English intro intensive June-July 2014

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Introduction to my B1 intensive course at CLA, Roma Tre University

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English intro intensive June-July 2014

  1. 1. English intensive 12 June–21 July 2014 13 lessons; 26 hours
  2. 2. Towards the end of poverty IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world is living in condition approaching misery. For the first time in history, humanity possess the knowledges and skill to relieved the suffering of that people.” It has took much longer than Truman hopes, but the world is lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extremes poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, there number felt by half as a shares of the total population in developing country, from 43% to 21%—a reductions of almost 1 billion people. Now the world have a serious chances to redeem Truman’s pledge to lift the least fortunates. Of the 7 billion people alive on the planet, 1.1 billion subsists below the internationally accepted extreme-poverty line of $1.25 a days... The Economist – 1st June 2013 find 20 errors
  3. 3. Towards the end of poverty IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world is living in condition approaching misery. For the first time in history, humanity possess the knowledges and skill to relieved the suffering of that people.” It has took much longer than Truman hopes, but the world is lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extremes poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, there number felt by half as a shares of the total population in developing country, from 43% to 21%—a reductions of almost 1 billion people. Now the world have a serious chances to redeem Truman’s pledge to lift the least fortunates. Of the 7 billion people alive on the planet, 1.1 billion subsists below the internationally accepted extreme-poverty line of $1.25 a days... The Economist – 1st June 2013 find 20 errors
  4. 4. Towards the end of poverty IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of those people.” It has taken much longer than Truman hoped, but the world has lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, their number fell by half as a share of the total population in developing countries, from 43% to 21%—a reduction of almost 1 billion people. Now the world has a serious chance to redeem Truman’s pledge to lift the least fortunate. Of the 7 billion people alive on the planet, 1.1 billion subsist below the internationally accepted extreme-poverty line of $1.25 a day... The Economist – 1st June 2013
  5. 5. English intensive 12 June–21 July 2014 13 lessons; 26 hours
  6. 6. Course Plan 1 Thursday 12 June 2 Monday 16 June 3 Thursday 19 June 4 Monday 23 June 5 Thursday 26 June 6 Monday 30 June 7 Thursday 03 July 8 Monday 07 July 9 Thursday 10 July 10 Monday 14 July 11 Wednesday 16 July 12 Thursday 17 July 13 Monday 21 July
  7. 7. date and time to be confirmed Course Plan 1 Thursday 12 June 2 Monday 16 June 3 Thursday 19 June 4 Monday 23 June 5 Thursday 26 June 6 Monday 30 June 7 Thursday 03 July 8 Monday 07 July 9 Thursday 10 July 10 Monday 14 July 11 Wednesday 16 July 12 Thursday 17 July 13 Monday 21 July
  8. 8. final presentations Course Plan 1 Thursday 12 June 2 Monday 16 June 3 Thursday 19 June 4 Monday 23 June 5 Thursday 26 June 6 Monday 30 June 7 Thursday 03 July 8 Monday 07 July 9 Thursday 10 July 10 Monday 14 July 11 Wednesday 16 July 12 Thursday 17 July 13 Monday 21 July
  9. 9. your approach
  10. 10. 60,924,000
  11. 11. 60,924,000 population of Italy
  12. 12. 2,014,000
  13. 13. 2,014,000 students in higher education
  14. 14. 3.3%
  15. 15. 3.3% % of uni students in Italy
  16. 16. 3.3% this number means you are special
  17. 17. in these lessons I expect your approach to show this
  18. 18. in other words
  19. 19. please bring your intelligence and commitment to class
  20. 20. about learning English
  21. 21. intermediate is different it’s difficult to make progress don’t drift!
  22. 22. intermediate is different it’s difficult to make progress don’t drift!
  23. 23. ‘drift’
  24. 24. progress time
  25. 25. progress time Can you describe this graph?
  26. 26. progress time the intermediate plateau
  27. 27. English as object of study English as means of communication
  28. 28. vocab: 1,000-3,000 words vocab: 15,000+ words
  29. 29. grammar: past, present, future grammar as a system
  30. 30. foreign language as alien foreign language as culture
  31. 31. what can you do to get past the intermediate plateau ?
  32. 32. about this course
  33. 33. components:
  34. 34. grammar
  35. 35. grammar we decide the grammar syllabus together
  36. 36. some ideas…
  37. 37. grammar verbs vs. main verbs would have done present perfect future tenses modal verbs word order something else
  38. 38. pronunciation
  39. 39. pronunciation every Monday
  40. 40. pronunciation the English phonetic system is different
  41. 41. video comprehension
  42. 42. video comprehension every Thursday
  43. 43. in class
  44. 44. in class ‘show and tell’ every lesson
  45. 45. in class group presentations instead of final exam
  46. 46. on the forum
  47. 47. 1. lesson summaries
  48. 48. 2. grammar homework
  49. 49. English Grammar in Use Units 15-16 ----------- I’ve done the exercises. It took me 20 minutes. I understood everything except 2.4 – why is “….” not right? example post
  50. 50. examples of how you can get English practice watch a film in English TED iTunes U BBC or other reading on the internet reading a research paper for your subject talking to Anglophone tourists in the pub
  51. 51. 3. anything you find interesting
  52. 52. The forum is your space. Use it to post anything you find, interesting, curious or useful. You can ask for help and you can propose problems for discussion.
  53. 53. Remember that you can learn a lot from your classmates - read their writing homework - try to answer their questions
  54. 54. resources for this course
  55. 55. all the links on the following pages can be found at: https://pinboard.in/u:davidatrome/t:Roma3/
  56. 56. resources: I grammar book
  57. 57. buy, beg, borrow or steal … English Grammar in Use
  58. 58. buy, beg, borrow or steal … English Grammar in Use OK not ‘steal’
  59. 59.  intermediate  4th edition  with answers (CD-ROM optional)
  60. 60.  intermediate  4th edition  with answers (CD-ROM optional)
  61. 61. resources: II CLACSON
  62. 62. Moodle@CLA http://clacson.uniroma3.it
  63. 63. no capitals no spaces no accents
  64. 64. resources: III dictionaries
  65. 65. Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com
  66. 66. Bi-lingual dictionaries don’t use them!
  67. 67. Bi-lingual dictionaries but if you must…
  68. 68. WordReference http://www.wordreference.com/
  69. 69. Oxford Collocations Dictionary http://oxforddictionary.so8848.com/o#.UbBFkha0 LzI
  70. 70. resources: V video and audio practice
  71. 71. iTunes U http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u
  72. 72. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) www.ted.com
  73. 73. The BBC www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/inde x.shtml
  74. 74. some good places to read: BBC – www.bbc.co.uk The Economist – www.economist.com Wired – www.wired.com The New Yorker – www.newyorker.com and also My paper.li – paper.li/f-1337027006
  75. 75. if you have any problems about anything related to this course
  76. 76. write to me on Moodle@CLA
  77. 77. or at david@davidnicholson.it
  78. 78. www.davidnicholson.it

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