Roster and Tomorrow

Hi everyone, tomorrow we will be in Room 105 at 11 a.m. See you then- please bring the oral discussion questions, and any questions you may have about specific words, usage, sections, etc. We will expect to go about an hour maybe an hour and a half. I have also attached an older roster of our courses, because I’m not on campus today, it’s easier if you just shoot me an e-mail and let me know if your name is not ok the list- please look over it and let me know if your name is missing, via e-mail. Thanks guys and see you tomorrow!

Year 1 Second Language Pre-Exam

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Final Countdown

Hi guys, so due to poor to zero attendance in most of my classes, and in the interest of the best use of both your time, and my time, I am going to cancel class next week, June 3rd. If you would like to meet with me over the course of the week to ask questions about any materials, I will be around the building for most of the week so send me an e-mail and we will arrange office hours.

Otherwise, I would like to go ahead and schedule an exam review session for us the week of  June 8th- June 11th. Please let me know when would be the best time for you guys, and e-mail me ASAP. If possible, figure out a date and time as soon as possible, so we can be sure to get a room.

Exam Preparation:


  • You should study all of Vince and McCarthy that we were assigned in class. These words and phrases will appear on your exam, in the same format as your Mock Examination. If you were not here for the Mock Exam, please see the attached document, complete it, and bring it in to ask questions during our review session. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or conspicuously absent, this is everything we have done both in and out of class:
  • Advanced Language Practice (M. Vince) 2009 edition!!! : vocab chapters: 1, 2, 6, 9, 11-13, 18
  • English Vocabulary in Use (advanced) (M. McCarthy and F. O’Dell): chapters 11-21, 24-28, 30-34, 37-38, 55-58

Oral Examination and Study Questions: 

You should prepare for your oral examinations by studying several topics we discussing within our classes. Here are some guiding questions you should begin preparing for, answer in short bullet-points and bring in to our review session to discuss:

  1. In your opinion, has technology changed the way we live in the 21st century? 
  2. Does social media alter how we interact with each other in society?
  3. Has traditional family changed in Poland? 
  4. Will gay marriage ever become legal in Poland? Why or why not?
  5. Why do people get plastic surgery? Is it a problem with their own self-perception? Or societal pressure?
  6. Do you think drugs should be legal in Poland? Why? 
  7. How are holidays, like Christmas in the United States different from those in Poland? What are some major differences? Similarities?
  8. Are the systems of education in the United States and Poland different? Which do you think is better, or more effective?
  9. Do people travel more or less than they used to? Is travel important or is it a waste of time and money?
  10. Is immigration a positive or a negative for society? Do you think immigration into and out of Poland will become an issue in the 21st century?

Terms to know for our review: 

cosy,immobile, invalid, unrivaled, to lounge, exotic, hire a car, bequeathed, loathe, pristine, dressing up, dressing down, stingy, thrifty, cheap, sullen, berth, sultry, baffled, stew, dilute, chicken-out, binding, blurb, toll, clash, loom, fad, trend, hip, folded, shrugged, clenching, gripping, hazy, foggy, loophole, peer-reviewed, outback, acclaimed, hitched, gullible, discrepancy, tiptoe, dangerous, perilous, stroll, chat, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, ward, aisle, spoiled, runner-up, academic, trainee, support teacher, truant, drowsy, catching your breath, gasping for breath, an outbreak, depression, stress, pain, rebellious, spoilt, domineering, sheltered, pushy, savour, unwind, relaxing, pristine, tundra, prairies, vegetation, manufacturing, humid, stuffy, muggy, close, downpour, deluge, winds of change, discontent, pile-up, tailback, towaway zone

Here is the mock exam, if you have not, please take it on your own and bring it to our review session:

VOCAB MOCK exam – 1st yr-2015 (1)

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For Next Week…

Okay gang, here are just some updates for our next few weeks and a brief schedule. Before we complete the month of May this is what we need to finish in the text, and go over. This coming week we will finish going over the McCarthy chapters from last week, and any remaining text we have to go over in Vince.

Then, you will have the rest of our time IN CLASS to work on these readings. Therefore, I suggest copying them and bringing them to class this coming week. I will be circulating the room and helping when you get stuck. This will be a more productive use of our time in class this week. When we are finished with these, we will be doing mock oral exams for the last few weeks of May. This is nothing to be intimidated by, as we have been doing partner discussions and group discussions all year. Then, in June our last session will be a review for our vocabulary examination, and then a yet-to-be-schedule makeup class where we will review again for our exam. We’ll schedule that together as a class when the date draws closer.

Vince: 1, 2

McCarthy:37-38, 55-58

Here’s something to make you laugh, and hope everyone has a great holiday this weekend!

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For this week…

Hi gang, hope Easter was a nice break for everyone!

As previously discussed, our session this coming week April 8th, will be canceled. We will discuss together a makeup date which suits everyone, and go from there. You know which chapters in Vince and McCarthy you have due for when we return. And similarly, your primary responsibility from here on out is vocabulary.

I’ve noticed that our time in class is largely spent with me asking “what parts of this exercise would you like to go over” which is usually met with silence, or one or two answers. I want to stress this heavily, please highlight/underline/tattoo the passages or exercises in the packet which were unclear to you, or which you seek more clarification. This is the most important thing we will do with these packets, if not I have no way of knowing what is unclear to you. So please come in with the Vince and McCarthy passages we agreed on by the 15th of April, our next meeting. Hope Easter break was nice for everyone!

Other News:

In other news, the film club will be meeting on April 15th in Room 105 downstairs, at 5 p.m. The movie I want us to watch will be “Jaws“, Steven Spielberg’s first directorial hit and classic American film. If you watch the movie, come to the club to discuss your opinion on the film, and watch some clips and highlights.

The questions you should be thinking of when you watch the movie are listed below. But please, don’t feel you need to take notes or write anything, this is for your enjoyment and enrichment! Not another assignment.

Discussion points for the film, Jaws:

  • What does the shark symbolize? 
  • How does Steven Spielberg build suspense, and what ways do you find most effective? 
  • Which characters change the most and how? 
  • In your opinion, where is “group logic” being used in this film? If you’re not familiar with the term do some digging.
  • This is a quintessential American film, in your opinion, why? 
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For Next Week

Hi gang,

I know we went over this in class, but just to reiterate, I would like you to complete Vince chapter 9, and the rest of the exercises in McCarthy, and bring 16-21 in to class to complete this coming week. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me. Otherwise, we will be going over this vocabulary in class next week and having a brief discussion about art and artistic representation in American Culture.

I will be showing you several major works of art in class, and we will be discussing the common themes and threads within them. Please come prepared to have this brief discussion, as well as any sections of the packet which you have questions about. Be proactive about this, as time is of the essence, and I will be more than happy to go over anything you are unclear about.

See you all on Wednesday!

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For Next Week and Vocabulary Update

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

So based on recent concerns which were brought to my attention regarding your vocabulary exam and end of year assessment, I have made several modifications to your syllabus.

First and foremost, for next week, we will be continuing to go over pedagogy and modern education, based on the packet and our previous class. We will continue our model of student led class discussions, but with somewhat less frequency, and you will be leading them largely at the end of the semester, the beginning of which we will spend working on vocabulary both within class and outside of class. I will explain more about our modified syllabus when I see you on Wednesday, and give you our new schedule based on your ability to access the vocabulary workbook chapters.

Below is your required vocabulary for the second semester. For now, we will put phrasal verbs and idioms on hold for later in the year when you start your presentations, as many of these are incorporated into the below listed vocabulary.

Here are the vocabulary readings in full, for the rest of our semester. I may modify this but for now, this will be your required exercise for the remainder of the semester. For Wednesday, I would like you to print and complete Vince chapter 6 which we will go over and class, but copy ONLY McCarthy and O’Dell chapter 11-15, we will go over these in class and begin to work on them together, to answer any questions, you will then complete them on your own throughout the week. Here are the full names of the texts, copies of these should be available under Mott Year 1, but if you run into any issues, you may always find them under the other instructor’s name Cullen Year 1, as this section is doing the same vocabulary as we are.

  • Advanced Language Practice (M. Vince) 2009 edition!!! : vocab chapters: 6, 9, 11-13, 18
  • English Vocabulary in Use (advanced) (M. McCarthy and F. O’Dell): chapters 11-21, 24-28, 30-34

Please e-mail me with questions. In other news, I will be having an American Film Club every other week, located in room 105, the first meeting will be Monday March 23rd at 5:15 p.m. and we will be watching the classic American film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and discussing it afterwards. I will provide snacks for the first meeting, but feel free to bring anything you want to eat or snack on. Hope to see you guys there!

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For This Week

Hi gang, nothing more is required of you for this week besides printing out the attached document. If you have any issues with it, let me know. As well as the value of STEM vs. Liberal Arts in modern education, this is what we will be going over in class and how I will be explaining our introduction to pedagogy in preparation for your mini-lessons this half of semester, and your whole lessons the next half.

It might be beneficial for you to print out the lesson plans and grading rubric for the presentations as well, so you have some idea of what we are discussing. Digital access is fine too.

Introduction to Pedagogy

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