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  1. 1. Self-paced English Learning Project Report Submitted by Tzu-Chia Chiu Department of Business Administration Student ID # 964001010 Prepared for Ms. Grace Liu National Central University
  2. 2. June 12, 2011Evaluation of Whole Project: In the beginning of this semester, I just wanted to improve my English better andstudy business English. However it’s amazing that I get more important thought in theend. I plan to study business English at first, and then I found that was not interesting tome. At that time, Teacher Grace introduced the resource “American Rhetoric” in ourclass. Being a senior student, I thought that I should use the material which doesn’tcome from the school because I hope after graduation I will still have the habit usingthem. Another reason I choose “American Rhetoric” is there are lots ofcommencement speeches. I want to know what kind of things the speakers would giveto Harvard or some greatest universities in the world. Obviously, this would be one ofthe greatest choices I have ever made. I learned a lot of things from their speeches,passion, failure, world,etc. They let me know that the most important is your attitudetoward the world, not your knowledge. I learned how to read a very long articlewithout a dictionary. I can really know what she/he said! Besides, I took 2 books andthey helped me a lot, too. Now I think I can see the world, not feeling afraid ornervous all the time. We seldom have the time to do what we want to, I think the mostprecious thing is I got the courage and passion to embrace the world. During doing self-study, I changed my syllabus all the time. That sounds bad, but Ihope I can read the book not for English but for the message it wants to talk about. Iasked myself every day “Do I want to read it or not?” Then I chose the best resourcesand did it. However, during the bad time, my mental problem came back to me. I hadto take the pill to control my brain and I couldn’t read even a word. What I did was toturn on the CD, hoping my brain could touch a little massage from “Being Peace”.Thich Nhat Hanh’s voice came to my heart. I used to be a person who liked to see thesky or some street scenery and thought it’s beautiful. Thich Nhat Hanh reminded meof it. And then I thought I couldn’t waste time living someone else’s life. In the end, although this semester I think that I didn’t learn many materials, mytime management got something wrong. However, my learning journey won’t stopfor the graduation. Now I got the power which is named courage and passion to takeadventure of the world. English is not a barrier anymore!
  3. 3. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __1___ Week ______4/3________Major __Business Administration Name __邱子嘉______________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.Steve Jobs- Commencement Address at Stanford Universityhttp://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/stevejobsstanfordcommencement.htm2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. newvocabulary, phrases, sentences, plot of the movie, etc.) And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. stumbled into 一頭栽進 curiosity 好奇心 intuition 直覺 turned out to be priceless 無價 later on 稍後ex. That novel is fascinating that I stumbled into it all day and all night. fascinating 迷人 calligraphy 書法 Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
  4. 4. down the road : sometimes in the future What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. What had been the focus of my entire adult life: 那些曾經是我人生的重心 screwing up 搞砸 The turn of events at Apple The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. Grammar:A was replaced byB. Sometimes lifes going to hit you in the head with a brick. Dont lose faith. Im convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. Youve got to find what you love. keep looking -- and dont settle "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.3. Reflection"Reflection"的部份是此報告最重要的部份,主要是針對當週所做的自學活動方式,自學的份量,當週學習的心得感想(或有趣的小插曲)等做一個描寫,若覺得恰當的部份可繼續下去;若不理想(如原 syllabus 所擬的自學份量過重),擬如何改善等等,用這樣的角度來寫這個部份,以期讓自己的自學成果漸入佳境!!You may choose to use either English or Chinese to write this part.I wrote my notes on the summary. And actually I read the entire article. It took me alot of time but Steven Jobs’s speech had so many famous quotes that I couldn’tignore them. I LOVE THESE QUOTES. In this semester, I have to find a job that would
  5. 5. be the first full-time job in my life. Sometimes I would wonder how I should choose.Jobs told us the way to follow up. That’s really helpful and his speech skill isfascinating. I replayed the speech more than 5 times. Finally I almost could listen to itwithout subtitles or script.However, I have no time to watch movies. I think I have to change my timemanagement.
  6. 6. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __2___ Week _____4/8_________Major _Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉 _____________1.Material(s) used:American Rhetoric Bonohttp://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/bonopenncommencementaddress.htmmovie “THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION”(DVD)iMDB (for the script)2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week From thecommencement speech: As well as :連接詞;介詞 Bono: Its true we were here before with U2 and I would like to thank them for giving me a great life, as well as you. (I’m not sure what “as well as” means here. I am waiting the answer from OWL) John Mortimer : No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense and relatively clean fingernails.From THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION ConspiracyIt’s a big conspiracy, and everyone’s in on it.e.g.: It seems that you are in a terrible situation. I think it must be somebody’sconspiracy. Size someone upBogs sizes Andy up with a salacious gleam in his eye, mutters something to Rooster.Rooster laughs.e.g.: In Asia, parents always size their children up by score at school.3. ReflectionThis week, I only read and listened to a commencement speech which is from bono.And I found that it was a little bit difficult to get the information. Bono gave a verylong speech, and it’s not like Jobs. Bono used many words to show what he wantedto talk about. This gave me some trouble. The information was complicated. I had tospend lots of time to get used to it, and then finally knew what’s going on. I’m surethat the thing what he mentioned to us is important. However, truth be told, I haveno interest in listening to it again and again. This week I also shared the movie“SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION” with my friends. It took me a lot of time, too because I
  7. 7. don’t understand jail’s culture. However, my schedule was delayed. I have to think ofsome solutions. Maybe I should adjust my syllabus. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __3___ Week _____4/17_________Major Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉 _______________________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.("Material"的部份請寫明所使用的教材的名稱,文章名稱,出版社名稱,頁數等相關資料(in English))Movie “Legally Blonde” DVD with subtitleiMDB (for the script)American Rhetoric J. K. Rowlinghttp://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this weekLegally Blonde: Perm: e.g. You can perm your hair in the barber shop. Go with: I think you should go with red. Its the color of confidence. e.g.: You should go with black when you enter a funeral.Commencement speech from J. K. Rowling: A win-win situation! Indeed, your conception of failure might not be too far from the average person’s idea of success, so high have you already flown.3. ReflectionYou may choose to use either English or Chinese to write this part.I found that I am very busy this semester, so I have to change my strategy of self-paced learning. And this week, I learned something about the difference betweenAmerican English and British English, especially for the pronunciation. J.K. Rowling is
  8. 8. a British writer. I found that sometimes J.K. Rowling used some words that areunusual in daily life. I think that’s because of her background. But when she saidsome word like “obviously”, I heard a strong accent that is totally different fromJobs’s or Bono’s or the movie stars in Hollywood. And then I heard a joke from myfriend about British accent. This is Famous Taiwan dancer 布拉瑞揚’s story inLondon. He went to a restaurant to have a meal. The waiter asked him, ”Are youdancer?” He was shocked why the waiter knew him! And then, he found the answer.The waiter was not saying “Are you dancer?” but was “Are you done, sir?” This madean impression on me. The pronunciation is so amazing around the world.
  9. 9. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __4___ Week _____4/24_________Major _Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉 _____________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.("Material"的部份請寫明所使用的教材的名稱,文章名稱,出版社名稱,頁數等相關資料(in English))Your next speech 75 ways to improve it (DVD+book from library) TIPS 1 to 20英語自學工作坊--履歷自傳撰寫及面試技巧求職利器 from NCU 英文自學網站2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. newvocabulary, phrases, sentences, plot of the movie, etc.)("Summary"的部份,請寫明當週自學部份的 new vocabulary, phrases, sentences,plot of the movie, etc.或是所進行的學習活動)1. Schedule a big chunk of time2. Don’t assume you’re the only speaker.3. Start with a question.4. Build your own library. (This is what I think I have to do since now.)5. Limit the scope of your speech. (I should focus the main point, don’t be greed to give audience too many things.)…..And so on.
  10. 10. 3. Reflection"Reflection"的部份是此報告最重要的部份,主要是針對當週所做的自學活動方式,自學的份量,當週學習的心得感想(或有趣的小插曲)等做一個描寫,若覺得恰當的部份可繼續下去;若不理想(如原 syllabus 所擬的自學份量過重),擬如何改善等等,用這樣的角度來寫這個部份,以期讓自己的自學成果漸入佳境!!You may choose to use either English or Chinese to write this part.After learning some speeches from speakers, I think there’s some skill in theirspeeches, such as the structure. So I borrowed a book and DVD named“Your next speech 75 ways to improve it from library”. Then, I found the secret rulesthe speakers often use from the book. For instance, in tips 9, it said that we shoulduse our own experience. According to commencement I learned these days, theyalways give the audience their own experiences from their amazing life. They spokefrom the heart from these stories. (Tips 14) And most important is they know theiraudiences. They choose the materials which attracted the graduates. And the wordsin the speeches are not difficult. These help me to think about my interview. When Ineed to speak in an interview, I should consider how to choose the materials, andhow to let the company size me up in a very short time.
  11. 11. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __5___ Week _____4/28_________Major _Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉_____________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.("Material"的部份請寫明所使用的教材的名稱,文章名稱,出版社名稱,頁數等相關資料(in English))Your next speech 75 ways to improve it (DVD+book from library) TIPS 21 to 40Watch Movie “Scott pilgrim vs. the world” with both Chinese subtitle and Englishsubtitle.2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. newvocabulary, phrases, sentences, plot of the movie, etc.)("Summary"的部份,請寫明當週自學部份的 new vocabulary, phrases, sentences,plot of the movie, etc.或是所進行的學習活動)Scott pilgrim vs. the world: She has the capacity to geek. Capacity: E.g.1 He has the capacity to be a good guy!! Pleased as punch E.g.1 Scott was pleased as punch when he dated a 17-years-old girlfriend. A: Hey. What’s up with his outfit? B: Yeah. Is he a pirate? C: Pirates are in this year! In: (adjective) popular and fashionable E.g.1 The iPhone is in this yearYour next speech 75 ways:39. Brevity(being short) is key in storytelling.It means we should omit any extraneous detail.35. Junk the jargon
  12. 12. We have to avoid using the words such as business shorthand. It can’t provokeemotion most of time.3. Reflection"Reflection"的部份是此報告最重要的部份,主要是針對當週所做的自學活動方式,自學的份量,當週學習的心得感想(或有趣的小插曲)等做一個描寫,若覺得恰當的部份可繼續下去;若不理想(如原 syllabus 所擬的自學份量過重),擬如何改善等等,用這樣的角度來寫這個部份,以期讓自己的自學成果漸入佳境!!You may choose to use either English or Chinese to write this part.This week, I got a trouble. “Scott” is the movie my friend recommends me to watch.However, I can’t understand what it talks about. It’s funny but I think I don’t quiteunderstand the culture. So maybe I should watch it again next week. If I still do notlike it, then I plan to stop it.The book “your next speech” is still keeping going. It tells me a lot of points I mightnot notice. I think it’s interesting and I found that now I can read an article without adictionary even if there are some words I do not know.
  13. 13. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __6___ Week _____6/5 _________Major _Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉_____________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.("Material"的部份請寫明所使用的教材的名稱,文章名稱,出版社名稱,頁數等相關資料(in English))Your next speech 75 ways to improve it (DVD+book from library) TIPS 41 to 60Watch Movie “Scott pilgrim vs. the world” with both Chinese subtitle and Englishsubtitle.2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. newvocabulary, phrases, sentences, plot of the movie, etc.)("Summary"的部份,請寫明當週自學部份的 new vocabulary, phrases, sentences,plot of the movie, etc.或是所進行的學習活動)Your next speech:Use humor whenever possible Don’t force them to laugh. Keep it relevant. Don’t offend anyone. Cite your source.
  14. 14. This topic helps me a lot. Actually, I’m not a humorous person. When I listen tocommencement speeches, I found the speakers can make their audiences laugh.Steve Jobs said “Since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personalcomputer would have them (fonts).” He is talking about his story, and the audienceshave the background knowledge with computer. Everyone knew that Jobs just had ajoke on Microsoft but it still tie to his message.3. Reflection"Reflection"的部份是此報告最重要的部份,主要是針對當週所做的自學活動方式,自學的份量,當週學習的心得感想(或有趣的小插曲)等做一個描寫,若覺得恰當的部份可繼續下去;若不理想(如原 syllabus 所擬的自學份量過重),擬如何改善等等,用這樣的角度來寫這個部份,以期讓自己的自學成果漸入佳境!!You may choose to use either English or Chinese to write this part.This week, I watched “Scott pilgrim vs. the world”. This time, I thought it’s a veryfunny story. I finally know what the movie talks about. And this made me think a lot.Sometimes we might not understand some new information because of our moodsor background knowledge. I should give it a try again, to make sure if I like it or not.
  15. 15. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __7___ Week _____6/5_________Major _Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉_____________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.("Material"的部份請寫明所使用的教材的名稱,文章名稱,出版社名稱,頁數等相關資料(in English))Your next speech 75 ways to improve it (DVD+book from library) TIPS 61 to 75Being Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh Distributed by publishers Group West introductionand first episode.2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. newvocabulary, phrases, sentences, plot of the movie, etc.)
  16. 16. ("Summary"的部份,請寫明當週自學部份的 new vocabulary, phrases, sentences,plot of the movie, etc.或是所進行的學習活動)Your next speech 75 ways to improve it:65. How to control those pesky butterflies Visualize something calming Focus on breathing Imagine yourself as someone else Talk to a friend at firstAt the end of “your next speech 75 ways to improve it”, it talked about what youshould do or shouldn’t do before your speech. I think it’s quite useful especiallycontrol those pesky butterflies. This is important to me.Being peace: If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is a wonderful moment.3. ReflectionThis week is breathing topic. (HAHA) Coincidentally, after finishing the speech book, Ibegan reading “Being Peace”. Then, “focus on breath” came to me again! When Ibecome nervous, I would speak very fast and forget lots of articles. That’s not a goodsituation in speeches. I hope it does work when I give a speech especially in Englishor job interview.
  17. 17. Self-paced Learning Weekly Report WorksheetWorksheet No. __8___ Week _____6/12_________Major _Business Administration Name_____邱子嘉_____________1.Material(s) used: Please write down the name(s) of the magazine, the DVD, orother materials you used.("Materail"的部份請寫明所使用的教材的名稱,文章名稱,出版社名稱,頁數等相關資料(in English))Notes by Gordon Kalton WilliamsWitold Lutoslawski: Concerto for OrchestraSergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto NO.3 in D minor, Op.30Jean Sibeluis: The Oceanides2. Summary of the things you learned/activities you did this week (e.g. newvocabulary, phrases, sentences, plot of the movie, etc.)("Summary"的部份,請寫明當週自學部份的 new vocabulary, phrases, sentences,plot of the movie, etc.或是所進行的學習活動) It was as if (就好像) In the’teens’of the 20th century (means 1910~1920) Draft be coming to terms with 開始接受 feel compelled 被迫 The work’s title suggests a homage to sb. (這首作品的標題是向 sb.致敬)3. ReflectionYou may choose to use either English or Chinese to write this part.This is G.K Williams music introductions. I avoid reading English introduction beforeeven though I know that some translation might be wrong. Today’s notes are notdifficult. Being a self-paced learner, I think I have to challenge them. I found that if a
  18. 18. Chinese wrote the introduction, you could see the Chinese language thinking. But forthe native speaker, it looks totally different. And for me, I think this time I have agood try because I have some background knowledge that can support me. Anotherreason is that most of the music researches are written in English. Of course there’sno translation version. I think I can try to search some information on websites whichare written in English and not to be afraid of it.

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