that are high in cholesterol
explain the effects of too much salt/sugar/fat/cholesterol
explain what constitutes a healthy diet
explain the importance of diet and exercise for healthy lifestyle

VOCABULARY
(review vegetables here,  review fruits here, fruits and vegetables here, review junk foods here , review meat here)
nutrition
nutrients
nutritional value
grains/cereals
dairy products
protein
carbohydrates
sugar
cholesterol
fat
salt
heart attack
stroke
diabetes
couch potato


TOPICS
fast food
junk food
convenience food
comfort food
effects of too much salt/sugar/fat/cholesterol
importance of diet AND exercise

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5C - Tuesday, October 3 - In-Class

Write an article for an international teen magazine about education in Austria.  What special programs does your country/school offer to help students get a well-rounded education that they can benefit from even after school ends?

TITLE:  Make sure it's interesting ("Education in Austria" is NOT interesting)

INTRODUCTION:  One or two sentences that describe how your education is special

BODY 1)  First example:  Vienna Week (describe some of the things you do on Vienna Week)

BODY 2) Second example:  Sport Week (describe some of the things you do on Sport Week)

BODY 3) Third example:  Language Week (describe some of the things you do on Language Week)

CONCLUSION:  Sum up the experiences you get from these three "road trips".  Maintain (behaupten) that your education in Austria is special and makes you a well-rounded person.

Monday, October 2, 2017

5C - Homework for Tuesday, October 3

Here are some tips and  vocabulary to get you ready for our writing exercise on Tuesday, October 3.

You should be able to:
- answer the Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? of each special week (Vienna Week, Sports Week, Language Week)
- discuss why it is so important for students to participate in Vienna Week, Sports Week, Language Week during their school years?
-  give examples of things students learn on these special weeks that they can use in the future
- speculate on how these experiences can enrich your life
- outline the benefits of study abroad
- explain how schools encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle
- describe what tourists can do on a city tour of Vienna

VOCABULARY
get to know another culture/new people
strengthen class camaraderie
experience
customs
immersion
immerse oneself in the culture of another country
culture
cultural
instill a sense of curiosity
fosters life-long learning
reinforce good habits
study abroad
stress the importance of
teach students to appreciate (other cultures)
an appreciation for (new cultures)

HOW TO WRITE AN ARTICLE (see more under page 68 of Going For Finals)

Pick a good, interesting TITLE

Select a good, interesting INTRODUCTION (why should your reader keep reading?).  Examples include:  A question or anecdote.

MAIN BODY:  1) first bullet point

                          2) second bullet point

                          3) third bullet point

CONCLUSION - what do you want your readers to take away from the article?




7C - Homework for Friday, October 6

We will do an oral or written exercise to wrap up the topic "global warming"

You should be able to
- define what global warming is
- outline the causes of global warming
- describe the greenhouse effect
- give examples of global warming/climate change
- predict consequences of global warming for Austria if the trends continue

You have plenty of talking points (see handouts, videos, books).  Now work on putting that information into your own words and connecting the dots.

Friday, September 29, 2017

3C - Homework for Friday, October 6

For Friday, October 6

Complete the exercises on pages 10-11 of Best Shots 2.

Exercise 1) think of pros and cons of staying in a campsite vs. staying in a hotel.  Be prepared to talk in groups about this topic.

Exercise 2) Use the verbs from the word bank in the sentences.  You may have to change the form of the verb (3PS, tense)

Exercise 3)  Write full questions using the words given.  Form a short answer according to the instructions.

Exercise 4) NOUNS, VERBS, ADJECTIVES - Try this exercise!  We'll go over it in class :-)


7C - Homework for Monday, October 2

For Monday, October 2:

Task 1) Look at the talking points for global warming in your Trauner textbook (Englisch für die neue standardisierte Reife- und Diplomprüfung) - pages 52-54.  Note the vocabulary used to describe the causes and effects of global warming (p. 50-51).

Task 2) Look at the "Future is Green" in Focus on Modern Technology 3 (the purple book) pages 76-77.  Be able to describe the potential consequences of global warming for Austria (cartoons, p. 76, ex. 1) and be able to describe the "greenhouse effect" in your own words (p. 77, graphic and ex. 2)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Abend HTL - Correct the sentences

I was on a city trip to vienna for a couple of days (1)
I could say i’m really into it, that’s why I don’t think it’s a bad thing that i haven’t much free time (4)
I spent my summer holidays with my Family in Croatia where we have a motorboat since 5 years (4).
It was a beautiful week, we spend a lot of time at the beach, admired the old town, and visit the national park (3).
In my second week of my holiday my girlfried and i flew to spain on the island of Mallorca (4+)
I grudge you because you spend a long time in the USA!
After this we went in a museum who’s called “Body World.” (1)
At first I thought it was grilling somebody but it was a forest fire (1)
In this two weeks my girlfriend and I drove to vienna for visiting her mother. (3)

I did a lot of things with my friends.  A lot of activities in the great outdoors. (combine the sentences)

5C/6C - Homework for Monday, October 2

1) Consider the following:  Students at the HTL Trieben go on Vienna Week in the second form, Sport Week in the third form and Language Week in the fourth form.

Why is it so important for students to participate in these activities during their school years?  What do they learn that they can use in the future?  How do these experiences enrich (bereichern) your life?

1C - Group B - Homework for Friday, September 29

Task 1)  Fill out the timetable on page 10 of your textbook
Task 2)  Be prepared to talk about your school timetable/schedule.
Task 3)  Be able to talk about your favourite and least favourite subjects in school.

1C - Homework for Week of October 2

Group A:  Wednesday, October 4
Task 1) Be prepared to talk about your school timetable/schedule.
Task 2)  Be able to talk about your favourite and least favourite subjects in school.
Task 3) Do "Do You Remember?" on pages 14-15

Group B:  Thursday, October 5
Task 1) Do "Do You Remember?" on pages 14-15


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5C - In class, Wednesday, September 27

SPEAKING TASK –
Explain what global warming is and how it is caused
Outline the connection between global warming and the weather (globally and locally)
Describe the consequences of such weather events
Give your personal point of view regarding the environmental future of planet Earth

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

3J - September 26 In-Class

http://wheeldecide.com/

ALL SPEAKING IS STORYTELLING
Tell a story about your Sportwoche.  Talk for at least two minutes.  Don’t go over three.  Add your own details. Do not simply repeat what everyone else has said.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS YOU CAN INCLUDE
Describe the day you traveled to Faak am See
Describe check-in, the accommodations and your room
Describe the facilities (Einrichtungen)
Who did you room with (NOT sleep with)?
Describe the meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and the food
Describe the weather
Describe the sports offerings
Describe your sports experience (what and why did you choose the sport you did)
Describe what you did during the evenings
Describe when a student got injured
Describe the funniest thing that happened during the week
Describe the worst part of the week for you

Describe the highlight of your week


Here's an outline in case you get stuck:
1.  The trip there (Hinreise)
2.  Accommodations (Unterkunft)
3.  Food
4.  Activities - Sports
5.  Free time
6.  The trip home
7.  What was your favorite part & why?


Friday, September 22, 2017

3C - Homework for Friday, September 29

For Friday, September 29

Task 1) Be able to give a short presentation about stress.  Talk for about 3 minutes.

What stress factors do teenagers have?
How do teenagers act when they have too much stress?
What are some ways to reduce stress (Stress abbauen)?

If you need some inspiration, check out this video!

7C - Homework for Friday, September 29

Task 1)  Work up talking points about hurricanes and global warming.  Be prepared to give a monologue about hurricanes. Answer questions like: What causes global warming? What are the consequences of global warming? How are hurricanes formed?  where are hurricanes formed? , when do hurricanes form?, what are the consequences of a hurricane (human toll, property damage, infrastructure, etc), where is the most dangerous place to be in a hurricane and why? How are hurricanes and global warming connected? Why are hurricanes becoming stronger?why is global warming a concern for the future of hurricanes? Include enough details to talk for 3-4 minutes. Remember, all speaking is story-telling!

(And everything you read or watch is input!

Task 2)  Read the Beurteilungskriterien for 4C - sign it and have your parents sign it.  Bring it to the English lesson on Friday!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Abend HTL - Homework for Thursday, September 28

Prepare a 3-4 minute presentation of your choice.  Remember to include:

Introduction -
Welcome your audience
Give an overview of your topice

Body - answer the questions Who What Where When Why How
use lots of good details
Try to use linking words

Conclusion - What do you want your audience to take away from your presentation?
Don't forget to ask for questions

REMEMBER:  ALL SPEAKING IS STORYTELLING!

1C - Supplierstunde September 21

http://international.okanagan.bc.ca/pronunciation/
http://international.okanagan.bc.ca/pronunciation/eslp025unit06.pdf

5C - Homework for Wednesday, September 27

Task 1)  Work up talking points about hurricanes and global warming.  Be prepared to give a monologue about hurricanes. Answer questions like: How are they formed,  where they form, when they form, what are the consequences of a hurricane (human toll, property damage, infrastructure, etc), where is the most dangerous place to be in a hurricane and why? why is global warming a concern for the future of hurricanes? Include enough details to talk for 3-4 minutes. Remember, all speaking is story-telling!

(And everything you read or watch is input!


Task 2) Students should take the initiative and rewrite their blog entries (this time for Extra Credit!).  Hand in the original and a correction on LINED PAPER with KORREKTURRAND.  Turn in on Wednesday, September 27.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5C - Homework for Thursday, September 21

Task 1) Read the article Scientists Say Warming making Storms Wetter (online http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/29/scientists-climate-change-could-cause-storms-like-harvey.html).  Be able to give a summary (orally; answer the questions "who? What? Where? When? Why? How?)

Task 2)  Look up photographs/stories of Hurricane Katrina OR Hurricane Harvey OR Hurricane Irma.  Be able to talk about the human cost of global warming.

1C - Homework for Wednesday, September 27 bzw 28

Task 1) on page 12 of the textbook (Focus on Modern Technology 1), fill out the self-assessment (Exercise 7) Online at http://www.veritas.at/sbo/ebook/px/30476/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#12.

Task 2) on page 13 of FMT 1, learn the vocabulary for different school subjects, different careers, different nationalities and languages. Online at http://www.veritas.at/sbo/ebook/px/30476/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#13
 Hint:  Fertigungstechnik = Manufacturing

Monday, September 18, 2017

3C - Homework for Friday, September 22

For Friday, September 22

Task 1) Identify the stress factors in your life.  Make a list.
Task 2) How do you act when there is too much stress?  Make a list
Task 3) What do you do to reduce stress (Stress abbauen)?  Make a list

4C - Homework for Friday, September 22

For Friday, September 22

Task 1) Read the text you received in class (either http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/09/08/547839207/hurricanes-a-science-primer or http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/29/scientists-climate-change-could-cause-storms-like-harvey.html)

Task 2) Mark the words you don't know

Task 3) try to guess the meanings of the words in context

Task 4) If you absolutely need to know the meaning of the word for the text, make a list of these words so you can study them.

Task 5) Be able to give a summary of your text in English.

Friday, September 15, 2017

3J - Homework for Tuesday, September 26

Homework for Tuesday, September 26

Task 1)  Be able to talk about Sports Week in detail!  WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN WHY HOW?
Examples:  How did you travel to Faak am See?  When did you arrive? Where did you stay?  Who did you room with (NOT "sleep with")?  What was your room like?  How was the weather?  What did you eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner?  Which sports did you choose?  Why did you choose the sports you did?  What did you do in the evenings?  What was the funniest thing that happened?  Who got injured?  What was the highlight of your week?

3C - Homework for Monday, September 18

For Monday, September 18

Task 1 - Look at handout from Thursday.  What are your expectations for this chapter?
Task 2 - Finish the worksheet you received in class (simple questions)

7C - Homework for Monday, September 18

For Monday, September 18

Task 1) Look for pictures and stories (in ENGLISH) about Hurricane Katrina OR Hurricane Harvey OR Hurricane Irma.  Be prepared to talk about hurricanes in class!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

ABEND HTL - Homework for Thursday, September 21

Task 1) Write a comment in response to the blog entry here: https://ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.co.at/2017/09/abend-htl-summer-vacation-blog.html (you may write this text in your activity journal OR directly on the blog!)

Task 2) Read through the text "Hurricanes: A Science Primer" (online:  http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/09/08/547839207/hurricanes-a-science-primer) and mark the vocabulary you don't know.

4C - Homework for Friday, September 15

Task 1) Bring your textbook, Focus on Modern Technology 3 (purple book) to class
Task 2) do the vocabulary exercise on climate change (handout in class)

3C - Homework for Friday, September 15

For Friday, September 15

Task 1) fill out the vocabulary exercise on the handout you received during the lesson on Thursday (different types of holidays)

3J - Homework for Friday, September 15

Task 1) Consider whether you want to take an English Freigegenstand (1-2 Wochenstunden am Nachmittag).

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1C - Homework for Week of September 18

Task 1) Be prepared to introduce the person you interviewed.  We will do a speaking exercise in the NEXT lesson.

 This is the order you should give your introduction (you may, of course, add more details!): 
a.    I interviewed ______________________. 
b.    S/he lives in _____________________.
c.    S/he was born on the ______________________ of __________________ in _________.
d.    S/he has _______________ brothers and _________________ sisters.
e.    In his/her free time, s/he likes to __________________________________.
f.     His/Her favorite TV show is _______________________.
g.    S/he would like to visit ____________________ some day.

h.    His/Her favorite school subject is _____________________________.

1C - What do you need for English class?

A4 Hefte x 3 (liniert, Korrekturrand)
     1) für Schulübungen und Notizen im Unterricht
     2) für Hausübungen
     3) für Textverbesserungen

5C - Homework for Week of September 18

Task 1) Fill out the vocabulary exercise (Keywords) you received in the break on Thursday.  Think of other words you might need to discuss CLIMATE CHANGE.

Task 2) Consider the questions on the handout (Starting Off/Individual Work).  Be able to discuss CURRENT EVENTS in GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE.

5C - Tasks for Thursday, September 14 (in class)

You are working as an English language assistant in Japan, where they learn only to read and write English.  You are giving a talk about the benefits of learning to speak a language.  In your talk you should:
·         * Give reasons why speaking is a more useful communication skill than writing (think in terms of professional and private life)
·         * Explain what skills are needed to pass the English oral Matura
·        *  Suggest ways in which Japanese students can improve their English speaking skills (remember, you are their English language assistant!)




You are speaking (in English!) to the lower classes at the HTL about their English requirement.  You need to make sure they understand that, even though most students choose the oral Matura, they still need to have good writing skills.  In your talk you should:
·         * Outline the benefits of being able to write in English (think in terms of professional and private life)
·         * Explain what skills are needed to pass a written English test at the Matura level

·         * Suggest ways in which HTL students can improve their written English 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

3J - Homework for Thursday, September 14

Task 1) Bring a visual aid that you can use to talk about your summer holidays

Task 2) Mark vocabulary which you don't know in the text "Hurricanes: A Science Primer" (Online version here:  http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/09/08/547839207/hurricanes-a-science-primer)

5C - For Thursday, September 14

For Thursday September 14, prepare a monologue about expectations for written and spoken English at the B2 level.  Use the article you prepared for Wednesday, and the assessment scales for writing (http://daten.schule.at/dl/srdp_scale_b2_2011-05-18.pdf) and speaking (https://www.lsr-stmk.gv.at/de/Documents/Analytic%20Scale%20B2.pdf).

Students will be chosen randomly to present their monologue for feedback.  This is part of your speaking assessment for the semester.  Failure to present will result in a "zero."

1C - Homework for Thursday, September 14

1) Read the text about Luka (online http://www.veritas.at/sbo/ebook/px/30476/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#9)

2) Write a similar text in which you introduce yourself to the English teacher.  Write on lined paper!
(Schreiben Sie einen ähnlichen Text, in dem Sie sich ihrer Englischlehrerin vorstellen.  Verwenden nur liniertes Papier).

N.B. If you need vocabulary for school subjects or your dream job, see page 13 online (http://www.veritas.at/sbo/ebook/px/30476/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#13)

4C - Homework for Friday, September 15

Task 1) Bring FMT 3
Task 2) Do the vocabulary exercise (handout) to prepare for climate change discussion

3C - Homework for Thursday, September 14

For Thursday, September 14

Task 1:  Bring a visual aid from home that you can use to talk about your summer holidays.
Task 2:  Be able to talk about your summer holidays in detail (answer the questions:  who? what? where? when? why? how?)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5C - Homework for Wednesday, September 13

Homework for Wednesday, September 13 -

Task 1) work through the worksheet you got in class.
Task 2) Read the article "Better communication is worth your time" (online version here: http://www.nickwestergaard.com/communication-worth-your-time).
Task 3) Be able to talk about the advice in the article and apply it to your English class.  Use vocabulary given on the handout.

Correction of blog entry:

WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?

Is anyone else bummed that summer is over?

I  actually enjoyed my summer holidays this year.  Usually I am totally exhausted at the end of the semester and it takes me weeks to catch up on sleep.  As a result I have no desire to do anything for school.  However this summer was different. I took time to sort through two years of school papers.  Moreover I was able to plan for the next school year.

The highlight of the summer for me was my family’s annual trip to Minnesota where we rented a cabin.  My parents, who are getting on in years, live in Iowa, so we drove 500 miles over two days to the North Shore of Lake Superior.  While we were there we simply relaxed – we went out to eat, played cards, went canoeing, and read books which I never have time for during the school year.  We even saw the solar eclipse! 

But all good things must come to an end.  I am happy to be back at school where I can finally practice my work-life balance skills.  Of course, there will be challenges but I think it is going to be a good year.  What do you think?

Abend HTL - Summer Vacation Blog (corrected version)

WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?

Is anyone else bummed that summer is over?

I  actually enjoyed my summer holidays this year.  Usually I am totally exhausted at the end of the semester and it takes me weeks to catch up on sleep.  As a result I have no desire to do anything for school.  However this summer was different. I took time to sort through two years of school papers.  Moreover I was able to plan for the next school year.

The highlight of the summer for me was my family’s annual trip to Minnesota where we rented a cabin.  My parents live in Iowa, so we had to drive 500 miles over two days to the North Shore of Lake Superior.  While we were there we simply relaxed – we went out to eat, played cards, went canoeing, and read books which I never have time for during the school year.  We even saw the solar eclipse! 


But all good things must come to an end.  I am happy to be back at school where I can finally practice my work-life balance skills.  Of course, there will be challenges but I think it is going to be a good year.  What do you think?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

3C - Talking points, Business of Sport

1) Read the article on page 97.
2) Do exercise 8, p. 97 (Matura bzw. Schularbeit Aufgabenstellung)
3) Do exercise 9, p. 97 (write a guided summary)
4) EXTRA: Write what Hannah really said (try to cover all the things in the article, using your own words)
5) Read article on page 98.
6) Do exercise 1 on page 99 (spider chart, TERRIFIC SKILL TO HAVE)
7) Do exercise 2, page 99, Write a summary of the story (no more than 150 words)
8) Do exercise 3, page 99. Write a paragraph saying how Nate’s life turned out.

TALKING POINTS – BUSINESS OF SPORT

VOCABULARY (add to if needed)
performance enhancing drugs
equipment
amateur/professional
athlete
athletic
athletics
championship
tournament
competitor
opponent
spectator sport
score a point/goal
field/pitch
offense/defense
track and field
olympics
winner/loser

SPORTS INDUSTRY
sports merchandise (hats, shoes, t-shirts, with logo)
sponsor/sponsorship
advertising
equipment
broadcasting

CATEGORIES OF SPORT
indoor/outdoor
individual/team
amateur/professional
winter/summer/year-round
ball/motor/water/racquet/cycle/alpine/mental/martial arts/running/aerial/extreme/billiards

BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THESE AUSTRIAN SPORTS (how it is played, what kind of sport, when you can play it, where you can play it, who plays it)
skiing (downhill, cross-country, ski jumping, snowboarding, ski mountaineering)
soccer
Eisstockschiessen (Bavarian curling)
climbing
fishing
pool/billiards

sledding/tobogganing

Monday, June 19, 2017

4C - Homework for Tuesday, June 20

1) Finish reading the article on the handout "Trendy Names Make Vegetables Look Tastier"

 2) Do the vocabulary (Synonym Match) and other exercises (Spelling, Phrase Match, etc) on the worksheet

 3) Think of answers to the questions for students A and B

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1C - Homework for week of June 19

Task 1 - Bring your favorite recipe from home.  We will translate them in class.
Task 2  - Read the story on page 94.  Answer the questions on page 95 (ex. 2, 3).
Task 3 . Write a guided summary (p. 95, ex. 4) in your activity journal
Task 4 - Read the grammar explanation on page 101.

If you want to work ahead, do exercises 9-12 on pages 98-99.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2C - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Monday, June 12

FORMAT
Listening
Reading
Grammar
Writing


UNITS IN FMT 2
Unit 3, Casual Jobs
Unit 4, Neighbors

Unit 5, Communication

TOPICS/TALKING POINTS
Pros and cons of casual jobs
Adjectives to describe yourself
Giving advice
Power tools/Safety
Stereotypes
ASBOs
Giving directions
Disabilities
Universal Design
Applying for a “job”
Telephone language
Risks of Wifi
Why do people start blogs
Means of communication
International alphabet

GRAMMAR - Everything you have learned in 1C and first semester 2C PLUS
review past simple and progressive verbs, present perfect simple and progressive
Modal substitutes
Passive voice (all tenses!)

TEXT TYPES
Blog entry

Blog Comment
Email
letter
Telephone dialogue

EXTRAS
Ferris Bueller
April the Giraffe


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3C - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Tuesday, May 23

Format:  2 HOURS!

Listening
Reading
Writing

For the writing, you are responsible for all grammar.  Plan your texts to include LINKING WORDS, PASSIVE VOICE, IF-SENTENCES, GERUNDS, INDIRECT STATEMENT, MODALS, etc.  Your text should be as FEHLERFREI as possible.  That means proper grammar, spelling, paragraphs, idiom, and punctuation.

UNITS IN FMT 2/3
Food Unit (6)
Your Digital Life (7)

GRAMMAR
Gerunds - Infinitive NEW
Linking words
Indirect speech - NEW
Traveling idioms, idiom of time and place, Saxon genitive
Much/many
And everything we did 1C - 3C

TOPICS
Food miles
Supermarket vs. Farmers Market
Peak Oil
Food production
Petrochemicals
Impact of food production on the environment
Social Media
Internet Addiction
Structuring texts and monologues
History of computers
School lunches

TEXT TYPES
Email/Letter
Report - NEW!!
Articles
Blog Entry
Journal Entry
Summary

EXTRAS
Stand by Me
Superbowl Advertising

3C - Homework for Tuesday, May 16

Group B:
1) Look online and find answers to the following questions:  What is a flipped classroom?  In what ways is it different from a traditional classroom? Do you think this would be a good experiment in the English lessons?  Why or why not?  Answer in your activity journal or in the comments below!

Group A:
Read the following text, then leave a comment about your experience with activity journals.

Posted by:  Dr. JoJo
English is not just a "Fach in der Schui"!

In the fall semester all of my classes started writing activity journals. I wanted the students to have contact to the language outside of the classroom because in one school year we are lucky to get 60 hours of lessons.  That's really not enough to get students, especiallly the unmotivated ones, to reach Matura level in English.

The idea was simple:  each week, every student had to do an activity in English (you can see the list of ideas here) and had to write a short entry in their activity journal about the activity. I hoped that the students would find something they would enjoy doing in English (watching videos or DVDs, reading about their hobbies, listening to music, practicing English with tourists or in online games, etc.) and learn to love English.  However I didn't think everything through.

First of all, not all of the students took the activity journal seriously.  Some of them didn't do English activities and just wrote about their weekend in English.  These students were practicing writing, but they weren't getting any input.  You know what they say "garbage in - garbage out."  In addition, I didn't have students correct their mistakes.  Instead, I expected them to review the mistakes and stop making them in the future.  But, of course, they are still making the same mistakes that they made the first day.  Finally, some students waited to turn in 10 journal entries at the very end of the semester.  That defeated the point of the exercise:  do an activity, practice writing, get feedback, improve.

In the second semester I changed the formula.  I asked students to write on a given topic in their activity journals.  That way they could practice vocabulary, idioms, grammar, and talking points that we had learned in the lessons.  Moreover I asked the students to correct the entries with a high number of mistakes.  Unsurprisingly, the number of activity journals I received dropped off dramatically.  Only the highly motivated students still do the exercises, and even fewer do the expected corrections.

I wish students could see that English can be fun, and that they could be good at it if they would just spend a few minutes a day doing English activities.  What can I do to motivate my students?  Please leave ideas in the comments!

1C - Cool Project, Tuesday, May 16

FOOD EXPRESSIONS

Monday, May 15, 2017

2C - Homework assigned May 15

Group B:  Due Monday, May 22

Task 1) Part A:  Read the email on page 59, ex. 2, of Focus on Modern Technology 2.
Task 1) Part B:  Write an email reply (page 60, ex. 5).  Write about 80-100 words in your activity journal.  Follow the instructions on page 60.

Task 2) Part A: Read the text on page 62.
Task 2) Part B:  Do exercises 1, 2, 3 on page 63.
Task 2) Part C:  Learn these talking points!

Group A:  Due Wednesday, May 17

Task 1) Part A:  Read the email on page 59, ex. 2, of Focus on Modern Technology 2.
Task 1) Part B:  Write an email reply (page 60, ex. 5).  Write about 80-100 words in your activity journal.  Follow the instructions on page 60. Follow the instructions on page 60.



4C - Company Presentations Schedule


Group A
Group B
Monday, May 22
Fabian, Michael
Pascal, Daniel
Tuesday, May 23
Ivan, Thomas
Mike, Julian E.
Monday, May 29
Edon, Manuel
Dzenis, Julian S.
Tuesday, May 30??


Monday, June 12
Larissa, Almir
Nick, Vjencislav
Tuesday, June 13
Raphael, Elma
Jürgen, Julian L.
Monday, June 19
Valentin, Tobias
Matthias
Tuesday, June 20


















EXPECTATIONS:  6 – 7 minutes, free-speaking, Pecha Kucha (minimal text on slides).  See content expectations and details on BLOG (ennsvalleyenglish.blogspot.com)