Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2C - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Monday, June 12


Unit 3, Casual Jobs
Unit 4, Neighbors

Unit 5, Communication

Pros and cons of casual jobs
Adjectives to describe yourself
Giving advice
Power tools/Safety
Giving directions
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!)

Blog entry

Blog Comment
Telephone dialogue

Ferris Bueller
April the Giraffe

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3C - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, Tuesday, May 23

Format:  2 HOURS!


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.

Food Unit (6)
Your Digital Life (7)

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

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

Report - NEW!!
Blog Entry
Journal Entry

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


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
Tuesday, June 20

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

4C - Lehrstoff for the Schularbeit, Tuesday, May 16

Format (Two hours):
Listening Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Writing (one or two texts)

We have done Units 5, 6 in the book Focus on Modern Technology.
The topics we have done are:
Climate Change/Global Warming
Carbon Footprint
Peak Oil
Food Miles
Solving the World's energy Crisis
The end of Civilization as we know it
Fake News
Body Modification
Ted Talks
Smart Cars

TEXT TYPES (see page 146ff in Focus on Modern Technology 4/5):
Blog Entry
Blog comment
Journal entry

Grammar that you should start using in your texts:
All tenses of verbs
Indirect speech
Relative and contact clauses
Passive voice
Linking words

Monday, May 8, 2017

4C - Homework for May 9

Write a comment on Computer Nerd's blog (page 78, exercise 6). Write AT LEAST 150 words.  If you turn this assignment in this week, I will give you feedback before the Schularbeit.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

3C - Plan for Week of May 8

For Tuesday, May 9 -
1) read over the Kennzeichen of a report (handout)
2) translate the phrases for introduction, interpreting results, conclusion into German (handout)
3) start thinking about ways to write a report about school lunches (handout)

In Class, Tuesday May 9
- Write reports

For Thursday, May 11
- Turn in completed reports at the beginning of class

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Abend HTL - Lehrstoff for Schularbeit, May 16

Lehrstoff, Schularbeit May 16

Listening comprehension
(Reading Comprehension)

You need to know everything we learned in the first semester PLUS:

Keeping fit (pp. 45-53, Topics and Language in Use)
What’s Cooking (pp. 56-67, Topics and Language in Use)
It’s a Holiday! (pp. 68-78, Topics and Language in Use)

Present continuous (p. 49, Topics and Language in Use; pp. 39-41, Workbook)
Present perfect (p. 64-65, Topics and Language in Use; pp. 51-52, Workbook)
Going to future (p.72, Topics and Language In Use; page 42 Workbook)
Names of people/nationalities, countries, language (p. 70, Topics and Language in Use)
Saxon genitive (pp. 20-21 Workbook)
Place phrases (p. 58 Workbook)
Time phrases (p. 58 Workbook)
Principal parts of verbs (pp. 90-91 workbook)

Blog Entry
Journal Entry

Listening strategies
The Prisoner (What would you do if you woke up in an unknown location?)
Chicago tourism

1C - Lehrstoff for the Schularbeit (May 9 Group B, May 10 Group A)

Format of the Schularbeit (1 hour):
Reading Comprehension

We have done:
Unit 2 (Shopping)
Unit 3 (Home Entertainment)
Unit 4 (Sport and Leisure)
Unit 5 (Keeping in Touch)

All tenses (present simple, present progressive, past simple, past progressive, PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE, PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE, WILL FUTURE, GOING TO FUTURE)
Modal verbs
Difference between wollen/werden/mögen/möchten
Saxon genitive
place phrases
time phrases
Idioms with go/play/do
For, Since, Ago (when to use them and what they mean in German)

Shopping dialogues
Phone call dialogues
Journal Entry

Merry Christmas Mr Bean
Wizard of Oz
Happy Years
April the Giraffe
Talking about holidays (Christmas/Winter holiday, Semester Holiday, Mardi Gras, etc)
Listening strategies